Santorini Volcano
Santorini Volcano
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Ceri J
New Town, null, Sri Lanka51 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Save your money. We went with Santorini Travel and it was chaos. Took a longer than it should have, loads of waiting in the sun, mix up with buses so we were all divided up and put on old mini buses. To walk on the volcanic island was and extra €5
Written August 17, 2023
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Krishhere
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India1,412 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
We were staying at Imerovigl from where we had an excellent view of the caldera. We took a tour by boat to the volcano island. The best part was the boat ride through the blue waters of the Aegean sea. Some of the views were as if from picture post cards. We docked at the volcano island made of black rocks and our tour guide took the people on a hike of the volcano. A handful of us chose to stay back on the boat and enjoy the breeze and the scenery. It was a morning well spent.
Written March 11, 2020
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lucyrhay
County Durham, UK888 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
The views from this volcano are stunning. The walk up isn’t very long, but we found it quite difficult as we aren’t used to heat. The inactive crater isn’t very far from the bottom though, so if you struggle with mobility you can walk to this and sit down under covered seating as opposed to going the whole way up. The walk is also relatively safe and suitable for accompanied children. You’re given an explanatory leaflet as you enter the site which gives a great context as to the history of the volcano even if you aren’t with a guide. It’s only a short 10 minute boat ride from the Port of Thira. We really enjoyed our trip!
Written September 16, 2021
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Nadine
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
To do absolutely Go down to the port of Fira on foot (provide sneakers), on the back of a donkey or by cable car. Climb aboard this magnificent wooden boat and set off to discover the volcano. It's really a nice excursion with a very friendly guide (Ulysse) who explains the history of the volcano really well and who is very available for any information. I recommend 100%
Written May 29, 2022
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Stacey Ay
London, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Great trip out to the volcano and hot springs. This tour was the perfect length of time. Allowed adequate time to hike the volcano and take in the views, before heading back to the boat to go round to the hot springs. Definitely wear dark coloured swim wear for the hot springs, as light coloured clothing will be dyed. You could either jump in, or climb down the steps into the sea, before swimming over to the hot springs which were lovely and warm.

There were some issues at the port. We arrived on time, but there were others who arrived late and even after leaving the port we returned for them - very kind, but frustrating! Though, overall this didn’t affect our experience.
Written June 4, 2022
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Andy C
237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
I jogged from the boat dock to the top, then around the rim. I had to cross back and forth multiple times before descending back to the boat dock to finish a 5K distance. The ground at the top is active, and has smoke seeping through the rocks. It's warm to the touch but not hot enough to burn your skin or shoes. Very cool if you like that sort of site. Definitely wear comfortable CLOSED TOE shoes! Leave the flip flops behind. The trail to the top isn't difficult, but it's not completely smooth.
Written November 15, 2021
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David P
Washington DC, DC99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I loved exploring the Santorini Volcano. It was my first time at a volcano and didn't really know what to expect. But it's a little otherworldly, almost like being on Mars. It's pretty cool to see the steam coming up from the rocks too. Note: It is quite a hike up to the volcano. It's a LOT of walking. Wear comfortable shoes.
Written January 26, 2023
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Go25435
Michigan3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
While staying on Santorini I took a day tour that included the Akrotiri ruins, the volcanic islets of Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni, and the island of Thirassia. Book your tour directly at a travel agency, not from your hotel. Two others from my hotel booked through the hotel, I did so at a travel agent. Each paid almost twice what I did, and their tour did not include Akrotiri. They ended up on the very same boat as me for the remainder of the tour! Akrotiri was not all that I had hoped as they were doing renovations and much of it was covered. The active volcanic islet of Nea Kameni was very cool. It is a bit of a hike to the top. I wore sturdy shoes and was glad of it, as those in flip flops had a rough time. Don't wear fancy clothes or shoes, my feet were covered in a fine black dust. Bring water. If you do these things it will be great! You can see the different colored portions of the island from the different erruptions. The big chunks of black lava rock near the base are so cool to look at! My guide was very informative and we learned a lot from her about the history of the volcanoe. She gave her spiels in several languages, english, german, and I don't remember what else. Next we stopped to swim in the warm sulphur springs off Palea Kameni, also a lot of fun. Then we went on to the island of Thirassia. You dock in the small port with several seafood restaurants for lunch. There is a larger village up top but there are many steps to reach it and time is limited, so I did not go. Instead I had lunch and then relaxed near the water. You can choose to end your tour in Fira or Oia. Be warned if you end in Oia you will be dropped off at the bottom of the cliff and will have to go up many steps to reach the town, very tiring in the heat of the day. With the hiking, swimming, and steps this tour will be most enjoyable for those that are reasonably fit. I ended the day tired but I had a great day and really enjoyed visiting the volcanic islets.
Written January 6, 2005
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TravelQueenie365
Singapore, Singapore667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
We did a lot of research before we bought the Santorini Volcano and hot spring tour ticket but we could not find any information.

