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Red Beach, Santorini

Red Beach, Santorini: Our most recommended tours and activities

Santorini: Catamaran Tour with BBQ Dinner, Drinks, and Music

1. Santorini: Catamaran Tour with BBQ Dinner, Drinks, and Music

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 with a comfortable hotel pickup 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.

Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Day Trip with Meal and Open Bar

2. Santorini: Luxury Catamaran Day Trip with Meal and 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. 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: Catamaran Day Trip with Snorkel, Meal, & Open Bar

3. Santorini: Catamaran Day Trip with Snorkel, Meal, & Open Bar

Cruise aboard a spacious and luxurious catamaran and experience views of Santorini’s landscape. Stop at the day at the famous Red Beach. Start with pickup and travel by minibus to the marina of Vlychada where the half-day cruise begins. Meet the crew and be welcomed on board with a glass of wine or a soft drink. Set sail towards the island's colorful beaches while the guide on board will share insights into the history of Santorini and the geological events that created Santorini’s rugged landscape and its surrounding islands. Your first stop of the day will be at the famous Red Beach. Enjoy time to swim, snorkel, and take pictures of its reddish hues and wild cliff formations. The first mezedes (finger food) are offered when you get back on board to continue your trip. Admire stunning views of the sandy shores of White Beach, surrounded by bright limestone cliffs, followed by a short stop for pictures of the caves and impressive rock formations of the Indian Rocks, which can only be reached by boat. Cruise past the 18th-century Venetian Lighthouse of Akrotiri, located on the southwestern tip of the island, and continue your sailing journey by entering the waters of Santorini’s caldera. Head towards the renowned volcano for the second stop of the day at the sulfur-rich hot springs. Take a relaxing dip into its healing and detoxifying waters. Back on board, enjoy the view of Santorini, a postcard-perfect portrait of the villages on the cliff. Set sail again towards the last stop for another swimming and snorkeling opportunity in the crystal-clear waters of Mesa Pigadia. Meanwhile, the crew will be setting the table for the delicious lunch for you to enjoy after your swim. The menu features BBQ chicken, Neapolitan pasta, Greek Salad, vegetarian meals, such as Greek Ratatouille, a traditional Greek dessert, and an open white wine bar that also serves unlimited soft drinks, and water. Then, sail back to Vlychada where your driver will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation in Santorini.

Santorini: Catamaran Tour with BBQ Meal and Unlimited Drinks

4. Santorini: Catamaran Tour with BBQ Meal and Unlimited Drinks

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: Catamaran Caldera Cruise with Meal and Drinks

5. Santorini: Catamaran Caldera Cruise with Meal and Drinks

Our brand new tailor-made catamaran offers all the amenities for a perfect day out on the crystal-clear waters of Santorini, including a large deck for sunbathing and a dining area spacious enough for enjoying meals and drinks, and even a bar for relaxing. The Comfort Max cruise takes in the highlights of the island, including the stunning caldera and Thirassia island, so passengers aboard are sure to have an unforgettable experience. Start your sailing adventure from the traditional port of Ammoudi.Let us unravel for you the hidden treasures of Santorini. Explore the unmanned volcanic beaches or sunbathe on the deck. Feel the energy of the volcano while heading to the hot springs. We continue sailing in the Aegean blue waters, passing by Aspronisi and moving across to the Indian Rock & Venetian Lighthouse with cinematic landscapes ideal for photography and video.We then sail to Mesa Pigadia, White and Red Beach for approximately 60 minutes where you can relax, swim or snorkel. When we anchor, a delicious dinner prepared on board is served with traditional Greek appetizers and your choice of BBQ Skewers (Souvlaki). Return to Ammoudi Bay full of lifetime memories!.

Santorini: Catamaran Caldera Cruise with Meal and Drinks

6. Santorini: Catamaran Caldera Cruise with Meal and Drinks

Enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Caldera and the beautiful Santorini sunset, while sailing with a luxury catamaran. Select from the Day Cruise or Sunset Cruise options which both offer a unique chance to admire Santorini’s beauty, sailing through the deep blue waters of the island. Start your Day Cruise journey from the old port of Ammoudi and head to Thirassia Island, a fishermen’s island ideal for swimming and admiring the unique view of Manolas village. Explore the unmanned volcanic beaches or sunbathe on the deck. Feel the energy of the volcano while heading to the hot springs. Sail towards the Black Mountain and the big light house south of the Caldera, as you head to the White Beach and the Red Beach for a swim when anchored, a delicious lunch is served onboard with wine and dessert. The Sunset Cruise begins from Vlychada marina with a stop at the Red Beach for a refreshing swim and stops at all the same locations as the Day Cruise.

