Red Beach, Santorini

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Santorini: 5-Hour Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

1. Santorini: 5-Hour 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.

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Santorini: Small Group Romantic Catamaran Cruise

2. Santorini: Small Group Romantic Catamaran Cruise

Take a relaxing catamaran cruise and see Santorini from the water. Select the day cruise for spectacular views, or opt for the evening option for a romantic atmosphere. If you choose the morning cruise, you'll set off at approximately 10:00 AM from Ammoudi Bay into the island’s famous caldera before enjoying a therapeutic dunk in its thermal springs. Once you feel thoroughly relaxed, return to the boat and continue towards Aspronisi Island, taking in views of Indian Rock and the Venetian Lighthouse as you go. The tour continues with a stop at Mesa Pigadia Beach, which serves as a scenic backdrop for a Greek barbecue lunch. After your meal, admire the vermilion sands of the Red Beach and go for a swim in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea before ending your cruise at Marina of Vlychada. The evening cruise sets off from Vlychada Marina at approximately 3:00 PM. Red Beach is the first port of call, where you’ll have time for an afternoon swimming and snorkeling session, before venturing to the nearby White Beach, renowned for its striking cliffs. You’ll continue on past Indian Rock and the Venetian Lighthouse, and into the heart of the caldera. During the cruise, the crew will prepare for you a Greek barbecue meal which will introduce you to local flavors (and local wine). After the meal, relax in the natural spa and mud baths of Santorini’s hot springs, before returning to the ship and heading for the bay of Eptapedes, where you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable sunset vista. Once night falls, return to the Bay of Ammoudi, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel. VIP Menu: Appetizers: Seafood pasta, Greek salad, tzatziki, and dolmadakiaBBQ: Pork, chicken, or vegetarianOpen Bar: Santorini white wine, beer, ouzo, juice, sodas, and mineral water  Comfort Menu: Appetizers: Pasta with tomato sauce, Greek salad, tzatziki, and dolmadakiaBBQ: Pork, chicken, or vegetarianOpen Bar: Santorini white wine, juice, sodas, and mineral water 

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Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Lunch & Open Bar

3. 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: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

4. Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

Santorini is quintessential Greece. Discover the draw-dropping scenery, see old Greek ladies strolling along cobbled lanes, and dive underground to try local wines on this all-encompassing tour. Yia Mas! After pickup from your hotel, board the luxury coach and drive to Profitis Ilias, the highest point on the island. Take in an incredible panorama of the entire island of Santorini, and the stunning deep blue of the Aegean. Wander around the courtyard of the 18th-century monastery that sits on top of the mountain, then visit the Saint Nektarios chapel. Make a quick photo stop at Caldera Beach in Akrotiri. Admire the views of the former volcano and learn about the island's fascinating volcanic history. Continue to Red Beach, one of the most famous beaches on the island. Admire this striking beach of black and red volcanic sand, made from the bright red cliffs behind it. The next stop is Perissa Beach, also known as Black Beach. Here there will be plenty of free time to go swimming in the sea or have lunch at one of the Greek tavernas facing the beach. Continue to Emporio, where you will join a guided walk and visit the small Venetian fortress. Feel like you’re on the set of Mamma Mia as you discover the many doorways, windows, alleys, and arches of this picturesque medieval village. You'll then head to the Santorini Wine Museum, housed in an extraordinary underground cave. Join a guided tour of the winery and learn about the winemaking process. Then it will be time to enjoy a private wine tasting session of 3 wines made local grape varieties. In the early evening, you will reach the cliff-top village of Oia with its famous blue-domed churches. After some time at leisure, meet up with your group for a guided walk through the village and hear all about its glorious maritime past. Finally, watch an incredible sunset before returning to the bus and being dropped off back at your hotel.

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Santorini: Day Cruise

5. Santorini: Day Cruise

Take a day trip by boat and explore Santorini's picturesque southern coast. See red and white beaches, dive and snorkel in the sea, and enjoy a delicious lunch on board your boat. Sail along the southern coastline of Santorini and admire the lunar-like Caldera coastline of the island. At the picturesque Red Beach, dive into the crystalline waters for a swim or snorkel to explore the rich seabed. Continue sailing to White Beach, the Black Mountain, and the Lighthouse south of the Caldera. Next stop is the volcanic islands and the famous hot springs. A delicious lunch is served aboard with an open bar, including wine and dessert.

