Q. How do I book a vacation package to Santorini?
Answer: You don’t.
You can get better deals and have a more interesting vacation by booking your flight and hotel separately.
You get the dates you truly want, the flights that work best for you, the hotel with the best reviews. With packages it’s all about compromise. Agents have blocks of reservations for certain flights and certain hotels. Their goal is to squeeze you into one of those blocks. I’m not suggesting this can never workout. It can.
But Santorini is such a unique treasure this is one trip you don’t want to have a cookie-cutter experience.
- Flights to Santorini: Kayak.com – Great site and very easy to use. (If you want a direct flight to Santorini from Europe – without going through Athens – then you’ll likely have to book a cheap budget airline like Ryan Air or Easy Jet.)
- Hotels in Santorini: Booking.com – Easy to use website and great rates.
- Ferries to Santorini: GTP.gr – Booking ferries more than a few days in advance is rarely necessary (so you can wait to buy most ferry tickets until after you arrive – when it’s super simple). But if you need to search for ferry schedules then this is the site to use.
- If you’re traveling during high seasons (July and August) and want to book ferry tickets in advance then use the individual websites of the ferry company your using (that way there are no added fees) – Blue Star, Hellenic Seaways, Seajets.
And that’s it. It’s pretty easy.