Best of Santorini - Ideal Greece Vacation - Classical view of Oia village with white and blue architecture

Best of Santorini: Ideal Greece Vacation

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This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Greece

Places Visited

Santorini, Oia, Imerovigli, Firostefani...

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Suggested Duration

9 Days

Welcome to Santorini, the most iconic of all the Greek islands. Blue and white villages look like a fairytale, beaches of red and black sand abound, and the famous sunsets land over the brilliant turquoise waters. The steps, alleys, tavernas, and chatter fill every corner, and you will truly be able to relax. This best-of tour ensures that you will experience it all, but in keeping with the island, your vacation pace is relaxed, the vibe is laid-back, and there will always be a show-stopping view...

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Trip Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the blue and white village of Oia with just over a week in Santorini’s quiet old town
  • Fly above Santorini on a helicopter tour, with the option of touching down in nearby Mykonos
  • Cruise around the Santorini coastline on a catamaran, stopping at beaches, hot springs and swimming spots
  • Discover the island’s tavernas and local food haunts on a private culinary tour
  • Spend a day tasting and touring your way through Santorini’s vineyards
  • Take a coastal walk from Oia to Fira and hike the volcanic caldera of Nea Kameni
  • Explore all the Santorini villages, including church-dominated Pyrgos and coastal Firostefani
  • Spend quiet time on the beaches, comparing the stretches of red and black sand
  • Set out on a private boat tour with your choice of destination
  • Travel back in history with an archaeological guide at the Akrotiri ruins

Detailed Description

Santorini is far more magical than it looks, as so much treasure is found as you engage with the culture of the island. You have probably seen the postcards of blue and white villages shimmering beneath the late-afternoon sun with the hot springs, the ruins, volcanoes, tiny villages, and luxurious swimming pools overlooking it all. Photos are just a snapshot and Santorini is never still as the water changes color through the day. Those mazy streets are animated by the sound of clinking glasses and quiet footsteps while local taverns are alive with laughter as fresh aromas greet you around every corner. Photos make Santorini seem fictional, but immerse yourself in the island, and its magic knows no bounds.

This handcrafted tour celebrates the very best of Santorini. Ultimately, this will be a relaxing vacation as you spend the week in the old town of Oia on the island’s western coast. Oia is quieter than Fira and is the largest of the old villages, so even on the last day of your vacation, you may turn up an alley you had not yet noticed. You will also be ideally situated to get out and explore the rest of the island, either on water or land. From Oia, there is a beautiful coastal walk to Firostefani and Fira, but a journey by road is also quick and easy, giving you the option to spend your evenings in either of these villages as well.

Oia is quiet most of the year and most of each day. There is a surge of visitors around dusk as it is the ideal place to watch the Santorini sunset. But even then, these people are easily avoided as you can relax in your private hotel terrace towards the top of the village. Gaze out on the world-famous sunset in privacy, or you can enjoy it from the swimming pool. Your boutique hotel is one of the finest in Greece and celebrates the unique character of Oia with signature décor and a very laid-back atmosphere.

Most days include a private tour or activity, so throughout your vacation, you will experience everything the island has to offer. Begin with a spa treatment to ease you into relaxation, and then take a luxurious catamaran cruise with a stop at beaches, islands, and hot springs. Discover the ancient village of Pyrgos and the ruins at Akrotiri, and spend a day at the best Santorini vineyards. Fly over the island by helicopter and walk on a volcanic caldera before finding the best local food in Fira’s taverns. You will take it all in with the best of Santorini over a very relaxing week.

Starting Price

$2,245 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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