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Beach Excursion

Very Good

Duration

5 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

4 people

Languages

English

Overview

This excursion combines 1 hour Rhodes private city excursion plus leisurely time at a beach of your choice. If you are interested you may extend your excursion to a full day and visit also the traditional white village of Lindos.

Our private day excursion will start from the Old Town, the Mandraki harbour together with the area where the Colossus of Rhodes once stood. Then we will visit the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes. The rest of the time you will spend at a beach of your choice and at the end we will return you back to your starting point.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rhodes Old Town
  • Mandraki Harbor - Colossus area & Church of the Annunciation
  • Monte Smith Hill & Acropolis of Rhodes
  • Beach Time

Itinerary

Stop 1 - Rhodes Old Town
Stop 1 - Rhodes Old Town

We will start our excursion with a drive around the walls of the Old Town of Rhodes – the biggest inhabited medieval town in Europe. It was built in 1300s from the knights of the order of St. John. The Medieval Town of Rhodes is inscribed in the World Heritage Sites List of UNESCO. This list recognises the exceptional value of a cultural site so that it may be protected for the benefit of all Humanity.

If you want we can extend the duration of the excursion with 1 hour and you can have also some free time to go through the Old town and explore it on your own.

Stop 2 - Mandraki Harbour & Annunciation Church
Stop 2 - Mandraki Harbour & Annunciation Church

Mandraki port is situated in the new part of the town where you will see some very impressive monumental buildings built by the Italians. Here at the harbour entrance is believed that once stood the great statue of the Colossus of Rhodes – one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World.

We will stop for pictures of the area and you will be able also to enter and see the Church of the Annunciation which is the most famous church in Rhodes Town. Located north of Mandraki, the old port of the town, this church was constructed in the 1920s, during the Italian occupation of the island.

The Church of the Annunciation celebrated on March 25th with a large religious festival.

Stop 3 - Colossus of Rhodes
Stop 3 - Colossus of Rhodes

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes was a gigantic statue of the god Helios. Erected by the sculptor Chares of Lindos, it was under construction from 292 BC till 280 BC and was considered as the tallest building of its time, standing at 30 feet.

Built in memory of the defeat of the Roman Army, which was trying to take control of Rhodes, this giant statue represented a man holding a bow on one hand and a torch of light on the other. The statue of Colossus was put in the port, with its two feet standing on the edges of the entrance. The ships would pass under him.

But in an area prone to earthquakes, the inevitable soon happened. In 226 BC, only 56 years after its construction, an earthquake hit Rhodes and the statue fell down. Snapping at the knees, the statue fell onto the land and broke in giant pieces.

A sad end for what must have been a majestic work of art.

Stop 4 - Rhodes Acropolis
Stop 4 - Rhodes Acropolis

Now we will continue through the city and see more of the great Italian architecture. We will stop for pictures also at the Northern tip of the island where the Mediterranean and the Aegean seas meet each other.

Then we will drive to Monthe Smith Hill where you can enjoy exceptional panoramic views of the city and the seashore, and also visit the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, the impressive open-air ancient Stadium and the Amphitheatre.

Stop 5 - Beach Time
Stop 5 - Beach Time

Now leaving behind the city of Rhodes we can continue towards the beach. We do know that every our client is unique and has different preferences so we give you the opportunity to choose a beach on your own. You can spend the rest of the time to enjoy the soft, white sand or swim in the sparkling blue water at some of the beautiful beaches that Rhodes has to offer.

We highly recommend the following beaches:

Tsambika Beach

Tsambika is one of the most beautiful beaches in Rhodes.
The 800 metres long and very wide beach has fine golden sand and only a few pebbles. Turquoise waters and golden sands create beautiful scenery, ideal to relax and enjoy the sun. Dozens of colorful beach facilities (sun beds, umbrellas, several restaurants and a mini-market) are available as well as Water sports for the most daring types. The wider region is very friendly and offers plenty of amenities, during night and day. Plenty of space for playing and shallow water make Tsambika beach very suitable for children of all ages.

Faliraki Beach

The 4 kilometres long sandy beach in Faliraki is definitely one of the most popular beaches in Rhodes.
Services include sun beds, umbrellas, showers and public toilets.
Here you can find anything you can possibly ask for – water sports, cafeterias, night clubs, restaurants, bungee-jumping, places for shopping and more.

Anthony Quinn Bay

Natural stone surfaces ideal for reclining under the sun, pine trees reaching down to the water’s edge, emerald green water – Anthony Quinn certainly showed impeccable taste when he fell in love with this miniature bay. The beach is known today by the actor’s name since he bought this part of the island when filming “The Guns of Navarone” here.
Services at the beach include sun beds, umbrellas and a restaurant.
The picturesque beach is very popular and tends to get crowded in the summer months, especially in July and August. It is ideal for those who love scuba diving.

Nikola’s Beach

It’s a small rocky bay so beach shoes are advisable but there is also a shallow area which is good for kids or you can swim in the bay itself.
Nikola’s beach is a perfect place for a swim with its deep blue waters. It will make you feel like there is nobody else in the world – just you and the sea!
Services at the beach include sun beds, umbrellas and a restaurant.

Stop 6 - Return Trip

We will return back to the city of Rhodes and we can leave you directly to your hotel or ship or at any point of interest

Included/Excluded

  • Private vehicle - fully air-conditioned
  • Local knowledgeable drivers
  • 100% Return to the ship - hotel
  • Baby seat/booster upon request
  • Free WiFi
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals/Food expenses

Durations

3 - 5 hours

Languages

English

Excursion's Location

FAQs

Recommended time of visit
From May till October
Departure Time
We can start at any time which is convenient for you
Meeting Point
Your driver will meet you at the reception desk of your hotel or if you are coming on a cruise – at the pier, at the correct dock, with a sign on the car showing your name. We are licensed to get into the dockside and the car will be waiting for you just outside your ship.
Excursion Note
We give you the opportunity to choose on your own the beach you want to visit and the time you want to spend there. There is also a possibility to include more than one beach in your excursion. We are very flexible to any change that you might want!

A visit to the beautiful white village of Lindos can also be included
Complementaries
We suggest to wear comfortable shoes, sun protection - hat, glasses and UV cream. Also it would be good to have a camera to catch your memorable trip. Water and snacks is always a good idea!
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