Red Beach Tours

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Santorini’s Red Beach is not your average white-sand beauty. Rather, it’s a narrow, pebbly stretch hemmed in by high scarlet cliffs and scattered with large volcanic rocks. Together with the sapphire blue waters of the Aegean Sea, these volcanic features create a striking natural color palette that draws photographers to its shores. 

The Basics
While Red Beach is a popular swimming and sunbathing spot, it can also be a dangerous one, with occasional landslides and falling rocks. Because of this, many visitors prefer to admire the beach from afar, either from the parking area overlooking the beach or from the sea itself. 

Many catamaran cruises, some of which include meals and drinks on board, and kayaking tours travel by the beach. Some Santorini day tours combine a visit to the beach with a stop at the nearby ancient Akrotiri archaeological site, an excavated Minoan settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • With its unusual colorful appearance, Red Beach is a must for photographers.
  • Bring along sunscreen, water, and a picnic to enjoy while soaking up views of the beach. 
  • Red Beach can only be accessed via a steep trail, and the beach’s surface is rocky, meaning it is not suitable for wheelchair users. The beach can, however, be clearly seen from the parking lot.

How to Get There
Red Beach is situated on the Akrotiri Peninsula in southwest Santorini. It’s about a 25-minute drive from Fira and offers free though limited parking. A steep access trail leads from the parking lot to the beach. Car-free travelers can take the KTEL bus from Fira to Akrotiri and make the short walk from there. 

When to Get There 
Despite the dangers of loose, falling rocks, Red Beach still attracts a lot of sunbathers and from June through September is often crowded. The red of the beach’s cliffs and rocks is most vivid at sunset. 

Beaches on Santorini
Santorini’s volcanic topography has resulted in a range of visually diverse beaches. Contrasting with the intense color of neighboring Red Beach is remote White Beach, which is backed by light-colored cliffs and can only be accessed by boat. For a family-friendly option with ample facilities including restaurants, water-sports operators, sun loungers, and umbrellas, try Monolithos Beach on the island’s east coast. Black-sand Perivolos Beach, on the southeast coast of the island, is another popular choice, attracting a lively, youthful crowd.
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Private Tour: Santorini Caldera Cruise Including Buffet and Drinks

Sail around Santorini on this private, luxury catamaran cruise. Choose from a daytime or sunset cruise, and then spend half a day lazing on deck; soaking up the sun, sights and sea views. Dock by Red Beach and White Beach for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing, and luxuriate in the supposedly healing waters of the island’s natural hot springs. If you’ve opted for the sunset cruise, be sure to bring your camera to capture the world-famous sunset for which Santorini is famed. A traditional meal and unlimited wine, beer and soda are also included.
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Sailing Cruise in Santorini to Red Beach and Akrotini with BBQ and Drinks

Cruise around Santorini on a sailboat during this 5-hour tour departing from Vlihada Marina. Sail past island highlights such as the Venetian Lighthouse, the Indian Rocks, the Red Beach and the village of Akrotiri. Stop at the White Beach for a swimming and snorkeling excursion and enjoy scenic views of the Aegean Sea and the neighboring Greek Islands during the return trip. Buffet lunch and open bar on board the boat are included.
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Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia

Enjoy a day of discovery on Santorini island with this tour from Fira. With an itinerary that covers all the must-see sights, the tour lets you find your own favorite spots on the island. Visit the volcanic Red Beach, Akrotiri Archaeological Site, a winery, the Mt. Profitis Ilias summit, and then finish on a high note as you watch the sun slip into the sea from Oia village. A tasting of Santorini’s distinctive wine is included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Half-Day Catamaran Cruise of Santorini with BBQ and Drinks

Experience the coastline of Santorini from the water during this 5-hour catamaran cruise. Choose between daytime and sunset bookings, both allow you to travel with an intimate group of 20 or fewer fellow passengers. Snorkel equipment is available for stops along the route, and you'll dine on snacks, drinks, and a full barbecue meal.
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Santorini Caldera Cruise Including Buffet and Drinks

