Exclusive Medieval Town of Rhodes

special offer banner Exclusive Medieval Town of Rhodes Tour (Mandraki Esplanade, Monte Smith)
Price: $88.00   Sale Price: $73.00   Save: $15.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 3 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress Comfortable clothing is recommended and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are required. Sun glasses and sun screen are also suggested.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk over paved, cobblestone and packed dirt surfaces, some on inclines. There is a double flight of stairs to reach the main rooms of the Grand Masters Palace.

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 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.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  48 ReviewsReview This Tour
Perfect Tour!
September 23, 2021
If you’re a history and culture buff, this is the tour for you. Instead of the big bus experience, we rode in a cool and comfortable van. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and actually went into the palace with us, explaining everything in English and answering our side questions. Though we knew next to nothing about the eras involved, I feel she gave us a good basis and a curiosity to learn more. The tour ended in the old town in front of the archeological museum. Lucky for us it was a free day. Don’t forget to bring a copy of your passport and covid vaccination card for entry. We walked back to the ship from there. It was an easy walk through shops and restaurants. We had a wonderful time. Thank you!
Reviewer: Chris Calcut
5 Stars
Take This One
January 02, 2020
Great tour...smaller group. Rhodes is very interesting and the guide was very good.
Reviewer: rick anderson
5 Stars
Fun tour
December 28, 2019
The guide was knowledgeable and professional. She was patient with all the questions of the tourists and was very good about keeping the group together.
Reviewer: Bari Kahn
5 Stars
Best way to see this histrionic island
December 11, 2019
Our tour was a great way to experience and explore this beautiful island in a short period of time.
Reviewer: Athena Bell
5 Stars
Medieval Town Rhodes
December 02, 2019
As expected.
Reviewer: Bradford Wainwright
4 Stars
Fascinating Rhodes
November 12, 2019
Wasn't expecting such an interesting tour based on comments from other travelers. This was much the opposite! Great guide, very knowledgeable and personable.
Reviewer: Lance and Candy E Gidcumb
5 Stars