Hiking tours on an active volcano
The Santorini archipel is part of the active volcanic arch of the Aegean with the last eruption dating 1950 A.D. with signs of activity in the last 10 years. It is sure that in 2012 a magma chamber was rising up. There is no cause to panic or to expect an eruption in the very near future. But the scientists are watching every change in temperature, gas exhausts, GPS data and small earthquakes to determine the status of the volcano. On the hiking tours of this journey, Tobias Schorr will introduce you into the history of the volcanic archipel of Santorini and how it affected the nature and culture of this beautiful island. There are many rare species of plants to be photographed and sometimes you may even watch rare birds or reptils. Tobias Schorr has been doing tours on this island for more than 20 years and his knowledge of Greek language gives you an direct contact to local people. This hiking tour is also ideal for photographers and Tobias Schorr will support you in taking unforgettable photographs. The Greek food will be also a nice discovery for all senses!
Day 1: Meeting at the airport of Santorini
Your guide Tobias Schorr will pick you up at the airport of Santorini JTR. If your flight is different from the other participants, we will send a taxi with your name & our logo. At the dinner at our hotel in the village Ia Tobias Schorr will give you a first introduction in this tour. If you and the others arrive early in the morning, there will be enough time for a round trip through the lanes of Ia village. If you arrive 1 or more days earlier, we can arrange your transfer and accommodation if we know it in time.
Day 2: The most beautiful hiking tour along the caldera edge
After the breakfast we will take the bus to the capitol city of Santorini, Thira. There we will have time to explore the archaeological museum with the most exciting discoveries of the Minoan excavations of Acrotiri. Some of the items exhibited we will also discover on our hikes. Through the lanes of Thira we will ascend to the higher parts of Thira,Firostefani: Leaving the tourist area we will walk to the cinder cone of little Profitis Ilias and will have a little break at the caldera café. Later we will have a great view from the top of Mavro Vouni and Kokkino Vouni towards Ia village and the sunset. A nice dinner will wait for us at the Anemomilos tavern in Ia.
Day 3: Pyrgos & Emporion villages
Pyrgos is an old village situated on a little mountain top. We will take photos of the great view and will descend on a nice path through vine yards. After a while we will discover the scenic view on the castlelike village of Emporion. In former times people where afraid of pirate attacks and so the created a labyrinth of lanes . In the late afternoon we will take the bus back to Ia and have our dinner at Anemomilos hotel.
Day 4: Acrotiri village & & the Minoan town
When 1627 B.C. the volcano of Santorini erupted, it conserved with its ash an complete culture. The Minoans were one of the first (cultural) super powers in the Mediterranean Sea. The excavations brought to light houses with artistic wall paintings and a nearly modern infrastructure. After visiting the archaeological site of Acrotiri, we will see the so called "red beach" cinder cone of an old volcano and will ascend to the village of Acrotiri. On the hike we will discover so called pillow lavas and may be some zeolithe crystals. Later we will pick up the bus to get to Ia village. There we will enjoy our dinner.
Day 5: The ancient town of Thera & Perisa village
Today a charter bus will bring us up to the ancient acropolis of Thera where we can stroll through the lanes of an ancient town. It was discovered by an German archaeologist and shows all public buildings, like sanctuaries, a theatre and some special service points... If there is enough time, we will visit also the water source of this ancient city. Later we descend to Perissa village with its black beach for a snack or a bath. The bus will bring us back to Ia and our hotel.
Day 6: Boat excursion to the volcanoes Nea Kameni & Palea Kameni
We will leave Amouthi bay early in the morning with the boat of Sostis and sail to the youngest volcano of Greece, the island of Nea Kameni. There we wil lhave a walk to the crater top of Georgios crater and see the fumaroles and the place, where the last eruption took place in 1950. Then we will sail to Sostis home island Palea Kameni. There we will have a special snack and his vine. We will see the eruption crater of 1700 A.D. And will climb up to the high plain of this island. If we are lucky we will discover some skarn rocks with garnet crystals. At the late afternoon we will sail back to Amouthi bay and ascend to our hotel.
Day 7: Free day & time for spontaneous activity
This day is a free day or a buffer for a tour that could not take place due to weather conditions or other organization changes. If everything was possible like in the schedule, you may use this day for shopping or relaxation.
Day 8: Departure from Santorini
Depending on your flight schedule, you will get a transfer in a minibus or with a taxi in time to get your flight. We recommend top be at the JTR airport at least 90 minutes before your flight leaves. If there are many charter companies flying the same time, you have to be early there. It is a very small airport and you may need time to get to the check-in. If your flight is leaving in the evening, you will still have time to enjoy Ia village. Of course you may leave your baggage at the hotel and you can use the hotel infrastructure (shower, etc.).
Hiking study trips to Santorini
Most readers wonder how a hiking study trip differs from a hiking trip? If the tour guide is very familiar with the destination, it does not matter whether the tour is called a "hiking study trip" or a "hiking trip".
The only thing that is decisive for a hiking study trip is that you experience a target area with all topics. The tour guide shows the guests rare orchids, explains historical processes or finds interesting, geological places. Basically, such a trip is a kind of "study" in the field and you expand your knowledge.
A hiking study trip (also with a special topic) is not a special trip that is only intended for "specialist idiots". It is something for everyone who wants to find out more about the facets of a travel destination.
For many guests who traveled with Tobias Schorr, a trip was the occasion to become interested in new hobbies.
The hiking study trip to Santorini, for example, is a good start for anyone who wants to visit a (dormant) volcano without danger. A hike to Santorini is also always something special for photographers, because with Tobias Schorr they come to places that not every million Santorini visitors have photographed X times.
And also there you can "study" how to take better photos, because your guide is also a photographer and will be happy to advise you on how to take better photos.
Conclusion: A pure "hiking trip" has more "sporty" style and it is often only a question of walking as many kilometers as possible in an area. Trekking is an increase.
A "WanderStudyTravel-Tour" can contain both elements, but has a thematic goal. This can be the geology, nature or archeology of a target region. It's about the details and your understanding.
What do we mean by "hiking" and what do you have to consider?
There is always the case that guests book a trip without knowing what "hiking" means. This is a shame, because if you have no experience, fitness or even sure-footedness, the trip can be too strenuous for you. We have never had the case that a guest could not take part in a tour because 99% of the groups show solidarity and one takes care of the other. No one has to stay behind or be afraid of losing touch. But that's not nice for the group, nor for the planned and possible course of a hiking trip!
Of course, the tour guide always adapts the tours to the condition of the group, because he wants to enable everyone to have a nice trip. But if you have to shorten the tours significantly, important impressions are lost.
The possibility of taking part in a hiking (study) trip is not linked to age or "previous education". But you should bring fun with hiking and be fit. So ask yourself whether you often go on long hikes or sports in your home country and whether you can hike on rocky, steep or sandy paths for 2-3 hours without any problems.
Our hiking trips are neither alpine, nor an attempt to set sporting records, but the ideal way to discover a travel destination. This includes going up a mountain slope sometimes, because there is a great photo motif above, or changing a route because everyone wants to reach a tavern that may not be on the program. Spontaneity is always possible if everyone can follow without problems. Of course, everything is always discussed with everyone. A very important point is always the footwear. Anyone who comes on a hiking trip with sneakers is already handicapped by their "tools", because they are neither tread and slip-proof with sneakers! Then a tour like the caldera hike becomes exhausting and exhausting. Anyone who saves on footwear will regret it! Good, sturdy hiking boots are the guarantee for great hikes! This way you can easily get through a rough path without having to pay attention to every step.