Experience Santorini’s beauty, hot springs and beaches on a 5-hour catamaran cruise. Select a daytime or sunset cruise, and sail around the island and caldera (flooded volcanic crater) on a deluxe catamaran. Stop to bathe in the Nea Kameni springs; swim, snorkel or unwind at beaches; and enjoy unlimited Santorini wine and Greek beer, plus a Greek meal prepared on board. On the evening cruise, be treated to awe-inspiring sunset views. A cruise is essential when you visit Santorini, and with numbers limited to 16, this offers a small-group experience.
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Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour

See the attractions of Santorini on a private sightseeing tour with a driver-guide who introduces you to the island's natural, cultural, and culinary delights. You can visit locations like hillside villages and volcanic beaches, or customize your itinerary to check out specific places that interest you. Any food, drinks, activities, and entrance fees are at your own expense.
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Santorini Caldera Sailing Tour with BBQ Lunch and Drinks

Sail around Santorini on this choice of either Day Tour or Sunset Tour. During this 5-hour excursion, you'll see some of the island's highlights and landmarks from your vantage point and take a dip in the local hot springs. Go snorkeling and follow it up with a barbecue meal and Greek wine. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Santorini Small-Group Catamaran Sailing Trip with BBQ and Drinks

Explore the beaches, bays, and islands around Santorini on this 5-hour catamaran cruise. Along the way, jump off to swim and snorkel at the Red and White Beaches; take a dip in the volcanic hot springs; and tuck into a delicious BBQ lunch on-board. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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Private Day or Sunset Tour - Lagoon 420

Enjoy Santorini’s beautiful waters on a private, 5-hour catamaran cruise from Ammoudi Bay, with a personal skipper. Board a spacious Lagoon 420 catamaran and absorb the scenery as you waft around Santorini’s caldera on a route tailored to your wishes. Awe at Santorini’s cliffs, bathe in hot springs, call at beaches and islands, snorkel and swim in the translucent waters, and enjoy a delicious, onboard barbecue meal plus unlimited drinks. Choose a daytime or sunset cruise, both with included round-trip hotel transfers. The Lagoon 420 accommodates up to 20 passengers.
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Private Tour: Lagoon 400 Sailing in Santorini with Lunch and Drinks

Santorini’s sandy beaches and glittering waters make an idyllic backdrop for a sailing adventure, but sharing a boat with dozens of other tourists can detract from the experience. This private 5-hour cruise is tailor-made for you, so you can enjoy swimming and snorkelling, soak in the hot springs, and admire landmarks such as Indian Rock and Akrotiri. A barbecue lunch and unlimited drinks are served on-board.
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Half or Full Day Private Custom Santorini Island Tour

Experience Santorini like a local on this private island tour and maximize your time with a custom-made itinerary and a choice of four different tour lengths. Perhaps experience island life with a visit to villages such as Oia, Imerovigli, and Firostefani; admire the views from Profitis Ilias;
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hrs
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Sunset Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks

Make the most out of your time in Santorini with this relaxing and tranquil sunset sail on a catamaran. Enjoy the splendid views from the catamaran as it sails around Santorini. Swim and snorkel in the blue see and indulge in a delicious barbecue dinner prepared onboard. Imbibe unlimited drinks such as local wine and water.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Santorini Sunset Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ and Drinks

Experience the volcanic beauty of the Aegean and a unforgettable Santorini sunset on this 5-hour afternoon catamaran cruise. Travel in style and comfort aboard a luxury catamaran, stopping to bask on Santorini’s red and white sand beaches, snorkel among crystalline waters, and soak in volcanic hot springs. With included hotel transport plus a fresh Greek barbecue and unlimited drinks served onboard, it's a decadent way to enjoy the island’s famous sights.
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Santorini Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ and Drinks

Cruise the waters off Santorini during this 5-hour boat journey. Step aboard the luxury catamaran and relax in one of the comfortable seating areas as you sail out of Amoudi port. Stop first at the volcano to take a dip in the hot springs or indulge in a mudbath. Sail past one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece, Akrotiri, then go to the Red and White beaches area. Swim, relax and enjoy a traditional Greek barbecue meal. Food, snorkeling equipment, open bar and round-trip hotel transportation are provided. This Viator exclusive tour is not available anywhere else. 
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Santorini

Get personalized attention and a customized experience on this 5-hour private tour of Santorini. Travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle directly from your hotel or the airport to visit the island's highlights, including the Red Beach, Oia, and a local winery.
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Santorini Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

