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Welcome to Santorini

Santorini has been called several things over the ages—including Kalliste, meaning “The Most Beautiful One”—and it’s an apt description of an island with high cliffs set around a volcanic caldera in the azure Aegean Sea. Fira, the capital, is an enchanting mix of Venetian and Cycladic buildings set into steep cliffs, which are often climbed by cable car or donkey. Meanwhile, Oia's whitewashed walls and blue domes show off one of the most famous and beautiful sunsets in Europe. On a guided tour, these towns reveal Santorini’s charm, which also extends to the sea. Take a boat tour to experience the volcanic island of Nea Kameni, the hot springs of Palia Kameni, and the ancient lighthouse Akrotiri. There are beaches of many colors to enjoy on shore excursions: white, red, and even the black beaches of Perissa and Kamari. More private tours take visitors to traditional villages such as Megalochori and Pyrgos. The highest point on the island is the Monastery of Prophet Elias, and it’s a popular spot on guided tours for its views. Of course, no outing would be complete without sampling the Santorinian wine, distinctive for its minerality courtesy of the volcanic soil—sip while touring the wineries where each bottle was made.

Top 10 attractions in Santorini

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White Beach

White Beach

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Tucked away on the south coast of Santorini, White Beach (Aspri Paralia) is sheltered by chalk-grey cliffs. This minuscule strand is actually composed of coarse black—not white—sand, and liberally peppered with grey and white pebbles as well as massive white volcanic boulders.More
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Santorini Volcano

Santorini Volcano

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The “Santorini volcano” may refer to two different peaks: the first, Thira, exploded around 1600 BC and ended the thriving Minoan civilization and may have spawned the legend of Atlantis. Millennia of eruptions formed the second “Santorini volcano”—the island of Nea Kameni, drawing visitors eager to hike to the rim of its active crater.More
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Red Beach

Red Beach

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Santorini’s Red Beach is not your average white-sand beauty. Rather, it’s a narrow, pebbly stretch hemmed in by high scarlet cliffs and scattered with large volcanic rocks. Together with the sapphire blue waters of the Aegean Sea, these volcanic features create a striking natural color palette that draws photographers to its shores.More
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Nea Kameni

Nea Kameni

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Centered around a rugged volcanic crater, the small island of Nea Kameni offers a dramatic landscape, with dark cliffs sculpted from lava rock and orange-tinged natural thermal waters. The island’s striking landscape and natural hot springs make it a popular destination for day cruises from Santorini.More
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Thirasia (Therasia)

Thirasia (Therasia)

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Before a violent volcanic eruption in 1650 BC, Thirassia was part of Santorini’s mainland and now the pretty islet lies just off its western coast. With small pretty beaches, blue-domed churches, ancient stone villages and a population of only about 200, the little island is a perfectly serene spot to visit.More
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Pyrgos (Pyrgos Kallistis)

Pyrgos (Pyrgos Kallistis)

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Pyrgos(Pyrgos Kallistis) is a picturesque hillside village set on a volcanic crater at the highest point of the Greece’s Santorini, offering panoramic views of the rest of the island. At the top of the village sit the ruins of Kasteli Castle, remnants of the former capitol of the island before it was moved to Fira (where it remains today.)Pyrgos is as beautiful as the rest of the island, but also has a special historic charm — with traditional white houses, Byzantine churches, Cycladic architecture, and small winding cobblestone lanes and paths. Some of the churches has beautiful old frescoes visible on the walls. The area sees far fewer tourists than the rest of the island, so it keeps a peaceful atmosphere. Though the town has merely 700 inhabitants, there are tavernas and local restaurants. Visiting the village is a way to experience the traditionally preserved culture of the Greek islands.More
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Oia

Oia

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Perched on the steep edge of the caldera, looking out over the glittering Mediterranean, Oia (pronounced “ee-yuh”) is famed for its dreamy sunsets. Oia is also one of the most picturesque villages in Santorini, with its striking white buildings, blue-domed churches, and atmospheric cave houses burrowing into the volcanic rock.More
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Santorini Hot Springs

Santorini Hot Springs

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Santorini’s hot springs are on the tiny, uninhabited islet of Palea Kameni. Continuous volcanic activity underground maintains the springs’ temperature between 86ºF and 95ºF (30°C and 35°C). The sulfuric, orange-tinged spring waters that bubble up into a shallow cove off the islet’s coast are said to be curative for the skin and joints.More
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Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou)

Monastery of Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou)

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The monastery of Mount Profitis Ilias (Moni Profitou Iliou) is perched on the mountain of the same name, the highest point on Santorini at 1,853 ft (565 m) above the Aegean Sea in the south of the island. Built in the early 18th century out of sizeable stone and resembling a fortress, the monastery was dedicated to the prophet Elijah and initially enjoyed great wealth. It once also functioned as a secret school of Greek culture during the dark days of Turkish occupation of the country, but its power began to decline in 1860 and it was badly damaged by the earthquake in 1956. Today Profitis Ilias is successful once more; its three domed church has become a museum hosting an exceptional and significant collection of Greek Orthodox icons, early, hand printed books and bibles, wrought-iron artwork, wooden carvings and elaborately embroidered clerics’ robes. The resident monks put on displays of traditional carpentry, shoemaking, local cooking and wine making as well.The monastery courtyard and gardens are a popular spot to watch Santorini’s fabled sunsets and it is possible to see right to the hilltop village of Oia from the top of Profitis Ilias. Panoramas also take in the patchwork of plains and vineyards sit in the mountain’s lee, sheltering the young vines from hot winds blowing in from North Africa.More
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Akrotiri

