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Santorini: Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit

1. 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 opt for hiking to the crater of the active volcano. Please note that the hiking is done on your own and there is no guide with you, so you must take care of your safety. Next, the boat heads to Palea Kameni, where you have some time to swim in the volcanic hot springs. Please note that the sulfur in the water might leave a stain on light-colored swimwear. Return to the boat for a short sail to Thirassia, where you’ll have free time to explore this charming village. There you can also visit Manolas, accessed by winding stairs, or by a donkey ride up the hill. This is optional of course. If you book the extension option the boat will also take you to a port where a comfortable bus will be waiting to transport you to the mesmerizing village of Oia. Immerse yourself in its unique charm as you enjoy 2-3 hours of free time to wander through the winding streets, soak up the breathtaking views, and witness the magical sunset that has made Oia world-famous. As your time in Oia comes to a close, hop back on the bus for a relaxed journey back to your original destination. Reflect on the incredible memories you’ve made, carrying the beauty of Santorini in your heart. Please meet your bus in Oia at the meeting point 15 minutes after sunset.

Santorini: Catamaran Tour with BBQ Dinner, Drinks, and Music

2. Santorini: Catamaran Tour with BBQ Dinner, Drinks, and Music

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.

Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Day Trip with Meal and Open Bar

3. Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Day Trip with Meal and 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: Volcano and Hot Springs Sunset Dinner Cruise

4. Santorini: Volcano and Hot Springs Sunset Dinner Cruise

Take in the views of Santorini's coastline on a Sunset dinner cruise. Enjoy free time at Nea Kameni volcano, soak in the hot springs, and sail across the underwater craters to Thirasia Island. Benefit from pickup at your hotel, and then drive to Athinios Port to board a boat. Cruise to the island of Nea Kameni and get the chance to climb to the top of the volcano. Continue to Palia Kameni to dive and swim in the hot springs created by the underwater powers of the volcano. Sail above the underwater craters to Thirasia Island, and anchor close to the shore. Relax with a buffet dinner of pork rolls, chicken rolls, rice, and baked potatoes, along with Greek salad, tzatziki, bread, and seasonal fruit, all served with local wine. Set sail as the sun begins to sink into the sea and experience the true romance of Santorini from the water.

Santorini: Thirassia Islands and Volcano Guided Cruise

5. Santorini: Thirassia Islands and Volcano Guided Cruise

Discover the captivating allure of Santorini's Caldera through an unforgettable excursion seamlessly weaving together natural beauty and cultural exploration. Join in for a morning of discovery, unlocking mesmerizing sights of this volcanic wonderland. The journey sets sail from Athinios Port, where you'll step aboard the graceful King Thiras wooden boat, the vessel that carries you through this remarkable adventure. While at times the ship reaches full capacity, rest assured, the allure of the experience makes it truly worthwhile. Nea Kameni, an uninhabited island born from the depths of black lava rock, beckons as the first destination. Embark on an ascent along a soil path that leads you right to the heart of the active volcano's crater. Witness its untamed power and marvel at the forces that shape our world. After this awe-inspiring encounter, you return to the boat, ready to move to the next stage of the journey. Drawing closer to Palaia Kameni, the second lava island, anticipation builds. The boat glides to within 50 meters of the island's edge, and here you have the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the green sulphur waters of the Hot Springs. Revel in this natural wonder, whether by taking a refreshing swim or simply soaking in the view. This captivating interlude lasts around 15 to 30 minutes, a perfect harmony of relaxation and adventure. Thirassia Island, a hidden gem untouched by the passage of modern tourism, beckons you next. With two leisurely hours at your disposal, choose your own adventure. Whether it's a leisurely swim along the serene beaches, a delightful seaside lunch, or an exploration of the charming Village of Manolas, where picturesque houses painted in vibrant hues await, the island offers a sense of tranquility that lingers long after you've departed its shores. As the return journey commences to Athinios port, Oia village comes into view, presenting a fresh and enchanting perspective on its renowned beauty. Take out your camera to capture the splendid cliffs and breathtaking scenery that unfold before your eyes. As the journey culminates, rest assured that a comfortable bus awaits to transport you back to your hotel. This excursion promises rugged landscapes, gleaming white architecture, warm Aegean waters, and a profound connection to Santorini's rich history. Join us for an experience that transcends the ordinary

