2 Days in Santorini, a Perfect Itinerary

Spending 2 days in Santorini is going to be an incredible time. Santorini is one of Greece’s most spectacular islands, attracting millions of visitors yearly – it is an incredible Island destination. Visitors know Santorini for its phenomenal history, remarkable beaches, and terrific Greek cuisine.

It is an incredible nature that makes Santorini Greece’s most famous island. The island has a volcanic history, which caused the Caldera centuries ago. The Caldera’s emergence gave Santorini some of the world’s greatest sea views, with many tourists opting to take cruises around the island. If you are looking for an excellent Santorini 2 day itinerary, we have the ultimate choice for you!

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Santorini Quick Guide

Planning a trip to Santorini? Find here everything you need:

Looking for ferry tickets? Click here for the ferry schedule and to book your tickets.

Renting a car in Santorini? Check out Discover Cars it has the best deals on car rentals.

Looking for private transfers from/to the port or airport? Check out Welcome Pickups.

Top-Rated Tours and Day Trips to Do in Santorini:

– Catamaran Cruise with Meals and Drinks (sunset option also available) (from 105 € p.p)

– Volcanic Islands Cruise with Hot Springs Visit (from 26 € p.p)

– Santorini Highlights Tour with Wine Tasting & Sunset in Oia (from 65 € p.p)

– Santorini Half-Day Wine Adventure Tour (from 130 € p.p)

Santorini Horse Riding Trip from Vlychada to Eros Beach (from 80 € p.p)

Where to stay in Santorini: Canaves Oia Boutique Hotel (luxury), Astarte Suites: (mid-range) Costa Marina Villas  (budget)

How To Spend 2 Days In Santorini, A Comprehensive Itinerary

Santorini in 2 Days: Day One

Archaeological Site of Akrotiri

Archaeological Site of Akrotiri - two days in Santorini
Archaeological Site of Akrotiri

There is no better place to start your day than at Santorini’s most incredible historical attraction. The Bronze Age was an incredibly long time ago and a pivotal part of Greek history. The Archaeological Site of Akrotiri dates back to the Bronze Age and gives visitors an incredible insight into Greece’s history.

Archaeological Site of Akrotiri - Santorini itinerary

The site became an influential part of the ancient Greek economy because it was the central trade route between Europe and the Middle East. Therefore, it became an incredibly wealthy and prosperous part of the city. Unfortunately, volcanic ash destroyed the site – locals then coined it the “Pompeii of Greece.” The eruption was staggering, and it was one of the world’s largest-ever eruptions, creating a 100-meter tsunami – it caused tremendous destruction.

Check out: Archaeological Bus Tour To Akrotiri Excavations & Red Beach.

Red Beach

Red Beach - Santorini in 2 days
The Red Beach is a must in any Santorini Itinerary

So, you’ve come to Santorini, and of course, you want to see incredible beaches. Red Beach is one of the world’s most unique and incredible beaches! Tourists love the idyllic blue seas, and the sea is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and having fun with the family.

Nonetheless, the beach includes various sunbeds and deckchairs – so you’ll have many places to sit with the family, and let’s face it, during the scorching Santorini summers, you’ll want to relax and enjoy the sun!

Explore Emporio Village and Pyrgos Village

Emporio is Santorini’s largest village and is home to a must-see village on your 2 Days in Santorini. In addition, you should also visit the incredible Pyrgos village because it used to be Santorini’s capital city! You’ll even get remarkable panoramic views from the village, which are some of Santorini’s most outstanding viewpoints.

You might be wondering how busy the area is? Well, Pyrgos Village is quieter than other areas on the island and much-less commercial. So, you’ll get an insight into the traditional feeling of Santorini.

Sunset Catamaran Cruise

catamaran sailing in Santorini - 2 days in Santorini itinerary
Catamaran Sailing

Is there any better way to spend the end of the first day of your 2 day Santorini itinerary than cruising around the island? It is hard to beat this. Not only do you get majestic island views of one of Greece’s most famous and spectacular islands. You also get a superb BBQ supper with some of Greece’s best wines.

If you want to take some incredible photos, the tour stops at numerous spots, including Indian Rock, Black Mountain, and the Old Lighthouse. You’ll experience Santorini’s most remarkable sunsets – not a bad way to conclude day one, right?

Click here for more information and to book your sunset catamaran cruise.

Santorini in 2 Days: Day Two

Cruise the Volcano

Hiking over the volcano in Santorini
Hiking over the volcano in Santorini

There is no better way to spend the start of your second day than Santorini’s incredible volcanoes, one of the most famous volcanoes in Greece. If you hop on the cruise, it will take you to the incredible Caldera area – from here, you can hike up the volcano, where you catch glimpses of the unbelievable Santorini volcanic views! Santorini.

However, if you are not interested in hiking to the volcano, I recommend that you take one of Santorini’s famous wine tours.

Click here for more information and to book your cruise to the volcano.

Wine tasting tour

wine tasting in Santorini - 2 day Santorini itinerary
Wine tasting in Santorini

Santorini is famous for its wine, and it has an eclectic range of grape varieties that wine drinkers from around the globe adore! If you love wine, like many people, you will love the Santorini Half-Day Wine Adventure Tour.

