- 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
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:30 Sep - 7 Oct 2018
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 geologic guide
Tour guide:Normally, volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer accompanies this tour. Tom has been traveling to volcanoes and documenting volcanic activity for over 20 years. His science background includes a PhD thesis about Santorini and Vesuvius volcano and he has worked at the Hawai'i and Vesuvius volcano observatories before founding VolcanoDiscovery in 2004 and the new brand Volcano-Adventures in 2015.
Tom speaks German, English, Italian, French, Greek and Danish fluently as well as some Spanish where needed.