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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: Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit

2. 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.

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.

Rina Cave and South of Naxos Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

4. Rina Cave and South of Naxos Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

Embark on a full-day catamaran tour of the islands surrounding Naxos. Enjoy lunch with a drink on board and visit highlights, including the Rhina Cave. Swim and snorkel at an island beach or relax on the pristine shores. Meet your friendly crew at Naxos Port and board your catamaran for the day. The cruise sets sail at 8:30 AM and heads to the first stop of the tour, Rhina Cave. As you glide along the water, admire stunning views of the Naxos coastline and enjoy a complimentary hot or cold drink and a snack. After 2-hours of sailing, arrive at Rhina Cave, which is one of the most famous landmarks of Naxos Island. Spend some time exploring then cool off from the heat in the crystal clear waters of a secluded beach. You can also go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life, or chill out in the shade. Head to the next stop of the day where you can swim, snorkel, and soak up epic views. The exact location depends on the day’s weather and passengers’ preference. During the 30-minute sail to the island, sunbathe on deck and sip on a refreshing beer or wine to keep you cool. Once you have worked up a bit of an appetite, dine on a delicious, freshly-prepared Greek lunch. Spend some free time relaxing after lunch then visit the final island of the day for more water activities. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, enjoy fruit and coffee onboard whilst marveling at the last of the coastal view as you sail back to Naxos Port.

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: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

6. Santorini: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

Climb aboard the 74-foot Ocean Voyager or the 80-foot Tahiti catamaran for a 5-hour cruise around Santorini in the Aegean Sea. Set off on a journey of discovery that will first take you to the hot springs, then the Red Beach, and finally the White Beach. Swim and snorkel and tuck into a delicious meal onboard. Start your adventure with a comfortable hotel pickup and set sail for beautiful Red Beach to swim and snorkel for 30 minutes. Continue to a secluded White Beach, only accessible from the sea, for more swimming and snorkeling in the shadow of the towering white cliffs. Onboard the catamaran, savor a barbecue supper of salads and grilled meat and veggie options. Continue sailing inside the crescent-shaped Caldera, close to the volcano, and enjoy a final dip in the Hot Springs, before sailing back to Oia as the day ends with a spectacular sunset.

From Adamas: Milos and Poliegos Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

7. From Adamas: Milos and Poliegos Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

Discover breathtaking Greek beaches aboard a luxury 44-foot catamaran with lots of shaded sitting and sunbathing areas, taking in sights of tranquil bays and uninhabited islands. Explore the natural wonders of Milos and Poliegos on a guided cruise and snorkel in crystal-clear waters. Set sail from the Port of Adamas and head northwest toward Cape Vani, an impressive 30-meter-tall rock behind which a 19th-century iron mine operated. Shortly after, arrive at the bay of Kalogries, a perfect place to swim in crystal-clear turquoise waters. Continue sailing along the west side of the island towards Sykia, the largest cave in Milos. Make a short photo stop in front of the caves’ spectacular entrance and the bay to the south of the cave, an old volcanic crater, with colorful rocks and crystal clear emerald waters. Cruise next to the abandoned pirate hideout in Kleftiko, the island's most famous landmark. Here you can swim and snorkel inside caves and try your hand at paddleboarding before enjoying snacks and beer on board. Pass by the bay of Gerontas and the famous beaches of Fyriplaka and Tsigrado on your way to the impressive bay of Gerakas. Take some time to swim and unwind, then eat lunch while surrounded by stunning natural views. Gaze at the ancient sulfur mines in Theiorychia. Move on to Poliegos, the largest uninhabited Greek island, where you'll see the Galazia Nera bay. Taste delicious desserts and head back towards Adamas, passing Glaronisia. Admire and feed the seagulls, ending your journey by visiting Arkoudes and Klima on the way back.

Santorini: Catamaran Caldera Cruise with Meal and Drinks

8. Santorini: Catamaran Caldera Cruise with Meal and Drinks

Enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Caldera and the beautiful Santorini sunset, while sailing with a luxury catamaran. Select from the Day Cruise or Sunset Cruise options which both offer a unique chance to admire Santorini’s beauty, sailing through the deep blue waters of the island. Start your Day Cruise journey from the old port of Ammoudi and head to Thirassia Island, a fishermen’s island ideal for swimming and admiring the unique view of Manolas village. Explore the unmanned volcanic beaches or sunbathe on the deck. Feel the energy of the volcano while heading to the hot springs. Sail towards the Black Mountain and the big light house south of the Caldera, as you head to the White Beach and the Red Beach for a swim when anchored, a delicious lunch is served onboard with wine and dessert. The Sunset Cruise begins with a stop at the Red Beach for a refreshing swim and stops at all the same locations as the Day Cruise. On the Sunset Cruise, enjoy dinner with wine and dessert served onboard.

Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

9. 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: Horseback Riding Experience in Volcanic Landscape

10. Santorini: Horseback Riding Experience in Volcanic Landscape

Begin your horse riding experience at the stables in Megalochori. Ride along the paths of the vineyards and see their traditional layout. Continue along the south trails that lead to the secluded black sandy beach.  See small gorges and ravines carved into the volcanic rock and marvel at the unique Santorini landscape. Arrive at the black sandy beach with impressive rock formation cliffs in the background. Head to the top of the hill to enjoy panoramic views of the area.  Capture your experience with commemorative photos taken of you and your horse.

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based on 6,380 reviews

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.

Great afternoon! The Captain & first mate were full of information & entertaining. The lunch was way beyond expectations. We really enjoyed the afternoon!

Nice trip to explore the volcanic mountain and swim in the sea. Beautiful views, really enjoyed it.

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