Santorini cruises

When you arrive by sea, there is no mistaking the island of Santorini. Dazzling white houses cling to the edge of vertical, rocky cliffs against azure blue waters. The most southern of the Cyclades islands, it is surrounded by Thirasia and Aspronisi, which were once part of a large volcanic island. Considered by many to be the site of the “Lost City of Atlantis”, this magical little island glimmers from the fading sun as many watch its decent from the numerous bars and cafés at the water’s edge.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Akrotiri - The Lost City of Atlantis

    Take in the marvels of Santorini on a day of discovery which begins at the ancient site of Akrotiri.

    Akrotiri - The Lost City of Atlantis

    Relax as you head towards the ancient site of Akrotiri during a scenic drive through the island’s quaint villages. The dramatic landscape was formed in 1650 BC when a monstrous volcanic eruption rocked Santorini, creating its dramatic caldera and two small islands.

    Upon arrival at Akrotiri, your knowledgeable guide will escort you through this unearthed city, which is considered one of the most important prehistoric settlements in the Mediterranean and often referred to as the Minoan Pompeii.

    After exploring these fascinating ruins, you’ll revel in the breathtaking views from Santorini’s highest point, The Mountain of Prophet Elijah, which is located 2,000 feet above sea level. Fira is the island's largest town, where narrow cobblestone lanes lead uphill past whitewashed homes, outdoor cafés and marvellous little shops. Free time will be given for you to explore Fira independently before making your own way back to the ship, using the cable car ticket provided.

    This excursion will be by coach and on foot. Free time in Fira involves walking through narrow cobblestone streets with numerous flat steps, so low-heeled, comfortable shoes are recommended. The tour ends in Fira with a walk of 1500 yards to reach the cable car station. Please expect queues at the cable car. Photos are not permitted at Akrotiri. Please be aware ongoing restoration work is often carried out at the sites visited in Akrotiri.

    Tour code

    JTR_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Best of Santorini

    Visit a stunning local village on the edge of the caldera, sample some local wines and enjoy a traditional Greek luncheon.

    Best of Santorini

    The village of Oia is perched on top of Santorini’s caldera. Walk up the narrow, cobblestone lanes, passing the brilliantly whitewashed buildings and domed churches. There will be some free time to explore on your own.

    Next you’ll head to Panagia Episkopi Church is the oldest remaining Byzantine church on the island. Dating from the 11th century, it has withstood raids by pirates, earthquakes, volcano eruptions and a fire in 1915.

    The rich volcanic soil in Santorini is particularly favourable to viniculture, and you will have a chance to enjoy a visit to one of the local wineries. The Assyritico grape, a rare white variety, is grown here and, after the tour, you are invited to sample several of the local wines and snacks.

    Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch at a local tavern before travelling the island's highest point, the Mountain of Prophet Elijah, to admire the stunning views.

    Your tour will end in Fira where you make your way back to the ship, using the cable car ticket provided.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The excursion involves one hour of walking including uneven terrain and inclines. The tour ends in Fira with a walk of 1500 yards to reach the cable car station. Please expect queues at the cable car. In the event of inclement weather the cable car operation may be closed and guests will be required to walk down the steep road. Guests under 18 years of age are not permitted to sample the wines.

    Tour code

    JTR_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • Traditional Village & Wine Tasting

    Experience the stunning scenery Santorini has to offer and sample some fine local wines.

    Traditional Village & Wine Tasting

    Perched up high on the cliffs is the small village of Oia in the most northern tip of the island. This quaint little village is famous for its houses, painted in a spectrum of pastel colours which stand out against the whitewash churches with their dazzling blue domes. Enjoy a guided walk, through the narrow streets which twist and turn to reveal many tiny shops offering a varied and unusual collection of works of ceramic art, paintings and jewellery. Cafés perched on the edge of the cliffs offer spectacular views of Fira and the volcano.

    Continue through the picturesque countryside and vineyards and learn why Santorini is so popular for wine production with its rich volcanic soil, perfect for the vines. Upon arrival at Santo Winery, you’ll be invited to sample some of the wines with local traditional snacks and enjoy the wineries unique location perched at the edge of the Caldera overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Aegean.

    Your tour will end in Fira where you make your way back to the ship at leisure, using the cable car (ticket provided).

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The excursion involves one hour of walking over cobblestones and with uphill inclines in places. The tour ends in Fira with a walk of 1500 yards to reach the cable car station. Guests under the age of 18 years are not permitted to sample the wines.

    Tour code

    JTR_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Santorini Panorama

    A leisurely option that allows you to enjoy the spectacular views of Santorini.

    Santorini Panorama

    Drive south across the island to Kamari, passing picturesque small villages with dramatic views of sea, land and sky. Today the ancient port of Kamari is a fishing village famed for its dramatic black-sand beach, unique in the Greek islands. Marvel at the surrounding beauty from the Mountain of Prophet Elijah, the island's highest point.

    Many visions of Greece include the post card pictures of the beautiful churches of the Greek Isles. A brief stop will be made outside the Aghios Nectarios Church on the outskirts of Kamari to photograph one of the island’s finest examples.>br>
    Enjoy a truly spectacular cliff top view of the deep blue sea surrounding the island that make up the volcanic caldera of Santorini with your ship in the distance.

