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From April to October, local island boat tours take you to area sights and may include a picnic on a remote beach or even a visit to the shores of Turkey. For example, Triton Holidays of Rhodes organizes a visit to Lindos by boat; a caïque leaves Mandraki harbor in Rhodes town in the morning, deposits you in Lindos for a day of sightseeing and beachgoing, and returns you in the evening for €25. On Symi, Kalodoukas Tours runs boat trips to the Monastery of Panormitis, as well as to secluded beaches and islets, which include swimming and a barbecue lunch. A1 Yacht Trade Consortium organizes sailing tours around the Greek islands near the Turkish coast. If you're not renting a car on Rhodes, it can be worth it to take a bus tour to its southern points and interior. Triton Holidays has, among other trips, a guided bus tour to Thermes Kallitheas, Epta Piges, and Lindos (€30); a bus tour to Kameiros, Filerimos, and Petaloudes (€30); and a full-day trip through several points in the interior and south (€35). Astoria Travel provides day bus trips to Patmos's St. John the Theologian Monastery and the Monastery of the Apocalypse (€20). On Symi, George Kalodoukas of Kalodoukas Tours leads wonderful guided hiking tours around the island and does an excursion to his Marathoudas beach–area organic farm. The company sells a short book by Frances Noble (€7) that outlines 25 walks around the island. On Rhodes, you can pick up a book with 18 walks from the Rhodes town EOT office.

Tour Contacts

A1 Yacht Trade Consortium (Rhodes–Kallithea Rd., Rhodes Town, Rhodes, 85100. 22410/01000. www.a1yachting.com.)

Astoria Travel (Skala harbor, Patmos, 84300. 22470/31205. www.astoriatravel.com.)

Kalodoukas Tours (Behind Trawler's taverna, Yialos, Symi, 85600. 22460/71077. www.symi-greece.com.)

Symi Tours (Symi harbor, Yialos, Symi, 85600. 22460/71307. www.symitours.com.)

Triton Holidays (Plastira 9, Rhodes Town, Rhodes, 85100. 22410/21690. www.tritondmc.gr.)

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