Where there is a will there is a way! Even if your time schedule in Santorini is extremely restricted, we can still give you a tour worth doing!
Explore the volcano of Santorini, discover its captivating history, hike on the most recent volcanic formation with your tour escort and admire the craters of the volcano. At the peak, gaze upon the breathtaking view of Santorini!
Then set sail towards the hot springs of Palea Kameni island and swim all the way into the bay, surrounded by sulfur and mineral waters. Enjoy a swimming experience you will never forget on a unique boat tour in Santorini.
Your tour will start from the old port of Fira. Your first destination will be the volcano bay for 1 hour and 30 minutes. If you decide to visit the volcano you will have to pay a 5€ ticket fee at the entrance. Your tour escort will show you various key points of the volcanic path and you will be guided all the way up to the top, where you will be informed about the history of the volcano. Please consider that the hike needs a moderate amount of walking.
After the volcano tour, the boat will depart and head towards the hot springs of Palea Kameni island. Once you arrive at the hot springs, you will have 30 minutes of swimming time. The boat will stop at an estimated distance of approximately 30-40 meters that you will have to swim to reach the thermal waters. The customers that will decide to swim at the hot springs, must be strong and skilled swimmers, since they will have to swim a long distance in order to reach the shore.
After the swimming time is over, the boat will take you back to the 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Volcanic Path: Accompanied by your tour escort, you will begin walking along the volcanic path that leads to the top of the volcano. As you hike, your tour escort will provide you with useful information about the volcano, its history, geology, and any other interesting facts related to the area.
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.
Guided Information: Throughout the visit, your tour escort will continue to share interesting information about the volcano, its volcanic activity, and the significance of the site. Feel free to ask questions and engage with your tour escort to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the volcano.
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.
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!
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.
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!
The tour starts from the old port of Fira, which is located at the bottom of the caldera. You will have to be at the port at least 45 minutes prior to the departure time, by either taking the cable car (6 euros per person) or walking down the steps. Upon your arrival at the port, look for the SantoStar office, which is very close to the cable car exit, and from there on you will be instructed on where to wait for your boat.
In your case, there is nothing to worry about because once the tender boats leave you at the old Fira port, accessing the SantoStar office will be very easy. It will only take a matter of seconds to make it there from the tents where the boat will leave you. Upon your return from the excursion, once you disembark from our boat, finding the tender boat that will take you back to your cruise ship will be uncomplicated, as all the cruise ships’ tents are located close to our office.
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.