Each of the Dodecanese Islands offers a distinctly different experience – and Symi is one of the most culturally rich of them all. On this full day excursion, you'll discover its laidback charm and visit sights such as Panormitis Monastery and a sponge maker.
The adventure starts with a glide across the Aegean to Symi, complete with a drink on board. The first stop is in the southwest, at the vast Panormitis Monastery. It is famed for its Byzantine frescoes and icon of St Michael but most of all for its location right on the water's edge. You'll also have free time to explore the site.
Next, you'll sail for Symi town itself. The arrival into the harbour is a joy to behold – tiers of pastel-coloured houses pack the surrounding hillsides. You'll then go on a guided tour of Symi town. And during the sponge maker visit, you'll learn about island's sponge diving heritage – and take a small gift back home.