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“fab walk up volcano and dip in the hotsprings”
Review of Santorini Volcano

Santorini Volcano
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6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience
Ranked #18 of 164 things to do in Santorini
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

took a tender from our cruise ship to the dock and boarded a motor yacht/boat, very quaint, wooden boat with masts, the staff where friendly and you can purchase drinks at a reasonable price. A short trip over to the volcano and an easy 1k walk up to the top, stunninf views from sea level all the way up to the top, the path is quite wide and stopping wont get in the way of otheres, seats at various points with aparasol if you get tired. you can walk around the top and even see the sulphur clouds, there are dug holes near the top of the crater to pop your hand in and feel the heat...careful it's hot! after boarding the boat we travelled over to the hot springs, change in the toilets on board if you need to and do not where anything you mind getting soiled as sulphur stains, i wore black. Dive from the boat, climb down the ladder, or simply watch, swim the 50m over tot he springs, it's fun and a little bit different, finding the mud to smear on your skin is hard but a friendly bloke found a spots amongst the stones that was soft mud,(which is said to make you appear 20 years younger!) The boat sounds a horn for your return. a fabulous day trip out . And i would do it again if the opportunity arose.
Just wear decent shoes for the volcano and old stuff to swim in, for kids take their swimming buoyancy aid to wear, an an old towel and a waterproof camera :) was sure value for money

Thank juliettejojomark
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

We booked the boat tour of the volcano and hot springs as part of a day trip to Santorini from Heraklion, whilst on the 3 hour Mega Jet journey from Heraklion. The tour cost us 12 Euros each in addition to the 165 Euros each we had paid for the Tui/Thomson day tour which included transfer from our hotel in Agios Nikolaos, Crete, ferry crossings and coach tours to Oia and Fira . The whole day was rushed - after a far too short time spent struggling through the crowded alleys of beautiful Oia to try to capture the iconic images on camera, followed by an exhausting and slippery walk along the cliff edge to Fira, we were then about 20 - 30 minutes late reaching the port after a long wait for a group of misplaced tourists who were joining us, and then being firmly directed on a long, hot walk to the wrong bus to return us to the port. After we had all piled onto the boat we set off at speed to the volcano, water splashing over those of us seated at the front. I was amazed by the number of people allowing expensive, non-waterproof cameras to be drenched with sea water whilst snapping every minute of the trip. Those who wanted to swim in the hot springs were instructed to change into swimwear in the boat's toilets. We already had our swimwear on under our clothes but were not impressed by the sight of the hot springs: muddy yellow water full of people in huge life jackets from a couple of other large boats already moored up. We had also not brought beach shoes with us: nobody had warned us the springs were shallow and people were complaining about rocks hurting their feet. The other boats had bars and music and generally seemed to be having more fun! We were cold and wet from the boat trip, exhausted after our route march across the island, so decided to relax on board and dry out in the late afternoon sun. The swimmers in our party were directed off the side of the boat and had quite a long swim in open water around the backs of the other two boats to reach the springs. No life jackets or buoyancy aids were offered. They had been instructed to return when the ship's horn sounded, but there were some weak swimmers in the party and I could see one poor man desperately treading water going nowhere fast! His family/friends found it hysterically funny when he had to be rescued by the crew throwing him a life belt and hauling him in. One of the crew was, somewhat reluctantly I thought, starting to strip off ready to dive in if necessary. We were not given the option of actually climbing the volcano as part of this trip - there clearly would not have been time. If I were to repeat this experience, I would stay on the Island for a couple of nights, outside of thee main tourist season, spend a day and evening wandering around Oia and seeing the sunset, then do the Thalassa sunset cruise round the volcano the following day. We saw the sunset whilst aboard the ferry and returned to our hotel at 10.30 pm having left it at 06.10 - absolutely exhausted and disappointed. Not the best way to see the Island. Very disappointed by my photos of Santorini - I simply did not have enough time to find the best viewpoints and everywhere was jam-packed with tourists.

Thank yorkshirecat56
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

The place is so wonderful that my eyes were stuck by its beauty and everything surrounded is so amazing. The huge cruise ships on the ocean looks very fantastic and you won't stop taking photos of you surrounded by the beautiful creations.

1  Thank Zizi M
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Fab!!.Had read about this cruise on trip adviser before going to santorini and we really wanted to try it especially when we read about the saxophone player playing while the sun set. Booked the trip as soon as we arrived for 55 euros each. Set off at 2.30 and the guide, Christina, gave us a very informative and funny history of the area while walking up the volcano. Great swim in the hot springs then off to the island of Thalissia for another swim and a very tasty buffet tea with a nice glass of local wine. Then the hi-light, sails were hoisted, and then the fantastic sunset with the saxaphone. It was our anniversary and my wife was almost overcome with the magic and romance of the moment. Over all a fantastic trip with a great guide and crew, amazing views and great value. Well worth it!

3  Thank Jeremy F
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Volcan excursion is nice as you sail for 20 minutes inside Caldera and can take nice pictures the Caldera of main island. You need a hat,athletic shoes,water and swimwear for having a swim after in hotsprings. There is a walk to climb up on black hardstone footpath until the crater and i recomend this tour if you like to see a safe volcanic crater (upto now).

Thank lsyrigos
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