Things to do in Vlichada

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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: Catamaran Caldera Cruise with Meal and Drinks

2. 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.

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

3. 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: 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: Private Catamaran Cruise with Food & Drinks

5. 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

6. 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: 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: Private Riva Yacht Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

8. Santorini: Private Riva Yacht Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

Discover the beauty of the Santorini in a different way aboard the Rolls Royce of yachts, a Riva. Take a private cruise and explore the highlights of the island. Savor a meal at a Greek tavern and enjoy an open bar throughout the cruise. Admire a spectacular sunset if you select the sunset option. After pickup at your transformation, get transferred to the port of Vlychada, where the cruise begins. Board the Riva yacht and experience its timeless beauty up close. Set off on your boat tour, and make your first stop near Red Beach for a refreshing swim. Continue to the White Beach, Black Mountain, and Akrotiri Lighthouse at the southern end of the caldera. Soak up views of the unspoiled volcanic beaches where the spectacular colors will amaze you or just sunbathe on the deck. Head toward the hot springs and feel the energy of the volcanoes and the spirit of Santorini. Upon arrival, discover the magic of geothermal energy swimming by taking a dip in the thermal springs of the volcanoes. Your next stop is Thirassia Island, a fishermen’s island. There, enjoy a delicious meal in a traditional Greek tavern with an open choice among fish or meat or vegetarian menus with white local wine. While on Thirassia, take another swim, if you like, and admire the unique view of Manolas village. The cruise ends with a bottle of semi-sweet sparkling wine and fresh seasonal fruits before you are dropped off back at your hotel.

Santorini: Boat Rental with Ice and Snacks

9. Santorini: Boat Rental with Ice and Snacks

Hop aboard one of the boats and head off to see the sights of Santorini with this boat rental from the port of Vlichada. Rent a boat without the need for a sailing license. Get a detailed explanation of how to use the boat before you begin. Choose between a half-day and full-day rental. Meet your boat rental agent at Vlichada port before your rental time begins for a briefing on how to use your chosen vessel. Chart your own course to locations like Red or White beach, or make your way to remote destinations far from the tourist paths. Bring your own drinks and keep them chilled with the ice and ice cooler. Sip on your complimentary bottle of water and eat some snacks as you admire the dynamic coastline. Return your boat to Vlichada port at the end of the rental period. 

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

10. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

Your sailing experience begins and ends at the old marina of Vlychada. Cruising along the coastline, you pass White Beach and then the catamaran throws anchor at the famous volcanic Red Beach for a refreshing swim. Continuing the pleasant sail, you can admire the mystical surroundings as the catamaran sails near the Venetian lighthouse, on the southern part of the breathtaking Caldera. Your second stop is at the volcano hot springs, where you will swim and feel the warm healing waters. Sailing to the main stop, the picturesque island of Thirassia, you can enjoy a relaxing swim and snorkeling in the crystal clear water, while the crew prepares a delicious meal for you. Indulge in finger foods, fresh fruit, homemade desserts, shrimp, mussels, tzatziki, Greek salads, and pasta smothered with Mediterranean sauce. Quaff a beverage at the open bar. Conclude the journey sated after passing through Indian Rock and the amazing Black Mountain.

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What people are saying about Vlichada

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 5,041 reviews

This is my first time going on a catamaran in Santorini, and I love it. The weather is a bit chilly since it’s mid-November. I didn’t go swimming, but it didn’t take away the fantastic experience and the views. The crew was delightful and friendly. The food was excellent. Watching the sunset was lovely. I highly recommend this company to anyone. You won’t be disappointed.

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.

I went by myself and loved the experience. Got a delicious lunch and was able to enjoy myself and soak up some sun

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!