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Day tour to Santorini island from Rethymno: Fira & Oia

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Trip highlights

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Travel to Santorini by a high-speed boat
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Discover the beauty of the island on board an air-conditioned bus
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Find out useful information about the island and its history from our guide
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Explore the Village of Oia
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Explore the capital town, Fira
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Take an trip to the Volcanic Hot Springs (optional with extra charge)


Don’t miss a day tour to Santorini Island from Rethymno.

Santorini is a stunning Greek island located in the southern Aegean Sea. It is part of the Cyclades group of islands and is renowned for its dramatic views, stunning sunsets, and unique architecture. Conveniently located just a 2-hour boat ride away from Crete, it is an essential destination for those spending their vacation in Heraklion. Here are some key points about Santorini:

  • Geography and Formation: Santorini is a volcanic island that was formed by a massive volcanic eruption around 3,600 years ago. The eruption caused the center of the island to collapse, forming a large, water-filled caldera surrounded by steep cliffs.

  • Caldera and Cliffside Towns: The island's unique geological formation has led to the creation of its famous caldera, which is often the focal point of many visitors' experiences. The cliffside towns, including Fira and Oia, offer breathtaking panoramic views of the caldera and the Aegean Sea.

  • Architecture: Santorini is characterized by its iconic white buildings with blue domes and doors, which are a significant part of the island's charm.

  • Cuisine and Wine: The island is also known for its rich culinary scene, featuring traditional Greek dishes and fresh seafood. Santorini's volcanic soil is ideal for cultivating grapes, and the island is famous for producing some excellent local wines, notably Assyrtiko, Nykteri, and Vinsanto.

  • Sunsets: Santorini is renowned for its breathtaking sunsets, which are considered some of the most beautiful in the world. Many people gather in Oia, Fira, and other parts of the island to watch the sun dip below the horizon, creating a magical and romantic atmosphere.

Santorini's beauty, unique landscape, and rich history make it one of the most sought-after travel destinations in Greece and the world. Book now and enjoy with Island Spy a day tour to Santorini Island from Rethymno!

Duration of trip
Total Duration of the tour: 11-12 hours
Mobile ticketing
Exchange your digital voucher with a ferry ticket, the morning of departure, at the kiosk located outside the boat.
Pickup - Available
Our pick-up service covers different points, including hotels and bus stops. After making your booking, we will reach out to inform you about the specific location and time for the pick-up that is convenient for your accommodation.
Free cancellation
In order to obtain a full refund, it is necessary to cancel your reservation at least 48 hours before the scheduled event or booking.
Covid 19 requirements
Currently, there are no specific requirements for participating in the tour. However, please note that if the government's COVID regulations mandate any specific requirements, we will contact you to inform you accordingly.

Tour schedule



For the morning pick-up, we will start gathering participants from designated pick-up points. The exact pick-up time will vary based on the location of your hotel or apartment.

For those who wish to arrive at the port on their own, please be there at least 30 minutes before the departure time. The Ferry departs at 8:00 am, meeting point time at the Marina of Rethymno: 7:30 am.

Rethymno Port (Marina of Rethymno)

Embark on a speed boat for a journey to Santorini. Enjoy a 2.5-hour ride on a high-speed boat from Rethymno to Santorini. Refreshments and snacks are available for purchase at the onboard snack bar.

The boat trip will last for about 2 hours and 40 minutes, depending on the weather conditions.

Then the boat will arrive at the Port of Athinios in Santorini. Upon arrival in Santorini after boat trip, disembark and proceed to the buses for the guided tour.

The bus drive from the Port to the village of Oia will last 40 minutes. The knowledgeable guide in your bus, shares Santorini's history and insights during the journey.

Then we will make our first stop on the island, which is Oia, where we will enjoy free time.

Explore the stunning blue and white village perched on the cliffs of Santorini, offering breathtaking views of the volcanic Caldera. Enjoy approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes of free time to capture photos of the Aegean architecture and the unique views of the caldera and the Aegean Sea.

The bus drive from Oia to the village of Fira will last 30 minutes.

Our next stop will be the village of Fira.

Fira is the main town of Santorini, situated on a cliff 300 meters above the sea. Wander through its narrow streets, admire the white vaulted houses, and iconic blue domes, and take in the magical views of the Caldera and the Volcano.

Next, you have two options for the next 1.5 hours:

    • Option 1: Take a cruise on a wooden boat to the volcano and hot springs (additional fee applies). Please check with your guide if this option is available during your visit, as it is only offered in high-season months.
    • Option 2: Stay longer in Fira and enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants with breathtaking views of the Caldera.

Port of Athinios, Santorini.

Return to the port by bus, following the guidance of your guide for the embarkation procedure.

Return boat trip: 2 hours.

Sit back, relax, and savor the return journey to Rethymno, reflecting on the memories of this wonderful day that has now concluded.


The tour has come to an end. At the conclusion of the tour, participants who have booked transfer service will board the buses and return to their respective hotels where they were initially picked up in the morning. The duration of the return journey to each hotel may vary depending on traffic conditions and the specific pick-up locations for each participant.

Extra information

  • Boat tickets by a high-speed boat for the journey to Santorini and back (direct ferry from Rethymnon)
  • Assigned airplane type seats in the boat
  • Comfortable transportation in an air-conditioned bus in Santorini
  • Professional driver
  • Experienced tour guide to provide insightful information
  • All applicable taxes and legal fees
Not Included
  • Museum Entrances
  • Food/Beverages
  • Volcano Cruise (20€ per person)
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off near Rethymnon town Areas (12€ per person) / from Bali and Georgioupolis (18€ per person)
What to bring
  • Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit / Beach towel if you make the tour to the Volcano
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
  • During the entire duration of the journey on the high-speed boat, the snack bar will be open, offering refreshments and snacks for purchase.
  • You will have approximately 5.5 hours to explore and enjoy the island of Santorini before returning to the port.
  • Your tour guide will be there to assist you while on the ferry and in the bus. In the villages of Oia and Fira, people enjoy free time in order to explore at their own pace.
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