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Small-Group Santorini Caldera Walking Tour
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This is the most obvious hike you can make on the island of Santorini and it will lead you - if you have not discovered them by now - through the sister villages of Fira, Firostefani and Imerovigli, going higher up all the time above the caldera. It then continues through the expanding housing in northern direction and it finally goes to Oia via a really magnificent path. This hike offers many changing views on the volcano, the sea and the caldera. This hike takes two hours and a half (actual walking time), but the total time can reach 4 or 5 hours. It is ideal to leave Firà at about 10am and in this way you will arrive in Oia already between 1 and 2pm. You can then eat in Oia in one of the many bars. In the afternoon you can descend to the little harbour of Ammoudi in Oia. From the bus square in Fira (when you get to Fira by bus) you have to continue to the very busy square of Theotokopoulou. This is the modern centre of Fira with a lot of travel agencies, banks and bars. In the corner, in between the George's Snack Corner and the Pelican travel agency you go left, in the direction of the caldera. You can then take one of the three streets off the right, they all lead towards the higher part of Fira. Once at the Archaeological Museum higher up (this museum is open till 3pm, but not on Mondays), take a left, past the upper station of the cable car. You then go right above the caldera, until the red-brown building higher up that dominates this neighbourhood of Firostefani: it is the P.M. Nomikos Conference Centre, where a lot of exhibitions take place – on the extending corner in front of this building many people take pictures of the marvellous panoramic view. On the left of the Centre you follow the tiled road and stairs, while you enjoy the view – in front of you you can see the even higher situated village of Imerovigli.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We left our cruise ship about 8:30 am, took the tram to the top of the city of Fira and proceeded to the trail. Based on instructions from "SantoriniDave" (look it up) it wasn't hard to find the trail head. The hike was as advertised:...More

1  Thank Steve_K32107
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Absolutely the highlight of our visit to Santorini but I strongly suggest wearing good hiking shoes.

Thank WHO5
Reviewed 4 days ago

This path is a bit long (would take you about 4-5 hours) but the views along the path are just amazing! This is a must do, if you're in Santorini. Just try to start early, and take water and sunblock with you; you'll enjoy it...More

Thank Mahnaz D
Reviewed 4 days ago

This hike is well worth the 2-3 hours it takes. Beautiful views throughout. Closer to Oia the trail gets a little rougher, so make sure you have appropriate shoes on. Packing water is a good idea as the trail is very hot and there isn't...More

Thank Dan M
Reviewed 4 days ago

One option suggested by our hotel, which we did, was to take the local bus to Imerovigvli (?) (which is between Fira and Oia), have dinner there, and walk to Fira. The walk was mostly downhill and the views of the sunset and the sun...More

Thank MikeD602014
Reviewed 5 days ago

My friend and I hiked from Oia to Fira, as we were staying at an airbnb in Oia. We started around 8am to avoid the heat. We took a brief detour early in our hike in the empty streets of Oia to greet and pet...More

Thank NeedsAVacation26
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had one day left on Santorini and wanted to see more of the island so we looked at various tours but nothing really grabbed us, then we read the reviews for the hike from Fira to Oia & that was decided! We took a...More

Thank JD2010
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hiked from Fira to Oia in the morning. Due the numerous picture taking opportunities, the hike took almost 4 hours. We stayed in Oia for a few hours and then decided to hike back to Fira! The hike back took a bit less than...More

2  Thank DonJonovan
Reviewed 1 week ago

We tried to heed everyone's advice about starting early or late in the day but I was travelling with a teenager and that's not an easy feat!! We took a bus to Fira from Perissa and headed over to the trail to see if it...More

Thank Beth M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You do not need to book a tour - can do this on your own. I went the opposite direction from Oia to Fira and i would describe it as medium in difficulty. I am in good shape and there were a few time I...More

Thank Lori_D_Esq
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Gill P
September 12, 2017|
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Response from Sunshinej76 | Reviewed this property |
I think it'd be easiest to find the starting point if you go to the Hotel Atlantis in Fira and start from there. I'm not positive if there's a sign there but if you keep along the edge of the Caldera you will see the sign at... More
Terry H
August 27, 2017|
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Response from Candice O | Reviewed this property |
You don't really need one. It's straight Forward 😊
August 20, 2017|
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Response from busconi | Reviewed this property |
Hi Fishycat, There is only one spot that is a little edgy, but it is rather short-lived and if my wife made it (who is also afraid of heights and cliffs, etc.) so I think most would feel pretty comfortable. It is a great... More