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Santorini Volcano Tours

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Santorini Volcano
The “Santorini volcano” may refer to two different peaks: the first, Thira, exploded around 1600 BC and ended the thriving Minoan civilization and may have spawned the legend of Atlantis. Millennia of eruptions formed the second “Santorini volcano”—the island of Nea Kameni, drawing visitors eager to hike to the rim of its active crater.

The Basics
Most visitors reach the active volcano on Nea Kameni, whose crater continues to rumble and puff out steam, by way of a boat tour departing from the town of Oia, the Old Port of Fira, or the Athinios port on Santorini’s main island. Once on the island, you can hike up to the crater’s rim and take in the views across lava fields to Greece’s Aegean Sea. Volcano tours may also stop on Thirasia, the second-largest island in the archipelago, and at the hot springs on Palea Kameni, where boats moor at Erinia and you can swim to the springs beneath the tiny church of Agios Nikolaos. Boat trips can get crowded in high season, so opt for a small-group guided tour or catamaran tour if you would prefer a more personal experience.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • If you plan to walk to the crater’s rim, be sure to wear hiking-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes.
  • Don't forget a hat, sunblock, and plenty of water to guard against the Mediterranean heat.
  • Boat tour passengers must be agile enough to board and disembark boats, so travelers with limited mobility should confirm accessibility before booking.
  • Visiting the volcano requires about 30 minutes of uphill hiking, so may not be suitable for young children or those who are not strong walkers.

How to Get There
You can reach the volcano on Nea Kameni by boat on a private tour or a larger group cruise departing from Santorini.

When to Get There
Santorini volcano tours are most crowded in summer, when it can also be uncomfortably hot during the peak hours of the day. Opt for an early morning or late afternoon departure, or plan your visit for the spring or fall.

Santorini Sunsets
Santorini boasts gorgeous sunsets, and the archipelago has the Thira volcano to thank. Its cataclysmic eruption scooped out the once-circular island’s center and west coast, creating the sea-filled caldera ringed by the sheer cliffs of the Santorini archipelago’s main island. Today the caldera provides a low-lying, obstruction-free observation point along Santorini’s west coast, perfect for watching the sun sink into the sea. Consider booking a romantic sunset tour by boat in the late afternoon to savor this famous sunset.
Address: Santorini, South Aegean, Greece
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Semi Private Standard | Santorini Catamaran Cruise with Greek buffet and Drinks

Semi Private Standard | Santorini Catamaran Cruise with Greek buffet and Drinks

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Experience the coastline of Santorini from the water during this 5-hour catamaran cruise. Choose between daytime and sunset bookings, both allow you to travel with an intimate group of 20 or fewer fellow passengers. Snorkel equipment is available for stops along the route, and you'll dine on snacks and drinks.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.16
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$111.16
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Santorini Volcanic Islands Cruise: Volcano, Hot Springs and Thirassia

Santorini Volcanic Islands Cruise: Volcano, Hot Springs and Thirassia

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This tour provides a stress-free overview of Santorini’s natural and historic beauty, making it ideal for first-time visitors and travelers with limited time. Board your traditional Greek Caique boat and venture out to the volcano of Santorini. Climb to the top and take in the views before sailing to the warm, sulfuric waters where you can have a dip. Visit Thirassia and enjoy free time to explore before heading back to Santorini,
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  • 6 hours
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$49.41
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Santorini Sunset Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, drinks, transfer

Santorini Sunset Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, drinks, transfer

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Experience the volcanic beauty of the Aegean and an unforgettable Santorini sunset on this afternoon catamaran cruise. Travel in style and comfort aboard a luxury catamaran, stopping to bask on Santorini’s red and white sand beaches, snorkel among crystalline waters, and soak in volcanic hot springs. With included hotel transport plus a fresh Greek barbecue and unlimited soft drinks, beer, and local wine served onboard, it's a decadent way to enjoy the island’s famous sights.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$191.45
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$191.45
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Santorini Volcano Tour

Santorini Volcano Tour

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Many visitors to Santorini stick to the main island and never make it to the impressive volcano jutting out from across the caldera - but a much greater number of in-the-know visitors make the journey during peak season, meaning that seats on cruises often sell out weeks or months ahead of time. There are no water taxis or ferries to the volcano, either, so a tour is really the only way to visit. Don’t miss out on your chance to sail into the caldera, walk along the volcano ridge, and learn all about the volcano’s history and geology.
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  • 3 hours
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$37.05
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$37.05
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Sunset Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks

Sunset Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks

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Make the most out of your time in Santorini aboard this relaxing and tranquil sunset sail on a catamaran. Enjoy the splendid views from the catamaran as it sails around Santorini. Swim and snorkel in the blue sea and indulge in a delicious barbecue dinner prepared onboard. Imbibe unlimited drinks such as local wine and water.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.69
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$129.69
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Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer

Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer

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Spend the day sailing around beautiful Santorini on a catamaran. Imbibe unlimited amounts of white wine, soft drinks, and water and indulge in a delicious barbecue prepared onboard the catamaran as you sail in the gorgeous blue waters of the sea off the shore of Santorini.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.34
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$117.34
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Santorini Volcano Hot Springs Thirassia Trip

