Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May till September
Duration 8 hours approximately
Departure every Friday and Sunday from Heraklion Port with Minoan Lines / Santorini Palace at 09:00 am – Arrival at Santorini Port at 10:55 am / Departure from Santorini Port with Fast Ferries / Thunder at 16:15 pm – Arrival at Heraklion port at 18:00 pm
Departure every Monday, Thursday and Saturday from Heraklion Port with Fast Ferries / Thunder at 07:00 am – Arrival at Santorini port at 08:50 am / Departure from Santorini port with Minoan Lines / Santorini Palace at 15:30 – Arrival at Heraklion port at 17:40 pm
Stay in Fira approximately 2 ½ hours / Stay in Oia approximately 2 ½ hours
Extra stop at Perissa or Kamari beach for approximately 1 ½ hours (only Mondays)
History of Santorini
The human presence on the island seems to have existed since the middle of the 3rd millennium B.C. The excavation at Akrotiri has confirmed that man’s activity on the island continued until the eruption of the volcano in around 1600 B.C., which entirely buried the island beneath very thick layers of pozzolanic ash. Thera, became an important point on the communication route between the East and the West of that era and adopted the Phoenician alphabet for writing the Greek language. In Hellenistic times the island’s strategic position made Thera a precious base from which the warring campaigns of the successors of Alexander the Great were launched in the Aegean. Within the Roman Empire, it was nothing more than an insignificant small island.
However, Christianity reached the island and an organized church already existed by the 4th century A.C. The name Santorini was given by the Crusaders after the church of Agia Irini (Santa Irene) which some say was at Perissa and others say was at Riva on Thirasia.
The Famous Volcano
Visit the volcano of Thira which is still active! The present-day crescent shape of the island is a consequence of the activity of the volcano in prehistoric times feeding the myth of the lost Atlantis. Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion dating back 3,600 years and which created the current geological caldera; a giant central lagoon, more or less rectangular, and measuring about 12 by 7 km, surrounded by 300 m high steep cliffs on three sides. The mild activity of the volcano after this major eruption has built up two small islands within the caldera, Palea and Nea Kameni visited by hundreds of people every day during the tourist season. The impressive caldera dominates the west part of the island while the marvelous dry climate and the almost continuous sunshine create year-around conditions which are perfect for observation, photographs and videos under an extraordinary variety of natural lights and colors.
✅ Pick-up & Drop-off service (mainly from hotels at Agia Pelagia, Ammoudara, Analipsi, Anissaras, Chersonissos, Gournes, Gouves, Karteros, Kokkini Hani, Malia, Sisi, Stalis is provided. If pick up from your hotel is not possible you will be picked up from the closest pick up point)
✅ Round-trip boat tickets Heraklion – Santorini – Heraklion
✅ Guided tours in Oia and Fira
✅ Professional guide
❌ OPTIONAL Volcano Tour (20€ per adult / children 4 – 10 years old pay 10€) – Paid on the spot in cash
❌ Personal expenses
Children up to 3 years old free of charge and travelling on parents’ lap
Children 4 – 10 years old 50% discount
For cancellation up to 2 days prior to arrival no cancellation fees
For cancellations 1 day prior to arrival 100% cancellation fees
Non-show 100% cancellation fees
- Please always contact us before booking in order to check availability!
- Please provide fullname, telephone number (country code included), e-mail and accommodation details (hotel name & address) and ID / passport details upon booking (ID / passport details are required for check from the coast guard).
- Please arrive on time to the given pick-up point. Unfortunately, there is no option to wait for latecomers. In case of delay, missed pick-up, missed departure time, no refunds.
- The travel agency reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour due to adverse weather conditions or insufficient passengers number or force majeure 12 hours prior to departure time with a notification to the traveler.
Upon booking you will receive from us in a separate mail your activity’s voucher with specific pick-up details (please check your spam folder as well)
For clarifications please send us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us at +30 2810 335 227
We are at your disposal from Monday to Friday 09:00 am till 20:00 pm and Saturday 09:00 till 15:00 pm