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Santorini: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

1. 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: Dream Catcher 5-hour Sailing Trip in the Caldera

2. Santorini: Dream Catcher 5-hour Sailing Trip in the Caldera

Sail into the the Caldera on a 5-hour cruise on board the Dream Catcher catamaran. Visit the hot springs, see towering volcanic cliffs, swim, snorkel and enjoy a delicious barbecue meal. Your cruise will begin with pick-up from your accommodation in Santorini. You will then depart from Vlihada Marina and sail past the Ancient City of Akrotiri, heading towards the Red and White Beaches. Then, sail past the Indian Head Mountain and Venetian Lighthouse into the picturesque Caldera. Visit private bays with free time for swimming and snorkeling on beaches only accessible from the water. After the hot springs, a delicious BBQ lunch will be prepared in a beautiful secluded bay. After lunch, you will sail past the Volcanic Islands and Aspronisi to Vlihada Marina.  At the end of your cruise you will be picked up and transported back to your accommodation in Santorini.

Santorini: Sunset Caldera Cruise with BBQ Meal and Drinks

3. Santorini: Sunset Caldera Cruise with BBQ Meal and Drinks

Your cruise will begin with pick-up from your accommodation in Santorini. You will then depart from Vlihada Marina, and sail past the Ancient City of Akrotiri. Make your way to the Red and White Beaches, from where you'll sail past the Indian Head Mountain and Venetian Lighthouse into the picturesque Caldera. Visit private bays with free time for swimming and snorkeling on beaches only accessible from the water. After the hot springs, a delicious meal will be prepared for you. After dinner, you will sail past the Volcanic Islands and Aspronisi to Vlihada Marina. Enjoy the views of the sunset on the Aegean sea. At the end of your cruise you will be picked up and transported back to your accommodation in Santorini.

From Heraklion: Santorini Island Guided Tour

4. From Heraklion: Santorini Island Guided Tour

Enjoy a roundtrip tour to Santorini. Travel comfortably on a modern boat and in air-conditioned buses while learning about this island's history and mythology. Capture pictures of Santorini's famous Aegean architecture and narrow, winding streets.  Travel to Heraklion port where you will depart on a high-speed boat for Santorini. Enjoy ocean views on the 2.5-hour cruise to the island and pickup a snack from the bar onboard.  Arrive at Port Athinios and hop aboard the bus for the guided tour. Travel 40 minutes to Oia, where you will admire the blue and white houses built over the cliffs. Learn about the city before enjoying free time to admire the volcanic caldera at your own pace. Next, travel 30 minutes to Fira, the main town of Santorini, built on the edge of a 300-meter cliff. Check out its narrow streets, white vaulted houses, and bright blue domes. Have the option to take a cruise from Fira in a wooden boat to the volcano and hot springs (for an additional charge) or spend more time exploring the city. Return to Port Athinios where your guide will help you board the return ferry.  Take in the late-afternoon views on the boat before arriving at Heraklion port.

Santorini: Caldera Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Drinks

5. Santorini: Caldera Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Drinks

Discover the beauty of Santorini from a catamaran on a relaxing cruise. Swim at the iconic Red Beach among its scarlet rocks, see Nea Kameni's lava rocks and sulfuric water and enjoy a traditional Greek barbeque. Board a comfortable minibus at your hotel, and head to the Vlichada Marina. Sail to Red Beach and dive into the crystal-clear blue waters among the bright red rocks. Next, head to the secluded White Beach and snap photos of the looming cliffs and smooth sand. Cruise to Mesa Pigadia Beach and hop into the water to snorkel among the colorful fish. Continue past the famous Indian Face Mountain and the Akrotiri Lighthouse. Head to Nea Kameni and dive into its deep blue waters near the black lava and feel the sulfur and salt in the water. Return to the boat and enjoy an authentic Greek BBQ made with fresh products. Choose from chicken, beef sausage, fresh seabream, or a vegetarian option while sipping unlimited local dry white wine, beers, soft drinks, or water. After your dinner, head towards the Old Harbor of Santorini. If you choose the evening tour, relax and enjoy a stunning view of Santorini's sunset as you sail back. For those who prefer the morning option, sunbathe while listening to soothing music while you return to Vlichada Marina. At the marina, board a minibus and head back to your hotel.

Santorini: Luxurious Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

6. Santorini: Luxurious Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

A mini bus will take you from your hotel to Ammoudi port, where you will board one of the newest vessels of the fleet. Sail to Santorini's famous hot springs and swim for half an hour. Continue beyond Aspronisi Island, Akrotiri, the Indian rock and the Ancient lighthouse to reach the next stop at the Red Beach, where you can swim and snorkel for another half an hour.  Sail to the White Beach area in a 1.5 hour cruise and enjoy a barbecue feast before another round of swimming, snorkeling or relaxing on board the catamaran. Return to Ammoudi and, if enjoying the sunset tour, experience the sunset from the sea.

Santorini: Caldera and Oia with King Thiras Boat

7. Santorini: Caldera and Oia with King Thiras Boat

Starting by bus with pickup from your selected meeting point, you will arrive at the port of Athinios and board the King Thiras boat. You will then make a first stop at the volcanic island of Nea Kameni. Walking up the soil path, you will approach the crater of this still-active volcano. You will then continue to the second volcanic island named Palea Kameni, and make a stop approximately 50 meters from the hot springs to dive into the green sulfur waters, or simply relax and enjoy the view. Following the hot springs, you will sail to Thirasia Island, another part of Santorini before the eruption of the volcano. Stay in Thirasia for 2-3 hours, where you will have the chance to go swimming, go purchase lunch, or explore the village of Manolas with its winding steps and traditional houses. Leaving Thirasia island, you will head to the port of Athinios. The tour continues with a bus transfer to Oia village for the sunset. Your tour ends 30 minutes after the sunset, at which point you will gather at the pick up point in Oia where your bus will be waiting to take you back to the starting point.

