Day trip

From Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Santorini by Boat

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS
Day trip

From Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Santorini by Boat

Activity provider: PLATANOS TOURS

From US$ 256.74 per person

Experience the beauty and romance of Santorini on a day trip from Crete. After a high-speed ferry, be driven around for a guided tour of the island. Marvel at the island's blue and white buildings.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 13 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, German, French, Russian, Polish
Pickup optional
Pickup in Panormo, Scaleta, Adele, Platanias, Missiria, Rethymno, Atsipopoulo, Sfakaki, Stavromenos, Gerani, Kavros, and Georgioupoli. Pickup is from your hotel or the closest point accessible by a vehicle. You'll receive specific pickup information in a separate email from the local partner (please check your spam folder).
Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover the beauty of Santorini by air-conditioned bus
  • Experience the unique views from the village of Oia
  • Marvel at the blue and white buildings of the island
  • Enjoy some free time in Fira
  • Stroll down the picturesque alleys and take in the views
Full description

Experience the iconic clifftop villages overlooking the Aegean on a guided day trip to Santorini. Transfer from Rethymno to a luxury catamaran. Soak up the caldera views, see the pastel-painted houses of Oia, and stroll through the streets of Fira. Start your day trip from Crete at the port of Rethymno or opt to include pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle and marvel at the blue and white buildings typical of the island on your way to the harbor. Climb aboard a luxury, high-speed catamaran and journey to Santorini. Upon arrival at the port of Athinios, take a tour of the island by air-conditioned bus. Learn about the history of one of the most romantic islands in Greece from your guide. Travel through the beautiful countryside en route to the village of Oia at the northernmost tip of the island. Built on the lip of a volcanic caldera, the village offers magnificent views of the blue and white houses studded along the hillside.   Continue to Fira and get plenty of free time to explore the island's capital. Stroll down the picturesque alleys and take in the views of the architecture typical to the Aegean. Browse the shops or enjoy a drink at a bar with stunning views of the volcano and its caldera cliffs. Alternatively, travel by boat to the caldera (subject to availability) for views of the volcano up close.

Depart for Crete in the evening for the return trip to the Port of Rethymno, where the tour ends. If you opt to include transfers, you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

  • Boat tickets (Rethimno-Santorini-Rethimno)
  • Transportation on the island
  • Tour guide in English, German, French, Polish, and Russian
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Optional volcano boat tour (€20)
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

You will be sent your ferry tickets in advance to board the catamaran at the port of Rethymno, Crete. The guide will find you on the boat shortly before arriving in Santorini.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 190 reviews

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Be prepared for a really long day - 6 hours on the boat for 6 hours on Santorini plus all your transfer and wait times. So set expectations. Having said that, we did and we thought it was a great day out. Delivered on the white buildings and blue domes of Oia (suggest That better be the reason you are doing the trip). Thira not as interesting. But the guide on the bus was truly excellent and pulled it all together. Factual and entertaining. The boat was held up leaving in the morning (not their fault) but they tried to appease anyway by adjusting return schedule so no time was list and offered hot dinner for free in the return trip. Boat was beyond comfortable seating (like airplane business class) and really didn’t seem like 3 hours each way. Not sure I’d want more than a full day on santorini anyway but got my bucket list photos. Kudos all round.

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July 23, 2022

Excellent excursion, everything went as indicated, the recovery time in the morning, the sequence of trips… superb excursion, to do even if it is really very (too) busy… +++ great guide all in French and a lot of explanations on the island !! - you just have to know that you need a lot of transport (bus, boat, bus, boat, bus) during the day, it can be tiring but it's really worth it!

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July 22, 2022

Overall it was a great experience but it started off badly. On the morning of departure, to convert the voucher into a ticket I queued for 1 hour, the ferry left 1.30 hours late. Fortunately, the shipping company remedied by offering dinner on the way back ..... I had asked for the guide in Italian but he explained only in English ....... Santorini is worth seeing.

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July 20, 2022

Product ID: 109648