Thira Cruises, Santorini
- Lose your heart to Oia, one of the world’s most romantic destinations. Dripping in beauty with a pinch of cosmopolitan allure, the town’s steeped in history and, if legend is to be believed, haunted by vampires.
- Pamper yourself in the hot springs at Palea Kameni. Their waters have been warmed by volcanic activity and they’ll leave your skin silky smooth.
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Sail to Athinios Harbour and set off on an incredible coach journey that takes you up the cliff face of the caldera and across the island. You’ll pass the cave homes of the island’s original inhabitants, before reaching the beautiful village of Oia. Perched on a clifftop, this place offers up breathtaking views over the caldera. It’s positively bursting with Greek charm, too, with its traditional whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches. Enjoy some free time to stroll through the winding, cobbled streets packed with jewellery shops, galleries and other Greek treasure troves. At the far end of the village you’ll be treated to the most spectacular views of the island. On the return journey, sample some of the local wine in a traditional wine shop. In Thira you’ll have more free time to explore, before taking the cable car journey - included in the tour - at your leisure, back to the ship's tenders.
Santorini charm is in no short supply on this trip. Your first stop is the hilltop village of Megalochori. A higgledy-piggledy mix of blue-domed churches, whitewashed houses and winding alleyways, it showcases some of Santorini’s most attractive architecture. We’ll continue onto the highest point on the island, Profitis Ilias, and neighbouring Pyrgos to soak up the views. You’ll get some time to explore Pyrgos’ churches and well-preserved castle. Here you’ll get to sample some of Santorini wine and some traditional Greek snacks. When you’ve had your fill, we’ll make one last stop at Thira where you can hop aboard a cable car back to the port.
See two of Santorini's biggest attractions on this great tour. You’ll take a boat ride to the volcanic island of Nea Kameni, where you’ll step out onto the Daphni lava flow, the oldest lava on the island. Climb to the top, over volcanic sand and lava fragments, and take in the sensational views of Santorini and its famous caldera. Following the same route in reverse, you’ll head back to the boat and set sail for the thermal springs of Palea Kameni. The boat will anchor in the deep green sulphur springs and you'll have chance to swim in the mineral-rich waters of the hot springs. On your return boat trip, you’ll be dropped off at the old port of Thira with plenty of time left to explore. Afterwards, return to the ship's tenders at your own leisure.