Monday, October 8, 2012



Santorini is one of the most popular cruise stops in Greece. It is in the Aegean Sea.

Santorini is believed by some to be the source of the story of Atlantis. The island is what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion in 1500 B.C. destroyed the earliest settlements. A giant lagoon, which measures 5-7 miles across, is surrounded by 1000' steep cliffs on three sides.

The village is reached either by donkey or tram. With 3 cruise ships in port, there were an estimated 6000 tourists all wanting to ride the tram. The tram had a peak capacity of about 50 tourists per minute. As a result, the queue to the summit took about 90 minutes.

The ship offered alternative tours to small villages reached by boat (Nea Kameni, Paleo Kameni, or Thirassia). If we had a "do-over", we would choose an alternate tour.

Santorini may be the world's most quaint outdoor shopping mall. Jewelry stores (a bit overpriced) and cafes line the winding walkways.

We had lunch at Lithos, a cafe with a wonderful view, great food, and pleasant service.


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