Santorini, Greece

Did the catastrophic volcanic eruption that ravaged Santorini circa 1600 B.C. destroy Crete's ancient Minoan civilization - and give birth to the myth of Atlantis? In 1967, archaeologists on Santorini unearthed the remains of a Bronze Age city that may have been home to as many as 30,000 people. Whether the Lost Continent of Atlantis is rooted in myth or reality, an undisputed fact remains. The eruption created a caldera - and one of the most dramatic land and seascapes in the entire Mediterranean. On Santorini, whitewashed buildings cling to vertiginous cliffs that plunge to a turquoise sea. Part of the Cyclades Archipelago, the three-island group of Santorini, Thirasia and uninhabited Aspronisi present the traveler with unforgettable vistas.

The island has had a number of names throughout history - from Strongyle or "Round" to Thera in honor of an ancient hero. Santorini is more recent and stems from the island church dedicated to St. Irene - Santa Rini to foreign sailors.

Note: Santorini is an anchorage port: passengers transfer to shore via shore tender.

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Points of Interest

  • Oia
  • Fira
  • Prehistoric Museum
  • Palaia & Nea Kameni - Santorini Volcano
  • Winery Tour
  • Black Sand Beach (Kamari)
  • Santorini Crater
  • The Mountain of Prophet Elijah
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  • Oia

    At the northern tip of Santorini lies this charming Greek village, known for its picturesque architecture, cobblestone lanes, pristine whitewashed buildings and a host of welcoming cafes, shops and blue-domed churches.

  • Fira

    Perched on the edge of a dramatic cliff, the island's capital boasts a stunning combination of Cycladic and Venetian architecture, outstanding views of the submerged volcano and an aerial cable car transportation system.

  • Prehistoric Museum

    A treasure trove of history and culture, this museum contains an excellent collection of artifacts found in excavations throughout the area, including the archeological site of Akotiri, known as Santorini's "Pompeii."

  • Palaia & Nea Kameni - Santorini Volcano

    These uninhabited islands, located in the center basin of Santorini, were created by a series of volcanic eruptions 3,500 years ago. Jagged black lava and therapeutic hot springs characterize their extraordinary landscape.

  • Winery Tour

    This region is famous for world-class wines and unique vinification methods. Visit some of the world's oldest vineyards and learn how the micro-climate and rich volcanic soil produces such a full-bodied bouquet.

  • Black Sand Beach (Kamari)

    This seaside village, on the southeast side of Santorini, is famous for its expansive and dramatic black sand beach. Created by volcanic activity, this area is teeming with watersports, cafes and tavernas.

  • Santorini Crater

    A volcanic eruption around 1650 B.C. caused the center of the island to implode into the sea, forming a huge water-filled crater called the "caldera," which legend proclaims to be the lost city of Atlantis.

  • The Mountain of Prophet Elijah

    The island's highest point towers 2,000 feet above the sea and offers panoramic views of Santorini.

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Fira On Your Own

4 hours | Santorini | JTR-180
  • Palaia & Nea Kameni - Santorini Volcano
  • Fira

The cliff-side views from Fira, the island's capital, are only the beginning of its charms. Explore its Cycladic and Venetian architecture, charming shops and authentic tavernas at your leisure. This tour offers the unique opportunity to travel directly to Fira's pedestrian streets, avoiding the long lines of the cable car.

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Cruise & Hike to Santorini Volcano

2.5 hours | Santorini | JTR-410
  • Santorini Crater
  • Palaia & Nea Kameni - Santorini Volcano

The fascinating volcanic history of Santorini is explored in this hiking and sailing adventure, featuring the island's dramatic natural landmarks. Cruise the Santorini bay to Nea Kameni and hike to the summit for breathtaking, panoramic views. Then sail through the caldera's colorful hot springs and photograph the stunning colored waters.

