Santorini Tour from Crete

  • duration icon. 11 hours
  • location icon. Crete - Santorini Island
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Description

CRETE TO SANTORINI DAY TRIP

Enjoy a magnificent cruise and a day trip to the most beautiful island of the Aegean Sea, Santorini Island.  The Cycladic style multicolored houses, the white churches with blue roofs, the fantastic, breathtaking views of the Caldera and the volcano, and the unique black sand volcanic Santorini beaches, will surely amaze you, and make this Crete to Santorini one-day cruise, stay in your memory forever.
Our Santorini cruise begins from Crete - Heraklion Port - by boarding a newly renovated, luxury "High-Speed Boat". After a lovely cruise along the Aegean Sea, we reach our dream destination in just 2 hours and 15 min from Crete. Upon arrival on Santorini Island, at the port of Athinios, we board our buses, for 6 hours guided tour, to the most visited points of Santorini.

The first stop of our Santorini tour will be the astonishing town of Oia, considered to be the world's most picturesque location, with its art galleries and boutiques, the white churches with blue roofs, and the minimal Aegean-style architecture.

Leaving Oia, our tour continues to the capital Fira, called the "balcony" of the island, or "Caldera's Eyebrow". Enjoy breathtaking Volcano views, walk the caldera edge path, or enjoy a coffee in one of the numerous cafes and bistros. Discover the narrow scenic streets with the small shops, the local restaurants with the unique gastronomic dishes, and taste the famous Santorini wines.

Our tour on the island ends at the Port of Athinios, from where we take our ferry for the return cruise to Crete.

Escorted Tour
The tour will be available from the begging of the season for the following languages: English, French, German, Polish, and Russian. 
*For Italian, Dutch, Czech and Hungarian, tours will be formed according to the demand. The boat reserves the right to cancel a language if there are not sufficient numbers.

- Leaving Crete, from Heraklion Port we cruise along the Aegean Sea with a super high-speed boat and we arrive at Santorini Island in 2 hours and 15 minutes.
- Explore the highlights of Santorini, on a guided tour, by bus, for about 6 hours and 30 minutes.
- Visit Oia, the most famous place on Santorini island, a postcard-like scenic town, and be amazed by the views of the Caldera.
- Get free time in Fira, the capital of Santorini, walk around the beautiful alleys with the small shops, or sip a drink at a cafe, enjoying spectacular views of the volcano.

First Stop: Oia
After arriving at Santorini port, the buses will leave for Oia. In the days of high traffic, the stops might change and the first stop will be Fira. Depending on the existing traffic in Oia and the timetable of the tour, the participants will stay for approximately 2 hours. Later on, the bus will depart for the next stop, Fira.

Oia is a coastal town in the northwestern part of Santorini. The town has whitewashed houses carved into the rugged clifftops and overlooks a vast caldera filled with water. In a 19th-century mansion, the Naval Maritime Museum has exhibits on local seafaring history, including old figureheads, sailor's chests, and models of old ships. Nearby is the ruined Oia Castle, known for its sunset views. 


Second Stop: Fira
On the way to the town of Fira, the participants will receive interesting information about the tour program, while traveling through a large part of the island by road. Upon their arrival in Fira, they will spend 2 hours.

Fira is the capital of Santorini. The Museum of Prehistoric Thira displays items from the destroyed Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri, including wall paintings and ceramics. Nearby, the whitewashed Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral has frescoes by local artist Christoforos Asimis. Fira’s clifftop location affords views of Nea Kameni, a still-active volcanic island to the west.


Tour Option: Visit the Volcano of Santorini (Extra Charge-20€). The participants will enjoy the unique beauty of the volcano and have the opportunity to swim in its hot springs. Based on availability and sufficient numbers.

Adult Price: 160€

Child Price (2-12 years): 100€

Children 0-2 years old travel free of charge.

Prices may vary for large groups of 8+ people. For special price quotations please contact us direct at info@tourscrete.com

Below you can read the timetable and schedule of the activity you are viewing. We make everything in our power to be always on time and avoid any long delays.

Itinerary

07:00-08:00: Bus departure from Ammoudara/Heraklion/Gouves/Analipsi/Anissaras/Hersonisos/Stalida/Malia.

Pass by: Heraklion Port (08:00a.m) - boarding. Boat departure to Santorini. 2-hour and 15-minute cruise.

Pass by: Athinios port-Santorini. Here we catch our bus for a tour around the island.

