Experience Santorini’s beauty, hot springs and beaches on a 5-hour catamaran cruise. Select a daytime or sunset cruise, and sail around the island and caldera (flooded volcanic crater) on a deluxe catamaran. Stop to bathe in the Nea Kameni springs; swim, snorkel or unwind at beaches; and enjoy unlimited Santorini wine and Greek beer, plus a Greek meal prepared on board. On the evening cruise, be treated to awe-inspiring sunset views. A cruise is essential when you visit Santorini, and with numbers limited to 16, this offers a small-group experience.
Your Santorini hotel. Cruise ship passengers only: Meeting point for passengers arriving in Santorini by cruise ship is set in Fira town center – in front of “Hertz” Rent-A-Car-Office. Cruise ship passengers should be aware that this catamaran cruise departs from a different port than the cruise port located on the south of the island, where return transfers are provided complimentary from Fira town. However, it is on the cruise passengers own judgement whether the time frame of this tour is suitable and does not interfere with the timetable of their cruise ship on port. Also cruise passengers should be aware that in order to get to the tour meeting point location (“Hertz” rent a car in Fira) they should take the cruise port’s cable car to the top. The ticket costs 6.00 Euro value per passenger per way and it is an additional expense, to be paid extra on the spot at the Santorini cable car’s counters.
9:30am: Daytime cruise 2:30pm: Sunset cruise
Departure time may vary depending on seasonality and lighting conditions. Please contact your local tour operator prior of your tour to verify exact departure time.
Select a morning or sunset cruise when you book. Then, on the day, depart your Santorini hotel by air-conditioned minivan and travel to the jetty for your 5-hour cruise.
Meet your professional skipper and crew, and find a comfortable spot on the deluxe modern catamaran. Then, sit back and admire Santorini’s caldera and sugar-cube clifftop houses as your vessel pulls away from dock. Relax and enjoy the sea breezes, and take snaps of the views as your catamaran cuts through the waves of the Aegean Sea. As you sail, enjoy the unlimited Santorini wine, Greek beers or sodas available from the onboard bar.
After a short sail across the south part of the island, stop at the Red Beach. Pause here and enjoy time to swim, snorkel or simply sunbathe on the decks.Then, drop anchor at the hot springs beside Nea Kameni, Santorini’s ancient volcano. Step ashore and submerge yourself in the warm pools, whose waters are thought to have medicinal powers that help alleviate skin and bone conditions.
Back aboard, cruise along the coast to Santorini’s southern beaches. Head for the White Beach, and, if you wish, leave the boat to swim in the crystal waters. If you fancy checking out the undersea life, use the supplied snorkeling equipment and set off in search of colorful fish and other underwater sights.
Afterward, return to deck for a delicious lunch or dinner, depending on the cruise time you’ve chosen. Dig into an enticing selection of pork and grilled chicken, Greek salad, pasta salad, fresh bread and fruit.
Roughly 30 minutes later, start out on your return journey. If you’ve chosen the sunset cruise, soak up the sight of one of Santorini’s magical sunsets. Snap pictures or just enjoy the moment as the sun sinks below the horizon in a blaze of orange, gold and pink.
Lastly, dock back at the jetty and finish your tour with a hotel drop-off.
Please note: the stop at the Red and/or White Beach may be changed to a different beach, depending on your experienced catamaran skipper’s judgement of weather and sea conditions on the day of your cruise. In every swimming stop opportunity, the catamaran boat anchors off the beaches in deep waters as the vessel is not able to dock on the actual beaches in shallow waters.