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 tours 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.
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.
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
The day trips will start sometime in May 2017
(prices below are 2016 prices & are subject to change)
(Up to age 4-11 years old)
Duration: 16 hours (approx 6 hours on Santorini)
- 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)
07.30 Depart from Rethymnon Port
11.00 Arrive in Athinios Port
Here you are put on the coaches with the guide who speaks your language, see below for the options, you must tell us when booking what language you prefer.
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. Here you have approx 1 hour to have a look around the alleys, visit the local shops or just admire the view of the volcano & cliffs below. You can stay at Fira until the boat departs or
STOP 3: Kamari, 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 2 hours to swim & have lunch.
VOLCANO BOAT OPTIONAL: You do have the option of taking a boat trip over to the volcano for €16 extra/PER person & not go to the beach of Kamari or stay in Fira. This is paid on the day, but we need to know when booking if you choose to do this so we can book you a spot on the boat.
18.00 Depart from Athinios Port
21.00 Arrive in Rethymnon
22.00 Approx arrival time back to your pick-up near Chania
Coach transfer to the boat in Rethymnon
Boat transfer to Santorini
Guides at Oia & Fira in the following languages:
Greek/English/French/German/Italian/Russian/Polish speaking guides
Optional boat trip to volcano 14€ 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.