Helicopter tour over Santorini and Thirasia – Robinson R44 sightseeing flight

from/per group 950
  • Aerial excursions
  • 30 minutes
  • Helicopter tour
  • Private tour

Helicopter in Santorini: a small Robinson R44
"All of Santorini and Thirasia" helicopter tour itinerary: half-hour flight over Santorini, the volcano caldera and the island of Thirasia
Helicopter in Santorini: a small Robinson R44
One minute before takeoff: view from the cockpit of a Robinson R44 helicopter, Santorini, Greece
Helicopter tour in Santorini: flying over the caldera of the volcano, Santorini Island on the right, Imerovigli, Skaros Rock and Oia in front, Nea Kameni and Thirasia islands on the left
Helicopter tours in Santorini: straight ahead Fira, Imerovigli and Skaros Rock, Greece
A helicopter tour in Santorini is a completely different way to see our island.
Helicopter tour in Santorini: a flight over the caldera of the volcano along the west coast of the island
Helicopter tours over the island of Santorini, Greece
Aerial excursions: helicopter flight over Santorini Island, Greece
Helicopter flight over Santorini: aerial excursions over the volcanic island
Helicopter tours along the caldera of Santorini, Greece
Helicopter flight over the caldera and the island of Thirasia, Santorini, Greece
Sunset meeting during the helicopter flight in Santorini: flight to Oia along the rocky western coast of the island

Excursion details

A helicopter tour in Santorini, after which you can quite seriously say: “I’ve seen all of Santorini!” 🙂 And even more, as it is a full sightseeing tour not only over our island and the volcano’s caldera, but also a flight to the western regions and the island of Thirasia (also known as Thirassia or Therasia).

This helicopter aerial tour lasts 30 minutes: the flight fully incorporates the route of the shorter sightseeing tour (the basic twenty-minute ride) and also captures the opposite side of the caldera. The island of Thirasia can now be seen there – its lights in the evenings can be seen from the west coast of Santorini.

Longer sightseeing flights over Santorini are simply not necessary, because during this helicopter ride you will see all the most beautiful and interesting things that can be seen from the air:

  • Pyrgos village;
  • Thira and Firostefani;
  • Imerovigli;
  • Oia;
  • The caldera of Santorini;
  • Akrotiri peninsula;
  • Red beach;
  • Venetian lighthouse;
  • Thirasia island;
  • Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni islands.

As you see, this aerial tour contains more interesting sites. For example, the island of Thirasia. It is the only inhabited island besides Santorini and is located inside the caldera west of the village of Oia. It was separated from its older sister after a powerful eruption and a strong earthquake recorded more than three thousand years ago.

The schematic route of this aerial tour is shown on the map in the slideshow of photos above.

On this aerial tour we offer a small, bright and beautiful Robinson R44 helicopter to fly over the caldera of Santorini volcano and the islands of Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni and Thirasia. It is a compact helicopter, which, however, accommodates three passengers in addition to the pilot.

The three passenger seats are arranged as follows: one passenger can sit next to the pilot near the windshield and the other two in the second row. The first row seats are located near the almost panoramic windows, and the rear passengers can look not only through them, but also through the side windows. In other words, with either seating arrangement, everyone will have a great view! However, if you plan to take photos or record videos during your Santorini aerial sightseeing tour, we suggest you to take a seat next to the pilot to ensure the widest possible view.

While the helicopter is flying, the cockpit is quite noisy, but you can communicate with each other and the pilot using a microphone and headphones. The cockpit of the helicopter is equipped with special headsets for all participants in the flight.


Price of helicopter flight over Santorini and Thirasia: 30-minute sightseeing ride in a Robinson R44 helicopter

In 2024 the price of a thirty-minute helicopter sightseeing tour in a Robinson R44 is 950 euro. This is the price for a helicopter ride (private flight) and it does not depend on the number of people in your group.

  • Helicopter hire and sightseeing flight over Santorini for 30 minutes;
  • Insurance coverage for all participants;
  • Pilot services;
  • Fuel surcharge.

  • No mandatory additional costs;
  • Transfer from your hotel to the helicopter landing area and back – if necessary. We can additionally organize a transfer for you with suitable economy or premium cars, as well as minibuses;
  • If you wish to change your helicopter’s takeoff or landing location (for example, to use the helipad in your hotel or at the airport), a surcharge may apply. Santorini Airport and some hotels on our island ask for an additional fee for the use of their infrastructures. This information can be discussed and clarified with our managers.

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You can book a 30-minute helicopter sightseeing tour over Santorini and Thirasia in a Robinson R44 helicopter online (see “How to book excursions in Santorini”).

