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Fira, Greece
Santorini Full Day Tour

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Safety measures
icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Take your Santorini visit to new heights during this 9-hour offering access to the island’s eye-popping views, outdoor adventures, and architecture. Admire the jaw-dropping scenery from the island’s highest point and see the 16th-century monastery of Saint Elias. You’ll also journey by boat to the nearby islands of Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni and Thirassia.
  • Discover Santorini and its nearby islands during a full-day tour
  • Explore the islands of Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni and Thirassia by boat
  • Enjoy the stellar views from the 16th-century monastery at Santorini's highest point
  • Soak tired feet in a green sulphur hot springs and swim on an island beach
  • Visit the Byzantine churches and Venetian Castle in the village of Pyrgos
  • Great introduction to the natural beauty and history of Santorini and its nearby islands
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Local taxes
Guided tour of Santorini
Boat trip
Pickup from meeting points
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Volcano entrance fee 4,00 Euro per person

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup and return transfer from specific meeting points in Kamari, Perissa, Fira, Karterados, Pyrgos, Emporio. Akrotiri, Vlychada, Messaria, Megalochori

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Receive a morning pickup from your Fira, Kamari, or Perissa hotel, continuing by bus to the center of Santorini and the island’s highest point.

Reach the 1,804-foot (550-meter) peak of Santorini, enjoying the incredible panoramic views before exploring the monastery of Saint Elias, a 16th-century religious center built at this island apex. Continue the trip by proceeding to the village of Pyrgos, where you’ll check out the Cycladic architectural style of its buildings, see the Byzantine church, and stop by the Venetian Castle.

Your Santorini adventure continues with a boat ride aboard the ‘King Thiras’ to the island of Nea Kameni, where you’ll ascend a dirt path that leads up to the crater of an active volcano. After finishing your volcano exploration, continue to the island of Palea Kameni, where you’ll have time to soak your feet in the green sulphur waters of a local hot spring.

Head next to the island of Thirassia, a landmass that was once part of Santorini before a huge volcanic eruption ripped the two areas in half. Spend your time on Thirassia relaxing on the island’s beach, exploring the village of Manolas, or stopping for lunch. Cap off your day by proceeding to the port of Amoudi, where you’ll take in what promises to be a gorgeous sunset view. Your bus will pick you up here and provide a drop-off back at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Monastery of Profitis Ilias
This bus tour takes you to the Center of the island. On the highest point, you can visit the hidden gems of the area. The first stop of the tour is the 16th century Monastery of Prophet Elias which was built on the highest point of the Island 1804 feet (550 meters) above sea level. From there you have a panoramic view of the whole island and it is breathtaking.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Venetian Castle of Santorini
After Profitet Elias, continue to the village of Pyrgos, with its Cycladic architecture, Byzantine churches, and a Venetian Castle. The village is one of the highest points of the Island and the View is amazing overlooking the North West part of Santorini. From Pyrgos, head to Athinios where we board the boat King Thiras.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nea Kameni
The first stop at the King Thiras boat is the Volcanic Island of Nea Kameni where we walk up the ascending soil path and approach the crater of the still active Volcano to reach the crater.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palea Kameni
After reaching the crater you walk down the dirt path to the boat to continue our journey to the Island of Palea Kameni where the boat stops around 164 feet (50 meters) from the opening, and you can swim in the green sulphur waters of the hot springs, wet your feet, or just enjoy the view.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Thirassia
The journey continues after the hot springs to Thirassia Island which was once part of Santorini before the big Explosion of the Volcano. There you stay for two hours and you have the opportunity to do some activities like swimming on the beach of Thirassia, have lunch next to the Sea or just explore the Village of Manolas with its winding steps and traditional houses.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Oia
King Thiras brings us then to the port of Amoudi underneath Oia where you walk up the steps to reach Oia in order to enjoy one of the most amazing sunsets in the world. The tour ends 30 minutes after the sunset when you will gather at the pickup point in Oia where the bus is waiting to bring you back to the point where you started from.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cretan Holidays

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Santorini Full Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Santorini Full Day Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Santorini Full Day Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Santorini Full Day Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Santorini Full Day Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Santorini Full Day Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Santorini Full Day Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Santorini Full Day Tour.

