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Full-Day Caldera Cruise: Volcano, Hot Springs, Therasia and Sunset at Oia (off board)


Sail across Santorini’s beautiful ‘caldera’ (flooded crater) and visit the islands of Nea Kameni and Thirasia on this 6-hour cruise. Board a sightseeing boat from the old port, and admire Santorini’s cliffs and as you cruise to Nea Kameni. Enjoy free time to walk around its volcanic crater, swim in the warm springs, and visit Thirasia island. Explore and have lunch here at leisure before cruising back to Santorini. Then explore Oia village and experience unique sunset.

Departure

The excursion will start from the main port of Santorini Athinios port. The bus will pick you up from the nearest pick up point close to your location. Next you will headed to the Athinios port, where one of our guide will guide you in one of our boats. The tour will start at 10:15.

Volcano

Our first destination will be the famous volcano of Santorini! After 20 minutes sailing, we will reach Nea Kameni’s jetty. Should you are interested to be guided at the volcano, you should pay 2.5euro/ per person as an entrance fee. Then, you will walk to the volcano’s ridge with your guide and he is going to explain you everything about the history and the geology of the volcano. You will stay at the volcanic island for 1.5hr and in the end you will embark again to our boat for the next stop.

Hot Springs

Our next stop will be the island of Palea Kameni where the famous hot springs are located on the west side. A place that is really popular for its thermal waters. We will stop there for 30min at a distance of 30 meters from the shallow waters of Agios Nicholaos’ beach. The waters are mixed with mud that they are full of sulfur, iron and other metals coming from the volcano and they are very good for the skin, rheumatism, arthritis and other physical pains. Important Note : In order to reach Agios Nicholaos’ beach is essential to swim extremely well.

Thirassia

Next stop is the island of Thirassia. Thirassia is a miniature of what Santorini used to be several years ago. Today is a virgin island, still untouched by tourism and modern life style. The island of Thirassia is only 9 sq. km in size and has approximately 300 permanent inhabitants. We will stay there for 2 hours, so as to explore this picturesque and traditional village as well as to taste the authentic Santorinian cuisine. Should you wish, you can also walk at the main village of Manolas, which is the capital of Thirassia. The view over Santorini is spectacular from there.

Sunset in Oia off board

After Therasia island, you will go back to Athinios port where our bus will take you to Oia, the most beautiful village of Santorini. Here you will have the chance to explore unique alleys, discover its rich market as well as enjoy fantastic views and the most breathtaking sunset of your life! After the sunset, you should head for the spot that our buses will be waiting you to take you back to your places.

Quick Info
9 hours
English, Italian, French and Greek speaking tour guide
Pickup at convenient meeting points
Departs from Old port (Fira)
Easy cancellation
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Schedule & Pricing
Departure point: Athinios port
Departure time: Departure at 10:15
Pickup info: There are pre-defined pick-up/drop-off locations, chosen at convenient central spots in most villages. You will be advised after the booking, a pickup location that is closest or most convenient for you!
Return details: After the sunset, you should head for the spot that our buses will be waiting you to take you back to your places.
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COVID-19 Precaution measures
The health and safety of all passengers are our highest priority so the tour operator is implementing the following measures:
Passengers will be encouraged to bring their own snorkeling equipment, if they would like.
There will be fewer passengers on each boat in order to maintain a safe distance between them.
Inclusions
  • English, Italian, French and Greek speaking tour guide
  • All taxes
  • Pick-up and drop off service available, at a meeting point near your hotel
What to bring
  • Swimsuit (dark colors are recommendable)
  • Towel
  • Sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
Exclusions
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Cable Car fee: 6€ /per person
  • Volcano entrance fee: 2.5€ /per person
Additional info
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Children of the age group 5 to 12 years old will be charged half ticket
Tour Itinerary
1

Athinios port

The bus will pick you up from the nearest pick up point close to your location. Next you will headed to the Athinios port. SEE MORE
2

Volcano 90'

One of the greatest attractions of Santorini whose former intense activity gave the island its current shape and morphology. SEE MORE
3

Hot Springs 30'

On the island of Palaia Kammeni there are hot springs known for their beneficial and therapeutic effects. The waters there contain sulfur and you can please yourself with an alternative mud bath. SEE MORE
4

Thirasia

We will stop in Thirasia for 2 hours, where you can eat in the picturesque small taverns near the port or visit the village Manolas SEE MORE
5

Oia

You will have the chance to explore the unique alleys, discover its rich market, as well as to enjoy the most breathtaking sunset of your life! SEE MORE
Reviews by real customers
4.0
Great based on 10 reviews
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Luiza T. United Kingdom, 6 Sep 2020
Very nice

The boat was nice and the guide was awesome. We first went to the Volcano (bring walking shoes as it is a climb and also water). After that we went to the hot springs. And the other island where are are free to do whatever for 2h. It was very nice. A great experience!

