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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
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.
The hotel and the guides were excellent
Santorini has great views and staying there is relaxing. Our accommodation was not of the best quality or service but it was reasonably clean and comfortable considering the budget we had put into this tour. The tour to the volcano is an experience I enjoyed but not necessarily for everyone, especially those who enjoy scenery with more growth as the view can be quite bare and empty. It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes for walking on uneven grounds.
Jeffrey W Australia
Great trip. Everything went like clockwork. Picked up in Athens - Armiea Hotel by taxi - taken directedly to fast catamaran - 4 or so hours later in Santorini - met by someone at Port - taken by bus to Hotel Lucas. Included full day trip to volacano. Okay - Hotel was clean and very central at Fira. The views were the best ever - right outside our door we overlooked all the cruise ships. Plenty of restaurants within walking distance - however be prepared for heaps of stairs. We took an optional all day tour of around the island. If you take this you really need to get to the top of the island of the first day to see the sunset at Ora - otherwise it is hard to find time to get there. Pool at the hotel is fine - breakfast is a nice little starter. There is a supermarket and ATMs all close by plus (for Aussies) even a hotel that shows NRL and AFL games. Tips: When doing volcano tour you need good shoes and water - it's hard and hot. Same day the swim at thermal pool will stain any white clothing. Tips: Wine is very reasonable and good at Santorini Winery. Tips: The Fast Ferry still takes a while so be prepared for reading etc. Final tip: Your time will disappear fast at Santorini. Take advantage of great photo ops. Have a swim, dress up, have some wine and take some brillant photos at sunset. I'm sure they will make your new desktop screensaver.
There was some confusion on the excursion - no clear instructions for location of pick up, the same with the pick up back to the port - there was no clear instructions for this pick up either. The trip was good but there needs to be more clarity on these items.
Hotel location is fantastic but the hotel room is not. Hotel rooms needs lots of improvement including the beds. Did not sleep very well. Santorini is must to visit but the trip is overprice. I could have arrange it myself and done a better job. I expected more on this trip
The local agency which organised the pick up service from the hotel to go on the volcanic cruise tour was extremely unorganised, as the agency Bellonias Tour at Santorini forgot to pick us up and ended up we missed the tour on the designated day and the hotel was too remote from the city centre area
Booking this tour through Viator was convenient if one is not used to navigating around a new city. They send cabs to pick you up and take you where you're going. You don't need to worry about getting around.
Included was a day excursion to check out some islands. The first stop is a volcano island, you hike to the top. This was horrible. You pay 2 euros to enter, and all it is is a vertical hike up a path of loose, volcano gravel. Everyone looks hot and miserable. The views are great, but you get the same views from most islands. And at the very top, a hole with MORE ROCKS! It's not worth the energy to hike to the top.
Then you stop at Therassia, a very small island of about 300 people. There's literally trash and old restaurant equipment littering the shore. We ate at one of the restaurants, and it was horrendous.
The hot springs stop is the boat docks along a shore where there's some brown water. You jump off the boat and swim to the sulfur water where it's warmer.
There's a lot of time wasted navigating around other tour boats trying to dock. The boats are packed and you might end up sitting and roasting in the sun, or down below where it's sweltering in the cabin.
You have a lot of down time in Santorini, but you don't really need a lot of downtime. The hotel was a 1/2 an hour from a beach, so you did need to figure out how to take a bus to the beach.
I would not recommend this trip to friends.
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