Santorini Vacation Packages

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 15, 2018

Santorini hotel vacation package.

This is the caldera cliff with the volcano in the background. The best Santorini hotels are located in the towns of Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, and Firostefani (all located along the edge of the caldera). If you book a Santorini holiday package you probably don’t get to stay here. For the best holiday deals and coolest hotels book hotels and flights on your own.

Santorini Holiday Packages

Common Question: How do I book a Vacation Package to Santorini?
My Answer: You don’t.

You can get better vacation deals and have a more interesting holiday by booking your flight and hotel separately. It’s easy to do. (Read my Santorini Holiday Guide if you need any tips.)

When you plan your holiday or honeymoon on your own 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 work out. It can.

But Santorini is such a unique treasure this is one trip you don’t want to have a cookie-cutter experience.

The Best Websites for Booking a Santorini Vacation

  • 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.) Most flights to Santorini depart from London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, and Athens.
  • Hotels in Santorini: Booking.com – Reliable, easy to use website with 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 season (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.

But if you still want the names of respected travel agents that offer vacation packages to Santorini here are two of the best: Dolphin Hellas and Fantasy Travel.

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8 Questions and Comments

  1. Family Holiday to Greece

    Hi Dave,

    My husband, 10 year old son, and I are hoping to travel to Greece from the US for 2 weeks (plus 2 travel days) starting in mid June. We want some historical time and beach and swim time (hiking and bikes are also good) and no more than 4 or 5 hotels. I am concerned about ferries since it seems you can’t buy the tickets in advance and I have read posts where people could not get tickets to take day trips. Do you have a suggested itinerary? Would you fly or ferry between the islands? Is it easier to just fly from Athens to Crete and then rent a car to see Crete? Or if you only see Crete and Athens have you not really seen Greece? Do you need a car on an island? When we are on an island all we need is beauty wihout crowds and good food, no nightlife necessary. Thank you!

    Thank you,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I would recommend island hopping around the Cycladic Islands. Perhaps fly to Santorini (lots of flights and direct flights from Western Europe), then ferry to Naxos, Paros, Milos, or Antiparos. Mykonos is also great but like Santorini it’s busy. Then back to Athens for the flight home. You wouldn’t have to rent a car on any of those islands if you didn’t want to.

  2. Most Santorini Hotels Fully Booked for July

    Hi Dave,

    We have been reviewing your site and have found it helpful! We are booking our honeymoon and are planning to be in Santorini and Mykonos. We want to split time between the two arriving to Athens on June 30 and departing July 12th.

    We currently could find availability in Mykonos at Hotel Nissaki (July 7th – 11th) but are having difficulty locating a solid spot in Santorini. Most of your recommendations seem to be sold out! Any hotel suggestions that did not make the blog?

    Thank you for any suggestions in advance!
    Tony Lucia

  3. How Much Time Between Flights in Athens

    Hey Dave! This site is amazing – I’ve booked our entire trip using information you’ve provided. I have a question about flights from Mykonos to Athens. We are leaving Mykonos in the morning and I’m trying to coordinate time for departing flight back to the US…not sure how much time I should allow between flights. Will we need to collect our luggage and check in again for the flight home? Thanks much!

    Deb

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Yes, you’ll have to collect your bags and check in again. There are no guarantees but I would want 2.5 hours at least in Athens. Flights from the islands can often be late. Bumping that up to 4 hours would not be silly.

  4. Itinerary for 10 Days in Greece

    Dave
    Beautiful website. My wife has always wanted to go to the Greek Isles. We’ve tentatively booked to arrive into Athens on May 5, 2017 and depart out of Athens in May 14. Can you recommend an itinerary? Maybe two nights per island but very flexible. We mostly walk and are in good shape. Thanks
    David

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Firstly, I would save any time you spend in Athens until the end (that way you have a safety buffer if any ferries or flights are canceled/delayed so that you don’t miss your flight home). With that in mind, assuming you don’t arrive in Athens too late, I would get the next plane to Santorini. Spend 3 nights there (you need at least 2 full days for Santorini). Then Blue Star ferry to Naxos (2 nights), Paros (2 nights), Mykonos (1 or 2 nights), Athens (1 night or just fly from Mykonos, or go straight to the airport from the ferry if you don’t want to explore Athens). The Blue Star ferries are the best for avoiding seasickness. No need to buy ferry tickets in advance for any of these routes. Just buy them on the islands as soon as you arrive.

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