Please note that the stay in Santorini island is approximately 7 hours, a full day.
Our sailing time from Heraklion port is 2 hours and 30 minutes. Our guides will escort all the way from the pick up throughout the tour and back.
Enjoy the sail, as the boat travels in the Aegean sea, there is plenty of time for pictures, relaxation and fun, we will reach Santorini where our bus will be waiting for us to start our island tour.
During our bus driving, your guides will provide exciting info of the island and the attractions around, a large part of Santorini will be driven through allowing the travellers to have a great taste of the island itself and its mainland.
Firstly we reach Oia, pronounced Ia, which is the most famous of all villages of Santorini. You have seen many pictures of it already as its well known throughout the world for its fantastic sunset and the quiet life. For many, Ia is the most beautiful and picturesque village on the island. We will have about 1.30 hour there to enjoy the view, the local atmosphere and for walking around.
We will then drive to Fira. The place is famous for the stunning Cycladic view of Caldera (volcano), its stone-built narrow streets and the small white famous cliff houses. Fira is actually the capital of the Santorini island and perhaps the most important of all its villages. It is located at the west side and about 10 km away from the port. It is a village with 1,600 permanent inhabitants, built at the edge of an impressive cliff overlooking the Aegean blue.
Later on, we will meet at Fira metropolis where the guides will advise of possible extras tours in Santorini, many options from walking freely around to swimming in the hot springs
Our hotel transfer has reached the port of Heraklion. At the port simply show your voucher to the guide to receive your tickets, your bus number and your brochure with information on the island and your excursion.
Our sail takes two hours and thirty minutes (2 hours 30 minutes) and the ship arrives at 10:30 am. At the exit of the ship, our escorts with bus number plates will welcome visitors and help them board the right buses.
Oia is an amazing place with breathtaking view of the magical Aegean Blue, we will stay there for about 1 ½ hours. Then the bus departs for the next stop, Fira.
We will be crossing a large part of the small island, at Fira we will stay for 1 hour to enjoy the Cycladic view of the Caldera, the paved alleys and the old small houses. We then meet at the Metropolis of Fira where the escorts will inform them about the available choices for the remaining Santorini time :
1st choice: Go to the beach of Perissa with black sand for bathing and eating.
2nd choice : Go to Santorini Live Volcano (extra charge of 16 €). Guests will enjoy the beauty of the Hephaestus, and those who wish to bathe in the hot springs.
3rd choice ? More free time & stay in Fira.
Our bus returns to the Santorini port so we embark and sail back to Heraklion Crete. Upon arrival we will be transferred back to our initial starting point.
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Our family booked (5 of us) the day before and all went fine, accurate pick up, nice guide and new bus , nice boat sail. We bought the extra tour "Live Volcano" , paid a charge of 16 € per person, well worth it, would do it again. I think there are other boats doing the same trip, not sure of the other ones, this one was good though, thank you all
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