Akrotiri

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Akrotiri came to an abrupt end in approximately 1613 BC with a catastrophic volcanic eruption that buried the Bronze Age settlement in a carpet of ash. Beginning in 1967, excavations of the Minoan town revealed buildings, drainage systems, and pottery, but no human remains or gold valuables, indicating locals had time to flee before disaster hit.More

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Wine Tasting in Santorini

Wine Tasting in Santorini

Top activities in Santorini

Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia
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Santorini Luxury Catamaran Day Cruise with BBQ,drinks,transfer
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Santorini Sunset Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, drinks, transfer
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Sunset Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks
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Private Santorini Day Cruise All Inclusive

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Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira (small group up to 10)
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Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer
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Recent reviews from experiences in Santorini

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1st class!!
Mia_S, Jul 2021
Half-Day Semi-Private Catamaran Cruise in Santorini
Can't wait to visit Santorini again!
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Amazing Azure Adventure
Teena_M, Jul 2021
Half-Day Semi-Private Catamaran Cruise in Santorini
From taking a dip in the Volcano’s hot springs to a delicious on-board barbecue, we loved our Greek Isle adventure!
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The best way to see Santorini
Chadi, Jul 2021
Private Motor Yacht Cruise in Santorini
The best way to see Santorini.
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Amazing
Oleg_Zukerman, Jul 2021
Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting from Fira (small group up to 10)
Highly recommend because you get to see the main spots of Santorini that some you might not be able to get alone
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Fantastic tour!!
Shira, Jul 2021
Half Day Tour of Santorini's South Side
He also knew all of the best places to see the most amazing views and even took pictures of me as well.
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Well-organized tour to see highlights of Santorini
Cara_M, Jul 2021
Archaeological bus tour to Akrotiri excavations & Red beach
This tour allowed us to see all the main areas that we wanted to see on Santorini.
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Good but no sailing
Dana_B, Jul 2021
SP Comfort Day or Sunset Cruise incl. Meal & Drinks
We got to see the major beaches of Santorini.
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Santorini cruise
Lauren_S, Jul 2021
Semi Private Standard | Santorini Catamaran Cruise with Greek buffet and Drinks
We even swam at the bottom of a volcano hot spring, it was very exciting.
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This tour is a MUST!
Lindsay_N, Jul 2021
Santorini Full-Day Sightseeing Tour
The tour was AMAZING and a great way to see many sights of Santorini!
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FUN
Kiriabeth_C, Jun 2021
Sunset Sailing Catamaran Cruise in Santorini with BBQ and Drinks
So worth it to see Santorini from the water and the sunset was spectacular.
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Best and most affordable Tour in Santorini
Liviu_M, Jun 2021
Santorini Full Day Tour
This tour was perfect to see Santorini’s most iconic places!
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Americans in Santorini
Sherri_S, May 2021
Semi Private Standard | Santorini Catamaran Cruise with Greek buffet and Drinks
The Catamaran was the perfect was to see Santorini by sea.
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Jam Packed!
Eaton_T, Jul 2021
Santorini Classic Highlights Tour
The view is GORGEOUS and you'll be glad you get to see what I've seen.
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I promise you will be totally pleased you chose to book this tour.
GarryPaul, Jul 2021
6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience
His English was perfect.
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1st time in Santorini
Jessica_S, Jul 2021
6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience
They took us to areas that you don’t even know exist and went exploring thru narrow paths and neighborhoods and got to see the non tourist areas, real Santorini/Thira.
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Incredible Tour, Incredible Tour Guide
Shyma, Jul 2021
Private Cultural Villages Sightseeing & Akrotiri Excavations
There is so much more to see and learn about the island and we trust Panagiota and Santorini Road Trips to give us the best experience every time.
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Amazing and Fun Photoshoot
Sharon_P, Jul 2021
Private Flying Dress Photoshoot in Santorini
We got to see places we would have never even know of if it wasn't for this photoshoot.
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Fun Tour to Explore Santorini!
Julianne_D, Jul 2021
Caldera Half Day Tour (Volcano, Hot Springs, Thirassia)
The Caldera Tour was a great way to see the coast of Santorini and to learn about the islands' history.
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Best Santorini Transfer Service
Jamie_C, Jul 2021
Private Transfer Santorini
Along the way, he also provided some great recommendations of things to do in Santorini and gave us his contact information in case we had any questions or needed additional help during our stay.
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Great experience in Santorini
NY-er, Jul 2021
Caldera Half Day Tour (Volcano, Hot Springs, Thirassia)
But if you can and your like these activities: DO THIS TOUR!
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