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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

At 10:00 AM, meet the captain and start the boat journey. First, stop 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, try local sweets and the famous homemade orange juices. Then return to the boat and savor 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 try to spot wild dolphins jumping out of the water. Next, stop at Plati islet to jump in the turquoise waters and swim around the boat. Meanwhile, happy hour will start and the barman will serve refreshing cocktails at low prices. The last stop will be Pserimos island. Enjoy 1 hour to explore before returning to Kos at about 5:15 PM.

Rhodes: High-Speed Boat Cruise to Symi Island

2. Rhodes: High-Speed Boat Cruise to Symi Island

Your 1-hour high-speed boat cruise starts from Mandraki Harbor at 11:00 AM. Take in the crystal clear waters of Symi's fishing harbor, the pastel-colored neoclassical buildings framing the bay, and the colorful church domes dotting the landscape. In Symi, you will have 3 full hours to explore the fishing town, have lunch at one of the numerous traditional tavernas, and try the famous Symi mini shrimp with a glass of Ouzo. After exploring, take time to swim in the amazing waters right nearby. Depart Symi at 3:00 PM, sailing through Saint George’s Bay, and stop for a dip in the crystal clear waters before heading back to Rhodes.

Rhodes: Sun & Sea All Inclusive Swim & Snorkel Cruise

3. Rhodes: Sun & Sea All Inclusive Swim & Snorkel Cruise

Hop on board Aphrodite, a 36-foot catamaran, for a sun and sea cruise designed for holiday-makers looking for a chill cruise and a true taste of Greek hospitality. Enjoy 3 swimming stops and unlimited drinks and snacks on board.   The first and favorite swimming stop will be Antony Quinn Bay. Take a full hour to luxuriate in the most photogenic bay of Rhodes, enjoying drinks and snacks, and the opportunity to swim or snorkel. Then, head off to the next two swimming stops: spend 30 minutes each at Afantou Bay and Ladiko Bay for some more relaxation and swimming. If swimming isn’t your thing, you can have just as much fun on board. Aphrodite is licensed for 45 passengers, but to maintain maximum comfort, the limit will be 25 passengers. So just choose a super comfy sofa, relax, and enjoy the open bar with your choice of wine, beer, soft drinks, water, or the cocktail of the day, made on the spot from fresh fruit. Take advantage of the local snacks as well, including melekouni (Rhodian traditional honey and sesame bars), a fruit platter, and a choice of local produce.

Rhodes Town: Boat Trip to Symi Island and St George Bay

4. Rhodes Town: Boat Trip to Symi Island and St George Bay

Depart at 8:45 AM, and sails to St. George Bay – one of the most stunning beaches in the world. We will stop for a 40 minute break, where you can swim and snorkel off the boat in the crystal clear blue water. When all passengers are back on board, the boat sets sail to Symi main harbour, with the journey from St George Bay taking around 15 minutes. In Symi, you will have 3 hours of free time to explore the amazing views, colorful streets and the famous harbour. The boat will return to Rhodes Harbour at 17:00, ending a fun day mixing beautiful beaches with a historical and quaint Greek village.

From Rhodes: Symi Island Full Day Trip by Boat

5. From Rhodes: Symi Island Full Day Trip by Boat

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. After 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 stop by the famous Bay of St. George for a swim on Tuesdays and Saturdays (subject to change). 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.

Kos: Three-Island Cruise with BBQ Lunch

6. Kos: Three-Island Cruise with BBQ Lunch

Embark on a three-island cruise on a pirate-style boat from the port of Kos. Visit three beautiful islands of Kalymnos, Pserimos, and Plati on a full-day cruise. Relax on board, swim in the crystal-clear waters, or use the snorkeling equipment to explore the vibrant marine life in the sea. On some days, you may be lucky to see curious dolphins swim next to the boat. Savor traditional Greek cuisine cooked freshly on board with a delicious BBQ lunch. Choose between chicken, pork, or fish, as well as vegan and vegetarian options.

Rhodes: Romantic Gulet Cruise w/ Swimming, Buffet & Drinks

7. Rhodes: Romantic Gulet Cruise w/ Swimming, Buffet & Drinks

Discover the 3 most beautiful bays on Rhodes. Sunbathe, swim and snorkel with your friends and family. The first stop is Kallithea Springs, an ancient therapy spa. Next is the Caves of Traganou at Afandou Beach, where you can snorkel inside the rock formations. The third stop is Anthony Quinn Bay, a picturesque pirate shelter with abundant underwater life. Enjoy a lunch buffet of Mediterranean, seafood and vegetarian dishes, prepared and served on board. The crew will keep your glass filled with chilled wine, cold beer or juice throughout the cruise.