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

7. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks

Be driven to the luxury catamaran and take a 5-hour cruise off the coast of Santorini. Hop aboard the catamaran and explore Santorini from the water on this relaxing cruise adventure. Choose from the daytime or evening option, and feast on delicious food as you go. Experience the beauty of the island as you set sail from the southern port of Vlychada. Follow the coast to the red sands of Red Beach. Take a swim in the shallow waters of a private beach.  Venture below the Indian Rocks and marvel at the sea caves and rock formations close to an old Venetian lighthouse. Admire the volcanic landscape as you travel through the middle of the caldera. Visit the hot springs for a healing mud bath before going to a private bay at Palea Kammeni Island. For the sunset option, journey out to open waters after dinner and watch a magnificent sunset in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Then, sail back to port, where a driver will wait to take you back to your hotel.

Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Food and Open Bar

8. Santorini: Catamaran Cruise with Food and Open Bar

Set sail on a cruise along the shores of Santorini on this catamaran tour. Visit top sights on the island like Red Beach and the volcanic hot springs. Swim at a breathtaking locations. Savor an authentic Geek meal aboard and sip on white wine, beer, soft drinks, and water from the open bar Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and transfer to Vlychada. Cruise aboard a catamaran to your first stop at Red Beach. Enjoy its unique colors and the beauty of its wild cliffs. Combine sightseeing with swimming and snorkeling. Admire views of the limestone rock formations at White Beach and the 18th-century Venetian lighthouse of Akrotiri.Stop by the volcano hot springs to soak in the therapeutic waters. See the stunning caves and volcanic beaches. Reach Thirasia Island, one of Santorini's best-kept secrets. Go for a dip while your delicious lunch or dinner is prepared. Eat finger food, ΒΒQ chicken and pork, seafood pasta, Greek salad, Greek anchovy meze (γαύρος), a vegetarian meal (Greek ratatouille), and a Greek fruit salad. Delight your senses with a glass of Moschato D’Asti sparkling wine while watching the sunset. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Santorini: Day Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

9. Santorini: Day Cruise with Meal & Open Bar

Take a day trip by boat and explore Santorini's picturesque southern coast. See red and white beaches, dive and snorkel in the sea, and enjoy a delicious lunch on board your boat. Sail along the southern coastline of Santorini and admire the lunar-like Caldera coastline of the island. At the picturesque Red Beach, dive into the crystalline waters for a swim or snorkel to explore the rich seabed. Continue sailing to White Beach, the Black Mountain, and the Lighthouse south of the Caldera. Next stop is the volcanic islands and the famous hot springs. A delicious lunch is served aboard with an open bar, including wine and dessert.

Santorini: Island Highlights Guided Day Trip with Oia Sunset

10. Santorini: Island Highlights Guided Day Trip with Oia Sunset

Tour the treasures of Santorini and get the best views of the island on a guided bus tour. Visit Prophet Elias Monastery, the fascinating Akrotiri Excavations, and charming local towns, beaches, and villages with free time to explore at your own pace. Start your tour at the Prophet Elias Monastery, soak up the breathtaking views from this iconic site. Next, discover Pyrgos village, one of the most picturesque villages on the island. Continue to Akrotiri Excavations, one of the most significant archaeological sites in the area. Learn about its vast structure and how it was once inhabited by 200 families and preserved under the volcano’s lava. Then, enjoy free time at the Red Beach and admire the colorful formations of the mountains and/or visit Akrotiri Bay for coffee or lunch with Greek traditional mezedes and ouzo at your own expense. Continue to Fira, the capital of the island, and visit the many shops and restaurants offering traditional Santorinian cuisine. Capture magnificent pictures of the Caldera as you explore. Finally, arrive at Oia village for the world’s most famous sunset.

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4.7 / 5

based on 8,572 reviews

I couldn't have been happier with this tour! I booked it for 6 people and everyone said it was a highlight of our 5 island trip! Our guide took us to many places (both on my list and sights I didn't know). He shared his knowledge and experience, directing us to what we'd want to see and where we should linger. He was very helpful and friendly, too. Our private tour was a great value. I have been recommending this experience to everyone I know. Truly wonderful.

Transportation from hotel to cruise was good.crew was very friendly. They make us feel comfortable even with the baby. Lunch provided was excellent.They cooked as per the customers requirements. They even provided vegan options.watch sunset from cruise was magical.

Best boat experience ever!! The captain and team were amazing and so accommodating. They really gave my friends and I an experience! I would highly recommend!

THis was the best ever! Swimming in the Agean Sea..unlimimted wine...history of the places we stopped...great way to spend the day

it was an amazing experience!! love it soo much and would totally eecommend it