You can experience Santorini by boat, on a wine tour, on with your personal chauffeur-guide showing you around the island… but what about from the sky? A private Santorini helicopter tour is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With its unique geology and landmarks, Santorini is surely one of the best places for it. Learn more about our Santorini Helicopter experiences below.
On your Santorini helicopter tour, soar above one of the world’s most famous islands and take it all in from a bird’s eye perspective. Enjoy the dramatic boundaries between the spectacular cliffs, the white, black, and fiery red beaches, and the twinkling emerald sea beyond.
As soon as you lift off into the skies, you’ll be blessed with incredible views of dramatic scenery that’s been formed over thousands of years, set alongside Santorini’s picture-perfect sugar-white villages.
It’s worth choosing a Santorini helicopter tour that lets you glide over the uninhabited island of Nea Kameni, known by locals as the Santorini volcano. After its last small eruption in 1950, it has some of the youngest lands in the eastern Mediterranean. Seeing the volcano is a must when in Santorini… and all the better if you can enjoy it by helicopter!
As you fly over the Red Beach near the important archaeological site of Akrotiri, you’ll get to see even more of the island’s awe-inspiring geology. Let your pilot tell you about the caldera cliffs: the edges of the half-submerged volcano from thousands of years ago. For the most complete big-picture view of the island’s past and formation, it has to be from above. Be sure to view the cliffs from the water on our Santorini sunset cruise.
On a 30-minute Santorini helicopter tour, you’ll have time to hover over the vineyards where fertile volcanic ground produces the authentic local Santorini wines you can sample when back on the ground. (Be sure to view our Santorini cooking class and wine tour. On this flight, you’ll also get a closer look at the jewel of Santorini: the iconic village of Oia with its pristine whitewashed houses and blue three-domed church.
As the helicopter reaches the west of the island, take in the luxurious traditional mansions of Megalochori, famed for its wealthy history of exporting the Vinsanto wine that the island still produces.
When you touch down, you’ll have seen the best of Santorini from the most memorable vantage point– the beautiful Greek sky.
Your questions answered
What are the main sights you’d recommend seeing on a Santorini helicopter tour?
For the most iconic views of Santorini, choose a flight over Oia, the vineyards, and the volcanic islands. We also recommend seeing the Red Beach and Nea Kameni (Santorini volcano), especially if you’d like to imagine the volcanic story of the island from above.
You can also choose to glide over Therasia, the sleepy island that was once united with Santorini before the volcanic eruption. With Nea Kameni between the two, you can imagine what the island might have looked like in ancient times. You can see all of these landmarks of Santorini on this 30-minute helicopter flight.
How long does the helicopter tour last?
Standard flights are 20 and 30 minutes but get in touch about our custom helicopter tours if you’d like more flexibility. We also offer helicopter transfers between Santorini and other Greek islands, including Mykonos, if you want to travel in style during your trip to Greece.
How many people does the helicopter seat?
Our helicopters seat five people plus the pilot.
What’s the price of a Santorini helicopter tour?
You can check the live availability and pricing of our Santorini flights here.
What do I need to bring?
Just you, your camera, and excitement. We look forward to sharing the best of Santorini with you from the skies!