Excursions in Santorini

Santorini is not an island too big, so you can travel it in a short time and make multiple excursions. From Santorini we are going to propose small excursions or tours of a few hours or a day to some of the most symbolic places of this dream island, such as the caldera of the volcano, the hot springs, traditional villages or the most famous sunset in Santorini

Many of the travelers surely prefer to travel the island by car in a freer way, choosing their own itinerary. But many others will opt for some of these excursions or visits to Santorini, since they are organized, in many cases with a guide, and last a short time, which often do not have

On this 6-and-a-half-hour visit, we offer you a boat tour of the flooded caldera of Santorini and a visit to NeaKameni, the hot springs of PaleaKameni, the Thirassia island and the bay of Oia / Armeni.

Cruise on the Caldera of Santorini and Oia sunset

It is a cruise around the Caldera of Santorini for 6 and a half hours, and a dinner on board while watching one of the most famous sunsets on the island, in the Bay of Oia.

The same visit, but with a visit to the hot springs of PaleaKameni, the island of Thirassia and the beautiful sunset of Oia.

Excursion to traditional villages of Santorini and sunset in Oia

For 2 hours and a quarter, visit the most important towns of Santorini and the archaeological site of Akrotiri. And to end the day, enjoy the beautiful Oia sunset.

Excursion by bus through Santorini

This 6-hour and a quarter tour will take you through some of the most interesting places on the island, such as the ProfitisIlias Mountain, the highest point of Santorini, the picturesque village of Megalochori, Perissa, the Museum of Prehistory and a winery of the Unique wines of the island.

Cruising the Santorini Caldera on the Aphrodite boat and sunset

The cruise is like the previous one, with the difference that it is 4 hours and the ship is the well-known sailboat Aphrodite.

Visit to the volcano and hot springs

This 3-hour tour will take you to NeaKameni to see the crater of the active volcano and includes a swim in the warm waters of PaleaKameni.

Visit to the volcano, Hot Springs, and Thirassia

It is a similar excursion to the previous one, only it lasts 6 hours and includes a visit to Thirassia.

Donkey excursions

A typical excursion in Santorini is a donkey ride, a well-known tourist circuit that is not to everyone’s taste, but we inform you about it. The tour consists in arriving at Fira by donkey or mule up the numerous stairs that there are from the port. Sometimes you hear opinions of people prefer to go on foot because of the slope and others think that animals are abused.

How to get to Santorini

You can get to Santorini by sea or air. People who want to cross the sea and enjoy a trip a little slower and a more extensive route can take the ferries that provide the service or take the direct flight.

a) By sea

If you access Santorini by sea, you must know that the port is not located within any city, because the whole island ends or flows into a large cliff.

The port is located a few kilometers from the capital Thira, and to get out of the port you must climb a super-slope, which you cannot do on foot. We came to look for the company of the rental car to the port and the truth is that it was very practical and comfortable, and we avoided having to go by bus to Thira.

b) By air

Perhaps one of the best ways to see and experience the island is thorough Santorini helicopter tours. It is one of the most exciting and memorable tours  one can embark on. It allows for views that are virtually impossible to see by any other means of travel.

As a recommendation for visitors, is to make reservations in advance in case you wish to arrive in high season.

c) Flights

The fastest way to get to Santorini is by plane. In case you travel from Spain, direct flights are the best alternative, however, if you are one of the people who book at the last minute, they will not get a better rate and you will surely get a price that only transoceanic flights offer you.

It is important to keep in mind that the schedules of the transoceanic flights are at dawn and if you want to arrive you should consider taking it or making stopovers.

The airport is also close to Thira, but it is not in the city, so you will need to go by bus to the capital or arrange with the rental company to pick you up there.