Santorini Volcano Hiking Excursion Reviews

While in Santorini, hike up some of Greece's large, active volcanos as you explore craters, springs and the breathtaking views from above.
It was actually Volcano Hiking and Hot Springs Swim.
Sail Date: July 2018
It was actually Volcano Hiking and Hot Springs Swim. I had not originally booked the one with the swim, but the just hiking was cancelled. This one was fine. Changing into my swimsuit in a small, not-ventilated ship bathroom after a hot ... Read More
It was actually Volcano Hiking and Hot Springs Swim. I had not originally booked the one with the swim, but the just hiking was cancelled. This one was fine. Changing into my swimsuit in a small, not-ventilated ship bathroom after a hot and sweaty hike was not super fun (I cannot hike in a swimsuit as I need more support for "the girls" than a swimsuit provides), but the cool water outside of the springs was worth it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very exhausting, had to walk up the steps to Oia and then walk again the volcano and then again ...
Sail Date: August 2017
Very exhausting, had to walk up the steps to Oia and then walk again the volcano and then again coming down from Fira. Was suppose to go to a secluded beach but was not enough time so disappointed in tour
Very exhausting, had to walk up the steps to Oia and then walk again the volcano and then again coming down from Fira. Was suppose to go to a secluded beach but was not enough time so disappointed in tour Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The volcano hiking was strenuous as described, but breathtaking.
Sail Date: May 2017
The volcano hiking was strenuous as described, but breathtaking. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining.
The volcano hiking was strenuous as described, but breathtaking. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Very good and informative.
Sail Date: September 2016
Very good and informative. Enjoyed the ride on the sailing boat and the tour up to the volcano.
Very good and informative. Enjoyed the ride on the sailing boat and the tour up to the volcano. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
too hard a walk, not worth it, best to get up to towns at santo as quick as u can as time is very ...
Sail Date: September 2016
too hard a walk, not worth it, best to get up to towns at santo as quick as u can as time is very limited, ship only in port 7 hours, no way.
too hard a walk, not worth it, best to get up to towns at santo as quick as u can as time is very limited, ship only in port 7 hours, no way. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A bit bland
Sail Date: July 2016
A bit bland
A bit bland Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Crew very attentive Volcan spectacular Swim in thermal springs was wonderful and there was plenty ...
Sail Date: July 2016
Crew very attentive Volcan spectacular Swim in thermal springs was wonderful and there was plenty of time to explore Santorini too
Crew very attentive Volcan spectacular Swim in thermal springs was wonderful and there was plenty of time to explore Santorini too Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
From the ship to Santorini shore in tender were we embarked a sailboat that took us to the island ...
Sail Date: June 2016
From the ship to Santorini shore in tender were we embarked a sailboat that took us to the island were the volcano is. Nice hike up the active volcano with amazing views. The hike it self was not that strenuous but in the sun and heat it ... Read More
From the ship to Santorini shore in tender were we embarked a sailboat that took us to the island were the volcano is. Nice hike up the active volcano with amazing views. The hike it self was not that strenuous but in the sun and heat it gets much tougher. After the hike there was a nice sail to the thermal springs. The boat stops in the bay of the springs but you need to swim a bit to get to them. The water in the spring was orange and can discolor your bathing suit! You will also be orange and a little sticky after this swim so plan to take a shower back on the ship before exploring Santorini. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
An interesting walk up to several volcano craters, with a great view, and the opportunity to walk ...
Sail Date: June 2016
An interesting walk up to several volcano craters, with a great view, and the opportunity to walk on ground that was steaming in places. We also went on a short swim to a hot spring, which was fun but not as interesting.
An interesting walk up to several volcano craters, with a great view, and the opportunity to walk on ground that was steaming in places. We also went on a short swim to a hot spring, which was fun but not as interesting. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
wonderful view.
Sail Date: June 2016
wonderful view. Mama Joy was an excellent guide. Bring lots of water
wonderful view. Mama Joy was an excellent guide. Bring lots of water Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
In Santorini, we’d done the usual tours so we booked the “SO65 Kaiki Ride and Volcano Hike”.
Sail Date: April 2016
In Santorini, we’d done the usual tours so we booked the “SO65 Kaiki Ride and Volcano Hike”. After tendering to shore, a small wooden ship took us to a nearby island where we then trekked up some pretty steep trails to the top. It ... Read More
In Santorini, we’d done the usual tours so we booked the “SO65 Kaiki Ride and Volcano Hike”. After tendering to shore, a small wooden ship took us to a nearby island where we then trekked up some pretty steep trails to the top. It was strenuous as advertised but it was worth doing. This tour included a RT pass for the cable cars to Fira so we went up and took a public bus to Oia for about $4 each. It’s a bargain as we really enjoy seeing this amazingly picturesque town so we keep going there when we’re in this port. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
If you really want to see a volcano do not take this tour.