Stop at: Oia. 2 hours stop. Uncover the beauty of this glamorous small town, and capture memorable photos.

Stop at: Fira. 2 hours stop. Free time to stroll around for shopping, or enjoy a coffee or a  drink, admiring the breathtaking view of the Caldera.

Pass by: Athinios Port - boarding Boat departure to back to Crete. 2 hours and 15-minute cruise.

Pass by: Heraklion Port - Crete. Bus departure to Hersonissos.

21:00-22:00: Approx return time back to Ammoudara/Heraklion/Gouves/Analipsi/Anissaras/Hersonisos/Stalida/Malia.

Different timetables apply for pickups in different areas like Heraklion, Ammoudara, Kokkini Hani, Gouves, Analipsi, Anissaras, Stalida, and Malia. Our search system will provide you with the correct times. If you have difficulty in finding your pickup point, please contact us at info@tourscrete.com.

Extra Tour Schedule Information and Guidelines


Boarding at the ports of Crete
At Heraklion port of departure, participants will present their voucher (given by the agency) in order to receive their ferry tickets, and a card referring to the right bus number in Santorini.

Heraklion to Santorini Ferry Time Departure: 08:30 a.m.

Arrival in Santorini

The itinerary lasts almost 2 hours and 15 minutes from Heraklion, depending on the ship and the weather conditions. At the port of Santorini, our escorts will welcome the participants and escort them on the right bus.

Crete to Santorini Ferry Time arrival: 10:45-11:00 a.m

Santorini to Crete Ferry Time departure: 05:30 p.m

Arrival at Heraklion Port: 08:00 p.m

Important note:
The boat's departure and arrival times, as well as the tour schedule, might be altered due to weather conditions or traffic at ports, or traffic on Santorini island.

Click below for more info regarding each area pick-up service:

Santorini Tour from Heraklion

Santorini Tour from Malia

Santorini Tour From Analipsi

Santorini Tour from Amoudara

Santorini Tour from Stalida

Important Pre-Departure Information for Santorini Day Trip

To help you prepare for your trip, please ensure you understand the following:

Tours are often the best days of your vacation. Most of our customers look forward to this day for weeks or months! That's why it is important that you mind some basic rules to keep the day trip safe and enjoyable for you and the other guests!

Be Smart

Bring comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles for good grip.
Be at the pickup point at least 10 minutes earlier. Check your ticket for the correct time.
Don’t bring too much money. Credit/Debit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
Limit your luggage. Too much weight is always a problem.
A hat, sunglasses, sun cream, and a swimsuit are required in most cases.
Water, lip balm, insect repellent, and anti-bacterial hand wipes/hand sanitizer are sometimes essential.
Leave your valuables at your hotel.
Bring your personal medication and prescriptions.
You must always carry a copy of your passport with you. Although not required it's always a good idea.
Children must be accompanied by an adult
The Santorini fast boat (ferry) cruise is subject to weather conditions. If the cruise is canceled due to bad weather conditions you will be refunded the price of the ticket or you will be given the option of an alternative date.
The boat's departure and arrival times, from/to Heraklion - Crete, as well as the Santorini bus schedule, might be altered due to weather conditions or traffic at ports.

Be Safe

Don't get reckless on the bus. You don't want your day to end early, do you? Misbehavior on the bus can get you into trouble and ruin your day. You could end up sitting on the bus while the others enjoy the destination.
Don't wander off. Listen carefully when the tour guide gives instructions about sticking with the group or sticking with an assigned partner even when going to the restroom. Don't ever wander off on your own, or your trip could end badly. If you break this rule, you could end up missing the timeline!
Respect the Tour Guides and Bus Drivers. You should respect any Tour Guides and Bus Drivers and listen to them as you would your own teacher or parents. They have a big responsibility, watching after so many customers at one time. They can't afford to give too much attention to one "squeaky wheel," so they will probably be intolerant to distractions. Don't be disruptive.
Respect nature. Some day trips will take you into contact with animals or plants. For your own safety, be mindful of potential dangers, and don't assume you can tug, pull, tease, or touch things safely.
Keep an eye on the clock. If you are supposed to meet your group for lunch or for loading onto the bus, you should keep an eye on the time. You don't want to miss lunch, and you surely don't want to be left behind.

The following list contains everything that is included in the activity you are viewing. Services and products included here are in the price and no extra charge for those will occur.

