Six Hours, three different stops, an unforgettable experience!
Sail across the Santorini Caldera and discover the captivating Volcano history throughout a 1:30 hour guided tour on the most recent volcanic formation in the Mediterranean Sea.
Then, take a deep breath and jump into the hot springs of Palea Kameni island for 30 minutes. On top of that visit for 2 hours the picturesque Thirasia Island for a Greek traditional lunch in one of the many in Korfos Bay restaurants or explore the main settlement of Manolas.
Cruising back can be also fun sailing by the iconic Santorini villages of Oia, Imerovigli and Firostefani.
Embark on a captivating boat tour. Our first stop takes you to the enchanting volcano, where you will have the opportunity to delve into its intriguing landscape for 1 hour and 30 minutes. If you choose to visit the volcano, a nominal entrance fee of €5 will be required. Throughout the excursion, our knowledgeable tour escort will guide you along the volcanic path, highlighting its significant landmarks and leading you to the summit, where you’ll gain insights into the volcano’s fascinating history. Please note that the hike entails a moderate amount of walking.
After the awe-inspiring visit to the volcano, the boat will set course towards the invigorating hot springs of Palea Kameni island. Prepare for a delightful 30 minutes swimming experience as you immerse yourself in the thermal waters. The boat will anchor at an estimated distance of approximately 30-40 meters, and you’ll have the opportunity to swim to the shore and revel in the rejuvenating hot springs. It’s important to note that swimming to the shore requires strong swimming skills, as it involves a relatively long distance.
Continuing our excursion, you will have the chance to explore and enjoy: Thirasia island! The boat will anchor at Thirasia’s port, where you will have a 2 hours free time to either indulge in a delicious lunch at a restaurant or tavern of your choice, or explore the charming traditional port of Thirasia. This picturesque island offers a serene and authentic experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in its unique culture and breathtaking landscapes.
After the enjoyable break at Thirasia island, the boat will commence its journey back to the port that your tour started. Throughout the entire excursion, our knowledgeable guides will be available to provide information, answer your questions, and ensure a memorable experience for everyone.
If you reserve your tour without pick up option, the departure point will be from Old Port of Fira.
Arrival at the Old Port: Once you reach the old port, ensure that you have enough time to find the Santo Star office. The office is located near the cable car exit. Look out for signs or ask locals for directions if needed. It’s crucial to be at the port early to avoid any delays.
Meeting with Company Executive: At the Santo Star office, a company executive will greet you and provide you with further details for your embarkation. They will inform you about any specific instructions or guidelines for the tour and answer any questions you may have.
Embarkation: When the boat arrives, the embarkation process will begin. Follow the instructions provided by your tour escort or the company executive. They will guide you to the designated area for boarding. Make sure to have your tickets or any necessary documentation ready.
Welcome Aboard: Once you’re on board the boat, your tour escort will welcome you and introduce themselves. They will provide you with an overview of the tour, including the itinerary, attractions you’ll visit, and any safety information. Feel free to ask them any questions you may have before the tour officially begins.
Remember to double-check the specific details with the tour company, such as the departure time, any additional requirements, and the exact location of the Santo Star office. Enjoy your boat tour and have a wonderful time exploring the beautiful surroundings of Fira!
If you decide to add a pick up option to your tour, the departure point will be from Athinios Port.
Pick-up: Prior to your departure, a bus will be arranged to pick you up from a designated location and transport you to Athinios Port. The pick-up point and time will be communicated to you in advance, ensuring a smooth and convenient start to your journey.
Boarding the Bus: Arrive at the designated pick-up location on time and wait for the bus to arrive. . Please have your tickets readily available for verification.
Journey to Athinios Port: Sit back, relax, and enjoy the comfortable bus ride to Athinios Port. Take in the scenic views along the way and anticipate the exciting experiences that await you at your destination.
Arrival at Athinios Port: Upon arrival at Athinios Port, the bus will park in the designated area. Follow the instructions of the driver or tour representative as you disembark from the bus and gather your belongings.
