The tour starts at 09:15 from Fira with a private bus. It takes you to the port of Athinios, where you will board the boat and start our trip with destination the Volcano, a distance of about 15-20 minutes.
Your stay there is for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. To walk up to the volcano to meet the active craters is about 20 minutes through a walkable path. It is worth reaching the top because when you arrive there, if you scratch the surface you will see steam coming out, smell the sulfur and also to take pictures. After the visit of Nea Kameni, the boat continues to the island of Palaia Kameni where the Hot Springs are located.
The boat anchors a few meters outside the small bay of Agios Nikolaos, it lowers down a ladder in the water and from there you can swim a distance of about 20 meters to get to the famous mud baths of Palaia Kameni which are believed to have beneficial abilities for the skin and other diseases. The water temperature is 30-35 degrees but it constantly mixes with seawater.
The boat remains here for about 30 minutes for swimming. It’s quite a time since there is no beach on the small island where you can stay for a while. In continuation of the tour, the boat sails to the island of Thirassia. You have 2 hours free time to swim in the crystal waters of Korfos or eating in traditional taverns with different dishes of the island. You can go on foot or by donkeys up to the village of Manolas, which is very picturesque with narrow streets and nice view to Santorini and worth a visit.
After the 2 hour pleasant break on the island of Thirassia, we start to return back to Athinios port sailing near the volcanic Caldera cliffs to take pictures of the unique scenery. At Athinios, our bus will be waiting to take us directly to Oia village where you will have free time to walk through the narrow streets, take pictures of the mesmerizing scenery and watch the famous sunset. Right after the sunset we will return – again by bus – back to the original starting points.
Volcano (visit the crater) – Hot springs (swimming) – Thirassia (lunch time) – Oia visit with sunset (this last part will be by bus)
Special Thank to Visit Greece for the wonderful pictures.