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Discovery Family Oia Village & Swimming

6.5 hours | Santorini | JTR-600
  • Palaia & Nea Kameni - Santorini Volcano
  • Oia
  • Fira

Family time is fun time when you make the most of your day in sunny Santorini. The black sand of Perissa Beach beckons with its crystalline waters and colorful atmosphere. Spend free time splashing and beach combing, the perfect refreshment after exploring the charms of authentic Oia on a guided walking tour.

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Easy Island Drive

3 hours | Santorini | JTR-290
  • Fira
  • Palaia & Nea Kameni - Santorini Volcano
  • Santorini Crater
  • Black Sand Beach (Kamari)
  • The Mountain of Prophet Elijah

This tour is designed for passengers who prefer to see some sights from the motorcoach with little or no walking involved. A narrated drive around the spectacular island of Santorini offers a wealth of photo opportunities and panoramic views from such diverse venues as Mt. Prophet Elijah, a caldera viewing point, stunning Aghios Nektarios Church, the black sand beaches of Kamari and optional time in Fira for independent exploration.

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Discover the Hidden Villages of Santorini

4 hours | Santorini | JTR-420
  • Palaia & Nea Kameni - Santorini Volcano
  • Fira

The hidden gems of the island are highlighted on this pleasant day featuring visits to the lesser-known villages of Megalochori and Emporio. Stroll through tree-lined squares, visit historic churches and soak up the local color. Then, frolic on popular Perissa Beach, a dazzling stretch of black sand with crystalline waters perfect for swimming.

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Oia & Fira

4 hours | Santorini | JTR-205
  • Santorini Crater
  • The Mountain of Prophet Elijah
  • Oia
  • Fira
  • Winery Tour

Stroll the cobblestone lanes of Oia, a picturesque village perched on the caldera's rim, sample the fruit of the vine from a delightful local vineyard and explore the whitewashed beauty of Fira on this guided walking tour, which includes a ride back to port on the cliff-top aerial cable cars. Similar to JTR-100/150 in a half day format

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Oia & Fira (Guided in Japanese)

4 hours | Santorini | JTR-993
  • Santorini Crater
  • The Mountain of Prophet Elijah
  • Oia
  • Fira
  • Winery Tour

Stroll the cobblestone lanes of Oia, a picturesque village perched on the caldera's rim, sample the fruit of the vine from a delightful local vineyard and explore the whitewashed beauty of Fira on this guided walking tour, which includes a ride back to port on the cliff-top aerial cable cars. Similar to JTR-100/150 in a half day format

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Oia & Fira (Guided in Spanish)

4 hours | Santorini | JTR-207
  • Santorini Crater
  • The Mountain of Prophet Elijah
  • Oia
  • Fira
  • Winery Tour

Stroll the cobblestone lanes of Oia, a picturesque village perched on the caldera's rim, sample the fruit of the vine from a delightful local vineyard and explore the whitewashed beauty of Fira on this guided walking tour, which includes a ride back to port on the cliff-top aerial cable cars. Similar to JTR-100/150 in a half day format

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Ancient Akrotiri & Santorini Island (Guided in German)

4 hours | Santorini | JTR-203
  • Fira
  • The Mountain of Prophet Elijah

Explore the remains of a Bronze Age civilization destroyed by a catastrophic eruption in Ancient Akrotiri on this Greek island adventure that includes a photo opportunity at Santorini's highest point, The Mountain of Prophet Elijah, and conclude with a walk through charming Fira, the island's largest town. Have free time to explore Fira and return by cable car to the port.

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Walking Tour of Oia & Pyrgos Villages

6.5 hours | Santorini | JTR-400
  • Palaia & Nea Kameni - Santorini Volcano
  • Oia
  • Fira

Explore on foot two tiny villages set against the backdrop of the azure sea and dramatic volcanic landscapes. Visit Oia, the subject of many an artist's paintbrush, and picturesque Pyrgos, at the highest point of Santorini. Enjoy a sumptuous meal while sipping the local wine at a nearby taverna.

