DAY 1 Arrive Rhodes
Arrival at Rhodes Port and transfer to your hotel of choice for Check-in. Free afternoon at Leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2 Rhodes
After breakfast. The day is Free Day at Leisure Or choose from the optional tour of the City
Rhodes, the capital of the island, founded 2,400 years ago, on its north-eastern tip is a fascinating city. A “melting pot” of the historical remnants of its ancient and medieval past together with the “hustle and bustle” of present day cosmopolitan life awaits your visit.
Our tour begins with exploration of the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes. It is situated high on the summit of “Monte Smith” Hill, where remnants of the Temple of “Apollo” and the restored edifices of the Ancient Stadium and Odium dominate over the modern city of Rhodes.
Only a few minutes from the Acropolis, we enter yet another atmosphere: High walls, deep moats, narrow cobbled streets lead the way to the medieval town of the Knights. Byzantine churches, Gothic rhythm Palace, Inns and Hospitals, and Mosques co-exist in the most traditional Greek setting touched little by modern hectic pace and way of life.
Return back in the day. Evening will be at leisure. Overnight at the hotel
DAY 3 Rhodes
After breakfast. The day is Free Day at Leisure Or choose from the optional tour of the Lindos Village A drive of 45 minutes along the east coast of the island will bring us to Lindos the most beautiful village on the island. The village has been declared a monument for preservation and so has been able to retain most of its traditional colour and charm.
Above the white homes of Lindos and the blue of the Aegean rises the acropolis, sacred to the goddess Athena Lyndia and a mighty fortress.
You may walk to the Acropolis (15 minutes) or hire a donkey to take you part of the way. The ancient sanctuary is built in levels leading upwards. At the highest of points is the temple of Athena Lyndia (4th cBC). Within the acropolis are also the remains of a Byzantine. Church and the fortification of the Knights of St. John. From the top you may look down on St. Paul’s Bay, where it is said the Apostle first set foot on the island in the year 52 AD.
Down from the acropolis, there will be time to walk the narrow streets of Lindos, visit its medieval church, shop or sit to have a cool drink in one of many cafes. From the village.
We board the bus to return to Rhodes.
DAY 4 RHODES
After breakfast. The day is Free Day at Leisure Or choose from the optional tour to the west coast of the island, each with its Own charm and beauty. The drive will also take us through small villages and olive groves. Furthest from the city of Rhodes is the site of the ancient city of Kamiros. Houses with atriums, Temples, altars and bases of statues are only a few of the remnants of this little “Pompeii” of Rhodes. Kamiros, along with Lindos and Ialyssos, were the first cities on the island. Driving back towards the city of Rhodes, will take us 270m above sea level to a mountain called Philerimos, the acropolis of the ancient city of Ialyssos. A monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary is now found at the top, with a famous icon that tradition says was painted by St. Luke. On the opposite side of the archeological area is a path lined with cypress trees. The Stations of the Cross are found on one side leading to “Golgotha” and a monumental cross. The view from the top of the cross is spectacular. Do not leave Philerimos before trying at the cafe, the “Seven Herb’s” Liqueur, locally made.
DAY 5 RHODES DEPARTURES
After check out, pick up from the hotel and transfer to Rhodes Port