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From the Port of Kos: Full Day Boat Cruise to 3 Islands

1. From the Port of Kos: Full Day Boat Cruise to 3 Islands

Explore three islands on a full-day boat trip from Kos. Enjoy lunch on board and explore the islands of Kalymnos, Plati, and Pserimos with plenty of time to swim in the paradisical water. First, arrive at Vathi, a beautiful village on the island of Kalymnos. Enjoy the magnificent views of a natural fjord and take pictures of the surrounding gulfs and caves. Get 1 hour to explore its peaceful streets and try local specialties. Return to the boat for a buffet lunch with pork or chicken souvlaki, salad, tzatziki, and bread. There is also a vegetarian option with beans and dolmades instead of meat. After lunch, visit the fish farms nearby and look out for wild dolphins. Continue to Plati islet to jump in the turquoise waters and swim around the boat. Enjoy happy hour on board with refreshing cocktails at low prices. Finally, arrive at Pserimos island. Have 1 hour to explore the island at your own pace before returning to Kos in the evening.

Rhodes: High-Speed Boat to Symi Island and St George's Bay

2. Rhodes: High-Speed Boat to Symi Island and St George's Bay

Tale a high-speed boat cruise to Symi, of the Dodecanese's most beautiful islands set amid the brilliant blue sea. Enjoy a fast boat service that gives you more time to explore the island. On the way, stop for swimming at Saint George’s bay. Begin your high-speed cruise at Mandraki Harbor as you set sail for Symi. On arrival, admire the turquoise water of the fishing harbor, the pastel-colored neoclassical buildings that frame the bay, and the colorful church domes dotting the landscape. Disembark at Symi and enjoy approximately 3 hours to explore the fishing town on your own. Have lunch at one of the numerous traditional tavernas (at your expense) or swim in the glittering waters. Depart Symi and admire the coastal views as you sail through Saint George’s Bay. Stop for a dip in the crystal clear waters or soak up the sunshine on deck before making your way back to Rhodes.

Rhodes: Catamaran Day Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

3. Rhodes: Catamaran Day Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

Embark on a catamaran cruise to the coastal beaches of Rhodes. Stop at idyllic beaches and bays to swim, snorkel, or relax. Enjoy unlimited drinks on board with a Mediterranean lunch. Board the "Wind" or the "Boss" catamarans and set off on your journey around the beautiful island of Rhodes. Cruise to the first stop of the day at Anthony Quinn's Bay, where you will enjoy wonderful views and can swim and snorkel. Head to your second stop at Afandou Beach, where you’ll have 60 minutes to swim and snorkel in a quiet bay. There, the crew will throw bread into the sea and colorful fish will gather around you as you explore Rhodes' underwater life. Following that, enjoy a Mediterranean lunch prepared and served on board. If you choose the power catamaran option, you will make an additional stop at the beautiful Tsambika Beach. The final stop will then be at Kalithea Springs, where you will have 45-60 minutes for swimming and snorkeling, before returning to the port.

Rhodes: All Inclusive Day Cruise with BBQ & Unlimited Drinks

4. Rhodes: All Inclusive Day Cruise with BBQ & Unlimited Drinks

The Aphrodite Duchess departs every day from Mandraki Harbour at 11 AM on an exciting day cruise visiting the 3 most must-see bays of Rhodes Island. Enjoy a spacious boat to ensure maximum comfort and make this cruise ideal for those looking to relax, sunbathe on the sunbeds, swim, and snorkel. Enjoy the open bar throughout the cruise, which offers unlimited iced frappe coffee, beer, white wine, soft drinks, and a frozen cocktail of the day, ideal to cool you down under the hot Greek sun. Once you hop aboard, enjoy a light breakfast, ideal to fuel you up for the exciting trip. Around lunchtime, the crew will prepare for you a traditional Greek BBQ buffet, which beats any taverna you will visit during your stay. Be prepared for the crepe hour, ideal to sweeten you up, on your way back to the harbor after a day at sea. Your first stop for a swim will be Kallithea Springs, an ancient therapy spa build for Italian Generals in 1929. Then you will head to the Traganou Caves, in Afandou Beach where you can swim out to explore the caves and enjoy the crystal clear water. Finally, head to the last stop, Anthony Quinn Bay, the most picturesque bay on the island with a rich underwater life. Spend the most amount of time here to enjoy every minute of it. Your return to Mandraki Harbour will be at 5 PM.

