Delta offers connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Athens. Take Aegean Airlines from Athens to Santorini. One-way flights start at about $95.
WHERE TO STAY
San Giorgio Villas
Main Street, Fira
A basic, quiet hotel a few minutes’ walk from the center of town. Amenities include a small fridge and electric kettle. Singles or doubles in August about $104, triples from about $130.
Just off Agiou Mina, Fira
A few blocks from the bustle of downtown Fira. Book a few months ahead online to ensure a reservation. Double rooms in high season (July-September) about $215, two-person apartments about $225.
WHERE TO EAT
Main square, Fira
A popular, casual restaurant with classic Greek dishes along with American selections. Indoor dining and outdoor patio seating available. Breakfast entrees from $7, lunch and dinner from $9.
Lagoudera Shopping Center, Fira
Bustling restaurant featuring modern takes on Greek dishes. Lines for dinner can reach from the door of this second-story establishment all the way down the street, but free glasses of local wine make the wait easier. Entrees from about $10.
WHAT TO DO
Walking tour of Pyrgos
This town of 500 is a 15-minute bus ride from Fira. Buses leave every 20 to 60 minutes. About $2.60 each way.
Day trip to Thirassia Island
Akrotiri excavation site
Summer hours: Tuesday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission $6.50. Guided tour $13.