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

Explore the charming town of Fira at your own pace on this delightful four-hour adventure made easy now that you have the option to avoid the lines of the Fira cable car and ride in comfort to this hilltop enclave. At a specific time, a strict minimum number of guests will meet the motorcoach transportation at the pier and be shuttled directly to a drop-off spot near the entrance to the pedestrian streets of Fira. Once in Fira, you are free to enjoy its splendors at your leisure. The island's capital boasts a stunning combination of Cycladic and Venetian architecture and outstanding views of the submerged volcano. Explore a number of galleries, museums and cultural attractions as well as a large shopping center and a variety of dining venues, which line the cobbled streets that ribbon their way through town. At the designated time, meet the shuttle and return to the ship.

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Discovery Family Oia Village & Swimming

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

Make memories together on a Discover Family full-day tour that makes the most of Santorini's sun and fun. Tender ashore and board a motorcoach to begin your spine-tingling ascent of the rocky caldera wall. At the summit, head north to the traditional village of Oia. A guided walking tour leads you down cobblestone lanes past whitewashed buildings, shops, cafés and iconic blue-domed churches. Continue on to famed Perissa Beach, boasting an endless stretch of black sand. A reserved beach bed and umbrella is home base while you race to the water's edge for a refreshing swim. You'll have plenty of free time to beach comb and check out the cafés that fringe the sand. Tuck into a light lunch at a taverna before heading back to Fira. Your tour ends here, but you can explore this colorful town independently. Grab an ice cream before taking the cable car, or even a donkey, down to the ship.

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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. Nea Kameni ("Young Burnt Island") is the area's youngest volcanic island, forming only 425 years ago. Your climb to the top is approximately 40 minutes and you will begin to smell a strong sulfur odor and feel the temperature rise as you near the summit. At the top, view the black lava blocks, domes of magma that literally froze in mid-air. Return to your tour boat and cruise the shores of Nea Kameni, where you will find several hot springs. Minerals in the water dramatically alter its color. The waters are quite shallow, but your boat will stop as close to the springs as possible for a photo opportunity. Weather permitting, anyone who wishes to go swimming can jump in and feel the water gradually changing temperature as you get closer to the shore.

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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

A narrated drive around the spectacular island of Santorini offers a wealth of photo opportunities and panoramic views from a wide variety of venues. Thrill to the views from Mt. Prophet Elijah, the highest point on the island at 2,000 feet above sea level. The area shares its name with the monastery that stands on its peak. Continue to another majestic viewpoint, the awesome Santorini caldera, formed 3,500 years ago after a monumental volcanic explosion in the Aegean Sea. The distinct exterior of the Agios Nektarios Church makes for a wonderful photo opportunity and the unique black sand beaches of Kamari are the highlight of this cosmopolitan resort town. Your last stop is the village of Fira where you will have the choice to remain with the tour and return to port in the motorcoach, or spend independent time in Fira and return to the tender via aerial cable car. This latter option involves considerable walking and an aerial cable car ride back to the tender.

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Discover the Hidden Villages of Santorini

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

A stroll through two quiet villages followed by a delightful swim in the refreshing waters off Perissa beach makes for a lovely four-hour tour. Visit Megalochori, the largest village on the Santorini plain, renowned for its vineyards. Admire its neo-classical design, whitewashed buildings, cobblestone pathways and domed churches. Stroll into the center square and pick up a bottle of Vinsanto, the locally produced sweet wine. Continue to Emporio Village, the largest settlement in Santorini nestled at the bass of Mt. Prophet Elias. This well-preserved enclave has a medieval atmosphere centered on its 15th century fortress. Note how tightly packed the houses are; this was a safety precaution during the Venetian era. Your final stop is popular Perissa Beach, a seemingly endless stretch of pebbly, black sand. Enjoy free time to swim. Your tour ends with a 10-minute walk down to the cable car station, or you can stay in town and return at your leisure.

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Ancient Akrotiri & Santorini Island

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

Take in the marvels of Santorini on a day of discovery which begins at the ancient site of Akrotiri. Unveiled in 1967 after being shrouded for over 3,000 years, Akrotiri is remarkably preserved and offers great insight into the island's ancient history. Your knowledgeable guide will escort you through this unearthed city, considered one of the most important prehistoric settlements in the Mediterranean. After exploring these fascinating ruins, revel in the magnificent views from atop Mt. Prophet Elijah, 2,000 feet above sea level. Then, visit Fira, the island's largest town. Here, narrow cobblestone lanes lead uphill past whitewashed homes, outdoor cafés and marvelous little shops that just beg to be explored. A steep walk to the upper portion of town leads you to the aerial cable car ride, your transportation (ticket provided) to port to meet your tender if you choose to remain in town to explore independently.