Sail Date: September 2015
If you really want to see a volcano do not take this tour. All there is is a little bit of steam coming out of craggy black rocks
If you really want to see a volcano do not take this tour. All there is is a little bit of steam coming out of craggy black rocks Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Brilliant views from the volcano although a big hike.
Sail Date: June 2015
Brilliant views from the volcano although a big hike. Guide was really knowledgeable and the swimming in the hot springs was brilliant. Don't wear new swimwear though, the mud stays on your skin for days!
Brilliant views from the volcano although a big hike. Guide was really knowledgeable and the swimming in the hot springs was brilliant. Don't wear new swimwear though, the mud stays on your skin for days! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
well run trip, lovely boat that took us to the volcanic island and guide was excellent and ...
Sail Date: June 2015
well run trip, lovely boat that took us to the volcanic island and guide was excellent and explained everything in detail was an excellent adventure but little bit rushed getting up to the crater but swimming etc afterwards was great
well run trip, lovely boat that took us to the volcanic island and guide was excellent and explained everything in detail was an excellent adventure but little bit rushed getting up to the crater but swimming etc afterwards was great Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The excursion itself was fantastic, nice hike, awesome views at the top followed by the chance to ...
Sail Date: June 2015
The excursion itself was fantastic, nice hike, awesome views at the top followed by the chance to swim by hot springs. You are taken over on a small ship, that ride is also very nice. But, we left late from the ship (ships issue) and ... Read More
The excursion itself was fantastic, nice hike, awesome views at the top followed by the chance to swim by hot springs. You are taken over on a small ship, that ride is also very nice. But, we left late from the ship (ships issue) and then had less time than expected after the excursion. That really soured me on cruise line excursions--we could have gotten off earlier without an excursion and done things on our own. So, our time in Oia (a place not to be missed) was limited. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The excursion itself was very good.
Sail Date: June 2015
The excursion itself was very good. The problem was we had a very late start from the ship and did not have enough time to enjoy Santorini the rest of the day.
The excursion itself was very good. The problem was we had a very late start from the ship and did not have enough time to enjoy Santorini the rest of the day. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We really enjoyed this excursion!
Sail Date: June 2015
We really enjoyed this excursion! The hike up the volcano was fascinating as well as fun - our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable (hint: wear sturdy shoes/tennis shoes and not sandals - it's very rocky). The swim to the ... Read More
We really enjoyed this excursion! The hike up the volcano was fascinating as well as fun - our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable (hint: wear sturdy shoes/tennis shoes and not sandals - it's very rocky). The swim to the "grotto' where the water was warmed by the volcano was also fun - you should be a somewhat confident swimmer as the open water swim off the boat was choppy. Overall a great excursion! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
One more thing you need to know before signing on for the Santorini Excursion "Volcano and Hot ...
Sail Date: May 2015
One more thing you need to know before signing on for the Santorini Excursion "Volcano and Hot springs". First of all you do not need to purchase this excursion through the cruise ship. The ship tenders in Santorini and as soon ... Read More
One more thing you need to know before signing on for the Santorini Excursion "Volcano and Hot springs". First of all you do not need to purchase this excursion through the cruise ship. The ship tenders in Santorini and as soon as you get off the tendering boat you will see signs advertising the EXACT same tour you have already paid for but it's half the price. The tour starts with getting on an old fashioned "pirate ship" type boat with loads of black smoke billowing from the engines and you are packed in like sardines with literally a couple hundred people. The boat takes you to the black volcanic island that has some very unusual rock structures. There are not trees or shade so put on loads of sunblock and wear a hat. It takes about 30 minutes to climb to the top and it is quite difficult, many people did not go all the way up. Also, don't be a silly and wear sandals or flip-flops because the ground you are climbing is made up of loose small volcanic rocks that are slippery and can easily get in your open shoes. Getting to the top is quite nice and you can see some smoking ground and feel the heat if you put your hand down a hole. I took a nasty fall on my way down because of the steep and loose rocks, and I was wearing my walking shoes. If it's a really hot day be warned it's bloody hot as Hades sauna on that hill because its pitch black and there is no shade besides the fact that the hill is producing its own heat. If you make it through this you will be happy to get back on the pirate ship. There is a nice boat ride to the other side of the volcanic mountain where the boat is anchored and you are told to jump off the edge of the deck. Many brave souls did so immediately but I could see by the expressions on their faces that it was like a polar dive. The water was quite choppy and so cold that a few minutes after jumping in three people started to drown in separate incidents. The crew quickly threw out life-savers and other swimmers helped the poor (slightly embarrassed individuals) get back on the boat. The distance to the hot springs was quite far because of the rough seas and the fact there was nothing to grab onto for a breather. The hot springs looked like dirty mucky water and I was told that because of the cold temperature of the sea the hot springs were more like "tepid" springs. The swimmers came back to the boat looking exhausted and freezing. A couple more people had to be "saved" as they had developed cramps in their legs. My husband a medical doctor said this was not surprising because of the intense physical strain of the climb followed by difficult swimming conditions in such cold water. Overall this wasn't a terrible excursion, except for the fact that we paid the ship twice the cost for no benefit to us. The craziness of the hot springs swimming party was kind of exciting albeit at some other travelers expense. No one would have drowned, there were highly capable Greek crew members ready to dive in and save the day. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great tour!