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

6. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

Be driven to the luxury catamaran and take a 5-hour cruise off the coast of Santorini. Hop aboard the catamaran and explore Santorini from the water on this relaxing cruise adventure. Choose from the daytime or evening option, and feast on delicious food as you go. Experience the beauty of the island as you set sail from the southern port of Vlychada. Follow the coast to the red sands of Red Beach. Take a swim in the shallow waters of a private beach.  Venture below the Indian Rocks and marvel at the sea caves and rock formations close to an old Venetian lighthouse. Admire the volcanic landscape as you travel through the middle of the caldera. Visit the hot springs for a healing mud bath before going to a private bay at Palea Kammeni Island. For the sunset option, journey out to open waters after dinner and watch a magnificent sunset in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Then, sail back to port, where a driver will wait to take you back to your hotel.

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Food and Open Bar

7. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Food and Open Bar

Set sail on a cruise along the shores of Santorini on this catamaran tour. Visit top sights on the island like Red Beach and the volcanic hot springs. Swim at a breathtaking locations. Savor an authentic Geek meal aboard and sip on white wine, beer, soft drinks, and water from the open bar Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and transfer to Vlychada. Cruise aboard a catamaran to your first stop at Red Beach. Enjoy its unique colors and the beauty of its wild cliffs. Combine sightseeing with swimming and snorkeling. Admire views of the limestone rock formations at White Beach and the 18th-century Venetian lighthouse of Akrotiri.Stop by the volcano hot springs to soak in the therapeutic waters. See the stunning caves and volcanic beaches. Reach Thirasia Island, one of Santorini's best-kept secrets. Go for a dip while your delicious lunch or dinner is prepared. Eat finger food, ΒΒQ chicken and pork, seafood pasta, Greek salad, Greek anchovy meze (γαύρος), a vegetarian meal (Greek ratatouille), and a Greek fruit salad. Delight your senses with a glass of Moschato D’Asti sparkling wine while watching the sunset. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Santorini: Traditional Wooden Boat Tour with Meal and Wine

8. Santorini: Traditional Wooden Boat Tour with Meal and Wine

Marvel at Santorini's natural beauty on a cruise around the island in a traditional wooden boat. Stop to swim, snorkel, and visit the hot springs. Relish a Greek lunch or dinner with local white wine which is included in the price of the cruise. Choose the sunset option to admire Santorini's famous sunset too. Start your tour with a convenient pickup service either from your hotel or from the nearest accessible location. Meet your driver-guide, then get transferred to the port in an air-conditioned van or minivan. Upon arrival at the port in Vlychada, hop aboard the wooden boat and enjoy a welcome drink. Sail close to the Red and White Beach before making your first stop by the Black Mountain for a swim. Put your goggles on and experience the crystal-clear water. Continue past the Venetian Akrotiri Lighthouse, entering the majestic caldera of Santorini. Hear about the island from your guide, and fixate your eyes on the spectacular volcanic area of colourful cliffs. Head toward the hot springs, and let the energy of the volcano fill you up as you swim in the geothermal waters once there. The next stop is Thirassia island, a fishermen’s island ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Restore your energy levels with a menu featuring chicken fillet, traditional Greek dips, beans, stuffed vine leaves, Greek salad, and fruits. End the cruise in the old harbour of Ammoudi, whilst there might be some spare time for a pit stop at Agios Nikolaus before disembarkation too. The sunset option visits the same places but in reverse order, beginning in Ammoudi and ending in Vlychada. On the sunset cruise, enjoy your meal in the hidden coves of the Black Mountain before marveling at Santorini's magical sunset.

