4 volcanoes of Greece

  • Santorini
    5 active volcanic areas in Greece: Sousaki, Methana, Milos, Santorini and Nisyros

    Even Santorini is the most known area in Greece, there are other volcanoes to be discovered also on this journey.

    Single Santorini-Tour
  • Methana
    Methana - the unknown volcano near Athens

    Methana is an unique volcanic peninsula without mass-tourism.

    Single journey Methana
  • Sousaki
    The secret volcano Sousaki

    The valley of Sousaki is the remains of an volcanic sytem that exists already 20 million years and it still shows signs of activity!

    More about Sousaki
  • Milos
    The treasure island of the Milos volcano

    The island of Milos is famous for its Venus statue, but it is also an exciting volcano.

    Single tour of Milos
  • Nisyros
    The most active volcano of Greece - Nisyros island

    On Nisyros volcano you can see the most active signs of volcanism in its caldera.

    Sinlge tour Kos & Nisyros

The 4 active volcanoes of the Aegean arc

The Stavrolongos caldera on Methana (c) Tobias Schorr
The Stavrolongos caldera on Methana (c) Tobias Schorr
In one of the craters of Tsingrado volcano on MIlos island (c) Tobias Schorr
In one of the craters of Tsingrado volcano on MIlos island (c) Tobias Schorr
View to the youngest volcanic island of Greece, Nea Kameni at the Santorini archipelago (c) Tobias Schorr
View to the youngest volcanic island of Greece, Nea Kameni at the Santorini archipelago (c) Tobias Schorr
The caldera of Nisyros volcano (c) Tobias Schorr
The caldera of Nisyros volcano (c) Tobias Schorr

Only a few people are aware of the fact that there are 4 volcanoes in Greece, defined as active volcanoes. Three of these volcanic eruptions can be traced back to historical times and Santorini was the last eruption recently in 1950. Each of the four volcanic regions (Methana, Milos, Santorini and Nisyros) differs in the composition of their volcanic rocks and, of course, in their landscape. While Methana and Nisyros tend to be green volcanoes, the vegetation on Santorini and Milos is more desert like. All the volcanoes are great hiking destinations and inspiring for photos. In all Greek volcanoes, Tobias Schorr has been conducting hiking study trips for more than 15 years and is linking these areas for the first time in a total package of "4 Volcanoes of Greece". It is an exclusive tour, it is like an extract of the most interesting sights of the volcanoes.

Day 1: Arrival at Athens airport

Arrival in Athens by Aegean Airlines. 8c) Tobias Schorr 2020
Arrival in Athens by Aegean Airlines. 8c) Tobias Schorr 2020
If you come from Germany, sometimes Eurowings is an useful carrier. (c) Tobias Schorr 2014
If you come from Germany, sometimes Eurowings is an useful carrier. (c) Tobias Schorr 2014
Airial photo of Athens. (c) Tobias Schorr 2017
Airial photo of Athens. (c) Tobias Schorr 2017

After your arrival Tobias Schorr is waiting for you at the arrival area. Together we will take the airport bus to the hotel in the old town of Plaka in Athens. If you arrive at a different time than the majority of the group, you will get a detailed plan on how to get to the hotel without any problems. In the evening the group meets and strolls to one of the taverns for dinner.https://volcanodiscovery.com/#

Day 2: Athen & Acropolis

A first meeting with our guide at the Acropolis museum. (c) Tobias Schorr 2020
A first meeting with our guide at the Acropolis museum. (c) Tobias Schorr 2020

After the breakfast we will meet our official guide at the Acropolis museum, before we will visit the famous hill with the Propylaion entrance, the Nike temple, the Erechteion and the famous Parthenon temple. We will learn about the history and we will discover also geological features of the area. Later we will stroll throught the lanes of Athens down town Plaka.

Day 3: Visit of the ancient mining area Laurion

Ancient mine shaft in Thorikos. (c) Tobias Schorr 2020
Ancient mine shaft in Thorikos. (c) Tobias Schorr 2020
Ancient vessel and the famous Drahme coin. (c) Tobias Schorr 2012
Ancient vessel and the famous Drahme coin. (c) Tobias Schorr 2012
The Poseidon-Temple in Sounion. (c) Tobias Schorr 2012
The Poseidon-Temple in Sounion. (c) Tobias Schorr 2012

The ancient sights of the previous day and our western civilization would not have existed if the ancient Athenians had not used the Laurion mineral resources. Today, the ancient mining area is our goal. But what does that have to do with "volcanoes"? Quite simply: under the southern attic there were magma chambers that heated groundwater that circulated through cavities in the rock. It deposited valuable minerals such as galena. And this lead ore contained silver as an impurity. This silver, from which the drachma coin was minted, financed ancient Athens! In Laurion we will visit the ancient theater at Thorikos, ancient tunnels and tombs from the Mycenaean period. A visit to the Mineral Museum is an experience of colors and shapes. In the afternoon we may visit the temple of Sounion.