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Ancient Akrotiri & Santorini Island (Guided in German)

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

Take in the marvels of Santorini on a day of discovery which begins at the ancient site of Akrotiri. Unveiled in 1967 after being shrouded for over 3,000 years, Akrotiri is remarkably preserved and offers great insight into the island's ancient history. Your knowledgeable guide will escort you through this unearthed city, considered one of the most important prehistoric settlements in the Mediterranean. After exploring these fascinating ruins, revel in the magnificent views from atop Mt. Prophet Elijah, 2,000 feet above sea level. Then, visit Fira, the island's largest town. Here, narrow cobblestone lanes lead uphill past whitewashed homes, outdoor cafés and marvelous little shops that just beg to be explored. A steep walk to the upper portion of town leads you to the aerial cable car ride, your transportation (ticket provided) to port to meet your tender if you choose to remain in town to explore independently.

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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

Experience the villages and vineyards of Santorini on this guided walking tour, which includes time for independent sightseeing. Sample local wines at a neighboring vineyard and learn about the effects of Santorini's rich, volcanic soil and microclimate on the rare Assyrtiko grapes. Visit the quaint village of Oia and stroll through the narrow, cobblestone lanes, viewing the brilliantly whitewashed buildings, shops, cafés and blue-domed churches. Explore Fira, the capital of Santorini, and spend time browsing the lovely marketplace on your own. You may also peruse the archeological artifacts in the area's Prehistoric Museum unescorted. At the conclusion of your day, ride the town's aerial cable cars (ticket provided) back down to port to meet your tender.

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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

Experience the villages and vineyards of Santorini on this guided walking tour, which includes time for independent sightseeing. Sample local wines at a neighboring vineyard and learn about the effects of Santorini's rich, volcanic soil and microclimate on the rare Assyrtiko grapes. Visit the quaint village of Oia and stroll through the narrow, cobblestone lanes, viewing the brilliantly whitewashed buildings, shops, cafés and blue-domed churches. Explore Fira, the capital of Santorini, and spend time browsing the lovely marketplace on your own. You may also peruse the archeological artifacts in the area's Prehistoric Museum unescorted. At the conclusion of your day, ride the town's aerial cable cars (ticket provided) back down to port to meet your tender.

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Walking Tour of Oia & Pyrgos Villages

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

Spend the day like a local, strolling the streets of several island towns and feasting on authentic cuisine. Meet your motorcoach for a scenic drive to the town of Oia, which has inspired artists from around the world. Your guided walking tour will take you down cobbled lanes lined with brilliantly whitewashed buildings, shops, sun-bathed cafés and blue-domed churches. From here, your next stop is the highest village on the island, Pyrgos. Your guided walk explores all the hidden gems along its labyrinth of streets, and the views from this vantage point are simply unforgettable. Your guided walk explores all the hidden gems. Savor lunch with wine in a traditional taverna. Refreshed, continue to Fira, the capital of Santorini. Explore the lively main square on your own. A steep walk to the upper portion of town leads you to the aerial cable car ride (ticket provided), which brings you to port and your waiting tender.

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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

Experience the villages and vineyards of Santorini on this guided walking tour, which includes time for independent sightseeing. Sample local wines at a neighboring vineyard and learn about the effects of Santorini's rich, volcanic soil and microclimate on the rare Assyrtiko grapes. Visit the quaint village of Oia and stroll through the narrow, cobblestone lanes, viewing the brilliantly whitewashed buildings, shops, cafés and blue-domed churches. Explore Fira, the capital of Santorini, and spend time browsing the lovely marketplace on your own. You may also peruse the archeological artifacts in the area's Prehistoric Museum unescorted. At the conclusion of your day, ride the town's aerial cable cars (ticket provided) back down to port to meet your tender.

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Oia & Fira

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

Experience the villages and vineyards of Santorini on this guided walking tour, which includes time for independent sightseeing. Sample local wines at a neighboring vineyard and learn about the effects of Santorini's rich, volcanic soil and microclimate on the rare Assyrtiko grapes. Visit the quaint village of Oia and stroll through the narrow, cobblestone lanes, viewing the brilliantly whitewashed buildings, shops, cafés and blue-domed churches. Explore Fira, the capital of Santorini, and spend time browsing the lovely marketplace on your own. You may also peruse the archeological artifacts in the area's Prehistoric Museum unescorted. At the conclusion of your day, ride the town's aerial cable cars (ticket provided) back down to port to meet your tender.

