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If you are looking for flights to Santorini, Greece, then the best time to visit is between late April and early November, which is when the weather is warmest and rainfall at its lowest. The island is at its busiest from June to September. Temperatures in Santorini range from 54F in January to 79F in July and August. Depending on your departure point and when you are flying, you can find cheap flights to Santorini, Greece from around $851 for a round trip.
It’s worth noting that Santorini has frequent festivals throughout the year. For instance, during Easter, the village of Pyrgos is covered with candles to create a truly atmospheric experience. July is the time of the Santorini Jazz Festival, while the Ifestia Festival in September re-creates the island’s historic volcanic eruption through fireworks. September is also the month of Santorini’s International Music Festival. So when looking for Santorini flights, you may want to plan your trip to coincide with one of these memorable events.
To find cheap flights to Santorini on Orbitz, first input your departure point and destination in the search bar. Next, select whether your dates are fixed or flexible (you are more likely to find the best deals if you select ‘flexible’). You can also select preferences such as seating class, refundable flights, direct/indirect journeys etc. (although bear in mind that some U.S. departure points will not have direct flight options). Remember that when booking your flight, if you join Orbitz Rewards you can collect points that can be redeemed on hotels for future trips. Overall, the more flexible you are about your trip preferences, the more likely you are to find cheap Santorini flights that match your budget.
Flights to Santorini, Greece depart from across the U.S. and many of them change at London Heathrow. Here are the shortest flight times from the following major cities:
Santorini Thira National Airport (JTR)
The major airport for the island is Santorini Thira, which is 3.7 miles south-east from the center of the city of Kira, north of the village of Kamari. It is a relatively small airport but offers various transport options for getting around the island.
Santorini is a dramatic, cliff-filled island in the Aegean Sea. Fringed with black, red and white pebble beaches, its landscape was forever changed by a major volcanic eruption over 3,500 years ago. The legacy of this event is endless rocky, ruggedly romantic vistas that are particularly stunning at sunset.
It is very easy to get around Santorini. If you choose to walk, you will be rewarded by many stunning coastal and cliff views. As well as this, public buses are cheap and stop at all the main visitor attractions. Bear in mind though that there are no set schedules for buses. If you choose to rent a car then there are a number of major providers on the island, including Budget Rent-A-Car, Avis and Hertz. U.S. citizens who wish to drive in Greece will need an International Driving Permit as well as a valid U.S. license. The country is right-hand drive.
When traveling to your destination from the airport, you can hire a car at the arrivals hall or alternatively, access a wide range of transport choices, from shuttle buses to taxis to VIP limousines.
While in Santorini, aim to visit the ruins of the Akrotiri Bronze Age village, which is a 20-minute drive from the center of the island and is rumored to be the original Atlantis. Other unmissable sights include the picturesque Santorini Caldera volcanic crater and Imerovigli village, which boasts a jaw-dropping sloping vantage point that has earned it the nickname ‘the balcony of the Aegean’.
Hidden gems of the island include the brilliant red sand and gorgeous clear waters of Red Beach (Akrotiri Beach), so you could maybe visit it after seeing the ruins. The hiking trail between the two main towns of Oia and Fira takes two and a half to three hours and is particularly stunning at sunset. Additionally, you might want to visit Pyrgos, a pretty village that is still off the beaten tourist trail but has wonderful views, winding paths, churches, galleries and vineyards to enjoy. You can reach it by foot from the center of Santorini in around 45 minutes.
Greece is in the EEST time zone, seven hours ahead of Washington D.C. It is best to avoiding drinking the tap water on the island. Also, keep in mind that many signs are written in the Greek alphabet. U.S. citizens can enter the country for up to ninety days without a visa. However, your passport should be valid for six months upon arrival.
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