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Rhodes: Speedboat Trip to Symi with Free Time to Explore

1. 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. 

Rhodes: High-Speed Boat to Symi Island and St George's Bay

2. Rhodes: High-Speed Boat to Symi Island and St George's Bay

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: Symi Island & Panormitis Monastery Day Trip by Boat

3. Rhodes: Symi Island & Panormitis Monastery Day Trip by Boat

Enjoy a day trip to the stunning Symi Island and see the Monastery of Archangel Michael Panormitis, Symi Harbor, neo-classical mansions, cafes, and more. You will board a comfortable boat where you can sit on the deck or inside to experience the journey. 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. 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. Every Saturday (from mid-June to mid-September) there is an extra stop for swimming 20 min at Nymporio Bay. 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 3.5-4 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: Speedboat trip to Symi Town and Panormitis Monastery

4. Rhodes: Speedboat trip to Symi Town and Panormitis Monastery

Experience the beauty and history of Greece on our boat trip to Symi and Panormitis Monastery. Set sail from Rhodes and enjoy breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea as you make your way to the charming island of Symi. Explore its picturesque harbor, soak up the sun, and indulge in delicious local cuisine. Then, visit the stunning Panormitis Monastery, a place of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians. The itinerary includes a leisurely cruise through the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, a visit to the enchanting town of Symi, and a bus tour at the historic Panormitis Monastery, with a stop for a Panoramic photo of the island. Discover the island's rich history and cultural heritage as you explore its quaint streets and marvel at the stunning architecture. Relax and unwind on board the boat, soak up the sun, and take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters. Enjoy a delicious lunch featuring local specialties before heading back to Rhodes. The activity ends with drop-off at a central location in Rhodes, giving you the opportunity to explore more of the city on your own or head back to your hotel. Don't miss out on this unforgettable adventure, book now and experience the beauty of Greece like never before!

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

5. 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.

Kiotari, Lardos, or Lindos: Speedboat Trip to Symi Island

6. Kiotari, Lardos, or Lindos: Speedboat Trip to Symi Island

Take 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 from our two stops at Kiotari or Lardos beach and set sail for Symi(with a 10-minute stop in Mandraki Harbour, to disembark and embark people). 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.

From Lindos: Rhodes Old Town and Speedboat Trip to Symi

7. From Lindos: Rhodes Old Town and Speedboat Trip to Symi

Make the most of your day with a combined day trip to Rhodes Old Town and the island of Symi from Lindos. Discover Rhodes Old Town at your own pace in the morning before riding a speedboat to explore Symi in the afternoon. Begin your excursion with pickup at your hotel in Lindos. Drive to Rhodes Old Town and spend the rest of the morning there exploring on your own. Use the time to visit the Castle of the Knights, the Palace of the Grand Magister, and more. Later, take a speedboat to Symi. Upon arrival, enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and sightseeing on this picturesque island. At the end of the day, take the speedboat back to Rhodes before being taken back to your hotel in Lindos.

From Rhodes: Full-Day Boat Trip to Symi and Panormiti

8. From Rhodes: Full-Day Boat Trip to Symi and Panormiti

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: Symi Island Day Trip by Boat with Hotel Pickup

9. From Rhodes: Symi Island Day Trip by Boat with Hotel Pickup

Visit the island of Symi on a day trip by boat from Rhodes. Take some time to explore the charming harborside village of Symi, and discover the picturesque beaches and inlets of the south side of the islands, with a fantastic view of the Panormitis Monastery. Start with pickup from your hotel. Depart from the harbor in Rhodes and cruise to the island of Symi. Disembark at the harbor of Symi and discover a beautiful and relaxed fisherman's village with neo-classical pastel-coloured houses. Enjoy some free time to stroll through the quiet streets of the village. Browse the quaint shops in search of natural sea sponges and cooking spices. You can also purchase some lunch in one of the many seaside tavernas. After lunch, board the boat and continue the adventure to the south of the island. Admire the views of the coastline inlets, including the Panormitis Monastery, which is dedicated to the Archangel Michael and is comprised of a large bell tower and an ornate 12th-century church. Finally, relax on the return journey to Rhodes. As you disembark, board the bus for the return journey to your hotel.

Kolympia: High-Speed Boat to Symi Island & St George's Bay

10. Kolympia: High-Speed Boat to Symi Island & St George's Bay

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 directly from Kolymbia and 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 30 minute swim stop in the crystal clear waters or soak up the sunshine on deck before making your way back to Kolymbia.

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The day trip was amazing, 4 hours for Symi are really enough… more free time is not needed. The vessel is clean and brand new. The interior of the boat looks like business class of airplane, but we choose to seat on the outside deck as the weather was sunny. I suggest you to seat on the outside deck as the view when departing from Rhodes and arriving at Symi was astonishing. Thank you for the great memories.

Great experience, though time is short, which for us was also an advantage. Must say that the drivers/hosts didn’t say a word, and didn’t mention that the order of stops would be altered. Found it out only when the boat stopped at St George’s Bay, before arriving in Symi.

As an experience, wonderful. Cheerful, professional crew. Astonishingly good value. We had a fantastic time. Thoroughly recommend if you have a spare day in your holiday and want to see Symi for a short time, and relax and enjoy for the rest of the day.

Enjoyable sail to Symi. On time arrival and vice versa, we would go again. Symi is beautiful and worth going anytime

We recommend this experience as everything was perfect.