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Akrotiri & Oia Free Time

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

From the ancient artifacts of Akrotiri buried beneath the ash of a volcanic eruption in 1450 B.C. to the lively streets of Oia, explore the history, culture and landscapes of Santorini on this fascinating, six-hour adventure. Unveiled in 1967 after being shrouded for over 3,000 years, Akrotiri is remarkably preserved and offers great insight into the island's ancient history. Your knowledgeable guide will escort you through this unearthed city, considered one of the most important prehistoric settlements in the Mediterranean. Reboard your motorcoach for the picturesque village of Oia, perched high atop the cliffs of Santorini's northern terminus and known for its quiet beauty and breathtaking views of neighboring volcanoes. Explore independently, strolling through the narrow cobblestone lanes, and view the brilliantly whitewashed buildings, shops, sun-bathed cafés and blue-domed churches. Conclude in Fira, the island's capital, and take a steep walk to the upper portion of town and meet the aerial cable car ride.

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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 sites of this quintessential Greek island on a guided walking tour. Visit the quaint village of Oia and stroll through the narrow, cobblestone lanes, viewing the brilliantly whitewashed buildings, shops, cafés and blue-domed churches. Then, sample local wines at a neighboring vineyard and learn about the effects of Santorini's rich, volcanic soil and microclimate on the rare Assyrtiko grapes. Thrill to the views atop Mt. Prophet Elijah, 2,000-feet above sea level and home to the monastery that shares its name. A traditional Greek lunch is a welcome respite in your day before you explore the island's oldest Byzantine church, which has heroically withstood raids, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Photograph the famed black sand beach in the cosmopolitan area of Kamari Village. Your final stop is Fira, the capital of Santorini, and you'll ride the town's aerial cable cars (ticket provided) back down to port to meet your tender.

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Ultimate Santorini- A Discovery Exclusive

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

See it all on this Discovery Exclusive adventure that maximizes your time in Santorini. Seven hours chock-full of sightseeing begins at the ancient ruins of Akrotiri, which was buried after a volcanic eruption and unearthed after 3,500 years. Then it's on to Oia for a guided stroll through the cobblestone lanes, viewing the whitewashed buildings, shops and blue-domed churches. Continue to a vineyard for a tasting of the world-renowned wines produced in the island's rich volcanic soil. Then thrill to the views atop Mt. Prophet Elias, 2,000 feet above sea level. Pause for a traditional Greek lunch then a photo stop at the famed black-sand beach of Perissa. Conclude in Fira, a stunning combination of Cycladic and Venetian architecture, with outstanding views of the volcano. A steep walk to the upper portion of town takes you to the cable car for the ride back to port.

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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

Take an extensive walking tour of the quintessential Greek island, Santorini. Visit the quaint village of Oia and stroll through its narrow, cobblestone lanes, viewing the brilliantly whitewashed buildings, shops, cafés and blue-domed churches. Thrill to the views atop Mt. Prophet Elijah, 2,000-feet above sea level and home to the monastery that shares its name. Sample local wines at a neighboring vineyard and learn about the effects of Santorini's rich, volcanic soil and microclimate on the rare Assyrtiko grapes. A traditional Greek lunch is a welcome respite in your day before you explore the island's caldera viewpoint and the famed black sand beach in the cosmopolitan area of Kamari Village. Your final stop is Fira, the capital of Santorini, where you'll browse the collection of archeological artifacts at the Prehistoric Museum and ride the town's aerial cable cars (ticket provided) back down to port to meet your tender.

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Oia Village, Wine Tasting & Cooking

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

Delight in the sights and flavors of the island on a six-hour tour that combines its natural beauty with its sumptuous cuisine. Board a motorcoach and ascend the dramatic, rocky caldera roads to the traditional village of Oia, perched high atop the cliffs of Santorini's northern terminus. Commence a guided walking tour through its cobblestone streets admiring the world-famous Cycladic architecture and the beautiful old mansions perched cliff-side. Continue on to a local winery to learn the history of centuries-old wine production on the island and enjoy a tasting. Proceed to the Akrotiri area, where you'll stop at the renowned Aeolos Taverna. Settle in for a cooking demonstration by a master chef, which highlights local ingredients. Savor the chef's creations in the form of a superb lunch. At the conclusion of the day, you will have the option of disembarking in the town of Santorini for independent exploration, returning to the ship on your own.

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Exclusive Caldera by Catamaran

4.5 hours | Santorini | JTR-160
  • Fira

Embark on an exclusive Santorini excursion that takes you above and below the crystalline waters of the island's mostly submerged caldera. Bring your swimsuit; in addition to sailing along the coast, the captain will drop anchor so you can dive into the active volcano's sulphuric waters. After transferring to shore via tender, you'll drive to the area of Vlychada where your catamaran awaits. Once aboard the vessel, your captain will set a course for fun and relaxation. Unwind on deck as you glide past the stunning white-washed villages perched atop Santorini's reddish cliffs. And learn the history and mystery surrounding the Greek myth of Atlantis as you sail past Akrotiri lighthouse, one of the oldest in Greece. Soon, the seven-mile-wide caldera, home to two small volcanic islands, will come into view. At the end of the tour, you'll be taken to Fira for independent sightseeing and return by local tender.

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