Begin your independent day trip with a pickup from your Crete hotel. Relax in your air-conditioned minivan and drive to the portside to catch your high-speed boat.
Once aboard, sit back and enjoy the sea views on your approximately 2-hour cruise. As you approach Santorini, admire the island’s spectacular cliffs topped by sparkling white houses.
Dock near the capital of Fira, get details of the boat departure times for your return journey, and step ashore to explore independently. You’re free to do as you please during your visit, but all activities, transport, meals and entrance fees on the island are at your own expense.
Lounge on the beautiful beaches at Kamari, Perissa or Red Beach, or head into Fira. Delve into the pretty, cobbled lanes to browse the boutiques and arty shops, and relax at the bars and eateries, many with terraces overlooking the spectacular caldera.
If you wish, descend the 600 steps or ride the cable car down to the old port of Ormos and dip into the restaurants ranged along the waterside.
Alternatively, make your own way to other parts of Santorini. Visit the picture-perfect village of Oia to see its blue-domed churches and epic caldera views, or head for Firostefani, a small village near Fira filled with traditional architecture and quaint streets.
Wherever you explore, don’t miss some of Santorini’s classic Greek flavors. Visit a traditional taverna to savor moussaka and dolmades (stuffed vine leaves), or enjoy modern Greek cuisine at Fira’s trendy eateries.
When the time comes, take your return boat ride and end your day trip with a drop-off at your Crete hotel.