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How to Spend 1 Day in Santorini

How to Spend 1 Day in Santorini

With its beautiful white edifices topped with blue domes, charming and vivacious tavernas, and gorgeous beaches in hues of red, black, and white, Santorini is the quintessential Greek island. It’s also small enough to get a good feel for even if you only have one day. Here’s how to maximize 24 hours on Santorini. 

Morning: Cruising out to Sea

One of the best ways to see Santorini is from the sea, and most visitors to the island make a point to sail out into the caldera, where there’s a small mass of still steaming volcanic land known as Nea Kameni and a pleasantly warm hot springs that spills out into the sea. Numerous boat tours go out to the island and usually stop long enough for you to have time to hike up to the top of the islet. It’s best to go in the morning when temperatures are coolest, particularly if you’re visiting during the hot summer months.

 

Afternoon: Archaeology and Beach Time

After returning to shore, grab lunch and then head south to check out two of Santorini’s most important sights: Red Beach and ancient Akrotiri. Start with Akrotiri, where you can see old Minoan Bronze Age settlements that were covered during an eruption around 1613 BC. Excavations to the area have brought up everything from pottery to buildings, and much of the excavated areas are shielded from the sun. From here it’s just a short drive to Red Beach, named as such because of the rusty hue of its volcanic rocks and sand.

Night: Santorini Sunsets in Oia

Finish up at the beach in time to make it up north by the time the sun goes down. Santorini is known for its amazingly vivid, colorful sunsets, and the coastal town of Oia is considered the best place to watch them—there are also plenty of great places to eat in the area once night has fallen. Alternatively, head out to a local dinner show where you can watch live music and traditional Greek dancing as you dine on local cuisine.

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Semi Private Standard | Santorini Catamaran Cruise with Greek buffet and drinks

Semi Private Standard | Santorini Catamaran Cruise with Greek buffet and drinks

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Experience the coastline of Santorini from the water during this 5-hour catamaran cruise. Choose between daytime and sunset bookings, both allow you to travel with an intimate group of 20 or fewer fellow passengers. Snorkel equipment is available for stops along the route, and you'll dine on snacks, drinks, and a full barbecue meal.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.20
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$117.20
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Santorini Caldera Cruise Including Full Greek Meal and Drinks

Santorini Caldera Cruise Including Full Greek Meal and Drinks

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Experience Santorini’s beauty, hot springs and beaches on a catamaran cruise. Select a daytime or sunset cruise, and sail around the island and caldera (flooded volcanic crater) on a deluxe catamaran. Stop to bathe in the Nea Kameni springs; swim, snorkel or unwind at beaches; and enjoy unlimited Santorini wine and Greek beer, plus a Greek meal prepared on board. On the evening cruise, be treated to awe-inspiring sunset views. A cruise is essential when you visit Santorini, and with numbers limited to 18, this offers a small-group experience.
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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$154.21
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$154.21
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Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour

Santorini Private Sightseeing Tour

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See the attractions of Santorini on a private sightseeing tour with a driver-guide who introduces you to the island's natural, cultural, and culinary delights. You can visit locations like hillside villages and volcanic beaches, or customize your itinerary to check out specific places that interest you. Any food, drinks, activities, and entrance fees are at your own expense.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$318.84
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$318.84
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Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day

Private Custom Tour: Santorini in a Day

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Explore beautiful Santorini the way you wish on this private tour. Traveling by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, make the most of the custom itinerary and let your guide know what you want to see and do. Perhaps visit highlights such as the village of Oia, famous for its stupendous sunsets; the Minoan ruins at Akrotiri, a traditional winery, or simply relax on a black sand beach. Choose from a half- or full-day tour and ssk your guide for insider tips on off-the-beaten-track gems.
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  • 5 hours
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$246.73
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Romantic Sunset Catamaran Caldera Cruise incl. Meal & Drinks

Romantic Sunset Catamaran Caldera Cruise incl. Meal & Drinks

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Get views of Santorini from aboard a catamaran during this boat excursion. Sip unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks while taking in glimpses of the island's beaches and volcanic landscape. Make stops at the White Beach, soak in some local hot springs, go snorkeling, and watch the sun dip below the horizon in Oia. Barbecue meal and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Santorini Volcano Cruise Including Hot Springs, Thirasia and Optional Oia Sunset

Santorini Volcano Cruise Including Hot Springs, Thirasia and Optional Oia Sunset

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Sail across Santorini’s beautiful ‘caldera’ (flooded crater) and visit the islands of Nea Kameni and Thirasia on this half-day cruise. Board a sightseeing boat at Athinios port, and admire Santorini’s cliffs and sugar-cube towns as you cruise to Nea Kameni. Enjoy free time to walk around its volcanic crater, bathe in the warm springs, and then cruise to peaceful Thirasia. Explore and have lunch here at leisure before cruising back to Santorini. Upgrade to stop off at Oia to witness its famously stunning views of the sunset over the caldera.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.80
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Traditional Greek Night live Music & Dinner Show in Santorini

Traditional Greek Night live Music & Dinner Show in Santorini

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Be entertained by live music and dance during this 3-hour Greek dinner show. Spend your evening on Santorini at a bustling taverna where you’re served a buffet dinner of mouthwatering Greek cuisine accompanied by unlimited wine. Enjoy a buffet dinner and sink your teeth into local specialties like pork and chicken souvlaki, Santorini tomato fritters with tzatziki and stuffed vine leaves. Then sing along and tap your feet while you watch classic dances performed to traditional music. Opa!
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  • 3 hours
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$41.76
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Early Season Experience: 3-hours Santorini Volcano and Hot Springs Trip

Early Season Experience: 3-hours Santorini Volcano and Hot Springs Trip

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Explore the volcano that created Santorini’s unique shape on this half-day trip that will have back in time for a sunset dinner. After departing by boat from the old port of Fira, you’ll head to the harbor of Erinia where you’ll have time to hike to active volcanoes craters. Then take a dip in the natural hot springs at Palea Kameni island. Hotel pickup and drop-off makes for a seamless experience.
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  • 3 hours
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