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6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience
"After meeting up with your guide the trip starts with a stop at a breathtaking spot in the famous Caldera of the island Santorini where you will be introduced to its history and its unique scenery.Explore the myths and legends of Santorini discovering the Akrotiri excavations the most well-preserved prehistoric settlement of Greece. Enjoy a few minutes at the famous Red Beach covered with red volcanic sand and met by deep blue waters. The Red Beach is arguably one of the most famous and beautiful beaches of Santorini. It is located only some steps away from the ancient site of Akrotiri and offers an amazing view of the Aegean Sea.Stop at the villag narrow streets painted in white
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Private Tour: Santorini Sightseeing with Photo Stops on the Fira to Oia Hiking Trail
"Choose from a morning or afternoon departure and then meet your guide at your Santorini hotel. Take a seat inside your luxury air-conditioned car or minivan (depending on the size of your private group) and set off to explore the island’s southern coast. As you travel listen to your private guide’s enlightening commentary about Santorini and drink in stunning views of the caldera vine-clad hills and sugar cube houses.Make a brief photo stop at the lighthouse on the southern tip of the island before visiting a family-run store to sample homemade delicacies such as sundried tomatoes capers and goat cheese.Next get a glimpse of old-world Greece as you travel through Pyrgos village. Then
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Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day
"With a customized itinerary that is tailored to suit your needs and interests spend your chosen five or eight hours on Santorini visiting the cultural historical and natural landmarks that interest you the most. During your tour speak with your private driver-guide about the types of things you would like to see so that the logistics can be arranged.On the day of your tour meet your driver-guide at your Santorini hotel and then set off in a premium
From EUR50.00

Volcano Tips (41)

The Volcano Boat Trip

Every one of the many travel agents in each town in Santorini will offer an boat excursion to the Volcano. It takes up the main part of the day. My trip included the volcano, a stop on the island of Thirissia and a visit to Oia, before returning me to Kamari on the south west coast.

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Adamis
Sep 19, 2006

The Volcano Boat Trip

Every one of the many travel agents in each town in Santorini will offer an boat excursion to the Volcano. It takes up the main part of the day. My trip included the volcano, a stop on the island of Thirissia and a visit to Oia, before returning me to Kamari on the south west coast.

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Adamis
Sep 19, 2006

Volcano tour

For only 20 euro/person, you can tour the incredible volcano located in the center of the caldera. Around 10 a.m. a ship will pick you up from Amoudi or Armeni Bay. The ships are quite modern and look like pirate ships. There is also a tour guide who will point out interesting facts about the island along the way. Once you dock at the volcano, you can stay with the group or go exploring on your own. I would recommend staying with the group as the tour guide is extremely informative and entertaining. She showed us the several different eruption spots and allowed us to place our hands in a hole where steam shoots out. Supposedly, you can burry an egg and it will be cooked in 20 min. After 45 min on the volcano surface, you get back on the ship and head to the hot springs. My favorite part of the trip. See my Hot Springs tip. You end the trip at Thirasia, which is a less touristy island than Santorini. Most people are too worn out to climb the stairs to the cliff town, and eat at one of the seaside resturants. We were informed that Captain John's is the best. We thought that we had sat down there, but we were actually seated at Captain Nick's next store. Captain Nick's served us lobster skeewers for only 6 euros. A great deal. I strongly recommend taking this tour, you will be glad you did.

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cckbp7
Sep 11, 2006

Hot Springs

The second stop on our volcano tour was at the hot sulfur springs along the edge of the volcano. The water became too shallow for the boat to dock, so you have to jump of the side of the boat and swim the rest of the way. Its a real shock at how cold the water is when you jump in, but it gradually warms as you near the springs. Don't worry if you can't swim well; the distance from the ship to the springs isn't too far. The salt water helps you float and there are large rocks that you can take a break at if you need one.

There is a layer of redish-brown mud at the bottom of the springs. Supposedly, the iron it contains is good for your skin. It was really funny watching everyone rubbing the mud all over their bodies. My skin felt smooth for the first 10 min or so, but I just felt dirty after that. Also be careful if you are wearing a light colored swimming suit as the mud can stain. I found this out the hard way. I think this might have been my favorite part of the entire tour, which was only 20 euro a person for the whole day.

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Sep 11, 2006
 
 
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Hot Springs

As soon as you reach the bay of Aghios Nikolaos (Hot Springs), you have the opportunity to take a dive into the warm clear orange- green waterstake. You only have 20 minutes to swim if you take the organised tour. No time to go to the crater. The swimming is really pleasure. The water is very warm and smells of sulphur.

