Considered to be one of the most visually stunning islands in the world and also for having the best sunsets, Santorini, Greece is home to pristine beaches that are perfect for lying out in the sun or engaging in a variety of exciting watersports. It is also home to incredible archeological and historic sites, iconic ruins, world-class vineyards and wineries, and intriguing museums. Additionally, Santorini boasts one-of-a-kind restaurants and delicious bakeries, as well as exciting bars and nightclubs. Essentially, it is easy to see why Santorini is often referred to as one of the must see travel destinations in the world.
If you are planning a trip to Santorini, Greece, you will be amazed by how many thrilling and captivating activities there are to engage in on the island. While many of them are relatively inexpensive, there is also an array of luxury activities for visitors who are lucky enough to have an unlimited budget during their visit. To ensure you do not miss any of the island’s top activities, here are five things to do in Santorini with an unlimited budget.
1. Take a helicopter day trip to anywhere.
Amazing Santorini offers 40 minute helicopter trips from the town to your choice of Greek islands, which is perfect for taking a leisurely day trip . For example, you can take a helicopter to the charming island of Folegandros, where you can find some of the quietest and most gorgeous beaches in Greece. Another option is to take a quick trip to Athens to visit the various monuments and attractions, such as the Parthenon and the Acropolis. Regardless of what part of Greece you want to see, Amazing Santorini’s helicopter tours will ensure you get there quickly, safely, and comfortably. Each helicopter ride costs $2,668, meaning a round trip will cost you $5,336. Of course, you can take as many trips as you would like.
2. Create a tailor made tour of Santorini.
At Private Santorini Tours and Guides, you have the option of customizing a tour exactly to your specifications. Tours can range in length from a couple of hours to a full day, week, or longer, based on what you are interested in. You have the option of choosing exactly where you go or telling the Private Santorini staff what type of stuff you are drawn to and letting them plan the tour for you. You can opt for visits to different sites, museums, places of worship, restaurants, villages, cliffs, castles, and much more. The company does not advertise a price for their tailor made tours. Instead, they request that you contact them and provide information on the number of guests in your party, as well as the expected length of tour, and what types of things you like to see and do. Then, the Private Santorini Tours staff will contact you to further discuss your plans and the costs.
3. Take a full day tour of Santorini on a luxury yacht.
There is no better way to see Santorini’s most beautiful beaches and islands than on a luxury yacht tour led by one of Santorini Yacht Services' experienced cabins. The yacht itself includes a fully air conditioned cabin complete with sleeping cabins, a lounge with wet bar, full kitchen, TV, and stereo, while the deck of the yacht provides a shaded sitting area, a swimming platform, and sunbathing areas. Drinks, including sodas, beer, wine, and champagne, are available on board, while a lunch of fresh fish (or anything else you might like) is served at a local restaurant. The twelve hour tour costs $4,162 per person and takes you around Red Beach, White Beach, Akrotiri, Thirasia, and Oia Beach.
4. Spend a leisurely day relaxing at the spa.
After a few days of sightseeing and enjoying all that Santorini has to offer, you’ll definitely need a day to relax and recoup. At the Notos Therme & Spa Hotel, which is set inside a volcanic rock, yet offers picturesque views of the Aegean Sea, you can do just that. There are plenty of spa treatments to choose from that could easily take you the entire day to get through. You can start your visit with a 50 minute deep tissue massage ($65) and follow it up with a foot reflexology treatment ($60) that is ideal for helping your feet after a few long days of touring. Afterwards, engage in the Sparomatic Detoxification treatment that includes detoxifying hydro therapy in a thermal spring ($170), as well as a full spa manicure and pedicure ($100) and facial treatment using a unique mixture of olive oil and sugar ($65). Then, it is time for a cellulite and slimming therapy treatment ($100) and a full body wax ($200). It almost goes without saying that you’ll feel fully refreshed by the time you leave.
If you get a tad hungry while at the spa, visit the hotel’s NoBlu Restaurant for a delicious meal of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Of course, if you are too relaxed to leave after your spa day, you can always stay overnight in a Notos Suite with a sea view ($374 per night). The suite’s all-around glass walls and large balcony guarantee that you will get the most astonishing views of the Aegean Sea.
5. Take a group of friends on an epic winery tour.
For $962 per person, you and several of your friends can take a private tour of Santorini’s renowned wineries. This eight hour tour is led by an expert sommelier and includes visits to five boutiques estates, where you will visit the cellars and learn about the various techniques of wine production. In addition, you will get to taste at least 20 different styles of wines, including reds, whites, and “Vinsanto” wines, while partaking in local snacks and cheeses. During the tour, you will stop at one of the wineries for a delicious full lunch before continuing on to the next winery.
Written by Garrett Parker
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