Bespoke Travel Group Excursions


Symi Island Tours

Symi & Panormitis All-Day Cruise
The beautiful Greek island of Symi boasts one of the most photographed harbours in the world and as you sail into its welcoming embrace you will discover the colourful Venetian beauty and the historic monastery of Panormitis on our all-day cruise.

The harbor is naturally horse shoe shaped with the hillside around covered in identical houses, neoclassical and painted in every shade of pastel. Time seems to have stood still. The quayside is lined with fish tavernas, spice stalls, and shops selling natural sea sponges. The sponge diving industry was the island's main source of income for many years and most of the shops have a story to tell about this hazardous occupation.

With a full 5 hours in Symi, you can choose to follow the onboard escort (not Mondays) who will greet you upon embarkation, who will appraise you of optional guided walks to first visit Gialos, with the neo-classical houses, where you make your way from the main steps Kali Strata up to the charming upper town Chora with the medieval castle and museum.

From here you can overlook the port, the upper city, and the bay of Pedi ,Or you can enjoy the atmosphere from the harbor side relaxing in a café and soaking up the view. Your boat departs just after 3 pm for Panormitis to enjoy over an hour at this historic working monastery and in the church is a revered icon of the Archangel Michael.

The harbor of Panormitis is a literal 'port in a storm' and has saved the lives of many. There is a small museum behind the church which is worth perusing for some fascinating tales.
INCLUDED: All-Day Cruise to Symi & Panormitis. Coach transfers from resort areas. Free English-speaking escort/guide (not Mondays).
NOT INCLUDED: Food & Drinks on board or ashore. Admission Fees to Museums.
TRAVEL ADVICE: T-shirts, hats, and high-factor sunscreen for deck travel. Sensible flat footwear/trainers. Camera!

CHILD: (5-12 years inclusive) 20.00€
CHILD: (<5) FREE  
NOTE: The boats used are King Saron or Symi II