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Santorini Volcano

Santorini Volcano

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The Basics

Most visitors reach the active volcano on Nea Kameni, whose crater continues to rumble and puff out steam, by way of a boat tour departing from the town of Oia, the Old Port of Fira, or the Athinios port on Santorini’s main island. Once on the island, you can hike up to the crater’s rim and take in the views across lava fields to Greece’s Aegean Sea. Volcano tours may also stop on Thirasia, the second-largest island in the archipelago, and at the hot springs on Palea Kameni, where boats moor at Erinia and you can swim to the springs beneath the tiny church of Agios Nikolaos. Boat trips can get crowded in high season, so opt for a small-group guided tour or catamaran tour if you would prefer a more personal experience.

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Santorini Volcano & Hot Springs Tour
Santorini Volcano & Hot Springs Tour
$22.98 per adult
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This tour was so much...
This tour was so much better than we expected! The hike up the volcano was steep, but so worth it once you reach the top. I would definitely wear proper shoes for a hike! The hot springs were a great experience, and something we’re really glad we did. Take a towel, and we just wore our suits under our clothes so it was an easy change. Awesome trip overall and well worth the money!
David_R, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Santorini

star-4
Good short trip.
Jane_G, Aug 2021
Santorini Volcano & Hot Springs Tour
Good value for money. A short trip which provides a nice break away from the streets of Santorini. Volcano climb is VERY hard and hot. My 3 year old gave up half way. Boat felt quite busy, but did have covid checks in place.
star-5
Great day at sea
Thanh_P, Oct 2021
Santorini Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer
We went on a windy day but overall accommodations made up for the weather. The transfer pick up was on time. The food was delicious. The cabin bathroom was nice and clean. Service was great.
star-5
Excellent sunset cruise!
Sheryl_L, Aug 2021
Santorini Luxury Catamaran Sunset Cruise with BBQ, Drink and Transfer
Great crew, excellent food, wonderful time! It was a smaller group which felt very COVID safe. Wonderful way to get out on the water. Highly recommended!
star-5
Loved it!
Tara_M, Aug 2021
Santorini Volcano & Hot Springs Tour
We LOVED this tour! Incredible value for the price paid. Hiking the volcano is a bit athletic but there is plenty of time allotted for even the slowest hikers (us lol). Definitely bring good walking/hiking shoes. The hot spring swim was also incredible! Crew was friendly and helpful and everyone was reminded to stay masked which eased our COVID fears.
star-5
Beautiful trip
ALBERTO_V, Jul 2021
Santorini Luxury Sailing Catamaran Cruise with BBQ, Drinks and Transfer
Beautiful trip. Beautiful boat very clean an safe. Good lunch and drinks. Very friendly staff. Good choise
star-4
Great trip, let down by the US "Frat Party" guests...
Steven_K, Oct 2021
Santorini Luxury Catamaran Sunset Cruise with BBQ, Drink and Transfer
Great boat, great staff, food was good and the whole itinerary was excellent. One star knocked off as sadly the majority of the party were loud , brash, drunk US tourists that had little regard for the ambience on the trip. This is not being a party pooper - those guys ruined the trip for one asian couple (after pouring beer in their shoes), and although tolerable, it was more like a frat house party boat than a romatic serene catamaran tour....
star-5
10 stars!
Emily_M, Oct 2021
Santorini Volcanic Islands Cruise: Volcano, Hot Springs and Thirassia
Incredible!!!! We loved every minute. Dada was the best tour guide. It was a perfect balance of relaxation and adventure. Sneakers definitely recommended for the volcano hike and flip flops and a towel for after the swim and lunch on the gorgeous island Thirasia. Highly recommended!!
star-5
Absolutely Amazing Tour
Adrianne_S, Oct 2021
Santorini Fishing Tours - Private Santorini Boat tours
Highly recommend doing this tour in Santorini. Makis and Elias went above and beyond to make sure we had a great and relaxing time with wonderful views and informative banter. We each caught some Bonito which Captain Makis then pulled off in a cove so we could swim while he bbq’d it up. The meal was just as amazing as the company. Not a fisherman, no problem, this would be the perfect mix for all. Not a swimmer and want more fishing, done. Makis and Elias will cater to what you want to do.
star-4
Great experience
Alessandro_G, Oct 2021
Santorini Gold Semi Private Catamaran Cruise
We always try to have an experience on the boat while travelling, and this was one the best ever. The crew is lovely and funny! The spots are very nice, we swam a lot. The wine is really unlimited. Only one thing could be improved, a bit more food, which in any case is good and suitable for vegetarian too. This cruise is highly recommended!
star-5
Highly recommend
Gareth_J, Jul 2021
Santorini Volcano & Hot Springs Tour
Great trip the tour guide was very informative! Covid safe and price was great. Wish we had slightly more time at the hot springs but the day and experience was great I highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Awesome
Michael_E, Oct 2021
Santorini Volcanic Islands Cruise: Volcano, Hot Springs and Thirassia
Getting to the top of an active volcano with breath taking view's across to Santorini from the top of the volcano well worth the vist
star-4
Guide was really...
Oleksandra_P, Sep 2021
Santorini Volcano Tour
Guide was really informative, told us about the volcano site and hot spot. Was really windy on the day we went so hike was a bit on the harder side. Have to pay 5 euros on the spot.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • If you plan to walk to the crater’s rim, be sure to wear hiking-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes.

  • Don't forget a hat, sunblock, and plenty of water to guard against the Mediterranean heat.

  • Boat tour passengers must be agile enough to board and disembark boats, so travelers with limited mobility should confirm accessibility before booking.

  • Visiting the volcano requires about 30 minutes of uphill hiking, so may not be suitable for young children or those who are not strong walkers.

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How to Get There

You can reach the volcano on Nea Kameni by boat on a private tour or a larger group cruise departing from Santorini.

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When to Get There

Santorini volcano tours are most crowded in summer, when it can also be uncomfortably hot during the peak hours of the day. Opt for an early morning or late afternoon departure, or plan your visit for the spring or fall.

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Santorini Sunsets

Santorini boasts gorgeous sunsets, and the archipelago has the Thira volcano to thank. Its cataclysmic eruption scooped out the once-circular island’s center and west coast, creating the sea-filled caldera ringed by the sheer cliffs of the Santorini archipelago’s main island. Today the caldera provides a low-lying, obstruction-free observation point along Santorini’s west coast, perfect for watching the sun sink into the sea. Consider booking a romantic sunset tour by boat in the late afternoon to savor this famous sunset.

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