Hiking tour on Santorini (details)

  • Santorini Kaldera
    Enjoy this view on the Santorini hiking tours!

    You will walk with one of the most experienced Santorini experts!

  • Aussicht Plaka-Bucht
  • Akrotiri
  • Nea Kameni
  • Hornmohn
  • Bimststeinbruch
  • Kirche in Ia
  • Granat
  • Kirche in der Plaka-Bucht

Hiking tours on an active volcano

The crater lake on Palea Kameni island (c) Tobias Schorr April 2017
The crater lake on Palea Kameni island (c) Tobias Schorr April 2017

The Santorini archipel is part of the active volcanic arch of the Aegean with the last eruption dating 1950 A.D. with signs of activity in the last 10 years. It is sure that in 2012 a magma chamber was rising up. There is no cause to panic or to expect an eruption in the very near future. But the scientists are watching every change in temperature, gas exhausts, GPS data and small earthquakes to determine the status of the volcano. On the hiking tours of this journey, Tobias Schorr will introduce you into the history of the volcanic archipel of Santorini and how it affected the nature and culture of this beautiful island. There are many rare species of plants to be photographed and sometimes you may even watch rare birds or reptils. Tobias Schorr has been doing tours on this island for more than 20 years and his knowledge of Greek language gives you an direct contact to local people. This hiking tour is also ideal for photographers and Tobias Schorr will support you in taking unforgettable photographs. The Greek food will be also a nice discovery for all senses!

Day 1: Meeting at the airport of Santorini

Flight over Santorini island
Flight over Santorini island
Santorini airport
Santorini airport
Arrival at Santorini airport
Arrival at Santorini airport

Your guide Tobias Schorr will pick you up at the airport of Santorini JTR. If your flight is different from the other participants, we will send a taxi with your name & our logo. At the dinner at our hotel in the village Ia Tobias Schorr will give you a first introduction in this tour. If you and the others arrive early in the morning, there will be enough time for a round trip through the lanes of Ia village. If you arrive 1 or more days earlier, we can arrange your transfer and accommodation if we know it in time.

Day 2: The most beautiful hiking tour along the caldera edge

Hiking on the caldera path of Santorini
Hiking on the caldera path of Santorini
Layers of volcanic ash at our path
Layers of volcanic ash at our path
Evening view on the most beautiful walking route along the caldera of Santorini
Evening view on the most beautiful walking route along the caldera of Santorini

After the breakfast we will take the bus to the capitol city of Santorini, Thira. There we will have time to explore the archaeological museum with the most exciting discoveries of the Minoan excavations of Acrotiri. Some of the items exhibited we will also discover on our hikes. Through the lanes of Thira we will ascend to the higher parts of Thira,Firostefani: Leaving the tourist area we will walk to the cinder cone of little Profitis Ilias and will have a little break at the caldera café. Later we will have a great view from the top of Mavro Vouni and Kokkino Vouni towards Ia village and the sunset. A nice dinner will wait for us at the Anemomilos tavern in Ia.

Day 3: Pyrgos & Emporion villages

A medieval castle near Emporio
A medieval castle near Emporio
The windmills of Emborion
The windmills of Emborion
The ancient temple of Agios Joannis Marmaritis
The ancient temple of Agios Joannis Marmaritis

Pyrgos is an old village situated on a little mountain top. We will take photos of the great view and will descend on a nice path through vine yards. After a while we will discover the scenic view on the castlelike village of Emporion. In former times people where afraid of pirate attacks and so the created a labyrinth of lanes . In the late afternoon we will take the bus back to Ia and have our dinner at Anemomilos hotel.

Day 4: Acrotiri village & & the Minoan town

The prehistoric town of Acrotiri is one of the highlights!
The prehistoric town of Acrotiri is one of the highlights!
A chair made around 1627 B.C.!
A chair made around 1627 B.C.!
A golden figure from Acrotiri
A golden figure from Acrotiri

When 1627 B.C. the volcano of Santorini erupted, it conserved with its ash an complete culture. The Minoans were one of the first (cultural) super powers in the Mediterranean Sea. The excavations brought to light houses with artistic wall paintings and a nearly modern infrastructure. After visiting the archaeological site of Acrotiri, we will see the so called "red beach" cinder cone of an old volcano and will ascend to the village of Acrotiri. On the hike we will discover so called pillow lavas and may be some zeolithe crystals. Later we will pick up the bus to get to Ia village. There we will enjoy our dinner.

Day 5: The ancient town of Thera & Perisa village

The theatre of ancient Thera
The theatre of ancient Thera
The eagle in the sanctiary of Artemidoros
The eagle in the sanctiary of Artemidoros
The dolphin in the sanctuary of Artemidoros
The dolphin in the sanctuary of Artemidoros

Today a charter bus will bring us up to the ancient acropolis of Thera where we can stroll through the lanes of an ancient town. It was discovered by an German archaeologist and shows all public buildings, like sanctuaries, a theatre and some special service points... If there is enough time, we will visit also the water source of this ancient city. Later we descend to Perissa village with its black beach for a snack or a bath. The bus will bring us back to Ia and our hotel.

Day 6: Boat excursion to the volcanoes Nea Kameni & Palea Kameni

A sailing tour with captain Sostis is something very special...
A sailing tour with captain Sostis is something very special...
The crater lake of the 1700 A.D: eruption on Palea Kameni island
The crater lake of the 1700 A.D: eruption on Palea Kameni island
Sunset over the youngest volcano of Greece, the island Nea Kameni
Sunset over the youngest volcano of Greece, the island Nea Kameni

We will leave Amouthi bay early in the morning with the boat of Sostis and sail to the youngest volcano of Greece, the island of Nea Kameni. There we wil lhave a walk to the crater top of Georgios crater and see the fumaroles and the place, where the last eruption took place in 1950. Then we will sail to Sostis home island Palea Kameni. There we will have a special snack and his vine. We will see the eruption crater of 1700 A.D. And will climb up to the high plain of this island. If we are lucky we will discover some skarn rocks with garnet crystals. At the late afternoon we will sail back to Amouthi bay and ascend to our hotel.

Day 7: Free day & time for spontaneous activity

Walking at the pumice cliffs of Vlyhada
Walking at the pumice cliffs of Vlyhada
A famous postcard view from Ia village
A famous postcard view from Ia village
A little chapel on the top of Pyrgos village
A little chapel on the top of Pyrgos village

This day is a free day or a buffer for a tour that could not take place due to weather conditions or other organization changes. If everything was possible like in the schedule, you may use this day for shopping or relaxation.

Day 8: Departure from Santorini

The "window" of Santorini island
The "window" of Santorini island
Spring time on Santorini and a view to the volcano Nea Kameni
Spring time on Santorini and a view to the volcano Nea Kameni
A little terrace at a house in Thira town
A little terrace at a house in Thira town

Depending on your flight schedule, you will get a transfer in a minibus or with a taxi in time to get your flight. We recommend top be at the JTR airport at least 90 minutes before your flight leaves. If there are many charter companies flying the same time, you have to be early there. It is a very small airport and you may need time to get to the check-in. If your flight is leaving in the evening, you will still have time to enjoy Ia village. Of course you may leave your baggage at the hotel and you can use the hotel infrastructure (shower, etc.).