Before you actually decide to buy a Santorini Volcano and Hot Spring day tour ticket, we have to tell you there are actually a lot of hidden cost that no one mentioned in the internet. To prevent yourself from ending up like us, I am going to give you the best guide and tips about this tour so that you won't feel that you have been duped by the whole tour.

Cost: 15 € (Volcano/Hot Spring tour), 30 € full day tour including watching sunset at Oia and some food provided.

Time: 10am - 2pm (Only for Volcano/Hot Sprnig tour). They have a later session which is around 3pm to 7pm-ish. The full day package that includes watching the Oia sunset is not worth it at all, wouldnt recommend you to buy it.

How to get to the pick-up point: This is the problem. The 15 € ticket does not include cable car ride down to the pick-up point at the boat. You can walk down the bendy stairs from the cliff where all the donkeys wastes are and where all the donkeys stops are OR you can take the donkey ride which cost 5 € one way. One-way cable car ride is 4€ and you have to queue up for almost 15 mins during peak hour BUT the scenery is spectacular!

Getting on the boat: The people on the boat will waste at least 15 - 20 mins waiting for other tourists to buy their day tour tickets from the travel agent. This is how much time they will be wasting because they want to load as many tourists as possible.

When you arrive: 2€ entrance fee to enter the volcano. YES! i am not telling you any lies, there are so many hidden cost in this day tour that we have to lay it out to you so that you will be aware of it.

So after you paid all the hidden cost, there will be a tour guide who will lead you to the 2 active volcano craters and also it will take one hour to walk around and only about 30 mins to walk back to the boat. Follow the tour guide no matter what!

When you get back to the boat, there will be another 20 minutes wasted for sending us towards the hot spring. When we went there in April, the hot spring was extremely cold, about 20 degree but it felt like it was freezing point! Back and forth, the boat only stopped for 30 minutes for all the tourists to jump into the sea and then the boat will leave if you don't catch it while you were swimming. So make sure you check where your boat is going when you are swimming!

It will take at least 15 to 20 minutes to get back to the original pick-up point and that is all your 15€ worth.

We personally felt that it is not worth going but at the same time, it was not that bad sitting on the boat admiring the Aegean sea. It is one of the most beautiful scenery i have ever seen so I am not complaining, highly advising everyone to only do it once in your life and get it over and done with even though it is a complete rip-off.

Best tips: Bring a good pair of shoes for walking on the volcano, bring something to eat and drink. Also remember your sun-screen. Dont forget your towel if you want to jump into the hot spring for a swim.

Actual cost including all hidden cost: 15€ + 8 € (returned cable car ride) + 2 € entrance fee = 25€

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Written May 14, 2013
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muse
Steamboat Springs, CO43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Definately take an all day boat trip that includes the volcano (you will be charged a euro to hike to the top). The hike is uphill on black rock and is hot -really hot in the summer! Take water, wear tennis shoes, not flip flops, and plan on your shoes getting dirty-not a walk for white tennies. There are little wisps of steam escaping at the summit, and the view is spectacular! You will get to experience a dip in some volcano warmed water on the other side of the island afterward, then on to Thirasia or Oia or Fira, depending on which tour you choose. Beautiful trip!
Written December 19, 2004
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