On this relaxing and revealing tour, a blissfully beautiful acropolis, a Doric city-state, a hilltop church in a deserted monastery, and a sail to beguiling Symi, complement the castle citadel of the crusader Knights of St. John, forming the fabulous Old Town of Rhodes
Rhodes - 7 nights
The largest island of the Dodecanese chain, Rhodes is renowned for its ancient, medieval and Ottoman monuments; museums of classical, Byzantine and folkloric relics; and conspicuously absent ‘Colossus’ bronze of Helios, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, its legend undiminished though it stood for just 70 years, over 2,000 years ago.
Yet these are the ‘supporting acts’ for the island’s most magnetic enclave, the atmospheric, awe-inspiring Old Town of the capital, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where cobbled streets and stone-paved alleys are lined with the inns and churches of the knights; lead through fountain squares to the lavishly proportioned Palace of the Grand Masters; and are as vibrant today as in their 14th century heyday.
With free time for idling or independent exploration, this journey through the centuries takes you on foot to the landmarks and museums of Rhodes town; by road to the art deco retreat of Kallithea Springs, the 15thcentury Filerimos Monastery, ancient ruins of Kameiros, and gorgeous village, bay and Acropolis of Lindos; and by boat to the scenic isle of Symi, to enjoy the pretty harbour town and to see the religious treasures and icons of Panormitis Monastery.
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Improved Hotel & Itinerary
UNESCO: City of Rhodes
Local Expert Guides
New Central Hotel Option
Group Size: 8 – 25
Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Rhodes and transfer to your chosen accommodation, the 5-star Rhodes Bay Hotel on Ixia bay, or Rodos Park Suites & Spa in Rhodes Town, for seven nights.
Day 2 An afternoon walking tour of the medieval Old Town includes the 600m, cobbled Street of the Knights, running from the Knight’s Hospital square, and passing the carved stone portals of the seven Inns of Tongues, which note the seven countries from which the knights hailed. It ends at the Palace of the Grand Masters, a round-towered castle, now part-museum, its exhibits including frescoes and mosaics, rooms of 16thcentury furniture, and an inner courtyard of Greek and Roman statuary. (B)
Day 3 A varied tour of the town’s surrounds takes us 2,300 years back in time to the Acropolis of Rhodes on Monte Smith, its Hellenic remains including the Doric columns of the Temple of Athena and Zeus; the Commonwealth War Cemetery, with graves and memorials of World War ll allied forces; and the Art Deco enclave of Kallithea Springs, built in the early 1900s, on the site of 7thcentury BC thermal baths, abandoned in 1945, and now superbly restored to its former glory. Return to Rhodes town for visits (on foot) to the 18thcentury library of Ahmet Havuz, with Persian manuscripts chronicling the 1522 Siege of Rhodes; the Decorative Art Museum, where artefacts from the 17th to 19th centuries include costumes, wood carvings, and examples of Lindian tiles and plates; and the Byzantine Museum, housed in the old Knights’ Cathedral, with frescoes, tapestries and icons rescued from other early churches. (B)
Day 4 Drive through the hills to the church of Moni Filerimos, within a deserted monastery. Built in the 15thcentury by the Knights of Saint John, and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, its Passion of Christ pathway leads to a huge cross and panoramic views at the top of the hill. Continue to ancient Kameiros, the first city-state on the island, its ruins suggesting an advanced civilisation from the 7thcentury BC; and view the nearby Kastello Kritinia, a 16thcentury Crusader castle, dominating the headland and guarding the island. At a traditional village in the area, enjoy a mezze lunch with local wine. (B, L)
Day 5 An afternoon tour to Lindos lets you walk in the legendary footsteps of Alexander the Great, Hercules, and Helen of Troy, as we visit the picturesque village and its 4thcentury BC, clifftop Acropolis, its Propylaea a monumental staircase to a semi-circular Stoa and a wall with five doorways, its Doric temple of Athena Lindia among the most sacred sites of the ancient world, in perhaps the most beautiful setting overlooking the sea. (B)
Day 6 A fabulous full day tour sails to the neighbouring island of Symi, its picture-perfect main town backing the harbour with brightly painted neo-classical houses, and seducing travellers with its romantic charm and relaxing tempo. Visit the 18thcentury Panormitis Monastery, with its toes in the Aegean and its back against pine-forested slopes. Dedicated to the Archangel Michael, the church has a feast of frescoes, while courtyards and buildings include a museum of ecclesiastical art and silver icons. (B)
Day 7 Enjoy a free day to relax on the beach, stroll along the waterfront, shop for locally crafted leather, jewellery, and studio ceramics, in the old town, new market, or Cyprus Square, or perhaps venture further afield with a boat trip or bus ride. (B)
Day 8 Transfer to Rhodes airport for the return flight to London Gatwick. (B)
A 5-star luxury hotel 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.
Rodos Park Suites & Spa is a stylish 5-star classic hotel, member of ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’. Centrally located in Rhodes Town it is surrounded by beautiful gardens and 10 minutes walk to d’Amboise gate and the Old Town. Restaurants, bars, lounge, outdoor pool, spa, WiFi (free) and 75 air-conditioned rooms with balcony. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €4 per room per night.
per person in a twin/double room
Rhodes Bay Hotel
easyJet from Gatwick
Supplements per person
Single supplement £225 (Jun/Sep 2023 £265)
Rhodes Bay Hotel
Sea view £85
Single supplement £365 (Sep 2023 £385)
Half board £175
Rodos Park Suites & Spa £170 (Jun 2023 £190)
Single supplement £515 (Jun/Sep £645)
Half board £275
For alternative regional departures in 2023, please call one of our Personal Travel Experts for a quote.
Extra nights – Rhodes
Rhodes Bay Hotel
(per night) £60 (Jun/Sep £70)
Single supplement £30 (Jun/Sep £35)
Sea view supplement £70 (Jun/Sep £80)
Sea view single supplement £40 (Jun/Sep £45)
Half board £30
Rodos Park Suites & Spa
(per night) £75 (Jun/Sep £95)
Single supplement £70 (Jun/Sep £90)
Half board £45
Arrival or departure transfer add £40
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, accommodation tax, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently €4 per room per night.
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