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Fascination Volcano

- 8 (9) days study and walking tour on Santorini, Greece -

"Hi Tom, Thanks again for the super week on Santorini! It really was the experience I expected and I would heartily recommend your trip to anyone interested in combining a holiday on the Greek islands with geologically fascinating day walks. Well done!" (B. Davenport, Bremen)
Santorini's caldera cliffs
Santorini's caldera cliffs
Church in Fira with the caldera and Nea Kameni volcano in the background
Church in Fira with the caldera and Nea Kameni volcano in the background
Location of Santorini in the Aegean Sea
Location of Santorini in the Aegean Sea
Walking along the bizarre pumice cliffs on Thera's south coast
Walking along the bizarre pumice cliffs on Thera's south coast
Red poppies on Santorini's fields in springtime
Red poppies on Santorini's fields in springtime
The huge pumice and ash deposits of the Minoan eruption (ca 1613 BC) of Santorini; two students for scale
The huge pumice and ash deposits of the Minoan eruption (ca 1613 BC) of Santorini; two students for scale
Lunch break in a lonely bay at the caldera
Lunch break in a lonely bay at the caldera
Colorful and nested houses of Oia, Santorini
Colorful and nested houses of Oia, Santorini
Group photo at Ag. Nikolaos on the volcanic island of Palea Kameni
Group photo at Ag. Nikolaos on the volcanic island of Palea Kameni
Colorful volcanic tuff layers in the caldera walls telling the violent past of the island
Colorful volcanic tuff layers in the caldera walls telling the violent past of the island
Deep fracture at the top of the Mikri Kameni lava dome from 1570 on Nea Kameni Island
Deep fracture at the top of the Mikri Kameni lava dome from 1570 on Nea Kameni Island
At the red beach of Santorini - the interior of an ancient cinder cone perfectly exposed
At the red beach of Santorini - the interior of an ancient cinder cone perfectly exposed
On a boat trip with Captain Sostis
On a boat trip with Captain Sostis
This walking tour for a small group (6-12 participants) explores the fascinating natural and cultural history of the volcanic island of Santorini. The program is a series of excursions with focus on Santorini's outstanding, text-book quality volcanic and geologic features, as well as its natural beauty and cultural history.
  • Exclusivo programa incluye excursiones en barco privado
  • Intenso disfrute de la naturaleza
  • Excelente griego (Santorini) Cocina
  • Alojamiento con encanto, tranquila, en excelente ubicación
  • Buena mezcla de geología, descanso y diversión
  • Guía vulcanólogo competente

8 days itinerary

Note:
The following program is indicative - depending on weather and other conditions, it could be modified on location.
Día 1: Arrival to Santorini - Introduction
Arrival to Santorini - group dinner - introduction
A.: Hotel in Akrotiri overlooking the sea (during the whole tour) (D)
Día 2: Whole-day walk along the scenic southern peninsula
Whole-day hike: explore the oldest volcanic products (near Akrotiri), observe spectacular geologic features (pillow lavas, fossils, dramatic faults) extraordinary scenery, swimming breaks, stunning views from the lighthouse.
A.: as before (B, L, D)
Día 3: Walk along the caldera - remains of prehistoric settlements - deposits of the Minoan eruption
Hike (3-4 hours total) along the spectacular southern caldera, observation of the spectacular pumice deposits from the past explosions of the volcano, visit to an abandoned quarry with prehistoric settlement remains, pick-nick lunch & swim break. Optional hike(2-3 hours) back along the beach and through pumice canyons and fields (or transfer by minibus).
A.: as before (B, L, D)
Día 4: The volcanic islands Nea + Palea Kameni
Whole-day boat trip to the volcano, visit of the active craters of Nea Kameni, warm volcanic springs (bathing) and extended lunch break on Palea Kameni.
A.: as before (B, L)
Día 5: Archaeologic highlights - spectacular walk along the caldera to Oia town
Visit the excavated ruins of the Minoan town covered by volcanic ash, then visit the capital Fira and its outstanding archaeological museum. In the afternoon, we follow a dramatic trail around the impressive northern caldera reaching the pictureque town of Oia.
A.: as before (B, D)
Día 6: Free day or optional excursion
The day is a spare day or otherwise at your free disposal. An optional half-day excursion can be offered.
A.: as before (B)
Día 7: Prof. Ilias mountain - Ancient Thera - Perissa black sand beach
Whole-day hike: visit a Medieval village with its Venetian castle, climb Profitis Ilias Mountain (556m), Ancient Greek town of Thera, descend to the black-sand beach of Perissa.
In the evening, we meet for a group dinner in a beach tavern.
A.: as before (B, D)
Día 8: Departure
Departure or extension program.
A.: none (B)
Note:
If trips on small boat trips are for you, we recommend to add one day to the itinerary for tour with our small boat around the caldera. This results in the following 9-days itinerary:

9 days version

Día 1-7: Same as in 8-days itinerary
Same as in 8-days itinerary
Día 8: Boat tour around the caldera cliffs - visit Therasia Island
Half-day boat trip: visit the opposite island of Therasia, and sail closely around the steep caldera cliffs: an unforgettable experience!
A.: as before (B, D)
Día 9: Departure
Departure or extension program.
A.: none (B)

Llegada info:

The tour starts and ends on Santorini. Participants usually arrange their own arrival to the island.
On request, we can also provide you with flight tickets to Santorini or assist with information on how to get to Santorini.

Tour code: SAN_FVO
Tipo de viaje: Caminando: Geología - nature & culture - archaeology
Dificultad: Moderada
Group size: 6-12
Duración: 8 / 9 días

Fechas:

4-11(12) may 2019

Precio (pp): 1050 EUR (8d.) / 1175 EUR (9d.)

Incluido:

  • 7.8 noches en habitaciones dobles incl. desayuno
  • 3x lunch (picnic style)
  • Full dinner (incl. drinks in reasonable amounts) except on two days
  • Agua
  • Todos los traslados necesarios en Santorini (incluido el transporte desde y hacia el aeropuerto / ferry)
  • Paseos en barco como se describe en el programa (dependiendo de las condiciones climáticas)
  • Entry fees to museums and archeological sites
  • Junto con el material
  • English-German-Greek speaking guide from our team

Tour guide:

The tour is normally guided either by German volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer or photographer Tobias Schorr. Both have been traveling on Santorini for more than 20 years and know the island better than even most local people and are well connected there.
Tom finished his PhD studies about the great Minoan eruption of Santorini. He made the important discovery of a 3600 year-old olive tree buried alive in the pumice deposit that now can be seen in the small geological museum in Perissa.
It allowed the so-far most precise dating of one of the most significant natural event in the Bronze age (to 1613+-13 years BC).
His friend Tobias, with whom Tom alternates on this tour, is a true specialist for Greece in general: its culture and history, people, flora, fauna and of course geology. He is legendary for his good eye and often discovering rare minerals, plants, animals, or hidden archeological artifacts during the various excursions.
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