Water activity

Symi Island: Full-Day Trip by Boat

Activity provider: Manosgoing
Water activity

Symi Island: Full-Day Trip by Boat

Activity provider: Manosgoing

From US$ 45.26 per person

Take a full-day trip by ferry to the beautiful Symi island. It is famous for colorful neo-classical house facades, charming fishermen boats, sponge diving traditions, and the Monastery of Panormitis.

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Duration 3 - 9 hours
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Pickup optional
After booking, you will be contacted and provided with your precise pickup time and place. If your hotel is not listed, let the activity provider know, so they can suggest the nearest pickup point. Please arrive 5 minutes early at your designated pickup point. Look for the tour bus with the Manos Going logo.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit one of the most traditional and colorful islands in the Aegean Sea
  • Reach the island on-board the comfortable and fast ferry boat Nikolaos X
  • Enjoy 2 stops during the day — Panormitis Monastery and Symi Town
  • Stop for a swim at St. George's Bay, on designated days (mid-June to mid-Sept)
Full description

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, including a small 20 min stop by the famous Bay of St. George for a swim.

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.

  • Roundtrip boat tickets
  • Map of Symi with information and directions
  • Free time at Panormitis Monastery
  • Free time at Symi village
  • Port transfer from designated pickup points in Ixia, Ialyssos, Faliraki, Kalithea, and Rhodes Town (if option selected)
  • Meals and beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional gratuities

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Meeting point

A Manos Going staff member will wait for you at the Mandraki Port (Elefterias Avenue) in front of the Nikolaos X Ferry Boat. You can arrive between 8 - 8:45 AM. Look for a red sign with the Manos Going logo. You will have to present your booking confirmation to receive your boarding cards and a map with information.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Photography inside

Know before you go

  • It is highly recommended that you bring sunscreen, a hat, and a bottle of water
  • Soon after your booking, you will be notified by email about the precise pickup details, particularly for your accommodation. For bookings from other resorts than Ixia, Ialyssos and Rhodes town, you will receive information about the ferry location and boarding procedure
  • Hotel pickups start roughly 1 hour before the departure of the tour. You will be provided precise pickup time for your location
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 1018 reviews

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Amazing day. The pickup is relatively early but allows you to arrive on the boat among the first and choose your place. A stop of about an hour at the monastery of Panormitis, more than enough to visit it. A short tour in Saint George Bay and a 4-hour stopover in Symi which allows you to explore this magnificent village. There are many boats/ferries that offer the same trip and this spoils the panoramic photos of Symi a bit. I still recommend this excursion.

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October 21, 2022

We paid 80 euro for two but we learned then that the price was 35 per person. It was a bit upsetting. Of course a service fee is taken by the app, I can understand that but it is for sure that there is no added value of buying ticket from the app

September 28, 2022

The trip to Symi went smoothly. The bus transfer was relatively punctual, then the transition to the boat was also relaxed. However, there were already many other visitors on the boat, so the best seats were already gone. The stops were sufficient in time, on Symi you should try the Symi shrimps, very delicious.

September 23, 2022

Product ID: 145041