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.
07:45 Embarkation and Departure from Heraklionport 11:00 Arrival at Athinios port in Santorini – Heading to Oia for tour – Departure from Oia to Fira – Arrival at Fira Option A: volcano tour with an extra charge (The Volcano tour is available after mid-June) Option B: visit a beach Option C: stay at Fira 17:30 Departure from Santorini 20:45 Arrival at Heraklion port
Indicative Time-Table (Tuesdays & Saturdays):
09:40 Embarkation and Departure from Heraklionport
11:40 Arrival at Athinios port in Santoriniand Departure for Oia
12:10 Arrival at Oia – Free tim
14:20 Departure from Oia to Fira
14:40 Arrival at Fira – Free time
15:50 Departure from Fira for Perissa – Free time
17:00 Departure from Perissa for Athinios port
17:45 Departure from Athinios port to Heraklion
19:30 Arrival at HeraklionPort
✅ Hotel pick-up and drop-off (Pick up mainly from hotels at Ammoudara, Sissi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Koutouloufari, Piscopiano, Anissaras, Analipsi, Gouves, Kokkini Hani, Agia Pelagia is provided. If pick up from your hotel is not possible you will be picked up from the closest pick up point. In case you don’t know the closest pickup point, please contact us).
✅ Ferry tickets
✅ Breakfast and dinner on board (except Tuedays & Saturdays)
✅ Transport by air-conditioned luxury bus
✅ Guiding on Santorini Island
✅ Oia, Fira and Black Beach tour
❌ Volcano Tour (16.00€ per adult / 8.00€ per child) – Paid on the spot in cash
❌ Personal expenses
Infants up to 3 years old, free of charge on tour rate and travelling on parents’ lap
Children from 4 to 10 years old, 50% discount on tour rate
IMPORTANT!! Do not forget your Passport/ID as it is obligatory. National ID’s or Passports are necessary, if you take this tour!
Remember to bring‼️Sun Cream (a lot!), Sunglasses and Hat, Long-Sleeved Shirt for Sensitive skin,Swim Suit and Beach Towel, Comfortable shoes for walking, your Passport!
For cancellations up to 2 days prior to departure date, no cancellation fees
For cancellations 1 day prior to departure date, 100% cancellation fees
Non-Show, 100% cancellation fees
⚠️ Important Notes!!!
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 reservation, our partners will contact you in order to receive your Voucher which includes your pick-up point and time info. Please be aware that you will have to bring the Voucher with you during the trip.
For any further clarification, please feel free to contact us.
Heraklion Santorini Trip
Why to choose this package!
Cruise to the 4th Best Island in the world (Trip-Advisor)
Wander around to the pavements of Fira
Enjoy the spectacular and very romantic view from the famous Caldera of Santorini
Visit the volcano of Thira which is still active!
Visit the amazing beaches of the island
Duration : 1 Day
Price from: €
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