Visit the main highlights of Rhodes town and the most popular sites on the West Coast of the island and discover more from the beauty of the island.
Our private excursion will start from the Old Town, the Mandraki harbour together with the area where the Colossus of Rhodes once stood. Then you will walk through the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes and see the remains of the temple of Apollo, the stadium and the theatre.
After that we will continue on the West Coast of the island and our first stop is the beautiful Fillerimos Hill (Butterfly Valley-upon request). Next are the ruins of the ancient city of Kamiros. Then we will return back to your starting point.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next in our program is the famous Filerimos Hill. This place was used as the citadel of the ancient town of Ialyssos. The hill includes the foundations of the temple of Athena Polias, an Early Christian basilica, and a small subterranean Byzantine church.
There is a road that sets off from the square that leads to the westernmost point of the hill. In order to reach this imposing cross and see the splendid view, you need to walk along a pathway known as "Golgothas". It is tree-sheltered, with a series of shrines and scenes of the Holly Passion.
At the end of the road of Martyrdom stands an 18 meters tall cross raised by the Italians in 1930.
For the Summer period between the end of June and mid-September, we can substitute the stop at Filerimos Hill with the beautiful Valley of Butterflies. The valley is a natural reserve, unique of its kind.
The coolness of this place, the flowing waters and the shade of the trees make it ideal to rest, especially during the hot summer days. Small, wooden bridges cross the river and an uphill path leads to the Monastery of Panagia Kalopetra.
Your driver will wait for you on the other side of the park. If you want to see both Filerimos Hill and the Butterfly Valley than we need to increase the duration of the excursion.
Next in our program are Kamiros is a destination for history and archeology lovers, 32km far from the city of Rhodes. Ancient Kameiros was founded by the Dorians in the prehistoric times and it was later inhabited by the Achaeans. Items that have been found a date to as back as the 8th century BC.
The town was destroyed two times by earthquakes, one in 226 BC and the second in 142 BC, after which it was abandoned. Important findings from the area are part of the collections of the British Museum and the Louvre.
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