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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
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.
Everything is good, except one thing: the rest room in the ship is very bad, not clean, no paper....
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.
Hotel was great. boat trip very nice. weather was a problem but not tours fault. rate good
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
excellent,wish i had prolonged my stay,2 days was too short a stay for this fabulous place.A sure must visit again,Godwilling.
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.
Very happy with the trip. The ferry rides are very long, but rather interesting.
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!
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.
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.
The two day tour is to short, needs one more day. The time on the boat was very long.
Ting Ting N
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.
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.
The hotel in Santorini was nice. The staff at Blue Sea were warm and friendly. However, do not do Santorini this way in one day. If you're going 8hours on a ferry there, stay for more than 16 hours and book in Oia or Fira. We were so far way from the iconic views!!
Quite a long trip in ferry (8 hours minimum) from Athens to Santorini for only 1 night... Would be way better if you can stay there more time to compensate such a trip
Santorini is beautiful and calm, perfect for relaxing and enjoying
The hotel was excellent but a two day excursion is rather rushed since the ferry is an eight hour trip. I think you should advise people that the ferry ticket does not include the price for a reserved seat or you might include it in your price.
While the arrangements for pick up and drop off at Athens went off without a hitch, I had a big problem on reaching Santorini - wasn't picked up as promised and the agency did not also give me the name of the hotel - was able to manage thanks to the assistance from a local guide. Howwever, the hotel provided was very good and their service excellent.