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30 Sep - 6 Oct 2018: Fascination Volcano - Santorini Island (Greece)
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Fascination Volcano

- 8 (9) days study and walking tour on Santorini, Greece -

8 days itinerary | 9 days version

8 days itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Santorini - Introduction

One of our favourite tavern on the beach...
One of our favourite tavern on the beach...
Arrival to Santorini - group dinner - introduction
Acc.: Hotel in Akrotiri overlooking the sea (during the whole tour) (D)

Day 2: Whole-day walk along the scenic southern peninsula

The Red beach from above - remnant of an old cinder cone
The Red beach from above - remnant of an old cinder cone
Today will be a whole-day walk at relaxed pace, following remote trails on the scenic southern peninsula. We observe the oldest exposed volcanic rocks, a typical cross-section of a small volcano (cinder cone, crater with dike and lava-lake), marine fossils, dramatic faults and other geologic highlights illustrating how this island was formed.
There will be an excellent lunch in a small tavern on the way, and possibilities for swim breaks on beautiful beaches.
Acc.: as before (B, L, D)
Deposits from glowing avalanches exposed on the coast
Deposits from glowing avalanches exposed on the coast
Sunset on a clear day
Sunset on a clear day

Day 3: Walk along the caldera - remains of prehistoric settlements - deposits of the Minoan eruption

Hike (3-4 hours total) along the spectacular southern caldera, observation of the spectacular pumice deposits from the past explosions of the volcano, visit to an abandoned quarry with prehistoric settlement remains, pick-nick lunch & swim break. Optional hike(2-3 hours) back along the beach and through pumice canyons and fields (or transfer by minibus).
Acc.: as before (B, L, D)

Day 4: The volcanic islands Nea + Palea Kameni

On the crater rim of Nea Kameni volcano
On the crater rim of Nea Kameni volcano
Whole-day boat trip (private small boat from the beach below the hotel) to visit the historic volcanic islands of Palea and Nea Kameni (explosion craters, lava flows and bizarre lava domes, fumaroles, sulphur deposits, bath in warm, iron-bearing springs). Short hike to the summit craters of the volcano. Extensive lunch and swimming break.
Evening lunch free.
Acc.: as before (B, L)
Volcanic bomb on Nea Kameni
Volcanic bomb on Nea Kameni
Sulphur crystals on one of the fumaroles on Nea Kameni
Sulphur crystals on one of the fumaroles on Nea Kameni

Day 5: Archaeologic highlights - spectacular walk along the caldera to Oia town

Detail of a one of the world-famous frescos found in the city from 4000 BC
Detail of a one of the world-famous frescos found in the city from 4000 BC
Short walk to and visit of the nearby Minoan excavations (if reopened by the time of the tour), coffee/ swim break on the beach of Akrotiri. Local bus transfer to the capital Fira, visit to the outstanding archeological museum, extended lunch break at free disposal (opportunity to buy souvenirs, send postcards etc.). After lunch, we visit an excellent exposition of replica of the world-famous wall paintings of Akrotiri in the conference centre of Fira. We continue in afternoon to hike along the spectacular cliffs of the northern part of the caldera to the picturesque town of Oia. Visit to the remnants of a Venetian castle, eroded stratovolcanoes, tuff rings, ancient graves and observation of fossil stromatolites. Dinner in Oia, famous for its brilliant sunsets. Taxi or bus transfer back to Akrotiri.
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Church vault in Fira
Church vault in Fira
View onto the cliff of Fira
View onto the cliff of Fira

Day 6: Free day or optional excursion

The day is a spare day or otherwise at your free disposal. An optional half-day excursion can be offered.
Acc.: as before (B)

Day 7: Prof. Ilias mountain - Ancient Thera - Perissa black sand beach

Inside the village center of Pirgos
Inside the village center of Pirgos
Whole-day walk to the Profitis Ilias Mountain, the highest peak of the island group (556m). From there we hike along an ancient trail to the impressive ruins of the ancient Greek town of Thera, excavated around 1900. On our way a coffee break in the medieval town of Pirgos with its Venetian castle, lunch snack under the shadow of trees next to the ancient Greek theatre. The excursion ends in Perissa with its famous black-sand beach on the early afternoon. The rest of day can be spent on the beach (with bus or taxi transfer back to the hotel arranged, or facultative hike back along the coast and through impressive pumice canyons).
Acc.: as before (B, D)
On the way from Profitis Ilias Mountain
On the way from Profitis Ilias Mountain
Ancient cistern in Ancient Thera on Mesa Vouno
Ancient cistern in Ancient Thera on Mesa Vouno

Day 8: Departure

Departure or extension program.
Acc.: none (B)
Note:
If trips on small boat trips are for you, we recommend to add one day to the itinerary for tour with our small boat around the caldera. This results in the following 9-days itinerary:

9 days version

Day 1-7: Same as in 8-days itinerary

Same as in 8-days itinerary

Day 8: Boat tour around the caldera cliffs - visit Therasia Island

Sailing on our small boat - great fun!
Sailing on our small boat - great fun!
Half-day boat trip (private small boat) inside the caldera, likely to become an unforgettable highlight of the tour. After a lunch- and swimming stop on Thirasia island we sail slowly along Santorini's spectacular inner caldera cliffs and return to our hotel for a free afternoon (see photos taken during these trips). In the evening group dinner in a nearby beach tavern.
Acc.: as before (B, D)
The water pumping station below Oia town
The water pumping station below Oia town
Cliffs beneath Fira
Cliffs beneath Fira

Day 9: Departure

Departure or extension program.
Acc.: none (B)
8 days itinerary | 9 days version
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