Caldera Half Day Tour

  • 6 Hours Tour
  • 3 Destinations
  • Language - EN, IT, FR, GR

Tour Brief

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.

Price Includes

  • Tour Escort
  • 3 Destinations
  • Foam Pool Noodles
  • Pick-up & Drop off (if option is selected)

Price Excludes

  • Volcano Entrance Fee (5€)
  • Towels
  • Pick-up & Drop off (if option is not selected)

What to Expect

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. 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.

  • Visit the volcano of Santorini (1 Hour & 30 Minutes)
  • Swim at thermal waters (30 minutes)
  • Visit Thirasia Island (2 Hours)


Departure Old Port (without pick up option)

If you reserve your tour without pick up option, the departure point will be from Old Port of Fira.

  • Departure Time: 10:30am Make sure to check the exact time and be prepared to arrive at the old port at least 45 minutes prior to the departure time.
  • Transportation to the Old Port: You have two options to reach the old port from Fira town. You can either take the cable car or walk down the steps.
  1. Cable Car: The cable car departs every 15 minutes from Fira. You can catch the cable car near the town center and enjoy a scenic ride down to the old port. The Santo Star office is located close to the cable car exit at the port, so you won’t have any trouble finding it.
  2. Walking: If you prefer some exercise and adventure, you can choose to walk down the steps. It takes approximately 30 minutes to descend the 600 steps that lead to the old port. The path offers breathtaking views of the Caldera, but make sure to wear comfortable shoes and take your time.
  • 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!

Departure Athinios Port (with pick up option)

If you decide to add a pick up option to your tour, the departure point will be from Athinios Port.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

Volcano (1 hour & 30 minutes)

  1. Departure: Board the boat and set sail for the volcano. The journey from the old port of Fira to the volcano will take approximately 15 minutes.
  2. Arrival at the Volcano: The boat will stop at one of the two piers near the volcano. Listen to your tour escort, as they will inform you about the specific departure time, the name of your boat, and the pier where the boat will be located during your visit.
  3. Preparation for the Visit: Before disembarking from the boat, make sure you have the necessary items with you. It is recommended to bring a sun hat to protect yourself from the sun, wear comfortable shoes suitable for hiking, and carry a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
  4. Entrance Fee: To access the volcano, there is usually an entrance fee of 5€ per person. Make sure to have the required amount ready to pay at the entrance.
  5. Volcanic Path: Accompanied by your tour escort, you will begin walking along the volcanic path that leads to the top of the volcano.
  6. Enjoy the Views and Exploration: Once you reach the top of the volcano, take some time to enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding area. You can explore the volcanic landscape, observe the unique formations, and immerse yourself in the extraordinary environment.
  7. Return to the Boat: After spending an allocated amount of time at the volcano, your tour escort will instruct you to return to the boat. Follow their guidance and make your way back along the volcanic path.
  8. Departure from the Volcano: Once everyone is back on board, the boat will depart from the volcano, concluding your visit. Take this opportunity to relax, enjoy the scenery, and perhaps reflect on the unique experience you’ve had.

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!

Hot Springs (30 minutes)

  1. Conclusion of the Volcano Tour: After the visit to the volcano, the boat will proceed to the next destination, the island of Palea Kameni, where the hot springs are located. The journey from the volcano to the hot springs will be relatively short.
  2. Arrival at Palea Kameni: The boat will anchor on the west side of the island, where the famous hot springs are situated. Prepare yourself for a unique and relaxing experience in the thermal waters.
  3. Hot Springs Experience: You will have approximately 30 minutes to enjoy the hot springs. The waters in the hot springs are known for their thermal properties and are mixed with sulfur, iron, and other minerals originating from the volcano.
  4. Important Considerations: To ensure a pleasant and safe experience, there are a few things to keep in mind:a. Jewelry and Personal Items: It is recommended not to wear any personal items made of silver during your swim in the hot springs. The sulfur present in the water may cause oxidation. It’s best to leave such items on the boat or in a safe place.

    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.

  5. Enjoy the Relaxing Waters: Once you reach the hot springs, take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rejuvenating thermal waters. Allow the warmth and minerals to relax your muscles and provide a unique bathing experience.
  6. Return to the Boat: After the allocated time at the hot springs, your tour escort will announce the departure. Swim back to the boat, following their instructions and ensuring your safety in the water.
  7. Continuing the Tour: Once everyone is back on board, the boat will depart from Palea Kameni, continuing the tour to the next destination.

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!

Thirasia Island (2 Hours)

  1. Arrival at Thirasia Island: After departing from the hot springs, the boat will head to the captivating island of Thirasia. Enjoy the scenic journey and anticipation as you approach this remarkable destination.
  2. Two Hours of Free Time: You will have a generous two hours of free time on Thirasia Island. This extended break allows you ample opportunity to explore and enjoy the island’s attractions at your own pace.
  3. Culinary Delights: If you are a food enthusiast, take the chance to indulge in a delightful lunch at one of the island’s charming restaurants or taverns. Experience the rich flavors of the local cuisine, including freshly caught seafood and traditional Greek dishes. Treat your taste buds to a memorable dining experience while enjoying the picturesque surroundings.
  4. Relaxation and Beach Time: For those seeking relaxation, find a spot along the coastline to swim in the crystal-clear waters. The inviting sea offers the perfect respite from the warm Mediterranean sun. Take your time to soak in the natural beauty and embrace the tranquility of the island. Enjoy leisurely moments under the sun, allowing the idyllic atmosphere to rejuvenate your senses.
  5. Exploring Manolas Village: If you’re feeling adventurous and curious, consider embarking on a climb up the 400 steps that lead to the enchanting village of Manolas. As you ascend, breathtaking panoramic vistas of Thirasia will unfold before your eyes. The village is known for its traditional Greek charm, featuring narrow streets, whitewashed houses, and picturesque churches. Immerse yourself in the authentic ambiance of Thirassia as you wander through its captivating streets and discover its unique character.
  6. Tailor Your Experience: Whether you choose to enjoy a delicious meal, relax on the beach, or explore the village of Manolas, this extended stop on Thirasia Island offers you the freedom to personalize your experience according to your preferences. Take advantage of the two hours of free time to create cherished memories and immerse yourself in the wonders of Thirasia.
  7. Departure from Thirasia Island: After the allocated two hours, your tour escort will announce the departure time. Return to the boat at the designated meeting point, ensuring that you are on time to continue the tour.

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.



What is the difference between "with pick up" and "without pick up" options?

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.

If i choose pick up option, will you pick me up from my hotel?

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!

Do i need to bring anything with me?

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.

Is the tour suitable for all ages and physiques?

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.

Can i change my travel date?

You can change your scheduled boat tour date up until 24 hours before the beginning of the excursion.

What is your cancellation policy?

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.

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