Island of Symi and Panormitis Monastery

Price: $70.00
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Summary
Shore Excursion SizeStandard
Shore Excursion TypeScenic, Water/Beach, Shopping
Shore Excursion Duration10 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
Shore Excursion Leaves FromOutside of Cruise Ship Port Security Gate. This is a 2 to 4 minute walk, depending on where your ship is docked. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket)
Food/Beverage ProvidedNot Included
Recommended DressWe recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes, with your swimsuit below your clothes. Don't forget your towel, sunscreen and sunglasses also. For those wishing to visit any churches, remember that shoulders and knees must be covered.
RestrictionsGuests must be able to walk over cobblestones and uneven surfaces, inclines and steps on Symi Island. Boat trips are subject to weather conditions at the time of sailing. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Cruise along the crystalline waters of the Aegean Sea and head to Yialos Village to explore its spice shops, discover the architectural excellence of a historic monastery and museum, and more when you book this scenic full-day tour near Rhodes. Your 10-hour excursion includes an expert guide and a scenic cruise from your port to the island of Symi, where you'll stop to explore the historic village of Yialos. Stroll through its narrow cobblestoned streets, stop to shop at local spice and sponge shops and get free time to sample Greek cuisine at a local bar or restaurant at your own expense. With the chance to enjoy a guided tour of the Panormitis Monastery and its Byzantine museum, this scenic tour is ideal for cultural enthusiasts and art aficionados.

Begin your scenic full-day excursion by meeting up with your guide just outside your port and hopping aboard a boat for a scenic cruise to the island of Symi's village of Yialos. Along the way enjoy stunning views of the coast before following your guide to explore the narrow streets of this quaint village. Your tour guide will show you a variety of local shops where you can buy souvenirs, sponges and spices alike and learn about the culture of the town as you wander its cobblestoned streets.

Next, make your way to the iconic Panormitis Monastery where you will enjoy viewing its architectural excellence on a 45-minute guided tour. As the Dodecanese Islands' second largest monastery, this historic monastery features the world's tallest Baroque bell tower and is home to monks and a Baroque museum that you can explore. While this 18th-century Greek Orthodox monastery sits in front of a relaxing beach, it also overlooks a bay and has a mountainous backdrop. So, be sure to take some iconic postcard-worthy photos before returning to your port for the perfect end to your excursion.

Whether you're looking for a relaxing way to explore a charming village or explore a historic monastery, this full-day tour offers the best of both worlds. Book this scenic Symi Island excursion and get ready for an unforgettable experience in Rhodes.