Fascination Volcano

1050

8 days itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Santorini - Introduction
Arrival to Santorini - group dinner - introduction
Acc.: Hotel in Akrotiri overlooking the sea (during the whole tour) (D)

Day 2: Whole-day walk along the scenic southern peninsula
Today will be a whole-day walk at relaxed pace, following remote trails on the scenic southern peninsula. We observe the oldest exposed volcanic rocks, a typical cross-section of a small volcano (cinder cone, crater with dike and lava-lake), marine fossils, dramatic faults and other geologic highlights illustrating how this island was formed.
There will be an excellent lunch in a small tavern on the way, and possibilities for swim breaks on beautiful beaches.

Day 3: Walk along the caldera - remains of prehistoric settlements - deposits of the Minoan eruption
Half-day hike along the spectacular southern caldera, visit of an abandoned quarry with prehistoric settlement remains, descend into a beautiful remote bay, lunch & swim break, boat ride back along the dramatic cliffs of the caldera.

Day 4: The volcanic islands Nea + Palea Kameni
Whole-day boat trip (private small boat from the beach below the hotel) to visit the historic volcanic islands of Palea and Nea Kameni (explosion craters, lava flows and bizarre lava domes, fumaroles, sulphur deposits, bath in warm, iron-bearing springs). Short hike to the summit craters of the volcano. Extensive lunch and swimming break.

Day 5: Archaeologic highlights - spectacular walk along the caldera to Oia town
Short walk to and visit of the nearby Minoan excavations (if reopened by the time of the tour), coffee/ swim break on the beach of Akrotiri. Local bus transfer to the capital Fira, visit of the outstanding archeological museum, extended lunch break at free disposal (opportunity to buy souvenirs, send postcards etc.).
After lunch, we visit an excellent exposition of replica of the world-famous wall paintings of Akrotiri in the conference centre of Fira. We continue in afternoon to hike along the spectacular cliffs of the northern part of the caldera to the picturesque town of Oia. Visit of the remnants of a Venetian castle, eroded stratovolcanoes, tuff rings, ancient graves and observation of fossil stromatolites. Dinner in Oia, famous for its brilliant sunsets. Taxi or bus transfer back to Akrotiri.

Day 6: Prof. Ilias mountain - Ancient Thera - Perissa black sand beach
Whole-day walk to the Profitis Ilias Mountain, the highest peak of the island group (556m). From there we hike along an ancient trail to the impressive ruins of the ancient Greek town of Thera, excavated around 1900. On our way coffee break in the medieval town of Pirgos with its Venetian castle, lunch snack under the shadow of trees next to the ancient Greek theater. The excursion ends in Perissa with its famous black-sand beach on the early afternoon. The rest of day can be spent on the beach (with bus or taxi transfer back to the hotel arranged, or facultative hike back along the coast and through impressive pumice canyons).

Day 7: Free day or optional excursion

Day 8: Departure
Departure or extension program.

Note:
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

Day 1-7: Same as in 8-days itinerary
Same as in 8-days itinerary

Day 8: Boat tour around the caldera cliffs - visit Therasia Island
Half-day boat trip (private small boat) inside the caldera, likely to become an unforgettable highlight of the tour. After a lunch- and swimming stop on Thirasia island we sail slowly along Santorini's spectacular inner caldera cliffs and return to our hotel for a free afternoon (see photos taken during these trips). In the evening group dinner in a nearby beach tavern.

Day 9: Departure
Departure or extension program.

4-12(13) May 13
5-12(13) Oct 13

Additional info:

Included:

  • 7(8) nights in double rooms incl. breakfast (buffet)
  • 2x lunch (rich picknick days 2 and 6)
  • Full dinner (incl. drinks) except on days 5 and 6
  • 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)
  • Wine-tasting and all entry fees
  • Accompanying material
  • English-German-Greek speaking geologic guide

Not included:

  • Travel to and from Santorini
  • Extra meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Single room supplement*: 150 Euro.

Add-ons:

  • Additional nights on Santorini 50 EUR (double room) / 40 EUR (single room)
  • Domestic flight Athens-Santorini or v.v. Ca. 50-100 EUR one way

Physical requirements:

Some hiking experience needed, walking over loose ground, climbing and descending on smaller steep passages. Secure step, a good feeling for balance and no fear of altitude. Walking distances of up to around 12 km, climbing of up to 500 m, walking times up to 4-6 hrs during a full day. For details, see section in main text.

Arrival info:

The tour starts and ends on Santorini. Participants usually arrange their own arrival to the island.
On request, we can also provide you with flight tickets to Santorini or assist with information on how to get to Santorini.

Accommodation:

Our hotel is a charming family-run pension. The building with superb views over the sea is located in the traditional village of Akrotiri far away from the crowded tourist centers, and in immediate vicinity to a good beach. The rooms have terraces and view onto the sea... Its location, the familiar ambience and the friendliness of the keepers provide a surroundings for our small group.

Customized tours:

For complete groups (tourist groups, school classes, hobby geologist groups, etc...) and individuals with specific interests (e.g. geological excursions, filming etc.), we can help to or arrange individual programs.
If you are interested, please contact us.

Preceding / additional days:

Santorini as well as nearby islands have a lot to offer for a much longer stay. This tour is an excellent departing point to explore more of it. If space available, previous or following nights at the same hotel can be booked without problems. Also, recommendations for other places to stay/ activities can be given.

Свободни места: 
space available
space available
Цена: 
1050 EUR (8d.) / 1175 EUR (9d.)
1050 EUR (8d.) / 1175 EUR (9d.)
Брой хора в групата: 
6-12
6-12