Santorini Volcano Hot Springs Thirassia Trip

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Cruise Santorini’s caldera and experience its volcano, hot springs, and Thirassia island in one hassle-free trip with this tour from Fira or other points on Santorini. Admire the caldera from a traditional boat as you sail to the island's volcano, and climb to its craters to see and hear about their formation. Finally, bathe in hot springs and enjoy time in a traditional Thirassia village before your return cruise.
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  • 7 hours
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$43.23
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$43.23
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Full Day Santorini Caldera Cruise

Full Day Santorini Caldera Cruise

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Explore Santorini’s stunning caldera on this cruise with pickup from the Port of Athinios. You’ll see the  active crater on the lava island Nea Kameni and dip your feet in the hot springs of Palea Kameni. On Thirassia, you’ll have free time to swim at the beach, have a waterside lunch at your own expense, or simply explore the Village of Manolas.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.17
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$48.17
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Santorini Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer

Santorini Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer

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Cruise the waters off Santorini during this 5-hour boat journey. Step aboard the luxury catamaran and relax in one of the comfortable seating areas as you sail out of Amoudi port. Stop first at the volcano to take a dip in the hot springs or indulge in a mudbath. Sail past one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece, Akrotiri, then go to the Red and White beaches area. Swim, relax and enjoy a traditional Greek barbecue meal. Food, snorkeling equipment, open bar and round-trip hotel transportation are provided. This Viator exclusive tour is not available anywhere else. 
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$179.10
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$179.10
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Santorini Volcano Cruise Including Hot Springs and Thirasia

Santorini Volcano Cruise Including Hot Springs and Thirasia

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Experience some of the top attractions around Santorini on this boating adventure. After a convenient hotel pickup, enjoy activities that include sailing across Santorini’s caldera to Palea Kameni and Thirasia, marveling at Santorini’s scenic beauty on the way to Nea Kameni, relaxing in thermal pools, and upgrading for a sunset excursion in Oia.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.89
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$71.89
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Santorini Volcano Cruise Including Hot Springs, Thirasia and Optional Oia Sunset

Santorini Volcano Cruise Including Hot Springs, Thirasia and Optional Oia Sunset

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Sail across Santorini’s beautiful ‘caldera’ (flooded crater) and visit the islands of Nea Kameni and Thirasia on this half-day cruise. Board a sightseeing boat at Athinios port, and admire Santorini’s cliffs and sugar-cube towns as you cruise to Nea Kameni. Enjoy free time to walk around its volcanic crater, bathe in the warm springs, and then cruise to peaceful Thirasia. Explore and have lunch here at leisure before cruising back to Santorini. Upgrade to stop off at Oia to witness its famously stunning views of the sunset over the caldera.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.89
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$71.89
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Santorini Volcanic Islands Cruise: Volcano,Hot Springs,Thirassia and Oia Sunset

Santorini Volcanic Islands Cruise: Volcano,Hot Springs,Thirassia and Oia Sunset

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Get away from the crowds on Santorini with this day-long cruise around three small volcanic islands nestled in Santorini’s natural harbor. Sailing from spot to spot on a traditional Greek sailboat, explore the volcano at Nea Kameni; relax in the sulfur hot springs at Palea Kameni; and walk around the striking white-and-blue village of Manolas on Thirassia.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.58
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Early Season Experience: 3-hours Santorini Volcano and Hot Springs Trip

Early Season Experience: 3-hours Santorini Volcano and Hot Springs Trip

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Explore the volcano that created Santorini’s unique shape on this half-day trip that will have back in time for a sunset dinner. After departing by boat from the old port of Fira, you’ll head to the harbor of Erinia where you’ll have time to hike to active volcanoes craters. Then take a dip in the natural hot springs at Palea Kameni island. Hotel pickup and drop-off makes for a seamless experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$90.17
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$90.17
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Semi Private Premium | Catamaran Cruise with BBQ on board & Drinks

Semi Private Premium | Catamaran Cruise with BBQ on board & Drinks

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Cruise around Santorini on this half-day catamaran tour departing from Vlihada Marina. Observe famed sights such as the Venetian Lighthouse, the Indian Rocks, the Red Beach and the village of Akrotiri as you glide atop clear blue water. Go ashore at the White Beach and enjoy a swimming and snorkeling excursion, then take in panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the neighboring Cyclades Islands during the return trip. During the trip indulge in a buffet-style meal and sip drinks from the open bar on board.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$148.22
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$148.22
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Semi-Private Luxury | Santorini Catamaran Cruise with BBQ on board and Drinks

Semi-Private Luxury | Santorini Catamaran Cruise with BBQ on board and Drinks

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Experience the Aegean in style on this sailing trip from Santorini aboard a luxury catamaran. Start by heading out to the volcanic area just off of Oia, with plenty of time to soak in the hot springs before moving on past the Venetian Lighthouse. Then stop at the White Beach to swim while the crew prepares a sumptuous barbecue of meats, seafood, salads, and local white wine. Set sail for Red Beach, where wrap up your experience with more swimming and cocktails.  The sunset sail follows the same itinerary in reverse.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$166.74
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Santorini private tour free choice

