Half-Day Santorini Sailing Excursion by Luxury Catamaran

Enjoy a small group experience gliding past awe-inspiring rock formations and visiting secluded bays

Travel Flexibly · 5.00h · Santorini

Santorini is renowned for its dramatic volcanic landscapes and secluded beaches, but did you know many of the island’s must-see sights are only reachable by boat? That’s why we’ve crafted this half-day sailing excursion, which brings you on a splendid journey featuring Red Beach, White Beach, Mesa Pigadia, and the Venetian Light House of Akrotiri. Throughout, enjoy personalized service and freshly prepared food that’ll ensure your sailing experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

  • Santorini Half Day Catamaran Tour​
  • Red Beach
  • White Beach
  • Mesa Pigadia
  • Venetian Lighthouse of Akrotiri
  • Enjoy the tranquil waters
  • Snorkel in a volcanic bay
  • Head back to port

This Santorini sailing excursion begins with a complimentary transfer from your accommodation to the Marina of Vlychada, and upon arrival, you’ll board a luxury catamaran, bid farewell to the mainland, and head out for a dreamy afternoon on the Aegean Sea. From snorkeling in the tropical fish-filled waters of Mesa Pigadia to marveling at the geological wonders of the Red and White Beaches, each minute of your 5-hour experience will be spent immersed in the island’s spectacular landscapes.

In addition, sail past the majestic Indian Rock and historic Venetian Light House of Akrotiri, soak in natural hot springs, take in supurb views of the Caldera Coast, and tune in as your expert guide narrates the storied history of this island. Then, just when you think your day cannot possibly get any better, pull into a secluded bay and enjoy a freshly prepared Greek lunch on board the catamaran before returning to the marina.

Half-Day Santorini Sailing Excursion

Your 5-hour tour includes:

  • Transfer from/to your hotel

  • 5-hour sailing experience

  • Snorkeling and safety gear

  • Towels

  • A delectable meal featuring chicken fillet, pasta, Greek salad, vine leaf rolls, and tzatziki dips

  • Soft drinks and white wine

  • Opportunity to relax in hot springs

  • Visits to White Beach, Red Beach, the Venetian Light House, and more

Welcome to Santorini’s Marina of Vlychada!

Your seamless day out at sea begins right from your Santorini accommodation, where you’ll be picked up at a pre-designated time prior to 10:30 am and transferred to the Marina of Vlychada. Set against dramatic cliffs sculpted by wind and sea, it’s easy to see why this marina is known for its natural beauty and strategic location, and it's here you’ll meet your expert guide, friendly crew, and fellow adventurers for the day. Hop aboard the luxury catamaran and settle in for your remarkable journey ahead.

Red Beach, White Beach, and Mesa Pigadia

Throughout the five-hour sailing experience, you'll pause to swim, snorkel, and admire unique volcanic landscapes, and your first stop is the stunning Red Beach in Akrotiri. Here, volcanic rocks and debris have tumbled off the cliff to create a dramatic deep-red colored beach and it is the perfect place to capture photos of Santorini's famed contrasts. Next, continue to the secluded White Beach, reachable only by boat, and ponder how its white pebbles backed by towering white cliffs offer such a stark but equally stunning contrast to your first stop.

After admiring the two beaches, you’ll no doubt be eager to dive into the refreshing Aegean Sea waters, and your chance is just around the corner at Mesa Pigadia. Don your swimsuit, grab a snorkel and mask, and dive into the clear waters brimming with unique volcanic formations and marine life. Keep your eye out for sea urchins, sea turtles, starfish, and tropical fish!

Indian Rock, Light House, Caldera Coast

Sailing onwards, you'll next come across the spectacular Indian Rock. This formation majestically resembles the profile of an Indian's face yet was carved by natural and relentless forces of wind and water. Nearby, the historic Venetian Light House of Akrotiri stands proudly on the island's southwestern tip, and beyond being incredibly photogenic, it has also had the very important job of guiding sailors through the Aegean for centuries.

