If you have the time, you can't do better than this comprehensive tour which will give you an in-depth experience that is unlike any other. You will visit history and culture and witness extraordinary natural beauty. This is the only tour which includes the two coasts (Mediterranean and Aegean Sea) At the end of the day you will feel that you really have seen it all.
Highly suggested for cruise ship passengers, those visiting Rhodes by plane for a day, or those staying on the island for a very short period of time.
This is a longer program includes the "Best of Rhodes" half day tour, plus more time in the Old Town so you may visit (if you wish) the impressive restored Palace of the Grand Masters. The Grand Master Palace built in the early 14th century, the palace was destroyed in 1856 and rebuilt in 1939. Here you will take a walk through the many rooms of this dramatic structure, featuring incredible ancient floor mosaics from the island of Kos, as well as a monumental marble staircase that leads to the upper floor, where you can take in the panoramic view of the city.
Also more time on the East Coast for 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. (Stop Visit Taste Photos)
On the way back you drive through the island, from the East to the West Coast, the road passes through villages and densely wooded areas, we come to the Valley of the Butterflies. This site is beautifully arranged with wooden bridges, from mid-June to mid-September thousands of butterflies appear. (Stop Visit Photos)
After few miles we stop at a small Traditional Winery. Here you have the opportunity to free taste a selection of locally produced wines. As well as you get your pictures of the aging facilities. (Stop Visit Photos)
We continue on the west coast, and after winding upwards for 3 miles on the Filerimos Mountain, we come to the ruins of the Acropolis of the Ancient Ialyssos. The plateau of Filerimos rises nearly 267 meter / 876 feet above sea level. Here you'll visit the Church of Our Lady, built upon the foundations of the ancient temple of Athena. You'll also see the exterior of the monastery and courtyard, as well as the barrel-vaulted Chapel of St. George. On the right hand side there is a beautiful tree sheltered pathway the "Way of the Cross" This is a series of shrines with relief scenes of the Passion, which leads from the main square to the west edge of the plateau to the 16 meter / 48 feet cross, from which you can enjoy a stunning view. (Stop Visit Photos)
And through Ixia, one of the largest tourist settlements, back to Rhodes town.
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
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: If you have the time you can extend this tour, or you can change the itinerary as you like.
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: How long time we need to visit the Grand Master's Palace? How much is the entrance fee?
A: Usually it takes about 45min; entrance fee is 6 euro per person, children under 18 years old free. From 2014 during the tourist season April to October it is open EVERYDAY from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Q: Are there Butterflies all the time? - And are there opening times there too that we might have to take into consideration?
A: There are Butterflies only during their season, from mid-June to mid-September. The Valley is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Q: How long time we need to pass through the "Valley of the Butterflies"? How much is the entrance fee?
A: Actually it’s a hillside not a valley, with two gates, the Main Gate (lower gate) and the Secondary Gate (upper gate). You can have a quick look using the main gate (lower gate) for around 10 min, but if you want to climb up there is approximately 60 min of walking time (up and down). We drive our clients to the Secondary Gate (upper gate) so they can walk down easier (one way 30 - 40 min).
Entrance fee: Low season 3 Euros per person / High season 5 Euro per person / kids under 12 years old free
Q: This is a full day tour, what if suddenly we need to use a W.C on the way?
A: All the sights have W.C. facilities as well as the restaurants and the hotels.
Q: How much are the entrance fees to Acropolis and the monastery of Ialyssos?
A: No entrance fee for the Acropolis, for the monastery is 6 euro per person. Seniors (with Id or Passport) 3 Euros / person
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 .
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