Even if you are not the type of traveler who organizes holidays many months before the actual trip but prefer to wait until last minute, have no worry about organizing your holiday to Greece. Just book early your flight tickets to Athens or directly to some regional airport in the country and check everything else at your own pace. Even in Santorini, which is the top destination in Greece, visitors can organize their holidays fairly easily last minute.
Here are some tips and suggestions to have in mind when planning your Santorini last minute holidays.
# August is not a good month for Santorini last minute holidays
As August is the busiest month on the island, you’d better organize your Santorini last minute holidays in other months. Over the last years, tourism in Santorini starts from March due to the early cruisers and ends in November, while for the rest of Greece the normal tourist season is from mid April to mid October. The most popular month in Santorini is August, when most Greeks also get their work leaves and head to the islands.
This is why August is not an easy choice to organize your Santorini last minute holidays. The ferry to Santorini will probably be fully booked and so will many hotels. All other months are great and very convenient. You can even book your Santorini hotel about 2-3 weeks before your holiday. Many hotels even announce last minute offers.
# Contact a travel agency
If you know that you need to get away for vacations but you do not have time to organize your Santorini last minute holidays, why don’t you contact a Greek travel agency? Most agencies have ready holiday packages to Santorini or can create a package according to your needs. Due to their long cooperation with hotels, they can even achieve better hotel rates and availability.
# Volcano boat trip: the simplest tour to book
There is no holiday in Santorini without a boat trip to the volcano. Such boat trips depart from the old port of Fira. The simplest version of the tour is the visit to the volcano and the thermal springs, while the extended versions also include a visit to Oia by boat and a visit to the secluded island of Thirassia. The simple volcano tour is very easy to book, even a week or two before the trip, as there are two departures per day.
# For eating and drinking
Although it is generally good to have a look on the web and find some top rated restaurants and bars on the island, it is not actually necessary. Most places to eat and drink in Santorini are high quality and do not need previous reservation, unless you are a very large group of travelers. You can just walk around the villages or along the beaches and sit at the restaurant that likes you best or seems more affordable to your budget. Have in mind that some restaurants in Santorini can be really expensive.