While approaching the port of Symi, after travelling 1.5 hours approx. along the northwest coast of Rhodes island, you will have the overwhelming feeling of entering a perfectly painted image of a scenic traditional village.
Symi is adorned with traditional houses and charming neoclassical buildings with wonderful balconies, authentic fishermen boats, folk and art shops, stalls with sponges & wooden carvings! During your 3 & 1/2 hours staying at Symi, you can relax walking along the colorful coastline, swimming at the small beach of Symi which is organized with sunbeds and different choices of local sea view restaurants tasting seafood under the sounds of the waves.
Panormitis Monastery was built in the late 18th century and this masterpiece is certainly worth visiting! The Holy monastery is a treasury of the Greek-Orthodox culture. During your 1 hour stay, don't miss visiting the museum inside and grab a refreshing drink at the café in front of the sea.
Hotel pick up & drop off
What's Not Included
All Fees and Taxes
INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
ADULT: Age: 12 - 99
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Regular temperature checks for staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Public transportation options are available nearby
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Suitable for all physical fitness levels
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Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
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What To Expect
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.
Admission Ticket Free
Monastery of Archangel Michael - Panormitis is a landmark in the early 18th century that overlooks the bay.Situated in the tiny seafront village of Panormitis sits Panormitis Monastery, with a Greek Orthodox Church dedicated to the island's patron saint, Archangel Michael. Monks still inhabit the monastery, and pilgrims from across Greece travel to attend the religious festival held here. Step inside the Venetian-style church to view the ornate gold fixtures and scenes from the Bible adorning the walls in paintings and frescoes. Visit the two on-site museums, one displaying various religious items and the other showcasing folk culture. This area is best reached by boat. Arrange your visit to Panormitis Monastery and discover more family-friendly attractions.
Admission Ticket Not Included
Had a lovely day on Symi - end of season so not too busy and weather was perfect for exploring. Walked to Pedi and back and up to the castle. Plenty of time for wandering and browsing. The guide Lily was great. Lovely visit to the monastery - if you go you must try the spinach and cheese pies from the bakery. My only comment would be that while the guys on the King Saron ferry tried to be very strict about mask wearing in all areas of the boat, there were several irresponsible passengers onboard who took them off at every opportunity and really should know better.
Sue L, 20-05-2019
The whole days trip was amazing...the boat ride out to Symi was an enjoyable experience...plenty of room on the boat...
The only downside was we were there for 5 hours which was a bit too long as there is not really a lot to do there...
Also one of the sponge factory stalls only took cash which left some people with no no money when we went to the monastery, which was also amazing..
Tour served it's purpose for me!
This was really nothing more than a hotel pickup and a ferry ride out to the monastery and the island, which is all I really needed.
we traveled from Rhodes to Symi by Ferry, this took about 2 hours we then left the ferry to explore the island which is very beautiful. Lovely scenery and pretty houses on the sides of the mountain, and plenty of shops and restaurants . Afterwards we went onto the Monastery this took a further 1 hour to 1 and a half hours. this was a nice visit although it was a bit too short a time frame. then back to Rhodes another 2 hour ferry trip. All in all a lot of ferry time and not much free time.
Symi Island through Kariba Travel
We booked two trips through Kariba Travel, one to the seven waterfalls and Lindos, and the other to Symi Island. We went to Symi Island first and having been super careful with all the covid restrictions on our trip so far we were disappointed to discover that the ferry we were taking had been fully booked and although wearing a mask was encouraged and ”mandatory”, only about 25% of the passengers kept their masks on properly during the ferry trips (mask on AND over the nose). Even so, keeping a safe distance on the 1.5h ferry rides was impossible as there were that many people onboard. Symi Island itself was also a bit of a disappointment as there wasn’t really much to see or do apart from having lunch and browsing through the handful of stores. They had reserved 3h for the time ashore but that was at least an hour too much. I rated this experience 3/5, but highly recommend Lindos!