Santorini, is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece’s mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago, which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera. It forms the southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands, with an area of approximately 73 km2 (28 sq mi) and a 2011 census population of 15,550. The municipality of Santorini includes the inhabited islands of Santorini and Therasia and the uninhabited islands of Nea Kameni, Palaia Kameni, Aspronisi, and Christiana.
The total land area is 90.623 km2 (34.990 sq mi). Santorini is part of the Thira regional unit. The island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history: the Minoan eruption (sometimes called the Thera eruption), which occurred about 3,600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization. The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of metres deep. It may have led indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, 110 km (68 mi) to the south, through a gigantic tsunami. Another popular theory holds that the Thera eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis.
It is the most active volcanic center in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc, though what remains today is chiefly a water-filled caldera. The volcanic arc is approximately 500 km (310 mi) long and 20 to 40 km (12 to 25 mi) wide. The region first became volcanically active around 3–4 million years ago, though volcanism on Thera began around 2 million years ago with the extrusion of dacitic lavas from vents around the Akrotiri.
Today after landing at Santorini, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Check-in and relax for some time. Rest of the day you are free to explore Santorini on your own.
Perfect Luxury Sailing experience in the magnificent island of Santorini with amazing lagoon 400 series catamarans. Sailing in luxury and style, get the chance to swim and snorkel at the crystal deep blue water of Santorini and visit the most amazing sights of Santorini like the Hot Springs, Caldera, Red & White Beaches. The tour begins sailing close to caldera cliffs beneath Oia and Fira Town and past the volcano. First stop at the hot springs for swimming (30 minutes;towels and snorkeling equipment included). Sail close to Aspronisi, Akrotiri and the Indian Rock. Second Stop at the White Beach for swimming, snorkeling and an delicious barbecue meal freshly prepared on board (1,5 hours). Last stop at the Red Beach for swimming, snorkeling and photoshooting. Tour ends in Vlychada Bay.
Today morning, you will experience Santorini’s unique volcanic origins in the Aegean Sea. You will sail from the south side of Santorini going past the White and Red beaches, the Venetian lighthouse and into the crater where you can visit the Hot Springs. You will then sail to a secluded bay for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. After a satisfying day of sight seeing and swimming indulge in a delicious seafood and steak barbeque served with a variety of appetizers and salads. Return back to your hotel for overnight stay.
Today morning check-out from your hotel. You will be transferred to the Thira port to catch your ferry to Athens. Upon arrival at Athens, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your return flight back home. Tour ends with happy memories.
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