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About Rhodes

You will feel as though you have stepped back in time when you cruise right up to Rhodes' magnificent walled Old Town - the largest inhabited medieval town in the whole of Europe.  This magnificent place has made the island the most popular tourist destination in the Dodecanese

Look beyond the souvenir shops to its fabulous historic buildings, atmospheric cobbled streets and picturesque terraced restaurants and it is easy to see why.

The major sights are easily discovered on foot - visit the 14th century Palace of the Grand Masters and Hospital of the Knights of St John, the pink-domed, 16th century Mosque of Suleyman and the Byzantine Museum, housed in an 11th century church.

Make time, too, to browse the Turkish Market on Soukratos Street where you will find a cornucopia of stalls selling rugs, ceramics, jewellery and bric a brac which is great fun if you enjoy a good haggle.

 

Shore excursions in Rhodes

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Discover Rhodes

Activity high

Duration: 4½ hours

A lovely combination that takes in Mount Smith Hill, the Valley of the Butterflies and historic Rhodes Town.

Embark on a scenic drive passing through Rhodes Town and up to Mount Smith Hill, named after the British admiral who was stationed there at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Here, you can admire the Acropolis of Rhodes and surrounding views.

Upon arrival at the Valley of the Butterflies, your guide will escort you along the peaceful walkways, surrounded by thousands of butterflies attracted by the sweet scent of the Oriental Sweetgum tree. As you stroll along, have your camera ready to capture the natural beauty of the small waterfalls, rock pools and rustic bridges.

Returning to Rhodes Town, follow in the footsteps of the Knights of St John during a walking tour of the old parts of the city. Explore the Palace of the Grand Master, with its magnificent treasures and superb mosaics from the island of Kos. As you meander through a maze of stone paved lanes you’ll also pass the amazing medieval buildings, towers and emblazoned facades. Once at Museum Square, enjoy some free time to shop or simply sit back and relax in one of the many street cafés.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking included during the tour over some inclines, uneven and rough terrain. If you wish to remain in town at the end of your tour, you’ll be responsible for making your own way back to the ship. Passengers will require 50 cents to use the public toilet facilities in Rhodes Town.

Lindos Acropolis and Tsambika

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 7 hours

Take advantage of the beauty and history of Rhodes Island as well as free time at the delightful beach at Tsambika.

Discover the village of Lindos and walk to the summit of the Acropolis and see the remains of past civilisations. These include the 4th century BC Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, a Byzantine church and the fortifications of the Knights. The panoramic view will showcase St Pauls Bay and the old whitewashed houses in the narrow streets of the village. Spend some free time browsing the shops and soaking up the atmosphere.

Continue onto the popular Tsambika beach, washed by the clear waters of the Aegean to enjoy approximately 3 hours on the beach. Relax, swim in the sea or find a suitable spot to have lunch from the choice of cafeterias and tavernas.

On the scenic drive back to Rhodes a stop will be made at Monte Smith to capture the panoramic sight of the Old and New town of Rhodes. Upon arrival at Rhodes town embark on a guided walking tour taking you along the stone paved lanes past medieval structures, each recalling the Knights of St John and their Otoman conquerors.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking including many cobblestone streets. We would advise you to take sun protection and a sun hat. Please remember to take local currency (Euros). Please bear in mind that lunch, towels, umbrellas and sunbeds are not included. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure. There are independent suppliers on the beach that may offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Lindos and Rhodes Town

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Visit 2 ‘jewels’ of Rhodes - the pretty, whitewashed town of Lindos and Rhodes’ medieval old town.

Step back in time with a walk through Lindos village and up to the summit of the Acropolis to see the magnificent remains of past civilisations. Marvel at the 4th century BC Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, a double-winged portico, a Byzantine church and the fortifications of the Knights of St John, including the remains of the Governor’s quarters. The view is truly panoramic and at the very foot of the Acropolis is St Paul’s Bay, where the Apostle is said to have sought shelter during a storm.

On your return from Lindos, a short stop will be made at Archangelos, the island’s largest village in the Valley of Aithona. The village is famous for its long tradition in the art of ceramics. A brief stop will be made at the folk art factory where local artists, using age-old methods, make ceramic wares. There will be an opportunity to purchase the unique items on sale.

Return to the old town of Rhodes with its maze of cobble-stoned streets built inside the medieval city walls. You’ll have free time to browse in the many quaint shops, brimming with Greek souvenirs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are approximately 365 steps and narrow cobble-stoned pathways leading to the top of the Acropolis in Lindos. The old town of Rhodes will be explored on foot. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. Passengers will require 50 cents to use the public toilet facilities in Rhodes Town.

Panoramic Rhodes

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

An easy option to view the Acropolis at Lindos, this panoramic drive will show you the highlights of this beautiful island.

Your scenic drive will take you via the medieval walls that encircle Rhodes old town passing by the yachts and pleasure crafts moored in Mandraki Harbour. You’ll reach the site believed to have been one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Colossus of Rhodes.

From a vantage point, view one of the centres of the ancient Greek civilisation, Lindos. Take in the view of St Paul’s Bay, where the Apostle is said to have sought shelter during a storm. Below you will be able to see the ‘sugar-cube’ houses and narrow streets of this delightful village.

On your return from Lindos, a stop will be made at a local ceramics factory. The island is famous for its long tradition in the art of ceramics and local artists still use age-old methods to make ceramic wares. There will be an opportunity to purchase the unique items on sale.

A photo stop will be made at the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes Town, now called Monte Smith, where you can view Rhodes Town lying below in all its splendour.

At the end of the tour, an optional drop-off will be made at one of the entrances to the old town of Rhodes. Should you wish to visit the old town independently, you will be responsible for your own return to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. This is a panoramic tour and does not include a visit to Lindos village itself or the Acropolis at Lindos, it is viewed from a distance. Passengers will require 50 cents to use the public toilet facilities in Rhodes Town.

Rhodes Town and Filerimos

Activity high

Duration: 4½ hours

Visit Mount Smith Hill and the picturesque Filerimos Hill on the outskirts of the city, and enjoy a guided walk of Rhodes Town.

Departing the port, enjoy a leisurely drive to Mount Smith Hill to delight in a short visit of the old Acropolis of Rhodes town. Continue to the plateau of Filerimos, driving through splendid landscape filled with cypress, pines and green oaks along the way. Visit the church of Our Lady, built by the knights of St John as well as the restored monastery and the barrel-vault Chapel of St George with its frescoes from the 15th century.

Returning to Rhodes, follow your guide on a walking tour of the old town. Visit the 14th century Palace of the Grand Masters constructed around a central court. Catch a glimpse of the staterooms on the first floor that contain a series of Hellenistic and Roman mosaics from neighbouring islands and a noteworthy collection of the 16th and 17th century furniture.

Take a leisurely stroll along the Knights’ street, a medieval cobbled street lined with the ‘Inns’ and Gothic buildings where the Knights lived, divided according to their nationalities. Enjoy some free time for shopping before the return journey to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking on this tour. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Passengers may choose to stay in town at the end of the tour and make their own way back to the ship. Passengers will require 50 cents to use the public toilet facilities in Rhodes Town.

 

A selection of cruises to Rhodes

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