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Oia

Sunshine and sea with a splash of wine, this Greek island in the Cyclades is a recipe for relaxation.

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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.

Santorini: Small Group Romantic Catamaran Cruise

2. Santorini: Small Group Romantic Catamaran Cruise

Take a relaxing catamaran cruise and see Santorini from the water. Select the day cruise for spectacular views, or opt for the evening option for a romantic atmosphere. If you choose the morning cruise, you'll set off at approximately 10:00 AM from Ammoudi Bay into the island’s famous caldera before enjoying a therapeutic dunk in its thermal springs. Once you feel thoroughly relaxed, return to the boat and continue towards Aspronisi Island, taking in views of Indian Rock and the Venetian Lighthouse as you go. The tour continues with a stop at Mesa Pigadia Beach, which serves as a scenic backdrop for a Greek barbecue lunch. After your meal, admire the vermilion sands of the Red Beach and go for a swim in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea before ending your cruise at Marina of Vlychada. The evening cruise sets off from Vlychada Marina at approximately 3:00 PM. Red Beach is the first port of call, where you’ll have time for an afternoon swimming and snorkeling session, before venturing to the nearby White Beach, renowned for its striking cliffs. You’ll continue on past Indian Rock and the Venetian Lighthouse, and into the heart of the caldera. During the cruise, the crew will prepare for you a Greek barbecue meal which will introduce you to local flavors (and local wine). After the meal, relax in the natural spa and mud baths of Santorini’s hot springs, before returning to the ship and heading for the bay of Eptapedes, where you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable sunset vista. Once night falls, return to the Bay of Ammoudi, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel. Classical Menu: Appetizers: seafood, pasta, Greek salad, tzatziki, and dolmadakiaBBQ: Pork, chicken, or vegetarianOpen Bar: Santorini white wine, beer, ouzo, juice, sodas, and mineral water  Comfort Menu: Appetizers: Pasta with tomato sauce, Greek salad, tzatziki, and dolmadakiaBBQ: Pork, chicken, or vegetarianOpen Bar: Santorini white wine, juice, sodas, and mineral water 

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

3. 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. If you choose the morning option, start your day off with a light breakfast onboard the catamaran. Sip on some coffee, tea, and orange juice, with toast and spreads. 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: 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 at the Ammoudi Port of Oia or at your hotel, if you upgrade to include a hotel pickup and drop-off service, 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: All-Inclusive Luxury Catamaran Small Group Cruise

5. Santorini: All-Inclusive Luxury Catamaran Small Group Cruise

Explore the clear Mediterranean waters of the Santorini Caldera on a brand new Lagoon 450 catamaran. Make 2 swimming and snorkeling stops, then feast on a barbecue meal.  Once out on the water, the first stop of the tour will be a 30-minute visit to Red Beach, so named for its bright sand. After some relaxed swimming and great snorkeling, get back aboard the sailboat and continue to White Beach, featuring equally striking rock colors and more excellent swimming and snorkeling.  After swimming, the crew members will serve a delicious barbecue meal onboard. From there, take some time to take in the views from the beach before sailing past the beautiful uninhabited islands of Aspronissi and Akrotiri.  The tour's last stop will be at the hot springs for 30 minutes of relaxation, with the chance to go for a soak in the springs. The tour finishes at the port where you'll board a minibus for a transfer.

Santorini: Guided Wine Tasting Tour with Pickup

6. Santorini: Guided Wine Tasting Tour with Pickup

Visit the most acclaimed wine estates on the island of Santorini and sample 12 different wines produced in the local wineries. Learn about the 3,500-year history of wine making on the volcanic island, starting at a vineyard located on the unique soils with traditional basket vines. Hear about the local viticulture that makes Santorini a world heritage site for wine production. Visit 3 distinct wine estates, such as the Argyros estate or Art Space Winery, the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum, Venetsanos Winery or Gavalas Estate Winery. Taste organic wines, such as Nykteri, Assyrtiko, and Vinsanto, with local delicacies including cheese and olives.   

Santorini: Transfer Service

7. Santorini: Transfer Service

Enjoy your time on Santorini stress free with a transfer service that is always in direct consultation with you to ensure a smooth ride to/from any point on the island to/from all the main transportation hubs. Book an arrival or departure transfer, whether you are arriving or departing from the port or airport, and get a direct service to/from your hotel. Whatever your needs, the local operator will take care of them. Travel in a vehicle equipped with the latest technology for a worry free journey. In particular, if you are organizing a wedding, conference or special event, look forward to excellent and convenient transportation for all your guests!

