Santorini, Greece

Not only is Santorini one of the most popular of the Greek isles, it is also one of the most romantic destinations in the world. With a stable climate of warm and unbroken sunshine during the day, Santorini provides the perfect weather for exploring every c­­­­­­­orner of the island.

Santorini is part of the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea and was the site of one of the world’s largest volcanic eruptions. All that is left ­­behind today is the underwater volcano and a caldera, on which a number of charming villages have been built, each boasting beautiful Cycladic architecture and breathtaking views.

6 hours in Santorini

Santorini is a distinctive Greek isle and particular interest can be drawn from the island’s geological creation, as it was formed as a result of an active volcano in prehistoric times.

There is so much to see and do across Santorini that you will be spoilt for choice during your time on the island, so make sure to prioritise your activities to get the most out of your limited stay here. You could either go an excursion with a guide or discover the island at your leisure as you head out to explore on your own.

The quaint town of Oia on Santorini

The quaint town of Oia on Santorini

Shore excursions in Santorini are essential and can cover many of the island’s main highlights. You could enjoy a private tour of Oia and Fira, which are the main vibrant towns, with twisting narrow streets full of shops and restaurants. The tour will also include the Museum of Thira, an archaeological museum as well as a wine tasting experience. Speaking of wine, there are fantastic wine experiences on offer, as the island is known for its fine wines, unique soils and sunshine.

Santorini also has a rich and fascinating history, so make sure to visit Ancient Akrotiri, a captivating archaeological site that is sometimes referred to as the ‘Pompeii of the Aegean’.

Been before?

Have you been to Santorini before? Fancy seeing something else? Worry not as there are ample things to do and see across the island. Santorini is truly beautiful, a joy to explore and particularly easy on the eye, so it will come as no surprise that photography tours are popular. Whether you’re a professional or not, the tour is available to all who love photography, whether it is to capture the moment or to expand your professional portfolio, or even to have your own photo shoot.

Colourful buildings on the coast of Santorini

Colourful buildings on the coast of Santorini

There is also a studio and art gallery of the internationally known artist Leoni Schmiedel. Leoni’s Atelier is a worthwhile visit for the all the art lovers out there. Even if you are not an art fan, the artist’s work will surely enthuse you, as the much of the inspiration comes from Santorini’s geology, natural elements and intense colours.

Can’t keep away?

What could be better to end the day with a two hour Santorini Sunset Champagne experience? It’s easy to see why travellers can’t keep away from Santorini with when experiences such as these are on offer. Take a few snaps of the magnificent sunset along with the unique backdrop and cherish these for years to come. Not only is Santorini beautiful on land, but also offshore. Why not try something completely different and adventurous, and take a shot at scuba diving at the Santorini Dive Centre? Here you are guaranteed only the best services and equipment offered along with highly experienced staff that promise safe and thrilling dives. This experience is even open to the non-certified divers.

Find your perfect Santorini cruise

Santorini is home to remarkable scenery, tantalising cuisine and rich history – making it a superb destination for both first-time and regular cruisers. If you’re eager to set sail to this much-loved destination, call our Cruise Concierge team on 0808 1234 118 to get our best deals on cruises to this region and receive award-winning assistance with your booking.

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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