Santorini Day Trip from Heraklion Port

Heraklion Port - Santorini (Oia and Fira Towns)
12 hours

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Santorini Day Trip from Heraklion port in Crete. It includes a fast ferry cruise, bus transfer in  Santorini, and a tour of Oia and Fira towns. We use only the best boat and bus companies on the island.

Santorini Day Trip from Heraklion

You need to be at Heraklion port at 07:00 am. Although the ferry boat departs at 08:00am, it is essential that you are there long before that. At Heraklion port you will give your ticket and receive the ferry tickets and the Santorini tour bus number. You will give your tickets at the ticket kiosk as per our email instructions. After that you will board the ferry boat.  It will take 2 hours and 15 minutes across the Aegean Sea to reach Santorini’s Athinios port. The ferry has a snack bar where you can find lots of snacks and drinks to choose from. By booking this tour to Santorini you also book standard seats on the ferry. Your seat is written on the ferry tickets. You may choose to upgrade to VIP seats for an extra charge.

Your tour guide will meet you outside the boat at Santorini and escort you to the tour bus. With this the six hour tour begins. The day trip to Santorini includes visits to Oia and Fira towns.

Oia Village

Oia town is on the north tip of the island of Santorini. It is well known for its views, and the white buildings with the blue roofs. It is perfect for Instagram photographs. Narrow streets wind through the town. There are plenty of shops, art galleries, and coffee shops.

We will spend around two hours in Oia. Our next stop is Fira Town. To get there, it is a short drive of twenty to thirty minutes.

Fira Town

Fira is the capital of Santorini. It is on top of a dramatic 300m cliff that overlooks the Aegean sea.

The town is famous for its sunsets and stunning vistas. This town enchants visitors with its iconic white buildings with vibrant domes and cascading bougainvillaeas. You can wander through its maze like streets to find charming cafes, shops, and traditional taverns serving Greek food. Fira boasts cultural treasures such as the Museum of Prehistoric Thera. It offers insights into the Santorini’s ancient civilizations.

You may do some shopping, take lots of photographs or choose to have some lunch. We will spend here two hours. During the high season we offer an optional (extra cost) cruise with a wooden boat to the volcano of Santorini. It is an option because it lasts about one and a half hour. This time is lost from your stay at Fira.

After our visit we will return to Athinios Port. It will take about 20 minutes to reach it. There we will easily board the fast ferry for the journey back to Heraklion.

Emergency Number

Note that by selecting this Santorini Day trip from Heraklion you will also receive an emergency number. You may use that number in case you forgot your meeting point , lost your bus, or for any other reason. Our team will be with you from the start to the end of the tour.

Tour Languages

We offer this Heraklion to Santorini day trip in English, French, German and Polish. We also try to offer it in Italian, Dutch, Russian, Czech, Romanian and Hungarian. Some time in April of 2024 we will have the final language schedule.

Pick-Up Locations

This Santorini day trip option from Heraklion port does not include transfer in Crete. If you wish to have such a transfer you need to book the option that offers such a service.

Santorini Two Day Trip 

If case you wish to remain on Santorini and return to Heraklion the next day. We can confirm that it is possible. The price remains the same, with no extra charge. We will arrange a meeting point for the next day. We advice you to find first a hotel near the center of Oia or Fira. After that inform us about your two day request.


We are very careful with our pricing. We dislike hidden extras. What you read is what you get. If you need further information please contact us. Currently the price for the Santorini Day trip is €124 for an adult, and €62.00 for a child. Infants are free.

Weather Conditions

During the start (April) of the season and its end (October) the weather can be a problem. Always check the weather  in Heraklion before booking this Santorini day trip. If you wish to change the date there is no problem and no extra fees. In the remote case that the tour is cancelled because of bad sea conditions you can have a full refund. The port authorities in Heraklion and only them decide if a boat can exit the port or not.

High Season

During the months of July, August and September Santorini is quite busy. Time delays may occur during that period. We as a team will do everything in our power to minimize them.


Bring comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles for a good grip.

Pack a hat, sun glasses, and a sun cream.

Bring a small bottle of water.

Booking Information

On the Santorini day trip from Heraklion ticket we will provide full details of the meeting point. We will carefully select the closest and safest pick up place, based on your hotel location.

