Welcome to Symi


Although Symi is far from small, it's mostly barren and the only settlements are Gialos, the old village of Horio, which sprawls over the hilly ridge behind, and Pedi, down in the valley beyond. One road runs all the way to the monastery at Panormitis, near Symi’s southern tip. The rest of this spellbinding island is largely deserted, but it's surrounded by blue coves and beaches, and aglitter with crystal-clear water so transparent that boats can look as if they’re floating on thin air.


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$92.36 Day Trips & Excursions

Rhodes to Symi Island and Panormitis Bay Day Trip with Guide

Start your day with a pickup from your Rhodes hotel, and then travel by air-conditioned coach to Mandraki Harbour. Here, meet your tour guide and then hop aboard your ferry boat to begin your day trip.Relax on deck and take in the stunning views as you cruise through the neck of the harbor and onto the open, azure waters of the Aegean Sea.Make your first stop at the idyllic island of Symi. Depart your boat and then enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade with your guide. Hear about the island’s sponge diving history, a practice that dates back to Ancient Greece, with works by Aristotle, Plato and Homer all mentioning the use of sponges for bathing.Then, enjoy free time to explore the island at your leisure. Wander through the hive of cobbled streets, dropping in at charming shops to browse the local wares. Perhaps refuel with lunch at a traditional Greek taverna (restaurant) or indulge in a traditional coffee and a sweet treat in an airy cafe (own expense).After exploring Symi, meet back up with your guide and return to your ferry boat for a short cruise to Panormitis Bay. Time in this tiny village is spent at your leisure. Maybe visit the Monastery of the Archangel Michael (own expense); this 18th-century Venetian-styled monastery boasts the world’s highest baroque bell tower and is thought to have been built on the site of an ancient temple dedicated to Apollo.Head inside the main gate and make your way into the church. Here, marvel at the elaborate chandeliers, and then admire the exhibits at the two museums — one that houses ecclesiastical art and the other that displays folk art and items relating to fishing and agriculture.When the time comes, cruise back to Rhodes where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel.Please note: On occasion, the cruise is done in reverse, with your first stop at Panormitis Bay and then Symi Island.

$43.87 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Symi Island Cruise from Rhodes with transfers from Ialyssos and Ixia

You are picked up from your accommodation in Ialyssos or Ixia resort for the transfer to Rhodes port where you will embark the passenger ferry Nikolaos X. You will receive all the information about the cruise from your escort. It takes approx. 1 h 45’ to reach the Island. On the way to Symi, stop to visit the monastery of Archangel Michael Panormitis for 1 hour. It is considered one of the most holy monasteries in the South Aegean. You can explore the interior of the monastery or walk around the area to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this impressive sight. After continue a beautiful 1hour cruise around the island’s West coast with a small stop by the famous bay of St. George bay for photos off the deck. Around mid-day you will arrive to the little port of Symi where you will disembark the ferry for a 3.5 hours individual visit. Symi village is full of beautiful neo-classical mansions, many cafeterias, hospitable sea-front taverns, little beach located nearby, folk and art shops, stalls with sponges, wooden carvings, and handcrafts! At the end of your day cruise you will have the return transfer to your accommodation.

$825.50 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Rhodes - Symi - Tilos Cruise

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Marina RhodesV-go Blue Cruise Company is meeting point

$1512.45 Outdoor Activities

Rhodes Family Adventure Week

If your family wants something more fascinating than spending every day by the pool, but doesn’t want to join a group following an exhausting itinerary, the Rhodes family adventure week is hand crafted so you can have fun exploring together, at a pace that suits you, an itinerary that has all the "must see" and "must do" things in Rhodes: Dive into the Aegean blue waters and sail to the island's most beautiful bays!Enjoy the most out of it as a family by doing water sports and visit the Water Park (the largest in Greece).Explore the Old Town of Rhodes, one of the most well preserved medieval towns in Europe and an UNESCO's World Heritage Site, by participating in a “treasure hunt”, the most family entertaining way of traveling.Visit the most popular sites of the island, the picturesque village of “Lindos” and the famous “Valley of Butterflies”.Live the 9D cinema experience (Thrones of Helios) that offers you a fantastic journey to the Greek Mythology and the History of Rhodes.Entertain and bond your family following this itinerary:  Day One Arrival & transfer to the hotel by our comfy air conditioned vehicle Welcome Dinner Day Two Morning:  Beach Activities in Faliraki Afternoon:  9D Cinema experience, Throne of Helios (Greek Mythology & History) Day Three Morning:  Scuba Diving in Anthony Quinn Bay  Afternoon:  Old Town of Rhodes,  Treasure Hunt with snack break (crepes and ice-cream) Day Four  Morning:  Greek shores snorkel and Bay Hopping, Sailing daytrip with lunchAfternoon: Free (city center, sightseeing in Rhodes Town, relax at the hotel's water park) Day Five Morning: Free Afternoon: Kart Racing, visit to  Lindos village,  Dinner in Lindos Day Six Morning: Visit to the  Butterflies Valley,  Lunch at a tavern by the sea Afternoon: Free Day Seven Morning: A full day at the  Water Park Afternoon: Free Day Eight Depart and transfer to the airport or Extend your stay Your options on a free afternoon or a free morning:  - Arrange an extra activity with us. Hiking and Rhodes city bike tour are just some of your alternatives - Spend your day on the beach or relax at the hotel (or your hotel's water park) - Take a walk in the town - A Day cruise at the neighboring islands of Symi or Chalki - And many more...