From Kos: Nisyros Island Volcano and Panagia Spiliani

8. From Kos: Nisyros Island Volcano and Panagia Spiliani

Depart from the port of Kardamena in Kos and take a 1-hour cruise to the volcanic island of Nisyros. Upon arrival, transfer to a waiting bus that’ll take you on a short drive to the volcano. Listen to an informative guide along the way. Get information about the volcano and the history of the island. Then, feel the force of the lava rumbling deep beneath your feet as you enter the volcanic crater. See the bubbling mud pools and steam geysers, and imagine that you have landed on the moon. Return to the port and get the chance to wander around the town of Mandraki. After a short walk through the narrow streets of blue and white painted houses, visit the monastery of Panagia Spiliani, considered one of the most beautiful monasteries of the Greek Islands. Make your way back to town for some free time for lunch (own expense) or do some shopping before boarding the boat back to Kos at 4:00 PM.

Rhodes Town: High-Speed Boat Trip to Lindos

9. Rhodes Town: High-Speed Boat Trip to Lindos

Discover the charming village of Lindos located about an hour away from Rhodes. Enjoy 4 hours sightseeing time in the village of Lindos (Sundays & Saturdays) or 3 hours sightseeing time in the Village of Lindos and 30 minutes swimming at Tsambika bay (Thursdays & Tuesdays). Leaving Mandraki Harbour, where the Colossos of Rhodes was said to have stood, delight in the details of the amazing east coast of the island. Pass Kallithea, Faliraki, Anthony Quinn, and Tsambika. From Lindos harbor take a donkey or walk to the top of the dominant Acropolis to discover its breath-taking views. Following this, descend to the traditional village of Lindos where you will be free to meander amongst the shaded cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings before you descend further down to the golden sandy beaches. Once at these beaches you will have the opportunity to freshen up with a dip in the crystal clear waters, indulge in a cold beer from one of the many beach bars, and reflect on the extraordinary abilities of mankind two millennia ago.

From Rhodes City: Boat Day Trip to Lindos

10. From Rhodes City: Boat Day Trip to Lindos

On this tour, you will visit the stunningly beautiful village of Lindos by boat. On the way back, the boat will make stops at Anthony Quinn's Bay for photos and both Tsambika's and Lindos's emerald bays so you can relax and go for a swim. Lindos is a magnificent acropolis on an imposing rock. On the top of the rock stands a centuries-old acropolis, proudly overlooking the archipelagos. The acropolis bears silent witness to Lindos’ glorious past, a major naval power of ancient times that reputedly had a population of 17,000.  The view of Lindos village, with its cubic houses sprawling down the hillside under the acropolis, is one of the most photographed scenes in Greece. The whitewashed labyrinth of little alleyways was deliberately designed to confuse pirates, today this layout makes wandering around the town a real adventure. According to tradition, the temple of Athena was founded by Danaus, who came to the island with his 50 daughters to escape the rage of the goddess Hera. Follow the same ancient path that the ancient Rhodians took. When you reach the acropolis you will see a 280 BC relief of an ancient Greek warship carved into the rock, an indication of the naval power of ancient Rhodes.

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4.5 / 5

based on 7,626 reviews

Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The hosts were so friendly, took pictures for us and gave us a history of the monuments we passed. We were given free champagne, and had options to have free soft drinks as well! This was definitely the best excursion we did! The weather was mildly windy and the captain messaged us in advance to remind us to bring our jackets! Very friendly and would definitely do again!

As with all experiences you are never quite sure what to expect. We booked this as a surprise for our friends birthday and it was brilliant! The boat was gorgeous, staff super friendly and helpful and it was definitely and experience to remember! We snorkelled, visited lovely beaches and had some bubbles on the house to celebrate our friends birthday! Highly recommended, thank you!

Amazing place to visit. I was dreading the bus journey but it was great! The bus had air conditioning and was comfortable. The journey wasnt too long from Rhodes town even though we picked up at other hotels on the way. Lindos was fabulous with so much to enjoy with the acropolis and lovely beaches. Highly recommend this trip.

This was the highlight of our trip! The food was amazing and the employees were so helpful. 10/10 would recommend to anyone.

The bus ride was amazing with an amazing view, and the bus driver was also very kind and helpful.