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Santorini: Luxury Small Group Catamaran w/ Meal & Open Bar

1. Santorini: Luxury Small Group Catamaran w/ Meal & Open Bar

Drop anchor on a luxury catamaran tour around the Santorini caldera while enjoying a delicious traditional meal with refreshing drinks from the open bar. Sail in the morning or at sunset on a cruise with a maximum of 20 guests. After being picked up from your hotel, unwind as you’re taken straight to the port. Take advantage of the snorkeling opportunity with a half-hour stop off the coast of Red Beach, plus 1.5 hours to snorkel in the sea caves of White Beach. Bathe in the lagoon’s hot springs and snorkel in clear waters. If you choose the morning option, start your day off with a light breakfast onboard the catamaran. Sip on some coffee, tea, and orange juice, with toast and spreads. Taste the flavors of Greece on board a menu of local Santorini delicacies for lunch or dinner, depending on the time of day you choose, with meat and vegetarian options. The menu includes barbecue skewers, dolmadakia (rice-stuffed vine leaves), Greek salad, and other local dishes. Sit back and unwind with a post-meal cocktail and music. Stay refreshed with unlimited drinks on board, including local white wine, Greek beer, and soft drinks. Continue past the two uninhabited volcano islands of Palia Kameni and Nea Kameni and take in other sights such as Aspronisi island and the Akrotiri lighthouse. Later the cruise sails in the caldera below the town of Fira and past the old port. If you chose the late afternoon option, stop below the village of Oia and be wowed by the striking sunset lights adorning the skies with vibrant, pastel colors. This is sure to be an unforgettable highlight to an already unforgettable cruise experience. At the end of your Santorini excursion, relax as your minibus driver conveniently drops you back at your hotel.

Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

2. Santorini: Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia

Embark on a full-day guided tour of Santorini's highlights. Visit the iconic blue-domed churches of Oia, admire the views from Profitis Ilias, and relax on the shores of Perissa Beach before some well-deserved wine tasting. After pickup from your hotel, board the luxury coach and drive to Profitis Ilias, the highest point on the island. Take in an incredible panorama of the entire island of Santorini, and the stunning deep blue color of the Aegean Sea while learning about the island´s fascinating volcanic history. Wander around the courtyard of the 18th-century monastery that sits on top of the mountain. Then visit the Saint Nektarios chapel and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Continue to the village of Pyrgos, a hidden gem of Santorini. Wander through its winding alleys and immerse yourself in its traditional atmosphere. See typical houses, blue-domed churches, and quaint shops. Walk up to its imposing castle for beautiful vistas of the surrounding area. The next stop is Emporio, where you will join a guided walk and visit the small Venetian fortress. Feel like you’re on the set of Mamma Mia as you discover the many doorways, windows, alleys, and arches of this picturesque medieval village. Continue to Perissa Beach, also known as Black Beach. Here, there will be plenty of free time to go swimming in the sea or have lunch at one of the Greek tavernas facing the beach. Take the opportunity to taste local Santorinian wine, one of the most famous products of the island. Learn about the winemaking process and enjoy a private wine tasting session of 3 wines made of local grape varieties. In the early evening, arrive at the cliff-top village of Oia with its famous blue-domed churches. Embark on a guided walk from Saint George's Church in the most peaceful part of Oia. Learn about Oia´s glorious maritime past and admire elegant captains' mansions and cave-like houses along the way. Once at the bustling castle area, enjoy some free time to take some photos, shop, or have a relaxing drink. Finally, watch an incredible sunset before meeting up with your guide opposite Platsani Church. Board the bus for a relaxing evening journey with drop-off back at your hotel.

Santorini: Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit

3. Santorini: Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit

Sail from Athinios Port to small islands that are home to volcanos, hot springs, and traditional villages. Enjoy some free time on each island, enjoy the fantastic views and charming atmospheres of typical Greek countryside. Set sail from Athinios and enjoy live commentary on board throughout the journey. First stop at Nea Kameni where you can take the path to the crater of the active volcano as you enjoy free time to explore the island. Next, head to Palea Kameni, and swim in the volcanic hot springs. Return to the boat for a short sail to Thirassia, where you’ll have free time to explore this charming village. Then, visit Manolas, accessed by winding stairs, or by a donkey ride up to the village. There is the option of extending the tour in Oia to admire the panoramic views and a spectacular sunset. If this option is selected, after the end of the boat ride you will be transferred to Oia. Please meet your bus at the meeting point 15 minutes after the sunset.

