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Rhodes: High-Speed Boat to Symi Island and St George's Bay

1. Rhodes: High-Speed Boat to Symi Island and St George's Bay

Tale a high-speed boat cruise to Symi, of the Dodecanese's most beautiful islands set amid the brilliant blue sea. Enjoy a fast boat service that gives you more time to explore the island. On the way, stop for swimming at Saint George’s bay. Begin your high-speed cruise at Mandraki Harbor as you set sail for Symi. On arrival, admire the turquoise water of the fishing harbor, the pastel-colored neoclassical buildings that frame the bay, and the colorful church domes dotting the landscape. Disembark at Symi and enjoy approximately 3 hours to explore the fishing town on your own. Have lunch at one of the numerous traditional tavernas (at your expense) or swim in the glittering waters. Depart Symi and admire the coastal views as you sail through Saint George’s Bay. Stop for a dip in the crystal clear waters or soak up the sunshine on deck before making your way back to Rhodes.

Rhodes: All Inclusive Day Cruise with BBQ & Unlimited Drinks

2. Rhodes: All Inclusive Day Cruise with BBQ & Unlimited Drinks

Experience the beauty of Rhodes Island on the Aphrodite Duchess day cruise. Enjoy a spacious boat with sunbeds, swim, and snorkel, plus an open bar with unlimited drinks. Start your day with sweet donuts, and iced frappe coffee.  Enjoy a hot dog hour for brunch, followed by a traditional Greek BBQ buffet for lunch. Your stops include Kallithea Springs and Traganou Caves. Lastly, visit Anthony Quinn Bay for a rich underwater life.  Make unforgettable memories and enjoy a day of relaxation and fun. Enjoy an open bar with unlimited Iced Frappe Coffee, Beer, White Wine, and Soft Drinks. Return to Mandraki Harbour at 4:00 PM. 

Rhodes: 4x4 Self-Drive Jeep Tour with Pickup in the North

3. Rhodes: 4x4 Self-Drive Jeep Tour with Pickup in the North

Start by being picked up at your hotel and drive through beautiful nature, fun off-roads and traditional villages to the Seven Springs. Walk the famous tiny tunnel, explore the springs and enjoy your coffee. Make the second scheduled stop in Archipoli for some food tastings. Taste a variety of different local products including various honeys, souma, olive oil, local sweets, and fresh seasonal fruits. The third stop at a beautiful little 15th century chappel, where empty water bottles can be filled with spring water. Final stop is at a winery in the mountains. Learn some nice facts about wine production on a little tour through the vineyards, followed by optional wine tasting and a traditional "Meze" lunch. "Meze" is the original way to experience the Greek kitchen. Many different small plates with grandma's recipes to share. Don't miss out! (lunch is optional and not included in the price). We amke use of Suzuki Jimnys, 4-seaters. To privatize your jeep, pay 35€ per empty seat. Ideal for families of 3 if you don't want to be split up and sharing, or just like to have your own jeep. Self-driving Jeep Safaries operate as rent-a-cars. The own risk in case of damage by fault is maximum 650€. Besides the regular car insurance, we also offer Public Liability insurance.

From Rhodes: Symi Island Day Trip by Boat with Hotel Pickup

4. From Rhodes: Symi Island Day Trip by Boat with Hotel Pickup

Visit the island of Symi on a day trip by boat from Rhodes. Take some time to explore the charming harborside village of Symi, and discover the picturesque beaches and inlets of the south side of the islands, with a fantastic view of the Panormitis Monastery. Start with pickup from your hotel. Depart from the harbor in Rhodes and cruise to the island of Symi. Disembark at the harbor of Symi and discover a beautiful and relaxed fisherman's village with neo-classical pastel-coloured houses. Enjoy some free time to stroll through the quiet streets of the village. Browse the quaint shops in search of natural sea sponges and cooking spices. You can also purchase some lunch in one of the many seaside tavernas. After lunch, board the boat and continue the adventure to the south of the island. Admire the views of the coastline inlets, including the Panormitis Monastery, which is dedicated to the Archangel Michael and is comprised of a large bell tower and an ornate 12th-century church. Finally, relax on the return journey to Rhodes. As you disembark, board the bus for the return journey to your hotel.

