- 8 (9) days study and walking tour on Santorini, Greece -
- Exclusive program including private boat tours
- Intense enjoyment of nature
- Excellent Greek (Santorinian) cuisine
- Charming, quiet accomodation in superb location
- Good mixture of geology, relaxation and fun
- Competent volcanologist guide
8 days itinerary
The following program is indicative - depending on weather and other conditions, it could be modified on location.
Arrival to Santorini - group dinner - introduction
Whole-day hike: explore the oldest volcanic products (near Akrotiri), observe spectacular geologic features (pillow lavas, fossils, dramatic faults) extraordinary scenery, swimming breaks, stunning views from the lighthouse.
Hike (3-4 hours total) along the spectacular southern caldera, observation of the spectacular pumice deposits from the past explosions of the volcano, visit to an abandoned quarry with prehistoric settlement remains, pick-nick lunch & swim break. Optional hike(2-3 hours) back along the beach and through pumice canyons and fields (or transfer by minibus).
Whole-day boat trip to the volcano, visit of the active craters of Nea Kameni, warm volcanic springs (bathing) and extended lunch break on Palea Kameni.
Visit the excavated ruins of the Minoan town covered by volcanic ash, then visit the capital Fira and its outstanding archaeological museum. In the afternoon, we follow a dramatic trail around the impressive northern caldera reaching the pictureque town of Oia.
The day is a spare day or otherwise at your free disposal. An optional half-day excursion can be offered.
Whole-day hike: visit a Medieval village with its Venetian castle, climb Profitis Ilias Mountain (556m), Ancient Greek town of Thera, descend to the black-sand beach of Perissa.
In the evening, we meet for a group dinner in a beach tavern.
Departure or extension program.
If trips on small boat trips are for you, we recommend to add one day to the itinerary for tour with our small boat around the caldera. This results in the following 9-days itinerary:
9 days version
Same as in 8-days itinerary
Half-day boat trip: visit the opposite island of Therasia, and sail closely around the steep caldera cliffs: an unforgettable experience!
Departure or extension program.
The tour starts and ends on Santorini. Participants usually arrange their own arrival to the island where we pick you up. On request, we can include your flight to Santorini or help finding the best connection/fare.
Group size: 6-12
Duration: 8 / 9 days
Dates:4-11(12) May 2019
Price (p.p.): 1450 € ?
- 7(8) nights in double rooms incl. breakfast (buffet)
- 3x lunch (picnic style)
- Full dinner (incl. drinks in reasonable amounts) except on two days
- Water & house wine
- All necessary transfers on Santorini (incl. pick-up from and to airport/ ferry)
- Boat-trips as described in the program (depending on weather conditions)
- Entry fees to museums and archeological sites
- Accompanying material
- English-German-Greek speaking guide from our team
Tour guide:The tour is normally guided either by German volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer or photographer Tobias Schorr. Both have been traveling on Santorini for more than 20 years and know the island better than even most local people and are well connected there.
Tom finished his PhD studies about the great Minoan eruption of Santorini. He made the important discovery of a 3600 year-old olive tree buried alive in the pumice deposit that now can be seen in the small geological museum in Perissa.
It allowed the so-far most precise dating of one of the most significant natural event in the Bronze age (to 1613+-13 years BC).
His friend Tobias, with whom Tom alternates on this tour, is a true specialist for Greece in general: its culture and history, people, flora, fauna and of course geology. He is legendary for his good eye and often discovering rare minerals, plants, animals, or hidden archeological artifacts during the various excursions.