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Santorini: Luxury Small Group Catamaran w/ Meal & Open Bar

1. Santorini: Luxury Small Group Catamaran w/ Meal & Open Bar

Drop anchor on a luxury catamaran tour around the Santorini caldera while enjoying a delicious traditional meal with refreshing drinks from the open bar. Sail in the morning or at sunset on a cruise with a maximum of 20 guests. After being picked up from your hotel, unwind as you’re taken straight to the port. Take advantage of the snorkeling opportunity with a half-hour stop off the coast of Red Beach, plus 1.5 hours to snorkel in the sea caves of White Beach. Bathe in the lagoon’s hot springs and snorkel in clear waters. Taste the flavors of Greece on board a menu of local Santorini delicacies for lunch or dinner, depending on the time of day you choose, with meat and vegetarian options. The menu includes barbecue skewers, dolmadakia (rice-stuffed vine leaves), Greek salad, and other local dishes. Sit back and unwind with a post-meal cocktail and music. Stay refreshed with unlimited drinks on board, including local white wine, Greek beer, and soft drinks. Continue past the two uninhabited volcano islands of Palia Kameni and Nea Kameni and take in other sights such as Aspronisi island and the Akrotiri lighthouse. Later the cruise sails in the caldera below the town of Fira and past the old port. If you chose the late afternoon option, stop below the village of Oia and be wowed by the striking sunset lights adorning the skies with vibrant, pastel colors. This is sure to be an unforgettable highlight to an already unforgettable cruise experience. At the end of your Santorini excursion, relax as your minibus driver conveniently drops you back at your hotel.

Santorini: Akrotiri Prehistoric City Ticket with Audio Guide

2. Santorini: Akrotiri Prehistoric City Ticket with Audio Guide

Experience the prehistoric site of Akrotiri at your own pace with a skip-the-line e-ticket and a captivating self-guided audio tour on your smartphone. Receive your ticket by email, download the app and the audio tour on your phone, prior to your visit, and travel back in time to experience the curious, spine-chilling history of the site of Akrotiri, frozen in time by the eruption of the Santorini volcano. Put on your headphones and explore the layout of the prehistoric town, once buried under ashes, through the power of storytelling. Learn historical information about its affluent residences, known as Xeste, and little-known stories and anecdotes about the daily lives of its inhabitants. The content of the tour is the result of in-depth research, distilled into brief original stories that will make your visit both engaging and educational. The audio tour can be used repeatedly and at any time, before or after your visit. This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into the archaeology of a prehistoric residential space that has been literally frozen in time, providing a snapshot of life just before its residents decided to flee the increasing fury of the neighboring volcano. As a result, you will relate to your surroundings in an entirely original way.

Santorini: Car Tour with a Local

3. Santorini: Car Tour with a Local

Your tour starts as your local expert picks you up from your hotel or meeting place in Fira. After settling on a final list of stops, you will embark on your Greek experience in comfort and safety as you travel to Oia Village for a little souvenir shopping. Your party will have ample opportunity to capture pictures of some of the most photogenic places in Santorini on your journey.  Take in the stark, ancient ruins dotting the hillside and capture photos of sailboats. See many old castles and churches and the whitewashed homes of Santorini residents.  Your local expert will take you by some of the most stunning churches in Pyrgos before reaching the pinnacle of Santorini, the Profitis Ilias Monastery. Here, see the island and the sea from an awe-inspiring 360-degree view. Experience a safe and enjoyable tour that exceeds your idea of learning about Greece.  A short walk through Megalochori Village gives you time to stretch your legs and traverse the rich, culture and heritage of the island. Learn local secrets and fun treasures about Greece that only a local can provide. Stop off for a refreshing swim at one of the black, sandy beaches of Perivolos or Perissa Beach where you will see why the area is unique.  This is a tailored shore excursion and you can add other options to your tour, including an exploration of the Akrotiri prehistoric city that was covered by volcanic ash more than 2,000 years ago.

Santorini: Sea Caves Kayak Trip with Snorkeling and Picnic

4. Santorini: Sea Caves Kayak Trip with Snorkeling and Picnic

Discover the natural wonder that is Santorini’s caves, which turn blue when the lights hits the water. Red Beach is one of the best on the island. From here, you can explore the sights of the island, located in the south coast where your sea kayak activity will begin. Paddle along the coastline of Akrotiri, admiring many little caves and formations. You will reach Black Mountain. Explore sea caves along the way and enjoy snorkeling. Return to your starting point with a dose of adrenaline from cliff jumping at White Beach.

Santorini: Sunset Sea Kayak with Light Dinner

5. Santorini: Sunset Sea Kayak with Light 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 you have spent some time swimming exploring life in the water, you will head back to your kayak where you will paddle west to admire the beautiful rock formations and caves built into the cliffs. Shortly after you will reach the Black Mountain. 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.