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Santorini: All-Inclusive Luxury Catamaran Small Group Cruise

6. Santorini: All-Inclusive Luxury Catamaran Small Group Cruise

Explore the clear Mediterranean waters of the Santorini Caldera on a brand new Lagoon 450 catamaran. Make 2 swimming and snorkeling stops, then feast on a barbecue meal.  Once out on the water, the first stop of the tour will be a 30-minute visit to Red Beach, so named for its bright sand. After some relaxed swimming and great snorkeling, get back aboard the sailboat and continue to White Beach, featuring equally striking rock colors and more excellent swimming and snorkeling.  After swimming, the crew members will serve a delicious barbecue meal onboard. From there, take some time to take in the views from the beach before sailing past the beautiful uninhabited islands of Aspronissi and Akrotiri.  The tour's last stop will be at the hot springs for 30 minutes of relaxation, with the chance to go for a soak in the springs. The tour finishes at the port where you'll board a minibus for a transfer.

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Santorini: Luxury Small Group Catamaran w/ Meal & Open Bar

7. Santorini: Luxury Small Group Catamaran w/ Meal & Open Bar

Drop anchor on a 5-hour, luxury catamaran 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 or upgrade to a private cruise experience. 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 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.

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Santorini: Private Kayak Tour with Picnic & Sunset

8. Santorini: Private Kayak Tour with Picnic & Sunset

You'll begin by being collected from your Santorini accommodation. From there you will make your way to begin discovering the natural wonder of Santorini’s caves, which turn blue as the light hits the water. Red Beach is one of the best beaches on the island. From there you can explore the sights of the island, located in the south coast where your sea kayak activity will begin. You'll paddle along the coastline of Akrotiri, admiring its many little caves and formations, before eventually reaching Black Mountain where you can explore sea caves and snorkel. You'll later return to your starting point, but not before a dose of adrenaline by cliff jumping at White Beach. As your tour concludes, you can enjoy the unique time of sunset across the sparkling Aegean Sea and the dreamy horizon. Following the sunset, you'll be returned back to your accommodation.

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Santorini: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

9. 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 at the Ammoudi Port of Oia or at your hotel, if you upgrade to include a hotel pickup and drop-off service, 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.

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Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

10. Santorini: Half or Full-Day Private Island Tour

Get picked up from a location of your choice on Santorini and meet your private driver/guide. Decide with your guide which sights you would like to see on this fully-customizable tour. The below itinerary is just offered as an example.  First, stop in the traditional village of Firostefani famous for its blue-domed churches. See and learn about the geological formation of the island, and the genesis, and history of Santorini. Continue through the scenic countryside to the village of Oia, the most photographed location in Santorini. Next, head to Profitis Ilias, which is the highest hill in Santorini. From its top at 567 m, enjoy the panoramic view of the Aegean Sea. There, you are able to visit the Monastery of Profitis Ilias and a Greek Orthodox chapel, listen to the sounds of Byzantine music and get a taste of their hand-made products.  Alternatively, opt to visit the ancient ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient Minoan village that was buried by the island’s colossal volcanic eruption. Don't miss the chance to see the incredible, well-preserved remnants of the settlement for yourself. Afterward, head to Red Beach, named for its distinctively colored sand. On your way to the south, stop to explore the famous black beaches and its nice viewpoint. Take many beautiful pictures of this unique landscape. Lastly, wind your tour down with an indulgent stop at a local winery. Santorini has produced its own wine since ancient times, and sampling its product is the perfect way to get a taste of the island's history.

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What people are saying about Red Beach, Santorini

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,349 reviews

The guide was very knowledgeable and told lots of stories about the island. Santorini is a great place for just relaxing on the beach, but if you want to soak in more than just the sun, this tour is perfect for getting to know the area.

Our tour guide Lily was very knowledgeable, welcoming and made the overall experience great. She made a group of strangers feel at home, laugh and have a good time whilst seeing the sights of Santorini.

Great experience and staff on the boat was friendly. An overall amazing trip.

Perfect, apart from the two passengers who have vanished during the trip

Friendly crew and excellent service. Enjoyed the tour.