Santorini private tour free choice

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Enjoy the island any way you want with a customizable, private 5-hour shore excursion by luxury minibus. Meet your driver off your Fira port, hotel,airport, athinios port and enjoy a tour with a flexible itinerary. Perhaps explore the Minoan ruins at Akrotiri, visit the mountaintop Mount Elias Monastery, sample the cliffside bars of Fira, visit a winery, or ogle the caldera views from Oia. Explore at your preferred pace, and if you wish, take time out relaxing at one of Santorini’s gorgeous beaches — your choice! Choice of several departures throughout the day Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$209.97
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$209.97
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Santorini Gold Semi Private Catamaran Cruise

Santorini Gold Semi Private Catamaran Cruise

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A cruise through the caldera is a must for any visit to Santorini, but many visitors don't realize just how much variation there is between different caldera cruises. This half-day cruise is operated by catamaran, offering a faster and more stable ride. See more of Santorini's caldera highlights during your cruise, and reduce the risk that seasickness from a bumpy ride ruins your day out. -Enjoy great Greek food and wine, without a rolling boat spoiling your appetite -Pack light: use of snorkeling gear and towels included -See the famed Santorini sunset from a different perspective -Avoid a crowded boat: this tour is limited to 16 guests
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.16
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Santorini Volcano Hot Spring Thirasia Ia Sunset Trip

Santorini Volcano Hot Spring Thirasia Ia Sunset Trip

Experience the volcanic beauty of Santorini’s caldera—and its sunset from Oia—in one seamless experience with this full-day cruise. Rather than joining the dots of separate trips, roll everything into one: sailing the caldera to visit Thirassia island, see volcanic craters, and swim in hot springs before docking in Oia to admire Santorini's sunset from its cliffside viewpoints. Round-trip transfers from cross-island meeting points are included for ease.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.11
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Romantic Sunset Catamaran Caldera Cruise incl. Meal & Drinks

Romantic Sunset Catamaran Caldera Cruise incl. Meal & Drinks

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Get views of Santorini from aboard a catamaran during this boat excursion. Sip unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks while taking in glimpses of the island's beaches and volcanic landscape. Make stops at the White Beach, soak in some local hot springs, go snorkeling, and watch the sun dip below the horizon in Oia. Barbecue meal and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$123.51
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Santorini Luxury Catamaran Day Cruise with BBQ,drinks,transfer

Santorini Luxury Catamaran Day Cruise with BBQ,drinks,transfer

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If you’re seeking a luxurious way to see Santorini then look no further than this Viator Exclusive catamaran cruise—an extra-special way to explore one of Greece’s most picturesque islands. On a luxury sailing yacht, arguably the best mode of transport to explore Santorini on, you’ll cruise to Red Beach and stop at top swim and snorkel spots. Plus, unlimited alcoholic and soft drinks, hotel pickup and drop-off, and a Greek BBQ meal are included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$234.68
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$234.68
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Private Motor Yacht Cruise in Santorini

Private Motor Yacht Cruise in Santorini

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Set sail on the seas near Santorini thanks to this private, flexible-length sightseeing cruise aboard a motor yacht. Pick between half-day and full-day trip options as you explore secluded coves, hidden beaches and historic lighthouses. During the trip you’ll have time for swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and excursions to a hot spring, plus an included barbecue lunch or dinner.
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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,049.87
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$1,049.87
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Half-Day Semi-Private Catamaran Cruise in Santorini

Half-Day Semi-Private Catamaran Cruise in Santorini

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A cruise through the caldera is a must for any visit to Santorini, but many visitors don't realize just how much variation there is between different caldera cruises. This half-day cruise is operated by catamaran, offering a faster and more stable ride. See more of Santorini's caldera highlights during your cruise, and reduce the risk that seasickness from a bumpy ride ruins your day out.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.22
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$148.22

Santorini Helicopter Flight

Santorini Helicopter Flight

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Take your sightseeing to new heights with this private Santorini helicopter flight. Choose between a 20- or 30-minute flight, then lift off into the skies for unbeatable views of the postcard-perfect honeymoon island. See the cascading sugar-cube houses for which Santorini is famed, and fly over Nea Kameni volcano and the island’s red-tinged beaches. If you've opted for the 30-minute flight, you’ll also see the vineyards and mansions of Megalochora and hover above Oia, arguably the island’s most eminent village. The private helicopter seats up to five people plus the pilot.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$669.46
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$669.46
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Santorini Small-Group Catamaran Sailing Trip(BBQ,drinks, transfer)

Santorini Small-Group Catamaran Sailing Trip(BBQ,drinks, transfer)

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Explore the beaches, bays, and islands around Santorini on this catamaran cruise. Along the way, jump off to swim and snorkel at the Red and White Beaches; take a dip in the volcanic hot springs; and tuck into a delicious BBQ lunch on-board. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$203.80
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$203.80
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