Cruises to Santorini

MSC Cruise ships call at the Greek archipelago of Santorini on cruise itineraries around the Mediterranean. Known as the Cyclades, these islands, of which Santorini (also called Thera) is the largest, are hugely popular with holidaymakers - indeed tourism fuels the islands’ economy. Find the perfect cruise to Santorini, Greece with MSC Cruises.

Santorini: White-washed buildings, blooming flowers and azure seas

MSC Cruises ships call at the Greek archipelago of Santorini on cruise itineraries around the Mediterranean.

Known as the Cyclades, these islands, of which Santorini (also called Thera) is the largest, are hugely popular with holidaymakers - indeed tourism fuels the islands’ economy. Santorini was formed as the result of volcanic activity 3600 years ago and part of a smouldering live volcano (the caldera) can still be visited today.

Step off your luxury cruise ship and discover a Greek paradise; beautiful Santorini, with its white-washed buildings, blooming flowers and azure seas is the Greece of holiday brochures and sunsets here are reputed to be among the best in the world!

The capital of Santorini, Fira, competes with the other main village, Oia, both of which are perched atop cliffs and ancient caldera hills. Bustling Fira has all kinds of shops, cafes and bars; whilst on vacation here be sure to sample some of the local wine made from the Assyrtiko grape and make a purchase of gold jewellery as Santorini goldsmiths are famous worldwide. Smaller Oia is equally charming and its black sand beaches are sure to tempt sun-worshippers.

Leave time to visit Akrotiri, which is known as ‘prehistoric Pompeii’ following a devastating ancient earthquake and is the most important prehistoric settlement in the Eastern Mediterranean. Whatever you choose, we can help you make the most of your day thanks to join our excellent excursions and great deals on top sights and attractions.

Cruises to Santorini  - Greece - Mediterranean

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 JTR01 - OIA VILLAGE (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Best seller  A short tender ride from the ship will take you to Athinios port where we will board a bus to Oia, a typical Greek village characterized by narrow streets, traditional white churches with blue domes – a picture-postcard vision of the Mediterranean ! This village is famous for its hill-top location which offers a breathtaking view over the Gulf of Santorini. Delights of a different kind are in store at a nearby winery; we will sample local delicacies and enjoy a fun wine tasting session. We will end our trip at the village of Fira, near the Metropolis Church, from where our tour guides will instruct passengers on how to take the cable car down the port. Please note: there may be long queues at the cable car station or to pick up the tender boat. This tour includes tender embarkation/disembarkation and walking on cobblestone streets with steps so is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $77.00 Adults $54.00 Children

   


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 JTR02 - EXCURSION IN THE “CALDERA” (approx. 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Possibility of swimming  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Sail through the “Caldera”, the Gulf of Santorini, to the tiny, uninhabited island of Nea Kameni. The island is home to a volcano which we will visit during our walking tour and which enriches the waters around the island. More islands are in store as we continue to Palea Kameni where our boat will anchor for about 30 minutes so passengers can swim from the boat in the warm, sulphuric waters. Return to the pier to take tenders back to the cruise ship. Please note: the excursion operates from June until the end of September. There may be long queues to pick up the tender boat. Depending on the boat’s position you might swim for a while in open sea to reach hot springs. This tour is recommended to guests who can swim and is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $64.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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 JTR03 - RELAX AT PERIVOLOS BEACH (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Your relaxing beach experience begins with a short trip on a tender to Athinios port, after which a coach will take you to Perivolos Beach, a picturesque stretch of sand giving onto the beautiful blue of the Aegean Sea. You will have some time to enjoy beach life and the various taverns, pubs and restaurants you will also find along the seafront. The rest of your trip will be spent sightseeing in Fira, the capital of the island of Santorini. You will be given instructions on how to reach the Metropolis Church and how to take the cable car back down to the port, where you will pick up your tender to return to the ship. Please note: the excursion operates from June until the end of September. The price of hiring sun loungers and parasols at the beach is not included in the price of the excursion. There may be long queues at the cable car station or to board the tender boat. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $39.00 Adults $27.00 Children

   


