Excursions

Santorini 1 day trip

  • Duration: 8,5 hours approximately
  • Day available: SEAJET Mon/ Wed/Thu/Fri/Sun from Heraklion Tue/Sat from Rethimnon HELLENIC SEAWAYS : daily
  • Language: en, de, ru, fr, it , pl
  • Location: Heraklion,Rethimnon
  • Price varies depending on the company that realises the excursion each time : 95 € , 125 € and 130 €
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• Professional and Multilingual speaking guide.
• Free pick up service from any place between Malia – Agia Pelagia.

• Tips and Individual expenses.

The most wanted trip , the Santorini trip is here and awaiting !

When you arrive at the port :

The guide will be waiting for you on the pier ,with a raised sign reffering the bus number in which you will board.

Embarkation: During boarding we will provide you with an informative brochure .The brochure  will include a detailed program of the excursion and a card with your boarding bus number for Santorini trip  in your language.

Bear in mind that there are three (3)  routes leaving on different hours.

 HER-SAN:09:00-10:45 ,  SAN-HER:17:25-18:50

DAILY from HERAKLION ,     130   euro 

 

HER-SAN:08:40-10:25 , SAN-HER:17:25-18:50

Tue/Sat from Rethimnon     ,   Mon/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sun from    Heraklion  , 125 euro 

 

     HER – SAN   09:30-12:45   ,    SAN – HER  18:15 – 21:30

DAILY from HERAKLION  , 95 euro 

 

09:00 /08:40   Departure from Heraklion with the fast and luxurious Highspeed 7.

10:45 /10:25   Arrival on Santorini at the port of Athinios

A.    Excursion Oia – Fira

The best depart is from Athinios and is escorted by quides who will provide information concerning the island and its history .Visit to:

OIA from time to admire the old neo-classical manors as well as the houses carved on the rock, the manmade eyries that seem to hang on the edge of the precipice.Undoubtedly Oia is the most graphic village of the island with a fantastic view, narrow streets and marvelous mansions.

FIRA free time to visit the capital, go for shopping or enjoy your drink with a bird’s eye view over Caldera.

15:30     B. Swimming at the black beach of Kamari.

Or tour of the volcano round trip (not included).

KAMARI The most popular beach in Santorini which is known for its black sand and crystal clear water. For your lunch ,it is recommended and it will be a real pleasure to discover traditional taverns here .They prepare Greek specialties such as “Fava” and fresh fish served with excellent local wine.

Alternatively, at this point the second tour stops at Perissa Beach and NOT in Kamari .

PERISSA You can enjoy a swim at the marvellous Perissa beach with its black sand and crystal clear waters.Additionally, we have selected some local restaurants where you can enjoy a 10% discount on the main course menu prices as well as the drinks.

17:25 /17:30   Departure from Santorini heading to Crete

18:50 /19:25   Arrival at Heraklion

 

HISTORY

According to a legend, Santorini rose up from the depths of the sea and this, in combination with the eruption of the volcano, has led scientists to correlate and compare it to the lost city of Atlantis. The first signs of life were evident as far back as the mid 3rd century B.C. (Early Copper Age).The first name given to the island was Strongyle (“the circular one”) due to its shape. According to Herodotus however, the island was later renamed to Kalliste (“the most beautiful one”) due to its incomparable beauty. Once the island was colonized by Spartans (following the Phoenicians) the island changed its name to Thera, named after the Spartan leader of the time. Finally, the name Santorini , which is a contraction of the name Santa Irini , was given to the island by the Latin Empire referencing the name of the old cathedral of Saint Irene , the ruins of which were discovered in 1992 at the foot of the mountain in the village of Perissa.

The large volcanic eruption  of circa 1613 B.C. (Late Copper Age) , and the following collapse of the volcano’s magma chamber /reservoir, lead to the formation of the caldera (a large underwater cauldron-like depression).

The rare natural beauty, the rich history and the unique geomorphology of Santorini have contributed to it becoming one of the world’s top and most sought after destinations. It has become the subject of study for numerous influential scientists as well as an inspiration to famous poets and writers. It is worth noting that the island was even mentioned in Jules Verne’s novel “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, as well as Santorini being his main source of inspiration in writing his novel “The Mysterious Island”

FIRA

The wondrous capital of Santorini majestically dominates the west side of the island, built high up on the sharp Cliffside at an altitude of 250 meters above sea level. White –washed  houses, scenic alleyways and important museums (Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Archaeological Museum of Thera ,Megaro Gizi ) make up a Cyclades settlement of outstanding beauty which simultaneously has all the necessary infrastructure (hotels,restaurants,commercial  shops) so as to satisfy even the most demanding visitors.

FIROSTEFANI

The “Crown of Fira”, as the name suggests, makes up a separate settlement on the outskirts of Fira. The walk from Firostefani to Fira constitutes a truly unique experience since what truly stands out is the blue dome of Aghioi Theodoroi church (Saints Theodore) which has been featured is countless pictures and images worldwide.

OIA

At the north section of the island, at a distance of 11 km from Fira, resides the settlement of Oia, which a true architectural gem…with its rock-hewn buildings and imposing so-called “captain’s houses.Its renowned sunset provides a magical and almost spiritual experience, with people arriving from around the world so as to gaze at its enchanting grandeur.

PERISSA

The beautiful and gorgeous beaches of Perissa and of Perivolos together comprise an extensive coastline which surpasses 5 kilometers .The fine black sand, the crystal clear water and all the comforts provided by an organized beachfront creates ideal conditions for all visitors that wish to truly enjoy the sea and taste exquisite local dishes.

THE ANCIENT VINEYARD

Excavation findings reveal that grapes were grown and cultivated on the island at least since the 17th century B.C.The ancient vine varieties, the unique climate and ecosystem of Santorini and the fertile volcanic soil contribute to the production of high quality wine. The rock-hewn wineries constitute quite a wonderful and rustic sightseeing destination for the island.