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Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Open Bar

1. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Open Bar

Cruise aboard a spacious and luxurious catamaran and experience views of Santorini’s landscape. Stop at the day at the famous Red Beach. Start with pickup and travel by minibus to the marina of Vlychada where the half-day cruise begins. Meet the crew and be welcomed on board with a glass of wine or a soft drink. Set sail towards the island's colorful beaches while the guide on board will share insights into the history of Santorini and the geological events that created Santorini’s rugged landscape and its surrounding islands. Your first stop of the day will be at the famous Red Beach. Enjoy time to swim, snorkel, and take pictures of its reddish hues and wild cliff formations. The first mezedes (finger food) are offered when you get back on board to continue your trip. Admire stunning views of the sandy shores of White Beach, surrounded by bright limestone cliffs, followed by a short stop for pictures of the caves and impressive rock formations of the Indian Rocks, which can only be reached by boat. Cruise past the 18th-century Venetian Lighthouse of Akrotiri, located on the southwestern tip of the island, and continue your sailing journey by entering the waters of Santorini’s caldera. Head towards the renowned volcano for the second stop of the day at the sulfur-rich hot springs. Take a relaxing dip into its healing and detoxifying waters. Back on board, enjoy the view of Santorini, a postcard-perfect portrait of the villages on the cliff. Set sail again towards the last stop for another swimming and snorkeling opportunity in the crystal-clear waters of Mesa Pigadia. Meanwhile, the crew will be setting the table for the delicious lunch for you to enjoy after your swim. The menu features BBQ chicken, Neapolitan pasta, Greek Salad, vegetarian meals, such as Greek Ratatouille, a traditional Greek dessert, and an open white wine bar that also serves unlimited soft drinks, and water. Then, sail back to Vlychada where your driver will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation in Santorini.

Santorini: Private Catamaran Cruise with Food & Drinks

2. Santorini: Private Catamaran Cruise with Food & Drinks

Discover the stunning Santorini coastline on this catamaran tour from Vlychada Marina. Sail to sights like Red Beach, White Beach, and the volcanic hot springs. Enjoy a delicious meal paired with local wine and beer. Embark on a day trip around Santorini starting with convenient pickup (with extra charge) from your accommodation and a transfer to your catamaran. Discover unique parts of the island that are not reachable by car and uncover worlds under the waves with the included snorkeling gear. Depart from the Vlychada Marina in the morning or afternoon. Along the way, there will be many beautiful spots to relax, swim, and snorkel at Red Beach, White Beach, and Mésa Pigádia beach. Admire views of Indian Rock and the 18-century Venetian Lighthouse Keep your camera ready to capture the magical sunset onboard if you choose the sunset cruise. Enjoy lunch prepared onboard of fresh seafood, chicken fillet, and salads, or a vegetarian meal (upon request). Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

3. Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

Discover Santorini's highlights on a cruise on a luxury catamaran. Marvel at the natural scenery, and stop to swim, snorkel, and experience volcanic hot springs. Savor a Greek lunch or dinner, stay refreshed with an open bar, and admire the sunset if you choose the sunset option. After pickup at your accommodation on Santorini, travel in air-conditioned comfort to the cruise starting point. Board the catamaran and sail to the must-see spots around the island. Begin by sailing past the Red and White Beach. Make your first swimming stop at the hidden coves of Black Mountain. Then pop your goggles for snorkeling time. Continue the guided cruise to pass under the Venetian Akrotiri Lighthouse at the southern end of the caldera. Then, enjoy a stop at the famous volcanic hot springs. Take your time to absorb the geothermal energy of the volcanoes, and swim in the sulfuric coves. Heading back toward the port of Vlychada, get ready for a Greek feast for lunch or dinner, depending on which tour option you choose. Get more time for swimming and snorkeling at the famous Red Beach before returning to your accommodation at the end of the tour.

Santorini: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

4. Santorini: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

Climb aboard the 74-foot Ocean Voyager or the 80-foot Tahiti catamaran for a 5-hour cruise around Santorini in the Aegean Sea. Set off on a journey of discovery that will first take you to the hot springs, then the Red Beach, and finally the White Beach. Swim and snorkel and tuck into a delicious meal onboard. Start your adventure with a comfortable hotel pickup and set sail for beautiful Red Beach to swim and snorkel for 30 minutes. Continue to a secluded White Beach, only accessible from the sea, for more swimming and snorkeling in the shadow of the towering white cliffs. Onboard the catamaran, savor a barbecue supper of salads and grilled meat and veggie options. Continue sailing inside the crescent-shaped Caldera, close to the volcano, and enjoy a final dip in the Hot Springs, before sailing back to Oia as the day ends with a spectacular sunset.

Santorini: Caldera Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Drinks

5. Santorini: Caldera Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Drinks

Discover the beauty of Santorini from a catamaran on a relaxing cruise. Swim at the iconic Red Beach among its scarlet rocks, see Nea Kameni's lava rocks and sulfuric water and enjoy a traditional Greek barbeque. Board a comfortable minibus at your hotel, and head to the Vlichada Marina. Sail to Red Beach and dive into the crystal-clear blue waters among the bright red rocks. Next, head to the secluded White Beach and snap photos of the looming cliffs and smooth sand. Cruise to Mesa Pigadia Beach and hop into the water to snorkel among the colorful fish. Continue past the famous Indian Face Mountain and the Akrotiri Lighthouse. Head to Nea Kameni and dive into its deep blue waters near the black lava and feel the sulfur and salt in the water. Return to the boat and enjoy an authentic Greek BBQ made with fresh products. Choose from chicken, beef sausage, fresh seabream, or a vegetarian option while sipping unlimited local dry white wine, beers, soft drinks, or water. After your dinner, head towards the Old Harbor of Santorini. If you choose the evening tour, relax and enjoy a stunning view of Santorini's sunset as you sail back. For those who prefer the morning option, sunbathe while listening to soothing music while you return to Vlichada Marina. At the marina, board a minibus and head back to your hotel.

