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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

To take in the island sights – both natural and man-made.

Soak up a blend of ancient monuments and idyllic nature as you visit some of Rhodes’ most beautiful spots.

A scenic drive takes you up to the hilltop Acropolis of Rhodes. Marvel at the scattered ruins and crumbling columns, backdropped by views over the old town and across the Aegean Sea.

Immerse yourself in the peacefulness of the Valley of the Butterflies. Your guide will lead you by small waterfalls and rock pools as you admire the oriental sweetgum trees which attract thousands of butterflies.

Follow in the footsteps of the Knights of St John on a guided walk around medieval Rhodes old town. Explore the Palace of the Grand Master, with its magnificent treasures and colourful mosaics, and spend free time shopping in Museum Square. Then, it’s your choice whether you return to your ship or stay in town and make your own way back later on.

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. The guide can only escort at the Valley of the Butterflies, as guided commentary is not permitted.

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

To explore a classic monument and a beautiful old town in one experience.

Explore the ancient Acropolis of Lindos and wander round the enchanting old town of Rhodes.

Take a stroll through the pretty streets of whitewashed Lindos. Following your guide, you’ll hear the secrets of this picturesque place as you head towards the Acropolis and climb the steps up to the hilltop wonder.

Marvel at the 4th century BC Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, a stunning Byzantine church and the Castle of the Knights of St John. Soak up the panoramic views across St Paul’s Bay and out to sea.

Pay a visit to a ceramic workshop to see local artists making traditional handicrafts and perhaps pick up a souvenir. Then, spend free time exploring the labyrinth cobbled streets within the medieval walls of Rhodes’ old town. Shop for mementos in the quaint shops or treat yourself to a coffee outside a shaded café.

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

For an easy-going way to see the island’s most popular sights.

See the highlights of the beautiful island of Rhodes on a leisurely, panoramic drive.

Hear the stories of Rhodes’ old town as you pass by the medieval walls opposite Mandraki Harbour, where yachts bob peacefully on the deep-blue water.

Pause to photograph vistas of Lindos, one of the centres of ancient Greek civilisation. Gaze out at stunning views over the whitewashed ‘sugar-cube’ houses of the charming village and St Paul’s Bay.

Pay a visit to a ceramic workshop to see local artists making traditional handicrafts and perhaps pick up a souvenir. Then, head to the ancient hilltop Acropolis of Rhodes, now called Monte Smith, where you soak up views across Rhodes Town and out to sea.

Want to explore some more? Choose to be dropped off at the old town and make your own way to the port later on. Or simply relax and enjoy the ride back to your 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 - Small Group Option

Activity high

Duration: 4½ hours

To appreciate the most magical monuments of this beautiful city in a small group.

Stroll through the atmospheric streets in the old town of Rhodes, explore fascinating monuments and visit picturesque Filerimos Hill on the outskirts of the city.

Together with an exclusively small group, take a leisurely drive up to the hilltop Acropolis of Rhodes and pause to photograph its columns, backdropped by views across the old town and out to the Aegean Sea.

Admire a landscape of cypresses, pines and emerald oak trees as you head to the lofty plateau of Filerimos. Visit the ancient Church of Our Lady as well as the barrel-vault Chapel of St George with its intricate frescoes from the 15th century.

Follow your guide inside the medieval walls of Rhodes’ old town and walk down the famous Street of the Knights. Visiting the 14th century Palace of the Grand Master, catch a glimpse of the staterooms and their Hellenistic and Roman mosaics before enjoying a little free time for souvenir shopping in town.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus 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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