Santorini caldera, Greece

Santorini caldera, Greece: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: Scuba Diving Experience in the Volcanic Caldera

2. Santorini: Scuba Diving Experience in the Volcanic Caldera

Enjoy scuba diving in Santorini and dive into the biggest volcanic caldera in the world with your instructor. Swim around and explore the dramatic ocean landscape. See where volcanic eruptions took place under the sea. Begin the activity by meeting your instructor. Next, get kitted out in your scuba gear and head to the dive site. Have a quick briefing on everything you need to know including the equipment, body, environment, and diving hand signals. Next, when you feel comfortable, dive into the volcanic reef inside the caldera of Santorini. Admire the colorful Mediterranean marine life as you breathe underwater. Dive for around 45-minutes before finishing.

Santorini - 5 Hours Most Attractive Sightseing Island Tour

3. Santorini - 5 Hours Most Attractive Sightseing Island Tour

You will be collected early in the morning from your hotel on Santorini Island and driven in a luxury, modern, minivan with WiFi and air conditioning to the most attractive sightseeing spots on the island.  Augmented reality maps will be provided for free to passengers in order to give you the opportunity to get more information via your mobile phone about the sites. Your first stop is the Akrotiri Archaeological Site and museum in Akrotiri where you can feel the atmosphere of the island's volcanic eruption days and also see ancient ruins.  Then you will drive to the nearby Red Beach which is popular because of its amazing pure and volcanic red rocks formation. Here you can take some time to swim and relax. Then, you will head to Black Beach in Perissa to swim, relax, or have a meal at one of the seafront bars. Next up, enjoy a wine tasting in Venetsanos Winery. You will have the opportunity to try some of the most excellent local wines in quality and flavor, such as Vinsanto, Nichteri, and Assyrtiko. End the tour with stops in Pyrgos and Oia, the most traditional villages in Santorini.  Here, you'll have enough time to explore and admire the Cycladic architecture and Greek hospitality, walk in the narrow pathways next to blue and white old and traditional houses, go shopping, or relax and admire the breathtaking views of the island of Caldera.

1-Day Boat Trip: Santorini Volcano, Thirassia & Oia Sunset

4. 1-Day Boat Trip: Santorini Volcano, Thirassia & Oia Sunset

Take the bus from your hotel to the port of Athinios. Then climb aboard the boat and start your journey. First visit the volcanic island of Nea Kameni. Follow a bumpy trail to an active volcano crater. Then continue your journey to the island of Palea Kameni. The boat will take you within 50 meters of the thermal springs. Swim, splash or relax in the green sulfurous water. Discover the island of Thirasia, once part of Santorini before a volcanic eruption. On the beach you can swim, eat or explore the old village of Manola with its spiral staircases and quaint houses. Find somewhere to enjoy a snack or take a swim on the island's beach. Leaving Thirasia Island, King Thiras will sail under Oia on the way back to Athinios Port, where you can snap some wonderful photos of the cliffs and the breathtaking scenery. The tour continues with a bus transfer to Oia Village for the sunset. The tour ends 30 minutes after the sunset. You will gather at the pickup point in Oia where the bus will be waiting to take you back to the meeting point.

Santorini: Romantic Sunset Caldera Cruise with Dinner

5. Santorini: Romantic Sunset Caldera Cruise with Dinner

Soak up breathtaking views of the Santorini Caldera on a sunset sightseeing cruise from the port of Athinios. Sip on welcome drinks and savor the flavors of authentic Greek cuisine with a buffet dinner served onboard. After pickup, go to the port of Athinios by bus. Then, hop on board the King Thiras and enjoy a welcome drink. Sail under the caldera as your captain takes you to the best spots to enjoy the view and take spectacular pictures of the volcano. Next, savor a delicious buffet dinner prepared and served onboard by the crew. Before the sun starts setting into the sea, sail to a spot to catch the sunset of Santorini. After watching the sunset, head back to Athinios port where the bus will be waiting to take you back to the starting point of the excursion.

Santorini: Caldera and Oia with King Thiras Boat

6. Santorini: Caldera and Oia with King Thiras Boat

Starting by bus with pickup from your selected meeting point, you will arrive at the port of Athinios and board the King Thiras boat. You will then make a first stop at the volcanic island of Nea Kameni. Walking up the soil path, you will approach the crater of this still-active volcano. You will then continue to the second volcanic island named Palea Kameni, and make a stop approximately 50 meters from the hot springs to dive into the green sulfur waters, or simply relax and enjoy the view. Following the hot springs, you will sail to Thirasia Island, another part of Santorini before the eruption of the volcano. Stay in Thirasia for 2-3 hours, where you will have the chance to go swimming, go purchase lunch, or explore the village of Manolas with its winding steps and traditional houses. Leaving Thirasia island, you will head to the port of Athinios. The tour continues with a bus transfer to Oia village for the sunset. Your tour ends 30 minutes after the sunset, at which point you will gather at the pick up point in Oia where your bus will be waiting to take you back to the starting point.

Santorini: Shore Excursion Semi-Private Tour

7. Santorini: Shore Excursion Semi-Private Tour

Hop off your cruise ship and embark on an excursion around Santorini. See cute villages such as Firostefani and Oia, volcanic remains, and beautiful vistas on this specially-designed shore excursion. Meet your driver/guide and head for your first stop at Firostefani. Admire the blue dome church and enjoy views of the volcanic remains of the caldera. Visit the observatory at Imerovigli to get a closer look at this amazing landscape. Listen to fascinating stories as you move onto Oia, a nestling hillside village and Santorini's most famous tourist destination. Encounter the well-known old Venetian castle, as well as hidden gems picked by your guide. Enjoy a walk around the village and its volcanic caldera at your leisure before the final stop at Finikia. This tranquil and picturesque village is the perfect spot to see the sunset away from the crowds, before heading back to your cruise ship.

