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Full-Day Santorini Island Trip from Crete

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Kato Gouves, Greece
Full-Day Santorini Island Trip from Crete

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Take a day out from Crete to visit Santorini on this day trip. Board a boat to this famous volcanic island, known for its sea-filled caldera (crater) and black cliffs. On arrival, enjoy a caldera cruise to admire the whitewashed houses perched high on the cliffs, and take an island tour to stroll along the clifftops and visit Thira and Oia. Boat transfers, transport on Santorini, and pickup and drop-off at selected Crete hotels included.
  • Full-day cruise trip to Santorini from Crete
  • Sail to the volcanic island, famous for its black cliffs
  • Cruise on the caldera to admire the whitewashed clifftop towns
  • Soak in the caldera views on a cliffside stroll
  • Island tour with time to stroll in the capital, Thira, and town of Oia
  • Includes transport and pickup and drop-off from selected Crete hotels
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Tour escort/host
Return boat transfers to Santorini
Local taxes
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup from selected hotels in: Heraklion, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Chani, Chersonissos, Malia, Analypsis, Anissaras, Stalida, Rethymnon, Bali, Georgioupolis, and the Chania and Kalyves areas.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • ATTENTION: by law all full names, birthdates and nationality is mandatory in order to participate on any boat tour. To participate at the excursion to Santorini a vaccination proof or a recovery proof are needed. Otherwise guests will need to have a Rapid Test (48hours) or PCR Test (72 hours) with them. Children from 12 to 17 years are allowed to travel with a negative stlf test. Children under 12 nothing is needed. Those details are needed prior the excursion, otherwise it is possible that the participation will be denied.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cretan Holidays
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Santorini Island Trip from Crete?
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 Full-Day Santorini Island Trip from Crete.
What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Santorini Island Trip from Crete?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Santorini Island Trip from Crete.

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  • "Lots of uneven ground and hills and steps if you have difficulties walking, bad knees or hips." See review


