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 Cruise with Meals and Drinks

2. 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

3. 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 Caldera Cruise with Meal and Drinks

4. 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: ATV-Quad Experience

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

7. 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.

From Fira: Santorini Wrangler Jeep Convoy Tour & Villages

8. From Fira: Santorini Wrangler Jeep Convoy Tour & Villages

The tour starts with transfer from your hotel to the starting point. The tour starts after a short breefing about the Jeeps and the places that we will visit. The convoy starts with a small tour around Pyrgos village to showcase the panoramic view of Kamari, mostly to let the guests get acquainted with driving the car. Then follows the first off road part from Pyrgos all the way down to Megalochori village After that, the first stop is at the windmills in Emporio. Off road drive to Vlychada, small stop to the port of Vlychada (1st toilet stop if requested) followed by a quick tour to Perivolos black beach. From there we head to the main off road part that heads to Theros Beach, where we make the first Drone video and photo session. After Theros we head to Saint Anna church where we follow a small trail to a secret and quiet beach for a 40 minutes beach stop and then we return for the BBQ break at the church of Saint Anna for approximately 40 minutes. Continuing our drive we head for the Akrotiri area, towards Kaminia Beach where we climb the panoramic side and then we drive until the point of Akrotiri for a stop and second drone session to a magnificent point overlooking the caldera. (Lets say above the white beach) Finally we drive until Megalochori to a beautiful and not crowdy sunset point for the last drone session before returning to the starting point.

Santorini: Luxury Sunset Cruise with Dinner & Open Bar

9. Santorini: Luxury Sunset Cruise with Dinner & Open Bar

Depart from the picturesque beach of Vlychada. Sail along Red Beach, White Beach, Black Mountain Beach, and the lighthouse south of the Caldera.  Continue along the Caldera coastline to the volcanic islands and the famous hot springs for snorkeling and swimming. Be left breathless while sailing along the beautiful coastline admiring the unique Caldera. Make your last stop at Thirassia Island for dinner with wine and dessert. On the return to the port of Ammoudi, admire the spectacular colors of the world-famous Santorini sunset. 

Santorini: Private Day Cruise with Barbeque and Drinks

10. Santorini: Private Day Cruise with Barbeque and Drinks

After being picked up from your accommodation, set out from the port of Vlychada at 10:00 am for a five hour cruise around Santorini. Admire the varied landscape of an island that was shaped by a massive volcanic eruption centuries ago, leaving rugged cliffs that drop down into an underwater caldera. Choose where you cruise based on the suggestions of your crew and your personal preferences.  Check out the famous Red Beach, known for its striking red and black volcanic sand. Or if you're looking for a more isolated spot, cruise to White Beach, which is backed by the stark white cliffs that give it its name and free of facilities, making for less tourists. Stop off at the Santorini hot springs on the island of Nea Kameni where you can also check out the central crater of the Santorini volcano. Take a stroll through the picturesque town of Oia, admiring the classic whitewashed houses and stunning views of the caldera. Whichever stops you choose to make are bound to impress you with the unique beauty and flavor of Santorini.   On your way back, sail along the nearby island of Therasia. Enjoy a delicious barbeque meal onboard accompanied by unlimited drinks. Arrive back in the port of Vlychada and get transferred back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Vlichada

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 4,816 reviews

Our catamaran tour was everything we'd hoped it would be. With a small group of travelers (9 of us in total) we had plenty of room to mingle if we desired or find a spot to keep to ourselves on the boat. Our boat was in excellent condition, the crew were very kind & attentive, all our wants & needs were met. The lunch was divine & HUGE. We are thrilled that we booked this & highly recommend it to any other Santorini visitors.

Excellent cruise for a short period of time we stayed in Santorini. Staff are very accommodating and always making sure they meet our needs. We had a great time sailing around the island. Highly recommended while in Santorini! I will surely book this again on my next visit to Santorini.

Perfect cruise, boat is very nice and decorated with lots of seating options. Drinks really are unlimited and my glass was never empty. Would skip on the snacks part as it was not the nicest, just wait for dinner at a restaurant. Can’t recommend this enough.

Great value for money: Nice small group experience around the island. you get to see a bunch of things while relaxing with your drink and food :) I would highly recommend!

The food was great, the tours was great and the staff was very friendly. I'd highly recommend this tour!