3. Island Excursion & Caldera Sailing: Full-Day Private Tour
First, travel to the northern part of the island and visit the well-known village of Oia. Oia, with its picturesque blue-domed churches and breathtaking panoramic views, is one of Europe's most photographed places and a must-see.
Leaving from the north, drive through steep hills and dry grassland to reach Megalochori, another traditional village in the island's center. Feel free to stroll the narrow pathways and take photos of the beautiful tiered bell towers along the way. Hundreds of tiny whitewashed houses with graceful architecture, beautiful blue-domed churches, and underground cave dwellings make up this settlement. You will learn about local culture and lifestyle in this picturesque and non-touristic setting.
Travel southwest to the Lighthouse. It was built in 1892 and is regarded as one of the best of its kind in the Cycladic Islands, as well as an excellent place to watch the sunset. Walk around it on the cliffs or sit on the rocks by the sea. A significant number of surrounding islands may be visible on a clear day. After a fifteen-minute drive, arrive at the island's southernmost point and step on Vlychada's black beach, which features fantastic rock formations at the background.
Time to get onboard and get prepared for our private 5-hour cruise departure from the Vlychada Marina. Passing by the most popular beach of the island of Santorini, where you will briefly make a stop to take some pictures of this unique, beautiful and colorful volcanic landscape from the water. Over passing the beautiful and only accessible by boat white beach, a stunning creation of the massive volcanic eruptions.
On our way you will be able to witness the naturally sculpted on a black rock Indian’s face, before we enter the caldera of Santorini where the picturesque lighthouse is on the top of the cliff on the right. On the left, witness the remaining of an eruption, an island consisting of pumice, the island of Aspronisi.
This is the time where our sailboat passes between the two volcanoes (Palaia & Nea Kameni) and approaches the sulfuric warm water of the hot springs (warm springs). ps. we do not usually stop there to swim since it is overcrowded and the sulfur can destroy your bathing suit. Moreover, we do not go on the volcano, but we go on the cruise.
Finally you can swim at the calm and crystal clear waters of Thirassia island and enjoy your tasteful meal cooked on board for you having the chance to marvel at the eastward view of the caldera. This will be the time to witness the wonderful Santorini sunset on board.
After the beautiful sunset, we will head back to the Marina of Vlychada, where your transfer will be waiting for you to drive you back to the same spot you were picked up.