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 JTR04 - THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF AKROTIRI (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Popular as a tourist destination due to its lovely beaches, relaxed atmosphere and wonderful weather, the beautiful Greek island of Santorini is also known for the ancient city of Akrotiri, which is situated at the southern end of the island and forms the destination of this half-day tour. A tender will first take you on the quick ride from the ship to Athinios port, from where you will continue on an approx. 20-minute coach ride to ancient Akrotiri. Once a thriving settlement during the Minoan Bronze Age, the town was buried by a tremendous volcanic eruption in the middle of the second millennium B.C.. The cloak of lava and ash that descended on the settlement served to preserve the site, which includes pristine frescoes, pottery, furniture, an advanced drainage system and even some three-storey buildings, all of which have been uncovered since excavation work began in 1967. The 1.5-hour stay at this Minoan settlement will give you plenty of time to have a good look around and soak up the special atmosphere of this prehistoric location. The visit will be followed by a little bit of free time to visit the nearby modern village of Akrotiri, after which you will head for the village of Fira where your guide will tell you how to take the cable car down the port to catch the tender back to your ship. Please note: there may be long queues at the cable car station or to pick up the tender boat. This tour includes tender embarkation/disembarkation and walking on cobblestone streets with steps so is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $72.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 JTR05 - BEST OF SANTORINI (approx. 6.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Cultural  Exciting, exclusive, edifying: three attributes that not only aptly describe this tour, but also the Greek island of Santorini itself, which was created when the crater left by a huge volcanic eruption collapsed, leaving only the rim, a so-called caldera. After a short boat ride to Athinios port, you’ll continue by coach to explore the island’s history, capital and dramatic landscape. First up is ancient Akrotiri, a town that flourished during the Minoan Bronze Age, but then fell victim to a major volcanic outbreak that covered it ash in the middle of the 2nd millennium B.C.. Since excavation work began in 1967, many extremely well preserved artefacts have been uncovered, including frescoes and even some three-storey buildings. You’ll have about 1.5 hours to enjoy this prehistoric site before you move on to Fira, Santorini’s capital, for more free time to spend as you please. The pretty lanes are fun to walk down, the cafés great for a pit-stop and the views of the Kamenis, twin volcanic islets in the bay, spectacular. Last up is Oia, a blue-and-white village in Cycladic style perched on the very edge of the caldera. After a guided walk through its pretty cobbled streets, a stop at a local winery will give you a chance to sample some local treats and take part in a wine-tasting session before a motorboat takes you back to the ship. Please note: as this tour involves getting on and off a tender (boat) plus some walking on cobbled streets with steps, it is considered to be unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. This tour is available only for guests cruising on the MSC Fantasia with calls in Santorini and on following calls with MSC Armonia : 14.04.2014 + 23.04.2014 + 02.05.2014 + 11.05.2014 + 20.05.2014 + 29.05.2014 + 07.06.2014.

Price per person $111.00 Adults $78.00 Children

   


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 JTR06 - BEACH & GREEK SPECIALITIES (approx. 5 hours, lunch included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  The beautiful Greek island of Santorini is a popular tourist destination due to its lovely beaches, relaxed atmosphere and wonderful weather, all elements you will find on this enjoyable excursion. After a short boat sail to Athinios port, you will board a coach to reach Kamari Beach where you will enjoy approx. 3 hours relaxing in the sun. Kamari is a very popular beach of black-sand and you will appreciate the beauty of the landscape during your stay. A delicious Greek-style lunch will be served in an adjacent tavern on the beach to complete your Greek experience. A coach transfer will take you to Fira where you will take the cable car down the port to catch the tender back to your ship. Please note: there may be long queues at the cable car station or to pick up the tender boat. This tour includes tender embarkation/disembarkation and walking on cobblestone streets with steps so is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. The excursion operates from June until the end of September and is subject to weather conditions.

Price per person $92.00 Adults $64.00 Children

   


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 JTR07 - BEACH TIME IN LOVELY SANTORINI: approx. 6 hours, lunch included - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  New  Blue skies and sunshine, breathtaking views and time to relax on a stunning beach make great reasons to join this leisurely tour of Santorini. After a short tender transfer to Athinios port, a coach will take you past Fira and the village of Imerovigli en route to Oia at the northern end of the island. Teetering on the crest of the volcanic caldera, the village affords glorious views of the bay and the Aegean Sea. Free time is scheduled for you to spend in Oia, walking through its pretty lanes, enjoying the blue and white of its Cycladic architecture, going shopping or stopping for a rest at one of the enticing cafés. Moving on, you’ll then head south to the striking black-pebble beach at Perivolos. Served by a varied infrastructure, the tranquil beach surroundings are perfect for doing whatever you like. Your 3-hour stay will include a complimentary umbrella and sunbed as well as free snacks and drinks served exclusively for you at a nearby beach-front café. But facilities for windsurfing, jet-skiing and scuba diving are also available, the cost of which is not covered by the price of the tour. Last up on your Santorini outing is the island’s capital of Fira, where you can either take a cable car straight back to the port or choose to explore the town and then return to your ship. Please note: there may be long queues at the cable car station or to pick up the tender boat. This tour includes tender embarkation/disembarkation and walking on cobblestone streets with steps so is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. The excursion operates from June until the end of September and is subject to weather conditions.

Price per person $103.00 Adults $72.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.