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Fira, Greece
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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Take your Santorini visit to new heights during this 9-hour offering access to the island’s eye-popping views, outdoor adventures, and architecture. Admire the jaw-dropping scenery from the island’s highest point and see the 16th-century monastery of Saint Elias. You’ll also journey by boat to the nearby islands of Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni and Thirassia.
  • Discover Santorini and its nearby islands during a full-day tour
  • Explore the islands of Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni and Thirassia by boat
  • Enjoy the stellar views from the 16th-century monastery at Santorini's highest point
  • Soak tired feet in a green sulphur hot springs and swim on an island beach
  • Visit the Byzantine churches and Venetian Castle in the village of Pyrgos
  • Great introduction to the natural beauty and history of Santorini and its nearby islands
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Local taxes
Guided tour of Santorini
Boat trip
Pickup from meeting points
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Volcano entrance fee 4,00 Euro per person

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup and return transfer from specific meeting points in Kamari, Perissa, Fira, Karterados, Pyrgos, Emporio. Akrotiri, Vlychada, Messaria, Megalochori

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Receive a morning pickup from your Fira, Kamari, or Perissa hotel, continuing by bus to the center of Santorini and the island’s highest point.

Reach the 1,804-foot (550-meter) peak of Santorini, enjoying the incredible panoramic views before exploring the monastery of Saint Elias, a 16th-century religious center built at this island apex. Continue the trip by proceeding to the village of Pyrgos, where you’ll check out the Cycladic architectural style of its buildings, see the Byzantine church, and stop by the Venetian Castle.

Your Santorini adventure continues with a boat ride aboard the ‘King Thiras’ to the island of Nea Kameni, where you’ll ascend a dirt path that leads up to the crater of an active volcano. After finishing your volcano exploration, continue to the island of Palea Kameni, where you’ll have time to soak your feet in the green sulphur waters of a local hot spring.

Head next to the island of Thirassia, a landmass that was once part of Santorini before a huge volcanic eruption ripped the two areas in half. Spend your time on Thirassia relaxing on the island’s beach, exploring the village of Manolas, or stopping for lunch. Cap off your day by proceeding to the port of Amoudi, where you’ll take in what promises to be a gorgeous sunset view. Your bus will pick you up here and provide a drop-off back at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Monastery of Profitis Ilias
This bus tour takes you to the Center of the island. On the highest point, you can visit the hidden gems of the area. The first stop of the tour is the 16th century Monastery of Prophet Elias which was built on the highest point of the Island 1804 feet (550 meters) above sea level. From there you have a panoramic view of the whole island and it is breathtaking.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Venetian Castle of Santorini
After Profitet Elias, continue to the village of Pyrgos, with its Cycladic architecture, Byzantine churches, and a Venetian Castle. The village is one of the highest points of the Island and the View is amazing overlooking the North West part of Santorini. From Pyrgos, head to Athinios where we board the boat King Thiras.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nea Kameni
The first stop at the King Thiras boat is the Volcanic Island of Nea Kameni where we walk up the ascending soil path and approach the crater of the still active Volcano to reach the crater.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palea Kameni
After reaching the crater you walk down the dirt path to the boat to continue our journey to the Island of Palea Kameni where the boat stops around 164 feet (50 meters) from the opening, and you can swim in the green sulphur waters of the hot springs, wet your feet, or just enjoy the view.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Thirassia
The journey continues after the hot springs to Thirassia Island which was once part of Santorini before the big Explosion of the Volcano. There you stay for two hours and you have the opportunity to do some activities like swimming on the beach of Thirassia, have lunch next to the Sea or just explore the Village of Manolas with its winding steps and traditional houses.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Oia
King Thiras brings us then to the port of Amoudi underneath Oia where you walk up the steps to reach Oia in order to enjoy one of the most amazing sunsets in the world. The tour ends 30 minutes after the sunset when you will gather at the pickup point in Oia where the bus is waiting to bring you back to the point where you started from.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cretan Holidays

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Santorini Full Day Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Santorini Full Day Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Santorini Full Day Tour.