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Fatma E. Greece, 18 Aug 2020
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Leland F. United Kingdom, 13 Aug 2020
Fulfilled day

If you wanna see a lot of things within a day it is a good way to do so. The only unpleasant thing was that although “the numbers are limited “ because of Covid it still felt pretty overcrowded on the both with people ignoring the lines showing you where not to sit . The hike to Volcano was a bit difficult but manageable. The best part was swimming in the hot springs which I wish would have been much longer ! Before all the people get into water you have maybe 20 mins to do so or that is how it felt. Also the pick up from Oia by bus is a mess and you might struggle to find your mini bus to drive you back without asking all the drivers. We were not even on the list although it was clearly our bus but managed to get on after providing all the information.

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Nicola B. Greece, 12 Aug 2020
A mixed experience

Santorini view themselves were wonderful, so helpful by e-mail, responding to all communication straight away, even early in the morning, Marios was so helpful and prompt in all communication. However, the tour is run by Caldera boats. In the morning for the pick up the driver was reluctant to take us as we had not been able to print our tickets (the tour company had said this was okay and they would be printed for us). If you can print your tickets it will make you life a lot easier. We were picked up in a nice air conditioned mini bus. We had a bit of a moment when the driver stalled the bus and couldn’t start it again, so bump started it going backwards down a hill! When we arrived at the port they had printed our tickets and we were directed to a boat. For the entire boat tour everything was excellent. The tour guide was brilliant and really informative and friendly, we really enjoyed visiting the volcano, the hot springs and the island. The views from the boat were brilliant. All Instructions were clear. I would highly recommend this part of the tour. When we arrived back at the port we were put on a big coach to Oia. We then had 3 hours to wait for the sunset, we were completely exhausted having been picked up at 8.45am in the morning and Oia was so crowded. After the sunset we returned to get our transfer and were told to get on a Kamari tours bus. The tour guide promptly threw us off saying this is a private tour bus. We went back and asked again. Apparently the person from Caldera boats had done a deal with the driver from Kamari tours to take us, so we were let back on bus but the tour guide was unhappy about this and glared at us the entire time! So honestly a very mixed experience. I would definitely do the tour again without the Oia section. It was just too much at the end of a long, long day. If we had been on the shorter tour we would have been taken home when we arrived back at the port and that would have been perfect. Perhaps at other times of the year you would not have to wait so long for the sunset. Caldera boats create a good experience but their organisation is a little chaotic!

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Good to Know

Important:
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COVID-19 Form

As part of the COVID-19 guidelines announced by the Greek Authorities for the prevention of the new coronavirus transmission and spread, all passengers must have completed the Pre Boarding Information Form (Download) and submit it to the vessel's Chief Purser along with their voucher/ticket, when boarding, prior to the vessel's departure.
If you have not access to a printer, please contact us as early as possible.

Voucher

Once your booking is complete, you will receive the voucher, which includes the meeting point, pickup time and tour operator’s contact information, at your email address. You need to print it (2 copies) and have it with you. If you do not have access to a printer and the meeting point is at the Old Port, then you can pick it up from Caderas Boats’ office "Star Travel" in Old Port free of charge, half an hour before departure. If you have chosen a tour with pickup service and hence you cannot print it, please let us know at least 8 hours in advance so that we can get it ready for you.

Cancellation

If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled date, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled date, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Passport or Id

Full names of the passengers (as shown on their passport or id). Passengers need to have on board with them their passport or id or a copy of them in case the Port Authority runs a check on the boat, a picture on their mobile will suffice.

Gift coupon

Once your booking is complete, you'll receive a confirmation email which will include the 10% off coupon code to use it on bus tours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you will hike up to the crater. The hike is about 90 minutes.

It is not difficult. You will walk a path for 45 minutes to reach the crater and then another 45 minutes to return to the boat.

Yes, it is. But do not forget to bring a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes with you.

Yes, you can. There is no extra charge, but you will have to carry it in your arms as the path is not suitable for strollers.

Yes, you can take part but you will not able to swim in the hot springs. Instead, on this part of the tour, you will stay on the boat (relax & sunbathe).

Lifejackets are only for an emergency. The crew will provide you with swimming noodles to help you swim. Lifejackets for swimming are only available in some catamaran cruises. Contact us for more info.

Yes, you can. But it will be on your own responsibility as there is no space to store it on the boat.

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