Sail Date: May 2015
Great tour! The boat ride was great and we loved hearing the history of the volcano. We enjoyed the hike and the amazing views. The thermal springs were not so thermal. Everyone said the water was freezing. We chose not to go in.
Great tour! The boat ride was great and we loved hearing the history of the volcano. We enjoyed the hike and the amazing views. The thermal springs were not so thermal. Everyone said the water was freezing. We chose not to go in. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very good tour visiting volcanic area and.
Sail Date: March 2015
Very good tour visiting volcanic area and. The hills above where the ship was docked. The welcome from the people here was lovely. The tour was managed well.
Very good tour visiting volcanic area and. The hills above where the ship was docked. The welcome from the people here was lovely. The tour was managed well. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Cunard Line
My friend loves vulcanos and I love shipspotting.
Sail Date: September 2013
My friend loves vulcanos and I love shipspotting. So we had the perfect tour: vulacano crusie. While I tried to rest on the boat while all other were on the vulcano, many boats came after us but left earlie. So they were very lucky with ... Read More
My friend loves vulcanos and I love shipspotting. So we had the perfect tour: vulacano crusie. While I tried to rest on the boat while all other were on the vulcano, many boats came after us but left earlie. So they were very lucky with our tour operator Dakoutros as they provided a really good guide who took time how a vulcano works etc. - the hot springs are totally different to Blue Lagoon in Iceland. You need to jump from the boat and to swim over and return by swimming. So start exercises! Lunch break on the Island of Thirassia. So we had no time to see Oia or Fira. Saved for the next time. Santorini is worth to return. Read Less
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Amazing!!
Sail Date: August 2013
Amazing!! Go on the donkeys! So much fun. Beautiful place. Highlight of the trip!
Amazing!! Go on the donkeys! So much fun. Beautiful place. Highlight of the trip! Read Less
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Our guide was excellent and extremely informative.
Sail Date: September 2012
Our guide was excellent and extremely informative. Wear good comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting dirty for this excursion. Also make sure to take a water that they offer for the hike. It is quite a bit of exercise getting to ... Read More
Our guide was excellent and extremely informative. Wear good comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting dirty for this excursion. Also make sure to take a water that they offer for the hike. It is quite a bit of exercise getting to the top. The swim in the hot springs was really neat, but kind of a let down as the water was not all that hot and the seas were very cold at that time. Our guide did give us some great advice about Fira though and we found the Sphinx restaurant as a result. Excellent food, decent price, and an absolutely breathtaking sunset view over the caldera. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We had already been to Santorini, so this hiking and swimming tour was a perfect way to spend a ...
Sail Date: July 2012
We had already been to Santorini, so this hiking and swimming tour was a perfect way to spend a half day. This was good for a ship's tour.
We had already been to Santorini, so this hiking and swimming tour was a perfect way to spend a half day. This was good for a ship's tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We enjoyed the hike very much.
Sail Date: April 2012
We enjoyed the hike very much. The view was fantastic. The hike is not for those with any mobility challenge. I recommend hiking only in the morning because there is no shade at all. Wear footwear with solid grip and support. The ... Read More
We enjoyed the hike very much. The view was fantastic. The hike is not for those with any mobility challenge. I recommend hiking only in the morning because there is no shade at all. Wear footwear with solid grip and support. The loose gravel is tricky. Bring lots of water, and a hat. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Regent Seven Seas Cruises