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Red Beach, Santorini

Red Beach, Santorini: 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: All-Inclusive Luxury Catamaran Small Group Cruise

2. 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: Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Open Bar

3. 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: Sunset Cruise with Swim Stops, Dinner, and Drinks

4. Santorini: Sunset Cruise with Swim Stops, Dinner, and Drinks

Explore the coastline of Santorini on this sailboat sunset cruise. Soak in the volcanic hot springs and swim through the waters of Red beach. View White Beach and the Black Mountain Beach. Watch the sunset over the sea while eating an authentic Greek dinner.  Sail along the southern coastline of Santorini and admire the lunar-like coastline of the island. At the picturesque Red Beach, dive into the crystalline waters for a swim or snorkel to explore the rich seabed. Continue sailing with views of White Beach, the Black Mountain Beach, and the Venetian lighthouse south of the Caldera. Next, stop to take a relaxing dip in the therapeutic volcanic hot springs.  Admire the impressive beauty of the sunset, while a dinner of traditional Greek mezzes, barbeque, and plenty of vegetarian options is served. Sip on local wines and finish your meal with a sweet dessert. Return to your accommodation in Santorini at the end of your tour. 

Santorini: Private Catamaran Cruise with Food & Drinks

5. Santorini: Private Catamaran Cruise with Food & Drinks

Discover the stunning Santorini coastline on this catamaran tour from Vlychada Marina. Sail to sights like Red Beach, White Beach, and the volcanic hot springs. Enjoy a delicious meal paired with local wine and beer. Embark on a day trip around Santorini starting with convenient pickup (with extra charge) from your accommodation and a transfer to your catamaran. Discover unique parts of the island that are not reachable by car and uncover worlds under the waves with the included snorkeling gear. Depart from the Vlychada Marina in the morning or afternoon. Along the way, there will be many beautiful spots to relax, swim, and snorkel at Red Beach, White Beach, and Mésa Pigádia beach. Admire views of Indian Rock and the 18-century Venetian Lighthouse Keep your camera ready to capture the magical sunset onboard if you choose the sunset cruise. Enjoy lunch prepared onboard of fresh seafood, chicken fillet, and salads, or a vegetarian meal (upon request). Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Drinks

6. 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

7. 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: Luxurious Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

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

Sail along the caldera and explore the scenic beauty on a luxurious catamaran cruise. Dive into the waters of the Red and White beaches of Santorini for swimming or snorkeling before marveling at the magical sunset colors of the skyline. 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 on 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: Sunset Sea Kayak with Light Dinner

9. Santorini: Sunset Sea Kayak with Light Dinner

Enjoy a unique tour that will offer you a private and peaceful view of the Santorini sunset, away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy parts of the island. This tour will have you sitting in a kayak as you watch the Mediterranean sun disappear under the ocean's horizon.  Enjoy a relaxing start to your tour with a transfer service to and from your hotel. You will be picked up at your accommodation and taken to Mesa Pigardia, a Black Beach on the south coast of the island where your kayak tour will begin. Paddle east along the coastline as you pass White Beach, named for its spectacular white cliffs that loom above. Continue on to Red Beach and marvel at the colors created by volcanic activity.  Take some time out for a break on Kampia Beach where you will receive a fresh snack at a tradition taverna. After you have spent some time swimming exploring life in the water, you will head back to your kayak where you will paddle west to admire the beautiful rock formations and caves built into the cliffs. Shortly after you will reach the Black Mountain. Here is where you will experience one of the most epic sunsets of your lift.  Return to your starting point at Mesa Pigadia, and change into your dry clothes before sitting down to a traditional Greek dinner at a local tavern. Following the meal, you will be driven back to your pick-up location.

Santorini - 5 Hours Most Attractive Sightseing Island Tour

10. Santorini - 5 Hours Most Attractive Sightseing Island Tour

You will be collected early in the morning from your hotel on Santorini Island and driven in a luxury, modern, minivan with WiFi and air conditioning to the most attractive sightseeing spots on the island.  Augmented reality maps will be provided for free to passengers in order to give you the opportunity to get more information via your mobile phone about the sites. Your first stop is the Akrotiri Archaeological Site and museum in Akrotiri where you can feel the atmosphere of the island's volcanic eruption days and also see ancient ruins.  Then you will drive to the nearby Red Beach which is popular because of its amazing pure and volcanic red rocks formation. Here you can take some time to swim and relax. Then, you will head to Black Beach in Perissa to swim, relax, or have a meal at one of the seafront bars. Next up, enjoy a wine tasting in Venetsanos Winery. You will have the opportunity to try some of the most excellent local wines in quality and flavor, such as Vinsanto, Nichteri, and Assyrtiko. End the tour with stops in Pyrgos and Oia, the most traditional villages in Santorini.  Here, you'll have enough time to explore and admire the Cycladic architecture and Greek hospitality, walk in the narrow pathways next to blue and white old and traditional houses, go shopping, or relax and admire the breathtaking views of the island of Caldera.

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What people are saying about Red Beach, Santorini

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 8,435 reviews

This was exactly for what we were hoping when booking this cruise. A well-sized catamaran with both outdoor and indoor areas, accompanied by the open bar and great food. We stopped at different areas and had opportunities to swim and/or snorkel as desired. Meeting other vacationers was a great part of the experience and, by the time we reached sunset viewing time, the whole crowd became friends. Highly recommend this experience!

Although it rained and we did not realise that Santorini shuts down in the winter months we were able to explore the island without any crowds. Arthur took us to all the historic famous locations for some of the most unbelievable photos. Our visit to the winery and the tasting of the Santorini wines was fabulous. Lunch at the Black Sand beach was wonderful and we were grateful the Sun began to shine through.

I booked this as a gift, it was perfect and definitely worth the cost in my eyes. The food and drinks were plenty too. the sightseeing and swimming opportunities were great. The people we went with were friendly which made the experience in itself. Would highly recommend.

We had a fantastic experience on this cruise this past June. We got to swim in two different spots, and snorkel as well. Our tour guides were knowledgeable, fun and served a yummy meal too!

The tour guide explained in deep detail about life in Santorini. The best tour ever