For those of you with limited schedules, this tour is perfect. When you are brought back to your pick-up point, you will be able to say that you have visited Rhodes and know that you have seen the most important sites. This private tour combines fabulous scenery with plenty of fascinating and historic sites.
From your selected point, you'll be driven to the Old town – Medieval City (World Heritage Site), you'll pass through one of the gateways and by the Agora and the Collachium, where the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem lived and worked, building a stronghold of Christendom in the Eastern Mediterranean. Remaining remarkably intact, the Old Town is home to the churches, marble coats of arms of the Knights, cannon balls, the inns of the Knights, and most impressive the restored Palace of the Grand Masters (Stop Photos).
Then past the imposing buildings of the New town, in neo-colonial and Italianate style, which lend grandeur to this part of the present-day town. You continue to the entrance of the old harbor, atop tall columns, stand the two bronze deer - characteristic landmarks of the island. Here, according to tradition, was the place where the famous Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, once stood (Stop Visit Photos).
Near to the harbour is the Church of the Annunciation that houses amazing gothic wall paintings by Fotis Kontoglou and impressive chandeliers. Today it is the town's cathedral (Stop Visit Photos)
Then past the rest of the imposing buildings, where the Venetian, Gothic and Arabic elements blend. The City Hall located at the centre of Rhodes town at the historical location of the port. The impressive Administration building or Governor's Palace which houses the Prefecture of the Dodecanese. (Venetian Palace style design, with details of the Doge’s Palace in Venice). The National Theatre of Rhodes is an impressive building ideally located in the Town Hall Square. It is one of the finest specimens of the International and the Italian style of architecture "Teatro Puccini". The imposing "Hotel of the Roses" was built by the Italians, in 1932. Today it house's the "Casino of Rhodes".
The Aquarium of Rhodes, hosting an Aquarium and a Museum, located on the north point of the island where the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea meet. (Stop Photos)
Continuing up the hillside to Monte Smith (The Acropolis of Rhodes City) which overlooks the city. Enjoy excellent views of the new and old town of Rhodes (Stop Visit Photos)
Then you visit the Temple of Apollo, and the restored Ancient Stadium and the Greek Theatre (Stop Visit Photos)
Then your journey to Lindos will take you along a beautiful, 50 km / 32 miles drive of the east coast of the island, past picturesque little villages, with many glimpses of the sea and a splendid landscape of orange and gnarled olive trees.
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)
A short stop for the panoramic view of the Tsambica beach - scenic (Stop 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 of Lindos will come into view with the white village situated in a picturesque bay below (Stop Photos)
You continue to the south of Lindos, to St. Paul 's Bay, where the apostle is said to have landed in the year 51 AD to preach Christianity to the Rhodians. From this point you can also 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. Marvel at the 4th century B.C. Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, a double winged portico, a Byzantine church and the fortifications of the Knights, including the remains of the Governor's quarters. This view is truly panoramic (Stop Visit Photos)
On the way back you drive along the coastal road to Faliraki a marvellous sandy beach and Kallithea.
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.
(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 (or "Easy" if you skip the Acropolis of Lindos)
Private Tour Vehicle: Sedan Car Mercedes Benz - hold 4 passengers comfortably, plus the driver ()
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 beach time (June to September).
Q: How long are the stops to take pictures? Will we have time to really look around?
A: As you can expect, some spots are more time-consuming than others. With this in mind, there is no set time for each highlight. You will have plenty of time to look around and take photos of the landmarks and we watch how the tour progresses at each landmark and adjust the tour accordingly.
Q: Can we drive any closer to the Acropolis of Lindos? My mother will not be able to do extend walking.
A: No cars can drive up. To reach the Acropolis of Lindos you will be required to climb 292 steps, or ride on a donkey. By the way, the donkey does not eliminate all the steps - there are over 80 to go when you get off the donkey. Still worth it!!
Q: How much is the entrance fee in the Acropolis of Lindos?
A: Entrance fee is 12 Euros per person in the Acropolis (Children under 18 years old free). No charge to enter Lindos village.
Q: Can you tell us, if we decide to not climb the Acropolis - can we take pictures of it from the bottom? Are there handrails or would it be a difficult climb?
A: For the most part the stairs really are ok. The risers are maybe 5-7 inches and the treads about 18-24 inches. Not really normal stairs. No handrail on either side. Yes, you can take pictures from below (of a hillside.) The good ones are at the top.
Q: Can you tell me about the "donkey ride" in Lindos? Is it fun or recommended? Does it take a lot of time?
A: The "Lindos Taxi" as they call the donkeys in Lindos is fun, and if you have children with you, it is recommended! The children will love it. Just keep in mind that they hire 2 at time, 12 euros for the 2 donkeys one-way up. It takes 10min to go up.
Q: Do the donkeys use the same path and/or set of stairs that we would use to climb up?
A: No, at Lindos the donkeys go by a slightly different path. So the stairs, and the soles of your shoes, will be quite clean!
Q: We actually have a group of 12 people, but all might not be interested in this itinerary.
A: You already have 3 taxis which means maximum of flexibility. You can visit Lindos as a group of 12 people, and then you can split to the different itineraries of your choices.
Q: Some of the group want to climb to the Acropolis above Lindos while others want to just explore Lindos village.
A: No problem. We will meet all of you later at the main square of Lindos.
Q: How long will we stay in Lindos village? How long will the couples climbing and looking at the Acropolis take?
A: Usually we spend one hour in Lindos, but it depends on you for how long you need to visit Lindos. To climb up it takes 10 - 15 min, to take a look 30min.
Q: I will be travelling with an elderly grandmother. She is 84-year-old. If my mother decides not to go up, is there anything for a lady in her age to do while my son and I go up?
A: Yes, we can drive her down on the marvellous beach of Lindos have a drink and a nice discuss with the driver and enjoy the panoramic view of the white village and the Acropolis of Lindos while she is waiting for you.
Q: We are a family of 4 people, 2 adults and 2 children ages 6 and 9 years. Challenge is to see highlights AND keep kids entertained...
A: The "Best of Rhodes" Half Day tour it is also an Educational and Entertainment tour. The kids’ love's Knights Stories, castles and old midlevel city's, also Greek mythology and ancient wonders like the world famous Colossus of Rhodes. They can run into the Old Stadium and feel the Old athletic spirit. Incredible views on the way for kids’ pictures, and of course they will love the donkey ride up to the Acropolis of Lindos!!
Q: How long does it take a walk back to our ship from the gate near the Palace of Grand Master and the Archaeological Museum?
A: Usually it takes less than 10 min, however, you can do it as long as you wish, enjoying a nice walk through the Old Town.
Q: What is Rhodes known for, in terms of food / beverage and souvenirs? What's the one thing we shouldn't miss?
A:, , and the famous handmade .
Q: I have read some of the reviews & I am sure we'll also have fun.
A: No comments!
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