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Approximately 2½ Hours
Meals not included
From the picture-postcard harbor in Gialos, it's a short shuttle transfer to the village of Horio (or Chorio). This is where your walking tour of this delightful island town begins.
Follow Kali Strata, which opens onto Syllogos Square -- the oldest inhabited area. Many of its narrow lanes and picturesque houses pre-date the neo-Classical era. Continue along Kali Strata to view the outside of the Old Pharmacy.
Led by your expert guide, you will visit the Symi Archeological & Folklore Museum. The archaeological collection is housed in the Gianneski family mansion, to which neo-Classical elements were added in 1875. The artifacts here date from the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. There is also a Byzantine collection as well as some folklore items -- a recreation of a typical Symiot house and local costumes.
Take in the spectacular panoramic views of the harbor and island below as you walk along the cobblestone streets and down the 500 steps that lead back to Gialos. Character-filled two-story houses crowd the path.
Learn about the culture and history of the island as you navigate through the bustling marina, brimming with small shops. Natural sea sponges, spices and typical souvenirs are on offer here. You will visit a family-owned sponge business to hear about the diving techniques and various types of natural sponges. Enjoy some free time for shopping.
Please note: Extensive walking is required over cobblestone streets and uneven surfaces. Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes; bring biodegradable sunscreen and a hat.