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Symi Island Tours and Activities

Symi Island
Hailed as one of Greece’s prettiest islands, Symi is characterized by pastel-colored town houses and a quaint harbor full of wooden fishing boats. Restaurants serving fresh seafood and Greek delicacies line the seafront, while the heavily forested inland offers an abundance of walking and cycling trails. 

The Basics 
Natural beauty aside, Symi is most known for the Archangel Michael of Panormitis Monastery, a 15th-century complex that’s home to a library of rare Byzantine manuscripts and two museums that exhibit an eclectic mix of Orthodox icons and ancient fishing equipment. Tours typically depart from Rhodes’ main port, include scenic round-trip ferry rides, and give you time to check out the monastery and enjoy the sun-soaked Symi harbor. 

Things to Know Before You Go 
  • With its period architecture and Old World charm, Symi is a must for history buffs and travelers seeking an alternative style of Greek island. 
  • The island has a multitude of accommodation and dining options; advance booking is necessary in the peak summer season. 
  • Most of the beaches on Symi are rock and pebble, so wear sturdy shoes. 

How to Get There 
Symi is an hour north of Rhodes by ferry (operated by several different companies). There are also daily ferries from Kos in the summer. 

When to Get There
For the best weather and fewest crowds, head to Symi in June or October. The Archangel Michael of Panormitis Monastery is usually open daily year-round, while its museums are open from April through October. 

Exploring the Beaches of Symi Island 
No journey to Symi would be complete without some time on the beach. The closest beach to Symi Town is Nos, a family-friendly stretch of sand with sunbeds and other amenities. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, Panormitis Beach is the place to go, and can be combined with a monastery visit.  
Address: Symi Island, Rhodes, Greece
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Symi Island from Rhodes with transfers from Ialyssos, Ixia, and Kallithea

Symi Island from Rhodes with transfers from Ialyssos, Ixia, and Kallithea

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Experience Symi, one of the most striking islands in the Aegean, on an all-day cruise. Enjoy sightseeing at the St. Michael Panormitis monastery and exploring Symi village. This convenient, budget-friendly outing includes hotel pickup and drop off in Ialyssos and Ixia and offers plenty of free time for relaxing and swimming or shopping and dining.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.39
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Symi island & Panormitis Monastery

Symi island & Panormitis Monastery

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The island of Symi is one of Greece’s best kept secrets, that’s why is the most popular daily excursion. It is adorned with traditional houses and charming neoclassical buildings that feature peaked roofs of red tile and wonderful balconies. Here you can enjoy relaxing walks along the colorful coastline and listening to the sounds of the waves. Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis is a landmark in the early 18th century that overlooks the bay.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$62.12
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Symi & Panormitis full day cruise from Rhodes !!

Symi & Panormitis full day cruise from Rhodes !!

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SYMI: in two words PICTURESQUE BEAUTY! Take amazing photo of your holidays in front of the elegant, amphitheatrically build, neo-classical colorful houses, in front of the fishing boats and sponge shops, confirming with the scent of the sea breeze that you are on a Greek island. Swim to feel the saltiness and the breeze of the Aegean Sea. Taste fresh fish and famous Symi shrimps, buy herbs and spices. Feel the peace and tranquility. Let yourself fall in LOVE again! Our next stop is at Panormitis Bay with the turquoise crystal clear waters. You will stand in awe in front of the imposing monastery of Panormitis, another significant landmark of Symi. Built in the 18th century it is famous as a place of miracles and its impressive bell is dedicated to the patron saint of the island, Archangel Michael.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private 8-Day Boat Cruise from Rhodes

Private 8-Day Boat Cruise from Rhodes

This is a unique all inclusive tour to visit Islands and Bays from Rhodes .This is a unique cruise with limited number of guests (Maximum 15) By joining one of our cabin charters and book a berth on a Greek Gulet Yacht or one of our sailing catamarans and make new friends and explore islands and anchorages in the East Dodecanese Islands .
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Blue Cruise to the Islands from Rhodes

Blue Cruise to the Islands from Rhodes

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Upon check in during our meeting in our office in Rhodes New Marina we will provide you with the Itinerary Plan and other literature to get you to know our cruise plan . You will be given your cabin and early next day we set sail to start our cruise . The cruise starts next day in the morning and it will start from the first island as per the plan which will be offered to you during embarkation .  Boarding is  after 16:00, dinner & overnight in Rhodes New Marina.Between 10:00-13:00, after formalities and taking fuel we start our cruise . This is an All Inclusive Cruise
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  • 8 days
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  • Taking safety measures
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