THE ISLAND OF THE SUN

RHODES – THE ISLAND OF THE SUN

The most easterly of the Greek islands and the largest of the Dodecanese (12 islands) chain, Rhodes is everything you want to enjoy about Greece. Indeed, if you can only ever afford the time to come to one place in Greece, make sure it’s this one.

It’s history dates back to antiquity and, like everywhere else in the ‘middle sea’ (Mediterranean) it shows influences from the Dorian era right through Persian, Athenian, Roman, Crusader, Venetian and Ottoman times plus a whole lot more. Its fame spread in antiquity due to the fabulous ‘Colossus of Rhodes’, a statue in tribute to Helios, the sun God, that supposedly stood 33m tall (approx. the same as the Statue of Liberty from top to toe). Built in 280 BCE it was one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.

Rhodes has attracted visitors since medieval times when the Knights of St. John, bankers to royalty, major religious orders and crusaders, set up their base following the sack of Jerusalem in 1291. Essentially the Knights Hospitaler controlled Rhodes from 1310 until 1522 and the wonderful architecture of the old town (now a UINESCO World Heritage site) is still redolent with their footsteps.

Rhodes Town, in the north of the island, is the perfect combination of the old, the new and traditional Greek island life. You can drink ouzo in a fisherman’s cafe or drink cocktails in a chic bar whilst ‘people-watching’, eat in waterfront tavernas or sophisticated restaurants then chill out in a jazz club or to bouzouki music. This far east in the Mediterranean the weather is warm, and the nights are hotter.

Further south, Lindos with its stunning 9th century BCE Acropolis, is hotter still. If you want to climb the 250 steps to the top, best go early in the morning – although you can ride up on a donkey. Then, if you go down to the beach, be prepared for temperatures that often approach 40º C. It’s a great place to stay and slow down to a snail’s pace with a bit of a boho vibe.

All around the island are brilliant beaches washed by the blue Aegean. Inland there are some stunning spectacles – none more so than the Valley of the Butterflies where, for large parts of every summer, the air is filled with murmurations of Jersey Tigers – technically a day flying moth. It’s a lovely verdant place with lots of running water to keep you cool and a natural history spectacle worthy of a David Attenborough programme.

Further south, Lindos with its stunning 9th century BCE Acropolis, is hotter still. If you want to climb the 250 steps to the top, best go early in the morning – although you can ride up on a donkey. Then, if you go down to the beach, be prepared for temperatures that often approach 40º C. It’s a great place to stay and slow down to a snail’s pace with a bit of a boho vibe.

All around the island are brilliant beaches washed by the blue Aegean. Inland there are some stunning spectacles – none more so than the Valley of the Butterflies where, for large parts of every summer, the air is filled with murmurations of Jersey Tigers – technically a day flying moth. It’s a lovely verdant place with lots of running water to keep you cool and a natural history spectacle worthy of a David Attenborough programme.

ACCOMMODATION

We offer a range of hotels, in all of the most popular resorts on Rhodes, mostly of 4 and 5-star quality. Wherever you want to stay talk to us and we can book your hotel at our specially negotiated contract rates.

 

EXCURSIONS AND TOURS

Rhodes is an island of many and varied attractions and we have a wide range of guided excursions to show you everything that is best about it:

TRIP TO HALKI ISLAND
9 hours50
4
A cruise of just over an hour takes you to the smallest inhabited island of the Dodecanese, known as the Island of Peace and Friendship. It’s a beautiful place to go for a walk, then head down to the beach for a swim before finding a waterfront taverna for a leisurely lunch before cruising back later in the afternoon.
50.00
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FULL DAY CRUISE TO LINDOS
8 hours50
4
You can always drive to Lindos but we think a cruise to Lindos is so much less stressful. Never forget you’re on holiday (so take the donkey ride to the Acropolis).
31.50
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DAY CRUISE TO SYMI AND PANORMITIS
8 hours 45 minutes36
4
First stop the monastery at Panormitis before arriving at Symi, voted the most picturesque island in the Dodecanese.
36.00
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FULL DAY ISLAND TOUR
7 hours 30 minutes50
5
We start at the Valley of the Butterflies, then head to the vineyards at Embonas for a tasting before exploring the history at Sianna and the ruins at Monolithos. Next we travel to the southernmost tip of the island at Cape Prasonisi with it’s two lovely beaches. Finally we stop at Lindos where you can climb to the top of the Acropolis or simply kick back in one of the panoramic cafes with a cold drink
45.00
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ANCIENT KAMIROS, FILERIMOS & VALLEY OF THE BURTTERFLIES
45
5
From ancient Greek temples, through Byzantine churches, to nature’s beauty at it’s very best, this is a full day trip that will delight.
744.18 744.18
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6 HOUR JEEP SAFARI
30
4
There’s a lot to see off the beaten track on Rhodes – we’ll show you some fabulous scenery and places most tourists can only dream of.
78.40
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FULL DAY FISHING TRIP
39
5
Your chance to be a Greek fisherman for a day and lunch on your catch.
84.00
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HALF-DAY WINE & MEDIEVAL HISTORY TOUR
29
4
A deeper exploration of Rhodes Old Town culminating in a wine tasting at an inn built in 1507.
318.40 318.40
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MEDIEVAL TOWN WALKING FOOD EXPERIENCE
9
4
Starting with breakfast we walk through the Old Town experiencing the many and varied culinary delights on offer, ending with mezes at one of the best tavernas on the island.
292.75
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HALF-DAY MEDIEVAL RHODES & JEWISH QUARTER WALKING TOUR
16
4
A real trip back in time exploring the Jewish heritage of Rhodes and discovering the impacts the Knights of St. John had on the island.
396.60
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HALF-DAY LINDOS EXCURSION
50
4
If you don’t have time to take the full day cruise to Lindos take to the road and enjoy the half-day option.
18.00
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HALF DAY PANORAMIC RHODES – FILERIMOS – VALLEY OF THE BUTTERFLIES
18
4
A coach tour that starts with Rhodes Town old and new, takes in the valley of the butterflies and then ends with a guided tour of the ancient ruins of the Temple of Athena.
744.18 744.18
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DAY TOUR OF RHODES TOWN AND LINDOS
18
9
A tour that combines a guided tour of the history of Rhodes town and the ancient city of LIndos – a culture vulture’s delight.
921.98 921.98
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HALF-DAY GREEK COOKING EXPERIENCE
4 hours9
4
Welcome to Strictly Come Greek Cuisine courtesy of a home cook. You get to eat what you cook into the bargain!
99.00
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HALF DAY BUTTERFLIES OR FILERIMOS
4 hours 30 minutes50
4
Not the longest tour but quite simply this is a wonderful sight, it’s brilliant value for money and you simply shouldn’t miss it.
18.70
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HALF-DAY PANORAMIC RHODES
4 hours18
5
There is so much history in Rhodes town that you really need a guided tour to appreciate it all.
604.38
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