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Santorini Shore Excursion Guide

Cruise lines offer a number of shore excursions for sale when visiting Santorini. For your convenience, we have provided a sample listing below of the shore excursions typically sold by cruise lines that visit Santorini. You may wish to check out 3rd party shore excursions in Santorini to get a wider variety of options to choose from.

Cruise & Hike the Santorini Volcano

The first “must do” on the lists of many visitors to Santorini is a tour of the caldera. These tours bring you by boat to Nea Kameni Island, where you will see a “young volcano” crater after your hike. From THAT perspective, you'll have some fantastic panoramic vistas. After descending, you sail to the Palea Kameni thermal springs. While there, tours may offer a photo opportunity and a chance to swim. Some tours also include tickets for cable car rides after to arrive at Fira harbor.
 
Price: Adults expect to pay from $50 to $70.
 
Booking Advice: This excursion does include a mile of hiking up to the summit of a volcano on pebbly, uneven surfaces, so it is physically strenuous and is this not for everyone. It might be helpful to note that there's typically some wait time to be expected before the cable car ride.

Tours to Oia, Fira, & Winery

Excursions that combine Oia, Fira, and the Winery with either the Prehistoric Museum or the Panagia Episcopal Church do represent the top end of the price range we quote, and do last from 6 to 7 hours. Tours that just visit Oia, Fira, & the winery last from 3.5 to 4 hours, and cost from $72-$80 per adult. These shorter tours take you by coach from Athinios port to the caldera top where you can see the incredible views and learn a bit about local geological phenomena from your guide. You then visit Oia, which also has some very commanding views of nearby cliffs and islands. This village has cobblestone streets and white stone structures that exemplify Cycladic architecture. You'll also visit a local winery for tasting & mezes. The village of Fira is next, and there you walk up to the Mitropolis Church, meet up with your cable car, and descend to the old port.
 
Price: Adults expect to pay from $72 to $229, depending upon tour length and agenda.
 
Booking Advice: These excursions are rated as physically strenuous due to the walking uphill. Cruise line prices appear to be fairly competitive. It's good to keep in mind that you'll likely have a bit of a wait for a cable car.

Santorini Beach Transfers

Beach transfers will take you to either Perissa or Perivolos Beaches. These excursions last a total of 4 hours, but actual time on the beach is around three hours.
 
Price: Adults expect to pay around $35.
 
Booking Advice: Depending on the amount of time you have available, renting a car or taking a taxi to a beach is worth considering on the small island of Santorini. Beach transfer excursions through the cruise lines are rated as easy to moderately difficult, and typically involve a cable car descent to the old port where you return to your ship via tender boat. It's important to bring local currency to the beaches because other forms of currency and credit cards are not accepted. You will also likely need to rent an umbrella and chair.

Third Party Shore Excursions in Santorini

Below are links to third-party shore excursion vendors in Santorini. These links will launch in a new browser window and are external sites. We bear no responsibility for the content or services offered at these sites.
3rd party shore excursions often have advantages over shore excursions sold by the cruise lines. Third party shore excursions can be less costly and feature smaller groups than shore excursions sold by the cruise lines. Often, the vendors you buy from directly are the same vendors used by the cruise lines themselves.
 
The benefit of buying shore excursions from the cruise line is that the vendors and pre-screened for safety and reliablity. While cruise lines shore excursions can be more expensive than buying direct from a local vendor, there is certainly peace of mind that the cruise line will be using a reliable, safe and trusted vendor. If you experience a problem with the vendor on a cruise line-sold shore excursion, the shore excursion managers onboard the cruise ship will likely be an invaluable resource to help settle disputes.

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