Santorini, Caldera and Oia Sunset Cruise
Location: Santorini, Aegean Sea, Greece
Santorini is the jewel in the crown of all the Greek Islands, and undisputedly one of the most beautiful spots in the world. It is always coming up on lists of places one must visit, and it never disappoints. It’s amazing scenery brings thousands to its shores every year, so powerful is the draw of this ancient volcano that sits at the bottom of the Cyclades Islands. It is said that the sunsets in Santorini rank among the ten best in the world. Sow it comes as no surprise that Santorini is a major tourist attraction among the numerous islands that comprise Greece.
From the Caldera, breathtaking views of the volcano & neighboring islands. From east, miles of dark sandy or pebbled beaches. Everywhere one sees small domed churches and remnants of days gone by. Santorini is the most extraordinary island in the Aegean. You sail into a strange, enclosed sea shut off by the Burnt Islands (PALIA KAMENI & NEA KAMENI).
The volcanic cliffs of Santorini are red, brown or greenish, surounted by a string of white villages. Jutting out from the deep blue sea, its volcanic sheer cliffs topped with gleaming white village homes and churches, resembling snowcapped mountains. The thunderous fury of nature left its mark on the island, the home of Greece’s last active volcano that still smolders today. Layer upon layer of red volcanic rock interspersed with white buildings and specks of greenery form a visual demonstration found nowhere else.
The entire center of the circular island sank into the sea during the tremendous volcanic explosion of 3.500 years ago. The eruption caused tidal waves, which virtually wiped out the advanced Minoan civilization of Crete, 70 miles to the south.
What remains today of Santorini is a large crescent shaped island enclosing a west bay, the largest Caldera on earth (7×14) miles. Santorini which covers 132 square kilometers and is located 127 nautical miles from the port in Piraeus, has 13 villages. The island has a big airport along with a large commercial port.
Program: Santorini, Caldera and Oia Sunset Cruise
Starting by bus from the pick-up point we arrive at the port of Athinios where we board the boat King Thiras. Our first stop will be 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. 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 will stop around 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. 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 will stay for two hours and you will 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. King Thiras brings us then to the port of Amoudi underneath Oia where you will 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 will be waiting to bring you back to the point where you started from.
- Visit: Sail close to the old port of Fira – Volcano – Hot Springs – Thirassia – Oia Village for Sunset
- Day: Daily (3/5 with Jason or a traditional boat / 13/5 with King Thiras)
- Language:English & German – Every Day, Greek – Every Monday , Friday and Sunday
- Duration: Approximately 12:00-17:30
- Prices: 34.00 Euros per person
- Meeting point & Time: Kamari 10.30 , Karterados 10.20 , Messaria 10.15 , Fira 10.30, Perissa 10.15