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Better than the cable car - but: walk (no donkeys pls)

Going back to the old port is quite a challenge. If you are willing to wait 2-3 hours you can take... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bandit-One
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Lucerne, Switzerland
Donkey Ride

The donkey ride exceeded our expectations. We really enjoyed the ride and I would definitely advise... read more

Reviewed November 8, 2018
Imperia F
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Paralia Katerinis, Greece
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Going back to the old port is quite a challenge. If you are willing to wait 2-3 hours you can take the cable car. Wasting away half of the time you get here if you arrive by cruise. So: Don't! Take the stairs. And I'm...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bandit-One
Reviewed November 26, 2018

1000 steps or a donkey. If you are walking watch out for the donkeys and their droppings. Can get slippery. We decided on the cable car.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mike H
Reviewed November 8, 2018

The donkey ride exceeded our expectations. We really enjoyed the ride and I would definitely advise to either get the cable car or ride a donkey. Don’t walk those stairs as you won’t be able to enjoy it because of the donkeys. The stairs are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Imperia F
Reviewed October 7, 2018

Our cruise ship anchored in the caldera along with 4 other ships. Our tender dropped us off and we used the Cable Car to ascend to Fira. We spent a wonderful day on Santorini enjoying the wine and the Black Sand beach. The problem arises...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Patricia K
Reviewed September 27, 2018

We had done our research and were expecting the steps to be a horribly smelly climb, but nothing quite prepares you for the full olfactory experience. The stairway is beautiful and offers amazing views of the caldera and scenery, but the donkeys ruin it. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 197nikkil
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Multiple news articles have been recently published about this exact issue. The donkeys' backs are literally breaking from out of shape, overweight tourists who want an "experience" at the expense of a poorly treated, overworked, underfed, animal. I saw one of the donkeys pleading with...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank AndyCworld
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

The title of my review is meant to be taken both literally and figuratively! We walked from the top to the bottom after not wanting to wait in a massive line for the cable car. Yes there is donkey poop but it's not covering every...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank chrisvC2310UN
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

Wasn’t looking forward to the stairs after the comments online. My husband and I walked the stairs both up and down. We are in our late 60s and relatively fit. The scariest part was being passed by the donkeys as they didn’t leave a lot...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Lyn O
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Please don't do this, the guys that run the donkeys think that it's great fun to scare the tourists by driving the donkeys as close to you as possible. My daughter and I came across a girl who was petrified and in tears, so we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank DrumAndBassBoss
Reviewed August 2, 2018

It is best to walk or take the cable car as the donkeys are clearly not treated well and are made to carry too much weight.

Date of experience: June 2018
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sofia56
March 22, 2017|
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Response from Kavitavij | Reviewed this property |
Fira and Firastefanos are pretty much the same. Imerovigli is the next town on the way to Oia.
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No, they are not included in our day tour, but I didn't see a healthy donkey that could have held my 205 # husband. They all looked malnourished and were beaten up the steps, by a gruff man with a long stick. We didn't... More
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