Diana's Travel Chania Crete
Santorini Day Trip
View from Fira looking at volcanic island
Black sand and white houses, indigo sea and gray earth, green fields and petrified lava! No other island quite compares with the wild natural beauty of the volcanic island of Santorini. The history of Santorini is the history of the volcano. Contrasting layers of pumice-stone and santorinean soil, bear witness of the eruption of the volcano, which took place some 3,500 years ago, causing three quarters of the island to sink into the sea. The vivid marks of this enormous catastrophe, in connection with the ruins of a highly advanced civilization, remnants of which were recently found at Akrotiri, have lead many to believe that Santorini is the legendary lost Atlantis. The atmosphere of this unique island will intoxicate you, just as much as the taste of the strong wines and the view from Fira, the town perched on the top of sheer cliffs of the earth. The memories will remain with you long after your cruise to Santorini will be over.
Note: This trip it is about getting a taste for the island and actually seeing it to believe it. It is not a leasurely cruise nor at a slow pace. The island is crowded in high season with lots of group tours due to the many cruise ships that stop there as well. Know that you are going on coach tour with lots of people and be prepared for all that comes with that sort of tour. Despite being a long day when starting from Chania, it really is the only reasonable way to see Santorini in just a day & have a guided tour & a return coach back again.
Please be prompt regarding departure times as there cannot be any delays beyond 5 minutes. In the event that you miss the bus, means of transportation and relevant costs will be your responsibility.
Before you leave your accommodation keep in mind to wear comfortable shoes, protect yourselves from sun (hat, sunscreen, etc) and bring together all the necessary beach accessories if you are going to swim.
When you return to the boat make sure you have your boarding pass in hand to return it to the control officer boarding the vessel.
When booking the trip, you must give us your full name as it is on your passport/ID in order to issue the tickets. You must bring your ID/passport with you on the trip & present it when boarding the boat. The company is not responsible for any typographical errors, if you have provided incorrect information or forget to bring your ID/ passport with you on the day.
The company may change, without notice, the destinations’ order of the tour programme on Santorini.
CHAMPION JET2 SPECIFICATIONS:
Ship Type: Catamaran,Passenger-Ferry
Year Built : 1996
Country of manufacture : Australia
Length: 77.46 m.
Width: 26 m.
Speed: 33 Knots
Details of Santorini Day Trip
Excursion Price for Santorini :
(Up to age 4-11 years old)
Duration: 16 hours (approx 6 1/2 hours on Santorini)
Day of Santorini Trip : Tuesdays & Saturdays
- The trip starts with a very early pick up from the nearest point to your accommodation near Chania & the surrounding area (approx 05.00-06.40)
08.00 Depart from Rethymnon Port
11.00 Arrival at Athinios Port, Santorini
STOP 1: The excursion coach with guide takes you to Oia- known for the sunset views - here you have about 1-1&1/2 hours to admire the views & area.
STOP 2: Fira (capital city of Santorini) on the west side if the island built on the top of a sharp vertical cliff 250m above sea level. Everyone has about 30mins at Fira.
You then have 3 choices of what to do until the boat leaves :
a. Stay on in Fira until approx 16.30 (until time to depart)
This will give you an opportunity to have a good look around the alleys, visit the local shops or just admire the view of the volcano & cliffs below.
b. Go to Kamari beach, the most popular beach on Santorini with black sand & crystal clear waters. There are traditional Greek tavernas here where you can have a leisure lunch & local wine. You have about 1 1/2 hours to swim & have lunch.
c. Take a small boat to the volcano (there is an extra charge of €16 extra/PER person). This is paid on the day at Santorini to the guide, who helps you buy your ticket.
17.30 Depart from Athinios Port
19.45 Arrival back at Rethymnon
21.00-21.30 Approx arrival time back to your pick-up.
Coach transfer to the boat in Rethymnon
Boat transfer to Santorini
Guides at Oia & Fira in the following languages:
Dutch/Czech/Hungarian speaking guides
Optional boat trip to volcano 16€ extra.
- This trip is not recommended for small children due to the amount of time spent in the sun.
What to wear:
Beach wear & beach towel (if you are going to have a swim)
Hat & suntan cream
How to get to Rethymnon:
The price includes the transfer to the port of Rethymnon.