Unlock the Magic of the Aegean Sea with Santorini Boat Tours
Santorini, a gem in the Aegean Sea, is a destination that enchants visitors with its stunning sunsets, whitewashed buildings, and crystal-clear waters. But the true magic of Santorini lies in its volcanic islands of the Caldera, a testament to the wild beauty of a volcano that altered the course of Mediterranean cultures thousands of years ago.
One of the best ways to explore this natural wonder is through Santorini boat tours. These tours not only offer a unique perspective of the island but also an opportunity to delve into its intriguing history, all while enjoying a glass of local wine under the magnificent rocks of the Caldera.
1. Journey to the Center of the Earth: Volcano & Hot Springs Tour
Even if your time in Santorini is limited, the Volcano & Hot Springs Tour is a must-do adventure. This tour allows you to explore the volcano of Santorini, hike on the most recent volcanic formations, and admire the craters with a knowledgeable tour escort. At the peak, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Santorini that will etch itself into your memory forever.
After the hike, set sail towards the hot springs of Palea Kameni island and swim into the bay surrounded by sulfur and mineral waters. This swimming experience, part of the unique Santorini boat tours, is one you will never forget.
The tour starts from the old port of Fira and includes a visit to the volcano bay for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Please note that there is a 5€ ticket fee at the entrance of the volcano, and the hike requires a moderate amount of walking. After the volcano tour, the boat heads towards the hot springs of Palea Kameni island, where you will have 30 minutes of swimming time. Strong and skilled swimmers are required as the boat stops approximately 30-40 meters from the shore, requiring a swim to reach the thermal waters.
Once the swimming time is over, the boat will take you back to the old port of Fira, completing your journey to the center of the earth.
2. A Day in Paradise: Caldera Half Day Tour
Embark on a captivating adventure with the Caldera Half Day Tour, one of the most unforgettable Santorini boat tours. This six-hour journey includes three different stops, each offering a unique experience.
The first stop is the enchanting volcano, where you will have the opportunity to explore its intriguing landscape for 1 hour and 30 minutes. A nominal entrance fee of €5 is required, and the hike entails a moderate amount of walking.
After the visit to the volcano, the boat sets course towards the invigorating hot springs of Palea Kameni island. Prepare for a delightful 30-minute swimming experience in the thermal waters. Strong swimming skills are required as the boat anchors approximately 30-40 meters from the shore.
The next stop is Thirasia island, where you will have 2 hours of free time to indulge in a delicious lunch at a restaurant or tavern of your choice, or explore the charming traditional port of Thirasia. This picturesque island offers a serene and authentic experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in its unique culture and breathtaking landscapes.
Throughout the entire excursion, knowledgeable guides will be available to provide information, answer your questions, and ensure a memorable experience for everyone.
3. Sunset Serenade: Sailing Sunset Tour with Dinner
Prepare yourself for an unforgettable evening filled with breathtaking sights, delectable cuisine, and lively entertainment on the Sailing Sunset Tour with Dinner.
The first stop is the majestic volcano, where you will have the opportunity to hike to the top with a knowledgeable tour escort. A moderate amount of physical activity is required for the 1.30-hour hike, so comfortable shoes, a sun hat, and a bottle of water are recommended.
Next, spend 30 minutes swimming in the rejuvenating sulfur-rich waters of the hot springs. Basic swimming skills are required as you will need to swim approximately 30-40 meters to reach the shore.
As the sun begins to set, the ship anchors near Thirasia Bay, where you will indulge in a delightful dinner on board. Feast on a mouthwatering menu that includes chicken fillet in mustard sauce with vegetables, meatballs in red tomato sauce, rice, boiled vegetables, bread, Greek salad, the famous Greek tzatziki, seasonal fruits, and Greek semolina halva (a delicious dessert). Savor the flavors of Greece as you dine against the backdrop of the serene Thirasia Bay.
Prepare for a truly magical moment as the ship sets sail for Thirasia Island to witness the mesmerizing Santorini sunset from the best vantage point, the village of Oia. Be swept away by the enchanting colors that paint the sky as the sun dips below the horizon. To enhance this beautiful experience, the sails will be opened, allowing you to embrace the tranquil ambiance and create memories that will last a lifetime.
As the ship makes its way back to the port, the party begins! Get ready to dance and celebrate the night with an energetic boat party. The tour escort will teach you how to dance the Syrtaki, a traditional Greek dance made famous in the movie “Zorba the Greek.” Join in the fun and show off your moves as you dance around the boat’s bar. With music filling the air and the lively atmosphere, this is the perfect way to end your Sailing Sunset Tour with Dinner on board.
4. The Ultimate Adventure: Full Day Bus & Boat Tour
Embark on an unforgettable Santorini adventure with the Full Day Bus & Boat Tour. This incredible 9-hour tour takes you on a journey through the mesmerizing beauty of Santorini, filled with adventure, relaxation, and discovery.
Sail across the magnificent Santorini Caldera, immersing yourself in the rich history of the volcano during a 1:30 hour guided tour through the most recent volcanic formation in the Mediterranean Sea.
Dive into the rejuvenating hot springs of Palea Kameni island, indulging in their therapeutic waters for a refreshing 30 minutes.
Next, travel to the picturesque Thirasia Island, where you will have the opportunity to explore its enchanting beauty for a full 2 hours. Indulge in a delectable Greek traditional lunch at one of the charming taverns nestled in Korfos Bay or wander through the captivating streets of the main settlement, Manolas.
After the boat tour, a comfortable bus will take you to the mesmerizing village of Oia. Immerse yourself in its unique charm as you enjoy 2-3 hours of free time to wander through the winding streets, soak up the breathtaking views, and witness the magical sunset that has made Oia world-famous.
As your tour in Oia Santorini comes to a close, hop back on the bus for a relaxed journey back to your original destination. Reflect on the incredible memories you’ve made, carrying the beauty of Santorini in your heart.
For more information about the available boat tours and choosing the one that best suits your personality, ask the Thirea Suites staff. They will be happy to provide detailed information and help you make the best choice for your Santorini adventure. Thirea Suites, one of the best hotels in Oia, not only offers a Santorini honeymoon suite that is the epitome of luxury and romance but also ensures that every guest has the opportunity to explore the island in the most exciting and memorable way.