Santorini: Classic Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

9. Santorini: Classic Catamaran Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

Discover Santorini's hot spots on a cruise with a luxury catamaran. Marvel at the natural scenery, and stop to swim, snorkel, and experience volcanic hot springs. Savour a Greek lunch or dinner, stay refreshed with an open bar, and admire the sunset if you opt for that option. Take advantage of the pick up from your accommodation and travel comfortably in an air-conditioned minibus to the cruise starting point. Embark 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 the Black Mountain and pop on your goggles for some snorkelling. Continue the guided cruise, passing 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 sulphuric coves. Heading back towards the port of Vlychada, get ready for a Greek feast for lunch or dinner, depending on which tour option you choose. For your meal, savor seafood, BBQ chicken fillet and pork sausages, traditional Greek delicacies and dips, salads, and dessert. After eating, get more time for swimming and snorkelling at the famous Red Beach before returning to your accommodation at the end of the tour.

Santorini: Volcanic Sunset Cruise with Dinner

10. Santorini: Volcanic Sunset Cruise with Dinner

Sail from Athinios Port on a local caique, a boat traditionally made by master craftsmen in wood. Choose between two options to discover Santorini and its surroundings. Sunset Cruise with Volcano and Hot Springs Depart in the afternoon with a stop at the volcano and the hot springs. Then, head to a beautiful spot for magnificent views of the sun setting over the horizon. With nothing blocking the magical view you will have a lasting memory of your holiday in Santorini and one of the most famous sunsets in the world. Includes dinner on board. Sunset Cruise with Hot Springs and Thirassia Depart in the evening passing the old port of Thira and the volcano before dropping anchor by Thirassia Island. Enjoy a dinner served in Captain John's Taverna on the jetty, with complimentary white wine, soft drinks, and water. Watch the hue of colors spreading across the width of the sky and reflecting upon the unique caldera of the island. Back on board, you can watch the sunset as it casts the sea and Santorini in a rainbow of colors. What's more, you'll also have the chance to swim in Santorini's famous hot springs too. Fireworks Volcano Eruption/Ifestia Festival on the 18th of September When the sun goes down, we will head to the volcano where we will wait for the festival to start from the most breathtaking spot. The fireworks will reach 90 miles in height, taking the place of magma and lava and creating a unique combination of light, sound, and color, turning the night into day. The reenactment of this monumental event serves as a commemoration of how easily everything can be changed by nature. The spectacular show is made by fireworks flying out of the volcano, making it a stunning view. The cruise starts at 5:30 PM; no dinner is included.

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4.4 / 5

based on 9,654 reviews

We picked the sunset time slot and we're driven past red beach, the lighthouse and white beach. We didn't stop at the beaches due to them being closed (our trip was first week of March) but we did stop at the hot springs for a swim. Lunch was late, at 3:30PM, but normal for Greeks. The boat was parked elsewhere for lunch, which was simple but delicious. After lunch, we were driven back and got to see the sunset on our way back. We had a great experience with our crew. They picked us up at Oia and dropped us off at Fira. The crew were awesome and very attentive. My friends and I had a blast!

This catamaran day trip was honestly an amazing experience! We got collected just outside our accomodation and taken to the dock. The boat was beautiful and clean and we were so well looked after by the crew. The group was small which meant we didn't feel crowded or fighting to get the perfect insta spot! Food was great and all inclusive drinks was a great touch. We stopped a few times and had the opportunity to snorkel and jump off the boat. Would highly recommend!

The activity was good, although I expected that they would take us to the caldera with a view of Fira but we were only in the southern part of the island, we did not see the typical houses on the cliff from the sea. At least that's what I hoped.

I enjoyed it. Bring a swimsuit, it’s worth the experience getting off the boat in the volcano hot waters.

It was challenging but the tour guide set the expectations. It was worth it .