(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: Easy
Private Tour Vehicle: Sedan Car Mercedes Benz - hold 4 passengers comfortably, plus the driver (bigger group?)
Private Tour Driver: English speaking knowledgeable tour/driver specialized in Private Tours
Private Tour Start Time: 9:00 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.
HIGHLIGHTS OF RHODES NEW TOWN
If the Tour Starts from Rhodes City, then we will include the Highlights of Rhodes New Town. We drive up the hillside to Monte Smith, Acropolis of Rhodes City, for a panoramic view of the town (Stop Visit Photos) on the way we visit the Old Harbor, and the North point of the Island. Then you’ll be driven to South West of Rhodes 55 km / 37 miles to Embona Village using an inland route.
THE TRADITIONAL WINERY OF Mrs. ANASTASIA - FREE WINE AND OLIVE OIL TASTING
On the way we stop close to the Valley of the Butterflies to a small traditional local winery of Mrs. Anastasia. The Anastasia’s winery was started on 1995 and later on 2002 moved here to this beautiful location. She started with only two wines and now she is producing more than 10 different type of wines. Athiri, Red wine Mandilari, Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon……She is also producing Souma (distillate of wine) and extra virgin olive oil, you can have a free olive oil tasting. She is using biological - organic growth and biological - organic process for the vineyards and wines. Here you have the opportunity to test all the types of wines she produces, and get your pictures of the ageing facilities.
THE JOURNEY TO EMBONA VILLAGE
Then we continue south west to Embona, admire the Island’s lush vegetation along the drive towards this beautiful village which has known days of glory in the past. The drive along the mountains path will surely reward the visitor. Empona the large village at the foot of Ataviros mountain, is the most important grape producing village on the island, which combines folklore, a lively atmosphere and good food at the local traditional tavernas.
Once we arrive at Embona village we visit the Cava Stafylos, then you can taste some of the stylish original wines and liqueurs made by Logothetis family, Giannis and Andonis (Father and Son). Their winery is only three years old, but the family’s experience with the wines began about three generations ago and they still make their own wines to these days. Their plan is to produce high quality wines in affordable prices. You can also taste Olive Oil, Honey and deferent Spices.
DIONYSOS WINES FROM MERKOURIS FAMILY
We continue with Dionysos Free Wine Tasting. Here you can taste a big variety of fresh wines and the strong local spirit Souma of Merkouris Winery. They also produced the first organic wine in Rhodes.
The Kounakis Winery started from the grandfather Kyriakos Kounakis on 1928 and it still produce excellent wines till today, they can produce more than 20000 bottles of wine a year. They use the traditional natural way for growth and process. Athiri, Mandilaria (Amorgiano) Merlot, Grenache rouge, Syrah, Chardonnay. Here you can test free all the types of wines they produce, and get your pictures of the ageing facilities.
The Alexandris Winery it is a small second generation wine producer, started by the father Michael, and now his sons Stergos and Panayiotis run the winery. Panayiotis studied in France Enologist Winemaker in the university of Montpellier, they use French wooden barrels, they produce Red wine (VDQS), White wine from the white grape variety Athiri, Sweet white wine (VDQS)… Free wine taste and pictures.
BREAK FOR LUNCH
Break for Delicious Snack or Lunch Experiences at a Greek traditional tavern / Rhodian cuisine and excellent homemade wines. (at your own expense). Embona also is a known place by locals coming from everywhere to eat grilled meat. Here you can really feel the Greek life; the wineries and restaurants have the perfect traditional sensation. Back through the west coast with breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea.
BACK TO THE STARTING POINT
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.
+ Q: Do we have to pay for the wine tasting? Are there any entrance fees?
A: 5 Euros per person entrance fee at Anastasia’s winery, 5 Euros at Kounakis winery and 5 Euros at the Cava Stafylos.
+ Q: We aren't big wine connoisseurs but do appreciate it, can we taste any type of wine we wish?
A: Yes of course.
+ Q: Is there a requirement that we purchase a certain amount of wine?
A: No you don't have to purchase any amount of wine.
+ Q: How we get information about the wines we taste?
A: You will get detailed info on every winery from the wine makers while you taste the wines.
+ Q: Do we get drunk at the end of the tour?
A: No, you don't get drunk, we never had drunk clients.
+ Q: What is Rhodes known for, in terms of food / beverage and souvenirs? What's the one thing we shouldn't miss?
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