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Wonder of the Aegean - Santorini (SA 3)

 
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    There is no Greek island that better fits the picture of your Greek island dream vacation.

    Whitewashed and multicolored adobe style houses which seem to defy gravity as they cling on to the dramatic cliffs surrounding the caldera which was created by a volcanic eruption over 3,500 years before, a brilliantly blue sea and the most famous sunset create a stunning picture that seems almost unreal. Discover the secrets of this ancient and utterly alluring island with our unique hiking and cultural tour.


    Tour Code: SA3

    Duration: 8 days

    Group size: 4 to 12 persons.

    Suitable for: Families, solo travelers, hikers and leisure walkers of all ages.

    Tour Guide: Tobias Schorr

    greentours reserves the right to substitute any tour guide should the situation require it.


    Extend your holiday!!

    There are so many things you can do in Santorini, like diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, yoga, wine tasting or just relax at the beach. You can extend your stay on Santorini, arrive earlier, or you can combine this tour with Athens or the island of Milos. Just let us know on time and we\'ll do our best to satisfy your needs.

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    Day 1: Arrival on Santorini

    Arrival at Santorini (JTR) airport and transfer to your hotel in the beautiful village of Oia. Meet your guide for a dinner and a first introduction to the island and your tour. If you arrive early that day, you will have time for a first stroll through the picturesque lanes of Oia.
    Optional: Arrival at Athinios harbor if you travel by ship.
    - Meals: Dinner. -Overnight stay in Oia

    Day 2: The Caldera walk
    Spectacular walk along the caldera from Fira to Oia. We stroll through the narrow lanes dotted with shops and cafes. We visit the archaeological museum where items discovered in the excavated Minoan settlement near Akrotiri are exposed. Later we will visit an interesting exhibition of 3D-reconstructions of the Minoan wall-paintings. In the afternoon, we walk along the Caldera back towards Oia village. We will enjoy great views of the volcano caldera that offer many motifs for unforgettable photographs. In a little cafe at the caldera rim, we will be fortified with some fresh-pressed orange-juice and homemade nut cake. Our route passes through some fresh-looking volcanic cinder cones. We are back in Oia in time for the world famous and utterly breathtaking sunset.
    - Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. -Overnight stay in Oia

    Day 3: The Red Beach & the Akrotiri peninsula
    Today we drive to the small village of Akrotiri, where a prehistoric Minoan town has been excavated. Often compared to Pompeii, Akrotiri boasts a much earlier age and preserves amazing ruins dating back to the second millennium BC. Walk through the well-kept passageway in the excavated area and marvel at the beautiful pottery, the two and three-story houses, which were once decorated with renowned wall paintings, the staircases and a great variety of rooms, roads and squares of a city 3,500 years old!
    After our tour in Akrotiri, we will walk along the coastline to the famous \"red beach\" with its cinder cone. At the Taxiarhes chapel, we will see an uplifted magma-chamber that did not come to the surface but instead created a little hill. Here there is a possibility of finding some rare marine fossils. We will stroll over the Santorinian fava- & vine-fields and then relax for lunch at a little tavern with local specialties. Transfer back to our hotel.
    - Meals: Breakfast, Dinner -Overnight stay in Oia

    Day 4: Boat trip to the Volcano Islands
    In the morning we embark on a chartered boat that will be at our disposal for the entire day. From the little port of Amouthi, we sail to the youngest landmass of Greece: Nea Kameni, the still active volcano of Santorini. We will start early in the morning, avoiding the crowds and having the best light on the moon-like crater landscape. Hot gas-exhalations (so-called \"fumaroles\") show that the magma chamber below the volcano is still active. Later, we sail along the island to the other volcanic island Palea Kameni and arrive at Thirasia Island. There we will have a break in one of the taverns or will walk up to the village of Manolas. Enjoying the spectacular cliffs of the caldera near Thirasia and Oia from the boat, we return to Oia in the afternoon.
    - Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. -Overnight stay in Oia

    Day 5: From Pyrgos to Ancient Thira and Perissa beach
    Today we drive by local bus to the wonderful medieval village of Pyrgos with its towering Venetian castle on top of the hill. After a walk through the lanes of the village and its castle, the bus brings us to the highest mountain of Santorini - the Prophitis Ilias Mountain. We walk along an ancient trail to the Acropolis of Thira. At spring time we can observe many orchids and other rare plants. After about two hours we will arrive at the excavations site. Later on, we walk down to the black sand beach of Perissa, where we can get refreshments and/or swim in the sea. The bus will take us back to our hotel in the late afternoon.
    - Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. -Overnight stay in Oia

    Day 6: Pumice gorge & Vlyhada beach
    Today we start our tour in the wine fields near Akrotiri village. We walk through a gorge in the pumice rocks. Our path looks like a narrow channel that suddenly ends at the coast. We stroll along the beach with its spectacular ash- and pumice cliffs, until we reach an old tomato factory at Vlyhada bay. Here, we can refresh ourselves in a fish tavern, and/or spend some time at the beach for swimming. Transfer by a local bus to our hotel.
    - Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. -Overnight stay in Oia

    Day 7: Free day
    Free day for relaxation, shopping in Fira or Oia or for spontaneous group activities. Also a day for doing tours that could not be done due to bad weather conditions or other causes.
    In the evening, we meet once again for a delicious group dinner.
    - Meals: Breakfast, Dinner. -Overnight stay in Oia

    Day 8: Departure
    After breakfast, we transfer you to the airport (optional port of Athinios harbor if you arrived by ship) or your private tour extension. It is also possible to connect this tour with a private journey to the neighboring islands Milos, Naxos or Paros (highly recommended. Ask us for itinerary suggestions).
    - Meals: Breakfast

    Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the tour leader, according to local and weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control.

    2019 Dates

    For groups from 4 to 8 persons, any date on request when available between April 15 and October 15


    Price / person: Euro
    1.024.-

    Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement Euro 150,-

    Prices include:
    7 night\'s hotel accommodation in double rooms with shower/WC, air conditioning, TV, telephone and internet access.
    7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
    All local transfers as per itinerary
    Transfer from and to the airport
    English-speaking experienced tour guide
    All activities as per itinerary
    All entrance fees for Archeological Sites and Museums as per itinerary

    Not included:
    Transfer to and from Santorini.
    All personal expenses.
    Alcoholic Beverages.
    Additional meals and other sites of interest not included in the itinerary.
    Outdoor activities which are not part of this itinerary.
    Meals if not mentioned.
    Travel and Personal accident insurance.

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    For your stay in Santorini, we have chosen a nice family run hotel in the picturesque village Oia with one of the best taverns of the island. Full-equipped with en-suite WC and Shower, TV, telephone, air-conditioning and wireless internet access.


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