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Day tour to Santorini island: Fira & Oia

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Trip highlights

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Travel to Santorini by a high-speed boat
Bus seats
Explore the island's splendor while traveling in comfort aboard an air-conditioned bus.
Day tour to Santorini
Find out useful information about the island and its history from our guide
Santorini Fira Crete to Santorini tour
Discover the charm of Oia Village.
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Experience the allure of Fira, the island's capital town
Santorini Volcano Hot Springs tour
Embark on an optional excursion to the Volcanic Hot Springs (additional fee of 20€ apply).


Don’t miss a day tour to Santorini from Heraklion.

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!

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
Guests have the option to choose our pick-up/drop-off service for an additional fee, or they may choose to arrive at the port independently. 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

6:00 - 08:00

Morning Gathering for those who wish to use our pick up service:

Participants will be collected from designated pick-up points within the specified time frame (between 6:00-7:00 am). The exact pick-up time will be determined based on the location of your accommodation.

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: 7:30 am. At the port of Heraklion, there are parking lots available where you can securely park your rental car for the day at a very nominal fee.

SeaJets Kiosk of Heraklion Port - Santorini Cruise


Embark on an exhilarating journey from Heraklion Port to the enchanting island of Santorini aboard a speed boat. Enjoy a comfortable 2.5-hour ride on a high-speed boat with 1000 seats (airplane type), where you can purchase refreshments and snacks at the onboard snack bar. Depending on weather conditions, the boat trip will last approximately 2 hours, culminating in arrival at the Port of Athinios in Santorini.

Upon disembarking, proceed to the buses for a guided tour of the island. The bus drive from the port to the picturesque village of Oia will take approximately 40 minutes, during which your knowledgeable guide will share insights into Santorini's history.

First Stop: Oia

Upon arrival in Oia, revel in approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes of free time to explore the stunning blue and white village perched on the cliffs of Santorini. Capture photos of the Aegean architecture and marvel at the unique views of the caldera and the Aegean Sea.

Second Stop: Fira

Afterward, the bus journey to the village of Fira will last around 30 minutes. Fira, the main town of Santorini, awaits with its narrow streets, white vaulted houses, and iconic blue domes, offering magnificent views of the Caldera and the Volcano.

You'll then 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 inquire with your guide regarding availability, as this option is typically offered during high-season months.
  • Option 2: Stay longer in Fira and relish lunch at one of the restaurants boasting breathtaking views of the Caldera.

End of the day in Santorini:

Upon completion of your explorations, return to the Port of Athinios by bus, following your guide's instructions for the embarkation procedure. The return boat trip will take approximately 2 hours, allowing you to relax and reflect on the cherished memories of your Santorini adventure as you journey back to Crete.


The ferry is scheduled to arrive back at the port of Heraklion between 19:00-19:30, subject to weather conditions.

At the conclusion of the tour, participants 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
  • Assigned airplane type seats in the boat
  • Travel in comfort aboard our air-conditioned bus, driven by a professionally trained driver.
  • Experienced tour guide to provide insightful information
  • All applicable taxes and legal fees
  • Participants covered by Public Liability Insurance
Not Included
  • Museum Entrances in Santorini
  • Food/Beverages
  • Volcano Cruise (20€ per person)
  • Pick-up/drop-off in Heraklion Region (between 10€-15€ 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.
  • Your tour guide will be there to assist you while on the ferry and on the bus.
  • In the villages of Oia and Fira, people enjoy free time to explore at their own pace.
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