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wroclawiak
Oct 02, 2005

Nea Kameni

Take a trip to the Kameni islands.The boat arrives at Erinia bay, from where the tour of Nea Kameni starts. The enormous black lava blocks of Daphne, the volcano's largest crater, come into view. You can admire the crystalline rocks in a variety of colours: black, white, brown, greyish, dark green and red, and honey-coloured.
The closer you get to the peak, the stronger the smell of sulphur from the two craters becomes.
If you take organised tour you stay about 2 hours on the island. After visiting the volcano the trip goes to Hot Springs and to Thirasia. In Thirasia you stay couple of hours. the almost whole day trip costs 15 Euro . The tours can be purchased in every resort on the island.

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wroclawiak
Oct 01, 2005

Swim in the Hot Springs!

The most fun I had was diving off the boat and swimming around in the 'Hot Springs' caused by underwater venting from the live volcano in the Caldera. Bring a swimsuit and a towel, and be aware - the boat anchors about 100 m from the hotsprings, and you have to swim out to it.

It's really amazing - the water is so full of minerals and salts that it is almost impossible to sink in it. You can't even dive down if you try. I spent my time just sitting up, floating on top of the water, enjoying the ocean.

In this picture, there's a little ancient church in the background (with a goat on top, can you see him??), the yellow water is the hotsprings itself. Also be aware, the sulphurs in the water will temporarily turn any white on your swimsuit orange!

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ct-bound
Mar 01, 2005

Visit the Volcano

Santorini itself was formed when the Volcano in the centre of it's crescent shape (the Caldera), erupted. The volcano is still active and accessible by boat trip.

You can climb a pathway on the volcano island that takes you right up to the crater rim, and still has steam and sulphur escaping from vent holes nearby. Once you get to the Island, access to hike costs yo 1 Eu (not included in your 'Volcano' tour price, so bring it in your pocket).

Bring a bottle of water and some good walking shoes, as the trail is volcanic scree in many places and would be tricky in flip-flops.

In my picture, you can see the live vents surrounded by the yellow sulphur build up, just below the rim of the crater.

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ct-bound
Jan 01, 2005

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Volcano tours

The islands of Palea and Nea Kameni still shows some volcanic activity and are dormant volcanoes. Sulphur vapors wheeses out here and there, especially on Nea Kameni which saw the latest eruption.

Tours take you to the smoking craters on top of Nea Kameni and the lukewarm hotsprings in a couple of small bays at Palea as well as Nea Kameni. There you can wallow in the water and mud and get volcanized for a while.

Some tours only go to the two islands, other tours take in all the caldera harbours, too, such as the regular Thirassia ferryboat, and there are all sorts of combination. What these tours all have in common is a too brief stop on Nea Kameni. When you have just farrived the craters you have to turn back again. Try to organise a trip to the islands by one tour and a return by another. That way you can get much more time out there.

You will beinnundated by volcano tour information and the numerous options that exist. Pick what seems to suit you best.

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Saagar
Sep 09, 2004

Volcanic rocks

Take the time to check out all the different volcanic rocks - they are really interesting. And perhaps the least kitchy souvenir you can bring home from Santorini. Certain places on the caldera side (Bolos below Akrotiri and Ammoudi are accessible points) you can find floating rocks, pumice. Ligt to carry home! Otherwise, much of what you find are cooled lava and perhaps some obsidian, and layers of ashes and so on. Here and there you wil also find volcanic bombs, less spectacular than what it sounds like, simply large glowing rocks that were spewed out of the volcano to land some distance away, and now look a bit out of place strewn around here and there.

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Saagar
Sep 09, 2004

Sails to the Caldera

Boats departs every morning in a round trip to the caldera. Hot springs turns the sea yellow and temp grow ups like a bath. The site is impressive and the magma is only 2000 meters underground.
Magnificent view of the rest of the islands.

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Orkaena
May 01, 2004

Palia and Nea Kameni

Palia (old) and Nea (new) Kameni (burned) are two islands in the middle of Santorinis sea. They were formed after several eruptions of the volcano. Actually, they ARE the volcano.
You can reach the islands by boat. After walking for a half hour or more you will find yourself just on the volcanos crater!!

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mardaska
Nov 13, 2003

Things to Do Near Santorini Island

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Fira

Fira is the capital town of Santorini and for many day trippers the place where they will spend most of their time in Santorini. Beautifully located on the edge of the caldera cliffs this is what you...
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Mylopotas Beach

Mylopotas beach is the biggest beach on the island with a lot of accommodation, bars, restaurants and of course water sports. Mylopotas beach is located on the other side of the island but you can...
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