    During your tour, a stop for a glass of wine or a soft drink refreshment, will be made along the way at one of the local wine venues.

    This excursion will operate by coach. This tour is designed to be a panoramic tour to enjoy the island with limited walking. The main town of Fira is not included. This is due to the access and topography of the town, which includes cobblestones, steep inclines and steps, resulting in unsuitable walking conditions.

    Tour code

    JTR_004

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • The Village of Oia & Swim

    Explore the natural beauty of Oia, which has inspired artists from around the world and then cool off at the beach.

    The Village of Oia & Swim

    Heading north you’ll visit the most photographed village in Greece, Oia. Enjoy some free time to explore the narrow pathways that tier the hillside, bordered with small whitewashed houses, cafés and boutiques. Make sure you have your camera, to capture the stunning caldera scenery and the distinctive cobalt-coloured domes of the numerous churches. Famed for its dazzling stretch of black volcanic sand and crystalline waters, Perissa Beach has plenty to offer. Enjoy approximately 2½ hours of free time to sit back and soak up the sun on your sunbed, whilst sipping a refreshing soft drink. Upon your return to Fira, stroll through the beautiful cobblestoned streets of the town before taking your cable car ride back to the ship’s tenders.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. Guests are required to bring a towel and sun protection. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer water sports, these are provided by parties unconnected to Cunard.

    Tour code

    JTR_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Volcano Hike

    Take a hike up a volcano and enjoy stunning scenery and views over the caldera of Santorini.

    Volcano Hike

    Enjoy a leisurely boat ride to the island of Nea Kameni, situated in the Bay of Santorini. The island was formed in the 16th century BC through a volcanic eruption. The cruise will take you along the volcanic shores, showcasing peculiar formations, black volcanic rocks and white pumice offering sharp contrasts.

    Upon arrival on land, your hike will take you up to the crater where you can take some time photographing the spectacular views of the surrounding islands. Recent archaeological studies and some factual findings from Crete have led some to believe that the island may be the fabled ‘Lost City of Atlantis’.

    Re-board the vessel and set a course for the thermal springs of Palea Kameni, where you can view the different coloured waters from the boat.

    Your tour will end back at the port of Fira, where you can either return to the ship by tender or time permitting, take the cable car up to Fira town (cable car payable locally).

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.



    This excursion will operate by motor boat and on foot. This tour involves approximately one hour of hiking over uneven, uphill and rocky terrain: you are advised to wear sturdy walking shoes. There is no shade on the volcano, please ensure you bring plenty of sun protection, a hat and drinking water. This tour is weather dependent. Guests with breathing problems should consider that the smell of sulphur and heat of the volcano can be quite strong.

    Tour code

    JTR_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Santorini Beach Break

    Enjoy some time to relax on the black sands of Perivolos Beach.

    Santorini Beach Break

    A short scenic drive across the island to the south eastern coast, will take you to the beautiful black sands of Perivolos Beach.

    This volcanic landscape stretches out for five miles, with numerous tavernas, cafés, shops and bars lining the seafront. Enjoy approximately 3½ hours of free time to top up your tan and take a refreshing dip in the cooling crystalline clear waters of the Aegean Sea.

    The tour ends in Fira with a walk of 1500 yards to reach the cable car station. In the event of inclement weather the cable car operation may be closed and passengers will be required to walk down the steep road.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    Guests are required to take a towel and sun protection. Please note that sunbeds and umbrellas are available to hire locally, but these cannot be guaranteed, as it can become very crowded during the peak season. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to Cunard.

    Tour code

    JTR_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Caldera Sail & Springs

    Admire the stunning volcanic scenery, take a dip in the thermal springs and sample a barbeque, onboard.

    Caldera Sail & Springs

    Embark on a scenic drive north following the coast road to the picturesque Ammoudi Bay.

    As you set sail be sure to look back and admire the picturesque villages and magical views of Oia village, with its famous white houses perched on the north cape. Your catamaran cruise will glide by Thirasia, an island that once formed part of Santorini until the volcanic eruption, and the private island of Aspronis. Cruising above the underwater craters, you’ll head to Red Beach where your Captain will drop anchor. Surrounded by breathtaking views of the soaring lava cliffs and unique red sands, you’ll have time to take a dip in the crystalline waters and snorkel.

    Enjoy one more swim at White Beach before a BBQ lunch is served on deck. Then it’s time to head towards the thermal springs of Palea Kameni, where you can swim in the hot volcanic springs. The high sulphur content is thought to have healing properties and the mineral waters create the most magnificent colour displays from green to deep orange. Before heading back ashore have your camera ready for views of the volcano and caldera.

    Back in Fira, enjoy some free time, before making your way back to the ship using the cable car ticket provided.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    The coach transfer is approximately 1 hour each way and will be accompanied by an escort. The coach transfer is approximately 1 hour each way. Swimming at the thermal springs is weather dependent. Swimwear may change colour due to the sulphur in the water. Please remember to bring swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. The smell of sulphur can be quite strong combined with the high summer temperatures, guests who suffer with breathing problems should take this into consideration before booking. Swimming will be in open waters. Please refrain from drinking alcohol prior to any swimming activities.

    Tour code

    JTR_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    6½ hours