Things to do in Symi

Our most recommended things to do in Symi

Rhodes: High-Speed Boat Cruise to Symi Island

1. Rhodes: High-Speed Boat Cruise to Symi Island

Tale a high-speed boat cruise to Symi, of the Dodecanese's most beautiful islands set amid the brilliant blue sea. Enjoy a fast boat service that gives you more time to explore the island. On the way, stop for swimming at Saint George’s bay. Begin your high-speed cruise at Mandraki Harbor as you set sail for Symi. On arrival, admire the turquoise water of the fishing harbor, the pastel-colored neoclassical buildings that frame the bay, and the colorful church domes dotting the landscape. Disembark at Symi and enjoy approximately 3 hours to explore the fishing town on your own. Have lunch at one of the numerous traditional tavernas (at your expense) or swim in the glittering waters. Depart Symi and admire the coastal views as you sail through Saint George’s Bay. Stop for a dip in the crystal clear waters or soak up the sunshine on deck before making your way back to Rhodes.

Rhodes Town: Boat Trip to Symi Island and St George Bay

2. Rhodes Town: Boat Trip to Symi Island and St George Bay

Join a city cruise from Rhodes to Saint George Bay and the tiny boutique island of Symi, with sun beds and floating gear included. Stop for swimming and snorkeling in the bay which is only reachable by boat, before sailing to Symi to enjoy 3 hours of free time on the island. Depart in the morning and set sail for St. George Bay. Feel the sunshine on your faces and admire Rhodes from the water. Stop for a 30-minute break to swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear water of St. George Bay. Then, enjoy a short boat ride to Symi Harbor. Disembark and take 3 hours to explore Symi at your own pace. Soak up the stunning harbor views and lose yourself in the colorful streets lined with neo-classical houses. Finally, relax as you sail back to Rhodes Harbor in the evening.

Rhodes: Speedboat Trip to Symi with Free Time to Explore

3. Rhodes: Speedboat Trip to Symi with Free Time to Explore

Admire views of town of Rhodes and the town of Symi from the water with this speedboat tour between these two points. Have ample time in Symi to shop, try local cuisine, and capture pictures of the colorful houses before returning by speedboat to Rhodes  Hop aboard the new speedboat in Kolona Harbor. Soak up some sun on the outdoor deck or cool off in the air-conditioned closed deck as you take in views of the Rhodes castle walls, the minarets of the Old Town, the medieval clock, and the Marine Gate. Head out from Rhode and catch a glimpse of the on your left hand the 46-meter high Naillac Tower, the windmills of Rhodes, the Saint Nicholas Fortress, and the Aquarium of Rhodes.  Arrive in the bay of Symi where you can spy the town of Symi which is amphitheatrically built. Spy the colorful neoclassical houses which reflect in the sea on clam days. Disembark and have over three hours to take in the charm of this island before returning to Rhodes. 

From Rhodes: Full-Day Boat Trip to Symi Island

4. From Rhodes: Full-Day Boat Trip to Symi Island

Cross the Aegean Sea from the port of Rhodes and sail to Symi Island, where traditional houses greet you as you sail into the harbor. Upon arrival, get some free time to explore the stunning island on your own or choose to follow your guide. Travel back in time at the Archaeological and Folklore Museum, visit the ruins of the knights’ castle overlooking Gialos, or explore the island's maritime history at the Naval Museum. Take a taxi boat to a secluded beach for a refreshing dip or instead try to taste as many local delicacies as possible. Afterward, board your boat once again and admire Panormitis Monastery, dedicated to the Archangel Michael and known for its miracles.

From Rhodes: Boat Trip to Symi Island with Hotel Transfer

5. From Rhodes: Boat Trip to Symi Island with Hotel Transfer

Admire the beauty of the island of Symi on a day trip from Rhodes. After a pick-up from your hotel, head to the harbor, board a boat, and enjoy the cruise. Once in Symi, wander the city and see the natural sponges that live along the coast of the island. Visit one of the countless monasteries or chapels on the island, scale the 400 steps of the Kali Strata and see the rest of the Johanniter fortress, then simply enjoy the incredible view over the city and sea.

Private Cruises to the Most Famous Bays of Rhodes

6. Private Cruises to the Most Famous Bays of Rhodes

Take a day on a private and restful holiday with an express cruiser. Tour the Aegian seas and make stops at special bays in the southern area of the Dodecanses Islands. Explore the crystal blue waters above and below with swimming, snorkeling, and a relaxing environment. Board your luxury express cruiser and settle into the lifestlye of sailing the Aegian sea. Enjoy lovely music on board, lay in the sunbeds, or hangout in the big salloon with an area to eat and barbecue. Make several stops at different famous bays around Rhodes such as Antony Quinn Bay. Swim in the water, grab a snorkel a watch the underwater world, grab a fishing rod, or take underwater pictures with the onboard water-proof camera. Find yourself at the Kalithia Hot Springs and bathe in the warm waters surrounded by mountain hills and palm-lined scenery. Truly let yourself relax and take in the atmosphere with your group, and eventually eat a fresh fish lunch right from the Aegian Sea.

From Rhodes: Private Yacht Cruise To Symi with Lunch

7. From Rhodes: Private Yacht Cruise To Symi with Lunch

Come along on this fantastic day trip to Symi Island, departing from Rhodes. On board the yacht, work on your suntan on the deck of the ship or relax with a cold beer and delicious snacks while you take in panoramic views of the surrounding area. You will have the opportunity to discover the three most beautiful parts of the island, Panormitis, Symi and Saint George Bay. As you arrive at the port of Panormitis, be amazed by the serenity and stunning views of this island paradise. Admire spectacular architecture and natural beauty as you stroll around the monastery, where you will hear stories and myths of the marvelous temples and their inhabitants. Walk through the district of multi-colored mansions at Symi village, the island’s port, and work your way up the many steps to reach the village's former commercial center, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the island. In the afternoon, break for lunch at Saint George Bay, where you can also enjoy a swim in the bay's crystal-clear waters before heading back to the harbor. 

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What people are saying about Symi

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,777 reviews

It is a really nice trip to Simi. On the trip there, we stop at the monastery for an hour, it's really nice, it doesn't take long to see. The time on Simi was also really good for experiencing a bit of the beautiful city.

A well organised and very enjoyable day trip. Lots to see - would have welcomed some info the day before with regards to swimming from boat. Didn’t actually receive pickup info email until I sent an email late afternoon.

The pick-up/drop-off went smoothly, the small island of Symi is beautiful and really worth a visit. Staying in the monastery was also an experience for me. I really enjoyed the time at sea. It was an unforgettable day

Super fun boat trip, both the swimming and the town of Symi are very worthwhile. The boat is neat, clean and the staff is friendly. All in all highly recommended!!

very well arranged. seen a lot, super friendly staff