Geologic walking tour on northern Santorini
Program 2005: Therasia, Oia and central Thera (8 days)
Difficulty rating: medium
Comfort level: high
Geology - Volcanism - Archaeology - History - Culture
In old times, the
main island of Santorini - or even the whole group of islands - was
often referred to as Therasia. Today, the main island carries the ufficial
name Thera, while the opposite, lesser island is called Therasia...
"Hi Tom, Thanks
again for the super week on Santorini! It really was the
experience I expected and I would heartily recommend your
trip to anyone interested in combining a holiday on the
Greek islands with geologically fascinating day walks.
Note: the order of days and the exact program might change slightly.
The price includes:
- 7 nights in double room
traditional cave appartments with
private bath and terrace, incl.
breakfast (Greek breakfast buffet). Single room supplement:
The price does not include:
- travel to Santorini
If this tour is booked together with the preceeding tour (7-15 May 2005, Fascination Volcano) 5% discount on the tour price is given.
For complete groups
(tourist groups, school classes, hobby geologist groups,
etc...) and individuals with specific interests (e.g. geological excursions,
filming etc.), I can help to or arrange
Preceding/ additional days:
Recommended reading: Fire
in the Sea
Physical requirements (Important):
The difficulty of the hikes varies from easy to
intermediate for alpine mountain standards. As a rule of thumb,
distances of up to 10-12 km and climbing of up to
500 m during a full day (i.e. 6-8 hours) but in hot weather should not
represent a problem. The tours include frequent and sometimes longer
breaks and the pace of walking is very relaxed. However, individual
tours (i.e. the total time spent outside the hotel, including all breaks
and transfers etc.) can range between 6 and 12 hours, depending on the
season (longer days in May!), weather and the program. The following is
maximum hiking effort that you might be confronted with:
Note: Keep in mind that the hiking program is flexible; some parts of the hikes are facultative (usually at the end, when a part of the group can return by car, whereas others might like to enjoy hiking back with the guide). Also, in case of excessive heat or otherwise unpleasant conditions, the walking routes would be shortened significantly. Even during the hikes, it is usually possible for individuals to shorten a piece and/or take alternative routes, in combination with transportation by bus or taxi, and then regroup with the rest later.
If you have any doubt, please contact me personally and I can advice you.
If you are interested in this programs or want to make a booking, please contact me directly (preferred via email):
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