Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands and fourth largest of all Greek Islands. Located in the south east Aegean, Rhodes lies very close to Turkey . Rhodes is often called "The Pearl of the Mediterranean" and is known for its natural beauty, historical, and archaeological treasures. The landscape is mountainous and green with pine trees, and there are beautiful beaches.
During the Summer period (May to October), a ferry departs daily from Marmaris to Rhodes at 09:00am to arrive at 10:00am. The return is at 05:00pm from Rhodes . During the Winter period, this ferry line is operated yet in a very irregular manner.
You joined a tour of Turkey ending in Marmaris and wish to take the advantage of this to visit the island of Rhodes … Here is a short outing for you.
Day 1 : Rhodes
Upon arrival, you will have free afternoon.
To already get the taste of the Medieval town, wandering through the castle’s winding streets or making the tour of the moat are really enjoyable.
The Knights' medieval citadel, dominated by the towers of the Palace of the Grand Masters, forms the centre of the Old Town. Moats and two miles of walls surround this medieval castle. Eleven gates give access to the Old Town, which is divided into the Collachium (the Knight's quarters) and the Bourg (houses the rest of the population). As one of the finest walled cities in existence, the Old Town is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Palace of the Grand Masters permanently houses the Medieval Rhodes and Ancient Rhodes Exhibitions. Both of these exhibitions can be seen as part of a tour of the Palace of the Grand Masters. The medieval exhibition covers Rhodes from the 4th century AD to the Turkish conquest of 1522, and the ancient exhibition details 45 years of archaeological investigation on the island with a stunning collection of finds.
Overnight in Rhodes
Day 2 : Rhodes
To thoroughly visit the Castle of Rhodes, one day may not be enough... hence here some explanations about the history of this monument : The threat of Phillip IV gave the order a new impetus for structural reform : the order had been divided up into seven separate 'langues' or “tongues” (those speaking the same tongue). Each 'langue' or 'tongue' comprised of several priories under a Grand Priory with its own 'auberge' (hall of residence) and they were later to become responsible for the defense of their own part of the town and walls. These ‘Langues’ were made from the following countries: France, Auvergne, Provence, England, Italy, Germany and Spain with the later addition of Castile. The total strength of the knights was usually around 200. In 1466 their numbers were to rise to 350 and in 1501 to 400. Finally in 1514 the total number was 550, but English numbers was never to exceed more than a dozen knights. Despite this disparity in numbers between the 'tongues', the system on the whole worked well, apart from the occasional squabble over precedence Some of the Grand Priory have today become Consulates (such as France) who propose very interesting exhibitions. To enjoy a general view over the old town, we propose you take the city bus or train tour departing every hour opposite the Colona Port.
Overnight in Rhodes
Day 3 : Turkey
For this third day in Rhodes, we propose two different activities to discover the island further :
Lindos : This picturesque village, ancient in history, located on the south east coast of the island. It is one of the most popular travel locations in Greece and the Mediterranean, because of the relaxed atmosphere, the friendly local inhabitants, and the pristine condition in which you find the town itself, and its well-kept beaches. The old town itself is a maze of picturesque narrow streets with most of the small shops openly displaying wares from unique clothes and jewelry, to pottery, custom made sandals and leather goods, and regional crafts. It’s as shopaholics dream and you can spend hours browsing through the shops or taking a break in the villages many restaurants and ethnic bars. The Butterflies Valley : In the western side of the island of Rhodes, approximately five kilometers south east of the village of Theologos (or Tholos), lies the Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloudes). This is one of the most attractive destinations on the island. During August, thousands of butterflies of the genus Panaxia (species Quadripunctaria Poda) overwhelm the valley in order to reproduce. During the rainy period, the Butterflies in the caterpillar stage remain in the Mediterranean thicket (arbutus, myrtle and rush) feeding on the foliage. As the end of the wet season approaches, towards the end of May, the final stage is concluded and the butterfly in all her perfection makes her appearance in the form recognizable to us all. They move constantly towards areas of highest humidity is greatest, always following the "water ways", as the dry period progresses, they finally arrive at the valley.
In the mid-afternoon, return to the port for the return ferry to Marmaris.
You may also consider, if you wish to extend your tour in Turkey, to take a ferry to Bodrum or Fethiye. Yet, these are not operated daily.
This city trip is possible all year round and can even be prolonged with a short stay at other Greek islands or Greece mainland.
The ferries depart at 09:00am from Marmaris to arrive in Rhodes at 10:00am and return from Rhodes at 05:00pm to arrive in Marmaris at 06:00pm.
This line is operated daily from May to mid-October and then at least twice a week.
About the prices :
1. Depending the seasonality or some international events (congress, faires...), prices of the hotels may change
2. As ferry schedules are never 100% sure more than 15 days in advance, possible last minute program change need to be kept in mind
3. Due to closure days of some sites / museums, tours may be swapped to ensure the best running of your program. We have endeavored to show these in the programs when possible.
4. Some ferries and flights are not being operated daily. Hence, to adapt the program accordingly, program changes may be needed. We will yet do our best to avoid your losing a precious day waiting for a connection.
5. Regarding the ferry sailings, the hot air balloon rides in Cappadocia and the cruise on the Bosphorus : These services are all weather bound and may be cancelled or delayed without prior notice. Our agency and the organizing agency will accept no responsibility in this case as cancellation is for your own safety !
Possible program alternatives :
1 Private excursions at any or all destinations - Supplement to be added
2 Higher or lower hotel category - Difference to be calculated
3 Guide services in other language than English Supplement may need to be added
4 If needed programs may be organized from Istanbul to Athens depending your air tickets or possible connection with other tour programs you have booked with third parties.
5 This is a program proposal. We are open to any additions or reductions you may require. Total price of the program will then be calculated accordingly
Per Personin Double Room
The prices in Turkish Liras have been calculated according to the exchange rate of Central Bank. The rates can change depending on the rate of the payment day.
Please contact us for the group prices.
1. Return ferry tickets
2. Accommodation in double room, breakfast included Hotels are 3* or boutique style 4* equivalent
1. Transfers and tours in Rhodes
2. Rhodes Port dues (5,- Euro per person)
3. Meals unless otherwise mentioned in the "included"
4. Drinks and other personal expenses
5. Visa fees if / when needed to enter Greece
6. Any other service not mentioned as "included"
8. Greece Overnight Tax