Exclusive Medieval Town of Rhodes
Exclusive Medieval Town of Rhodes
After meeting your professionally trained guide on the pier, you will set off in your transportation to see the highlights of ancient and modern-day Rhodes during this picturesque orientation tour of the city. As you pass by the Mandraki Esplanade, you will see the government buildings, Church of Annunciation built in 1925, a replica of the Old Church of the Knights of St. John and the Deer Statues at the entrance of Mandraki Port where it is believed the Colossus of Rhodes once stood.
Your drive will then continue up to Monte Smith for panoramic views and photo opportunities of Rhodes and the Aegean Sea. From here, you will continue to the top of Rhodes' Old City. You will disembark your transportation at the Gate d'Amboise, from where you will begin your Old Town walking tour.
As you pass through the medieval walls and into the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Medieval Town of Rhodes. the first site that meets you is the imposing Grand Master's Palace. The Palace was built in the 14th century A.D., destroyed in 1856 and rebuilt in 1939 by the Italians in order to accommodate the King of Italy, Emmanuel II and Mussolini.
Most cruise line tours only visit the outside of the palace, but on this tour, after your guide gives you a brief history of the knights outside, they will lead you on a guided walking tour of the palace.
After leaving the palace, you will walk down the Street of the Knights, where you will see the many inns once occupied by the crusaders. It is considered the most beautiful area of the Old City. At the end of the street, you will see the exterior of what is now the Archaeological Museum. Formerly the Knights' Hospital, the museum was built in 1440 A.D., and is the most spectacular and well-preserved building in the Old City.
Your guide will answer any questions about additional sightseeing, shopping or where you can find some of the wonderful Greek food before giving you some free time for browsing at your leisure. At the appointed time for those guests wishing to return to the ship pier, your guide will lead you to the transportation for the approximate 3 - 5 minute drive back to the pier. For guests wishing longer in the Old City, please just let your guide know you are ending your tour there.
Reviewer: Norman Corbin
Mary was an excellent guide and very knowledeable.
Reviewer: Deborah Grundman
Stephania was a fantastic guide. She was so well-informed and passionate about her city. The Palace is very beautiful with quilt-like mosaics everywhere. We were fortunate to find a local artisan in the shopping streets with finely made wooden pyramidal 'toys'. A most special gift to have. One caution - don't forget your eyeglasses on the bus! Another local guide tried to make connections with our guide later to solve our problem, but it wasn't possible. I appreciated the gracious effort.
Reviewer: Carol Shepherd
Great and very informative tour of Rhodes. The guide was very passionate about the island and its history and was truly an expert and historian. We enjoyed the over view of the island before entering old town and visiting the castle with beautiful mosaics. Rhodes was one of our favorite ports and we truly enjoyed our tour. Just the right length and pace, and a great guide!
Reviewer: Marcine Lohman
The Medieval town of Rhodes is fantastic. You do a lot of walking but it is fairly level with few hills. The only strenuous part is walking the stairs in the Grand Masters Palace. Warning: There are no hand rails. But it's well worth seeing. We opted to just walk back to the ship (even with my bad knee) which is very close by. I'm so glad I got to see this site.
Reviewer: William L and Paige C Horn