Geologic walking and study tours
To mention that Santorini, the famous Greek island, is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean is unnecessary, since it is well-known. And this goes literally back to Ancient times, when the group of islands - that in fact Santorini is, not a sinlge island only,- once also was called "Kallisti", or "the most beautiful one".
The walking and study tours on this page are designed for small groups or individuals who want to explore Santorinis fascinating natural and cultural history. Previous knowledge in geology or volcanology is not a requirement, although more specific programs can be tailored for the interested specialist (e.g. geology classes from universities etc.).
The tours are organized by research volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer, who has been working on the island since 1997. During that time, apart from geology field research, Tom has organized walking tours, geologic excursions, scientific meetings (such as the 1999 workshop of the Working Group of the European Seismological Commission) and participated in film projects (e.g. The Myth of the Lost Atlantis, Discovery Channel).
The programs consist of a series of relaxed excursions, usually off the beaten track. Their common theme is Santorini's outstanding, text-book quality volcanic features, its natural beauty, the friendly people of the island and its rich cultural heritage. You are assured first-hand knowledge and competence. In addition, Tom speaks German, English, Danish, Italian and modern Greek fluently as well as fairly well French, and knows many local people.
The program "Pearls of the Aegean Sea - Santorini" is guided by Tom´s partner Tobias Schorr. He has been living in Greece (at Methana) for about 10 years and corporated with Tom 1997 at the program "Fascination Volcano Santorini". So he also has knowledge about Santorini and its geology. His tours are walking-study-trips with main interest in the nature, archaeology and people of the island. Also volcanoes are in his focus. He is a mineral collector since he was 12 years old and so he can find interesting details in Santorini´s geology.
Learning more about Santorini:
If you are interested in learning more about Santorini's geology and other features of the island, we recommend you to visit Tom's homepage www.decadevolcano.net with a large section dedicated to this island.