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

1. 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: All Inclusive Day Cruise with BBQ & Unlimited Drinks

2. Rhodes: All Inclusive Day Cruise with BBQ & Unlimited Drinks

Experience the beauty of Rhodes Island on the Aphrodite Duchess day cruise. Enjoy a spacious boat with sunbeds, swim, and snorkel, plus an open bar with unlimited drinks. Start your day with sweet donuts, and iced frappe coffee.  Enjoy a hot dog hour for brunch, followed by a traditional Greek BBQ buffet for lunch. Your stops include Kallithea Springs and Traganou Caves. Lastly, visit Anthony Quinn Bay for a rich underwater life.  Make unforgettable memories and enjoy a day of relaxation and fun. Enjoy an open bar with unlimited Iced Frappe Coffee, Beer, White Wine, and Soft Drinks. Return to Mandraki Harbour at 4:00 PM. 

Rhodes: Butterfly Valley and Seven Springs Valley Day Trip

3. Rhodes: Butterfly Valley and Seven Springs Valley Day Trip

Immerse yourself in Rhodes Island's natural attractions on a day trip to the Valley of the Butterflies and Seven Springs Valley. Enjoy enough time to explore on your own, eat at the restaurant, take photos, and hike along the paths. Relax with your transportation taken care of for you. Climb aboard the comfortable bus in Rhodes and relax as you're whisked away to your first stop: the Valley of the Butterflies. Enjoy 2 hours to explore on your own. Observe the Panaxia Quatripunktaria butterflies as you stroll along the rustic paths weaving beside the Pelekanos River. As you explore, take photos next to the waterfalls and wooden bridges. Enhance your experience by visiting the little natural history museum or hiking to the very top of the valley to take in some great panoramic views next to the Kalopetra Monastery. Enjoy the fantastic photo opportunities. Then, drive through the scenic countryside to the East Coast. Spend 1 hour and 45 minutes exploring the magical Valley of Seven Springs, enjoying the greenery and the lovely climate. Rest in the open-air cafe-restaurant overlooking the clear springs. Marvel at the enormous plane and pine trees. If you're feeling adventurous, walk through a unique narrow tunnel to reach an artificial lake with an impressive dam and a waterfall. Finally, return to the coach for your journey back to your pickup point in Rhodes.

Rhodes: Sunset Cruise with Greek BBQ and Unlimited Drinks

4. Rhodes: Sunset Cruise with Greek BBQ and Unlimited Drinks

Start your relaxing sunset cruise from Mandraki Harbour, where you will head to Kalithea Springs for a swim and to relax. You'll also get the chance to have a swim in the crystal clear waters or just chill on the boat and take in the views. Enjoy the open bar, which offers unlimited frozen cocktails of the day, beer, wine, or soft drinks, and snack on a Greek BBQ while you take in the amazing views and the sunset. The boat will head back to Mandraki Harbour just as the sun disappears from the horizon.

Rhodes: Symi Island & Panormitis Monastery Day Trip by Boat

5. 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: Kamiros, Kritinia, Embona and Mt Profitis Ilias Tour

6. Rhodes: Kamiros, Kritinia, Embona and Mt Profitis Ilias Tour

Explore one of the best-preserved Classical Greek cities  - the ancient Kamiros and have free time to admire the remains of a 3rd-century BC Doric temple, public baths, an altar to the Greek god Helios, the 6th-century BC Temple of Athena Polias, and a 206m (675ft) covered central walkway. Then, have a chance to experience a 14th-century AD fort erected by the Knights of St. John in Kritinia and get the best view of the west coastline and nearby islands of Halki and Alimia. Continue your day with a stop at Embona, known as a wine village, and have free time to taste local wines or have a delicious lunch in a village tavern. You will have 1 h 15 min free time to enjoy. Then take another scenic drive through the Mt. Profitis Ilias, uncovering the Italian heritage sites of Elafos & Elafina, the 15th-century Church of Foundoukli, and capturing memorable moments at the Eleousa fountain. Enjoy the diverse and fascinating experiences that this region has to offer.

Rhodes: RIB Cruise with Drinks and 4 Swim Stops

7. Rhodes: RIB Cruise with Drinks and 4 Swim Stops

Meet the Captain in one of the two meeting point locations. Onboard the modern and comfortable vessel and head towards Anthony Quinns’ Bay, the beach named after the Hollywood actor who purchased the area after filming the movie Guns of Navarone there. At the beach, take in breathtaking views of the area from the"Guns of Navarone Pier, one of the most photographic spots in the region. Then head to another beautiful beach location, called Ladiko, on the other side of the bay. Don't forget your camera to photograph the turquoise waters and rugged cliffs. Feel free to dive directly from the boat or/and enjoy sunbathing from the luxury spacious deck. Enjoy another beach stop along the east coast cruise, this time on a gravel beach called Traganou with a rocky surface, crystal clear waters, and hidden caverns that create a wild rocky scenery. Continue to another beach area, home to the lesser-known Alikies caves. Venture into the cave area or just relax on the beach. Enjoy drinks and snacks on the comfortably furnished boat. For your added comfort, Wi-Fi and a restroom are available onboard. At the end of the day, return to the marina by boat, keeping an eye out for dolphins playing in the surf. Arrive at the marina at approximately 2.5 hours after the start of your tour.

