If the "Best of Rhodes Greece" excursion is the hors d'oeuvres, then this full-day private excursion is the meal. You can explore the Island until your appetite for history and natural beauty is satisfied. Halfway through the tour, you will be taken to lunch at a location overlooking the beautiful blue Mediterranean sea. A drive through this scenic island will keep you engaged and interested, creating memories that will last long after the excursion is over.
Rhodes City and East / West Coast of the Island
Full Day Private Shore Excursion
From the cruise ship dock/pier we drive to the Medieval City (World Heritage Site—UNESCO) and we will stop at the most important monuments for pictures from outside.
We will then drive 50 kilometers / 35 miles southeast to Lindos, where will visit the St. Paul's Bay, the village, and the Acropolis of Lindos. (Stop Visit Photos)
On the way back from Lindos, we stop for a relaxing lunch right on the water’s edge at a seaside village restaurant on the Mediterranean Sea, which offers fresh seafood, Rhodian cuisine, and excellent local wines, there are also vegetarian options or dishes.
Our tour resumes with a scenic drive through the Island from the East to the West Coast, stopping at
The Valley of the Butterflies, one of the most attractive destinations on the island and one of the most unusual biotopes in Europe. This site is beautifully arranged with wooden bridges. From Mid-June to Mid-September thousands of multi-colored butterflies of the genus Panaxia come here to reproduce. (We drive you to the upper gate so you can walk down the valley easier). (Stop Visit Photos)
A traditional (boutique) winery for free wine tasting, Athiri, Red Wine Mandilari, Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon...Souma (distillate of wine). Winemakers are using organic growth and organic process for the vineyards and wines. Here you can get your pictures of the ageing facilities. (Stop Visit Taste Photos)
The drive continues to the northwest and the Ancient Acropolis of Ialyssos: We drive up to Filerimos hill; Here you can have a truly panoramic view of Ialyssos bay and the west coast of the Island. You can visit the Church of our Lady of Filerimos, the remains of the Temple of Athena, and the Filerimos monastery (Stop Visit Photos)
We drive through Ixia one of the biggest tourist settlements, back to the 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: 8:00 hours.
Availability: mid April - mid October.
Activity Level: Moderate.
Driver: English speaking knowledgeable tour/driver specialize in private shore excursions (or multilingual upon request)
Departure Time: 8:30 AM. Or later 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.
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 also adjust the tour for a swim at the East Coast (mid June - mid September) at a sandy established beach with facilities for changing clothes.
(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 - On the way back from South East to North West
Speed Limits: Minimum 50km / 32mi Maximum 90km / 56mi
Covered Kilometers / Miles: Roundtrip approximately 175km / 108mi
1. The Valley of the Butterflies actually it is a hillside with two gates. The lower gate is the Main Gate, and the upper gate is the Secondary Gate. You can have a quick look using the Main Gate for around 10 min, but if you want to climb up there is about 60 min of walking time (up and down). For the comfort of our travelers we drive them to the Secondary Gate - upper gate so they can walk down easier (one way) 30 - 40 min.
2. The elderly people in your group they can wait down at the Main Gate, with the driver while you explore the place. There is a small cafe, a refreshment kiosk, and a little gift shop.
3. You may prefer to use ATM machines when you need cash. ATMs are everywhere.
Excursion Entrance Fees:
Acropolis of Rhodes and Ancient Stadium 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
Valley of the Butterflies: (3 Euros Low Season) (5 Euros High Season) per person. Children under 12 years old Free
Filerimos: to visit the Stations of the Cross, the Cross, and the panoramic vista Free, to visit the Monastery and the Church 6 Euros per person,
(If you want to visit the Palace of the Grand Masters 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 and Ancient Stadium are open sites
Acropolis of Lindos Daily 08.00 -19.40 April to October 08.00 -14.40 November to March
Valley of the Butterflies Daily 08.00 -17.40 April to October
Filerimos (acropolis of Ialyssos): Daily 08.30 -19.40 Mondays 08.00 -19.40 April to October
(if you want to visit the Palace of the Grand Masters Daily 08.00 -19.40 April to October 08.00 -14.40 November to March).
For additional information about this excursion / prices / cost / extensions / or to make future reservations, please submit an online request. If you book now, your private shore excursion will be confirmed within 24 hours.
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