Adamas: Milos and Polyaigos Full-Day Cruise w/ Meal + Drinks

4. Adamas: Milos and Polyaigos Full-Day Cruise w/ Meal + Drinks

Spend your day exploring Milos Island and the uninhabited island of Polyaigos. Enjoy lunch and drinks and stops to swim in crystal clear blue waters. Your journey from Adamas and make your way to the colorful fishing villages of Adamas Gulf and Arkoudes. On the northern side of the island, admire the famous lunar landscape of Sarakiniko and the volcanic islands of Glaronissia. Stop for a swim on Polyaigos Island before sailing to eastern Milos to learn about the history of the Sulfur Mines at Thiorichia. Stop for a swim in the emerald waters of Gerakas and then head to the famous Kleftiko, an old hideout for pirates. Snorkel in its caves while your tour guide takes underwater photos. Before leaving Kleftiko, enjoy lunch in its unique landscape. Next, see the Cave of Sykia, with its collapsed roof, as well as the western side of Milos, which is only accessible by boat. See the old manganese mine of Cape Vani before returning to the port of Adamas around 7 PM.

Santorini: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

5. Santorini: Premium Catamaran Cruise with Fresh BBQ & Drinks

Climb aboard the 74-foot Ocean Voyager or the 80-foot Tahiti catamaran for a 5-hour cruise around Santorini in the Aegean Sea. Set off on a journey of discovery that will first take you to the hot springs, then the Red Beach and finally the White Beach. Swim and snorkel and tuck into a delicious meal onboard. Start your adventure at the Ammoudi Port or Athinios port and set sail for beautiful Red Beach to swim and snorkel for 30 minutes. Continue to a secluded White Beach, only accessible from the sea, for more swimming and snorkeling in the shadow of the towering white cliffs. Onboard the catamaran, savor a barbecue supper of salads and grilled meat and veggie options. Continue sailing inside the crescent-shaped Caldera, close to the volcano, and enjoy a final dip in the Hot Springs, before sailing back to Oia as the day ends with a spectacular sunset.

From Adamas: Kleftiko Sailing Cruise with Snorkeling & Lunch

6. From Adamas: Kleftiko Sailing Cruise with Snorkeling & Lunch

Discover the coastline and beaches of Milos on a full-day guided cruise from Adamas. Swim and snorkel around the old pirate bay of Kleftiko with the gear provided. Savor a Greek lunch with drinks, and make another swim stop at Agios Dimitrios before admiring the sunset from the deck. Start from the port of Adamas, and admire the traditional fishing villages as the boat sails. Look out for the Bears, two large bear-shaped rocks at the entrance to the port. Cross the cape of Vani, with its volcanic rock. Sail past the west coast of Milos with its rare flora and fauna, the picturesque beaches of the Agathia, Triades, and Ammoudaraki, and the monastery of Saint John Siderianos.  Enjoy your journey as the ship arrives at Kleftiko with its towering, white limestone rocks of different-colored caves and tunnels lit in differing colors by the reflecting sun. Let the captain drop anchor, put on your masks and fins, and go for a swim in this unique place. Feast on a delicious meal on the return trip as you enjoy the views. There will also be a swim stop at the little church at Agios Dimitrios or at Klima. Admire the sunset across the bay of Adamas as your boat heads back to port and the end of your sailing adventure.

Naxos: Rhina Cave and Islands Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

7. Naxos: Rhina Cave and Islands Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

Embark on a full-day catamaran tour of the islands surrounding Naxos. Enjoy lunch with a drink on board and visit highlights, including the Rhina Cave. Swim and snorkel at an island beach or relax on the pristine shores. Meet your friendly crew at Naxos Port and board your catamaran for the day. The cruise sets sail at 8:30 AM and heads to the first stop of the tour, Rhina Cave. As you glide along the water, admire stunning views of the Naxos coastline and enjoy a complimentary hot or cold drink and a snack. After 2-hours of sailing, arrive at Rhina Cave, which is one of the most famous landmarks of Naxos Island. Spend some time exploring then cool off from the heat in the crystal clear waters of a secluded beach. You can also go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life, or chill out in the shade. Head to the next stop of the day, an idyllic island where you can swim, snorkel, and soak up epic views. The exact location depends on the day’s weather and passengers’ preference. During the 30-minute sail to the island, sunbathe on deck and sip on a refreshing beer or wine to keep you cool. Once you have worked up a bit of an appetite, dine on a delicious, freshly-prepared Greek lunch. Spend some free time relaxing after lunch then visit the final island of the day for more water activities. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, enjoy fruit and coffee onboard whilst marveling at the last of the coastal view as you sail back to Naxos Port.

From Mykonos: Delos & Rhenia Islands Half-Day Trip by Boat

8. From Mykonos: Delos & Rhenia Islands Half-Day Trip by Boat

Step back in time on this day trip from Mykonos to Delos and Rhenia island. Step back in time as you explore the archeological sight on Delos island or choose to take a dip in the sea. Uncover the beauty of the beaches on the uninhabited island of Rhenia. Depart from Mykonos and set sail for the ancient site of Delos island. Upon arrival, you can stay on board, swim in the blue and green waters or disembark for a 2-hour tour of the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the mesmerizing beaches of Rhenia. Enjoy some free time at the uninhabited island and truly let go! Swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters. Discover sandy coves and make use of the uncrowded beaches before your return cruise to Mykonos.

