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An active volcano (not to worry, the last big eruption was more than 3,000 years ago) as well as a dream romantic destination, Santorini’s stunning scenery is legendary. Villages and vineyards perch in volcanic cliffs overlooking a crystal-blue sea, and dazzling sunsets end each day in a golden glow.

Santorini hotels are open seasonally, April through October.

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Overview

Undoubtedly the most extraordinary island in the Aegean, crescent-shape Santorini remains a mandatory stop on the Cycladic tourist route—even if it's necessary to enjoy the sensational sunsets from Ia, the fascinating excavations, and the dazzling white towns with a million other travelers. Called Kállisti (the "Loveliest") when first settled, the island has now reverted to its subsequent name of Thira, after the 9th-century BC Dorian colonizer Thiras. The place is better known, however, these days—outside Greece, that is—as Santorini, a name derived from its patroness, St. Irene of Thessaloniki, the Byzantine empress who restored icons to Orthodoxy and died in 802.

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Planner

In July and August, the Cyclades are crowded and less personal and more expensive than they are at other times of the year. Walkers, nature lovers, and devotees of classical and Byzantine Greece would do better to come in spring and fall, ideally in late April through June or September through October, when temperatures are lower and the islands are less tourist-riddled. In late March the islands begin to burst with thousands of varieties of wildflowers, and sprightly crimson poppies dapple stern marble blocks; the sea begins to warm up for comfortable swimming in late May. Autumn's days are shorter, but the sea remains alluringly swimmable well into October. Autumn travel to the islands also brings rustic pleasures: grapes are pressed in September, and zesty olives are gathered and fields plowed in October.

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Top Experiences

  • Gorgeous Scenery : Once the vast crater of a volcano, Santorini's spectacular bay is ringed by black-and-red cliffs, which rise up a thousand feet over the sea.

  • Beautiful Beaches : The strands on Santorini, though strewn with plenty of bathers, are volcanic; you can bask on sands that are strikingly red and black.

  • Traditional Architecture : Many shuttered houses are being authentically restored, and much traditional architecture can still be found in the village of Ia.

  • Ancient Wonders : South of Santorini lies the “Greek Pompeii” that is ancient Akrotiri.

  • Wonderful Wines : The locals say that in Santorini there is more wine than water, and it may be true; Santorini produces more wine than any two other Cyclades islands (Paros is second).

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Transfers

Region: Santorini
Transfer Company: Santorini Express
Telephone: From USA and Canada 011-30-694-3291-460. Within Greece 694-3291-460.

Instructions: While in Europe, or in case of a flight delay or change of plans while traveling, please contact the appropriate local representative.

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