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Day trip to beautiful Symi

Sail north from Rhodes to discover the stunningly beautiful island of Symi with its impossibly blue waters and delightful Venetian architecture. Onshore, climb up to the historic Old Town for fantastic views across the harbor and even the Turkish coast in the distance. Attend a fascinating workshop to learn how the sponges found in local seas are processed and cruise to the monastery of Panormitis in the south of the island to admire the Byzantine frescoes. Be sure to sample the legendary, fresh seafood in the many restaurants along the seafront before heading back to Rhodes.

Take a two hour sailing trip through the clear Mediterranean waters that surround the Greek islands and arrive into the harbour at Symi. Be sure to pack your camera as you are sure to be enchanted by the beauty of this picturesque town with its pastel-coloured collection of Venetian houses, still waters and an abundance of greenery. Once you climb ashore you will head for a fascinating workshop where the techniques used in processing the sponges found in nearby waters are explained.

You then have some time to explore the island on your own. Climb up to the Old Town and admire the stunning views over the island, shop for local sponges and spices at the waterfront stalls or head down to the beach to splash around in the warm waters that surround this island. A trip to Symi is not truly complete without tasting its famous seafood, freshly caught in the local seas. Then sail down the coastline to the Monastery of Panormitis to appreciate the Byzantine frescoes and an icon of St Michael before making the return journey to Rhodes.

Itinerary.

9:30am: boats departures from port

10:35am: arrival at Symi Island

3:30pm: departure from Symi Island

4pm: arrival at Panormitis Monastery

5:15pm: departure from Panormitis Monastery

6:15pm: arrival at Rhodes - port (arrival time is approximated). Sail north from Rhodes to discover the stunningly beautiful island of Symi with its impossibly blue waters and delightful Venetian architecture. Onshore, climb up to the historic Old Town for fantastic views across the harbor and even the Turkish coast in the distance. Attend a fascinating workshop to learn how the sponges found in local seas are processed and cruise to the monastery of Panormitis in the south of the island to admire the Byzantine frescoes. Be sure to sample the legendary, fresh seafood in the many restaurants along the seafront before heading back to Rhodes. Meeting/ pick-up point: Hotel pick up.

Start/opening time: 9:30am.

End/closing time: 6:15pm.

Others: We recommend to bring comfortable shoes, hat, camera, money for food/ drinks and shopping. Unfortunately the boat it is not equipped for wheelchairs and certain mobility is required.