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Santorini: Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit

1. Santorini: Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit

Sail from Athinios Port to small islands that are home to volcanos, hot springs, and traditional villages. Enjoy some free time on each island, enjoy the fantastic views and charming atmospheres of typical Greek countryside. Set sail from Athinios and enjoy live commentary on board throughout the journey. First stop at Nea Kameni where you can take the path to the crater of the active volcano as you enjoy free time to explore the island. Next, head to Palea Kameni, and swim in the volcanic hot springs. Return to the boat for a short sail to Thirassia, where you’ll have free time to explore this charming village. Then, visit Manolas, accessed by winding stairs, or by a donkey ride up to the village. There is the option of extending the tour in Oia to admire the panoramic views and a spectacular sunset. If this option is selected, after the end of the boat ride you will be transferred to Oia. Please meet your bus at the meeting point 15 minutes after the sunset.

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Santorini: 5-Hour Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

2. Santorini: 5-Hour Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

Be driven to the luxury catamaran and take a 5-hour cruise off the coast of Santorini. Hop aboard the catamaran and explore Santorini from the water on this relaxing cruise adventure. Choose from the daytime or evening option, and feast on delicious food as you go. Experience the beauty of the island as you set sail from the southern port of Vlychada. Follow the coast to the red sands of Red Beach. Take a swim in the shallow waters of a private beach.  Venture below the Indian Rocks and marvel at the sea caves and rock formations close to an old Venetian lighthouse. Admire the volcanic landscape as you travel through the middle of the caldera. Visit the hot springs for a healing mud bath before going to a private bay at Palea Kammeni Island. For the sunset option, journey out to open waters after dinner and watch a magnificent sunset in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Then, sail back to port, where a driver will wait to take you back to your hotel.

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Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings

3. Fira: 4-Hour Walking Food Tour With Tastings

Start the day with a traditional Greek coffee after meeting with a local food guide in the square of Firostefani village (next to Fira). Walk towards the famous blue-domed church of Santorini (the perfect spot for photos) followed by a sample of local mezes in a traditional tavern. Walk towards Fira on a footpath on the caldera's edge with sea and volcano views. A glass of local beer is the perfect welcome to the capital of Santorini. Follow your guide through the historical alleyways and paths with several stops for samples of local treats, including olive oil and souvlaki. Visit the daily market with fresh fish and vegetables. Enjoy a midday meal at a tavern with caldera views. Try the sweetest Loukoumades. Experience both the Mediterranean and Santorini sides of Greek cuisine. Meet locals, from the tavern owners to local farmers, souvlaki griller to honey producers. 

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Santorini: Horse Riding Trip from Vlychada to Eros Beach

4. Santorini: Horse Riding Trip from Vlychada to Eros Beach

Begin your horse riding adventure by having an expert show you the basics and provide you with all the necessary equipment. After starting your journey at the magical dunes of Caldera Beach, you’ll be guided to the Santorini mountains to admire the unblemished beauty of nature, taking in panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the local culture. Next, your path will lead you to the black beach of Eros, where you’ll ride along the shoreline dipping in and out of the water’s edge. Here you’ll have the chance to stop and take photos of the surrounding landscape and to appreciate the picturesque sand dunes all around. Finally, you’ll continue along a route that takes you back to your stable, finishing your journey where you began but enriched with memories that will last a lifetime.

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Santorini: ATV-Quad Experience

5. Santorini: ATV-Quad Experience

Encounter the best Santorini has to offer while feeling the thrill of riding an ATV. See great architecture, natural features like a caldera, and locals-only spots on this inclusive tour. Begin your Santorini quad tour at the black beach at Persia. Kick start your day with an off-road adventure to Emporio and the Venetian Castle. Cruise a labyrinth of old, traditional streets on foot, and feel free to explore yourself. Take a few moments to enjoy a Greek coffee or juice at one of the most traditional cafes on the island. Continue through a landscape of windmills and vineyards to the village of Megalochori, considered by locals to be the most traditional in Santorini. You'll also encounter a magnificent caldera, and visit Santorini's oldest wine cellar for a tasting session. Ride along the caldera and visit the hidden, tucked away places that only the locals know about. Explore a chapel located inside a hidden cave, and enjoy a ride to Vlichada solely on off-road paths. Finally, your tour concludes with a trip back to Perissa.

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Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

6. Santorini: Photo Shoot with a Private Vacation Photographer

Choose endless locations in Santorini for your photo shoot based, whether it be a family getaway, a romantic trip, or a livelier one with friends.  You will receive confirmation of all necessary information. On the day of the shoot, just allow the photographer to work their magic, capturing your travels in your own personalized style. Your Santorini vacation photographers are highly experienced local experts who will share their knowledge of the city with you like an old friend. Afterward, you will receive a link to your personal online gallery (password protected) within 5 working days, containing your professionally edited images, all free to download. This photo tour will provide mementos that will last a lifetime.