Rhodes Town: Scenic Cruise to Lindos with Swim Stops

5. Rhodes Town: Scenic Cruise to Lindos with Swim Stops

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation, or the nearest pickup point, in Rhodes Town. Head down to Mandraki Port and hop onboard your boat for the day then set sail along the east coast of the island. Admire unparalleled views of the iconic Dama Dama Deer Statues, St. Nicholas Lighthouse, the Church of Evangelismos, and more. Pass by the resorts of Kallithea and Faliraki before arriving at the idyllic Anthony Quinn Bay. Enjoy a 20 minute stopover to cool off from the heat with a refreshing swim in the sea. Back on the boat, soak up the sunshine and the sea breeze as you continue onto Lindos Village. Arrive at the village and spend the next three hours exploring at your own pace, using your complimentary village map. Relax on one of the village’s white sandy beaches, or wander through the labyrinth of streets and alleyways where you can get a sense of local life. After your free time, head back to the boat and sail to the final destination of the day, Tsambika Bay. Jump off the boat into the bay’s crystal clear water and go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life. At the end of a magical day, marvel at the last of the sea views as you head back to Rhodes.

Patmos: Monastery, Cave, and Beach Private Driving Tour

6. Patmos: Monastery, Cave, and Beach Private Driving Tour

Discover the rich history of Patmos, including historic Christian landmarks, warm beaches, and ornate monasteries with a private car and driver. Add an optional tour guide to your trip to get unique insights about the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse, the Convent of Evangelismos, and the Bay of Kipi. Begin your tour with a private car pick-up at your hotel. If you've chosen to add a guide to your tour, you will also meet them here. Drive to the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse, the location where John the Evangelist spoke with God and recited what eventually became the book of Revelation.  Continue to the Convent of Evangelismos, which offers lush gardens and a spectacular view of the Bay of Kipi. Then it's time for a short walk through the winding, cobbled streets of Chora, eventually stopping at the Convent of Zoodochos Pigi. Marvel at the quaint chapel and 17th-century frescoes. Then it's time to explore the Monastery of St. John, a towering, Byzantine-like fortress. Founded in 1088 by Ossios Christodoulos, the monastery boasts walls over 15 meters high and an exquisite collection of jeweled chalices, crowns, and crosses, as well as an original El Greco painting. After passing by Grikos Bay you will arrive at the Bay of Lambi, complete with colorful stones, turquoise waters, and warm sea air. Wander the nearby trails, enjoy a swim, or relax on the beach before getting back into the car, driving back to central Patmos, and ending the tour.

Symi Island: Full-Day Trip by Boat

7. Symi Island: Full-Day Trip by Boat

Enjoy a day trip to the stunning Symi Island and see the Monastery of Archangel Michael Panormitis, Symi Harbor, neo-classical mansions, cafes, and more. You will board a comfortable boat where you can sit on the deck or inside to experience the journey. Start your experience at the port, where you'll receive your boarding card and a map with information about Symi Island. It takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach the island of Symi. You can sit on the deck or inside, wherever you feel is most comfortable. The first stop will be the Monastery of Archangel Michael Panormitis where you will have approximately 1-hour of free time for your individual visit. You can light a candle or walk around and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this holy place. Continue the boat cruise, following the precise boarding time provided at the front of the boat. Enjoy a scenic 1-hour cruise around the island’s west coast, including a small 20 min stop by the famous Bay of St. George for a swim. Entering the little harbor of Symi you will be amazed by the colorful houses and many private sailing boats and yachts. You will then have approximately 3.5 hours of free time for your visit. Symi village is full of beautiful, neo-classical mansions, folk and art shops, many cafeterias, hospitable taverns, and stalls with sponges and wooden carvings. Feel the authentic atmosphere, have a casual walk through the port, get the fun train for a great drive through Symi town, go for a swim or enjoy a nice meal in one of the many sea-front taverns.

