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Kos: Three-Island Cruise with BBQ Lunch

1. 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: 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.

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

3. 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.

From Rhodes: Symi Island Full Day Trip by Boat

4. 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 20 min stop by the famous Bay of St. George for a swim (during the hot summer months, usually 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.

From Kos: Nisyros Island Volcano and Panagia Spiliani

5. 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: All Inclusive 3 or 6-Hour Swimming Cruise

6. Rhodes: All Inclusive 3 or 6-Hour Swimming 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 40 minutes 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 28 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.

From Rhodes Town: Day Trip to Lindos

7. From Rhodes Town: Day Trip to Lindos

Avail of worry-free transportation from Rhodes Town, Ixia or Ialyssos and admire the typical villages and beautiful landscape on the 1-hour drive to Lindos. Get dropped off at a central parking lot on arrival, from where you can stroll to the village square in 5 minutes or take the shuttle bus to arrive in just 2 minutes. Avail of 4 hours of free time to choose what you want to do. Head to the acropolis to see the ruins of the Temple of Athena Lindia, or relax on the sandy beach. Enjoy refreshments in the cafés and restaurants, or buy gifts in the boutique stores. Return to the parking lot at 3:00 PM for the return journey to Rhodes Town, Ixia and Ialyssos.

Rhodes: Premium Catamaran Day Cruise with Lunch & Drinks

8. Rhodes: Premium Catamaran Day Cruise with Lunch & Drinks

Embark on a catamaran cruise to the coastal beaches of Rhodes. Stop at idyllic beaches and bays to swim, snorkel, or relax on the sand. Enjoy unlimited drinks on board with a Mediterranean lunch. Board the "Lagoon", a luxurious catamaran that will be your vessel for this cruise. The first stop on your cruise is Anthony Quinn's Bay, where you will enjoy amazing views and can swim and snorkel. The catamaran will then sail to your second stop of 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. The final stop will then be at Kalithea Springs, where you will have 30-45 minutes for swimming and snorkeling.

Faliraki: 3 Hour Yellow Submarine Swim Cruise with Drinks

9. Faliraki: 3 Hour Yellow Submarine Swim Cruise with Drinks

Embark on a semi-submarine swimming cruise where you have the chance to explore the beauty this island has to offer above and below sea level. After departure from Rhodes, the first swimming stop will be for 25 minutes at the Traganou Caves, where you can actually swim inside the rock formations inside the caves. Head next to the island's most beautiful bay, Anthony Quinn Bay. Enjoy some time for swimming and snorkeling, and see the fish feeding frenzy from the underwater cabin. Help yourself to the open bar onboard. Enjoy ice cold beers and water to cool off during the trip.

Rhodes: Sunset Dinner Cruise with Unlimited Wine and Beer

10. Rhodes: Sunset Dinner Cruise with Unlimited Wine and Beer

Sail down the east coast of Rhodes on this fun and romance-filled sunset cruise. Get onboard one of two traditional wooden vessels with a live band playing romantic unplugged melodies on "Romantika'' and traditional classic pop easy listening, jazz swing, big-band tunes on "Romantika Dreams.”  Cruise toward Kalithea Springs,a therapy spa dating back to classical times. Find a small sandy bay with peaceful surroundings, perfect for a refreshing late afternoon swim. Enjoy the provided snorkeling equipment and discover underwater life. Later follow a slow route into the open deep sea where you will watch the sun setting over the island with wonderful colors in the sky. Onboard "Romantika" try the last dive of the day in the middle of the Aegean Sea, an experience similar to none. Onboard "Romantika Dreams," enjoy the old town views under the sunset colors and unique local cocktails based on Greek spirits like mastiha and ouzo. Savor a dinner buffet with amazing local Greek delicacies prepared fresh on board with lots of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices.

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4.6 / 5

based on 761 reviews

It was basically just a transfer service to the destination we wanted to go see. We got to the meeting place on time and couldn’t find our bus, after some time looking for it and wondering around, my husband called the number on our confirmation email. We got an answer right away, that bus was coming it was just running behind. So I would say it was just what we needed, great price, good customer service. My advice is to keep all your info and phone numbers with you. Overall great transfer.

100% worth it! Good music, vibes and sites. Don’t make the mistake I did not bringing a swimsuit, staff are really accommodating and provide means to float in the sea so you have nothing to be afraid of! Honestly coming back just so I can fully indulge in this experiences lol

excellent start to finish . boat was lovely and clean very capable smooth crossing timing was spot on Symi was a lovely place swimming in St George's Bay was excellent all in all a great day. Staff also very polite and helpful

Excellent trip, Host was very good and explained everything and was very helpful and informative. Must visit, looking forward to book him on our May 2024 trip.

Great day, staff are friendly and fun, the food was lovely and the islands were stunning.