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Not ideal with young kids because of the Ferry.
, Jul 2021
This is a cautionary tale for parents out there. The tour guide was great and once we got to the island, it would have been fine, however the ferry goes regardless of the tide and it was so rough that like 85% of the people on the ferry were vomiting nonstop. We even took Dramamine ahead of time and they provided sea sickness gum and it didn’t help. We ended up having to buy new clothes since ours were covered not only from our vomit but others as well. The horrible ferry ride caused our youngest to get so sick, we had to book last minute tickets to fly back to avoid her getting worse. She is still recovering from it today. What was supposed a fun day trip turned into a nightmare. Whether you’re traveling with or without kids, get the kitchen sink of motion sickness stuff but you may still throw up if you get unlucky like we did with the awful winds causing the water to be so rough (it was red flag that day). I understand it was always a possibility to get seasick and we thought we us prepared well but it wasn’t enough. I wish we had had the option to cancel or get a partial refund on the day of because the flag status. The tour itself on the island was awesome so that part and the transportation was 5 star. If you choose to do this, take everything you can beforehand to help. I’m not sure it would have even helped with the sea being that rough though, but there were other options you can try.
1 traveler found this review helpful
It was good.
, Jun 2021
This trip was very easy to get to and from. Our guide Maria was well versed in her knowledge of Santorini and fun to listen to. It was nice having the bus for driving around the island. It was a great introduction. Some things I feel need to be specified is that the boat that is mention mentioned is a ferry (ride is 2 hours from Crete) that can hold 100s of people and no tour guide to tell you when you are approaching the caldera. You will find out about it after the fact. The first stop is Oia and you are let off and given about 1.5-2 hours to look around. There is enough time to eat if you chose not to purchase food on the ferry (we were picked up from hotel at 6:10 so bfast was not available). Next you will head to the capital, Thira. You will have 3 hours there. You will have the option to spend one hour there and then ride out to the black sand beach (we really wanted to do that) or you can stay there the whole time. Going to visit the black sand beach was advised as a “waste of time” due to the almost hour drive there and was mentioned several times. We felt pressured and opted out. We stayed and got all the pics we could, got gelato, let the kids go to the fish spa and did light shopping. Overall it was good. Super hot which made it hard with kids. Lots of uneven ground and hills and steps if you have difficulties walking, bad knees or hips. Bring water!! I would book this again, but I’d research a bit more in depth first as not to waste time on finding good picture places, knowing what shops and restaurants are there and strictly for the ease of transport.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear Mellie thank you for your review. Very useful tips and the truth is that due to lots of traffic sometimes it is preferable to spend more time in Fira to enjoy the stay and the time on the island.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Stunning santorini
, Oct 2019
Brilliant tour. All transportation was scheduled and run to time. The trip itself was very informative by athina and brilliant driving on the steep roads by our driver. We went to oia first which was extremely busy as three cruise ships were in dock. Athina gave us tips for perfect photos. Travelling onto thira again lots of info en route and lots to see. Final destination voted for on coach was to visit perissa and the black rose pool bar which served tasty food and a chance of a swim in the pool. wCfacilities were good there.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Wasn't worth it
, Sep 2019
We were staying in Elounda and started the day at 6:30am for an hour-plus ride to Heraklion followed by a two hour ferry ride to Santorini followed by a 35 minute coach bus trip to Oia. The ferry was big but the water was pretty rough and several people were seasick. In Oia the streets (which are only about 3 people wide) were so packed with tourists you could hardly move. Barely had time to see/do anything and wasted a ton of time trying to find the spot to take the "postcard" shot with the blue cupola (which we never did find). We wanted to go to the black sand beach after Oia but were advised it was another 35 minute bus ride to get there and we would only have about 25-30 minutes at the beach before we would have to get on the bus for the return trip to the port. We decided to continue on to Thira instead, where we literally only had time for lunch and some quick shopping before we had to re-board the bus for our return to the port. Two more hours on the ferry to Heraklion and another hour-plus to Elounda; we didn't get back to our hotel until after 8:00pm. Very long day for very little enjoyment. I will say that the tour was well-run and the people were extremely nice but I would rather have spent the day doing something in Crete instead.
3 travelers found this review helpful
Great day to Santorini- well...
, Oct 2017
Great day to Santorini- well organised once we got to the island, 3 tour options to choose from. Only problem we had was a slight difference in the name of the boat we were advised to look for- was a bit frantic trying to ask all the different kiosks and make it on time.
Lovely day out but there are a few...
, Jun 2017
Lovely day out but there are a few little things to consider. On pick up out coach didn't have enough seats meaning I have a sit on my husbands lap till we got to the port, which in the heat was not the best start the trip! It is a little school trip like as you are kept to a tight schedule and are only in the towns for around an hour at the most- a lot of the trip is on the coach. If I was to give a suggestion-when given the option to stay in the town, visit the beach or go the the volcano, I would suggest the town. The beach was nice but a little dull and another couple who we spoke to didn't rate the volcano trip which also ran out of food. I would highly recommend this trip but you are not free to wonder as much as you think you can.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Yes it really is that beautiful...
, Sep 2016
Yes it really is that beautiful. Tour guides were informative and had good senses of humor. Ferry was like managed chaos but comfortable and on time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Belle journée à Santorin
, Sep 2021
J’ai apprécié mon expérience avec Viator, le bus est venu nous chercher à l’heure à notre hôtel, le bateau a démarré a l’heure et tout s’y est bien passé aussi bien à l’allé qu’au retour. Arrivés à Santorin nous avons été éparpillés dans des bus différents selon la langue de guide choisis. Par la suite nous avons bien été encadrés, les consignes pour se rejoindre après avoir fait un tour a Oia puis a Fira, étaient clairs. Guide française au top ! Santorin a une très belle histoire. Prévoir un supplément de 20€ si vous souhaitez visiter le volcan Caldeira (Aller/retour en bateau puis baignade de 20mn). Nous avons passés une très bonne journée.
, Aug 2021
Réservation guide français, retrouver avec guide anglais toute la matinée. Visite du volcan pas faite alors que c'était compris dans le prix. Guide française infecte. Je n'avais jamais eu une telle expérience avec Viator auparavant.
, May 2019
Merci à Markos pour toutes ces informations pendant la journée. Prise en charge à l hotel, bateau, visites, explications. Tout était parfait! Visite de oia et thira. Je recommande fortement. Attention prévoir 2h30 de bateau entre la crete et Santorin ( penser à prendre de quoi s occuper)

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