24 Hours in Santorini, Greece: A Luxury Guide on What to Do | Summer 2024

What to know before visiting Santorini: 

Is there a visa required when visiting Greece?:

– No Visa is needed for US citizens when entering Greece or neighboring islands

What type of travel group is recommended when visiting Santorini?

– We found Santorini to be a romantic destination, perfect for lovers

What is the recommended length of stay in Santorini?

2-3 days is the recommended length when visiting Santorini

What is the langauge spoken on Santorini Island?:

Since this is a tourist destination, most everyone speaks English.

Is Uber available in Santorini?

– There are no Ubers available in Santorini. It’s popular to rent a moped or ATV to get around. We used our hotel to arrange our taxis/cabs to get around

What is the value of the dollar in Santorini?

The Euro is commonly used throughout Greek islands. Visiting Santorini in the summer time means peak prices. Regardless, Santorini receives an influx of tourists 8 months out of the year so you will more than likely pay a pretty penny when visiting.

Can you drink the water in Santorini?:

The faucet water in Santorini is not drinkable- stick to water bottles

What is dining like in Santorini? (culturally speaking):

– There are plenty of options in Santorini to eat at with a view. Note that a lot of the restaurants that have a view tend to be more expensive. Otherwise there are plenty of cafe type of restaurants that have equally delicious food for half the price. You take your time enjoying meals here as they are all part of the experience.

Here is the 24 hour itinerary for Santorini: 

Day 1 – Arrive in Santorini from Athens

9:35am – 10:25am: Athens → Santorini

  • The airport in Santorini is TINY

  • Flat rate for all taxis there are 20 euros, even if your hotel is about 7 minutes from the airport. Which is approximately how far ours was

    • Pro Tip #1: Arrange transportation with your hotel beforehand for a possible discounted transportation rate.

11:00 am: Check in at Hotel: Astro Palace Santorini 

  • We were VERY impressed with how accommodating the staff was here

    • Pro Tip #2: Have the hotel staff make all of your reservations for restaurants and cabs during your stay. The hotel staff tend to have relationships with a lot of the restaurants and will be able to pull better seating for you

  • Location of the Astro Palace property is PRIMO! 5 minute walking to the main town of Fira

  • Full Breakfast is included in the rate

  • Property has an outdoor pool with pool side service

  • We selected a Senior Suite with an Outdoor Jacuzzi – lovely room with a second balcony

  • Price for this hotel can range anywhere from $350 – $500 a night.

2:00pm: Lunch at Idol Restaurant and Bar

  • Beautiful view at this Greek Restaurant. Recommend sitting downstairs pictured below

  • Be prepared to drop some $$$


  • Continue exploring Fira town, there are a ton of shops and sites here!

7:00pm: Head to Oia for dinner

  • Oia is one of the most iconic places in Santorini! We recommend getting here an hour before dinner so you can walk around and take photos.

8:15pm: Dinner reservations at Black Rock Restaurant

  • AWESOME spot to watch the sunset

  • Be ready to drop some $$ on dinner #yolo

Enjoy the town of Oia after dinner

We made the mistake of not arranging a ride back from our hotel and had to ask around quite a bit before we were able to get back to the hotel. We would recommend having your hotel arrange transportation for you to return

Day 1.5: Santorini – Mykonos

Breakfast at Hotel Astor Palace

11:00am: Head to Santo Wines 

  • This place is perfect to swing by for an hour or two to enjoy the wines and the view. Views are BREATHTAKING

  • We also ordered their lamb burgers to-go which were INSANELY good


12:30pm: Head over to the ferry port in Santorini if you’re planning to head to Mykonos or other neighboring islands

The adventure continues with the Mykonos itinerary …!


If you have more time in Santorini here are a few things worth checking out:

  • Tour the ancient ruins of Akrotiriou

  • Day trip to Nea Kameri to explore thermal hot springs and active volcanic craters

  • You can also do a 12km hike between Oia and Fira and enjoy all of the views and hidden gems along the way

Have some Santorini recommendations that weren’t highlighted in this article? Leave them below and let’s share the wealth!

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