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Santorini- first time

I'm trying to finalize my plans.

I'm thinking of spending 1 week in Santorini in July- 4 days in Fira and 3 days in Perissa. Too long?

I've read that the highlighted "famous caldera view" is not to be missed, via ferry.

Initially I was thinking of flying from Crete to Santorini, because of the tourist crowds, and worried that I will not be able to secure a ticket on the ferry, because it will be so busy. But I'm having second thoughts about flying now, because maybe I will later regret missing the views afforded by riding the ferry?

I will though, be taking a ferry from Santorini to Naxos after the 7 days. Will the views be just as spectacular, but different for that ride?

Appreciate any comments and advise! Thanks!

Posted by
2862 posts

The experience of entering the caldera on the open deck of a ferry is not to be missed. It's a memory of a lifetime. But the best plan would not be to take the ferry from Crete to Santorini because that ferry is enclosed with only a very small rear deck, and approaches the caldera from the south, which limits the experience. If you were to be able to switch up your itinerary so you go to Naxos first and take the early-afternoon Blue Star "regular" ferry to Santorini you will have the best of all experiences, as you will be entering the caldera from the north for the "full effect". In that regard I suggest you fly to Naxos, ferry to Santorini, then ferry to Crete and fly back to Athens.

Posted by
432 posts

In my opinion 4 days in Santorini is 2 days too long. Other than Fira & Oia, the island is a desert. I'd recommend maybe Mykonos for 2 nights or even Rhodes.

Posted by
44 posts

Or even some less touristy, but just as charming islands like Paros or Naxos. You're going at a very busy time. I just got back in May from visiting and Santorini was already too crowded! A beautiful island, but wow so many people! In all fairness, I was there just during a day trip (which was a mistake) with all the cruise ships in. Still I agree with above 2 nights is probably enough...

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2801 posts

We were in Greece a couple years ago. After the RS Tour we went to Santorini for 4 nights (Firostephani) & Naxos (St. George) for six nights. We felt 3 nights in Santorini would have been plenty. I've said this before, but it bears repeating: We liked Santorini, but LOVED Naxos! We felt Naxos was an authentic Greece experience.

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6594 posts

When we arrived by ferry all passengers getting off in Santorini were required to go down below with no views of Santorini at all. One week in Santorini is four to five nights too long.