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Pearl of the Aegean
8-day walking and study tour on Santorini, Greece
"We'd like to say a big thank-you to you all for being such excellent companions during our stay on such a wonderful island. Also a special thank-you to Tobias for being such a understanding and helpful guide for a really wonderful week."

(A. Frazer, October 2010)
Spring at Pláka (c)Tobias Schorr
Spring at Pláka (c)Tobias Schorr
Chapel at Oía (c)Tobias Schorr
Chapel at Oía (c)Tobias Schorr

Pearl of the Aegean

8-day walking and study tour on Santorini, Greece
Tour type
Walking & study tour: nature & culture - geology & volcanism - archaeology
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Group size: 4-8
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
no scheduled dates at present
Price per person
1480 € $£¥
Santorini is one of the most well-known and beautiful islands worldwide. Despite its popularity, it still has many hidden treasures to discover.
On this relaxed walking tour, we lead you through its volcanically shaped landscapes off the beaten track. Guided by seasoned photographer and philhellene Tobias Schorr, the tour offers ample time to snap some great photos and admire nature's little details, including volcanic minerals, rare animals, endemic plants and archeological ruins.

Meet local people and get to know true Greek hospitality. Tobias, who has lived many years in Greece, has many friends on the island and knows the country better than anyone.
As an enthusiastic amateur in geology and mineralogy, he also transforms the tour into a great introduction to Santorini's fascinating geological history, highlighting as well its connection to ancient myths and history.
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  • Spectacular caldera and volcanic landscapes
  • Nature (many rare kinds of plants and animals)
  • Rare orchids in springtime!
  • Archaeological sites spanning thousands of years
  • Intriguing volcanic features
  • Rare minerals and ores
  • Picturesque villages
  • Encounters with many local people
  • Boat-trip to the active volcano island of Nea Kameni and its active craters

8 days itinerary Santorini

Day 1: Getting to Santorini
Make your way to Santorini and we'll be there to pick you up from the airport or port and take you to your cozy locally run hotel in one of two picturesque villages, Oia or Akrotiri. Enjoy a delicious local dinner in the evening.
Day 2: Caldera walking
Take a spectacular walk along the caldera from Fira to Oia after a hearty breakfast. This could arguably be one of the most breathtaking walk of a lifetime, full of great opportunities to take fabulous photos. Get an initial overview on the geology of the island. Relax for dinner at sunset.
Day 3: Walk old trails between the castles of Pirgos and Emporio
Start the day with a filling breakfast then visit the charming hilltop village of Pirgos, crowned by its Venetian fortress overlooking the island. Walk the old trail through a pumice canyon to the picturesque village of Emporio, a labyrinthine medieval village with a hidden castle in its midst. Sample the local cuisine for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.
Day 4: Akrotiri excavations, "Red Beach" and the cape Akrotiri
Visit the archeological excavations in Akrotiri, a highly sophisticated Bronze-Age town buried under the volcanic ashes of the Minoan eruption around 1613 BC. A professional archeologist guide brings life on the island 4000 years back to life in our imagination.
Take a walking tour from the village of Akrotiri to the Red Beach and to the area's historic lighthouse on the cape. Discover the oldest volcanic rock formations complete with fossilized sea life and rare minerals!
Day 5: Ancient Thira and Perissa beach
Visit the medieval fortified hilltop village of Pyrgos, explore the ancient acropolis of Thira and head down to the famous black sand beach of Perissa or Kamari.
Day 6: Boat trip to the Caldera's active volcano islands
Embark on a fascinating tour with a private chartered boat to the volcanic islands Nea and Palea Kameni in the middle of Santorini's caldera. Explore the volcanic craters and old lava flows of some of the world's youngest islands. Meet Sostis, the only man who lives on Palea Kameni island!
Day 7: Free day
Take a day off and see the different sides of Santorini for yourself. Go showing, take a swim in the sea or go on a hiking excursion. Meet the group for dinner later on.
Day 8: End of tour
Stay on in Santorini if you like or head back home. We'll make sure to take you to the airport or port if you're leaving.
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Arrival info:

This tour starts and ends on Santorini.

Tour guide

Tobias Schorr is a German photographer and hobby-geologist with a long experience in guiding tours. He has been living for many years in Greece and did many tours to the Greek volcanoes Methana, Milos, Santorini, Nisyros and even older volcanoes like Lesvos. He is always having an eye on the small details like orchids, ancient items or even rare minerals.
Tobias Schorr with a piece of fossilized palm leaves from Santorini island.

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Physical requirements

Normal good physical condition is required and you should have some experience walking on unpaved trails in hot, dry climate. The hikes on tours range between 1 and 5 hours, but include frequent and sometimes longer breaks and the pace of walking is very relaxed.

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