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Bharati S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Tour was amazing.
Everything worked perfectly..pick up / drop offs/ hotel etc.

Only recommendation is that tourist should be given details of itenary such as hotel name..return boats name and time etc..

Stacy P USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

A wonderful overview of this beautiful island!

Georgina T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2011

Santorini is absolutely beautiful. The ease of not having to worry about transport was brilliant, all thanks to Viator. The accomodation was average, but did the job. Visiting Santorini is a MUST DO

Andrea S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2010

I think that the island is beautiful and definitely worth doing but I would recommend taking more time to explore the islands as the ferry takes 8 hours to get there and with the 2 days you end up with very little time to explore all of the beauty on the island unless you are very ambitious with the time you do have and don't take time to relax.

Flanice L

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2015

Santorini is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Be prepared for a lot of walking if you're going to see the famed Blue-domed church. The only downside was not knowing which hotel I was going to stay at until I got dropped off. It worked out for the best as I was in an amazing hotel, less than a minute from the beach. The beach has rocks instead of sand so make sure you have proper footwear as the rocks can be extremely hot.

Royale M

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

We took the speed boat, and even so it was mostly travel and not much Santorini. When we arrived, we were dumped in the middle of nowhere by our driver who didn't even tell us the name of our hotel. We were essentially stranded. Luckily, everyone in Greece is super nice and someone helped us.


4 star rating: Recommended
October 2014

Everything is good, except one thing: the rest room in the ship is very bad, not clean, no paper....

Claudio O

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2014

Santorini was beautiful. If I had to do the trip over again, I would have stayed at Santorini instead of Athens and I would have flown to see the acropolis. The boat ride was horrific, alot of people were sick. The Seajet took 7 hours not 5.5 and it was 3 hours late getting back, so its definitely not worth paying more for. There are accessible buses at the Island that run late at night. We were able to see Fira and Ouia til after sunset and we spent a magnificent day at Kalmari beach the next day.


4 star rating: Recommended
October 2014

Hotel was great. boat trip very nice. weather was a problem but not tours fault. rate good

Linda F

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2014

Ferry was good - 7 hours both ways. Hotel nice but LOUD motorbikes all night and no food other than breakfast. Picture shows Oia which is other side of the island.

Joyce United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2014

The two hour fast ferry was not running in mid Oct. Ended up with the 9 hr journey to Santorini from Athens. Lots of port stops along the way. Arrived around 430p into Santorini. Not enough time to explore until the next day which was only a half a day before getting back on the ferry boat for the return trip to Athens, Need more time because of the travel. Suggest just taking a plane from Athens to Santorini.
Best gold shopping was Greco Gold. High quality, friendly and good value.

Kim R

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2013

Our stay in Santorini itself was awesome! However, our bus trip from the docks to our hotel was a disaster! The bus driver did not properly latch the luggage compartment door which allowed it to open completely allowing the luggage to be tumbled out onto the highway as we rounded one of the very sharp turns. People started yelling stop! There were several damaged pieces of luggage, one of which belonged to my son. When the bus driver finally did pull over, the door which had opened was ripped off the side of the bus by a road sign that he hit as he pulled over. Everyone had to get off the bus, many people had to run back up the road to retrieve their luggage which was thrown to the side of the road. We all had to wait for at least an hour on the side of the road in the 90 degree plus sun and wait for another bus to pick us up and take us to our destination. Once the luggage was reloaded onto the other bus and we were back on the road we had lost over an hour and a half. Once we arrived to our hotel we were relieved that we finally made it to our destination. Day or night, Santorini is beautiful! We wished we had booked another night!

Jose C Rodriguez USA

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2013

This was an adventure and well worth it. The ferry trip is about 7 hours (hint: from Athens to Santorini upgrade to business class and on trip back try to get a cabin). The hotel selected was very nice but away from the main area - Fira).

Sheryl B

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2012

If you are going to do one island tour this would be the one. Make sure you view the sunset, when you get your confirmation make sure you reconfirm the timing of the trip. We had limited time on the island because the booking was done late and the ideal boat times were sold out.

Takuya K

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2012

We used a first class hotel. The staff service was excellent but the hotel location was so far from the main sightseeing spots.
That would be great if there was 3days or 4days tour as options.

Fawzia H

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2011

excellent,wish i had prolonged my stay,2 days was too short a stay for this fabulous place.A sure must visit again,Godwilling.

Susan R

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2011

Not met by transfer when we arrived at Santorini and had to organise our own. Hotel excellent. Loved exploring. Unortunately rain for most of journey and during our stay.

Gareth W

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2011

Very happy with the trip. The ferry rides are very long, but rather interesting.

Priti A

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2011

Santorini was beautiful, we stayed in Kamari but wish we were told hotel location prior to arrival, really wish this was a 3-day experience as the ferry and total transportation time takes up 20 hours(maybe an overnight ferry would be better), hotel was great as was the staff. Would love to go back in the near future to explore more of the island. Glad I didn't have to deal with transportation booking and overall had a great time on this trip!

Aura Sebyl S

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2011

Very good overall. Pickup and drop off were great. Hotel was fabulous. Only thing was the Ferry on our way to Santorini. Our tickets had no assigned seats.

Lisa B Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2010

For those wanting a quick trip it worked very well. Be aware though that the ferry trip is long 8-9 hours. The transfers at each end were handled very efficiently. However, it would have been helpful to know the location of the hotel prior to the day of departure for planning purposes, especially given the limited time available i.e. transport to the main attractions Fira and Oia was necessary and bus timetables were restrictive.

Jacques M South Africa

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2010

The two day tour is to short, needs one more day. The time on the boat was very long.

Ting Ting N Singapore

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2008

The trip was good. Transfer was all nicely arranged. However, the hotel isn't much of a 1st class one. Hotel staff is friendly and helpful, but hotel is currently going through renovation. And also, hope that the cruise will be a 4 hour one, so that more time can be spent to explore the island.

Pepe G

3 star rating: Worth doing
July 2015

Don't expect to stay in Oía, the actual hotel were you stay is very nice but really far from where all the breathtaking sights are.

Laura J

3 star rating: Worth doing
July 2013

Santorini was excellent. I plan to return and stay for a longer period. The hotel selected by Viator was wonderful. However, as noted in previous comments, they ferry trip is very long. Seven hours each way. so 14 hours on a ferry and 22 hours on the island. I wish that I had been informed about this and about the options of upgrading to business class or a private cabin. There seems to be a faster, direct ferry that may be a better option for those with limited time. Also, there was no *tour* of Santorini. We were simply shuttled to our hotel with no commentary. My final comment is in regards to the return to port for ferry pick-up. We were dropped off at the port more than an hour before the ferry arrived. It was hot and there was little shade - leaving little option except to patronize one of the restaurants near the port (who are very aggressive in attracting customers). I suspect that this early drop-off was intentional, in order to provide business for these establishments.
Again, Santorini was excellent. But the transportation aspect and communication could be improved.

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