Please note that in order to process documents for an aerial excursion over Santorini, our managers will need some additional information about all participants: name and surname (as in the passport or ID), passport or ID number, date of birth and citizenship. If you already have this information, you can write it in the comments field when placing an order. Also don’t forget to take your passports or ID with you – we can check them before boarding the helicopter.


Available dates for the helicopter flight over Santorini and Thirasia for 30 minutes in a Robinson R44 helicopter

In 2024, a thiry-minute aerial tour in a Robinson R44 helicopter takes place from 20/05 to 10/10. Available days – everyday.

Please note that the tour schedule is subject to change. Changes are extremely rare and usually associated with weather conditions on the island or in the sea. For example, it can be a strong wind, thunderstorm, rain or other force majeure situations. We always try to inform in advance about all changes.

Helicopter tours in Santorini are very popular – sometimes flight bookings start weeks or even months in advance. Please take this into account when planning your holiday on our island.


Important details

Please read Cancellation and Refund policy.

In case there are less than 24 hours left before the aerial trip, please book only after agreeing with the manager on availability.

Please note that in order to process documents for an aerial excursion over Santorini, our managers will need some additional information about all participants: name and surname (as in the passport or ID), passport or ID number, date of birth and citizenship. If you already have this information, you can write it in the comments field when placing an order.

You will receive your tickets by email or WhatsApp – whichever is more convenient for you.

Please keep all documents and tickets until the end of the aerial tour!

The Santorini helicopter tour does not include transfers from and to hotels and villas – you can drive to the helipad if you have a rental car. If you wish, we can additionally organize a transfer for you by any type of transport (car or minibus of economy or premium class). Please let us know in advance.

Passport or ID (original or at least a photo on your phone or tablet). Before boarding the helicopter, we can check your documents.

If there is a possibility of motion sickness in transport, then we recommend taking the appropriate pills.

There are no limitations on participation in this aerial tour. If there is a possibility of motion sickness, then we recommend taking the appropriate pills.

There are few seats in helicopters, so there are usually just the pilot and you in the cabin. If you wish (and there will be one free seat in the helicopter), then for an additional fee we can offer you a guide who will tell you all the information about the sights during the helicopter aerial tour over Santorini.

Helicopters don’t have a lot of seats, so it’s usually just the pilot and you in the cabin. If you wish (and there will be one free seat in the helicopter), then for an additional fee we can offer you a professional photographer who will take pictures for you both in flight and when boarding the helicopter.

All helicopters for sightseeing flights in Santorini are provided and maintained by an Austrian company which has been in the passenger transport business for decades.

All pilots have years of experience both on islands and offshore as well as in mountainous terrain.

Your safety is guaranteed by an experienced team with a very attentive attitude from weather monitoring to helicopter fleet control and maintenance.

  • Crew: 1 pilot;
  • Passenger capacity: 3;
  • Length: 12 metres;
  • Height: 3 metres;
  • Diameter of main rotor: 10 metres;
  • Maximum speed: 240 km/h;
  • Maximum distance: 650 km.

In good windless weather the Robinson R44 is stable and you are unlikely to experience any rocking. In windy conditions, the helicopter may shake or vibrate on take-off and landing, but in flight it behaves smoothly.

Sometimes there are noticeable winds on our island, so take o note of the larger six-seater helicopter. It is much more stable throughout the flight, even in strong winds, and is used for the exact same aerial tour too.

Our team keeps a very close eye on the weather conditions on the island. If the weather is unsuitable for your helicopter flight in Santorini, we will inform you, cancel your flight and reschedule your aerial excursion to a suitable date and time with better weather conditions. If, however, the weather does not improve, we will refund you fully.

Yes, of course. If your hotel has its own helipad, then (for a fee, usually due to hotel policy) our helicopters can land there. However, this is dependent on the hotel and in our experience it is not always available at all times: some hotels do not always maintain their helipads, some hotels do not allow helicopters to land or take off from their helipads at certain times, e.g. early in the morning or late in the evening, etc. You can contact our managers for such details and they will be happy to help arrange everything.


Schedule

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

The following is an approximate schedule. The order is a request for the desired departure time. The exact time will be specified in the information provided with your order.

Flight schedule
30 minutesTotal duration of the helicopter tour over Santorini and Thirasia
3 minutesFlying along the caldera cliffs above Thira and north to the village of Oia
2 minutesFlying over the village of Oia. Turn to the south
10 minutesFlying over island of Thirasia. Turn to the south in the center of the caldera
10 minutesFlying south over the volcano and the islands of Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni
2 minutesTurning north over the Red Beach
3 minutesFlying over the Akrotiri Peninsula and returning to the helipad

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