Rhodes, Greece - Mediterranean Cruises

Expect a warm welcome to Rhodes, with its magnificent scenery and flawless beaches, that legend has it was once blessed by Apollo with sunshine and beauty. With a rich medieval history there is plenty to explore at Rhodes, from the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, to the Grand Master's Palace is famed for its superb mosaic floors.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Lindos & Rhodes Town

    Visit two 'jewels' of Rhodes - the pretty, whitewashed town of Lindos and Rhodes' medieval old town.

    Lindos & Rhodes Town

    Step back in time with a walk through Lindos village and up to the summit of the Acropolis to see the magnificent remains of past civilisations. Marvel at 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, including the remains of the Governor's quarters. The view is truly panoramic and at the very foot of the Acropolis is St Paul's Bay, where the Apostle is said to have sought shelter during a storm.

    Upon returning from Lindos, a short stop will be made at Archangelos, the island's largest village in the Valley of Aithona. The village is famous for its long tradition in the art of ceramics. A brief stop will be made at the folk art factory where local artists, using age-old methods, make ceramic wares. There will be an opportunity to purchase the unique items on sale.

    Return to the old town of Rhodes with its maze of cobble-stoned streets built inside the medieval city walls. Take some free time to browse in the many quaint shops, brimming with Greek souvenirs.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are approximately 365 steps and narrow cobble-stoned pathways leading to the top of the Acropolis in Lindos. The old town of Rhodes will be explored on foot. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    RHO_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Lindos Acropolis & Tsambika

    Take advantage of the beauty and history of Rhodes Island as well as free time at the delightful beach at Tsambika.

    Lindos Acropolis & Tsambika

    Discover the village of Lindos and walk to the summit of the Acropolis and see the remains of past civilisations. These include the 4th century BC Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, a Byzantine church and the fortifications of the Knights. The panoramic view will showcase St Pauls Bay and the old whitewashed houses in the narrow streets of the village. Spend some free time browsing the shops and soaking up the atmosphere.

    Continue onto the popular Tsambika beach, washed by the clear waters of the Aegean to enjoy approximately three hours on the beach. Relax, swim in the sea or find a suitable spot to have luncheon from the choice of cafeterias and tavernas.

    On the scenic drive back to Rhodes a stop will be made at Monte Smith to capture the panoramic sight of the Old and New town of Rhodes. Upon arrival at Rhodes town embark on a guided walking tour taking you along the stone paved lanes past medieval structures, each recalling the Knights of St John and their Ottoman conquerors.



    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking including many cobblestoned streets. We would advise you to take sun protection and a sun hat. Please remember to take local currency (Euros). Please bear in mind that luncheon, towels, umbrellas and sunbeds are not included. There are independent suppliers on the beach that may offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to Cunard.

    Tour code

    RHO_011

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Panoramic Rhodes

    An easy option to view the Acropolis at Lindos, this panoramic drive will show you the highlights of this beautiful island.

    Panoramic Rhodes

    Your scenic drive will take you via the medieval walls that encircle Rhodes old town passing by the yachts and pleasure crafts moored in Mandraki Harbour. You will reach the site believed to have been one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Colossus of Rhodes.

    From a vantage point, view one of the centres of the ancient Greek civilisation, Lindos. Take in the view of St Paul’s Bay, where the Apostle is said to have sought shelter during a storm. Below you will be able to see the ‘sugar-cube’ houses and narrow streets of this delightful village.

    On your return from Lindos, a stop will be made at ‘Rodos Gold’ – a unique factory and museum where you will be able to watch the craftsmen making pieces of jewellery. The museum has a display of replica museum pieces from Greek history in solid gold.

    A photograph stop will be made at the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes Town, now called Monte Smith, where you can view Rhodes Town lying below in all its splendour.

    At the end of the tour, an optional drop-off will be made at one of the entrances to the old town of Rhodes. Should you wish to visit the old town independently, you will be responsible for your own return to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach. This is a panoramic tour and does not include a visit to Lindos village itself or the Acropolis at Lindos, it is viewed from a distance. There are five steps at the jewellery factory.