Day 4: Drive to Methana, visit of the Sousaki volcanic area.

Part of the fumaroles of Sousaki volcano. (c) Tobias Schorr
Part of the fumaroles of Sousaki volcano. (c) Tobias Schorr
Arsenopyrite crystals from Sousaki. (c) Tobias Schorr
Arsenopyrite crystals from Sousaki. (c) Tobias Schorr
View from Sousaki to south with the Methana peninsula in sight. (c) Tobias Schorr
View from Sousaki to south with the Methana peninsula in sight. (c) Tobias Schorr

In the morning, take the bus north towards Corinth on the motorway. At the refineries we leave the highway and visit a valley in which one of the most mysterious volcanic areas in Greece is located. Sousaki volcanism dates back over 20 million years, but there are signs that the magma chambers below the region are still active. Numerous fumaroles are witness to this. Later it goes on a scenic route on the east coast of the Peloponnese to Methana. On the way we stop at places where you have a wonderful view of the Saronic Gulf with its volcanoes. Arrival in Methana in the evening. Dinner together in a typical tavern.

Tag 5: Visit of the historic lava dome at Kameni Chora

Aerial photo of the lava dome. (c) Tobias Schorr 2016
Aerial photo of the lava dome. (c) Tobias Schorr 2016
One of the lava rocks at the volcano. (c) Tobias Schorr 2019
One of the lava rocks at the volcano. (c) Tobias Schorr 2019
Sunset in the centre of the lava dome. (c) Tobias Schorr 2015
Sunset in the centre of the lava dome. (c) Tobias Schorr 2015

This tour is one of the most beautiful ones on the entire Peloponnese mainland: A wild landscape of high rocks, from which pines grow, characterizes the center of the volcano, that 270 BC. broke out. Its glow was visible even in ancient Athens and so ancient writers like Ovid and Strabon reported about this volcanic eruption. A hike to the center of the former lava dome is also a great opportunity for photographers! The volcano has only gradually become known in recent years. On the way back we take a break in a tavern in Vathy or in Kameni Chora. In the end we will visit the ancient Acropolis (Paliokastro) of Methana.

Day 6: A scenic hike to the caldera of Methana

The prehistoric cisterns on Loutesa high plain on Methana. (c) Tobias Schorr
The prehistoric cisterns on Loutesa high plain on Methana. (c) Tobias Schorr
The prehistoric wine press in shape of an boat. (c) Tobias Schorr 2019
The prehistoric wine press in shape of an boat. (c) Tobias Schorr 2019
An aerial photo of the Stavrolongos caldera on Methana. (c) Tobias Schorr 2016
An aerial photo of the Stavrolongos caldera on Methana. (c) Tobias Schorr 2016

Just like the caldera hike in Santorini, this tour is a "must"! It goes through small forests and over the Loutesa plateau to the highest peaks, such as the Chelona volcano and to the prehistoric wine presses of the Varkesa plateau. The highlight is the caldera of the Stavrolongos volcano. From there it goes down on an ancient stone slab path to the main town Methana.

Day 7: Drive to Athens & flight to Milos

A last morning view on Methana town. (c) Tobias Schorr 2020
A last morning view on Methana town. (c) Tobias Schorr 2020
On our drive to Athens, there will be opportunities for photo stops. (c) Tobias Schorr
On our drive to Athens, there will be opportunities for photo stops. (c) Tobias Schorr
A view to the northwestern cape of Methana with the historic lava flow. (c) Tobias Schorr 2020
A view to the northwestern cape of Methana with the historic lava flow. (c) Tobias Schorr 2020

Depending on which flight (or which ship) we take to Milos, we will go to Athens (or Piraeus) in the early morning or at noon. If it only goes from Athens to Milos in the afternoon, we will use the time to maybe visit the small theater of Epidaurus on the way.
If we arrive at Milos around noon, we drive to Tripiti and look at the ancient remains of the theater and hike back to Adamas, where our hotel is also located.

