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Adamas: Kleftiko Half-Day Speedboat Cruise With Snorkeling

1. Adamas: Kleftiko Half-Day Speedboat Cruise With Snorkeling

West Milos cruise (09:30 to 14:30): Adamas - cape Vani - Sykia cave - Kleftiko - Kalogries - Klima. In this 5-hour long trip, Volcano takes off at 9:30 ΑM from the port of Adamas. While cruising through the gulf of Milos you will learn about the history, geology, and culture of Milos from the guide and enjoy the views of the colorful rock formations on cape Vani. Approximately 25-30 minutes from departure, you will have the chance to enjoy the emerald-green waters of Sykia, an impressive sea cave with collapsed roof, and taste a homemade breakfast towards the end of the 45-minute stop. Just 15 minutes later the engines will stop in Kleftiko bay, a complex of volcanic rocks formed about 3 million years ago, during the emergence of Milos from the Aegean Sea. The eye-catching formations and the numerous sea caves in the area, formed later by the erosional power of the waves and the winds, were utilized by the pirates as a boat hideout in Medieval times. You will stay there for about 2 hours, split in two 45-minute stops in different parts of the bay, where you can swim in the crystal-clear waters and explore the sea caves in two guided snorkeling tours, led by two experienced divers - crew members. Following the return from each activity, platters with fresh fruit and traditional Milos snacks will await for you along with refreshments or a cold beer. Kalogries bay will be the last swimming stop of the cruise. This small bay in the northwestern part of Milos comprises a contrasting scenery with greenish rocks and almost transparent shallow water and it is considered the natural swimming pool of the island. In a 45-minute stop, you will enjoy swimming and relaxing in this unique location, guaranteed this will be among the highlights of your visit in Milos. Returning inside the gulf of Milos, the boat will speed down in front of the picturesque fishermen village of Klima, allowing you to get panoramic views and photographs of the characteristic Cycladic architecture. Leaving you full of memories and impressions about the dazzling natural beauty of Milos Island, your cruise will return to Adamas port at around 14:30 PM. ***Please note that any individual cruise may be rescheduled, depending on the weather forecast and safety reasons at the discretion of the captain. In case of prevailing strong northern winds, the "Adamas-Kleftiko: Half-Day speedboat cruise with snorkeling" can be rescheduled along the protected south coast of Milos, according to the following itinerary: Paleochori - Kleftiko Half-Day (Alternative Cruise) South Milos cruise (09:30 to 14:30): Paleochori - Gerakas - Kleftiko - Sykia cave - Tsigrado.

Santorini: Luxury Small Group Catamaran w/ Meal & Open Bar

2. 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

3. 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: Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit

4. Santorini: Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit

Sail from Athinios Port to small islands that are home to volcanos, hot springs, and traditional villages. Enjoy some free time on each island, enjoy the fantastic views and charming atmospheres of typical Greek countryside. Set sail from Athinios and enjoy live commentary on board throughout the journey. First stop at Nea Kameni where you can take the path to the crater of the active volcano as you enjoy free time to explore the island. Next, head to Palea Kameni, and swim in the volcanic hot springs. Return to the boat for a short sail to Thirassia, where you’ll have free time to explore this charming village. Then, 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. 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.

Mykonos: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Lunch & Drinks

5. Mykonos: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Lunch & Drinks

Set sail on the Aegean Sea with this catamaran cruise from Mykonos. Explore the crystalline coves around the islands of Rheina and Delos. Swim, snorkel, or simply lounge in the sun. Drop anchor for a delicious Greek meal cooked and served on board. After a pickup from your hotel, travel by air-conditioned minivan to the new port of Mykonos for your cruise. Meet your professional skipper and crew. Settle into a comfortable spot on the modern catamaran. Sit back and admire the small white houses of the island as your vessel pulls away from the dock. Relax and enjoy the sea breeze and take snaps of the views as your catamaran cuts through the waves of the Aegean Sea. Enjoy unlimited traditional Mykonos wine as you sail. After a short journey across the north part of the island, continue to the archeological site of Delos. Make the best of a quick stop in front of Delos by taking photos of the site from the vessel. Learn about the history of the island from your guide. Then, sail to the nearby island of Rhenia and drop anchor in a small cove with crystal-clear turquoise water. Take some time for swimming or snorkeling while the crew prepares your delicious lunch. Feast on a delicious Greek meal on board. On the journey back, see picturesque windmills on the island and Mykonos town. If you pick the sunset cruise, witness a beautiful golden sunset. Watch as the sun goes down over the horizon. Dock back at the port and finish your tour with a drop-off at your hotel.

Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

6. Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

Embark on a full-day guided tour of Santorini's highlights. Visit the iconic blue-domed churches of Oia, admire the views from Profitis Ilias, and relax on the shores of Perissa Beach before some well-deserved wine tasting. After pickup from your hotel, board the luxury coach and drive to Profitis Ilias, the highest point on the island. Take in an incredible panorama of the entire island of Santorini, and the stunning deep blue color of the Aegean Sea while learning about the island´s fascinating volcanic history. Wander around the courtyard of the 18th-century monastery that sits on top of the mountain. Then visit the Saint Nektarios chapel and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Continue to the village of Pyrgos, a hidden gem of Santorini. Wander through its winding alleys and immerse yourself in its traditional atmosphere. See typical houses, blue-domed churches, and quaint shops. Walk up to its imposing castle for beautiful vistas of the surrounding area. The next stop is Emporio, where you will join a guided walk and visit the small Venetian fortress. Feel like you’re on the set of Mamma Mia as you discover the many doorways, windows, alleys, and arches of this picturesque medieval village. Continue to Perissa Beach, also known as Black Beach. Here, there will be plenty of free time to go swimming in the sea or have lunch at one of the Greek tavernas facing the beach. Take the opportunity to taste local Santorinian wine, one of the most famous products of the island. Learn about the winemaking process and enjoy a private wine tasting session of 3 wines made of local grape varieties. In the early evening, arrive at the cliff-top village of Oia with its famous blue-domed churches. Embark on a guided walk from Saint George's Church in the most peaceful part of Oia. Learn about Oia´s glorious maritime past and admire elegant captains' mansions and cave-like houses along the way. Once at the bustling castle area, enjoy some free time to take some photos, shop, or have a relaxing drink. Finally, watch an incredible sunset before meeting up with your guide opposite Platsani Church. Board the bus for a relaxing evening journey with drop-off back at your hotel.

Naxos: Half-Day Cooking Class at Basiliko Family Tavern

7. Naxos: Half-Day Cooking Class at Basiliko Family Tavern

Learn about the traditional cuisine of Naxos, Greek food, or satisfy you passion for cooking with a traditional cooking course at a rural village. All dishes are made from local and fresh ingredients and with pure organic products. Learn all the secrets of herbs and aromatic plants. At the end, the cooking lesson turns into a feast as you enjoy the dishes you have prepared, along with local wine and traditional music. The lessons will take place in small or large groups, in couples and families, upon agreement, at the times and days you choose. If you choose to, walk along the river and get to know some of the beauties of the village. Make the most of more than a simple cooking lesson, but a rich experience, as you cut vegetables and fruits from the garden or even make cheese together with the villagers!

Adamantas: Milos Sightseeing Sailboat Cruise

8. Adamantas: Milos Sightseeing Sailboat Cruise

Embark on a full-day cruise to west Kleftiko from Adamantas. Visit Cape Vani, and Sykia cave, and enjoy Greek tapas on board with plenty of swimming and snorkeling stops en route. You will start your journey from Adamantas and sail close to the east coast of the bay, passing the Christian catacombs, the colorful villages of Skinopi, the capital of ancient Milos, and the place where the famous statue of Venus de Milo was discovered. Sail to Cape Vani, an impressive 30-meter tall rock, home to one of the first mineral mines in Milos. You will see the mines' quay before jumping in for the first swim of the day in the crystal-clear waters of Kalogries. After returning to the boat, relish some homemade snacks and refreshments while moving to Sykia, the biggest and most impressive cave of Milos. Snorkel the clear green waters of Sykia before taking a small dinghy under a rock passage and into the cave. Explore a salt lake with a small beach, illuminated by a natural skylight in the rock above. Upon returning to the boat enjoy some delicious snacks accompanied by soft drinks or local wine, beer, and greek traditional liquor. Finally, you will reach Kleftiko, the old pirates' lair. Take the dinghy to uncover the unique beauty of Kleftiko caves and find the perfect photo-opt with the underwater cameras. You will also enjoy a delicious meal in Kleftiko. On the return journey, relax on the deck or join the cockpit to help steer the boat. Dive in for one final swim in the bay of Agios Dimitrios, a tranquil spot inaccessible by car which offers an amazing view of Plaka and Tripiti and all the colorful villages across the bay.

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meal and Open Bar

9. 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.

From Milos: Guided Day Cruise to Kleftiko With Lunch

10. From Milos: Guided Day Cruise to Kleftiko With Lunch

Join our crew on the La Pomme Bleue sailboat, and spend the day with your Franco-Greek guides. Swim, snorkel, and savor a traditional lunch on board with unlimited drinks. After exiting the Adama's Gulf, pass the fishing villages of Skinopi, Klima, or Areti and learn about their history. Head towards the Arkoudes islets and cross the breathtaking Cape Vani and its former manganese mine. Then explore the remote west coast of Milos, marveling at the volcanic landscapes. The first stop is at Agathia Bay where you can dive into the blue waters of this secluded and beautiful beach. Relax on the sand or snorkel around the bay to gaze upon the fishes and rock formations below. Traditional breakfast and snacks await you once you come back on board. Continue to the cave of Sykia or explore the beach of Agios Ioannis, depending on weather conditions. Take a second swim and enjoy your free time on the beach before heading to the pirate bay of Kleftiko. Snorkel in the transparent waters, or join us on a dinghy to discover the caves of the bay. Next, hop back on board to enjoy lunch cooked by the crew, including unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. After lunch, head to Agios Dimitrios beach, on your way back to Adamas. Before finally concluding your tour, enjoy a fresh fruit salad and swim in front of the oldest church in Milos.

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We visited two wine farms where every one was knowledgeable and friendly. The wines were varied and there is something for everyone. We were fortunate to be in a group with other friendly couples so we all got on well as a group. The Oia sunset was beautiful. I would highly recommend this experience

Great day out. Highly recommended. Transfer came to collect us to bring us to the board. Your guide was brilliant. Valcano was amazing. Swimming was gorgeous. Food was OK. Sunset was incredible from the water. Transfer waiting when we got off to bring us home. 10 out of 10

An experience that we should all live. All the details have been taken care of so that you can spend a wonderful afternoon. A competent and friendly crew, an excellent catamaran and an unrepeatable nature.

Our photographer Mike did a great job and really helped me and my family create some nice memories on the island! Highly recommend

Amazing trip, love the Alexander boat we were on! Definitely worth the money!