8 h. tour (Private tour)
(guided walking tour of the Old town + guided tour of the Archaeological Museum + guided tour of the Palace of the Grand Masters + private transportation to a beach and back + free time at the beach)
For those of you that have more time at your disposal, you can enjoy a walking tour of the medieval town of Rhodes, a unique world heritage monument protected by UNESCO, combined with a visit to one of the famous beaches of Rhodes to relax and enjoy a swim before returning to your cruise ship. Your tour guide will meet you at the port where you will disembark and your tour will start right away. Walking to the Old town you'll pass through one of the gateways and will continue parallel to the big fortified wall, with your guide stopping you in some points of interest for further explanations as well as for panoramic views. On the way you will walk through the area of the Agora and the Collachium, where the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem lived and worked, building a stronghold of Christendom in the Eastern Mediterranean. The building of the hospital of the knights of St. John is one of the most impressive and old buildings remaining in the Old town, and houses today the archaeological museum of Rhodes, which is worth for a short visit. Among other things you will see ancient Greek statues, including the Aphrodite of Rhodes, made of parian marble, urns and pots, funerary plaques etc.
Remaining remarkably intact, the Old Town is home to the churches, marble coats of arms of the Knights, cannonballs and the inns of the Knights. Entering the famous Knight Street you will start ascending to the level where the very impressive restored Palace of the Grand Masters lies and you will enter it for your guided tour and detailed explanation of the different historic periods of the island and the palace. There among other things you will see very impressive mosaic floors, several rooms that served the everyday needs of the palace, as well as one of the most famous and well done copies remaining of the complex of the statues of Laotoon, a famous ancient statue which is today kept in the Vatican museum.
At the end of the guided tour your tour guide will be in touch with your private driver and will take you to a designated area, where you will be picked up by your private vehicle and will be driven to one of the famous beaches of Rhodes, such as Faliraki (15 min. drive each way), or Tsabika (40 min. drive each way), or the beach near the aquarium which is near the port. All beaches have umbrellas and sun beds, as well as canteens, where you can buy a snack or drinks.
Your driver will be waiting there for you and as soon as you are ready, after having enjoyed your swim, will take you back to the ship.