Immortalized by 20th-century poet Odysseus Elytis as 'the daughter of supreme wrath', Santorini is a collection of five volcanic islands floating on the blue of the Aegean Sea like an incomplete jigsaw puzzle. You probably know what it looks like; photos of vibrant blue waters overlooked by whitewashed stone homes nestled above pristine beaches are constantly fueling wanderlust around the world. Even at first glance, it's clear that Santorini is unlike any other island in Greece, a world famous destination where a sophisticated lifestyle and Greek culture merge with spectacular landscapes.
But, as with many other destinations around the world, Santorini is more than just a pretty face. We created this three-day itinerary as an extension of any of our trips and the aim is to experience Santorini in an adventurous way. In just three days we will hike, paddle and sail, immersing ourselves in a fantastic mix of culture, activity and interactions with locals.
Paddle towards the famous Red Beach and admire the soaring red lava cliffs which drop right into the sea
Peek inside three-storey buildings in the ancient city of Akrotiri, which was buried in volcanic ash during the 1613BC eruption
Hike all the way from Fira to Oia experiencing the power of the natural forces that shaped this unique landscape
Sail the blue waters of the caldera, with amazing views to the cliffs that loom overhead
Dates: From May to October
Days/Nights: 3 days / 2 nights
Price: Contact us for price
Single supplement: Cost based on request. Availability limited.
Condition grading: Easy Active
Arrival in Santorini, visit Akrotiri archaeological site and sea kayak towards the Red Beach
SantorÃni is best approached by sea; as your arriving craft maneuvers over the impossibly midnight blue waters of the caldera, the sheer lava cliffs of the caldera lip, layered in varicolored rock, loom overhead, with white houses on top like a dusting of snow. Your guide will wait for you in the port and he will drive you to your hotel. After settling in, we will head towards Akrotiri, Santorini's principal archaeological wonder, a town destroyed by the volcano eruption, but preserved under layers of lava.
In the afternoon and after a kayak lesson, you'll venture out into one of the most scenic areas of the island. Kayaking offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the dramatic coast line of Santorini, especially the Red Beach which is ornamented with high red cliffs and smooth, hand-sized pebbles submerged under clear water.
Overnight in Santorini, Grand View (L,D)
Sea kayaking duration: 2 hours
Hike from Fira to Oia and sail along the caldera
Oia is the westernmost town of the reverse-C shaped caldera that defines Santorini. Fira is roughly midway across the island, and 10km from Oia. Hiking the picturesque trail between them is one of the must-do things when visiting Santorini. With breathtaking views and stunning vistas at every turn, the trail is guaranteed to be one of the most spectacular you've ever hiked.
Start hiking in the morning and be in Oia for lunch. Early in the afternoon walk to Oia's port from where we will embark our catamaran.
Sailing in the caldera is a highly rewarding experience, permitting you to admire the island from a different perspective. We will swim in hot springs next to the volcano, have barbecue on board and soak in the stunning sunset.
Overnight in Santorini, Grand View (B,L,D)
Hiking distance: 10km / Hiking Duration: 4 hours
Say farewell to Santorini or continue on your own
Breakfast is at your leisure at the hotel and following that, there will be a transfer from our accommodation in Santorini to the airport or the port of the island. After that your trip with Tripin Adventures in Greece concludes.
Price includes: All accommodations as listed (or similar) based on double occupancy
Hotel taxes and service charges
All transportation during the trip
All activities mentioned in the program
Entrance fees to the archaeological site of Akrotiri
Services of a guide throughout the tour
Transport and handling of one reasonably sized suitcase and one carry-on per person
Transfer to and from the airport/port
Included meals: Breakfast, lunches and dinners as indicated in the itinerary, snacks during activities.
Not Included: Domestic and/or international air fare
Travel or emergency evacuation insurance
Gratuities for leader/guide or driver
Alcoholic beverages and meals other than outlined in itinerary
Visas if needed
Other items of a personal nature
Anything not mentioned in above program
We are constantly updating our unique itineraries based on new information and experiences available. The walks, accommodations, and visits listed may be adjusted. The itineraries presented are subject to modification and change by Tripin Adventures. We reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in our judgment, conditions warrant, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants, anything not mentioned in above program.
This trip Level is Easy Active and is suitable for most people that are in fairly good physical condition. The itinerary includes walking tours in cities and villages, a hike of four hours and two hours of sea kayaking.
Trips designated "Easy Active" are perfect for first-timers, or travelers looking for a mild physical challenge. A typical day will consist of 1-3 hours of activity.
Getting There & Away: There are several flights a day to Santorini from Athens. There is also a good number of ferries each day to and from Piraeus and many of Santorini's neighboring islands.
Getting around: The port is located 4 km from our hotel and the airport 7km east of it. In any case our guide will wait you either at the port either at the airport and will take you to your hotel.
Simple, nutritious and flavorsome, the food is one of the pleasures of travel through Greece. Rustic Greek Cuisine reflects the history and bounty of its diverse regions and relies in the fresh, seasonal home-grown produce and generally simple, unfussy cooking that brings out the rich flavors of the Mediterranean.
Greece's relaxed and hospitable dinning culture makes it easy to get into the local spirit. Greeks love to eat out and share impossibly big meals family style. Given the long summers and mild winters, alfresco dining is central to the dining experience. Service could be slow by Western standards, but why being in rush either way.
As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own. Note that alcohol and soda are not included.
Spring, summer and fall in Greece are sunny and warm. The daytime temperatures average 25-30 C though temperatures in the 35s are possible in the summer months. Nighttime temperatures cool off slightly to 20 C. Rain showers are rare in the islands, but it's often breezy and rainy on the coast.
Greece has a temperate climate. Base your clothing on the "layering system", if it is hot you can "peel off" layers quickly, if it is cooler and windy you can quickly "dress up". The lighter you travel, the easier you travel. Use your best judgement and pack as lightly as possible. You will appreciate light luggage towards the end of your trip.
Please consider taking along the following items on your trip.
Duffel bag or rolling luggage
Daypack to carry camera, water bottle and snacks etc.
Luggage locks and tags
Rain jacket and rain pants, or poncho
Casual clothing made of light-weight fabrics
Sun hat or baseball cap
Lightweight and supportive hiking boots, broken-in with good ankle support
Casual, comfortable shoes for evening
Sunscreen and lip protection
Sunglasses and retainer strap
Security pouch or money belt
Trekking poles or walking staff
Camera, memory and batteries
Reading and writing materials
Watch with alarm or travel alarm
Motion sickness remedies
Personal first-aid kit
Insect repellent (lowrisk)
Electric adapter plug/converter
This is not a fixed list, but more of a guideline, so feel free to add and remove items as you see fit.
CURRENCY & BANKING
Greece has adopted the Euro as its currency. The easiest way to obtain local cash is from an ATM. Greek ATMs accept cards bearing the Cirrus, EC, Euro card, Visa and Plus symbols. If you take cash, US or Canadian Dollars can be easily exchanged at banks. Most major credit cards, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.
It is advisable to have some Euros with you upon arrival to be used for a taxi if necessary.
You may want to check the website www.xe.com for current exchange rates.
You must have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the conclusion of your trip. Please make sure that you have blank pages in your passport for your visa (if required), entry and exit stamps (one for each). Please make a copy to take with you in the event yours is lost or stolen and keep it separate from your actual passport.
Currently a Greek Tourist Visa is not required for citizens of Canada, United States, Britain and Australia. If you hold another passport, please check online http://visacentral.com/visas.php