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Rhodes

Take a trip back to ancient times as you explore beaches, palaces, and everything in-between on this island.

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Rhodes: High-Speed Boat Cruise to Symi Island

1. Rhodes: High-Speed Boat Cruise to Symi Island

Your 1-hour high-speed boat cruise starts from Mandraki Harbor at 11:00 AM. Take in the crystal clear waters of Symi's fishing harbor, the pastel-colored neoclassical buildings framing the bay, and the colorful church domes dotting the landscape. In Symi, you will have 3 full hours to explore the fishing town, have lunch at one of the numerous traditional tavernas, and try the famous Symi mini shrimp with a glass of Ouzo. After exploring, take time to swim in the amazing waters right nearby. Depart Symi at 3:00 PM, sailing through Saint George’s Bay, and stop for a dip in the crystal clear waters before heading back to Rhodes.

Rhodes: Ancient Lindos Acropolis Regular Admission Ticket

2. Rhodes: Ancient Lindos Acropolis Regular Admission Ticket

Avoid the lines at the ticket office with this skip-the-line and uncover the ancient history of the Lindos Acropolis. During your visit, you will come to understand why the Acropolis of Lindos is widely considered to be the most impressive archaeological site on Rhodes. The archaeological remains found on it and around the hill are a testament to the wealth of the ancient town. Wander around all sides of the hill and get some marvelous views, revealing a dramatic natural landscape and the picturesque beauty of the modern town. Take as much time as you need to explore the site. Explore the great Doric Hellenistic Stoa and the Castle of the Knights of St. John. Make your way to the top of the Lindos Acropolis, where you will find the ruins of the Temple of Athena Lindia.

From Rhodes: Symi Island Full Day Trip by Boat

3. From Rhodes: Symi Island Full Day Trip by Boat

Start your experience at the port, where you'll receive your boarding card and a map with information about Symi Island. It takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach the island of Symi. You can sit on the deck or inside, wherever you feel is most comfortable. The first stop will be the Monastery of Archangel Michael Panormitis where you will have approximately 1-hour of free time for your individual visit. You can light a candle or walk around and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this holy place. After continue the boat cruise, following the precise boarding time provided at the front of the boat. Enjoy a scenic 1-hour cruise around the island’s west coast, including a small 20 min stop by the famous Bay of St. George for a swim (during the hot summer months, usually on Tuesdays and Saturdays (subject to change)). Entering the little harbor of Symi you will be amazed by the colorful houses and many private sailing boats and yachts. You will then have approximately 3.5 hours of free time for your visit. Symi village is full of beautiful, neo-classical mansions, folk and art shops, many cafeterias, hospitable taverns, and stalls with sponges and wooden carvings. Feel the authentic atmosphere, have a casual walk through the port, get the fun train for a great drive through Symi town, go for a swim or enjoy a nice meal in one of the many sea-front taverns.

Rhodes: All Inclusive 3 or 6-Hour Swimming Cruise

4. Rhodes: All Inclusive 3 or 6-Hour Swimming Cruise

Hop on board Aphrodite, a 36-foot catamaran, for a sun and sea cruise designed for holiday-makers looking for a chill cruise and a true taste of Greek hospitality. Enjoy 3 swimming stops and unlimited drinks and snacks on board.   The first and favorite swimming stop will be Antony Quinn Bay. Take 40 minutes to luxuriate in the most photogenic bay of Rhodes, enjoying drinks and snacks, and the opportunity to swim or snorkel. Then, head off to the next two swimming stops: spend 30 minutes each at Afantou Bay and Ladiko Bay for some more relaxation and swimming. If swimming isn’t your thing, you can have just as much fun on board. Aphrodite is licensed for 45 passengers, but to maintain maximum comfort, the limit will be 28 passengers. So just choose a super comfy sofa, relax, and enjoy the open bar with your choice of wine, beer, soft drinks, water, or the cocktail of the day, made on the spot from fresh fruit. Take advantage of the local snacks as well, including melekouni (Rhodian traditional honey and sesame bars), a fruit platter, and a choice of local produce.

From Rhodes Town: Day Trip to Lindos

5. From Rhodes Town: Day Trip to Lindos

Avail of worry-free transportation from Rhodes Town, Ixia or Ialyssos and admire the typical villages and beautiful landscape on the 1-hour drive to Lindos. Get dropped off at a central parking lot on arrival, from where you can stroll to the village square in 5 minutes or take the shuttle bus to arrive in just 2 minutes. Avail of 4 hours of free time to choose what you want to do. Head to the acropolis to see the ruins of the Temple of Athena Lindia, or relax on the sandy beach. Enjoy refreshments in the cafés and restaurants, or buy gifts in the boutique stores. Return to the parking lot at 3:00 PM for the return journey to Rhodes Town, Ixia and Ialyssos.

Rhodes: Cruise to Quinn Bay, Afandou & Kallithea with Lunch

6. Rhodes: Cruise to Quinn Bay, Afandou & Kallithea with Lunch

Get ready for a memorable day of sailing on the Aegean Sea on a day cruise from Rhodes. Explore the most beautiful parts of the east coast with a buffet meal and drinks on board. Swim and snorkel with the equipment provided at Anthony Quinn Bay, Afandou Beach, and Kalithea Springs. Depart from the port of Mandraki in the morning. Enjoy sailing on a traditional wooden boat with free WiFi that will take you to one of the calmest beaches of Rhodes, Anthony Quinn Bay. Swim and snorkel in the emerald green waters for an hour. Next, continue to Afandou Beach. As the crew drops anchor there, have the chance to swim, snorkel or just relax on the quiet beach. Come back on the boat in an hour for a lunch buffet with local flavors and vegetarian dishes accompanied by red or white wine. After lunch, head to your last stop, Kallithea Springs. Take a dip in the long enclave of clear blue water surrounded by rocks and ladders that lead down to the ocean. After 30 minutes in Kallithea, settle in for the return trip to Rhodes Town.