Santorini: Luxury Motoryacht Cruise

8. Santorini: Luxury Motoryacht Cruise

Feel the breeze, sunlight, waves, and adrenaline all at once on a luxury motor yacht cruise around Santorini. Start with a private transfer from your hotel and arrive at the marina where your Fairline Targa 43 motor yacht awaits. The captain will welcome you on board and help you create a curated trip to visit all the highlights of the south coast of Santorini and the Caldera. On this cruise, the luxurious deck of the motor yacht is your private oasis. The staff onboard will be offering quality mezedes (Greek finger food), local wine, beer, and refreshments. Cruise towards the island's colorful beaches while the crew shares all of Santorini's secrets, its history, and how the beautiful scenery and shape are the result of volcanic activity years ago. You can choose where to stop and for how long. You will have plenty of time to swim and snorkel. See the famous Red Beach and take pictures of its reddish hues and wild cliff formations. Cruise along the sandy shores of White Beach, surrounded by bright limestone cliffs, and dive into the pristine waters of Mesa Pigadia, the Black Beach. Close by, admire stunning views of the caves and impressive rock formations of the Indian Rocks, which are accessible only by boat. Cruise past the 18th-century Venetian Lighthouse of Akrotiri, located on the southwestern tip of the island, and continue your journey by entering the waters of Santorini’s caldera. The view here, of the villages on the cliff, creates a postcard-perfect portrait that looks like a distant snow-capped mountain range. The yacht will then head towards the renowned Volcano for a stop at the sulfur-rich hot springs for a relaxing dip into its healing and detoxifying waters. Another stop for swimming beneath the breathtaking cliff of Oia is highly recommended. For lunch or dinner, this journey brings you to Thirasia, a charming island with fewer than 200 inhabitants. Visit a traditional restaurant where you can choose from 3 different menus, featuring meat, fish, or vegetarian options. A fine dining experience can also be arranged at a restaurant in Thirasia at an extra cost.

Santorini: 5 Hour Customized Private Tour

9. Santorini: 5 Hour Customized Private Tour

Explore the villages of Santorini on this guided tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Thera. Travel in a comfortable and airconditioned van. Stroll through Oia, Firostefani, and Megalochori to see highlights and uncover hidden gems.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Thera and relax on the drive in a spacious van to the village of Oia. Follow your guide on the cobble stone pathways to see whitewashed houses and blue dome churches hanging on a steep incline with stunning views of the island's caldera.  Journey to the charming village of Firostafani that clings to the edge of the caldera. Admire the colorful rock formations and the most photographed blue dome chapel on the island where lots of couples come to get married. Head to the Monastery of the Prophet Elias which rests at 567 meters above sea level on the highest point of the island. View its 18th century architecture and breathtaking panoramas of the island. Find out the importance of this monastery to the island.  Visit the traditional village of Megalochori which is well-known for its historical homes, mansions, and the bell tower of its ‘Marmita’ church. Prehistoric settlements, vineyards, and a quaint central square are waiting to be photographed. Hear about local history and tradition from your guide.  Return to your accommodation in Thera by van at the end of your tour.

From Oia: Private Sailing Day Trip to Therasia & Lunch

10. From Oia: Private Sailing Day Trip to Therasia & Lunch

You'll begin by being picked up from your accommodation in Santorini. From there you will head to the southern part of the island to begin your Santorini sailing tour. Your tour will depart from the Vlychada port on the south of the island. From there it travels along the famous red and white beach where there will be a brief stop for pictures. Entering the caldera, the lighthouse will look down on you from above as you make your way to the local hot springs. The main stop will be in Thirassia, where you will be able to swim and snorkel before enjoying a tasty lunch. From there you will have the opportunity to marvel at a wonderful pallet of colors cast by the setting sun over the sky of Santorini. The captain will be at your disposal to ask for any route change and make your sea excursion an absolutely personalized experience. Additionally, this sailing cruise offers you the opportunity to steer the wheel on your own if you wish, and if the circumstances (weather and sea conditions) allow it. Then, it is time to go back to Vlychada to complete the sailing cruise. Once there, your transfer to your hotel will be waiting for you to conclude this beautiful tour.

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What people are saying about Santorini caldera, Greece

Wonderful cruise and great way to see Santorini. The catamaran was beautiful and the staff was friendly and helpful. They provided an amazing meal and even grilled on the back of the boat. We went to three spots where you could enjoy the water and snorkel. But the best part by far was the sunset. I can’t even describe how amazing it was. This was definitely a luxurious experience that I would recommend to anyone!

What a great experience. Our first mate Luca was amazing - fun, engaging, knowledgeable, and an amazing chef! Our captain was great too - he got us so close to the cliffs and caves, and we were able to sail on the return trip. Overall wonderful activity!

The crew members were very accommodating and friendly! Food was delicious and the crew was cognizant of food allergies and made alterations to accommodate. It was a lovely boat ride with beautiful views! Highly recommend!

Smooth sail with great crew (George, Alex and Vicky). Love the food too!

The tour & guide was excellent . Highly recommend it