Day 8: Drive by 4x4 Jeeps to the Tsingrado caldera

The abandoned sulfur mines. (c) Tobias Schorr 2017
The abandoned sulfur mines. (c) Tobias Schorr 2017
View to the edge of Tsingrado caldera. (c) Tobias Schorr 2018
View to the edge of Tsingrado caldera. (c) Tobias Schorr 2018
The active fumaroles of Kalamos. (c) Tobias Schorr 2017
The active fumaroles of Kalamos. (c) Tobias Schorr 2017

After breakfast we visit the Mining Museum with important information for a better understanding of what we will discover today. Jeeps first take you to an adventurous sulfur mine. Later we drive through a sandy landscape to the center of the Tsingrado caldera. There is the the youngest volcano on Milos. We discover the witnesses of his slumbering activity on red-brown rocks from which hot steam escapes. The fumaroles from Kalamos show that under Milos there is still an active magma chamber. On the way back we stop at Lake Achivadolimni.

Day 9: Boat trip around Milos island

The basalt columns at Glaronisia islands. (c) Tobias Schorr 2017
The basalt columns at Glaronisia islands. (c) Tobias Schorr 2017
The volcanic ash created the famous Kleftiko rocks. (c) Tobias Schorr 2017
The volcanic ash created the famous Kleftiko rocks. (c) Tobias Schorr 2017
The northeast cape of Milos island. (c) Tobias Schorr 2017
The northeast cape of Milos island. (c) Tobias Schorr 2017

The volcanism of Milos can be observed best from the boat and a tour around the island is an indispensable highlight. Depending on how the wind blows, the excursion boat first passes Cape Vani, stops at the Sykia sea cave and reaches the famous volcanic tuff cliffs in Kleftiko. It continues on the north coast and the basalt columns of the Glaronisia Islands. In the evening the boat passes the fisher´s houses at Klima and reaches the port of Adamas again.

Day 10: Sailing to Santorini island

The fishermen´s houses at Klima. (c) Tobias Schorr
The fishermen´s houses at Klima. (c) Tobias Schorr
In the caldera of Santorini. (c) Tobias Schorr
In the caldera of Santorini. (c) Tobias Schorr
Evening atmosphere over the caldera of Santorini. (c) Tobias Schorr
Evening atmosphere over the caldera of Santorini. (c) Tobias Schorr

Milos is quite well connected to Santorini. Ferries and speed boats run several times a week from Milos to Santorini and so we can enjoy the coast of Milos again. But entering the Santorini caldera by ship is also an great experience. Depending on when we arrive, we can do something around the hotel. If the ferry doesn't leave until the evening, we still have time for spontaneous trips on Milos.

Day 11: The most beautful hike at the Santorini caldera

The triangle square in the Minoan excavations of Akrotiri. (c) Tobias Schorr 2012
The triangle square in the Minoan excavations of Akrotiri. (c) Tobias Schorr 2012
The famous gold Minoan ram that we will see in the museum in Thira. (c) Tobias Schorr
The famous gold Minoan ram that we will see in the museum in Thira. (c) Tobias Schorr
The trail leads along the Santorini caldera. (c) Tobias Schorr
The trail leads along the Santorini caldera. (c) Tobias Schorr

After visiting the impressive Minoan excavation of Akrotiri, we understand the high culture that existed in Santorini 3600 years ago. The finds that were made there will come like a surprise to us! In the museum in Thira we will see the development from early prehistoric times to Minoan civilization. In the late afternoon we hike through the alleys of the main town and then we come to the path on the edge of the caldera. It is one of the most beautiful trails in Greece and we will always have a view of the youngest volcanic islands in Greece in the middle of the caldera. In the afternoon we will arrive at the summit above the famous village of Oia. Depending on the weather and time, we can enjoy the sunset and take pictures from here. We end this wonderful day in a good tavern!

Day 12: A unique boat trip to the volcanoes of Santorini

The little bay on Nea Kameni island. (c) Tobias Schorr 2014
The little bay on Nea Kameni island. (c) Tobias Schorr 2014
The fjord with the thermal springs at Nea Kameni. 8c) Tobias Schorr
The fjord with the thermal springs at Nea Kameni. 8c) Tobias Schorr
The crater lake of 726 A.D. on Palea Kameni island. (c) Tobias Schorr 2014
The crater lake of 726 A.D. on Palea Kameni island. (c) Tobias Schorr 2014

With a private chartered boat we sail from Akrotiri to the youngest island of Greece. Nea Kameni was only created around 1540 by eruptions of the Santorini volcano. We'll hike to the craters and explain the various forms of eruptions. Later we take the boat to a small fjord-like bay, where we can swim in springs that are up to 39 degrees Celsius. Afterwards we go for a picnic on the older of the two islands, Palea Kameni. There is a hermit with whom we have been friends for years. We visit the crater lake from AD 726. and the plateau of the volcanic island, which rose 90 BC. from the sea. In the late afternoon we return to the main island of Santorini.