Get under the skin of Santorini on a private day trip, and experience its prettiest places and historical must-sees. As your guide chauffeurs you by comfortable, air-conditioned minivan, learn about the island’s history and culture, and explore the Minoan-era ruins at Akrotiri, the old capital of Pyrgos and Red Beach. Enjoy an optional lunch (own expense), check out the mountaintop Prophet Ilias monastery, and visit a winery to taste delicious Santorinian wines. Conclude at the cliffside village of Oia to enjoy its jaw-dropping views over the caldera.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Santorini Sailing Dream Catcher with BBQ Lunch and Drinks

Spend the morning swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing around Santorini on this 5-hour cruise. Along the way, see landmarks such as Indian Head Mountain and the Old Venetian Lighthouse; visit the Red and White Beaches; and take a dip in the Hot Springs. Tour includes hotel pickup and a delicious BBQ lunch on-board.
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Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks

Spend the day sailing around beautiful Santorini on a catamaran. Imbibe unlimited amounts of white wine and water and indulge in a delicious barbecue prepared onboard the catamaran as you sail in the gorgeous blue waters of the sea off the shore of Santorini.
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6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience

Succumb to Santorini’s charms on a private 6-hour trip to see its highlights. Traveling by luxury, air-conditioned minivan with an expert guide, learn about Santorini’s history and culture as you explore. Stop at Red Beach, explore the windmill-dotted village of Emborio, view the Minoan ruins at Akrotiri and more. Later, amble around the old capital of Pyrgos, enjoy a wine tasting against a sparkling backdrop of the caldera and Aegean Sea, and conclude with free time in Oia, combining it with breathtaking sunset views if you’re on an afternoon tour.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Caldera Catamaran Gold Sunset Cruise with Meal and Drinks

Watch a legendary Santorini sunset and sail around the island’s coasts and beaches on a luxury 5-hour catamaran cruise. Aboard a deluxe catamaran, relax in style as you sail around the caldera, dropping anchor at islands and bays. Bathe in hot springs, swim or snorkel off White Beach and Red Beach, and experience a gorgeous sunset. Then, savor the romantic atmosphere over a delectable dinner. Perfect for couples, with unlimited complimentary drinks, plus hotel, port or airport pickup and drop-off included. Numbers limited to 14 for a more personalized experience.
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Viator Exclusive: Santorini Luxury Catamaran Sunset Cruise with BBQ and Drinks

Set sail aboard one of the most luxurious vessels in Santorini, the one-of-a-kind Ipanema 58 catamaran. On this Viator Exclusive tour, feel like a member of the jet set as you cruise inside the caldera for a soak in volcanic hot springs, swim and snorkel at the island’s red and white beaches, and watch a famous Santorini sunset from the water. Relax on spacious deck lounges and be pampered by an attentive crew, who serves up a delicious Greek barbecue lunch right on deck.
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Sea Kayaking Tour in Santorini from Mesa Pigadia

Admire Santorini’s beaches and beauty spots from the water on a scenic 2.5-hour sea kayaking tour. Settle into a comfortable kayak, get instructions, and paddle behind an experienced guide along the rugged south coast. Waft by steep cliffs and pretty beaches, and visit a cliff-backed cove for a picnic and to swim and snorkel. Take in epic views of the caldera and its islands, and gaze up at the clifftop Faros lighthouse on Santorini’s southern tip before your return.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Viator Exclusive: Santorini Luxury Catamaran Day Cruise with BBQ and Drinks

If you’re seeking a luxurious way to see Santorini then look no further than this Viator Exclusive catamaran cruise—an extra-special way to explore one of Greece’s most picturesque islands. On a luxury sailing yacht, arguably the best mode of transport to explore Santorini on, you’ll cruise to Red Beach and stop at top swim and snorkel spots. Plus, unlimited alcoholic and soft drinks, hotel pickup and drop-off, and a Greek BBQ meal are included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Santorini Photography Tour

Take a private photography tour and capture wonderful memories of your trip to Santorini. Visit some of the island’s most iconic spots, such as the Blue Domes, and pose for photos with your friends, family, or partner. The tour can commence at your chosen time—earlier is better to avoid large crowds—and leave with a DVD filled with over 300 photos to memorialize your trip.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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