Next, make your way along Santorini’s awe-inspiring Caldera Coast, which was formed around 1600 BCE during one of the largest volcanic events on Earth in recorded history. Today, it’s been given a new life, with whitewashed houses and blue-topped domes cascading down steep cliffs. This is the postcard view of Santorini that beckons travelers from near and far.

Hot Springs, Volcanic Private Bays, and Back to the Port

You've seen convincing evidence of Santorini's volcanic past, but now it's time to experience it in an entirely new way—through a soak in natural hot springs. Your expert guides will lead the way to a natural spa, where you're invited to relax in thermal waters mixed with volcanic mud. Feeling rejuvenated, and perhaps ready to cool and clean off, you'll continue to a secluded bay for another swim. As your captain anchors and the chef prepares a sumptuous meal, you'll have time to swim, snorkel, and laze on the catamaran's spacious deck.

Then, when lunch is ready, tuck into a delightful meal featuring chicken, pasta, Greek salad, tzatziki dips, and bread. Paired with soft beverages and white wine, this is one of those moments you wish could never end. However, as the afternoon wanes, it'll be time to sail back to Vlychada Marina. You can expect to return around 3:30 pm, feeling sun-kissed and rejuvenated from your day at sea.

What you get with this tour
Hotel pick up and drop off
Luxury catamaran cruise
Group size of max 20 people
English speaking tour guide
Freshly made Greek lunch
Snorkeling equipment
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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

A good camera, layers, a swimsuit, and an appetite for adventure!

What to bring?

A good camera, layers, a swimsuit, and an appetite for adventure!

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

This tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Santorini.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, please let us know beforehand. This tour includes navigating non-wheelchair-accessible spaces, and depending on conditions, the ocean may cause the boat to shift unexpectedly.

What happens if it rains?

We run our Half-Day Santorini Sailing Excursion rain or shine. However, if rainfall is extremely heavy or marine weather conditions are unsafe, we may have to cancel or postpone the tour. If this is the case, we'll inform you as soon as possible.

Is it possible The Tour Guy will change this Half-Day Santorini Sailing Excursion time?

Your tour time could change due to minimum numbers not being reached, extreme weather, or other unforeseen events. If your tour time changes, we'll inform you as soon as possible.

Is there a dress code for this Half-Day Santorini Sailing Excursion?

No, but we recommend bringing a swimsuit and layers as weather conditions can change with little notice.

Should I be concerned about seasickness?

If you're prone to seasickness, we encourage you to bring motion sickness medication along, as it is not provided on board. We also recommend avoiding liquids and dairy products if you tend to have a sensitive stomach.

Is lunch included in the price of the tour?

Yes, you’ll be treated to a tasting menu of delicious and authentic Greek dishes while on board the boat.

Yes, you’ll be treated to a tasting menu of delicious and authentic Greek dishes while on board the boat.

The menu consists of many different types of dishes, so you can find options that are gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan. However, please contact us in advance so we can accommodate your needs.

Are drinks included in the price of the tour?

Yes, an assortment of drinks, including wine and soft drinks are included in the price of this tour.

Can I bring my kids, and do I have to pay for them?

Yes, everyone is welcome on our Half-Day Santorini Sailing Excursion. We offer a reduced rate for children aged 2 to 9 years old and infants are free. Please choose accordingly when booking.

Why do I have to pay for my child who's under 6 years old?

We charge a discounted rate for children aged 2 to 9 because we limit the total number of guests on each departure, which includes children.

Does this tour include hotel pickup?

Yes, shuttle transportation will be arranged to and from your accommodation to the port. As the shuttle will be shared with other tour guests, we will reach out with an exact pickup time after booking.

Where does this tour end?

This tour finishes at Santorini’s Vlychada port. From here, we will provide shuttle transport back to your accommodation.

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