"Rhodes Jewish Sights Plus" DT4

Rhodes New Town / Rhodes Medieval City / Jewish Heritage / Jewish Quarter / East Coast of the Island / Lindos

This tour is perfect for those who are interested in the Jewish community that existed on Rhodes for hundreds of years. A visit to Jewish Quarter in the Medieval city will help you better understand how the people lived and worked, worshipped and celebrated, adding to your knowledge of a very vibrant part of Rhodes' history. Rounding out your tour is a beautiful trip to Lindos where another part of Rhodes' history combines with natural beauty enough to take your breath away!

Private Tour Overview - Day Tour

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(Stop Photos) = Stop and get out of the car for photos from outside of the Sight/building

(Stop Visit Photos) Stop and visit - go inside the sight/building for photos

Private Tour Activity Level: Moderate

Private Tour Vehicle: Sedan Car Mercedes Benz - hold 4 passengers comfortably, plus the driver (bigger group?)

Private Tour Driver: English speaking knowledgeable tour/driver specialize in Private Tours

Private Tour Start Time: 8:30 AM. Or later
If you are a Cruise Ship Passenger - depend on your cruise ship dock time. If the ship arrives late into port, we'll adjust our schedules, and the rental time will start from the moment you meet your tour/driver

Private Tour Meeting Point: Hotel / Port / Airport (Meeting point varies depending on option booked)

Private Tour Extensions: You can extend or change the itinerary of this private tour as you like. You can add a break for delicious lunch experiences at a seaside village at the Mediterranean Sea right on the water's edge (scenic) with fresh seafood, Rhodian cuisine and excellent local wines. Or you can add the highlights and landmarks you want to visit, or even beach time (June to September).

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From your selected point, you’ll be driven to the Historical Buildings and the Old Harbor, where according to the tradition, the Colossus of Rhodes once stood (Stop Visit Pictures)

  • The North point of the Island where the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea meet (Stop Photos)
  • Monte Smith - Acropolis of Rhodes, Panoramic view of the City, also the Temple of Apollo, the Greek Stadium, and the Ancient Theater (Stop Visit Photos)

We drive to the East Coast of Rhodes Town and visit:

  • The Jewish Cemetery one of the best preserved in Europe and it contains tombstones from the 1840’s to the present. Today many of these tombstones have been unearthed and exposed. Some of them are extremely interesting, both on account of their form and the inscriptions they bear. (Stop Visit Photos)

Then you’ll pass through one of the gateways of the Medieval City and enter the Jewish Quarter named “La Juderia”

Here your Tour/Driver will park the car at the Parking Lot (Car Park) and show you how to walk to the Jewish Synagogue and Museum (Tour/Drivers are not permitted to provide walking tours, so he’ll wait at the Parking Lot for your return)

  • “Al Chatef” street which is named for an honored family who once lived here in Rhodes (Stop Photos)
  • The Square of the Martyred Jews with the “seahorse” fountain. Also known in Greek as “Evreon Martyron”. (Stop Visit Photos)
  • The Holocaust Memorial dedicated to the Jewish martyrs of Rhodes and Cos who were killed in the concentration camps. It is shaped as a six-sided figure with each side displaying the following text in various languages(Greek-French-Italian-English-Hebrew-Ladino): “ Never forget. In eternal memory of the 1604 Jewish martyrs of Rhodes and Cos who were murdered in Nazi death camps “ (Stop Visit Photos)
  • Then onto the “Kahal Shalom” Synagogue (Open at 10:00 AM) the oldest synagogue in Greece. It was built in the year 1577 and is still in service. The full name of the building is “Kahal Kadosh Shalom” (Holy Congregation of Peace). It is used for prayer services when visitors or former residents and their families visit the Island for Friday night prayer services, High Holiday services and for special occasions. Most features of the Kahal Shalom Synagogue are typical of Sephardic Synagogues. An unusual feature of the temple is the fact that there are two hekháls (Torah arks), on either side of the door leading into the interior courtyard. (Stop Visit Photos)
  • You will visit the Rhodes Jewish Museum that collected a large number of pictures of the past Jewish community in Rhodes and the 800 Year-Old Torah which is one of the oldest Torahs in the world. Originally from and used by the Sephardic Jewish of the Iberian Peninsula and brought to Rhodes Island by the Sephardic Jewish refugees when they fled Spain and Portugal. The Jewish Museum of Rhodes opens for the first time in 1997. Aron Hasson, attorney, from Los Angeles and Rhodian third generation, is the founder and the one who inspired the idea of creating a museum. (Stop Visit Photos)

Once you get back to the Parking Lot, your journey to Lindos will take you along a beautiful, 50km / 32 miles drive of the east coast of the island, past picturesque little villages.

On the way you visit the Anthony Quinn Bay - Takes its name from the famous Hollywood actor, who owns a large property in this area. Since filming the Guns of Navarone in Rhodes Island - scenic (Stop Visit Photos)

On the way to Lindos, you can choose an optional short stop at a pottery workshop where the traditional pottery of Rhodes is made. You can see the wonderful pieces of art, and watch the potter working at his wheel. You can even learn the mystery of the Pythagorean cup. Just let your tour/driver know that you wish to make this short stop.

From a vantage point along the coast, the impressive Acropolis will come into view with the village of Lindos situated in a picturesque bay below (Stop Photos)

You continue to the south of Lindos, to St. Paul ‘s Bay, from this point you can view the cave where the film “The Guns of Navarone” was filmed. (Stop Visit Photos)

Then we drive to the main square of Lindos so you can climb up to the Acropolis of Lindos, or ride the donkeys - the “Lindos Taxi”!! Walk through Lindos village and up the many steps and narrow uphill cobblestone pathways to the summit of the Acropolis to see the magnificent remains of past civilizations, as well as the panoramic view. (Stop Visit Photos)

On the way back we drive along the coastal road to Faliraki famous sandy beach, and Kallithea spa.

Upon returning to Rhodes Town, you may choose to be dropped back to your hotel or back to your ship, or near the city gates of the Old Town for independent browsing. You would then be responsible for your own return to the ship on foot, which will be docked approximately a quarter mile away.

Frequently Asked Questions

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+ Q: Is the Synagogue / Jewish Museum, and the Jewish Cemetery open every day?

A: Yes, the Synagogue / Jewish Museum, open every day except Saturdays - April to end of October 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM. The Jewish Cemetery open every day except Saturdays and Sundays 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM.

+ Q: How much is the entrance fee in the Synagogue and the Jewish Museum?

A: Entrance fee in the Synagogue and the Jewish Museum is 4 Euros per person.

+ Q: How much is the entrance fee in the Acropolis of Lindos?

A: Entrance fee is 12 Euros per person in the Acropolis. Seniors (with Id or Passport) 6 Euros per person. Children under 18 years old free. No charge to enter Lindos village.

+ Q: How long does it take a walk back to our ship from the Synagogue and the Jewish Quarter?

A: Usually it takes less than 10 min.

+ Q: What is Rhodes known for, in terms of food / beverage and souvenirs? What's the one thing we shouldn't miss?

A: Traditional Food of Rhodes, Wines, the famous handmade Rhodes Pottery, Ceramics, and the beautiful Rhodes Beaches

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