Palea Kameni

Palea Kameni: 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: Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit

2. 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 take the path to the crater of the active volcano as you enjoy free time to explore the island. Next, head to Palea Kameni, and swim in the volcanic hot springs. Return to the boat for a short sail to Thirassia, where you’ll have free time to explore this charming village. Then, visit Manolas, accessed by winding stairs, or by a donkey ride up to the village. There is the option of extending the tour in Oia to admire the panoramic views and a spectacular sunset. If this option is selected, after the end of the boat ride you will be transferred to Oia. Please meet your bus at the meeting point 15 minutes after the sunset.

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

3. 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: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

4. Santorini: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

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: Private Catamaran Cruise with BBQ Meal and Drinks

5. Santorini: Private Catamaran Cruise with BBQ Meal and Drinks

Explore the shores of Santorini on this cruise from Ammoudi Bay. Admire sights like Indian Rock and the Venetian Lighthouse. Have the option to choose between a sunset tour with dinner or a day tour with lunch. Sip on delectable local wine with your meal. Sail in a comfortable catamaran to the warm therapeutic waters of the volcanic hot springs. Head towards Aspronissi Island and pass by the Indian Rock formation and the 19th-century Venetian Lighthouse. Stop at Mesa Pigadia which is next to the unique White beach. Indulge in a Greek barbecue lunch or dinner and pair your meal with fine regional wines. Dive into the dazzling waters of the famous Red Beach and capture pictures of its reddish sand.

Santorini Volcano and Thirassia Islands Tour

6. Santorini Volcano and Thirassia Islands Tour

Your first stop on this tour will be the lava island Nea Kameni, where you'll have the opportunity to walk up the soil path and approach the crater of the still active volcano. Then, return to the boat which will take you to the second lava island, Palea Kameni, where you'll find the amazing hot springs - the boat will make a stop about 50 meters from the opening, so you can swim in the green sulfur waters of the hot springs, wet your feet, or just enjoy the view! After the hot springs, the tour continues to Thirassia Island, which was once part of the island of Santorini before the volcano's explosion. Spend two hours on this amazing island and do some swimming, hang out on the beach, have lunch next to the sea, or explore the village of Manolas with its winding steps and traditional houses. On the way back to Athinios port where the tour ends, you'll cruise on the King Thiras yacht under Oia where the best pictures can be taken of the amazing cliffs and breathtaking scenery. Once you arrive at the port, the bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

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

7. 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: Private Caldera Sailing Trip with Open Bar & Meal

8. Santorini: Private Caldera Sailing Trip with Open Bar & Meal

Book a private day or sunset sailboat trip to the caldera of Santorini and discover the beauty of the Aegean Sea in a completely different way. Enjoy the sun and sea breeze as you venture to spots like Red Beach and Black Mountain. Lunch and an open bar are also included in your trip. For the day cruise that offers you a unique chance to admire Santorini's beauty under the full sun, set sail in the deep blue waters of the island starting from the Red Beach. Stop for a swim, then continue for photos at White Beach. Enjoy a swim in the hidden coves of the Black Mountain at the southern part of the island, then enter the caldera just below the Venetian Light House. Sail across the cliff and head towards the volcanic hot springs. Once anchored, a delicious lunch is served on board with wine. Savor seafood, chicken fillet, grilled sausages, traditional Greek delicacies and dips, veggie rice, Greek salad, and dessert before continuing the adventure. Opt for the sunset cruise to enjoy all of the same features as the day cruise but in the impressive beauty and colors of the sunset. Exploit your senses as you enjoy your dinner during the golden hour.

Santorini: Volcano and Thirassia Sunset Dinner Cruise

9. Santorini: Volcano and Thirassia 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: 2-Day Volcanic Cruise & Bus Tour Combo

10. Santorini: 2-Day Volcanic Cruise & Bus Tour Combo

Explore the highlights of the volcanic island of Santorini with a cruise to the three islands of the caldera as well as a popular sightseeing bus tour on the second day. Start your first day by setting sail for the lava islet of Nea Kameni. Once there, walk an ascending path to the crater of the still active volcano to enjoy incredible sights for 1.5 hours. Return to the boat to sail to the second lava islet, Palea Kameni. Jump off the boat and dive in the islet's hot springs, with green sulfur waters and warm therapeutic mud. The last stop of the day is the traditional island of Thirassia for 1.5 hours of free time. On your second day, take a bus tour around the entire island. Visit the archaeological site of Akrotiri. Walk in the Emborio village, swim at the Perissa beach, and taste local wine at an awarded winery. Marvel at the views from the Profitis Ilias mountain top. Experience the famous sunset hour in Oia Village.

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What people are saying about Palea Kameni

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4.4 / 5

based on 9,293 reviews

Great way to explore some of the other islands surrounding Thira. Convenient and comfortable bus pick up near our hotel in Fira along with an informative guide who came along for the entire day and provided background and history of each location. Free time was more than sufficient at each stop and we did not feel rushed at all throughout the day. Weather was perfect which offered a beautiful view of the island of Thera from the Aegean Sea. Highly recommend!

Perfect cruise, boat is very nice and decorated with lots of seating options. Drinks really are unlimited and my glass was never empty. Would skip on the snacks part as it was not the nicest, just wait for dinner at a restaurant. Can’t recommend this enough.

Very helpful and friendly staff! The boat was comfortable, the views were fantastic, and the food was delicious. Highly recommend this boat experience!

Great day seeing the sights, our tour guide was excellent. It was a really chilled atmosphere which was perfect for us.

The food was great, the tours was great and the staff was very friendly. I'd highly recommend this tour!