(Stop Photos) = Stop and get out of the vehicle for photos from outside of the Sight/Building Guided Tour (stay close to vehicle)
(Stop Visit Photos) Stop and visit - go inside the Sight/building with your tour guide for photos and Guided Walking Tour
Private Tour Activity Level: Moderate
Private Tour Guide English speaking experienced licensed tour guide specialize in Private Tours
Private Tour Driver English speaking professional driver specialize in Private Tours
Private Tour Vehicle: Mercedes Benz - Depend on the size of your group
Private Tour Start Time: 8:30 AM. Or later. If you are a Cruise Ship Passenger - depend on your cruise ship dock time.
Private Tour Meeting Point: Cruise Port / Hotel / Airport (Meeting point varies depending on option booked)
In the beginning, you will experience the Kallithea Spa on the east coast of the island. You will be driven there from your selected drop off point. The Springs date back to Classical Antiquity and have become a popular tourist attraction, as well as a wedding destination since it was renovated. Some classic Hollywood flicks have even been filmed here with the most prominent being Escape to Athena, starring the ethereal Roger Moore and the rugged Telly Savalas. The action classic, the Guns of Navarone also had some of its scenes filmed here. Guided Walking Tour (Stop Visit Photos)
ANTHONY QUINN BAY
Up next is Anthony Quinn Bay, named after the star of the Golden Age of Hollywood. A large property named after him has existed in Rhodes Island since the filming of the Guns of Navarone on Rhodes Island - scenic Guided Tour (Stop Visit Photos)
SCENIC DRIVE FROM THE EAST TO THE WEST COAST
Moving on from there, we will take a scenic ride from the East to the West Coast of the island and pass through the villages of Kallithies and Psinthos.
THE VALLEY OF THE BUTTERFLIES
After which we will arrive at the Valley of the Butterflies. You will be dropped at the upper gate by vehicle to make the walk down from the valley much easier. Here you can bear witness to the final stages of the life cycle of hundreds of butterflies in congregation. This only happens from mid-June to mid-September. It is a rare, natural occurrence that includes the majestic insects camouflaging themselves against the trees. While bearing witness to this phenomenon, you can take a walk through the wooden bridges and the natural carved out paths through the valley. Guided Walking Tour (Stop Visit Photos)
After that, the coastal road of Kremasti and Ialysos will proceed along the west coast until it leads us to Filerimos Mountain Plateau which rises 267 meters / 876 feet above sea level.. Our vehicle will take you to the top of the mountain so that you can get a 360 degree view of the magnificent ruins of the Acropolis of the Ancient Ialyssos. The church of Our Lady of Filerimos will appear next, built on the foundation of the Ancient Temple of Athena (built in the Early Christian Era). The exterior of the Filerimos Monastery as well as the barrel-vaulted Chapel of St. George are both sights to behold. Guided Walking Tour (Stop Visit Photos)
FILERIMOS - THE WAY OF THE CROSS
The Pathway on the right sheltered by beautiful trees is called the Way of the Cross. It is adorned with shrines that depict the relief scene of the Passion. The path finally leads from the main square to the west edge of the Plateau and up to the 16 meter / 48 feet cross. Here you can take in the incredible view of the west coast of Rhodes Island. Guided Walking Tour (Stop Visit Photos)
BACK TO THE STARTING POINT
Returning to Rhodes Town, you may choose to go back to a hotel, or your ship, or better yet, to the city gates of the Old Town to continue your exploration. Note that choosing the last option will leave you responsible for your own trudge back to the ship, which will be docked a quarter of a mile away.
+ Q: How much is the entrance fee to Kallithea?
A: Entrance fee is 3 Euros per person
+ 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: It’s a hillside not a valley, with two gates, the Main Gate (lower gate) and the Secondary Gate (upper gate). We drive our clients to the Secondary Gate (upper gate) so they can walk down easier (one way about 50min).
Entrance fee: Low season 3 Euros per person / High season 5 Euros per person / kids under 12 years old, free
+ Q: How much are the entrance fees to Acropolis and the monastery of Ialyssos?
A: To Acropolis and to monastery is 6 euro per person. Seniors (with Id or Passport) 3 Euros / person.
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