Crete: Santorini - The Pearl of the Aegean from Heraklion

Santorini, Greece
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Visiting Santorini is a MUST SEE experience and surely its cosmopolitan whitewashed towns and deep blue waters of Caldera will impress you.

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Description

Santorini is a small, circular archipelago of volcanic islands located in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km south-east from Greece's mainland.

It is the most active volcanic center in the Aegean Arc, though what remains today is largely a caldera. The name Santorini was given to it by the Venetians in the 13th century and is a reference to Saint Irene. Before then it was called Kallisti, Strongili or Thera.

Today, Santorini is the only inhabited Caldera (volcano cauldron) in the world. Unlike other islands in Greece, the towns and villages sit densely on top of the massive cliffs of the Caldera and from a distance appear like snow capping the towering mountain tops. The colored strata of the volcanic rock of these cliffs are spectacular in themselves: chocolate brown, rust red, yellow ochre, white and cream.

Transfer from your hotel / accommodation to the Heraklion harbor

07.40 a.m. Departure from Heraklion to Santorini with the Ferry boat incl. Breakfast

11 a.m. Arrival in Santorini, Athinios port.

Departing from Athinios to Caldera (by bus), accompanied by guides who will be at your services throughout the excursion. There you will have the opportunity to enjoy the most spectacular view, including the volcanic surroundings, the colors of the sea and the sun, as well as the traditional architectural style.

OIA: The oldest village in Santorini. Stroll around its small alleys and stone built streets, filled with culture and tradition. The harmony of the colors of the sea and the sun, the wonderful view, bear the spirit of Hellenism and make Oia incomparable.

FIRA: The capital of Santorini where you have free time to explore the picturesque traditional little alleys.

PERIVOLOS: Visit the magnificent black beach of Perivolos. Optional: Swimming at Perivolos beach.

17.45 p.m. Departure from Santorini with Sunset view and Dinner

21.30 p.m. Arrival in Heraklion Port

Departure by bus to your accommodations and hotels

Price includes

  • Bus transfer to Heraklion port and back
  • Ferry tickets, breakfast and dinner on the boat
  • Excursion over the Island Santorini bei Coach(visit of the cities Oia, Fira and to the black-sanded beach) Perivolos
  • Live tour guide

Price does not include

  • Drinks, Lunch

Requirements

  • After the booking, the local tour operator will contact you via email and send you a detailed description of your pick-up point and time

Meeting point

ID: 12987; CretanSpirit

Tips

  • The excursion on the Island of Santorini runs in English, French, German, Russian, Dutch
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