1 Day and 3 Day Santorini Itinerary
1 Day Itinerary
08:00-11:00 – Visit Oia. Go see and get a photo of the blue domes first thing in the morning to ensure fewer crowds. Click here for coordinates to the best place to get one of those iconic photos. Next, wander through the narrow pathways of Oia and take in the unforgettable scenery.
11:00-15:00 – Go to Kamari Beach. Rent a vehicle, hire a driver or take the bus to Kamari for lunch and a swim in the sea. There are plenty of restaurants in Kamari. The ones along the beach allow you to sit in their beach chairs as long as you order food or drink.
15:00-18:00 – Tour Wineries. Take a tour of two or three wineries between Kamari and Fira.
18:00-19:00 – Freshen up and get ready for dinner.
19:00-22:00 – Shopping and Dinner in Fira. Make a reservation at a restaurant in Fira overlooking the caldera. Time it so that your reservation begins right before the sun sets. Stroll through the shops in Fira before dinner or sit at one of the unique bars for a pre-meal drink.
3 Day Itinerary
After your first day on the island, add-on these two days of fun to your itinerary…
Morning – Sail to the Hot Springs. Take a boat or sail around the volcano with a stop at the hot springs. You can book a trip at a travel agency on the island or ask your hotel for recommendations. While getting up close to the volcanic epicenter is a unique experience, the view of Oia and Fira from the water is epic.
Fitness Level Tip: The swim from the boat to the hot springs takes approximately 10 minutes at an active pace, even with the flotation devices you’re given. If you’re unsure about your abilities as a swimmer, we recommend staying closer to the boat.
Afternoon – Visit Red Beach and/or Holy Monastery of Prophet Elias. Rent a car or hire a driver and head to Red Beach. This area of red rock and blue water is a must-see. There is a parking lot at the head of a walking path, which leads to an overlook of Red Beach. We don’t recommend going down to the beach, as it is consider unsafe due to potential rock slides. Many people flock to this area daily, but don’t proceed if the possible dangers make you nervous. Instead, you can consider hiring a boat for the entire day. After your morning sail around the volcano, book a trip in which you can also view Red Beach from the water.
The Holy Monastery of Prophet Elias of Thira offers endless 360 views, as it is the highest point on Santorini. It is worth a visit, and be sure to learn more about the historical and cultural significance.
Sunset and Dinner – Drive on the Road to the Lighthouse. The Akrotiri Lighthouse is at the opposite end of Oia on the horseshoe shaped island. The road to get to the lighthouse has several turn offs where you can stop and take in the sunset. The bonus is that this is one of the few places you can also see both Fira and Oia all lit up at night. There are several great places to stop for dinner in this area.
Morning and Afternoon – Relax on the Beaches of Perissa or Hike from Fira to Oia. Your third day on the island calls for some relaxation. Perissa is the perfect place to rest and enjoy the beach. There are plenty of restaurants, beach chairs, water and beach sports to give you a great day.
Or hike the rim of the caldera from Fira to Oia. You will experience some of the best views in the world. It’s approximately a 10-km walk between the villages and can take up to 4 hours. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and bring plenty of water.
Fitness Level Tip: We recommend this hike only for those in good physical condition, as it is strenuous at times.
Sunset and Dinner – Enjoy a Rooftop Dinner in Oia. While there are plenty of places to view the sunset (and sunrise) on Santorini, watching it from Oia is a must-see at least once. Oia has some picturesque rooftop dinner locations. Make a reservation ahead of time and enjoy the view!