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Absolutely fabulous. You get everything on this trip - volcanoes, hot springs, a wonderful meal in Thirasia and a HUGE, aromatic climb up the caldera to Oia. Highly recommend this trip.
There a lot of tours across the volcano, but this is the one with the best ratio price/quality. I recommend to buy an extension to see the sunset in Oia. The company however needs to improve communication with its clients. We were brought to the port without knowing which boat we should get into.
is a beautiful experience but when we get to the hot springs we need to swim!!! and the ship did not give life vest. then people who did not how swim could not enjoy, and it was a bit irresponsible because the sea was deep.
The trip itself was a breathtaking experience on the Aegean Sea! I particularly like walking up the volcano. The only thing I would suggest is that the transport to and from the ship be presented more clearly. We were led to believe that we would be picked up at the hotel and we were notified the day before that this changed. Also, there was some confusion at the end of the trip as to where to get our bus to return back to the pick-up place. Fortunately we found held on to our invoice, showed it to a bus driver, who then directed us to the correct bus. All in all, it was a great experience!
My wife and I booked this excursion as part of our honeymoon and it was a lot more physically demanding than we expected. The hot springs part was first and we were unaware that from where the boat stopped to the hot springs was going to be a solid 4-5 minute swim! The actual hot springs were great, we could feel the water getting warmer and rubbed some of the volcanic soil all over our bodies which made for some great pictures! Swimming back to the boat was the worst because there was one ladder for about forty people so we had to tread water for quite awhile. After the hot springs was the volcano tour. Hiking straight up the volcano in 110-112 degrees after that swim was not ideal. The views from the top are incredible, but it's a tough hike up to the top. We were also glad we didn't book the Oia sunset part. The guests that did had to depart our boat around 4-5pm and either rent a donkey/horse or walk up the 600 stairs to where the town is situated. Not to mention that it was 4 hours or so until sunset. Our guide was great, very informative and spoke eight different languages! It's worth the trip if you can handle it physically!
Excellent tour very enjoyable ...weat good ahoes as volcano walk is a long walk on loose stones ..rake water. The hot springs don and #39;t take good bathers as the water is brown orange colour they will be stained
Good tour due to weather conditions we lost lot of time in travelling
The only thing I would like to say is do not book this tour with viator. Wait until you are in Santorini, the prices are almost triple online than purchasing in person. Great tour and worth the money, but not 60.00 per person. We spoke with other people on the tour and they spent around 20.00 per person for the same trip.
Was a lovely trip and a wonderful day. On the return on the bus back to hotel was a bit Chaotic..Bus driver missed our stop and then we had to taxi back to hotel...not a big deal. would recommend this trip
The trip was highly organized. Our tour guide was the absolute best!! He was very knowledgable abut the geology of the volcano. Wish the hot springs were really hot a little false advertising there! Otherwise, it was a perfect day!
The tour itself was great. The guide was excellent!
However they state "hotel pickup" which did not happen. They called the day before to say to meet at a point in the city (Fira) that was about 1km walk from the hotel.
Wear comfortable shoes for the climb up the mountain and up Oia cliff as well
Very friendly and knowledgeable english speaking guide. Had an enjoyable day trip on the boat. Great views on the volcanic island but plenty of climbing and walking to do.
My husband and I had a great time climbing the volcano, swimming in the hot springs, climbing the hill in Thirasia and ending up at Oia for the sunset which is where we were staying so we did not have to get on the bus and travel back to our hotel.There are a couple of things that people need to be made aware of before they book this trip.You need to be in pretty good physical shape to do some of these things.
Climbing the volcano some people could only go to point A because it was strenuous and very hot for September. You have to swim to the hot springs about 300 metres. The donkeys dont go all the way to thetop Oia so you need to walk up some stairs.
Hot Srings are probably not that worth it. Crowded, dirty, You have to swim from the boat in which is fine but its kind of rocky and uncomfortable at times.
The volcano and Thirasia were great.
Overall - a good tour and you get to see the major sites of Santorini in an affordable manner. The guide of the tour was extremely entertaining but hard to follow. His 30 minute long explanation of the volcano could have been a Saturday Night Live skit with the contrast between his enthusiasm and bizarre statements and the complete confusion of our group. I would certainly take the trip again.
Our experience with this company was not the best. We were booked for the morning session, and we were given a pick up location and time. We got there way before the stated time, but we did not get picked up. After waiting for about 20 - 30 mins, I gave the tour operator MTM a phone call and we told that the driver got confused and forgot to pick us up. So we were then put on the afternoon session instead. We did go on the afternoon tour, but when we got back to the New port, our driver was no where to be found. So we had to wait around the port for another 15 minutes before we then picked up and then dropped back home. The food on the boat was a bit lack lustre too. The actual experience visiting all the sites was fantastic. So would recommend going with another tour operator
Trip was great overall. Had difficulties locating/gathering info on where the pick-up would be, ride home was a challenge, etc. Had very much help from local hotel owner and tour guides to locate the transportation times and locations. We pieced the trip together and had a splendid time. Just be sure to pin down locations for the pick-up an drop-off locations and times well before the day before the excursion. Have fun!
The tour is well organized, a little under pressure of time, but there are many things to do, so you must hurry.
The guide was very good and effective.
If you make this tour you need a medium phisical condition, because need to climb on the volcano for about half an hour, under the very hot sun. But the views are great.
Hot springs are very interesting. You just need to swim a little to reach the springs.
There was a bad aspect at the end of the trip. We did not book the sunset in Oia because we lived there. Normally we should been dropped off to the hotel, accordind to the offer. But the people who lived in hotels in Oia were debarked together with those who booked the sunset, so we had to climb more than 200 steps in a hot day, after a tirefull trip. This was not supposed to happen, and for some peaople it might be very difficilt, maybe impossible if they have some health problems. At least inform us before!
Otherwise, is an interesting tour!
It was a good trip in regards to volcano trip and overall great experience, only downfall was overfilled boat which made it uncomfortable on the boat
and it was overcrowded when trying to see the sunset
i wont complain and it was a good experience
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What they don't tell you: hot springs are really luke-warm spring and you have to swim about 100 feet to get to them the boat can't doc next to them. Oia sunset, it's not guided or anything. They literally drop you off a Oia and say, we have a bus leaving at X time after the sunset and it will drop you off. Honestly, you could pay for not getting the Oia sunset and still get off where the Oia port is. And then make you own way home the taxis are reasonably priced and you could always take the bus back to Fira for 3 Euro and take a taxi from there to save money. Volcano is super cool to see and the guide was good.
Good variety on the tour, but does include a bit of walking and, unless you're a strong swimmer, you wonkt see the hot springs because you have to swim a distance to get to them. You're left to your own devices at Oia - that was ok for us, but some might not appreciate that ( and be prepared to take a donkey ride). Tour guide is excellent.
Great day! I would suggest to put oia sunset on an other tour.
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