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Discover the nature and geology of Santorini volcano island!
Discover the nature and geology of Santorini volcano island!

Pearl of the Aegean

- 8 days walking and study tour on Santorini, Greece -

8 days itinerary Santorini

Day 1: Arrival on Santorini

The hotel Anemomilos
The hotel Anemomilos
Arrival at the airport of Santorini JTR and transfer to the hotel in the beautiful village Ia or at Acrotiri. Meeting in the evening for a dinner and a first introduction to the island and our tour. If you arrive early that day, you will have time for a first stroll through the beautiful lanes of Ia village or around Acrotiri.
Optional: Arrival at Athinios harbour if you travel by ship.
Acc.: Nice family run hotel in the most beautiful village of Santorini - Ia. Alternative hotels in Acrotiri village.
The hotel GuilelmosThe hotel Acrotiri
The hotel GuilelmosThe hotel Acrotiri

Day 2: Caldera walking

Spring view on the caldera
Spring view on the caldera
Spectacular walk along the caldera from Fira town to Ia village. After a bus trip to the capital town of Santorini island, Fira we stroll through the narrow lanes dotted with shops and cafés. We visit the archaeological museum, where items discovered in the excavated Minoan settlement near Akrotiri are exposed. In the afternoon, we walk along the caldera back towards Oia village. There are great views into the volcano caldera that offer many motifs for unforgettable photographs. In a little café at the caldera rim we will enjoy fresh-pressed orange-juice and homemade nutcake. Our route passes by some fresh-looking volcanic cinder cones. To enjoy its famous sunset, we are back in Oia village. (Breakfast, Dinner in Anemomilos restaurant)
Acc.: Hotel in Ia or Acrotiri
The cliffs of the Santorini caldera
The cliffs of the Santorini caldera
An old volcanic vent near Ia village
An old volcanic vent near Ia village

Day 3: Visit of the castle of Emporio

Church in Emporio
Church in Emporio
At this hiking tour we will visit the beautiful mountain village Pyrgos with its nice chapels and view to the caldera. Later we will choose a little path to Emporion.
The village of Emborio is one of the most beautiful castle villages on Santorini and ideal for taking photographs. We have time to stroll through its lanes and later we may walk also to the windmill hill near the village.
Acc.: Acc: hotel in Ia or Acrotiri (breakfast, dinner)
Chapel on the path to Emporio
Chapel on the path to Emporio
The hidden chapel in the fields
The hidden chapel in the fields

Day 4: The read beach & Acrotiri peninsula

The prehistoric ruins of Akrotiri
The prehistoric ruins of Akrotiri
The highlight of the Santorini island is of course the Minoan town that was excavated near the village Acrotiri. Before entering the excavation site, Tobias Schorr will prepare you with all the important information to enjoy the site. There you will discover prehistoric buildings, lanes, kitchen vessels and many items dating back to 1627 B.C. We will walk along the coast line to the famous “red beach” with its cinder cone. Depending on weather conditions, we will walk up to the village of Acrotiri or hike to the western part of the Acrotiri "peninsula". Later return to our hotel in Ia or Acrotiri. (breakfast, dinner)
Acc.: hotel in Ia or Acrotiri
The village Akrotiri
The village Akrotiri
The faous red beach
The faous red beach

Day 5: From Pirgos to Ancient Thira and Perissa beach

The Stephanos chapel at Ancient Thera
The Stephanos chapel at Ancient Thera
Today we drive by local bus to the wonderful medieval village of Pyrgos towering with its Venetian a castle on a hill. After a walk through the lanes of the village and its castle the bus bring us on the highest mountain of Santorini - the Prophitis Ilias mountain. From there, we walk along an Ancient trail to the ancient Greek acropolis of Thira. In spring there are many orchids and other rare plants. After about two hours we will arrive at the excavations. (Depending on weather conditions or if we focus on photography, we may get direct to the excavation in the morning to catch the best morning light for the famous Artemidoros sanctuary). Later on, we walk down to the black sand beach of Perissa, where we can get refreshments and / or swim in the sea. The bus will take us back to our hotel in the late afternoon.(B, D)
Acc.: hotel in Ia or Acrotiri
The eagle in the Artemidoros sanctuary
The eagle in the Artemidoros sanctuary
Ancient dolphin in the sanctuary of Artemidoros
Ancient dolphin in the sanctuary of Artemidoros

Day 6: Boat trip to the volcano islands

The erinia bay on Nea Kameni island
The erinia bay on Nea Kameni island
In the morning we embark on a chartered boat that will be at our disposal for all the day. From the little port of Amouthi or Apothikes (Akrotiri) we will sail to the youngest land of Greece: Nea Kameni, the still active volcano of Santorini. We will start early in the morning, avoiding the crowds and having the best light of the moon-like crater landscape. Hot gas-exhalations (so called "fumaroles") show that the magma chamber below the volcano is still active. Later, we will sail along the island to the other volcanic island Palea Kameni. Enjoying the spectacular cliffs of the caldera from the boat, we will return to Oia or Acrotiri in the afternoon.(B, D).
Acc.: hotel in Ia or Acrotiri
The Georgios crater
The Georgios crater
The little crater lake on Palea Kameni island
The little crater lake on Palea Kameni island

Day 7: Free day

The Christiana volcanoes
The Christiana volcanoes
Free day for relaxing or for spontaneous activities with the group. Time for shopping in Fira or Ia, too. Also a day for doing tours that could not be done due to bad weather conditions or other causes.
In the evening, we meet once again for a delicious group dinner (B, D)
Acc.: Hotel in Ia
At the southwest cape of Santorini
At the southwest cape of Santorini
Sunset at Ia
Sunset at Ia

Day 8: Departure from Santorini

Aerial view over the caldera of Santorini
Aerial view over the caldera of Santorini
This tour ends with the transfer to the airport (optional port of Athinios harbour if you arrived by ship) or your private tour extension. It is also possible to connect this tour with a private journey to the neighbour islands Milos, Naxos or Paros.
Acc.: Hotel in Ia
Aerial view to the volcano Nea Kameni
Aerial view to the volcano Nea Kameni
Evening flight from Santorini to Athens
Evening flight from Santorini to Athens
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