Santorini Holidays

Perch on the edge of a volcano’s caldera and enjoy some of the most iconic views in the Med on breathtaking Santorini holidays.

There’s that first fairytale moment that you set eyes on Santorini and see those snow-white layers on top of the cliff dotted with Tiffany blue pools tumbling down into the sea. Once you’ve got your bearings in the maze of pathways where the only traffic is a caravan of donkeys, you’ll be dining in pink-walled restaurants over lobster carpaccio or on butternut wood tables under the stars where Moet and oyster bars overlook stunning black sand beaches.

There are few that don’t know holidays to Santorini are unmissable, and the crowds that throng through the island’s prettiest town, Oia, are testament to this. We’ll tell you to explore early or late to miss the packs, instead spending delicious days on crisp-white restaurant terraces or in private pools looking out to the Aegean Sea. And there are plenty of these. Humble houses have been converted into minimalistic clean-lined cave hotels, infinity pools come with cliff-hugging caldera views and luxurious Champagne lounges are sprinkled with the talcum-white treatment too. Venturing out you’ll find Santorini holidays are all cable car rides dipping off the edge of the volcano, archaeological ruins that rival Pompeii, a zigzag of slender streets filled with sea green shutters and blue domed churches, and chalky white cliffs crumbling onto pristine grey sands.

Give us a call and discover first-hand why this stylish speck of an island is one of the most photographed in the world.

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Santorini Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Santorini

Regina Mare Hotel

In a naturally magnificent setting, this boutique hotel comes with a warm welcome and chic accomm...

Ambassador Aegean Luxury Hotel & Suites Santorini

A sugar-white coastal stunner carved into volcanic rock, where every room comes with a private po...

Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites

A classic slice of Cycladic elegance in Santorini’s pretty capital, this Small Luxury Hotel of th...

Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Tumbling down the caldera cliffside, this exclusive southern Oia hideaway offers effortless luxur...

Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort

Contemporary design rubs shoulders with cobblestoned alleyways and a 400-year-old wine cave resta...

Sun Rocks Hotel

This photogenic and sophisticated couples-only hideaway is the perfect choice for a honeymoon or...

Santo Pure Oia Suites & Villas

In one of the best sunset-viewing settings in Santorini, this relaxed, stylish and grown-up retre...

Volcanic Island Cruise

Admire views of Santorini from a different perspective as you cruise around volcanic islands on a traditional Greek boat. First, you’ll sail to the Nea Kameni lava islet, where you’ll join a guided walking tour ascending to the crater of the still-active volcano. Enjoy the sights of Santorini from above before returning to the boat and continuing to the second lava islet, Palea Kameni, known for its hot springs. Here, you can jump off the ship into the thermal waters. Next is the traditional island of Thirassia, where the time is yours to spend as you wish. Relax at the picturesque small port or have lunch in the village of Manolas. You could also transfer to the famous town of Oia, the most photographed place in Greece. The experience concludes with a view over Santorini’s legendary sunset.

• Daily departures
• Operates from May to September
• Group experience

Good to know
Not wheelchair/pram accessible as a moderate amount of walking is involved and there are uneven surfaces. Infant seats unavailable. Life jackets are given only in case of emergency. For non-confident swimmers, floating noodles are provided.

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Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise

Sail on a traditional Greek caique boat for dinner with a sunset view. The first stop of your adventure is the volcano of Santorini, where a guided walking tour leads you to the crater of the still-active volcano. Once on top, you can take photos and walk around the volcano’s rim. The next stop allows you to dive into hot springs created by the underwater powers of the volcano. Swim near the shore in volcanic waters and experience bathing in warm therapeutic mud. As you sail above the underwater craters from Palia Kameni, heading north to Thirasia Island, the boat will anchor close to the shore. Dinner is served on board with wine as you watch the sunset in the north cape of Santorini under the whitewashed village of Oia.

• Daily departures
• Operates from January to October
• Group experience

Good to know
Not wheelchair/pram accessible as a moderate amount of walking is involved and there are uneven surfaces. Infant seats unavailable. Life jackets are given only in case of emergency. For non-confident swimmers, floating noodles are provided.

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Santorini Wine & Sunset Experience

Sample Santorini’s viniculture by visiting two local wineries. Your tour begins with a visit to Venetsanos Winery, located in a beautiful position with incredible views over the caldera and volcanic islands. Discover its unconventional structural design, constructed from above and moving downwards, before tasting three of its exceptional wines. Continue to Koutsoyiannopoulos Wine Museum, one of the largest estates on Santorini with a long family tradition in winemaking, combining the ancient traditions of Santorini to produce some of the most highly awarded wines on the island. Refresh your palate by tasting volcanic white wines and the island’s exceptional dessert wine. The last stop is Sun Spirit Bar in Oia. Enjoy your wine in this idyllic location as you watch the sun dip behind the horizon.