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

6. Santorini: 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.

Santorini: ATV-Quad Experience

7. 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. 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 one of the oldest wine cellar in Megalochori for a tasting session or traditional Greek coffee or juice. 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.

Santorini: Traditional Wooden Boat Tour with Meal and Wine

8. Santorini: Traditional Wooden Boat Tour with Meal and Wine

Marvel at Santorini's natural beauty on a cruise around the island in a traditional wooden boat. Stop to swim, snorkel, and visit the hot springs. Relish an included Greek lunch or dinner with local white wine. Choose the sunset option to admire Santorini's famous sunset too. Start your tour with a convenient pickup service from your hotel on Santorini. Meet your driver-guide, then get transferred to the port in an air-conditioned van or minivan. Upon arrival at the port in Vlychada, hop aboard the wooden boat and enjoy a welcome drink. Sail close to the Red and White Beach before making your first stop ashore by the Black Mountain for a swim. Put your goggles on and experience the crystal-clear water. Next, continue past the Venetian Akrotiri Lighthouse, entering the majestic caldera of Santorini. Hear about the island from your guide, and fix your eyes on the spectacular volcanic area of colorful cliffs. Head toward the hot springs, and let the energy of the volcano fill you up as you swim in the geothermal waters once there. The next stop is Thirassia island, a fishermen’s island ideal for swimming and snorkeling. After, restore your energy levels with a menu featuring chicken fillet, traditional Greek dips, beans, stuffed vine leaves, Greek salad, and fruits. End the cruise in the old harbor of Ammoudi, though there might be some spare time for a pit stop at Agios Nikolaus before disembarkation too. The sunset option visits the same places but in reverse order, beginning in Ammoudi and ending in Vlychada. On the sunset cruise, enjoy your meal in the hidden coves of the Black Mountain before marveling at Santorini's magical sunset.

Santorini: Catamaran Caldera Cruise with Meal and Drinks

9. Santorini: Catamaran Caldera Cruise with Meal and Drinks

Enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Caldera and the beautiful Santorini sunset, while sailing with a luxury catamaran. Select from the Day Cruise or Sunset Cruise options which both offer a unique chance to admire Santorini’s beauty, sailing through the deep blue waters of the island. Start your Day Cruise journey from the old port of Ammoudi and head to Thirassia Island, a fishermen’s island ideal for swimming and admiring the unique view of Manolas village. Explore the unmanned volcanic beaches or sunbathe on the deck. Feel the energy of the volcano while heading to the hot springs. Sail towards the Black Mountain and the big light house south of the Caldera, as you head to the White Beach and the Red Beach for a swim when anchored, a delicious lunch is served onboard with wine and dessert. The Sunset Cruise begins with a stop at the Red Beach for a refreshing swim and stops at all the same locations as the Day Cruise. On the Sunset Cruise, enjoy dinner with wine and dessert served onboard.

From Fira: Santorini Wrangler Jeep Convoy Tour & Villages

10. From Fira: Santorini Wrangler Jeep Convoy Tour & Villages

The tour starts with transfer from your hotel to the starting point. The tour starts after a short breefing about the Jeeps and the places that we will visit. The convoy starts with a small tour around Pyrgos village to showcase the panoramic view of Kamari, mostly to let the guests get acquainted with driving the car. Then follows the first off road part from Pyrgos all the way down to Megalochori village After that, the first stop is at the windmills in Emporio. Off road drive to Vlychada, small stop to the port of Vlychada (1st toilet stop if requested) followed by a quick tour to Perivolos black beach. From there we head to the main off road part that heads to Theros Beach, where we make the first Drone video and photo session. After Theros we head to Saint Anna church where we follow a small trail to a secret and quiet beach for a 40 minutes beach stop and then we return for the BBQ break at the church of Saint Anna for approximately 40 minutes. Continuing our drive we head for the Akrotiri area, towards Kaminia Beach where we climb the panoramic side and then we drive until the point of Akrotiri for a stop and second drone session to a magnificent point overlooking the caldera. (Lets say above the white beach) Finally we drive until Megalochori to a beautiful and not crowdy sunset point for the last drone session before returning to the starting point.

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What people are saying about Vlichada

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4.7 / 5

based on 5,041 reviews

I booked this as a gift, it was perfect and definitely worth the cost in my eyes. The food and drinks were plenty too. the sightseeing and swimming opportunities were great. The people we went with were friendly which made the experience in itself. Would highly recommend.

I do not do reviews but i has to in case someone is thinking of purchasing this experience. Do it! 100% do it! The cleanliness on the boat, the food they prepare, the beautiful islands we pass by, the turquoise water, everything was perfect and better than expected.

Great tour! The company was very organized - we had a wonderful time. Definitely recommend during your trip!

Highly recommend! The staff was amazing! The food, the views were worth every penny!

Amazing experience with great food and a lot of sights