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Boat Tours in Santorini

Volcano Tours

Santorini Volcano and Hot Springs Boat Tour

The tour departs daily from the old port of Fira, at 11:00 in the morning or at 14:15. After only 15 minutes by boat, we'll be arriving at the volcano bay, where we'll be docking for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, during which, if you want, you can follow the path to the top where active craters are. Next we'll be moving to the island of Palea Kameni for the hot springs, the famous mud baths, which were formed as result of volcanic eruptions. In the small bay of Agios Nikolaos the water temperature ranges from 30 to 35 degrees Celsius, as it mixes continuously with the normal sea currents. The boat will be staying here about 30 minutes to allow you a healthy bath. After the bath, you will return to the old port of Fira.

Departure

The excursion starts from the picturesque old port of Santorini. This port is only accessible by cable car which is the most common way as it takes only 3 minutes to go down, 587 steps on foot or for those who love the adventure, the local donkeys is the ideal choice to reach it. Important note : You should pay 6€ more per way either for the cable car ticket or to ride one of the donkeys. Gialos, the Old Port, lies below Fira, nestled at the foot of a rocky cliff. You will be surprised with the steep slopes of the Caldera and in the end the tiny port will appear under these huge rocks and the cave houses that seem to dangle on the cliff. There the guides of your excursion will be waiting for you, to give you all the important information and to orientate you on the boat. For more information or clarifications, don’t hesitate to visit our travel agency which is located down at the port.

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.

Return

After departing from your last destination, the tour will be finished at the old port of Fira. After your disembarkation, you should choose one of the available ways to go back to Fira town. Please note that you will have to pay again the additional cost for your transport back to Fira town.

Quick Info
3 hours
English and Greek speaking tour guide
Easy cancellation
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Schedule & Pricing
Departure point: Old Port
Departure time: There are two Departures from Old Port: 11:00 or 14:15
Return details: After departing from your last destination, the tour will be finished at the old port of Fira. After your disembarkation, you should choose one of the available ways to go back to Fira town. Please note that you will have to pay again the additional cost for your transport back to Fira town.
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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 and Greek speaking tour guide
  • All taxes
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
  • Pick up from and to your hotel or other destination of choice
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

Old port

Old Port lies below Fira, nestled at the foot of a rocky cliff. 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

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
Reviews by real customers
4.4
Great based on 156 reviews
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Suvankar B. United States, 4 Mar 2020
Okay experience

In off-season its not much plus you have to worry about getting down to the harbor, I would probably skip the tour next time. The volcano island is not as amazing as I would have thought, and the hot springs are quite far away from where the boat docks - and you have to swim through a bit of cold deep water to get to the springs. However, i give it a 4/5 because it is very cheap as well.

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Annesha C. India, 17 Feb 2020
Don't take this trip in the off season

The crew was rude, not at all organised to handle the tour. The main guy had his nose in his phone the whole time he only looked up to provide snarky comments. Of my whole experience of Greece, this was the lowest point.

Caldera's Boats

Dear Annesha, thank you for taking the time to bring this to our attention. We will use the feedback to make us better and to ensure this does not happen again. Thank you again!

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Kirsten W. Australia, 7 Dec 2019

Excellent!, Wonderful experience!

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Clara E. United Kingdom, 1 Dec 2019
A good trip

It was good but a lot of hanging around which ate in too our time so didn’t get as long as we could have had. Also no tour guide which was a shame

Caldera's Boats

Dear Clara, a few months in the winter, this tour is offered without a tour guide but with a helpful boat crew that will give you all the useful information to enjoy the unique volcano and its hot springs! You were informed by our customer service about the absence of the travel guide and you were offered a refund. Thank you for your feedback! Our best wishes!

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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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