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Symi Island

Symi Island

Symi Island, Rhodes, Greece

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.

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Symi Island from Rhodes with transfers from Ialysos and Ixia
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Symi Island from Rhodes with transfers from Ialysos and Ixia
star-4.5
$41.53 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Absolute must see when in Rhodes.
Really enjoyable trip , an absolute must see if in Rhodes. Beautiful island and people ,tour operator very prompt and very clear instructions given. Would highly recommend.
Damian_C, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rhodes

star-5
Excellent
kiran_k, Jul 2022
Symi Island & Panormiti, day cruise from Rhodes. High Speed Catamaran (60 min)
Nice guided trip with scenic views and wonderful cuisine at Symi island. The cruise journey was pleasant with no sea sickness etc… on board staff and services with excellent. Pick up from hotel area was a bonus.
star-4
Great day out
Eoin_C, Aug 2022
Symi Island & Panormiti, day cruise from Rhodes. High Speed Catamaran (60 min)
Everything was exactly as described. Good day out and Symi is definitely worth visiting. Timing was all spot on by the agent. Would recommend for a day out.
star-4
Tour served it's purpose for me!
Korina_C, Jul 2022
Symi island & Panormitis Monastery
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.
star-5
Brilliant
Richard_B, Jun 2022
Symi Island from Rhodes with transfers from Ialysos and Ixia
Great transfer service to and from the boat. Water very choppy and unsure if that is based on time of year so bear that in mind if have sea sickness. Simi was a lovely little island for an explore and some lunch. Great price, would definitely do again.
star-5
Symi with great food.
Barbara_F, May 2022
Symi Island from Rhodes with transfers from Ialysos and Ixia
Beautiful, beautiful place. Very calm and relaxing. Had a fantastic lunch at Pantelis, which is last on the opposite side to where we docked. Could see locals eating there and it was a cut above the standard tourist fare. Great “sail” there and back. Fantastic day!
star-5
Lovely day out
Gemma_D, Jun 2022
Symi Island & Panormiti, day cruise from Rhodes. High Speed Catamaran (60 min)
It was a lovely day out. The island was beautiful and the staff were very helpful and friendly. Would recommend
star-5
Go for it!
Iga_W, May 2022
Symi Island from Rhodes with transfers from Ialysos and Ixia
Everything was spot on! Great service very nice people exceeding customer service expectations great price helpful on time well organised and views you can't beat highly recommended and will use them again
star-5
Lovely day
Rowena_H, Nov 2020
Symi island & Panormitis Monastery
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.
star-5
Great trip, very well organised.
Francesca_B, May 2022
Symi Island from Rhodes with transfers from Ialysos and Ixia
Great communication throughout, pick ups on time and helpful. Great journey throughout and Symi was beautiful. Can’t fault this trip thanks so much.
star-5
The highlight of our holiday
Charlotte_T, Sep 2020
Symi Island from Rhodes with transfers from Ialysos and Ixia
The trip to Symi island was the highlight of our holiday! The boat was regularly cleaned and social distancing measures were in place. The island of Symi is beautiful and we had a lovely day wandering around the streets and eating by the sea. We would 100% recommend this trip!
star-5
Awesome day filled with beauty and history
Rachel_C, Aug 2021
Symi Island & Panormiti, day cruise from Rhodes. High Speed Catamaran (60 min)
Well organised, very enjoyable day trip from Rhodes to 2 points on the stunning island of Symi with enough time for lunch and a dip onto the stunning blue water after a whistle-stop history of the island! Although it wasn't clear where we should meet the guide, she was easy to spot on disembarking at Symi and very helpful all throughout the day, even assisting with transfers back to the various hotels. Highly recommend!
star-4
Great views, good food - Symi
SUTAPA_R, Oct 2021
Symi Island from Rhodes with transfers from Ialysos and Ixia
Hotel pick up and drop off timely. Swimming stops on some days of the weeks - check when you go. If you don’t want to swim , the stop takes away from time in Symi. Although the Bay is picturesque and watching the swimmers is good fun. Upstairs seating gets windy and seating by the side of the boat can get wet !! Sea gets a little choppy for a bit , but overall a smooth ride Symi is beautiful with wonderful seafood and lovely shops - definitely worth the visit. Take your hat !
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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