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How to Spend 2 Days in Santorini

How to Spend 2 Days in Santorini

The idyllic Greek island of Santorini is packed from shore to shore with sights and experiences, from ancient archaeological sites and active volcanoes to gorgeous beaches and charming tavernas. With two days on the island, seeing as much as possible requires some strategic planning. Here’s how to make the most of 48 hours on Santorini.

Day 1: History and Scenery

**Morning:**Start your day with a trip down to Akrotiri, Santorini’s most important historical site. An ancient town stood here until it was buried during a volcanic eruption in 1613 BC; archaeologists unearthed it in the 1960s. Afterwards, enjoy some beach time at Red Beach, named for its red volcanic sand and rocks.

**Afternoon:**Break for lunch en route to the Monastery of Profitis Ilias. This 18th-century monastery sits on the highest point of the island and looks very much like a fortress, with white, imposing exteriors. Afterwards, stop by one of the local wineries to try some of the island’s local wines.

**Night:**Watching the sunset over the Aegean Sea is a must-do for any visitor to Santorini, and the best place to do it is in the town of Oia, known for its fantastic views. After nightfall, pop into one of the many quaint local tavernas for a bite to eat before calling it a night.

Day 2: Local Culture and a Volcano Trip

**Morning:**Spend today really immersing yourself in local culture. Perhaps this means participating in a cooking class, which not only gives you the skills necessary to make Greek food at home, but also allows you to interact with local people while enjoying delicious specialties and local wine for lunch.

 

**Afternoon:**Hop aboard a tour boat (or charter a catamaran of your own) and set sail for the Santorini volcano, just off the western coast of the island. Most trips stop at the still-steaming volcano before continuing on to a local hot springs that flows right out into the sea, and some include food and drink.  

 

**Night:**A good way to wrap up your 2-day trip to the island is by taking in a dinner show at a traditional tavern. You can expect more local specialties as well as plenty of revelry in the form of traditional music and folk dancing. 

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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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$115.62
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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
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$152.14
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Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia

Santorini Day Tour with Sunset in Oia

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Enjoy a day of discovery on Santorini island on this tour from Fira. With an itinerary that covers all the must-see sights, the tour lets you find your own favorite spots on the island. Visit the volcanic Red Beach, Akrotiri Archaeological Site, a winery, the Prophet Elias Monastery, and then finish on a high note as you watch the sun slip into the sea from Oia village. A tasting of Santorini’s distinctive wine is included.
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  • 10 hours
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$60.86
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Small-Group Santorini Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour

Small-Group Santorini Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour

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Sip on Santorini wine during this small-group tour of the island and two or three of its wine estates (depending on selected option). As you explore, learn about wine production in the area, and hear about the local varietals such as assyrtiko. Explore a vineyard with a guide and walk around wine cellars. If you want to make the tour extra-special, upgrade to enjoy an evening excursion. The option includes a visit to a hilltop winery, local tapas, and sunset views to complement your wine. Numbers are limited to eight people.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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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
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$314.56
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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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$243.42
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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
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Santorini Small-Group Cooking Class and Wine Tasting

Santorini Small-Group Cooking Class and Wine Tasting

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Santorini wine and food — all in one half-day tour. After sampling local wine at two Santorini wineries, you’ll meet a local chef for a Greek cooking class. Prepare classics such as an authentic Greek salad and caramelized pork, and learn about Santorini’s cuisine as you cook. This small-group tour runs with just eight people for a personalized experience.
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  • 6 hours
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$206.91
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Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit

Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit

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Experience Santorini’s scenery, hot springs, and beaches on a cruise with onboard dinner and glass of wine included. After pickup from your hotel, settle onto your cruise boat, and sail around the caldera and island’s shores. Along the way, bathe in the Nea Kamini hot springs; explore the beaches; and savor a delicious 2-course Greek dinner while floating on the water as the sun sets.
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  • 6 hours
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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
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$70.84
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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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$41.20
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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