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star-5
Boats and volcanoes
Owen_D
, Jul 2021
The boat trip to the various Islands. All around great tour with water, volcanoes and spectacular views
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star-1
No, no, no. Avoid this tour!
Gail_U
, Jul 2021
This was awful. Do not book this tour. Pickup: not at the hotel as it says, but a random spot they message to you the day before. It was a 15 minute walk for me from hotel. Since I had to be there by 8:30, that gave me 5 minutes to eat breakfast, and only because my hotel was able to arrange it earlier than the usual 8AM breakfast start time. Others I met on the tour were not so lucky and had to go without breakfast. That's terrible given the next opportunity to eat on this 14 hour excursion is around 1:00 PM. Yes, the actual length of tour is more like 14 hours, not 9 as advertised. This is way too long. The boat ride was the worst part of the whole thing. They packed what seemed like over 100 people on a boat. These people are from different tours....must have been 4 or 5 tours converging onto one boat. The boat is so uncomfortable and you spend a good 5 hours on this hunk of junk. Uncomfortable metal seating without much shading. Everyone on the boat looked miserable. Let's not forget that there was no way to social distance with this many people on this boat. So, in addition to just being uncomfortable, it's also simply unsafe. When you arrive to the volcano island, you must pay €5 to enter per person. This is not included in the cost of the tour. You then have an intense hike up a hill in the hot sun for 25 minutes to reach the top of the volcano. Many people opted out of this and just sat under a shaded area for the 1.5 hour that we spent on this part. If you don't have good walking shoes, don't bother because it's a volcano folks..you're hiking up lava rocks. Next stop, the hot springs. The advertisement says "dip your feet into the hot springs". No. What happens instead is they dock the boat in a lagoon and tell everyone you can jump off the boat to swim of you'd like, or you can just sit there on that awful boat while others swim. I did not have a swim suit but all I wanted to do was get off that boat out of the hot sun and swim. Instead I sat there bored and hot with many others for 30 minutes until we left. At this point, my friends and I were plotting how we could pay a random person at the next port to take us back to Fira and away from this misery. The next stop is a little island which did have restaurants and swimming areas. This was a bit redeeming. However, the tour guide recommends a particular restaurant and when we checked it out, it appeared that it was owned by the same people operating the boat! And it didn't look good at all -looked like a complete tourist trap. We chose another spot to eat some gyros which was fantastic...but there was only one bathroom, so I had to queue for 20 minutes to use the loo. Back on the boat, heading back to Fira it was around 4PM. Remember, this craziness started at 8:30AM. I told the tour guide I did not want to continue the the next port after Fira and wanted to end the tour early. She said there was a bus taking one of the other groups, but that there might not be room for me! When we got to the bus she almost did not let me on, saying "you paid to continue on to Oia for the sunset." It was crazy. Here I am trying to leave, I don't care that I paid for another 4 hours of this misery, I just wanted to leave. And she tried to say there was no room on the bus to leave. THERE WAS PLENTY OF ROOM. Luckily I got on the bust and went back to my hotel where I could dunk my sorrows away in my hotel pool.
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star-5
Great
Sarah_L
, Jul 2021
Amazing ! The guide is so nice, knows everything about Santorini’s history. She gave us the best spots for the sunset. Hiking the volcano and swimming in the hot water was the most unforgettable part. Best price for a full day. Thank you Vaso !
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star-4
All day hike worth the effort
LSec
, Jun 2021
Interesting your and challenging hike. We began with a visit to the highest point in Santorini. The view was beautiful and our guide, Vasco, was very personable. The hike up the volcano island was quite challenging for those of us who were older, but we persevered and were rewarded with arriving up on the top to see more of the spectacular surroundings. The boat ride was enjoyable and even though we did not swim in the hot springs we enjoyed relaxing on the boat. Sunset in Oia was lovely and Vasco suggested an appropriate site for us to enjoy the setting sun. All four of us enjoyed the long day.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Dear LSec, thank you very much for your kind review! We are really glad that all of you had a good time and enjoyed the tour. Yes, it is a challenging walk to the volcano but the view is incredible. Thank you for joining our trip and we hope that we can welcome you once again. Kind regards
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star-5
Best and most affordable Tour in Santorini
Liviu_M
, Jun 2021
The tour lady was so friendly and helpful! This tour was perfect to see Santorini’s most iconic places! The boat trip was awesome, Watching the Sunset in Oia was the most amazing views ever !!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Dear Liviu_M Thank you very much for your review! We are really happy that you had a great time - this is always the best reward for us. Hoping that we can welcome you again, with kind regards
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star-5
Full day Tour Santorini
nathaliedepocas
, Sep 2019
Very interesting and complete tour. The guide Vaso was very nice, patient and helpful, with a great personality. We highly recommand this tour.
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star-5
This tour is jam packed with...
JoAnna P
, Sep 2017
This tour is jam packed with activities well worth the money. I would not recommend this tour to people who are not physically active. There is an enormous amount of hiking and stairs, may not be for everyone. I do recommend you wear tennis or a light hiking shoe. Please stay away from flip-flops.
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star-5
This was one of my favorite tours...
Aeher D
, Aug 2017
This was one of my favorite tours. It was an ALL DAY tour- we finished around 8:30 pm- so come ready. It is a tour that is designed for people who are active- there is a lot of walking. My little ones came and did a great job, but come ready with walking shoes and a change of clothes because you will get wet.
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star-3
We were told to meet at the old...
Janet W
, Oct 2016
We were told to meet at the old medical center in Fira but there is no such place however, there is a medical center/health clinic which is what they meant literally on a street corner. We almost missed the tour. After being picked up, we went up to the monestary for a quick picture then down to the boat. This is 90 a boat tour so don't expect to see much of the island. We went to where the volcano is to see the crater, you can see another crater that is quite a hike up from the first. They then took us to where the hot springs were for a swim but we were warned we had to be really good swimmers. Not sure what that meant and the actual springs were far away from the boat so we opted out. After that, we had lunch at about 2:00pm which was on our own. It was the most overpriced, mediocre lunch of our island visit. We then headed to the old port of Oia. Once here, we had to take the worst 300 steps ever. These old steps actually had 5 steps within each step up. We called it the trail of tears and felt no longer on vacation! They offered donkeys for a charge to get to the top but we refused because we thought it was cruel. We had to stop several times to rest before finally reaching the top. We were offered no alternative for this other than a donkey ride. The sunset was beautiful after which, we were returned to Fira. This is an ALL DAY, active tour. You will get your money's worth and will be exhausted. Please note, we are able-bodied adults and STILL had a difficult time during some parts of this tour second crater hike, swim, 300 steps. Older folks and/or those with mobility issues should think twice before signing up for this tour.
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star-4
It was a great tour of the major...
Gilber G
, Sep 2016
It was a great tour of the major points of the island. Bring some cash since the volcano tour section isn't included in the price. Don't think you're gonna get the best experience from the Oia Village visit. It's gonna be crowded since it's a major tourist spot.
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