After spending a full week in Santorini with my family, I can officially say that this location should be on every traveler/wanderluster’s list. From the immaculate views and sunsets, and the incredible food, to the kind people, and the gorgeous weather from April through November, this paradise is a spectacular island filled with every type of traveler’s dream vacation activities. Whether it’s lounging by the pool or the black sand beaches or going on a myriad of tours, you are sure to have a spectacular time.
If you are looking to get a better feel for the island or go on some adventures during your stay, here are a few tours you can choose from: some I have been on myself and others I wish I had the time to do! Don’t miss this wonderful Greek Island if you’re looking to relax, enjoy, and marvel at the world’s beauty.
One of the cool aspects of Santorini is that the entire island, or series of islands, used to be connected as one island, before the active volcano exploded thousands of years ago. Once the volcano erupted, the land sunk to the water, leaving a caldera and Santorini’s famous moon-shape. One of the great activities you can do while in Santorini is sail through the caldera and around the island, taking stops along the way and getting a brand-new perspective of the grandeur of the island. Sunset Oia Sailing Tours offer half day (approximately 5 hour) tours, and you can choose from a group or private tour as well.
If you take the morning tour, start off in the beautiful town of Oia (where, yes, you’ll recognize some of the scenery if you have seen “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” series), and head off on your catamaran to view the island from the water. Stop at one of the small islands in the center of the caldera to swim in hot springs, go snorkeling into caves and grottos, have lunch on the boat and take a look at some of the beaches only accessible by boat on Santorini, and end on the opposite side of the island. If you’re looking for an afternoon tour, the same route is taken in the opposite direction, but you are able to have dinner on the boat and see the sun set from your catamaran before finishing for the day. This is one tour you DON’T want to miss while visiting Santorini.
Sunset Oia Sailing Tours
Address: Pick up service from your Santorini hotel
Price: from 108.54 USD
Because of Santorini’s volcanic makeup, the wineries on the island are excellent. Take a tour of some of the vineyards and taste excellent wines while looking out at beautiful vistas of the island. This tour also includes pick up and drop off services.
Santorini Half-Day Wine Adventure Tour
Address: Pick up at hotel
Price: from 114.26 USD
If you have a limited amount of time on the island, a full day tour is an excellent way to see so much in a short time. Start off exploring the ancient city of Akrotirí, then continue on to the town of Pyrgos, and finish in Oia with a breathtaking sunset spot.
Oia Sunset and Traditional Villages Tour in Santorini
Address: Pick up from hotel
Price: from 83.56 USD
Looking for some water sports? Why not take a sea kayaking tour around Santorini? Choose a morning or afternoon 2.5 hour tour that will take you to beaches, to cave-houses, lunch at a taverna and provide beautiful views!
Sea Kayaking Tour in Santorini
Address: Pick-up from your hotel and starting point at Mesa Pigadia
Price: from 108.25 USD
If you’re looking for a more aerial view of the moon-shaped island, take a ride in a helicopter! Ride over the island and see the volcano, gorgeous beaches, and views in a private helicopter ride for up to five people. Take a twenty minute or thirty minute ride for unforgettable memories!
Santorini Helicopter Flight
Address: Hotel pickup and drop-off
Price: from 313.35 USD
The ancient village of Akrotiri on Santorini is one of the many archaeological sites you can see during your time in Greece. Established by the Minoans, this 4,000-year-old civilization was evacuated due to the volcanic eruption of the island, and the entire city was preserved in volcanic ash until rediscovered. Walk through the streets of the ancient town, explore Greece’s history, and take in the wonders of the past!
Akrotiri Prehistoric City 2 Hour Tour
Address: Meet at the entrance to Akrotiri
Price: from 171.39 USD
Thirassia Island, once connected to the rest of Santorini before the volcanic eruption, is a short way away across the caldera. Head over on a small group tour to discover what this tiny island has to offer! See beautiful views of the main island, discover small cave houses, and walk through the mountainous terrain. This five-hour tour encompasses the entire island, including lunch at a picturesque church and exploring the island by foot.
Thirassia Island Small Group Tour with Lunch from Santorini
Address: Hotel pickup and drop-off on Santorini
Price: from 79.76 USD
If none of the options above look right for you and your party, why not cater your tour to exactly what you want? Take a 4.5 hour tour of Santorini designed to see exactly what you want to see, just for you and your fellow travelers. Get picked up at your Santorini hotel, or if you are on a cruise, the Santorini port, and be driven around the island in an air-conditioned van, seeing all the sights YOU want to see.
Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day
Address: Pickup and drop-off at your Santorini hotel or the Santorini port
Price: from 56.97 USD
See your stress subside in Santorini!
As an avid travel-enthusiast, I can honestly say this should be on every traveler’s lists of top destinations. From the breathtaking views to the kind people and wonderful food, there is no reason NOT to visit! Either choose from one of the myriad of tours to do with you and your party or just sit and relax on the beach or by the pool. You’re in Santorini! Throw all your worries away!
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