This 4½-hour adventure is the best introduction to Rhodes that these excursions have to offer. Your thirst for history will be slaked, your desire for beautiful scenery will be fulfilled and you will be back at your ship on time.
Rhodes City, East Coast of the Island and Lindos
Half Day Private Shore Excursion 4:30 hours
From the cruise ship dock/pier we drive to the Medieval City (World Heritage Site—UNESCO). We will stop at the most important monuments of the Medieval City for pictures from outside.
We continue out of the Medieval City to the "New Town". Here we will see:
The historical buildings where the Venetian, Gothic and Arabic elements blend:
We drive up the hillside to Monte Smith, (although named after a 19th century British admiral, this is the site of ancient Rhodes) the Acropolis of Rhodes City which overlooks the Old and the New Town. Enjoy excellent views of the city and both East and West Coast. (Stop Visit Photos). We also visit the Temple of Apollo, the Ancient Stadium of Rhodes, and the restored marble Hellenistic Theater. (Stop Visit Photos)
The drive continues 50 kilometers / 35 miles southeast to Lindos. You'll pass small picturesque villages and enjoy dramatic views of the sea and the beautiful landscape of orange and lemon groves, and olive trees.
One mile before Lindos we stop at a vantage point for a panoramic picture of the acropolis, the village, and the port of Lindos. (Stop Photos)
Next, we drive down to St. Paul's Bay, a site of incredible wild beauty. Here is where the apostle is said to have landed in the year 51 AD to preach Christianity to the Rhodians. From this point, you can also view the cave where "The Guns of Navarone" was filmed. (Stop Visit Photos)
Then we drive you to the main square of Lindos village, so you can explore the white village and climb up the Acropolis of Lindos, (passing colourful storefronts and whitewashed elaborately decorated homes) to see the magnificent remains of past civilizations: the 4th century BC Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, a double-winged portico, a Byzantine church and the fortifications of the Knights of St John.
Don't want to walk? Take a "Lindos Taxi"—a donkey! The vantage point from the Acropolis affords you breath-taking views of a great expanse of the Mediterranean Sea, the St. Paul’s Bay, and the white village of Lindos. (Stop Visit Photos)
Later we will meet you at the main square of Lindos village (at the prearranged time) for the return trip, the last 14 kilometers / 8 miles we drive through the coast road of Faliraki and Kallithea Spa.
We will take you back to your cruise ship. If you prefer to be taken to the Medieval City for independent browsing, you will be responsible for returning on foot to the ship, docked about a quarter-mile away.
Duration: 4:30 hours. Usually we spend one hour in Lindos, but it depends on you for how long you need to visit Lindos. To climb up it takes 10 - 15 min, to look 30 min.
Availability: All the year round.
Activity Level: Moderate (or "Easy" if you skip the Acropolis of Lindos).
Driver: English speaking knowledgeable tour/driver specialize in private shore excursions (or multilingual upon request)
Departure Time: 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 driver.
Starting Point: We meet at the pier/dock.
Excursion Extensions: You can extend or change the itinerary of this private shore excursion as you wish.
You may extend this tour and add lunch time at a seaside village at the Mediterranean Sea right on the water's edge (scenic) with fresh seafood, Rhodian cuisine and excellent local wines. Or just extend the tour for a swim (June - September) at a sandy established beach with facilities for changing clothes. The water at the East Coast is crystal clear and in some parts is shallow for a long way out, making this a perfect coast for a swim. You can also extend this tour and add the highlights and landmarks you want to visit.
(Stop Pictures) = Stop and get out of the car for pictures from outside of the Sight/building
(Stop Visit Pictures) = Stop and visit - go inside the sight/building for pictures
Direction: From the North to South East of the Island
Excursion Speed Limits: Minimum 60km / 37mi Maximum 100km / 62mi
Covered Kilometers / Miles: Roundtrip approximately 120km / 74,5mi
Direction: From the North to South East of the Island
Speed Limits: Minimum 50km / 32mi Maximum 90km / 56mi
Covered km / mi: Roundtrip approximately 120km / 74,5mi
1. To reach the Acropolis of Lindos you will be required to climb 292 steps, or ride on a donkey. The donkey does not eliminate all the steps, there are over 80 to go when you get off the donkey. The donkeys go by a slightly different path so the stairs, and the soles of your shoes, will be quite clean if you wish to walk up. The risers of the stairs are 5-7 inches and the treads 18-24 inches. No handrail on either side.
2. If you have elderly people in your group we can drive them down on the beautiful beach of Lindos have a drink and a nice discuss with the driver and enjoy the panoramic view while they are waiting for you to climb up the Acropolis of Lindos.
3. If you have kids in your group The "Best of Rhodes Island" Half Day Shore Excursion it is also an Educational and Entertainment Excursion, and of course they will love the donkey ride up to the Acropolis of Lindos!!
4. You may prefer to use ATM machines when you need cash. ATMs are everywhere.
Excursion Entrance Fees:
Acropolis of Rhodes (Ancient Stadium, Theater, Gymnasium) Free
Acropolis of Lindos 12 Euros per person, Children under 18 years old free, No charge to enter Lindos village. If you wish a donkey ride is 6 Euros per person. Archeological sites and museums accept only Euros in cash - No foreign currencies or credit cards.
Excursion Landmarks Opening Hours:
Acropolis of Rhodes (Ancient Stadium, Theater, Gymnasium) are open sites.
Acropolis of Lindos Daily 08.00 -19.40 April to October 08.00 -14.40 November to March.
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