Optional Private Excursions available for purchase
Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!
Guests will be met by our English speaking guide to commence the tour. Upon completion of the tour, transfer will be provided back to the ship.
Our tour begins with a drive through Mandraki Harbour and the new part of the city of Rhodes. We make our way to Mount Smith to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and continue on to the ruins of ancient Rhodes. We will explore the Acropolis of Rhodes, where remains of the Temple of Apollo and the ancient Stadium of Diagoras dominate the skyline. At Porte d’ Amboise, we begin our walking tour through the old city of Rhodes, filled with historical reminders of the ancient and medieval past. We will walk through the northern part of town, where knights once lived, and view the Grand Master’s Palace and then continue our walk down Chevalier’s Road, and the shopping districts around Socratus street, where we will enjoy some free time.
Our drive continues along the picturesque coastline to Lindos, the most important of the three great cities of ancient times. Within its medieval walls, erected by the Knights of St. John, stands the ancient Acropolis of Lindos, 400 feet above the sea, crowned by the Temple of Athena. From the heights, you will have breathtaking views of St. Paul’s Bay, where the Apostle cast anchor during his voyage to Ephesus, and the Aegean Sea. If you prefer not to make the climb, you may remain below and explore the village with its many small shops and cafes. At a set time, we will all gather for a wonderful luncheon at a Restaurant by the sea, where we will enjoy an array of local Greek specialties with beverages. After lunch, we will have some free time to enjoy the beach or do some shopping in the village of Lindos prior to returning to the Port.
Duration: approx. 8 hours
• The Grand Masters Palace is closed on Mondays
• Steep, uphill walking is involved in Lindos. Guests with walking disabilities are recommended to stay in Lindos town for shopping.
• It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable walking shoes.
Driving back towards the city of Rhodes, somewhat inland is the valley of the butterflies. Every year from June to September thousands of butterflies gather there to mate. The valley offers ideal conditions (coolness and moisture) for mating.
Finally, our drive 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 famous icon that tradition says was painted by St. Luke. The view from the top of the cross is spectacular
*IMPORTANT: BUTTERFLIES ARE ONLY AROUND DURING MONTHS: JUNE - SEPTEMBER
Private Vehicle & Driver, Professional English Speaking Guide throughout the tour, Entrance Fees to Filerimos, Kamiros & Valley of the Butterflies
Tips to the driver/guide, restaurant, Personal Expenses, Extra hours or kilometers use of the coach/guide/driver than the ones calculated in the above itinerary, Beverages or lunch, Sunday or Public Holiday Guide Supplement 75%, other entrance fees than the ones referred as included, whatever not mentioned as included
Tour Duration: 5hrs
Physical Activity Level: Moderate
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Tour Can Operate: Morning from May to October