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“Santorini & Volcano, ride with a Harley Davidson Motorcycle” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Santorini Volcano
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6-Hour Private Best of Santorini Experience
Ranked #17 of 152 things to do in Santorini
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“Santorini & Volcano, ride with a Harley Davidson Motorcycle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

Riding a Harley in Santorini is an awesome experience. A visit to the Volcano is a must, remember this is still an active volcano! Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera. A giant central, rectangular lagoon, which measures about 12 by 7 km (7.5 by 4.3 mi), is surrounded by 300 m (980 ft) high, steep cliffs on three sides. We have taken the Harley s from Athens and the tour starts by riding to Piraeus harbor to board the cruise ship to Santorini. We stay in Kamari near the beach and riding every day. My best time was the ride to Oia (Ia) in the morning for breakfast. Touring daring the day is awesome with cliffs on the side of the road and plenty of miles per day. Questions welcome !

Visited October 2013
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“Worth visiting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

Despite all the inclusive tours that recommend you do the hot springs, sunset at Oia etc etc, it is possible just to visit the volcano if that's what you want. There are boats leaving from the Old Port in Fira for 12 Euro per person plus the 2 Euro to enter the volcano national park. Wear good shoes as it is liking walking on bbq coals going up. Bring plenty water and snacks if you need them, there is nowhere to buy anything on the volcano itself. It's an impressive place to walk around, very dry and barren. No trees or wildlife and no bubbling springs but lots of interesting rock formations.

You don't have to go with the tour guide either, unless you want to. It's easy to follow the paths and the crowds up to the top, walk around and come back down in time for your boat back to Fira.

Visited July 2014
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“Kind of silly with people sticking hands in hot holes in ground.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

This little boat tour / hike is only so-so / meh. As is typical of boat tours in Greece, the put as many people as possible on the buses and boats. My wife and I didn't even have seats on the mini-bus transfer for Oia to the port. But, we did fight for, and keep shaded seats on the backside of the boat. The trek itself is not easy, which is fine. But, a lot of tourists were complaining that no one told them to bring walking shoes and water. We had both and we're quite comfortable. (Thankfully the booking agent informed us.) The site-seeing of the water and surrounding islands was nice. The "volcano" itself is fairly boring with some sulfur gas escaping here and there and not much else.

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“Inconsiderate tour guide”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Tips for the volcano:
* Bring a hat and plenty of water
* Wear hiking shoes / boots
* Put sunscreen on while on the boat, at least 20min before disembarking. You will BAKE!

Tips for the hot springs:
* Don't wear white clothes or bathing suits! The red/orange water will stain the fabric!
* Don't let the guides scare you, it's not a swim that requires an expert level in swimming!
* Bring a waterproof camera, if you can
* Bring your own life jacket or small paddle board if you're worried about the swim.

My so-so experience:
I visited the volcano and hot springs as part of a tour. I felt rushed and did not have enough time to see everything.

On Nea Kameni (the volcano), the tour guide started the hike at a ridiculously fast pace. With many other groups around, I ended up losing track of him. I didn't know where to go and how long it would take me to get back to the boat, so I never made it to the top.

Getting to the springs was easy enough. It's a 50m swim before you get to the red water. It was a great experience! I wish I could have stayed longer! The swim back to the boat was a bit more challenging since it was against current, but it wasn't so bad. The crew had buoys for people who needed them, but they kept telling people they didn't want to use them unless it was an emergency. Some novice swimmers were too afraid to get off the boat. Such a shame.

If you're a slow hiker, if you would like to take your time to enjoy the stunning views or to swim at the springs for more than 20 minutes, or if you want a guide who will give a damn about you, book a private tour!

That being said, I'm glad I got to see those stunning places.

Visited July 2014
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

This activity has the potential to be very nice, but what takes a lot away from this activity is the fact that everything about it is so misleading. We decided to take the volcano & hot spring for 15€ per person. This doesn't include the cost of 5€ per person to go down the steps by donkey or by cable car (one way price). So, we walked down 500+ stairs (see review Karavolades stairs), and then go up by donkey on the return.

The boat was nice, and some shaded areas are available. First stop is the hot spring. The boat parks in different areas, on the day we went, it anchored 300m away from the hot springs. So you have to be a good swimmer. I felt very bad for a lady who did not know how to swim because they do not tell you this when you book the deal. The hot spring was nice, it has a red color because of the iron inside.

The second stop is the volcano. Here again you have to pay 2€ per person for admission. Again, you have to be fit to climb to the top.

Overall, I would do this activity, it's worth it if you're ready to spend for all the non mentioned costs.

Visited July 2014
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