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Reviews

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star-3
Extensive tour but too large a group
Karen_E
, Sep 2021
Tour of village of Pyrgos and monastery was fine. Boat tour was fine but way too many people [over 100]. Vaso was a lovely guide, but was really challenged by herding that many people. We were not picked up at our hotel [1 km walk] but she was accommodating about getting us back.
star-4
A very good and smoothly...
Fredericus_S
, Sep 2021
A very good and smoothly organized tour (no worries) led by a guide with a lot of knowledge and who understands how to create a perfect day for all. In one day we were able to see a lot of Santorini.
star-3
Pretty good, but mostly a volcano tour
Ben_S
, Sep 2021
The tour is pretty good but please be advised that you spend the majority of your day on the boat and hiking the volcano, followed by lunch on Thirasia. You should bring sunscreen and lots of water accordingly, especially if you travel at any time other than the winter. It was extremely hot when I went, and water wasn't cheap aboard the boat. Also, the pickup point was hard to find so you should google it or write and ask for assistance before the tour to ensure that you go to the right spot. I was given a map and I even found it difficult to find. I managed to find the right spot just because I left in a cab early (cabs are hard to come by on Santorini so plan your time accordingly) and was able to remember parts of it from the photo I looked up on google maps. If you want to see more of the island (Akrotiri, Perissa, and parts of the main town), you should book another tour just for that. But the volcano hike is great and the view is very satisfying. Be sure to bring your vaccine certificates if you are doing this tour because they were checking everyone before they boarded the ship and for good reason - many people who were not on my bus were aboard the boat for that part of the tour.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing Santorini Tour
Miguel_M
, Aug 2021
Wow! This was such a great tour! They take you to five locations ! three on the island and two off the coast on the volcanic islands in the middle of the caldera. They give you free time on Te inhabited volcanic island Thirassa. Pls ty to do and a fabulous trip!
star-5
An amazing tour
Maria_P
, Aug 2021
The best tour to get to know Santorini in a day! Vaso (our tour guide) made the experience even better!
star-5
Great value for money
Aoife_G
, Aug 2021
Great tour, excellent tour guide with perfect English and vast knowledge. Long day (14 hours in total) so bring lots of water, snacks and sun cream. Volcano hike isn’t really necessary if you are not able, you can sit on the boat and relax.
star-4
Great day to discover Santorini...
San21
, Aug 2021
The Tour Guide was absolutly brilliant and very informative. A great tour to do at the start of your vaction. The entry fee for the volcano is €5 Euros per person and not €4 as advertised. @Viator - maybe something you want to update ;). Was a lot longer than anticipated as was picked up at 810am, and didn't return until after 10pm. Should anyone feel any anxiety over Covid-19 and spacing, then probably not a tour you'd like to do. Only as the boat King Thira was very busy, and we had to stand for most of the journey as there were not enough seats for all. Although masks should have been worn, and the guide kept reminding of this, 80% plus didn't abide by that unfortunately. Overall we enjoyed the tour, with a few niggles, but was value for money, we learnt a lot, and got to see so much of Santorini also.
star-5
Best trip
CynthiaM_P
, Aug 2021
The guide Christina is wonderful, and knowledge. We enjoy the trip. 🤗 we visit I beaches, and also the wine museum. Was a great trip. 🤗
star-5
Boats and volcanoes
Owen_D
, Jul 2021
The boat trip to the various Islands. All around great tour with water, volcanoes and spectacular views
star-1
No, no, no. Avoid this tour!
Gail_U
, Jul 2021
This was awful. Do not book this tour. Pickup: not at the hotel as it says, but a random spot they message to you the day before. It was a 15 minute walk for me from hotel. Since I had to be there by 8:30, that gave me 5 minutes to eat breakfast, and only because my hotel was able to arrange it earlier than the usual 8AM breakfast start time. Others I met on the tour were not so lucky and had to go without breakfast. That's terrible given the next opportunity to eat on this 14 hour excursion is around 1:00 PM. Yes, the actual length of tour is more like 14 hours, not 9 as advertised. This is way too long. The boat ride was the worst part of the whole thing. They packed what seemed like over 100 people on a boat. These people are from different tours....must have been 4 or 5 tours converging onto one boat. The boat is so uncomfortable and you spend a good 5 hours on this hunk of junk. Uncomfortable metal seating without much shading. Everyone on the boat looked miserable. Let's not forget that there was no way to social distance with this many people on this boat. So, in addition to just being uncomfortable, it's also simply unsafe. When you arrive to the volcano island, you must pay €5 to enter per person. This is not included in the cost of the tour. You then have an intense hike up a hill in the hot sun for 25 minutes to reach the top of the volcano. Many people opted out of this and just sat under a shaded area for the 1.5 hour that we spent on this part. If you don't have good walking shoes, don't bother because it's a volcano folks..you're hiking up lava rocks. Next stop, the hot springs. The advertisement says "dip your feet into the hot springs". No. What happens instead is they dock the boat in a lagoon and tell everyone you can jump off the boat to swim of you'd like, or you can just sit there on that awful boat while others swim. I did not have a swim suit but all I wanted to do was get off that boat out of the hot sun and swim. Instead I sat there bored and hot with many others for 30 minutes until we left. At this point, my friends and I were plotting how we could pay a random person at the next port to take us back to Fira and away from this misery. The next stop is a little island which did have restaurants and swimming areas. This was a bit redeeming. However, the tour guide recommends a particular restaurant and when we checked it out, it appeared that it was owned by the same people operating the boat! And it didn't look good at all -looked like a complete tourist trap. We chose another spot to eat some gyros which was fantastic...but there was only one bathroom, so I had to queue for 20 minutes to use the loo. Back on the boat, heading back to Fira it was around 4PM. Remember, this craziness started at 8:30AM. I told the tour guide I did not want to continue the the next port after Fira and wanted to end the tour early. She said there was a bus taking one of the other groups, but that there might not be room for me! When we got to the bus she almost did not let me on, saying "you paid to continue on to Oia for the sunset." It was crazy. Here I am trying to leave, I don't care that I paid for another 4 hours of this misery, I just wanted to leave. And she tried to say there was no room on the bus to leave. THERE WAS PLENTY OF ROOM. Luckily I got on the bust and went back to my hotel where I could dunk my sorrows away in my hotel pool.
2 travelers found this review helpful

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