1. Greece
  2. Cyclades
  3. Oia
  4. Palea Kameni

Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit

Product ID: 134943
Cruise to the volcanic islands of Santorini's caldera region. Swim in hot springs, admire views from an active volcano and explore the typical villages of Thirassia and Oia.
About this activity
Duration: 6 - 10 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Greek

Pickup optional

Pickup from near your hotel. You will receive a separate email/call from the local tour operator with the exact point and time one day before. Approximate pickup times: Oia: 8:25AM, Imerovigli: 8:35AM, Firostefani: 8:40 AM, Fira: 8:50 AM, Kamari: 8:40AM, Perissa: 8:40AM, Akrotiri: 9:00AM.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Peer into the crater of an active volcano
  • Swim in volcanic sulfur waters
  • Explore the the city of Thirassia on your own
  • Experience a spectacular sunset in Oia
4 - 8 hours
  • Santorini

  • 30 minutes
  • Nea Kameni (free time)

  • Santorini Volcano (hiking)

    • Optional
  • Palea Kameni (swimming, hot spring)

  • 30 minutes
  • Thirassia (free time, swimming)

  • 30 minutes
  • Oia

    • Optional
  • 30 minutes
  • Santorini

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
Full description
Sail from Athinios Port to small islands that are home to volcanos, hot springs and traditional villages.

Stop at Nea Kameni and take the path to the crater of the active volcano. Enjoy free time to explore the island. Next, head to Palea Kameni, and swim in the hot springs.

Return to the boat for a short sail to Thirassia, where you’ll have free time to explore. 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. This option is running from 1 May to 21 September. Depending on the option chosen, the duration of the tour is 6 or 10 hours. 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.
  • Round-trip bus transfer from your hotel area (if option selected)
  • Audio commentary on the boat
  • Stop at Volcano, Hot Springs and Thirassia island
  • Bar on the boat
  • Option for free time and sunset at Oia village
What’s Not Included
  • Volcano entrance fee (€2.50 per person)
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Santorini Old Harbor. You can take the cable car from Fira to the Old Port. Please arrive 15 minutes before the activity begins. You must exchange your voucher at the ticket counter before the tour begins.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Sun hat
  • Towel
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with mobility limitation
• For the hike on the volcano you need to bring walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat
• If you book the option with the sunset at Oia please note that after getting back to the port you will be transferred by buses to Oia
• Pick-up is done from central meeting point near your hotel and begins approximately 60-90 minutes before the cruise departure. You will receive an email with details one day before the cruise
• During summer the boat is usually crowded but there is a seat for every passenger
• At hot springs, non-confident swimmers can stay on the boat. Please note that the boat is equipped with life jackets that are only provided in case of emergency
• The Oia Sunset option does not run in October, November, or April because the sunset is earlier so there is not enough time
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 1492 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.2 / 5
  • Organization
    3.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.3 / 5
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The tour was fine. The portion of the tour on the volcano was okay, we took a two mile hike around a basic mountain that had lava rock on it. The guide was nice. The hot springs were cool. The warm water is patchy though so you have to search for the warmer water and the sulfur in the water turned the white on people's swimsuits a redish orange. The restaurant the tour guide recommended for lunch was delish and they had yummy white wine. Also, the boat sells drinks for a reasonable price.

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November 7, 2019

The trip to the volcano was amazing. The time spent on the boat was really lovely and the sights were great. We didn’t swim in the hot springs, but according to other passengers it wasn’t something worth fretting over, it would probably be nicer in the summer. Thirassa was pretty and the cats were friendly, but honestly the time there should’ve been cut tremendously. 2 hours was way too long in the sun and there wasn’t THAT much to see. The food options on the bay were all awful, it would be advisable to just bring your own food. Otherwise, everything was great. The staff was friendly and having a bar on board was definitely a plus. We really enjoyed our time.

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October 26, 2019

Very enjoyable day

Within a few hours of booking I received an email about our pickup. The guide was excellent and fluent in French and English. We were quickly onto the very attractive boat which wasn't crowded. A short ride took us to Nea Kameni and an interesting walk up the volcanic island. Best to wear sensible shoes for this - flip flops etc not a good idea as it is dusty and stony underfoot. Then onto the hot springs where you can swim off the boat. At Thirassia we walked up to the village on a steep path which was rather smelly with mule poo and not a lot to see up there. 'Different Taverna' wasn't great with feral cats everywhere and poor service. Back on the boat we had a relaxing cruise around the caldera. Having visited Santorini many years ago when Nea Kameni wasn't open to visitors I was really keen to see it and so pleased we took this trip. Excellent value for money. No lunch provided so we picked up sandwiches from a bakery near our accommodation.

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October 21, 2019

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Product ID: 134943