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  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Duration:  4 days (approx.)
Santorini, also known as the ‘black pearl of the Aegean,’ is easily one of the most spectacular Greek islands! Enjoy three nights on the poster-child island to explore at your own pace, and discover the ancient volcanic caldera, glorious beaches and traditional white buildings that grace many a Greek island postcard. A day trip to the nearby island of Thirasia is included, as is a round-trip hydrofoil crossing from Athens and 3-star hotel accommodation in Fira, Santorini’s elegant capital.

Highlights

  • 3-night Santorini tour with round-trip hydrofoil transport from Athens
  • Explore the volcanic island of Thirasia and swim in the hot springs, if you wish
  • Make the most of ample free time and discover gorgeous Santorini villages such as Oia
  • Soak up the sun and swim at Perissa and Perivolos, just a couple of the island’s top beaches
  • Enjoy 3-star hotel accommodation in Fira, Santorini’s capital

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

An extended visit for those who want to fully soak up the wonders of this glorious island. A thrilling hydrofoil ride to Santorini and hike up the caldera are included, and there are plenty of open hours for lounging on the colorful beaches.

What You Can Expect

3-Night Santorini Tour from Athens

See pretty Oia village on a 3-night independent tour of Santorini!

Your 3-night Santorini tour allows you to discover the delights of the charming Greek island with plenty of free time. Round-trip hydrofoil transport from Athens is included, as is an excursion on your second day to beautiful Thirasia, an island separated from Santorini following an ancient volcanic eruption.

Use your free time to make the most of the glorious island scenery. No trip to Santorini is complete without watching a sunset or sunrise from the village of Oia, perched high on the cliffs of the island’s volcanic caldera. When combined, Perissa and Perivolos beaches form the longest stretch of sand on the island, and Red Beach — with its hand-sized pebbles and crystal-clear water — is well worth checking out, too.

Three nights of 3-star hotel accommodation is included in Fira, the island’s capital. Rooms have volcanic views, and breakfasts are included each morning with the exception of Day 1, allowing you to visit local restaurants for all other meals (own expense).

Itinerary

Day 1: Athens – Santorini
Leave your centrally located Athens hotel in the early morning, and travel to Piraeus Port to board your hydrofoil boat. Take a seat and then gaze out at the Aegean Sea as you travel south to Santorini, an island widely considered as the quintessential Greek island.

Dock in port in the early afternoon, and then make use of a transfer to your hotel in Fira, the island’s capital. After check in, the rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish. Perhaps visit the sandy beaches of Perissa or Kameri, or take a stroll around Oia to see its traditional white houses and blue-domed churches.

Overnight: 3-star Loucas Hotel in Fira or similar on Santorini

Day 2: Santorini – Thirasia
After a leisurely breakfast in your hotel, meet your guide at the prearranged time and point to travel to Athinios Port. Hop aboard a small kaiki (wooden sailing boat, typical of the Greek islands), and then travel across the water to Thirasia, a large yet sparsely populated island that sits adrift from Santorini’s northwest coast. Forming part of the remains of ancient Thira, the island is home to a volcano and dramatic rocky countryside that offers incredible views of the coastline.

With your guide, spend roughly half an hour exploring on foot, climbing the rugged hills to the island’s hot springs. Entrance to the springs is not included, but the relaxing and reviving bath amid glorious Greek island scenery is worth the expense!

After half an hour at the hot springs, meet back up with your guide and enjoy the rest of your afternoon exploring more of Thirasia and the neighboring ‘fishermans’ island.’ Alternatively, find a secluded beach for a spot of swimming and sunbathing, or scout out an island cafe for lunch (own expense).

Return to Thirasia port at the prearranged time, and travel back over the sea to Santorini. Make your own way back to the hotel, and then spend your evening at leisure.

Overnight: 3-star Loucas Hotel in Fira or similar on Santorini

Day 3: Santorini (B)
After breakfast, the whole day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Perhaps visit Santorini’s famous caldera, the volcanic remains of the original island that collapsed into the sea after an ancient volcanic eruption. The pretty village of Megalochori with its 17th-century houses is also visit worthy, as is the archaeological site at Akotiri. Any entrance fees, activities or meals on this day are at your own expense.

Overnight: 3-star Loucas Hotel in Fira or similar on Santorini

Day 4: Santorini – Athens (B)
Enjoy a final breakfast and some free time to soak up the sun or maybe shop for Santorini souvenirs. At a prearranged time in the late morning or early afternoon, make use of a transfer service from your hotel to the port, and then board your hydrofoil boat to cruise back to Athens.

Your 3-night tour finishes as your boat docks at Piraeus Port in the mid-evening. Please note: sailing times are weather dependent, so an accurate finish time can never be given. However, most boats arrive into Piraeus Port around 8pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

I loved my tour to Santorini, which is a fabulous destination! We had a good ferry trip to and from the island from Piraeus. Our hotel The Loucas, was wonderful with an incredible view...We also took an excursion to the volcano by boat and a bus tour to Akrotiri, with it's interesting ruins and to Oia fo sunset. People at the Hotel and on the day trips were most helpful and informative. We also sampled the local wine at the Santovino Winery, which has one of the great views of the caldera.I hope to go again someday... and visit more, Donna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

My wife and I had a great time in Santorini. Everything went smooth, we loved the Loucas hotel, it had a fantastic view and was quiet and secluded despite being right next to downtown Fira. Our tour to the volcano was great too, the hot springs were more warm than hot but how many people get to swim in the Aegean Sea.

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