Services and Products Included

-Hotel pick up & drop off by area: Heraklion, Hersonisos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gournes, Gouves, Heraklion, Kokkini Hani, Koutouloufari, Malia, Piskopiano, Stalis, Ammoudara, Agia Pelagia, Rethymno, and Agios Nikolaos.
-Transportation by modern air-conditioned buses.
-Cruise Boat tickets both ways.
-Bus Guided Excursion on Santorini Island to Oia, and Fira.
-Professional tour guide (live).
-Bus transfer on Santorini and Crete island.
-Insurance cover.
-Printed or mobile tour vouchers accepted.
-Instant confirmation.
-Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 48 hours prior to departure time and receive a full refund).

Everything that is not mentioned in the Included section is excluded. We have tried our best and we have succeeded in avoiding any hidden costs for our customers. In the event that any hidden costs appears, through one of our suppliers, please contact us and we will solve the matter with no discussion.

Services and Products Excluded from this Activity and payable if occur by the client

1. Entrance Tickets to Archaeological Sites or Places of Interest.

2. All meals & drinks, unless mentioned otherwise in the tour description or the included section above.

3. Accommodation for tours and activities longer than 1 day.

4. Personal expenses as a result of misconduct or miss understandings.

5. Any other destination not mentioned in the itinerary.

6. Any services or activity charges other than those included in inclusions.

7. Optional cruise to the volcano. Extra cost 20.

 

IMPORTANT: During the booking process you will be requested to add your hotel and its address. We understand that the names of hotels change every year and that many hotels don't even have an address. In such a case you can do the following:

1. Choose "Other" at Hotel 

2. Write "Unknown" at the Address

This way the system will allow you to proceed with your payment.

How to book a Santorini Day Trip

To make your booking experience easier and more secure, we write below, our very simple way of booking your Santorini tour.

Clients participating in any boat trips or cruises are requested to provide the following as they are requested by the coastal authorities.

Full Names

Nationality 

Step 1: Choose Your Activity

Once you decide which Santorini tour you wish to book online, you will have to check the availability of each tour. You only have to click on the “Date” box and there you can choose the date or day that is more comfortable for you. The Dates/days are highlighted. Prices are per adult.

After choosing your date of departure you add the number of adults and children. Please note the following:

Adults: 10+ years old.

Children: 2-10 years old.

Infants (free): 0-2 years old.

Once you add the persons you press the ‘Search” button.

Step 2: Add to Cart

You press the “Add to Cart” button. The activity is now available in your purchase cart. You may book the same way two, three, or more activities.

Step 3: Visit the Cart

The cart is situated in the top right corner. Press on the “Cart” image. This will provide you with a list of the tours you have chosen. Check the total price, the number of persons, the name of the activity, and the date. If you wish, you may erase the chosen activity, by clicking the “X”(delete) button and restarting the procedure. When you are ready you press the “Checkout” button.

Step 4: Checkout

Here you will need to fill out the form with your details and press “Continue”. The personal information that we collect from you is stored by us, on databases protected through a combination of physical and electronic access controls, firewall technology, and other reasonable security measures. We will neither sell nor release your registration, personal, and usage data to outside organizations.

If you cannot locate your hotel name, please email us the name of your hotel and we will add it to our list. The hotel list includes the following areas of Crete: Hersonissos, Heraklion, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Malia, Gournes, and Kokkini Hani.

Step 5: Payment

After pressing the “Continue to Payment” button you will be redirected to a secured Eurobank e-commerce environment. Here you fill in your card details. Once your payment is made, you will receive a confirmation of your payment, and the activities you have purchased. Within 24 hours you will receive a boarding voucher/ticket for each activity in Crete you have purchased with all the details, including the exact pickup point with "Google map location" and time-based on your hotel selection.

In case you wish to know more about the Santorini Day Trip, please feel free to communicate with us before booking online. Our travel consultants will try their best to provide you with the correct answers to your questions. Send all Inquiries to info@tourscrete.com

If after receiving your voucher/ticket, you still have questions, or you wish to cancel or alter the date please call us at +30 2897400566, text us at +306909171758 ( Viber/Whatsapp), or email us at reservation@tourscrete.com.

If you are currently in Crete our travel shop is located in Hersonissos. Feel free to pass by one of them and get the answers to your questions and even more.

1. Serapis Travel Services

141 El. Venizelou Ave (main road).

70014, Hersonissos, Heraklion, Crete.

Click on this-link  Google Map Location.