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Bella Aurora & Thalassa

Imerovigli, Greece
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About Bella Aurora & Thalassa
Come! Sail away with us on a memorable voyage.You will board our authentic Brigantine Thalassa at the picturesque old port of Fira.We will set sail for the small port of the volcano. When we arrive your guide will lead you up to the rim of the volcanic crater where smoke rises up and the stones are hot to the touch. Remember to bring good walking shoes and a hat to protect you from the sun.Leaving the volcano, our ship heads for the “hot springs”. There you can bathe in the warm waters (don’t forget your bathing suite and towel) . During the remainder of our voyage, we pass by Thirassia, where you have the chance to swim again in the blue crystal cleal waters while the captain and his crew prepare plenty of traditional Greek meze (appetizers) and you’ll have the chance to taste the renowned wine from Santorini. Next we come to the northern tip of Santorini and the town of Ia with its two small seaports Ammoudi and Armeni. From our sailing boat we have a unique vantage point for viewing the lovely traditional settlement of Ia. Here you can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.Then we will set the sails and head back to Fira enjoying the wine and live saxophone music as the sun magically sets into the sea.
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LizB wrote a review Sep 2020
Bromley, United Kingdom203 contributions73 helpful votes
I did this trip a few years ago - this time sadly the sun was hiding behind the clouds - so that was the only thing that was disappointing. The boat, the crew and the food was all wonderful. Sadly for the company, due to current time there was only 8 people on board, for us it was like a private charter! If you are worried - don’t be - hand sanitisers everywhere, and plenty of space to sit separately. The volcano tour really good, wear trainers though, Gina, the guide is very very knowledgable and very clear. The swimming - it rained but the water was warm, good times. The sunset - the sun shone on Fira - it lit up beautiful. Sadly not on oia. But the boat and the sailing was just perfect. If you go from the old port it’s a trek downstairs - even more going back up to Fira. Definitely need to be fit or use the cable car! Five star trip!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Joanna Gaitanou wrote a review Sep 2020
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I was very lucky to have the chance to do this so beautiful tour last Friday! First of all, we started on time!!!!!! The boat was super, especially for now, with the Covid 19 problem, because it was very big and thus we could have our own private space!!! Wooden, beautiful boat, very clean and confortable!!! Its name is 'Thalassa' which means Sea in Greek! First we visited the Volcano! TZINA the Tour leader offered us an amazing Tour!!!! She speaks excellent English and Italian, but above all she has very positive energy! She explained to us everything we needed to know about the Volcano and she made sure that we make 2-3 stops while walking so that we dont get tired! Then we went for a swim in the Hot waters!!!! No other boat was there, just us! After this we went to Thirassia island for a swim and early dinner! The food was served in a very safe way! Tasty Greek plates and Wine! Finally, Sunset at Oia!!!!!!!! Tzina offered us a great presentation of the island of Santorini and Oia!!!! She is a Perfect Tour Leader! FRANCESCO was very polite and professional!!! He encouraged me to jump in the sea from the deck of the boat, because I was afraid! I did it! LAMBROS was also very polite and friendly!!! Finally, a big thanks to our Captain, MANOLIS for a safe trip and information for the island!!! Good job Captain!!! And another thanks to ANDREAS the Chef!!!!! GREAT EXPERIENCE, I WOULD DO IT AGAIN!!!!!!! Thank you Thalassa!!!!!!!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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ricky b wrote a review Aug 2020
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Had a lovely afternoon, on a beautiful boat. Everything was wonderful, from the tour of the volcano to the sunset along with the clear explanation and history of Santorini given by the hostess
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Date of experience: August 2020
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sss wrote a review Aug 2020
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The tour was well organized, first stop is the path to the top of the volcano! The guide provides a quick but ok explanation and walks you to the top! Just a bit disappointing the hot springs bath as it appears to be not in the best and most characteristic spot ! Dinner was good and rich, free white wine was served too! Great location for the sunset view, which was probably the highlight of the day! We were just 15people on the boat as this is a particular year, they told us that in a normal year they would fit about 80 that looks a bit crowded but surely fun and party!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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spiz9 wrote a review Aug 2020
Podcetrtek, Slovenia5 contributions2 helpful votes
For starters, the volcano is ok, the turist guide is nice, but the the trip it is nothing special, the view is nice but dont expect to see much of the volcano, besides a bit of smoke and some smell of suplhur. Then the hot springs are neither hot nor springs, the water is a few degrees warmer than the suronding sea, but you only get a 20 minutes swim around the sprinf where the watter is mudy, then you go around the island, visit the other swimming site where you just sit in the harbour and go swimming around the boat for 10 minutes until it gets cold and windy. After thar you wait 25 minutes in line to get the worst meal we ate in santorini. Just not worth even eating, you get free white wine, nothing special, while you pay for the water. Then you sail to Oia, see the sun set to the water which is a nice view, but nothing specially better then in kaldera. We got no blanckets, towells or live saxophone music as some reviews mention, just a windy trip back....not a sail since they do not deploy the sails even since it is a sailing boat.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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