Rhodes: Rhodes Old Town & Lindos with Acropolis Guided Tour

8. Rhodes: Rhodes Old Town & Lindos with Acropolis Guided Tour

Uncover the beauty of Rhodes Island on this guided bus day trip. Capture a picture of Rhodes Panoramic view during the Panoramic City tour. Step back in time as you explore the Medieval Rhodes Town. Walk the picturesque streets of Lindos. Enjoy a convenient pickup from a meeting point in Faliraki, Kallithea, Rhodes City, Ixia, or Ialysos. Sit back and relax in a spacious and air-conditioned medium-sized bus on the scenic drive up Mt. Smith to see the Panoramic view of Rhodes City and the Acropolis of Rhodes. Then immerse yourself in the captivating history of Medieval Town and wander through its cobbled streets lined with centuries-old architecture. Hop back on the bus and make your way to the scenic Lindos village. Take a photo from the Panoramic Lindos observation viewpoint. On the guided orientation tour, discover Lindos settlement and learn about the ancient Lindos city-state. You can follow the guide to continue on an optional guided tour of the Acropolis of Lindos. Then, have some free time for lunch or see gift shops. Return to your meeting point at the end of the tour.

Rhodes: Filerimos, Butterfly Valley & Ancient Kamiros Tour

9. Rhodes: Filerimos, Butterfly Valley & Ancient Kamiros Tour

Discover the major landmarks on the gorgeous island of Rhodes as you follow your expert guide on an insightful excursion. Visit Mount Filerimos with its medieval monastery, the colorful butterfly valley, the ancient city of Kamiros, which was destroyed by an earthquake and visit the picturesque village of Apollona, where most of the inhabitants work in agriculture. Ride an full air-conditioned bus to your first stop, Mount Filerimos. Walk by the representation of the Stations of the Cross and admire the breathtaking panoramic view. Visit the medieval monastery built in the early 14th century and hear the amazing story of Our Lady of Filerimos. After a short picturesque drive, arrive at the iconic butterfly valley, surrounded by dense vegetation and tall trees. Enjoy a walk down the shaded path and reach the gorgeous opening, where you'll find the marvelous Panaxia Quadripunctaria or Jersey Tiger butterfly. Your next stop is Kamiros, an ancient Doric city founded in the 6th century. See the acropolis and temples of this tragic site that was destroyed by an earthquake in 142 AD. Continue your drive through the mountains and visit the quaint village of Apollona. There you can enjoy the traditional foods of a Greek local tavern with local ingredients. You can visit the famous the Church of the Holy Cross with its beautiful pebbled courtyard and magnificent hagiographies. Also you have the opportunity to visit the folklore museum and its exhibits including local traditional clothing and antique olive press. You have a free time to explore the village on your own and meet the local villagers . Your last stop before you return to your accommodation, there will be a free wine tasting session at a traditional winery at Apollona Village, that you have the opportunity to taste the best local wine.

Kamiros Skala: Marine Life Experience by Boat

10. Kamiros Skala: Marine Life Experience by Boat

Embark on a marine adventure that promises a perfect blend of education, exploration, and relaxation! Our cruise kicks off in the morning, setting sail for Makri Island, where our marine biologist will guide you through the wonders of the Aegean Sea, unveiling the secrets of its rich fauna and flora. Experience the joy of watching dolphins playing alongside the boat. As the dolphins are wild, we have a 90% to experience this remarkable moment. Our journey continues to the exclusive Stroggyli and Lamar fish farm, nestled within a protected area, you can put on your snorkelling gear and swim among thousands of fish. Additionally, you can explore the island's rich coastline, adorned with sea stars and seashells. As we make our way back to Kamiros Skala, passing through Makri Island once more, the chance of encountering dolphins again adds an extra layer of excitement.

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(126 reviews)

Manos is an excellent company. They arrange everything for you and meet you with the boat tickets, saving you a lot of hassle. You then have the day to yourself. Panomitis Monastery is beautiful andI lit candles. Symi itself is great. By bots Venetian style Harbour with lots of good restaurants and tourist shops. I explored Symi itself- lots of windy lanes and reached as high up as a farm. Saw outside of a beautiful local church. Also saw the folk museum. Warning- if you explore further afield from harbour it's very easy to get lost. Local transport is sparse at best and taxi drivers do not always answer their phones. WiFi reception can be weak so please test first before relying on Google maps. Allow yourself plenty of time to get back to the boat. The locals are friendly and will do their best to help you. However please do not expect them all to speak English- after all you are on a Greek island. (p.s. I got lost but mercifully did make it back to the boat in time).

BEST DAY of our holiday! The boat is spacious and they don’t overfill it like other boats we saw, you literally get so much for this ticket price, from morning donuts & coffee, to hot dogs, unlimited beer and wine, a super delicious Greek BBQ which is cooked right in front of you and even waffles! The crew was super friendly, the toilets spotless clean! I definitely recommend this cruise to anyone visiting Rhodes!

Amazing looking boat, very comfortable seats and the trip was so enjoyful! We left at 11:00 so no rush to wake up and rush to the harbour, in Symi we had 3 full hours which were enough to discover the beautiful town and have lunch at one of the many restaurants by the sea. St George’s Bay was breathtaking, the 30 minute stop was the cherry on the cake for a wonderful day trip!

Best day of our holidays! The crew was super fun and we will definitely do it again if we come to Rhodes this summer

Got there in just an hour, had 3 hours of free time and a swim stop in St George’s Bay! Definitely worth the price!