On this tour, you will try a vast range of Santorini’s most incredible wines. To be precise, there are 12 different Santorini wines on this tour. Plus, you’ll get expert wine tasting tips from a professional wine expert. You’ll experience the sun, sea, and wine – not a bad way to begin the second day of your Santorini itinerary.

Click here for more information and to book your half-day wine tasting adventure.

Explore Fira

Fira is an unmissable destination if you’re visiting Santorini. It is Santorini’s capital city, and it offers incredible things to do. The views from Fira are remarkable, and they tower above the coastline. Be sure to check out the area’s great shops and restaurants.

Fira Santorini - 2 days in Santorini
Fira, Santorini

Also, we couldn’t forget to mention Fira’s incredible museums, including the Museum of Prehistoric Thera – there isn’t a superior way to enjoy the island’s history.

Explore Oia

The blue domed churches in Oia - 2 days in Santorini
The blue-domed churches in Oia

Oia is Santorini’s most famous village because of the remarkable hills, stunning views, and unbelievable history. Not only can you see various of Santorini’s quintessential white buildings, but you’ll also see superb ocean views!

Oia Santorini 2 day itinerary

However, don’t worry, Oia isn’t just incredible views. Why not head down to the unique Amoudi Bay? You’ll get pristine blue waters and insanely beautiful viewpoints. Plus – if you’re feeling brave – there are multiple cliff-jumping spots. 

Watch the Sunset in Oia

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Oia, Santorini

So, you’ve probably seen how incredible Santorini’s sunsets are? Let’s face it, the images are all over social media, travel magazines, and travel agencies. Therefore, you’ll want to see the island’s incredible sunsets. The best way to see the island sunsets are from Oia, and it is the best way to complete your 2 days in Santorini itinerary.

Check out: The best sunset spots in Santorini

Two Days In Santorini: Where To Stay?

On the Cliff Suites: Are you looking for majestic views? If so, you’ll love staying at On the Cliff Suites. Visitors can see the amazing Archaeological Museum of Thera – it is only 100 meters away, how good is that? Plus, the hotel includes a hot tub, on-site restaurant, and a bar to enjoy your drinks. If you are going to spend two days in Santorini, this is a great option! Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.

Georgia Studios: Georgia Studios is 30 meters away from Fira offering an incredible location. Plus, you’re just a mere 150 meters from all the delicious bars and restaurants. Also, guests enjoy the private bathroom, LCD TV, and balcony with phenomenal Santorini views! Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.

Andronis Boutique Hotel: Do you love a relaxing stay in Santorini’s heart? You will love the Andronis Boutique Hotel because it is in Oia, and just four kilometers away from Paradise beach. Nonetheless, you’ll get superb views of the island from the hotel! Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.

Practical Information for your 2-Day Santorini Itinerary

When is the time to visit Santorini?

Santorini can get hectic during the summer months. It is an incredible travel destination, so you’ll see millions of visitors during the summer months. June and August are scorching hot and busy, but if it doesn’t bother you – it is an excellent time to visit, especially if you love hot weather.

Alternatively, why not visit Santorini during May and September because you’ll see fewer crowds, cooler weather, and more peace and quiet. Besides, the seas are warmer during September, so you’ll have more fun swimming in the sea!

Better still, if you really hate the hot weather and crowds, why not visit during the winter months because there are small crowds and the weather is pleasant, but not hot!

How to Get From Santorini Airport to Fira and Oia

Santorini Airport to Fira

It is an easy journey to get from Santorini airport to Fira because it is only seven kilometers away. Your options include getting a taxi, bus, or hiring a car. The quickest option is the taxi because it only takes 25 minutes – but it is the most expensive.

Alternatively, you could catch a bus. It will take the longest time, but it is affordable. However, the bus will be jam-packed during the summer months, and if you’re on a 2 day Santorini Itinerary, you’re better off staying away from the buses.

Santorini Airport to Oia

The journey between Santorini airport and Oia is only 16km, so you can get between the two destinations efficiently. The best option is to catch a taxi because it is fast, but it’s by far the most expensive.

Alternatively, you can catch the 45-minute shuttle bus. It will be busy and hot during the summer months. Yet, it is the cheapest way to between the two destinations and perfect for budget travelers.

My advice is to get a private transfer. If you decide to get a private transfer – Welcome Pickups are the best choice.

How to get around Santorini

Hire a car: Without a doubt, the most effective way to get around the island is via car. It gives you the ultimate freedom to explore the island, and you’ll never have to worry about waiting for buses or taxis.

I recommend booking a car through Discover Cars where you can compare all rental car agencies’ prices, and you can cancel or modify your booking for free. They also guarantee the best price. Click here for more information and to check the latest prices.

Bus: Santorini has a great bus system, but smaller towns and rural areas don’t have many stops. It is the cheapest way to get around, but it’s also very time-consuming.

Taxis: Taxis are expensive on the island, but they offer a fast and effective way to get around. You should never pay more than 25 Euros, and make sure your driver puts the meter on.

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