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From Rhodes: Symi Island Full Day Trip by Boat

1. From Rhodes: Symi Island Full Day Trip by Boat

Start your experience at the port, where you'll receive your boarding card and a map with information about Symi Island. It takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach the island of Symi. You can sit on the deck or inside, wherever you feel is most comfortable. The first stop will be the Monastery of Archangel Michael Panormitis where you will have approximately 1-hour of free time for your individual visit. You can light a candle or walk around and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this holy place. After continue the boat cruise, following the precise boarding time provided at the front of the boat. Enjoy a scenic 1-hour cruise around the island’s west coast, including a small 20 min stop by the famous Bay of St. George for a swim (during the hot summer months, usually on Tuesdays and Saturdays (subject to change)). Entering the little harbor of Symi you will be amazed by the colorful houses and many private sailing boats and yachts. You will then have approximately 3.5 hours of free time for your visit. Symi village is full of beautiful, neo-classical mansions, folk and art shops, many cafeterias, hospitable taverns, and stalls with sponges and wooden carvings. Feel the authentic atmosphere, have a casual walk through the port, get the fun train for a great drive through Symi town, go for a swim or enjoy a nice meal in one of the many sea-front taverns.

Rhodes: High-Speed Boat Cruise to Symi Island

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

Your 1-hour high-speed boat cruise starts from Mandraki Harbor at 11:00 AM. Take in the crystal clear waters of Symi's fishing harbor, the pastel-colored neoclassical buildings framing the bay, and the colorful church domes dotting the landscape. In Symi, you will have 3 full hours to explore the fishing town, have lunch at one of the numerous traditional tavernas, and try the famous Symi mini shrimp with a glass of Ouzo. After exploring, take time to swim in the amazing waters right nearby. Depart Symi at 3:00 PM, sailing through Saint George’s Bay, and stop for a dip in the crystal clear waters before heading back to Rhodes.

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

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

Depart at 8:45 AM, and sails to St. George Bay – one of the most stunning beaches in the world. We will stop for a 30 minute break, where you can swim and snorkel off the boat in the crystal clear blue water. When all passengers are back on board, the boat sets sail to Symi main harbour, with the journey from St George Bay taking around 15 minutes. In Symi, you will have 3 hours of free time to explore the amazing views, colorful streets and the famous harbour. The boat will return to Rhodes Harbour at 17:00, ending a fun day mixing beautiful beaches with a historical and quaint Greek village.

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.

From Rhodes: Private Yacht Cruise To Symi with Lunch

6. 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 1,412 reviews

It went pretty quickly to Symi in the morning. Due to the heat it was very pleasant to be there at 10.30am. Back on the ship we went to the first bay for swimming and snorkeling. During this time, lunch was also served, which tasted very good. Then we went to a second bay, this was great too. The crew was amazing and very attentive. All in all a thoroughly great trip.

Die Reise war angenehm. Gut Organisiert, beim Rückfahrt waren alle verwiert wir konnten nicht mit dem Schnellboot zurück fahren, zu viel Wind. Leider brauchten wir über 2 std mit eine andere Boot zurück. Im Hafen waren die Busse schon dort um alle Personen entweder im Hotel oder zum andere Hafen zu Transportieren, alle haben Euro 10.00 zurück bekommen.

Great day on Symi. Very professional organization, friendly staff at Manos Going and on the ship. The pick-up by bus worked well. Symi Island is definitely worth a visit.

Top! it is an activity not to be missed. Very well organized and the places are beautiful.

Worth the money. lots of activities and visit to a nice cute island.