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Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Lunch & Open Bar

1. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Lunch & Open Bar

Set sailing off the coast of Santorini on a half-day cruise from Vylchada Port. Visit various picturesque beaches, and enjoy traditional Greek food along the way. After departing from the pier (Vlychada port), you will sail toward your first stop of the day, the famous Red Beach. The mesmerizing Red beach, with its unique colors and wild cliff formations, is truly a sight to behold. While here, combine sightseeing with swimming, snorkeling, or simply lay around on the beach.  On your tour, you will also pass by the stunning White Beach, the bright and wild beach covered in limestone. Close by, you'll be offered stunning views of the Venetian Lighthouse of Akrotiri, a landmark that offers plenty of spectacular photo opportunities for everyone.   Your next stop is at the Santorini Volcano, a volcanic hot spring that has water containing healing properties and is full of astonishing caves and volcanic beaches. Stop at Mesa Pigadia beach, often considered Santorini's best-kept secret. Enjoy a spot of swimming before feasting on a delicious lunch or dinner. Choose between meals like finger food, BBQ chicken, Napolitana pasta, Greek Salad, Vegetarian meals, Greek Ratatouille, Greek fruit salad, and an unlimited bar with white wine, soft drinks, and water.

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Santorini: Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling with Lunch

2. Santorini: Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling with Lunch

With a transfer arranged for you, arrive at Mesa Pigadia, the black beach on the south coast of the island where your sea kayak tour will begin. Paddle along the coastline admiring beautiful rock formations and cave houses built into the cliffs. You will reach Black Mountain and the Akrotiri lighthouse, exploring sea caves along the way. Paddling east, pass by White Beach named for the imposing white cliffs above, and continue to Kampia Beach. Enjoy a fresh, nutritious snack at the traditional tavern at Kampia Beach and go snorkeling. Back in your kayak, paddle to Red Beach and marvel at the colors, a vivid evidence of volcanic activity. Return to your starting point at Mesa Pigadia beach and sit down to a traditional Greek lunch at a local taverna. Following the meal, you will be driven back to your pick-up location.

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Santorini: Minibus Panoramic Sightseeing Tour

3. Santorini: Minibus Panoramic Sightseeing Tour

Join this 4-hour panoramic sightseeing tour to the main attractions of the island and decide where you’d like to go, or leave it to the experts – either way, flexibility is guaranteed with plenty of stunning photo opportunities, traditional villages and panoramic sea views. Get the chance to explore the south, the unspoiled countryside, traditional villages and volcanic beaches, all combined of course with breathtaking sea views over the caldera. Let your driver/ guide take you through Pyrgos village, a traditional village with medieval features to reach the mountaintop of Profitis Elias. From this vantage point, admire magnificent panoramic views of the whole island. Your next stop will be at Akrotiri village on the southwest coast. Apart from having some of the best views on the island which reaches as far as Oia, it is also home to some of Santorini's jewels such as the Akrotiri excavations, Akrotiri Venetian castle, Akrotiri Lighthouse and Red Beach. Get driven until the south end of Akrotiri peninsula, where one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece stands and let the dazzling sea view and the breezing wind blow your mind away. Then continue your trip to the north, with a visit to the renowned village of Oia. On the way, make a short stop for a unique photographic moment at Firostefani’s famous blue dome church. Pick the afternoon tour if you want to admire a Santorini sunset from the southernmost part of the island.

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Santorini: Private Group Sightseeing Tour

4. Santorini: Private Group Sightseeing Tour

After being collected from your accommodation you will make your way to the archaeological museum and ancient excavations in Akrotiri. There you will learn about life before and after the Santorini volcano eruption on the island of Thira. Following that you will experience the popular Red Beach, where you'll have enough time for swimming and relaxing, and can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the divine landscape. A few meters below there is the different landscape of Black Beach, where you can swim some more and take photos. Pyrgos is your next stop. Its paved and narrow pathways hidden between many old traditional stone houses give you the sense that you are walking in an ancient town labyrinth. This village is located at the highest point of the island and just a few meters below the Monastery of Prophet Elias, which has been standing since 1711. Next, experience wine tasting in an area where the unique grapes have been voted many times as one of the better varieties from around the world. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the most exquisite and tasteful wine flavors such as Visanto, Nychteri, and Assyrtiko. The traditional settlement of Firostefani is your next tour stop, where you can admire the magnificent views of the breathtaking caldera of Santorini. You'll also have the opportunity to see the famous and frequently photographed “Blue Dome”, the old orthodox church covered by a blue dome. Your final stop is the cosmopolitan village of Oia, which is located on the northern edge of the island. Walking over the paved paths in this pure blue and white village is an extremely unique experience, and is bound to provide you with many photographic opportunities. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be driven back to your hotel in Santorini.

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From Santorini: Cruise with Thirasia Walking Tour and Lunch

5. From Santorini: Cruise with Thirasia Walking Tour and Lunch

Enjoy the best of Santorini and the surrounding volcanic islands on a 9-hour sailing tour aboard a luxury catamaran. Stop at 6 highlights along the way and explore Santorini's sister island on a 2-hour walking tour of Thirasia. You won't just see the best of Greece, you'll also taste local specialties prepared by a private chef.   The day begins with hotel pickup in Santorini. Board the catamaran and set off, making stops at White beach, Indian rock, Black Beach, Red Beach, Akrotiri Lighthouse and the Hot Springs. Discover amazingly secluded beaches that can only be accessed by boat and admire the surrounding limestone cliffs and clear waters.  Experience the untouched beauty of Thirasia that has been seen by very few foreign eyes and witness how the locals lived before their villages turned into ghost towns after the 1955 volcanic eruption. Take pictures of colorful, wild-west-style churches and admire views of the Caldera from the island. At the end of the tour, take a break to sample local wines and enjoy a meze platter.  At lunch, mingle with other passengers and enjoy interesting conversation over 3 authentic regional specialties prepared by a private chef. Unlimited local wine, beer, soft drinks, and water are available onboard. Learn about Greek Culture and the history of the Cycladic Islands from a local's perspective.  Snorkel gear is available for those wanting a bit more adventure and the Capitan may even show you the ropes and let you take the helm. At the end of the day, return to Santorini for the hotel transfers and take home a special gift as a souvenir of your day.

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What people are saying about Akrotiri Lighthouse

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 284 reviews

The event was well-organized. Communication about pickup & dropoff was clear. Experience itself was everything I expected. We sailed a catamaran of max 8 people total (which felt very much like a small, exclusive group) into the caldera. We swam/snorkel in the open water once in front of the red beach and other time in front in the hot springs (which is only warm in pockets of water). Crew was fun, informative, and helpful. The cooked lunch was tasty. Book with confidence

The crew was very nice and easy to talk with. They prepared amazing food and the drinks were good. The open bar was only wine, which is fine with me but others might be disappointed by that. There was a very chill vibe with a wonderful view of Santorini only able to be seen by boat. Highly recommend this experience. You wont be disappointed with the swimming opportunities near the black beach and the hot (slightly warmer...) springs.

Absolutely worthwhile - beautiful boat, great tour, delicious food, attentive team, chilled music.

the crew was very friendly and helpful and the food was excellent the cook was awesome!

Great crew and overall experience. Very friendly and helpful.