Rhodes Full Day Tour

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The island of Rhodes is located at the crossroads of two major sea routes of the Mediterranean between the Aegean Sea and the coast of the Middle East, as well as Cyprus and Egypt. The meeting point of three continents, it has known many civilizations.

Throughout its long history the different people who settled on Rhodes left their mark in all aspects of the island's culture: art, language, architecture. Its strategic position brought to the island great wealth and made the city of Rhodes one of the leading cities of the ancient Greek world.

Our tour will start with one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. The medieval town of Rhodes (Old Town), is surrounded and defined by big walls which used to protect it. The walls have a length of more than 5 kilometers and the fortress is completed with moats, towers and other constructions. The town has seven gates, the most important being the Sea Gate and the Gate d' Amboise.

Leaving behind the magnificent Medieval Town our tour will continue towards the new part of the city, passing by the famouse Mandraki port. Mandraki is one of the three harbors in Rhodes. It is famous, because it is believed that the great statue of Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once stood at the harbor entrance.

Of course a MUST stop at our program is the place where the legendary Colossus of Rhodes once stood. The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek god Helios. It is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Before its destruction, the Colossus of Rhodes stood over 30 meters (107 ft) high, making it one of the tallest statues of the ancient world. Ancient accounts describe the structure as being built with iron tie bars to which brass plates were fixed to form the skin. The interior of the structure, which stood on a 15-meter- (50-foot-) high white marble pedestal near the Mandraki Harbor entrance, was then filled with stone blocks as construction progressed.

The statue stood for only 56 years until Rhodes was hit by an earthquake in 226 BC. The statue snapped at the knees and fell over onto land. Ptolemy III offered to pay for the reconstruction of the statue, but the Oracle of Delphi made the Rhodians afraid that they had offended Helios, and they declined to rebuild it.

From there we will continue towards the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes. The Rhodes Acropolis is situated on the western and highest part of the city. It was not fortified like most ancient acropoleis. It consisted of a monumental zone with Sanctuaries, large temples, public buildings and underground cult places. The style of the Hellenistic architecture on the Acropolis of Rhodes was perfectly conveyed by the combination of natural beauty and artificial transformations. The buildings on the Acropolis date to the Hellenistic and Late Hellenistic periods (3rd-2nd c. BC).

The partially reconstructed part of the site consists of the "Temple of Apollo" (also, as alternatives Athena Polias and Zeus Polieus) below which is a stadium and a small theatre.

You will have the opportunity to walk through all those ancient monuments and take your pictures.

We will continue our tour on the West Coast of the Island towards to the breath taking Filerimos Hill. It is 267 meters high. It is approximately 16km away from the city of Rhodes and once used to be the citadel of the ancient town of Ialysos.

The hill took name from a monk who came from Jarusaleum in the 13th century bringing with him an icon of the Blessed Virgin painted by the Apostle Luke, placing it in a small church that he built to house it at the top of the hill(Byzantine). The hill include the foundations of the temple of Athena Polias, an Early Christian basilica and a small subterranean Byzantine church. There is a road that sets off from the square that leads to the westernmost point of the hill. The road to Golgotha used by Catholics was dotted with holy icon-stands and bronze reliefs. At the end of the road of Martyrdom stands an 18 metres tall cross raised by the Italians in 1930

Next in our programm is the Valley of Butterflies which is found in the western side of Rhodes Island, 26km far from Rhodes City. It is a natural reserve, unique of its kind. As its name indicates, this area is a lush green valley that gets overwhelmed in the spring and autumn with butterflies stay in the caterpillar form in various areas of the Mediterranean Sea. However in spring when they get out of their caterpillar and become a full butterflies, they fly to areas of high humidity in order to reproduce. That is why they come to this valley, which is crossed by river Pelekanos with many waterfalls scattered all along it. You can enjoy a peaceful walk on the wooden bridges and admire the beauty of the valley.

From there we will cross the island, from the West to the East coast towards the famous Acropolis of Lindos and the City of Lindos itself. It is a beautiful traditional greek village with its white houses next to the sea.

Lindos is really "two in one", a beautiful Greek village and an archeological site, under the protection of the Archaeological Society - situated on the eastern coast approximately 50km from Rhodes town. Lindos is hometown one of the seven Sages of ancient Greece, tyrant Kleovoulos, place where the ancient acropolis with the castle remind you of the ancient era, place which will charm you with its special magic scenery of the white houses and narrow streets. Before reaching Lindos, you can marvel from the panoramic view of the town.

Lindos was originally founded by the Dorians(however myths says different), who arrived in the island in about 10th BC. By the 8th century it was a major trading and shipping centre, which started to decline after the foundation of the city of Rhodes. In its prime, along with the other two major cities on the island, Kamiros and Ialysos, they contributed to the fleet of 1000 ships that went to fight in the Battle of Troy.

A cobbled road leads up till the Acropolis of Lindos and for those who wish to avoid the tiring climb up to the hill there are donkeys station "Lindian taxi" for hire.

The Acropolis of Lindos was built on a steep rock 116 meters hight overlooking the blue Sea and the Lindos city below. The Acropolis is dominated by the massive temple of Athena Lindia, dating from the 4th century and it attained its final form in around 300 BC. The remains also include the Byzantine chapel of Agios Ioannis, large Hellenistic arcade, the Propylaia and the castle of the Knights of Saint John built a huge fortress around the Temple to defend the island from the Ottomans.

There is a minimum 1 hour stay at Lindos in our program for shopping or a short walk.

In our program there is also a lunch in a traditional greek outdoor tavern on the Mediterranean Sea with beautiful panoramic view / fresh seafood / Rhodian cuisine and excellent local wines.

Except all beautiful natural spots and plenty of historical sites mentioned above a stop in a pottery factory is included and you will be able to see how beautiful traditional ceramics are made. From Lindos there is a 35-mile road back to Rhodes and we can leave you outside the Old City for independent browsing, or directly to your ship/hotel.

Tour duration: Approximately 8 hours

Tour note: The Butterfly Valley is reccomended only for the period from 15th June till 15th Sept. For the rest of the year we will have to skip this stop and decrease the duration of the tour to 7 hours.

Tour extension: We are very flexible to any change in the program that you might want. You can always extend your tour duration and add for example some extra time to spend on one of the gorgeous beaches of Rhodes. Feel free to send us your requirements and we will adjust the program to meet your preferences.


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