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About Rhodes

You will feel as though you have stepped back in time when you cruise right up to Rhodes' magnificent walled Old Town - the largest inhabited medieval town in the whole of Europe.  This magnificent place has made the island the most popular tourist destination in the Dodecanese

Look beyond the souvenir shops to its fabulous historic buildings, atmospheric cobbled streets and picturesque terraced restaurants and it is easy to see why.

The major sights are easily discovered on foot - visit the 14th century Palace of the Grand Masters and Hospital of the Knights of St John, the pink-domed, 16th century Mosque of Suleyman and the Byzantine Museum, housed in an 11th century church.

Make time, too, to browse the Turkish Market on Soukratos Street where you will find a cornucopia of stalls selling rugs, ceramics, jewellery and bric a brac which is great fun if you enjoy a good haggle.

 

Shore excursions in Rhodes

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Discover Rhodes

Activity high

Duration: 4½ hours

To take in the island sights – both natural and man-made.

Soak up a blend of ancient monuments and idyllic nature as you visit some of Rhodes’ most beautiful spots.

A scenic drive takes you up to the hilltop Acropolis of Rhodes. Marvel at the scattered ruins and crumbling columns, backdropped by views over the old town and across the Aegean Sea.

Immerse yourself in the peacefulness of the Valley of the Butterflies. Your guide will lead you by small waterfalls and rock pools as you admire the oriental sweetgum trees which attract thousands of butterflies.

Follow in the footsteps of the Knights of St John on a guided walk around medieval Rhodes old town. Explore the Palace of the Grand Master, with its magnificent treasures and colourful mosaics, and spend free time shopping in Museum Square. Then, it’s your choice whether you return to your ship or stay in town and make your own way back later on.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking included during the tour over some inclines, uneven and rough terrain. If you wish to remain in town at the end of your tour, you’ll be responsible for making your own way back to the ship. Passengers will require 50 cents to use the public toilet facilities in Rhodes Town. The guide can only escort at the Valley of the Butterflies, as guided commentary is not permitted.

Rhodes Elite Sailaway

Activity lowMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 8½ hours

Enjoy an extraordinary journey sailing to some of Rhodes most beautiful beaches.

Embark on the ultimate exploration of Rhodes’ beautiful coast, on this small-group sailing adventure.

Rhodes is brimming with gorgeous beaches and crystal-clear waters filled with marine life, and the best way to explore them is by boat. Setting sail from Mandraki Marina, your comfortable boat will offer plenty of options for sun or shade, as you soak up the stunning scenery.

You’ll make stops in three scenic bays with beaches where you can swim, snorkel, and sunbathe: Kallithea Bay, Anthony Quinn Bay, named after the famous actor who loved Greece, and Ladiko Bay, the natural ‘swimming pool’.

During your journey fresh fruit salad and homemade sweets will be available, and a delicious, light lunch of traditional Greek favourites will be served with wine, beer, or soft drinks.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by catamaran. Places on this tour are limited and early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. This tour involves limited walking, however guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the minibus, and a degree of agility is required when boarding the boat. Please remember to take swimwear, a towel and sun protection. There are toilet facilities on the boat. The use of the sails are weather dependent and may not always be in operation. The boat will anchor off shore and guests will be required to use a ladder to enter the water and swim across the beach. Those wishing to swim must be competent swimmers.

Rhodes Elite Sailaway

Greek Pottery Class Experience

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Immerse yourself in a local pastime and make your own traditional souvenir.

Try your hand at a traditional skill and make your own souvenir in this authentic craft experience.

Roll up your sleeves and get hands-on in a pottery class on Rhodes – a place renowned for its long history of high-quality ceramics. Receive a warm welcome from Dimitris Bonis at his factory in the beautiful north of the island, where you’ll find out all about the various techniques used in the pottery process.

Watch a demonstration by one of the potters before you start working on your own creation. Help will be on hand if you need it and once you’ve finished your jug, plate, bowl – or whatever you choose to make – it’ll be time to gather together to taste some Greek ouzo and local meze. Your souvenir, handmade by you, will arrive at your door a few weeks later.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus. Places on this tour are limited and early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. This tour involves limited walking, however guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach. A degree of physical assertion is required during the hands on pottery class.

Greek Pottery Class Experience

Kayaking Adventure

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 6½ hours

An energising, fun way to explore the island’s idyllic coast.

Explore the spellbinding coastline of Rhodes on a gentle sea kayaking experience and soak up the sun on a stunning sandy bay.

Head to Haraki Beach – one of the most picturesque on the island – and after a safety briefing, hop into your kayak and slip into the Mediterranean Sea. Following your expert guide across the crystal-clear water, you’ll hear stories of the pirates who used to sail here. Admire the fantastic views of Rhodes’ southeast coast, marvel at rock formations and venture into mysterious caves.
,br> Fancy a swim? Take a dip and don a snorkel if you want to do some sightseeing underwater. Pause the paddling for a picnic of Greek salad on Red Sand Beach, which is backdropped by rugged cliffs, and spend a little time basking in the sun before you glide into the water again to head back to Haraki.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and kayak. Participants must be over the age of 16 years, in good physical condition and competent swimmers. Pregnant women may not participate. The kayaking will last around 1½ hours. Please remember to wear swimwear and to take sun protection and a towel. Water shoes are advisable; however you may be requested to remove shoes whilst in the kayak. You’ll be required to wear a life jacket. The kayaks are double seated. You will be required to sign a waiver.

Kayaking Adventure

Lindos Acropolis and Tsambika

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 7 hours

Take advantage of the beauty and history of Rhodes Island as well as free time at the delightful beach at Tsambika.

Discover the village of Lindos and walk to the summit of the Acropolis and see the remains of past civilisations. These include the 4th century BC Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, a Byzantine church and the fortifications of the Knights. The panoramic view will showcase St Pauls Bay and the old whitewashed houses in the narrow streets of the village. Spend some free time browsing the shops and soaking up the atmosphere.

Continue onto the popular Tsambika beach, washed by the clear waters of the Aegean to enjoy approximately 3 hours on the beach. Relax, swim in the sea or find a suitable spot to have lunch from the choice of cafeterias and tavernas.

On the scenic drive back to Rhodes a stop will be made at Monte Smith to capture the panoramic sight of the Old and New town of Rhodes. Upon arrival at Rhodes town embark on a guided walking tour taking you along the stone paved lanes past medieval structures, each recalling the Knights of St John and their Otoman conquerors.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking including many cobblestone streets. We would advise you to take sun protection and a sun hat. Please remember to take local currency (Euros). Please bear in mind that lunch, towels, umbrellas and sunbeds are not included. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure. There are independent suppliers on the beach that may offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

 

A selection of cruises to Rhodes

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