1-Day Boat Trip: Santorini Volcano, Thirassia & Oia Sunset

8. 1-Day Boat Trip: Santorini Volcano, Thirassia & Oia Sunset

Take the bus from your hotel to the port of Athinios. Then climb aboard the boat and start your journey. First visit the volcanic island of Nea Kameni. Follow a bumpy trail to an active volcano crater. Then continue your journey to the island of Palea Kameni. The boat will take you within 50 meters of the thermal springs. Swim, splash or relax in the green sulfurous water. Discover the island of Thirasia, once part of Santorini before a volcanic eruption. On the beach you can swim, eat or explore the old village of Manola with its spiral staircases and quaint houses. Find somewhere to enjoy a snack or take a swim on the island's beach. Leaving Thirasia Island, King Thiras will sail under Oia on the way back to Athinios Port, where you can snap some wonderful photos of the cliffs and the breathtaking scenery. The tour continues with a bus transfer to Oia Village for the sunset. The tour ends 30 minutes after the sunset. You will gather at the pickup point in Oia where the bus will be waiting to take you back to the meeting point.

Santorini Caldera: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Meal

9. Santorini Caldera: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Meal

Climb aboard at Vlychada Marina and sail towards Red Beach and White Beach. Get some time to go for a swim and snorkel at Mesa Pigadia Beach. Continue to Indian Rock and the Lighting House, where the sails will be opened to sail inside the caldera. See the snow white houses of Fira, Firostefani and Imerovigli from a different perspective before time to swim in the healing hot spring waters and explore the volcanic beaches of Palea and Nea Kameni. Stop for a barbecue dinner, prepared and served by the crew. Sip some local white wine and listen to the sound of the waves as the sun sets into the sea.

Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

10. Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

Get picked up from a location of your choice on Santorini and meet your private driver/guide. Decide with your guide which sights you would like to see on this fully-customizable tour. The below itinerary is just offered as an example.  First, stop in the traditional village of Firostefani famous for its blue-domed churches. See and learn about the geological formation of the island, and the genesis, and history of Santorini.  Continue through the scenic countryside to the village of Oia, the most photographed location in Santorini. Next, head to Profitis Ilias, which is the highest hill in Santorini. From its top at 567 m, enjoy the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea. There, you are able to visit the Monastery of Profitis Ilias and a Greek Orthodox chapel, listen to the sounds of Byzantine music and get a taste of their hand-made products.  Alternatively, opt to visit the ancient ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient Minoan village that was buried by the island’s colossal volcanic eruption. Don't miss the chance to see the incredible, well-preserved remnants of the settlement for yourself. Afterward, head to Red Beach, named for its distinctively colored sand. On your way to the south, stop to explore the famous black beaches and its nice viewpoint. Take many beautiful pictures of this unique landscape. Lastly, wind your tour down with an indulgent stop at a local winery. Santorini has produced its own wine since ancient times, and sampling its product is the perfect way to get a taste of the island's history.

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Great trip , our driver was Thomas . He very informative and had a bit of chat with him also , 4 of us on the trip and we all enjoyed it , we were brought to very scenic views , Do make sure you get your self to the cable car in plenty of time to go back down to the port , there was a queue with a wait up to 1.5 hours at 2.30 pm . Bring an umbrella with you to protect you from the heat if you decide to wait in the queue . We ended up walking it , but it was a bit frightening in areas as it was slippy , my legs were in pain for a couple of days afterwards , wear good walking type shoes with a good GRIP on them , I seen people with trainers who nearly slipped . It can be a bit smelly with the Pooh from the donkeys so bring a face mask in case , Sabtotini was beautiful. We had no problem getting up on the cable car as we left the ship at 9 am to get on the tender boat to port

The tour was really fun, very organised and our tour guide Chris was very energetic, knowledgeable and helpful. Our bus in the morning was a bit late but other than that we had a good time. Everything else was on time, the boat wasn’t that bad as other reviews mention, yes some people sat in the sun but that’s because there wasn’t much cover anyway. There is bar on the boat for drinks and refreshments. I felt we had enough time to do all the mentioned activities, the sunset in Oía was spectacular, only thing you have to rush back to the bus straight after sun goes down as the streets are busy with tourists. Overall great experience

This cruise was a very pleasant moment during this dynamic trip to Santorini. You will be able to see the renowned beaches of the island like The Red Beach and The White Beach. The view of these beaches is simply breathtaking from the boat. The crew takes great care to satisfy you and have lunch at the foot of Nez Kameni where you can swim in turquoise blue water that has nothing to envy with other better known spots... A great discovery.. And if you want to snorkel it is also possible. What more ...

What was not like. Clean catamaran, good friendly and informative crew, free drinks alcoholic and soft, great weather, nice places to swim, good scenery to watch go by, see Santorini from the sea, BBQ was excellent pork chicken prawns pasta salad all made onboard at a swim stop, beautiful sunset. Overall stunning and a must do. Would hate to have missed this

This was an amazing experience. Saw a different side to Santorini and away from the crowds. Sea was a bit choppy but the catamaran made light work of this. The sunset views were amazing