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.

    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.

    Tour code

    RHO_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Panoramic Rhodes

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

    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.

    Tour code

    RHO_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3½ 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.

    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.

    Tour code

    RHO_011

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Medieval Rhodes by Trolley Train

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

    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.

    Tour code

    RHO_009

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Tsambika Beach Break

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

    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 taverna. 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, several tavernas and a mini market situated just a little off the beach.

    Tour code

    RHO_012

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Valley of the Butterflies

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

    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.

    Tour code

    RHO_013

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    4½ hours

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