Rhodes: Sunset Cruise with BBQ and Unlimited Drinks

8. Rhodes: Sunset Cruise with BBQ and Unlimited Drinks

Start your relaxing sunset cruise from Mandraki Harbour, where you will head to Kalithea Springs for a swim and to relax. You'll also get the chance to have a swim in the crystal clear waters or just chill on the boat and take in the views. Enjoy the open bar, which offers unlimited frozen cocktails of the day, beer, wine, or soft drinks, and snack on a Greek BBQ while you take in the amazing views and the sunset. The boat will head back to Mandraki Harbour just as the sun disappears from the horizon.

Rhodes: Pirates' Route Sea Kayaking Tour

9. Rhodes: Pirates' Route Sea Kayaking Tour

Take half a day to explore the East Coast of Rhodes from the water, with a sea kayaking tour. Paddle along the coastline and discover 3 beaches up close. Take in the stunning colors of the Mediterranean sea and admire the interesting rock formations. Begin the Pirates' Route sea kayaking tour at Kathara Beach in Faliraki. Meet your guide and learn all you need to know about safety before climbing into your very own double kayak. As you glide over the Mediterranean waters, take opportunities to dive into the colorful sea directly from the kayak. Discover sea caves and local beaches, before enjoying a picnic lunch at a favorite local beach. Try out snorkeling and discover life below the water's surface. If you're feeling adventurous, get your adrenaline pumping by cliff-jumping off the surrounding rocks. Full of experience and a traditional Greek picnic, head back to Faliraki. As you go, listen to entertaining local myths, and facts about the geography, and enjoy some time to spot some wildlife in their natural habitat.

From Rhodes City: Boat Day Trip to Lindos

10. From Rhodes City: Boat Day Trip to Lindos

Discover Lindos on a relaxing cruise from Rhodes City. See the iconic Acropolis of Lindos, relax on a sandy beach, and swim in the clear waters of the Blue Lagoon and Tsambika Beach. Board your boat in Rhodes City and begin your journey to Lindos. In just under 2 hours, reach the village of Lindos. Hop off the boat and enjoy 3 hours of free time in Lindos. Explore the Acropolis of Lindos, stroll through the town, or sunbathe on the beach. Enjoy a traditional meal in one of the many taverns before returning to the boat. Sail to Tasambika Beach and its Blue Lagoon. Dive off the beach into the refreshing water and snorkel with the fish. Climb back aboard and head to the majestic Anthony Quinn Bay, the filming location for "The Guns of Navarone." Marvel at the stunning seabed and spot the many varieties of colorful fish among the coral and seaweed. Return to Rhodes harbor along the stunning coastline of the island. As you sail, purchase a drink from the full bar on board with a variety of cold drinks, cocktails, and coffee, or enjoy an ice cream or a snack.

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4.5 / 5

based on 14,413 reviews

The day trip was amazing, 4 hours for Symi are really enough… more free time is not needed. The vessel is clean and brand new. The interior of the boat looks like business class of airplane, but we choose to seat on the outside deck as the weather was sunny. I suggest you to seat on the outside deck as the view when departing from Rhodes and arriving at Symi was astonishing. Thank you for the great memories.

it was wonderful right on time, very well organised and the crew of the boat were fantastic!! highly recommended

This was a lovely experience. Beautiful scenery. Wonderful drinks and bartender.

We recommend this experience as everything was perfect.

Everything correct. We toured Rhodes without setbacks