Book a Mediterranean cruise with Cruise 1st Australia and one of your must-see destinations should be Santorini. This picturesque island with its famous white-washed buildings and blue domed roofs will capture your imagination before you even step foot off the ship.
Read on to find out more about this beautiful destination, or click here to book your Santorini cruise now.
The island of Santorini is basically what was left after a catastrophic volcanic eruption. This eruption created a massive caldera and a dramatic landscape of steep cliffs which slope down into the Aegean Sea. The famous white buildings cling to the steep cliffside creating the postcard-ready seascapes.
A good starting point in Santorini, and a great place to take plenty of photographs, is the charming Greek hilltop village of Oia. Located on the northern tip of the island, this village is known for its cobbled streets, stunning architecture, pristine white buildings and plenty of welcoming cafes and restaurants. Not forgetting of course the spectacular blue-domed churches.
The island’s capital of Fira is also well worth exploring. Perched on the edge of a steep, dramatic cliff the city offers stunning views of the submerged volcano, as well as spectacular Venetian and Cyclanic architecture.
Also not to be missed is the area known simply as Santorini Crater – the huge, water-filled caldera which was created by a volcanic eruption in 1650 BC, when the centre of the island collapsed into the sea. Legend has it that beneath these waters lies the lost city of Atlantis.
The dramatic black sand beach of Kamari was created by the volcanic activity. Today the beach is alive with people enjoying water sports, tavernas and cafes.
For something a little different, a popular excursion in Santorini is the winery tour – this region is world-renowned for its delicious wines and unique vinification methods. You will get the opportunity to see some of the worlds oldest vineyards and learn how the island’s micro-climate and volcanic soil help create such fantastic wines. Plus you will normally get the chance to sample some of the wines during the tour!
However you choose to spend your time on this magical, you are sure to leave with memories which will last a life time.
Cruise lines currently sailing to Santorini include Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean.
Book your Santorini cruise
To book your Santorini cruise visit our Mediterranean deals page, where offers are updated regularly.
Meanwhile here is just a sample of some recent offers.
Rome to Barcelona – Fly/Stay/Cruise
Sailing with Celebrity Cruises on board Celebrity Equinox
20th May 2015 for 15 nights
You will sail from Rome (Civitavecchia) then onwards to Salerno, Athens (Piraeus), Istanbul, Mykonos, Santorini, Chania and Crete before finishing in Barcelona
This special cruise allows you to enjoy modern luxury on board Celebrity Cruises and includes a hotel stay in Rome
Mediterranean Cruise with Anzac tour
Sailing with Royal Caribbean International aboard Rhapsody of the Seas
29th May 2015 for 17 nights
You will set sail from Istanbul then travel to Ephesus, Bodrum, Rhodes, Santorini, Athens (Piraeus), Mykonos, Chania (Crete), Istanbul and Anzac Cove before finishing in Troy
This fantastic deal includes a hotel stay in Istanbul and a two day tour to Gallipoli
Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit: Edward Dalmulder.