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Palea Kameni: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit

2. 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: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Drinks

3. Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Drinks

Set sail on a luxury catamaran cruise either in the morning or evening to witness the glorious Santorini sunset. Savor authentic Greek food and swim in the tranquil waters. After being picked up from your hotel, a luxury minibus takes you straight to the marina/bay where your cruise will begin. Sail straight to Thirassia Island for your first swimming stop and dive into its deep blue crystalline waters. Then, head to the historic volcanic islets and take photos of their deep black lava, and yellow and white rocks, and feel the salt in the water. On the morning cruise, enjoy a greek traditional BBQ with fresh chicken or fish, appetizers, salads, and fresh fruits on the Nea Kameni islet. After your lunch you head towards and pass through the Old Harbour of Fira for a brief stop for photos and then Armeni bay, before the disembarkation. On the sunset cruise, the cruise goes on after the stop at the Volcanic Islet, as you will sail towards the Lighthouse, pass through the famous Indian Face Mountain and drop the anchor on Mesa Pigadia Beach where you will snorkel in turquoise waters. Capture with your lens the crystalline white rocks of the White Beach and the scarlet ones of the famous Red Beach. Spend approximately 1 hour at the Red Beach and enjoy a proper greek traditional BBQ made with fresh products while sipping unlimited local dry white wine, beer, soft drinks, or water. After your dinner, sail back with open sails towards the Old Harbor of Santorini and Armeni bay. The cruise ends with the highlight of the tour, Santorini's magnificent and unique sunset. Sit back and enjoy it while listening to soothing and relaxing music. Arrive at Ammoudi bay where you'll board one of the minibusses which will take you back to your accommodation.

Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

4. 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

5. 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: 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: Traditional Wooden Boat Tour with Meal and Wine

7. 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: Volcano and Hot Springs Sunset Dinner Cruise

8. Santorini: Volcano and Hot Springs Sunset Dinner Cruise

Take in the views of Santorini's coastline on a Sunset dinner cruise. Enjoy free time at Nea Kameni volcano, soak in the hot springs, and sail across the underwater craters to Thirasia Island. Benefit from pickup at your hotel, and then drive to Athinios Port to board a boat. Cruise to the island of Nea Kameni and get the chance to climb to the top of the volcano. Continue to Palia Kameni to dive and swim in the hot springs created by the underwater powers of the volcano. Sail above the underwater craters to Thirasia Island, and anchor close to the shore. Relax with a buffet dinner of pork rolls, chicken rolls, rice, and baked potatoes, along with Greek salad, tzatziki, bread, and seasonal fruit, all served with local wine. Set sail as the sun begins to sink into the sea and experience the true romance of Santorini from the water.

From Santorini: Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni & Thirassia Cruise

9. From Santorini: Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni & Thirassia Cruise

This experience starts with our pick up service from a centralized pickup point near to your hotel. We get to the port of Athinios and first stop is to the lava island of Nea Kameni where you will have the chance to ascend the soil path and approach the crater of the active volcano. Next we will sail to the second island, the island Palea Kameni. The boat makes a stop approximately 50 meters away from the Hot Springs, so you can dive in the orange sulphur waters and enjoy the view. The tour continues to Thirasia island where you will have free time for lunch, swimming or to explore the charming traditional village of Manolas. On the way back you will enjoy breath-taking views of the cliffs and the amazing scenery. One of the best Santorini day tours ends full of memories!

Santorini: Thirassia Islands and Volcano Guided Cruise

10. Santorini: Thirassia Islands and Volcano Guided Cruise

See Santorini's volcanic islands on a yacht tour from Athinios port. Walk up to Nea Kameni's active volcano, explore Thiarassia Island's beaches and villages, and swim in the healing water of Palea Kameni's hot springs. Begin your day with a hotel pickup and transfer to Athinios Port. Board your yacht and set sail for the lava island Nea Kameni. After disembarking, follow a dirt path to the crater of the still-active volcano. Then, return to the boat to sail to Palea Kameni Island. Dive off the boat into the green sulfur waters of the hot springs, wet your feet, or just enjoy the view. Next, cruise to Thirassia Island, which was once part of the island of Santorini before the volcano's explosion. Spend 2 hours exploring on your own. Go for a swim, 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, stop to take picture-perfect photos of the cliffs and breathtaking scenery at Oia. Once you arrive at the port, the bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Palea Kameni

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 9,654 reviews

It was truly breathtaking. The captain and the guide were very kind and gave all instructions. The guide even called my phone before the boat left the harbor just to make sure we were coming. The first stop is the volcano hill climb which was amazing and beautiful. So many beautiful sights, it was truly one of a kind. 2nd stop was the hotsprings, It really was warm hotub feeling once you swim over, the boat can only get so close. Hightly recommend.

Great day out. Highly recommended. Transfer came to collect us to bring us to the board. Your guide was brilliant. Valcano was amazing. Swimming was gorgeous. Food was OK. Sunset was incredible from the water. Transfer waiting when we got off to bring us home. 10 out of 10

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

Nice trip to explore the volcanic mountain and swim in the sea. Beautiful views, really enjoyed it.

Amazing experience with great food and a lot of sights