Santorini Cruise – Departure from Heraklion
Duration 15 hours approximately / Departure from Heraklion Port at 09:00am – Arrival at Santorini at 10:50am / Departure from Santorini Port at 17:00pm – Arrival at Heraklio port at 18:50pm
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.
Early pickups from hotels or the closest predesignated pickup points and departure to the port of Heraklion.
Arrival at Heraklion port / Embarkation and Departure.
Arrival at Santorini port / Disembarkation and boarding on the buses – Guides with the number of the bus will be waiting for the participants at the exit of the ship / Departure for Oia.
Stay at Oia for 1 ½ hour approximately and departure for Fira.
Stay at Fira for 1 hour approximately.
After having completed the visit in Fira, you have more free time to choose between the following options:
a) Fira: you can remain in the beautiful capital of island
b) Beach of Perissa and Perivolos: you can enjoy swimming in the magnificent black beach of Perissa
c) Volcano tour: traditional Aegean-style small boats will take you to the volcano site – this choice doesn’t have a walk on the volcano, only boat tour around it and swimming in the thermal springs
Departure from Santorini
Arrival at Heraklion port and returning back to the hotels or the closest predesignated pickup points
The timing of the program will be approximate, depending on traffic and weather conditions
✔️ Hotel pick-up and drop-off (Pick up mainly from hotels at Ammoudara, Sissi, Milatos, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Koutouloufari, Piskopiano, Anissaras, Analipsi, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Karteros, Agia Pelagia, Lygaria is provided. If pick up from your hotel is not available 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
✔️ Transport by air-conditioned luxury bus
✔️ Guiding on Santorini Island
✔️ Oia, Fira and Black Beach tour
❌ Volcano Tour (15.00 euro per adult / 8.00 euro per child) – Paid on the spot in cash
❌ Personal expenses
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!
Children 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
⛔ Cancellation Policy
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
- Do not forget your Passport/ID as it is obligatory. National IDs or Passports are necessary, if you take this tour!
- 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.
- 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.
Covid – 19 measures applicable for Season 2021:
- Mandatory use of face covering and pre-boarding health declaration questionnaire is required, filled by all the participants. Please download it here and have it filled before boarding on bus. Failure to abide by this measure is subject to fines by local authorities.
- Checking body temperature is implemented to all passengers upon their check-in. In cases of fever over 37.8 οC embarkation is not allowed.
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.
Santorini Cruise – Departure from Heraklion
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