With its whitewashed towns, stellar beaches, and lava-sculpted topography, Santorini is a quintessential Greek island and the perfect complement to Athens. From a weekend retreat to a longer adventure, here's how to visit Santorini from Athens.
Multi-Day Santorini Tours
Multi-day tours are the easiest way to visit Santorini, combining the flexibility of independent travel with the convenience of pre-organized transport and accommodation. Check off Santorini's highlights on a short but sweet two-day tour; see more of the island on a two- or three-night tour; or combine your Santorini adventure with sightseeing in Athens on a seven-day tour. Tours typically include round-trip transport to Santorini by either ferry or speedboat, and a choice of two-, three-, or four-star accommodation.
Island Hopping Multi-Day Tours
Thousands of islands dot Greece's Aegean Sea coast, and island-hopping tours prove a popular way to visit Santorini. Set sail on an epic seven-night cruise around the Cyclades Islands, stopping at Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, and Syros, or opt for a five-day independent tour to explore Syros, Mykonos, and Santorini at your own pace, with island accommodation included.
Things to Know
- Ferries run from Piraeus Port in Athens to Santorini and take about eight hours, while express speedboat transfers take 5.5 hours.
- It's possible to visit Santorini on an overnight tour, but a two- or three- night option will give you more time to experience the island, especially given the travel times.
- Most multi-day tours include round-trip transport and accommodation.
- Independent tours combine the convenience of an organized tour with the flexibility to create your own itinerary.
- Tours to Santorini from Athens are often combined with visits to neighboring islands such as Syros and Mykonos.