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.
Efficient pickup at the port, then we drove to Mandraki Harbor for a quick photo stop (needed more time here). Then we drove along the coast and up to scenic viewpoint Monte Smith with view of bay and island. Small view of Temple of Apollo Pythios and quick stop at the Acropolis of Rhodes (a bonus stop for 10-15 minutes). Then inside the walled Old Town, a guided tour of the Grand Master's Palace (entrance fee included), which took about an hour and was very interesting. Then guided walk down the Street of Knights (Ippoton street). At noon you can either leave the tour and walk back to the ship on your own later, or come back at 1pm and the bus will take you back. Most elected to just end there and have more free time in the Old Town on their own, as it's just a 5-10 minute walk back to the ship anyway. Overall, lovely little tour that packed a whole lot of good stuff into a short time. Good price, friendly and knowledgeable guide. Definitely recommend.
This was one of our top excursions. Our was very knowledgeable and experienced in Rhodes history. Our first stop was the Evangelismos Church at Mandraki Harbor with plenty of time wonder around and take in the area. A short ride along the coast and we arrived at the Temple of Apollo. Our guide shared her expert knowledge with us about the Acropolis of Rhodes which added tremendously to the experience. Then on to the Medieval Town of Rhodes which was incredibly well preserved. We had an amazing day in Rhodes thanks to this tour and historian guide. Highly recommended!
Reviewer: Drew Blake
Our guide was a retired archaeology professor who made this ancient city come to life in his presentations. He lives on site for his decades of service. This excursion "knocked it out of the park".
Reviewer: Alma Rogers
We had an excellent tour guide that after a short ride to the top for a good view and picture opportunities of the island and it's history, we came back to the medevil town and we were given an extensive tour of the castle and ancient buildings, artworks and history. I took so many pictures I will have trouble remembering all the great stories. One of my favorite tours. After the tour we had an afternoon free to explore, shop and eat in one of the numerous cafes. Would have loved to have spent more time there.
Reviewer: Warren Frederick