(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 downhill walk in the Valley of the Butterflies)
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’ll be driven to Kallithea Spa (Springs) which lies on the East Coast of the island from your selected drop off point. The Kallithea Spa date back to the times of Classical Antiquity. The monument has become a popular tourist attraction and wedding destination ever since its renovation. It has even captured the imagination of Hollywood, attracting shoots for international and Greek productions. “Escape to Athena” starring Roger Moore (the second actor to play James Bond), and Telly Savalas (Kojack) was filmed here. A few scenes from “The Guns of Navarone” were also filmed on site. (Stop Visit Photos)
ANTHONY QUINN BAY
The next stop on the tour of the island is the Anthony Quinn Bay. It takes its name from the Golden Age Hollywood star who owns a significant property here, ever since the filming of the “Guns of Navarone” in Rhodes Island - scenic (Stop Visit Photos)
RHODIAN TRADITIONAL ART
On the way 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.
The Seven Springs lie to the southeast. The valley is dotted with clear springs and humongous plane and pine trees. The place presents itself as an oasis, especially in the heat of high summer. Surrounded by the bridges, streams, flowers, ducks and peacocks, the visitor can’t help but be calm and relaxed. (Stop Visit Photos)
VALLEY OF THE BUTTERFLIES
Up next is the Valley of the Butterflies. The walk down the valley is easier since you are dropped at the upper gate. You can witness the splendor of hundreds of congregating butterflies during the final stages of their life cycle; which takes place starting from mid-June to mid-September. This rare, natural phenomenon includes butterflies camouflaging themselves against the trees. As you walk through the valley, the wooden bridges and natural paths will be your guide. (Stop Visit Photos)
From there the coastal road of Kremasti and Ialysos will take us along the west coast until we reach the Filerimos Mountain
The car will take you to the top to experience the ruins of the Acropolis of the Ancient Ialyssos. The plateau of Filerimos rises nearly 267 meter / 876 feet above sea level. The tour will proceed on from there to the church of Our Lady of Filerimos, the foundation of which is the ancient temple of Athena built during the early Christian Era. While there, you will also get to see the exterior of the Filerimos Monastery and the barrel-vaulted Chapel of St. George. (Stop Visit Photos)
FILERIMOS - THE WAY OF THE CROSS
You’ll notice a pathway on your right, sheltered by beautiful trees. This is the “Way of the Cross”. The path is adorned with shrines depicting the ‘relief scene of the Passion’. The path leads from the main square to the west edge of the plateau to the 16 meter / 48 feet cross. And here you can enjoy the splendor of an incredible view. (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 40 min). 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 of Ialysos and the monastery of Filerimos?
A: To Acropolis and to monastery is 6 euro per person. Seniors (with Id or Passport) 3 Euros / person. The Way of the Cross with the panoramic view is free
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