Ticket Check and Grouping: With your tickets in hand, proceed to the designated check-in area at Athinios Port. Present your tickets to the staff for verification. To enhance communication and provide a personalized experience, participants will be divided into groups based on their chosen language. This grouping ensures effective interaction between the knowledgeable tour escorts and participants throughout the excursion.
Embarkation: After the ticket check and grouping process, follow the instructions of the staff to board the boat. They will guide you to the appropriate area for embarkation.
Welcome and Tour Overview: Once you have boarded the boat, the tour escort or crew members will welcome you on board. They may provide a brief overview of the excursion, highlighting key points of interest and safety instructions. Take this opportunity to familiarize yourself with the vessel and its facilities.
Departure: As the departure time approaches, the boat will set sail from Athinios Port, beginning your journey to explore the wonders of Santorini and its surrounding islands.
Please remember to confirm the specific logistics and instructions, including the grouping by language, with the tour operator or ferry company to ensure accurate information for your particular excursion. Enjoy your journey from the pick-up location to Athinios Port and have a memorable experience exploring the beautiful destinations of Santorini!
Remember to follow any additional instructions provided by your tour escort and prioritize safety throughout the excursion. Enjoy your volcano tour and make the most of the captivating sights and knowledge shared by your guide!
b. Swimwear: The sulfur in the hot springs may leave stains on swimwear. To avoid potential discoloration, it is advisable to wear a swimsuit in a dark color or of lesser economic value.
c. Swimming Ability: As the boat docks approximately 30 to 40 meters away from the shore, it is important to note that you’ll need to swim from the boat to the hot springs. Ensure that you are a strong and experienced swimmer to safely reach the hot springs area.
Remember to follow any additional instructions provided by your tour escort and prioritize safety while swimming. Enjoy your time at the hot springs, taking advantage of the therapeutic and unique qualities of the thermal waters!
Enjoy the freedom to explore and make the most of your time on Thirasia Island. Whether you’re savoring delicious cuisine, basking in the sun, or immersing yourself in the village’s charm, this stop promises an unforgettable experience that will add to the overall enchantment of your tour.
The main difference between the “with pick up” and “without pick up” options is the starting point of the tour and the convenience of transportation.
With the “without pick up” option, the tour begins from the old port of Fira. To reach the port, clients have two choices: taking the cable car (which costs 6 euros per way) or walking down the 600 steps, which takes approximately 30 minutes. Upon arrival at the port, clients will need to locate our office, Santo Star – Old Port, where our representative will exchange their tickets and guide them to the ship. It’s important to note that the port is not accessible by any kind of transportation, so clients must first park their vehicles (if they have one) in one of the two parking lots in Fira. From there, they can either head to the cable car station or take the path that leads down to the old port.
On the other hand, the “with pick up” option offers added convenience. Clients opting for this choice will skip the old port of Fira, and their starting point will be the Athinios port. The pick-up time will vary depending on the chosen pick-up point. With this option, clients will not need to take the cable car or walk down any steps. Upon arrival at Athinios port, they will be divided into groups based on their chosen language, and the tour will commence.
Unfortunately no. We have specific pick up points and you can choose the one that is closest from your hotel. If you are not sure which one is it, just provide us your hotel name and we will do the rest!
We highly recommend wearing comfortable hiking shoes for the volcano tour, as the steep paths can be challenging to walk on. Additionally, it’s essential to come prepared with a hat, sunscreen, a swimsuit, and a pair of towels for the hot springs. Please refrain from wearing any jewelry during your swim in the hot springs, as the sulfur present in the waters may cause oxidation. Your comfort and safety are our utmost priority, so ensuring you have the necessary items will enhance your overall experience.
Children of all ages are more than welcome to our excursion and this beautiful boat tour has no age limitations whatsoever. The excursion, however, involves a lot of physical activities and exposure to high temperature degrees at the volcano hike and quick water temperature shifts at the hot springs, so it is advised to participate in all these exciting activities if you are in a good physical condition.
You can change your scheduled boat tour date up until 24 hours before the beginning of the excursion.
A full refund will be issued in case of a cancellation prior to the 24h deadline. Any other cancellation that will occur at a time of less than 24 hours before the start of the excursion will not be refunded.