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Santorini: Sunset Sea Kayak and Snorkel with Dinner

7. Santorini: Sunset Sea Kayak and Snorkel with Dinner

Enjoy a unique tour that will offer you a private and peaceful view of the Santorini sunset, away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy parts of the island. This tour will have you sitting in a kayak as you watch the Mediterranean sun disappear under the ocean's horizon.  Enjoy a relaxing start to your tour with a transfer service to and from your hotel. You will be picked up at your accommodation and taken to Mesa Pigardia, a Black Beach on the south coast of the island where your kayak tour will begin. Paddle east along the coastline as you pass White Beach, named for its spectacular white cliffs that loom above. Continue on to Red Beach and marvel at the colors created by volcanic activity.  Take some time out for a break on Kampia Beach where you will receive a fresh snack at a tradition taverna. After your meal, you will go snorkeling on the beach. After you have spent some time exploring life under the water, you will head back to your kayak where you will paddle west to admire the beautiful rock formations and cave houses built into the cliffs. Shortly after you will reach the Black Mountain and the Akrotiri lighthouse, exploring sea caves along the way. Here is where you will experience one of the most epic sunsets of your lift.  Return to your starting point at Mesa Pigadia, and change into your dry clothes before sitting down to a traditional Greek dinner at a local tavern. Following the meal, you will be driven back to your pick-up location.

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Santorini: Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling with Lunch

8. Santorini: Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling with Lunch

With a transfer arranged for you, arrive at Mesa Pigadia, the black beach on the south coast of the island where your sea kayak tour will begin. Paddle along the coastline admiring beautiful rock formations and cave houses built into the cliffs. You will reach Black Mountain and the Akrotiri lighthouse, exploring sea caves along the way. Paddling east, pass by White Beach named for the imposing white cliffs above, and continue to Kampia Beach. Enjoy a fresh, nutritious snack at the traditional tavern at Kampia Beach and go snorkeling. Back in your kayak, paddle to Red Beach and marvel at the colors, a vivid evidence of volcanic activity. Return to your starting point at Mesa Pigadia beach and sit down to a traditional Greek lunch at a local taverna. Following the meal, you will be driven back to your pick-up location.

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Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

9. Best of Santorini Full-Day Private Guided Tour

Spend a day on a private-guided tour exploring Akrotiri Excavations, a prehistoric Bronze Age city, frozen in time by ash that fell during the Minoan volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago. Some speculate this is the origin of the mythical city of Atlantis. Admire the elaborate drainage system, sophisticated multi-storied buildings, magnificent wall painting, and excavated furniture and vessels that show the former settlement's great prosperity. Next, you will head over to admire the Red and Black beaches. The red layer of sand at the Red Beach is a spectacular sight. The Black Beach of Perivolos is the largest beach on Santorini and is covered with a black volcanic pebble. Take in the spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and the nearby islands. Enjoy an optional lunch at a seaside restaurant. Continue your visit at the village of Emporio, the largest village on the Greek island of Santorini. You can look at the historic windmills that have an excellent view of the rest of the island. On the hill above the village Emborio, you will discover both the ruins of Kasteli, a fortress from the Byzantine period and the ruins of Goulas. Then, you will make your way to the peak of Prophet Ilias, the highest mountain that stands some 2,000 feet (600 meters) above the sea. Be amazed by the island vistas around you (360 degrees), and then follow your guide inside the ornate Greek Christian monastery perched at the mountain's summit. From here, you will proceed to the village of Pyrgos, the old capital, where you will take a guided walk along narrow paths to the ruins of the Venetian castle. The next stop is at a traditional Venetsanos Winery, where you will learn the secrets of wine making and enjoy the tastes of the famous local wines. On the way to the northern part of Santorini, you will make a short stop in Firostefani to see the famous Blue Dome Church, the subject of so many Santorini's postcards. You will visit the village of Imerovigli, situated on a higher cliff with an incredible view. In front of the village is an enormous rock called Skaros, which used to be the best spot to look out for pirates. Continue through the beautiful Santorini countryside to the village of Oia. Built in the northern part of the Caldera Rim. Oia is the most photographed location in Santorini, and a place where many artists have found their inspiration in Oia's beauty, the traditional architecture  and the amazing sunset. Enjoy the stunning views of the Caldera, where many dwellings are built into niches of the volcanic rock. You will also have a panoramic view of the rest of Santorini and the Aegean Sea.

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Santorini: Private Half-Day Tour

10. Santorini: Private Half-Day Tour

Your private tour starts from the north part of Santorini Island, where the spectacular villages of Oia, Firostefani and Imerovigli are located. You will experience the endless panoramic views of Caldera, Thirasia Island and the volcanic islands Palea and Nea Kameni. You will also have the opportunity to take pictures of white houses and blue domed churches whilst there. Later on, you will head towards the traditional settlement of Megalochori, where you will be able to explore it, walking through the traditional alleys and being able to see the local houses and architecture. Finally, your last two stops will be to the unique Red Beach, which is full of red iron volcanic lava rocks, and the famous 2.5-mile-long Black Sand Beach.

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What people are saying about Santorini

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 2,915 reviews

An incredible and magical moment with the sunset. Isn't that an improbable experience? Real memories, and photos to remember them all his life. What a beautiful moment you have offered us! Thank you

We had a wonderful time. The food was excellent and the guide was knowledgeable. It was really convenient having them pick us up at our hotel.

It was an awesome tour with an awesome guide (Arthur). We got to see as much of Santorini as we could despite the weather being against us.

Hot springs visit was very short but the trip overall was amazing. Bring water!

Great experience and staff on the boat was friendly. An overall amazing trip.