We include a Google pin and a photograph of the ticket kiosk at Heraklion port. This ensures that you can easily identify and locate the meeting spot with confidence.

Our team is always available to assist you. Feel free to contact us at any time. We will provide you an emergency telephone number. This will ensure a stress free experience from the moment you embark on your tour or activity. Your satisfaction and comfort are our top priorities.

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Not Suitable

The Santorini day trip from Heraklion port is not for individuals in wheel chairs or physical disabilities. The journey involves various modes of transportation, including ferries and possibly steep terrain on the islands. Additionally, if you have a problem with sea sickness you may find the ferry ride uncomfortable. The Aegean Sea can be difficult during the start and end of the season.

Important Information


Heraklion Port (07:00-07:30 am) – Boarding: The boat departs promptly for Santorini, ensuring a comfortable 2-hour and 15-minute cruise. The actual departure time is 08:00 am.

Pass: Athinios Port-Santorini: Upon arrival at Athinios port in Santorini, a smooth transition awaits as we board our bus for an island-wide tour.

Stop: Oia (2 hours): Explore the enchanting town of Oia during a 2-hour stop. Revel in the beauty of this glamorous locale and seize the opportunity to capture unforgettable photos.

Stop: Fira (2 hours): The journey continues to Fira, where you’ll have 2 hours to explore at your leisure.

16:00: Athinios Port – Boarding: As the day on Santorini concludes, we gather at Athinios Port for boarding.

18:30: Arrival Heraklion Port-Crete: We aim to reach Heraklion Port by 18:30, ensuring a timely return to Crete.

Days and Languages

Monday: English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Hungarian.

Tuesday: English, French, German, Polish, Czech.

Wednesday: English, French, German, Polish, Russian.

Thursday: English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Romanian.

Friday: English, French, German, Polish, Czech.

Saturday: English, French, German, Polish.

Sunday: English, French, German, Polish, Hungarian, Romanian, Italian.


✅ Fast ferry Boat tickets both ways.

✅ Bus Guided tour on Santorini Island to Oia, and Fira.

✅ Professional tour guide (live).

✅ Insurance cover.

✅ Printed or mobile tour vouchers accepted.

✅ Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 24 hours prior to departure time and receive a full refund).


❌ Hotel pick up & drop off.

❌ All meals and drinks.

❌ Any other destination not mentioned in the itinerary.

❌ Optional cruise to the volcano. Extra cost 20€. Not available during low season or if not may passengers are interested. Payable directly on the tour bus.

❌ Optional VIP PLATINUM SEATS instead of regular ferry seats. Extra cost 50€ per person, regardless age.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long is the ferry ride from Heraklion to Santorini?

The ferry ride from Heraklion to Santorini takes approximately 2.25 hours.

What are the departure times for the ferry to Santorini?

The ferry departure times from Heraklion to Santorini is at 08:00 am.

Are there any dining options available on Santorini for lunch during the tour from Heraklion?

Yes, there are numerous restaurants and tavernas on Santorini where you can enjoy delicious Greek cuisine for lunch.

How far in advance should I book my Santorini tour from Heraklion?

It's recommended to book your Santorini tour from Heraklion as early as possible to secure availability.

Can I bring luggage on the ferry from Heraklion to Santorini?

Yes, you can bring luggage on the ferry, but there may be restrictions on size and quantity.

Is there Wi-Fi available on the ferry from Heraklion to Santorini?

Yes, there is Wi-Fi for a small fee of 3 Euro.

Is Santorini expensive?

Yes, Santorini can be pricey, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Is Santorini suitable for a romantic getaway?

Yes, Santorini is a popular destination for couples due to its stunning scenery and romantic atmosphere.

Can I visit the volcano in Santorini?

Yes, you can take a boat tour to Nea Kameni, the volcanic island in Santorini's caldera.

How long does the Santorini tour from Crete typically last?

The Santorini tour from Crete usually lasts around 12 to 14 hours.

Will I have free time to explore Santorini on my own during the tour from Crete?

Yes, most tours provide free time in Santorini for exploration and sightseeing.

Is transportation between attractions included in the Santorini tour from Crete?

Yes, transportation between attractions is included in the tour package.
Santorini Day Trip from Heraklion Port