Rhodes City Tour
Rhodes has been famous since antiquity as the site of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The citadel of Rhodes, built by the Hospitallers, is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. The Medieval city is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After meeting your professionally trained guide at the hotel, depart on a scenic drive through the modern areas of Rhodes. As you pass by the Mandraki Esplanade, you will see the government buildings, Church of Annunciation built in 1925, a replica of the Old Church of the Knights of St. John and the Deer Statues at the entrance of Mandraki Port.
It is believed that this was where the Colossus of Rhodes once stood. Your drive will then continue up to Monte Smith for panoramic views and photo opportunities over Rhodes and the Aegean Sea. On clear days you can see the coast of Turkey. Next, you will continue along the walls of Rhodes’ Old City to reach the upper Gate D’Amboise. Here, you will leave your transportation and begin a walking tour of the Old Town. Entering through the massive gates, the ﬁrst thing you see is the imposing Palace of the Grand Masters.
After a brief explanation outside, you will proceed to the Palace for a guided walking tour of many of the major rooms located on the second ﬂoor. The Palace was built in the 14th century A.D., destroyed in 1856 and rebuilt in 1939 by the Italians in order to accommodate the King of Italy, Emmanuel II and Mussolini. Departing the palace, you will ﬁnd yourself at the top of the Street of the Knights.
As you walk down the street with your guide, they will point out the facades of the many inns once occupied by the crusaders. At the end of the street, you will see the outside of the Knight’s Hospital which is now an impressive Archaeological Museum. The hospital was built in 1440 A.D., and is the most spectacular and well preserved building in the Old City. You will then be given some free time to explore on your own, ﬁnd an ice cream or visit the archeological museum on your own.
At the appointed time, you will meet your guide to walk to the nearby transportation for the short ride back to the pier. Those guests wishing to stay and enjoy more of the Old Town will be responsible for getting back to the hotel on their own.
Excursion Size: Standard
Excursion Type: Cultural, Scenic
Excursion Duration : 4 Hours
Activity Level: Easy
Food / Beverage Provided: Lunch stop (not included in price)
Entrance Fees: Not included in the price
- Grand Master Palace € 8,00 per person
Dress: Comfortable clothing and sensible, ﬂat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Sun glasses and sun screen are suggested.
- Port or Hotel pickup & dropoff
- Qualified local guide
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Not Included: Gratuities