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Oia & Fira (Guided in Mandarin)

4 hours | Santorini | JTR-990
  • Santorini Crater
  • The Mountain of Prophet Elijah
  • Oia
  • Fira
  • Winery Tour

Stroll the cobblestone lanes of Oia, a picturesque village perched on the caldera's rim, sample the fruit of the vine from a delightful local vineyard and explore the whitewashed beauty of Fira on this guided walking tour, which includes a ride back to port on the cliff-top aerial cable cars. Similar to JTR-100/150 in a half day format

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Ancient Akrotiri & Santorini Island

4 hours | Santorini | JTR-200
  • The Mountain of Prophet Elijah
  • Fira

Explore the remains of a Bronze Age civilization destroyed by a catastrophic eruption in Ancient Akrotiri on this Greek island adventure that includes a photo opportunity at Santorini's highest point, The Mountain of Prophet Elijah, and conclude with a walk through charming Fira, the island's largest town. Have free time to explore Fira and return by cable car to the port.

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Akrotiri & Oia Free Time

6 hours | Santorini | JTR-430
  • Palaia & Nea Kameni - Santorini Volcano
  • Oia
  • Fira

Combine two of Santorini's most iconic attractions by delving into the ancient civilization of Akrotiri, excavated in 1967 after being shrouded for over 3,000 years, then discovering the charms of Oia as you explore its cobbled streets on your own.

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Best of Santorini

6.5 hours | Santorini | JTR-100
  • Black Sand Beach (Kamari)
  • Santorini Crater
  • Oia
  • Fira
  • Winery Tour
  • The Mountain of Prophet Elijah

Experience the major sights of this quintessential Greek island on a guided walking tour. Visit quaint Oia, sample local wines, thrill to the views atop Mt. Prophet Elijah, visit the island's oldest Byzantine church and photograph Kamari's black sand beach before riding the cable cars of Fira.

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Ultimate Santorini- A Discovery Exclusive

7 hours | Santorini | JTR-155
  • Palaia & Nea Kameni - Santorini Volcano
  • Oia
  • Fira
  • Winery Tour

Embark on the quintessential Greek island experience on a Discovery Exclusive adventure. Stroll through the charming towns of Fira and Oia, visit the enigmatic excavation site of Akrotiri, sample the fruits of the vine at a local vineyard and take in the magnificent views from atop Mount Prophet Elias.

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Oia, Fira, Winery & Pre Historic Museum

7 hours | Santorini | JTR-150
  • Palaia & Nea Kameni - Santorini Volcano
  • Black Sand Beach (Kamari)
  • Santorini Crater
  • Oia
  • Fira
  • Prehistoric Museum
  • Winery Tour
  • The Mountain of Prophet Elijah

Experience the quintessential Greek island of Santorini on a comprehensive guided walking tour. Explore quant Oia then thrill to the views atop Mt. Prophet Elijah.  Visit the island's oldest family-run winery and savor a traditional Greek lunch. Browse the archeological collection at the Prehistoric Museum and photograph Kamari's black sand beach before riding the cable cars of Fira.

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Oia Village, Wine Tasting & Cooking

6 hours | Santorini | JTR-300
  • Oia
  • Fira
  • Winery Tour

Experience the best of Santorini with a visit to the beautiful village of Oia, followed by a local winery for a tasting. Then, discover the authenticity of delectable Greek cuisine during a cooking class by the chef at a well-known taverna. Enjoy the final creations in a sumptuous lunch.

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Exclusive Caldera by Catamaran

4.5 hours | Santorini | JTR-160
  • Fira

Cruise along Santorini's picturesque coast by private catamaran. Soak up the sea breezes as your captain glides past the famous red beach and the iconic lighthouse en route to the volcano's inner caldera. Enjoy the views, dive into the azure waters and, later, stroll around the town of Fira.

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