Follow the moves of the Grand Masters to discover the Greek, Crusader and Ottoman treasures in Rhodes Old Town and Lindos, also visiting the island of Symi
Rhodes - 7 nights
For a combination of exploration and relaxation, the town of Rhodes offers the best of both worlds, being a UNESCO World Heritage site with a fascinating history, within walking distance of the port and beaches, offering a wide range of restaurants and bars. This arrangement minimises the need for local road transportation and explores mainly by boat or on foot.
An important economic centre in ancient times the port of Rhodes was the site of one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Ancient World’, the Colossus of Rhodes. Once part of the Roman and Byzantine empires its invaders included Alexander and the Persians.
Most famous were the Knights of St. John, who arrived from the Holy Land in 1310, staying until the Ottoman siege, when they moved to Malta. Their medieval citadel, one of the finest in existence, forms the Old Town of Rhodes. The Street of the Knights, lined with Inns of the Tongues, leads to the imposing Palace of the Grand Masters. The Knights were evicted in 1519 by Suleiman the Magnificent, who introduced Ottoman architecture. The library of Ahmet Havuz chronicles the siege of Rhodes with a rare collection of 15th century manuscripts. Byzantine influence is revealed in the Byzantine museum, Rhodian folk art at the Decorative Arts Museum and ancient history at the Archaeological museum.
Lindos, an attractive port on the southern side of the island is now a national landmark. The dramatically sited Acropolis contains the ancient Temple of Lindian Athena and fortifications of the Knights of St. John.
Another of the Dodecanese islands, Symi has changed little since it was one of the richest of the Dodecanese in the 17th century.
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Improved Hotel & Itinerary
UNESCO: City of Rhodes
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 8 – 25
Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Rhodes. Transfer to the 5-star Hotel Rhodes Bay (formerly Amathus Beach) for seven nights.
Day 2 An afternoon walking tour of Rhodes old town including the Street of the Knights, Palace of the Grand Masters and its exhibitions on Rhodes in Ancient times and during the era of the Knights of St. John and the Ottomans. (B)
Day 3 Discover the varied heritage of Rhodes town and surroundings with visits to the Rhodes Acropolis on Monte Smith (named after the British Admiral Sydney Smith), the Commonwealth War Cemetery and Kallithea Springs. A second walking tour of Rhodes Old Town visits the 18th century library of Ahmet Havuz and the Decorative Arts museum with costumes, Lindian tiles and plates, as well as the frescoes and icons of the fascinating Byzantine museum, originally a 12th century church, then a mosque and now a museum. (B)
Day 4 An afternoon to the village of Lindos to visit its village and the clifftop Acropolis from the 4th century BC, one of the most sacred sites of the ancient world, reputedly visited by Alexander the Great, Helen of Troy and Hercules. (B)
Day 5 Free day to relax on the beach, stroll along the waterfront or explore historic Rhodes. Perhaps take a local bus into the countryside or enjoy a boat ride. (B)
Day 6 A full-day tour by boat to the nearby island of Symi, visiting the beautiful harbour of Symi town and Panormitis Monastery, dedicated to St. Michael and guardian of Greek seafarers with many treasures and icons. (B)
Day 7 Drive through the hills of Rhodes to the church of Moni Filerimos. Visit ancient Kameiros, one of Rhodes’ thee original Doric cities and view the nearby crusader castle of Kritinia. At a traditional village enjoy a Mezze lunch with local wine. (B, L)
Day 8 Return flight to London Gatwick. (B)
A 5-star luxury hotel (formerly Amathus Beach) with views of the bay of Ixia and the hillside forest and only 10 minutes drive to the old town by bus or taxi. Restaurants, bars, pools, spa, WiFi (free) and access to the beach. 356 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and balcony. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €4 per room per night.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick
Supplements per person
Single supplement £175
Hotel Rhodes Bay
Sea view £95
Single sea view £395
Half board £175
British Airways Club Europe from £395
easyJet from Gatwick, Luton, Bristol, Liverpool – nil
Extra nights – Rhodes
Hotel Rhodes Bay
(per night) £49
Single supplement £25
Sea view supplement £15
Single sea view supplement £59
Half board £25
Arrival or departure transfer add £35
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, entrance fees, accommodation tax, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
Entrance fees are not included and are approximately €60 (€30 for visitors over 65).
An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €4 per room per night.
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