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Food and Open Bar

6. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Food and Open Bar

Set sail on a cruise along the shores of Santorini on this catamaran tour. Visit top sights on the island like Red Beach and the volcanic hot springs. Swim at a breathtaking locations. Savor an authentic Geek meal aboard and sip on white wine, beer, soft drinks, and water from the open bar Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and transfer to Vlychada. Cruise aboard a catamaran to your first stop at Red Beach. Enjoy its unique colors and the beauty of its wild cliffs. Combine sightseeing with swimming and snorkeling. Admire views of the limestone rock formations at White Beach and the 18th-century Venetian lighthouse of Akrotiri.Stop by the volcano hot springs to soak in the therapeutic waters. See the stunning caves and volcanic beaches. Reach Thirasia Island, one of Santorini's best-kept secrets. Go for a dip while your delicious lunch or dinner is prepared. Eat finger food, ΒΒQ chicken and pork, seafood pasta, Greek salad, Greek anchovy meze (γαύρος), a vegetarian meal (Greek ratatouille), and a Greek fruit salad. Delight your senses with a glass of Moschato D’Asti sparkling wine while watching the sunset. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Santorini: Sea Kayaking with Light Lunch

7. Santorini: Sea Kayaking with Light 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 a sea cave 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 swimming. 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.

Santorini: Island Bus Tour with Oia Village Sunset

8. Santorini: Island Bus Tour with Oia Village Sunset

Tour the treasures of Santorini and get the best views of the island on a guided bus tour. Visit Prophet Elias Monastery, the fascinating Akrotiri Excavations, and charming local towns, beaches, and villages with free time to explore at your own pace. Start your tour at the Prophet Elias Monastery, soak up the breathtaking views from this iconic site. Next, discover Pyrgos village, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. Continue to Akrotiri Excavations, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the area. Learn about its vast structure and how it was once inhabited by 200 families and preserved under the volcano’s lava. Then, enjoy free time at the Red Beach and admire the colorful formations of the mountains and/or visit Akrotiri Bay for coffee or lunch with Greek traditional mezedes and ouzo at your own expense. Continue to Fira, the capital of the island, and visit the many shops and restaurants offering traditional Santorinian cuisine. Capture magnificent pictures of the Caldera as you explore. Finally, arrive at Oia village for the world’s most famous sunset.

Santorini: Traditional Sightseeing Bus Tour with Oia Sunset

9. Santorini: Traditional Sightseeing Bus Tour with Oia Sunset

Explore Santorini on a full day sightseeing tour by bus. Learn about the island's history and visit traditional villages. Stop at volcanic beaches and experience an Oia sunset. Tour Itinerary • Akrotiri excavation site: guided tour in this Minoan Bronze Age settlement buried by volcanic ash in the 17th century BC • Emporio village: Explore this quaint village with hilltop windmills, fortified medieval castles and centuries-old churches • Perissa Beach: Enjoy free time for lunch and a swim at the island's most popular black sand beach • Santorini Winery: Tour a traditional winery and taste Santorini’s distinctive wines • Profitis Ilias: Visit the island’s highest peak and admire views from the agricultural plains to the hilltop village of Oia • Oia sunset: Enjoy free time to experience a Santorini sunset at the most-photographed place in Greece

Santorini: Private Catamaran Tour with BBQ Meal and Drinks

10. Santorini: Private Catamaran Tour with BBQ Meal and Drinks

Explore the shores of Santorini on a private catamaran cruise from the southern port of Vlihada. View sights like Red beach, Indian Rock, the Venetian lighthouse and the volcano crater. Sit down to an authentic Greek meal paired with local wines, beers and soft drinks.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and transferred to the comfortable catamaran. Set sail from the southern port of Vlihada and follow the coastline until you reach Red beach in Akrotiri. Capture pictures of the unique reddish hue of the beach. Cruise to White beach and stop to snorkel through the crystal-clear waters and explore the local reefs. Head past the stunning 19th-century Venetian lighthouse, and the unique rock formations like Indian. Admire picturesque white houses hang from the cliffs, the volcanic islands of Palea and Nea Kammeni. Have the option of sailing to the traditional villages of Fira, Firostefani, and Imerovigli. Sail around the crater of the volcano and soak in the therapeutic hot springs.   Continue to the island of Palia Kammeni where the boat will stop for swimming at a private bay. Be served a delectable meal of barbeque chicken, fish fillets, shrimps, Greek salads, tzatziki dips, and appetizers accompanied with local wine, beers and cold beverages. Return to your accommodation in Santorini at the end of your tour.

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What people are saying about Akrotíri

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,804 reviews

Maria was a terrific tour guide. She was professional, sweet and funny. We received a nice introduction to the different areas of the island. I would have liked to be given more information about the Akrotiri archaeological site, and perhaps more time. We actually missed the Red Beach walk because we were trying to read all of the postings in the Akrotiri exhibit. But overall, a well-organized tour and a beautiful experience.

It was a but chaotic at the dock as they assigned passengers to their boats but overall this was an excellent experience! Clean boat, great food, fun swim spots, friendly and experienced crew, unlimited drinks and a yummy cocktail during the gorgeous sunset.

We had a truly amazing experience on this cruise. The crew was kind, attentive, and accommodating. The boat was clean and beautiful and very spacious. The food and beverages served were delicious. And, of course, the sunset was unbelievably gorgeous.

It was great from start to finish! Left the boat feeling very merry from the snacks, food and wine

The entire staff was AMAZING! Such a great experience!!