• Departs Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
• Operates from May to October
• Group experience

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Highlights of Santorini

Spend an afternoon exploring must-see locations across Santorini. A luxury coach will collect you from your hotel and drive you to Profitis Ilias, the highest point on the island. Take in a sweeping panorama of the island of Santorini and the deep blue hue of the Aegean Sea while learning about the island´s fascinating volcanic history. Wander around the courtyard of the 18th-century monastery that sits on top of the mountain, then visit the Saint Nektarios chapel and enjoy the tranquillity of your surroundings. Continue to the village of Pyrgos, a lesser visited but particularly lovely part of Santorini. Wander through its winding alleys and immerse yourself in its traditional atmosphere, where there are quintessential houses, blue-domed churches, and quaint shops. Take a walk to its imposing castle for beautiful vistas of the surrounding area. The next stop is Emporio, where you will join a guided walk and visit the small Venetian fortress, exploring the medieval village's doorways, windows, alleys, and arches. Continue to Perissa Beach, also known as Black Beach. There’s free time to swim in the sea or order lunch at a beachfront Greek taverna. Take the opportunity to taste local Santorinian wine and learn about the winemaking process in a private wine-tasting session comprising three wines made from local grape varieties. In the early evening, arrive at the cliff-top village of Oia with its famous, blue-domed churches. Take a guided walk from Saint George's Church, learn about Oia´s glorious maritime past, and admire elegant captains' mansions and cave-like houses along the way. Once you reach the bustling castle area, enjoy some free time to take photos, shop, or relax over a drink. Finally, watch an incredible sunset before boarding the coach for a relaxing evening journey back to your hotel.

• Departs Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
• Operates March to December
• Group experience

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Santorini Your Way

Tailor your Santorini tour on a customisable private four-hour exploration with an expert driver-guide. Relax in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy the sights and activities as you’re chauffeured to wherever you want to go on the island. Explore traditional villages and volcanic beaches and stop at prime photo spots around the island. You can even add a visit to a traditional winery to sample Santorini’s exceptional wines or explore the 3,500-year-old Minoan ruins at Akrotiri.

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Santorini Cruise, Wine and Sunset Experience

Spend a morning at sea and an afternoon experiencing Santorini’s wine culture. You’ll be collected from your hotel and embark on a catamaran cruise around the amazing Caldera of Santorini. On a morning tour, you’ll sail to volcanic islands and get the chance to swim and snorkel in deep blue waters. You’ll visit Red Beach and White Beach, stopping at the hot springs for a mud bath. Back on board, enjoy a barbeque lunch with local wine and soft drinks. Return to the port to meet your guide for the afternoon. Your first stop is Santo Wines Winery, where you’ll taste three distinctive island wines with a view of the volcano. Continue with the Wine Museum, a family-owned winery with a long heritage. The last stop will be Oia and Sun Spirit Cocktail Bar, one of the best places to watch the sunset. Enjoy this idyllic space while watching the sun melting into the sea.

• Departs Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
• Operates from May to September
• Group experience

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Get to know Santorini and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.

Capital
TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT+2

CURRENCY

Euro

FLYING TIME TO DESTINATION

4 hours

RELIGION

Christianity (majority Greek Orthodox)

LANGUAGE

Greek

Where is Santorini?
Santorini is one of a small group of Cycladic islands in the southern Aegean Sea, in the province of Thera. Sitting about 74 miles from Crete, the island was once an active volcano, and the caldera is now dotted with white-washed villages and towns.

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Oia
There’s the white-knuckle Fira cable car ride down to the old port, and the prettiest of towns, Oia, where you’ll get lost in a maze of streets. Experience sunset over the ruins of the Agios Nikolaos castle and sample catch-of-the-day dishes at vibrant tavernas which line the small port of Ammoudi Bay. For the perfect shot of the one of the most photographed blue domed churches in the world, the best view is from a tiny little alley just off of Gold Street.

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Exploring Santorini
Away from the busier areas on the island, you’ll find delicious wines and cheeses with sunset views at the Venetsanos Winery and beautifully preserved archaeological ruins in southwest’s Akrotiri. Quieter villages worth exploring include Megalochori, Pyrgos and Emporio, and Red Beach is a must for its russet coloured sands. The six-mile one-way Fira-Oia hike is worth it for the spellbinding view.

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Beaches
A hotspot of luxury hotels, designer boutiques, decadent restaurants and fish tavernas packed along the waterfront, there’s plenty to see and do on holidays to Santorini. You’ll find the most popular beaches of Monolithos and Kamari full to capacity with the fashion crowd, but you can also slink off to more hidden spots, such as Yalos, for much clearer water, more secluded sands and hidden coves that you can swim through for shade.

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Getting around
Buses provide a good network for getting around the island, with the central station in Fira providing connections across the island. However, during the summer months, they can become very busy and most travellers find hiring a car to be a far better option. Roads are safe and well made but also narrow and winding. Daily boat tours leave from the old port in Fira to explore neighbouring islands and the caldera

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Food & drink
Those famous Santorini tomatoes, fava and saganaki, refreshing lemon sorbet, catch of the day at a waterfront taverna and fine dining complete with sweeping views of the caldera…. dining on Santorini is easy, breezy casual and sublimely romantic, but always with a side of spellbinding sea views. Booking ahead is thoroughly recommended for the best seats in the house whether you want 19th-Century mansions with gorgeous open-air terraces or tables on private beaches complete with Moet bars and nightly jazz.

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