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About Santorini

When you arrive by sea, there is no confusing the island of Santorini. Dazzling white houses cling to the edge of vertical, rocky cliffs against azure blue waters. The most southern of the Cyclades islands, it is surrounded by Thirasia and Aspronisi, which were once part of a large volcanic island. Considered by many to be the site of the "Lost City of Atlantis", this magical little island glimmers from the fading sun as many watch its decent from the numerous bars and cafés at the water's edge.

 

Shore excursions in Santorini

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Akrotiri - The Lost City of Atlantis

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Take in the marvels of Santorini on a day of discovery which begins at the ancient site of Akrotiri.

Relax as you head towards the ancient site of Akrotiri during a scenic drive through the island’s quaint villages. The dramatic landscape was formed in 1650 BC when a monstrous volcanic eruption rocked Santorini, creating its dramatic caldera and 2 small islands.

Upon arrival at Akrotiri, your knowledgeable guide will escort you through this unearthed city, which is considered one of the most important prehistoric settlements in the Mediterranean and often referred to as the Minoan Pompeii.

After exploring these fascinating ruins, you’ll revel in the breathtaking views from Santorini’s highest point, The Mountain of Prophet Elijah, which is located 2,000 feet above sea level.

Fira is the island's largest town, where narrow cobblestone lanes lead uphill past whitewashed homes, outdoor cafés and marvellous little shops. Free time will be given for you to explore Fira independently before making your own way back to the ship, using the cable car ticket provided.

Essential information

This excursion will be by coach and on foot. Free time in Fira involves walking through narrow cobblestone streets with numerous flat steps, so low-heeled, comfortable shoes are recommended. The tour ends in Fira with a walk of 1500 yards to reach the cable car station. Please expect queues at the cable car. Photos are not permitted at Akrotiri. Please be aware ongoing restoration work is often carried out at the sites visited in Akrotiri.

Best of Santorini

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 6½ hours

Visit a stunning local village on the edge of the caldera, sample some local wines and enjoy a traditional Greek lunch.

The village of Oia is perched on top of Santorini’s caldera. Walk up the narrow, cobblestone lanes, passing the brilliantly whitewashed buildings and domed churches. There will be some free time to explore on your own. Coffee shops perched on the edge of the cliffs offer spectacular views of Fira and the volcano.

Next you’ll head to Panagia Episkopi Church is the oldest remaining Byzantine church on the island. Dating from the 11th century, it has withstood raids by pirates, earthquakes, volcano eruptions and a fire in 1915.

The rich volcanic soil in Santorini is particularly favourable to viniculture, and you will have a chance to enjoy a visit to one of the local wineries. The Assyritico grape, a rare white variety, is grown here and, after the tour, you are invited to sample several of the local wines and snacks.

Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch at a local tavern before travelling the island's highest point, the Mountain of Prophet Elijah, to admire the stunning views.

Your tour will end in Fira where you make your way back to the ship, using the cable car ticket provided.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The excursion involves one hour of walking over cobblestones with uphill inclines in places. The tour ends in Fira with a walk of 1500 yards to reach the cable car station. Please expect queues at the cable car. In the event of inclement weather the cable car operation may be closed and passengers will be required to walk down the steep road. Passengers under the age of 18 years are not permitted to sample the wines.

Caldera Sail and Springs

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 6½ hours

Admire the stunning volcanic scenery, take a dip in the thermal springs and sample a BBQ, onboard.

Embark on a stunning scenic drive north following the coast road to the picturesque Ammoudi Bay.

As you set sail be sure to look back and admire the picturesque villages and magical views of Oia village, with its famous white houses perched on the north cape. Your catamaran cruise will glide by Thirasia, an island that once formed part of Santorini until the volcanic eruption, and the private island of Aspronis. Cruising above the underwater craters, you’ll head to Red Beach where your Captain will drop anchor. Surrounded by breathtaking views of the soaring lava cliffs and unique red sands, you’ll have time to take a dip in the crystalline waters and snorkel.

Enjoy one more swim at White Beach before a BBQ lunch is served on deck. Then it’s time to head towards the thermal springs of Palea Kameni, where you can swim in the hot volcanic springs. The high sulphur content is thought to have healing properties and the mineral waters create the most magnificent colour displays from green to deep orange. Before heading back ashore have your camera ready for views of the volcano and caldera.

Back in Fira, enjoy some free time to browse the numerous shops and boutique, before making your way back to the ship using the cable car ticket provided.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and boat. The coach transfer is approximately 1 hour each way and will be accompanied by an escort. Swimming at the thermal springs is weather dependent. Swimwear may change colour due to the sulphur in the water. Please remember to bring swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. The smell of sulphur can be quite strong combined with the high summer temperatures, passengers who suffer with breathing problems should take this into consideration before booking. The catamaran will drop anchor and swimming will be in open waters. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities.

Santorini Beach Break

Activity medium

Duration: 5 hours

Enjoy some time to relax on the black sands of Perivolos Beach.

A short scenic drive across the island to the south eastern coast, will take you to the beautiful black sands of Perivolos Beach.

This volcanic landscape stretches out for 5 miles, with numerous tavernas, cafés, shops and bars lining the seafront. Enjoy approximately 3½ hours of free time to top up your tan and take a refreshing dip in the cooling crystalline clear waters of the Aegean Sea.

The tour ends in Fira with a walk of 1500 yards to reach the cable car station. In the event of inclement weather the cable car operation may be closed and passengers will be required to walk down the steep road.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach. Passengers are required to take a towel and sun protection. Passengers are required to take a towel and sun protection. Please note that sunbeds and umbrellas are available to hire locally, but these cannot be guaranteed, as it can become very crowded during the peak season. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Santorini Panorama

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

A leisurely option that allows you to enjoy the spectacular views of Santorini.

Drive south across the island to Kamari, passing picturesque small villages with dramatic views of sea, land and sky. Today the ancient port of Kamari is a fishing village famed for its dramatic black-sand beach, unique in the Greek islands. Marvel at the surrounding beauty from the Mountain of Prophet Elijah, the island's highest point.

Many visions of Greece include the post card pictures of the beautiful churches of the Greek Isles. A brief stop will be made outside the Aghios Nectarios Church on the outskirts of Kamari to photograph one of the island’s finest examples.

Enjoy a truly spectacular cliff top view of the deep blue sea surrounding the island that make up the volcanic caldera of Santorini with your ship in the distance.

During your tour, a stop for a glass of wine or a soft drink refreshment, will be made along the way at one of the local wine venues.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. This tour is designed to be a panoramic tour to enjoy the island with limited walking. The main town of Fira is not included. This is due to the access and topography of the town, which includes cobblestones, steep inclines and steps, resulting in unsuitable walking conditions.

 

A selection of cruises to Santorini

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