From Heraklion Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

8. From Heraklion Port: Full-Day Trip to Santorini

Explore Santorini by boat on this day trip from Crete. Take part in a guided bus tour of the island, walk through charming villages, and witness stunning views. Your experience starts off from Crete on the luxurious high-speed catamaran "Champion Jet 2." On arrival at Thiras port, you'll board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus with your experienced guides who will provide information about the island and its history. Your first stop is the unique village of Oia. Built on the northern part of the Caldera rim, Oia offers magnificent views of houses studded along the volcanic rock hillside overlooking both the Mediterranean and Aegean sea. Next, visit the island’s capital Fira, where you will have plenty of free time to explore the picturesque alleys, admire the incomparable Aegean architecture, shop, or simply enjoy a drink. Then, you have the choice of spending more time in Fira, visiting the magnificent black beach of Perivolos, or taking a boat tour of the Caldera (subject to availability). Finally, you'll return to the port for the trip back to Crete.

Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

9. Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

Santorini is quintessential Greece. Discover the draw-dropping scenery, see old Greek ladies strolling along cobbled lanes, and satisfy your palate by tasting local wines on this all-encompassing tour. Yia Mas! After pickup from your hotel, board the luxury coach and drive to Profitis Ilias, the highest point on the island. Take in an incredible panorama of the entire island of Santorini, and the stunning deep blue color of the Aegean Sea while learning about the island´s fascinating volcanic history. Wander around the courtyard of the 18th-century monastery that sits on top of the mountain. Then visit the Saint Nektarios chapel and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Continue to the village of Pyrgos, a hidden gem of Santorini. Wander through its winding alleys and immerse yourself in its traditional atmosphere. See typical houses, blue-domed churches, and quaint shops. Walk up to its imposing castle for beautiful vistas of the surrounding area. The next stop is Emporio, where you will join a guided walk and visit the small Venetian fortress. Feel like you’re on the set of Mamma Mia as you discover the many doorways, windows, alleys, and arches of this picturesque medieval village. Continue to Perissa Beach, also known as Black Beach. Here, there will be plenty of free time to go swimming in the sea or have lunch at one of the Greek tavernas facing the beach. Take the opportunity to taste local Santorinian wine, one of the most famous products of the island. Learn about the winemaking process and enjoy a private wine tasting session of 3 wines made of local grape varieties. In the early evening, arrive at the cliff-top village of Oia with its famous blue-domed churches. Embark on a guided walk from Saint George's Church in the most peaceful part of Oia. Learn about Oia´s glorious maritime past and admire elegant captains' mansions and cave-like houses along the way. Once at the bustling castle area, enjoy some free time to take some photos, shop, or have a relaxing drink. Finally, watch an incredible sunset before meeting up with your guide opposite Platsani Church. Board the bus for a relaxing evening journey with drop-off back at your hotel.

Santorini Volcano and Thirassia Islands Tour

10. Santorini Volcano and Thirassia Islands Tour

Your first stop on this tour will be the lava island Nea Kameni, where you'll have the opportunity to walk up the soil path and approach the crater of the still active volcano. Then, return to the boat which will take you to the second lava island, Palea Kameni, where you'll find the amazing hot springs - the boat will make a stop about 50 meters from the opening, so you can swim in the green sulfur waters of the hot springs, wet your feet, or just enjoy the view! After the hot springs, the tour continues to Thirassia Island, which was once part of the island of Santorini before the volcano's explosion. Spend two hours on this amazing island and do some swimming, hang out on the beach, have lunch next to the sea, or explore the village of Manolas with its winding steps and traditional houses. On the way back to Athinios port where the tour ends, you'll cruise on the King Thiras yacht under Oia where the best pictures can be taken of the amazing cliffs and breathtaking scenery. Once you arrive at the port, the bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 10,093 reviews

A tour that outdoes the reviews and a sunset that outdoes any others. The cruise was so professional from start to finish and some of the best service we had in Santorini. The sunset cruise followed an amazing route - red beach, white beach, hot springs, thira and oia. You don’t feel rushed at each point. The food is pretty basic but good home cooking and delicious bbq, and your drinks are always filled. The catamaran is spacious so you can sit with your group without being on top of the other people on the tour. The music - which is key! (as you’re on there for 5 hours) really was the perfect vibe! And the staff super friendly and knowledgeable. Really so so worth the money! Enjoy!

If you only have time for one excursion please make sure that the one to Thirasia with Nicole is the one. she is such a knowledgeable guide and an incredible person. I enjoyed so much hearing about the story of her island, visiting little farms, the cave houses and meeting her friends Yannis and Manuel. We foraged too, which was great and I had a delicious home cooked Greek feast.. I cannot recommend this tour more. Thanks Nicole, you have been amazing!

This trip is an absolute must! The hosts were so kind, and they taught us so much. Our meal went from the sea to the grill, and it was the best fish I’ve ever eaten.

It was an enjoyable adventure from start to finish. I’m a bit older than most who do the flying dress photo shoot, but he made me feel just as young as the others.

Our guide was excellent, funny and knowledgeable. We had a great time and felt like we definitely saw the highlights of santorini