12 Hours in Santorini
No trip to Greece is complete without a visit to the stunning island of Santorini. Just 200 kilometres from the mainland, it’s no surprise that jetsetters from all over the world come to experience this gem of the Aegean Sea. During the high season, Santorini welcomes around 80,000 visitors each day.
Rich in culture and boasting breathtaking views, the island has something to offer every type of traveller. It doesn’t take long to fall in love with this must-see holiday destination in the heart of the Mediterranean – 12 hours will give you a good taste of what Santorini has to offer.
8am – Discover the prehistoric city of Akrotiri
Upon arriving at Santorini’s cruise port in the capital, Fira, you’ll be ushered ashore in a small boat while you take in the beautiful scenery of the Caldera Cliffs. Once you’ve found your feet on land, it’s time to head to Akrotiri to soak up some fascinating history.
Just a 20-minute scenic bus ride from Fira, the Akrotiri ruins tell the story of the Bronze Age, where the civilisation thrived between 3000 and 2000 BC before being destroyed by a volcanic eruption at Thera in 1646 BC.
Entry to the Akrotiri Archaeological Site is €12 per person and can be paid upon arrival.
11am – Relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach
The black sand and clear water of Perissa Beach make it a must-see at any time of year. Whether you’re cooling off in the surf or taking in the atmosphere from your deckchair, the unique beauty of Perissa Beach will stay with you for a lifetime.
Catering to visitors, Perissa Beach offers several bars and eateries for those who wish to enjoy a cold drink or grab a quick snack. The Beach Bar gives you a great view of the sea while you enjoy a sneaky almost-midday cocktail (you’re on vacation, after all!).
12:30pm – Explore the streets and flavours of Fira
Sometimes, the best way to experience a foreign city is to wander the streets and live like the locals do. Take in the picturesque views and famous colourful and whitewashed houses of Fira before stopping for lunch at one of the many eateries. Fira offers cheap eats and fine dining, depending on your preference and budget. You can’t go past authentic Greek meze (or share plates) for a true taste of Santorini.
2pm – Delight in a wine tasting and winery tour
Wine enthusiasts, rejoice! Santorini is home to some of the most delicious wines in the world, and you simply can’t leave the island without experiencing their fine drops. The Santorini Wines Winery is just one of many vineyards convenient to Fira that you can visit. Don’t forget to take a sip of the island’s famous white, Assyrtiko. Some say it’s the essence of Santorini in a bottle.
5pm – Enjoy dinner overlooking the Caldera
One of the most magnificent sights Santorini can offer is the sun setting over the Caldera. Many of Fira’s restaurants offer spectacular views of the Caldera and the Aegean Sea. If you’re travelling with your partner, there’s no better way to finish the day than with a romantic candlelit dinner overlooking the Caldera.
8pm – Retreat back to the comfort of your cruise ship
Ready to discover the magic of Santori for yourself? Call our friendly and experienced cruise consultants on 1300 769 228 to organise your next cruise adventure.