Rhodes: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

7. Rhodes: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Discover the ancient history of Rhodes on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of its ancient sites and top attractions. Visit 12 of the city's most important sites and feel free to get off and re-enter the bus at each of the stops. You can hop on and off as many times as you want on the 1-hour circuit. Explore sites such as the popular Elli Beach and the Aquarium, where you can get up close and personal with Mediterranean marine life such as dolphins, seals, turtles, and sharks. Stop at the government buildings or shop till you drop in the commercial center, then visit the Old Town and the area where the statue of Colossus stood. Hop off at the Palace of the Grand Magister to admire its medieval architecture before heading to the Archaeological Museum to see artifacts from Rhodes and neighboring islands. Admire panoramic views from the Monte Smith Hill, and discover over 2,000 years of history at the Acropolis, the Temple of Apollo, and the ancient stadium and theater. With your ticket, you're free to stop at the attractions that interest you most.

Rhodes: Premium Catamaran Day Cruise with Lunch & Drinks

8. Rhodes: Premium Catamaran Day Cruise with Lunch & Drinks

Embark on a catamaran cruise to the coastal beaches of Rhodes. Stop at idyllic beaches and bays to swim, snorkel, or relax on the sand. Enjoy unlimited drinks on board with a Mediterranean lunch. Board the "Lagoon", a luxurious catamaran that will be your vessel for this cruise. The first stop on your cruise is Anthony Quinn's Bay, where you will enjoy amazing views and can swim and snorkel. The catamaran will then sail to your second stop of Afandou Beach, where you’ll have 60 minutes to swim and snorkel in a quiet bay. There the crew will throw bread into the sea and colorful fish will gather around you as you explore Rhodes' underwater life. Following that, enjoy a Mediterranean lunch prepared and served on board. The final stop will then be at Kalithea Springs, where you will have 30-45 minutes for swimming and snorkeling.

From Rhodes City: Boat Day Trip to Lindos

9. From Rhodes City: Boat Day Trip to Lindos

Discover Lindos on a relaxing cruise from Rhodes City. See the iconic Acropolis of Lindos, relax on a sandy beach, and swim in the clear waters of the Blue Lagoon and Tsambika Beach. Board your boat in Rhodes City and begin your journey to Lindos. In just under 2 hours, reach the village of Lindos. Hop off the boat and enjoy 3 hours of free time in Lindos. Explore the Acropolis of Lindos, stroll through the town, or sunbathe on the beach. Enjoy a traditional meal in one of the many taverns before returning to the boat. Sail to Tasambika Beach and its Blue Lagoon. Dive off the beach into the refreshing water and snorkel with the fish. Climb back aboard and head to the majestic Anthony Quinn Bay, the filming location for "The Guns of Navarone." Marvel at the stunning seabed and spot the many varieties of colorful fish among the coral and seaweed. Return to Rhodes harbor along the stunning coastline of the island. As you sail, purchase a drink from the full bar on board with a variety of cold drinks, cocktails, and coffee, or enjoy an ice cream or a snack.

Rhodes North: 4x4 Polaris Buggy Off-Road Adventure

10. Rhodes North: 4x4 Polaris Buggy Off-Road Adventure

Explore the island of Rhodes on a Polaris RZR 570. Go off the beaten track on this exhilarating adventure, as you drive through mountains and charming villages, enjoying local products along the way. Admire the natural scenery of Rhodes as you make your way to Eleousa Square. From there, continue to Archipoli where you’ll taste local varieties of honey and other delicious products like souma (spirits made of grapes), olive oil, local sweets, and fresh seasonal fruits. Then discover the native herbs of Rhodes including oregano as you continue off-road to Psinthos. A little further on, stop at a viewpoint where the majority of the west coast and the famous Butterfly Valley can be seen from above. The last trek of the day will bring you to Fanes village, the perfect place for a short stop to take a refreshing dive into the Aegean Sea. Finally, head back to Theologos to end your unique tour.

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What people are saying about Rhodes

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 7,984 reviews

This is a lovely, fun way to enjoy an evening. With the wind in your hair, and thanks to very nice electric bikes, cycling about is no sweat. You see the main sights in and around Rhodes old town. The guides have a wealth of knowledge. There really is no better way to get to know Rhodes. The evening tour includes a cycle up to a viewing point to take in a beautiful sunset.

Amazing crew, fantastic trip, visiting some beautiful places. Must emphasise the crew really made our trip, they were all so fabulous. The food was delish, bays we visited outstanding, time for snorkelling, watermelon, swimming and exploring, would definitely recommend this trip

We loved every minute of our day cruise. From the groovy music, great food, bad jokes and sparkling clear waters. Very well organised. Good value. Thank you for catering for vegans too :))

Very nice roundtrip, the guide (Karl-Heinz) was super knowledgable about the history of Rhodos, very interesting to learn so much about the history of the island

Excellent trip, Host was very good and explained everything and was very helpful and informative. Must visit, looking forward to book him on our May 2024 trip.