Santorini: All-Inclusive Luxury Catamaran Small Group Cruise

9. Santorini: All-Inclusive Luxury Catamaran Small Group Cruise

Explore the clear Mediterranean waters of the Santorini Caldera on a brand new Lagoon 450 catamaran. Make 2 swimming and snorkeling stops, then feast on a barbecue meal.  Once out on the water, the first stop of the tour will be a 30-minute visit to Red Beach, so named for its bright sand. After some relaxed swimming and great snorkeling, get back aboard the sailboat and continue to White Beach, featuring equally striking rock colors and more excellent swimming and snorkeling.  After swimming, the crew members will serve a delicious barbecue meal onboard. From there, take some time to take in the views from the beach before sailing past the beautiful uninhabited islands of Aspronissi and Akrotiri.  The tour's last stop will be at the hot springs for 30 minutes of relaxation, with the chance to go for a soak in the springs. The tour finishes at the port where you'll board a minibus for a transfer.

Santorini: Small Group Romantic Catamaran Cruise

10. Santorini: Small Group Romantic Catamaran Cruise

Take a relaxing catamaran cruise and see Santorini from the water. Select the day cruise for spectacular views, or opt for the evening option for a romantic atmosphere. If you choose the morning cruise, you'll set off at approximately 10:00 AM from Ammoudi Bay into the island’s famous caldera before enjoying a therapeutic dunk in its thermal springs. Once you feel thoroughly relaxed, return to the boat and continue towards Aspronisi Island, taking in views of Indian Rock and the Venetian Lighthouse as you go. The tour continues with a stop at Mesa Pigadia Beach, which serves as a scenic backdrop for a Greek barbecue lunch. After your meal, admire the vermilion sands of the Red Beach and go for a swim in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea before ending your cruise at Marina of Vlychada. The evening cruise sets off from Vlychada Marina at approximately 3:00 PM. Red Beach is the first port of call, where you’ll have time for an afternoon swimming and snorkeling session, before venturing to the nearby White Beach, renowned for its striking cliffs. You’ll continue on past Indian Rock and the Venetian Lighthouse, and into the heart of the caldera. During the cruise, the crew will prepare for you a Greek barbecue meal which will introduce you to local flavors (and local wine). After the meal, relax in the natural spa and mud baths of Santorini’s hot springs, before returning to the ship and heading for the bay of Eptapedes, where you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable sunset vista. Once night falls, return to the Bay of Ammoudi, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel. Classical Menu: Appetizers: seafood, pasta, Greek salad, tzatziki, and dolmadakiaBBQ: Pork, chicken, or vegetarianOpen Bar: Santorini white wine, beer, ouzo, juice, sodas, and mineral water  Comfort Menu: Appetizers: Pasta with tomato sauce, Greek salad, tzatziki, and dolmadakiaBBQ: Pork, chicken, or vegetarianOpen Bar: Santorini white wine, juice, sodas, and mineral water 

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What people are saying about Cyclades

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A varied day that was a real success & good value. Once the pick ups are done the day flows smoothly with a good balance of guided & self exploring. The archeological site was a huge surprise (€12 extra) & well worth the time. The walk to red beach was a little steep on poor roads, worth knowing if you have a child’s buggy, & it’s to see the beach, not go on it. Our guide Maria was lovely, balancing varied client needs & expectations very well with good humour & calmness. The suggested lunch stop El Greco Fira was the only regret, the food pretty bland & expensive for a side street without a view. Worth walking on into the town, up the alleyways to glorious views, again not cheap but worth it. Oia we kept walking too, persuading a restaurant with amazing sunset views our drinks bill would equal eating to let us in for beverages only. The return bus trip was swift as all yours got combined based on drop off points so we didn’t have to go around the houses, which was ideal.

We could not make the date planned due to an accident and this company was so kind to let us go the next day. Lily out tour guide was excellent- her knowledge of the history of Thea was very interesting! She handled a couple of unpleasant guests with respect, had the situation under control. Thank you Lily and Niko our driver!!

Great tour of the island, loads of information as we drove round, great places to stop and take photos, and Grigoris got us all water after a bit of a climb on a hot day. Wine museum was great too. Well worth every penny and I’d recommend to anyone.

Great trip and crew. The food was excellent just disappointed the weather didn’t cooperate so we couldn’t visit the beaches.

amazing experience, the team are so accommodating and helpful. 100% recommend!