    Tour code

    RHO_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Valley of the Butterflies

    Get a feel for the true natural beauty and history of Rhodes.

    Valley of the Butterflies

    Embark on a scenic drive passing through Rhodes Town and up to Mount Smith Hill, named after the British admiral who was stationed there at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. From this spectacular vantage point, admire the impressive views of the Acropolis of Rhodes, including the scattered ruins of the temple of Athena, the Temple of Apollo, the Ancient stadium of Diagoras and the port below.

    Upon arrival at the Valley of the Butterflies, your guide will escort you along the peaceful walkways, surrounded by thousands of butterflies attracted by the sweet scent of the Oriental Sweetgum tree. As you stroll along, have your camera ready to capture the natural beauty of the small waterfalls, rock pools and rustic bridges.

    Returning to Rhodes Town, follow in the footsteps of the Knights of St John during a walking tour of the old parts of the city. Explore the Palace of the Grand Master, with its magnificent treasures and superb mosaics from the island of Kos. As you meander through a maze of stone paved lanes you’ll also pass the amazing medieval buildings, towers and emblazoned facades. Once at Museum Square, enjoy some free time to shop or simply sit back and relax in one of the many street cafés.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking included during the tour over some inclines, uneven and rough terrain. If you wish to remain in town at the end of your tour, you’ll be responsible for making your own way back to the ship.

    Tour code

    RHO_013

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Tsambika Beach Break

    Spend time at one of the most popular beaches to relax by the Aegean sea.

    Tsambika Beach Break

    Rhodes has been one of the Mediterranean’s biggest and most popular holiday resorts for over 30 years and it is easy to see why. A big element of the popularity is the beaches boasting crystal clear waters of the Aegean with fine golden sand.

    A return transfer will be provided for you from the ship to one of the Island’s most famous beaches at Tsambika where you will have approximately three hours to enjoy a morning in the sun, swim in the sea and relax with a soft drink or juice at a nearby cafe. The beach is named after the Church of the Virgin Tsambika which was built upon a high cliff overlooking the beach.

    Whilst this is a reasonably unspoiled part of Rhodes, the beach still offers a limited selection of water sports.



    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. We would advise you to take sun protection, a sun hat and a towel. Please remember to take local currency (Euros). Sun beds and one umbrella, per two beds, have been reserved for you and are included. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to Cunard.

    Tour code

    RHO_012

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Medieval Rhodes by Trolley Train

    Discover the island's medieval capital, Rhodes Town, by trolley train and then visit the Grand Masters' Palace.

    Medieval Rhodes by Trolley Train

    Enjoy a ride on a trolley train up to the Acropolis of Rhodes, for views of the old and new towns of Rhodes. View the imposing walls of the old town, Mandraki Harbour, where legend says the Colossus of Rhodes stood.

    Your walking tour of the old walled town of Rhodes takes you along stone-paved lanes past medieval structures, each recalling the Knights of St John and their Turkish conquerors. Learn about the town's past as you walk along the Knights' Road, one of the oldest and most magnificent in the town which leads to the Palace of the Grand Masters.

    Built in the early 14th century, the Palace of the Grand Masters features mosaics from the island of Kos, as well as a marble staircase that leads to the upper floor, where you can take in the panoramic view of the city.

    A stop will be made at the ancient ruins of Rhodes Town, where you will be able to view the site of the old town of Rhodes and the walls that still surround it, from the comfort of the train.

    There will be time for shopping in the old town for souvenirs, jewellery and Greek art.


    This excursion will operate by trolley train and on foot. The old town of Rhodes will be explored on foot for approximately one hour, along cobbled streets. The visit to the Acropolis is in Rhodes Town, not Lindos. The order of highlights may be reversed. Please note that the tour will end at Rhodes Old Town to offer the option for further exploration or shopping before the short walk to return to the ship. Please note that due to street traffic noise the public address system may be difficult to hear, the guide will conduct the explanations of the sites at the first available stop and not whilst the train is in motion. There are 50 steps to negotiate inside the Grand Master Palace.

    Tour code

    RHO_009

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    2½ hours

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