From Rhodes: Lindos Village and Acropolis Guided Tour

5. From Rhodes: Lindos Village and Acropolis Guided Tour

Spend the day exploring Lindos and head to the Acropolis with a guide to learn the history of the monument. Admire the views of the ocean, marvel at the ancient ruins, and walk through the streets of the village. Meet your guide outside your hotel and enjoy a comfortable transfer in an air-conditioned bus. Drive along the coast, passing by rustic villages, vineyards, and olive groves, before you reach Lindos. Be captivated by the Acropolis atop the 400-foot rocky cliff and the whitewashed town surrounded by the sea. Walk 20 minutes uphill through the narrow streets of the town, and take 250 steps up to the temple to see the views from the very top. A licensed guide will accompany you and tell you the story of the island and Lindos. Explore the ancient site and take photos of the breathtaking view. During the tour, you will also pass a Byzantine church and the remains of the castle citadel of the Knights of St. John. Lastly, explore the scenic village of Lindos at your own pace and maybe grab an eat. At the end, board the bus to return to your hotel.

Rhodes: Profitis Ilias Guided Sunset Hike

6. Rhodes: Profitis Ilias Guided Sunset Hike

Join a guided family-friendly hiking trip up Mount Profitis Ilias and admire views of the Aegean Sea, the coastline of Turkey, and some of the nearby islands. Learn about the history of this unusual Greek tourist attraction before experiencing a breathtaking sunset. Start your trip with pickup in Rhodes or choose to meet your guide in the quaint village of Salakos, located on the foothills of Profitis Ilias. Then, begin the ascent up the mountain, walking among ilex, pine, and olive trees along the way. Once at the top, visit some Alpine-style buildings built by the Italian colonists in 1929 and 1932. Continue from the Elafos and Elafina hotels up to the former home of the Italian Governor of Rhodes, Villa de Vecchi, and then the Byzantine church of Profitis Elias. After a short snack and drink break, head back to Salakos, stopping on the way for the highlight of this hiking tour: the sunset. Enjoy a feast for the eyes as you take in the colors of the sea, trees, and sun, calmly setting on the horizon. Later, return to the starting point using headlamps, rounding off your day with a true adventure in the wilderness. If you chose the pickup option, you'll be driven back to your accommodation once you return to Salakos. Technical information: Distance: 5.5km /3.4m Hiking time: 2.5 hours Total time: 3.5 hours

Full-day Cruise to Rhodes Island with Lunch

7. Full-day Cruise to Rhodes Island with Lunch

You will be transferred to Mandraki port, from where you will get on board and sail to Kallithea Bay, next to the sandy Tsampika beach, where you will enjoy lunch on board, to Afandou Beach and finally to the famous Anthony Quinn bay! At the end of the day, at the return to Mandraki port, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

From Rhodes: Lindos, Seven Springs and Kalithea Private Tour

8. From Rhodes: Lindos, Seven Springs and Kalithea Private Tour

Embark on a scenic drive along the East Coast. Explore three of the most popular locations of Rhodes island: The Springs of Kalithes, the historical village of Lindos and the awarded beach of St. Paul's. An experienced driver will pick you up from your place, and following the East Coast, will drive towards to our 1st stop: the Thermal Springs of Kalithea. People have been visiting these natural springs since the 7th century B.C. to experience the therapeutic power of the water. Legend has that Hippocrates drank this water and recommended it to people with stomach problems. In the early 1900s, the Italians occupied the island, which brought more attention to this area. They built the Rotunda with pebble mosaics. In 1930 more than 200 scientists came to witness the therapeutic power of the water with their own eyes. During World War II, Germans turned the area into a prison. In the modern era, the springs are featured in several International Hollywood movies, such as “The Guns of Navarone,” “Escape to Athena,” and “Poirot and the Triangle of Rhodes.” Today the area no longer offers thermal attributes but still is a place of great history and lots of things to see and do. Second stop: Seven Springs. One of the most charming destinations on Rhodes, Seven Springs (Epta Piges), offers a cool, magical landscape, a real oasis, even in the heat of high summer, a charming retreat in the most lavish of Mediterranean greens. Water flows out of the springs all year around, which is forming a small lake. The lake remains replenished thanks to a dam built by the Italians, in order to provide the nearby settlement Kolympia with fresh water. The access to the lake at seven springs is very popular with visitors and offers a unique experience. If you feel adventurous enough, you can to walk through the 186 meters long and 2.5 meters high and very narrow dark tunnel to get to the lake. This tunnel, constructed back in 1931, leads the water that flows out of the seven springs and from the river Loutanis into the lake. Third stop to Lindos. Lindos is a must-see site with labyrinthine streets, white houses, religious and ancient monuments, nice restaurants, and stylish boutiques. Take a leisurely walk, check out local crafts, snap great photos, sample ice cream or fresh orange juice, or head to the Acropolis of Lindos and tour the archaeological site. Meet your driver again and continue to the next stop. Next stop for swimming: The St. Paul's beach. Enjoy your swimming to the crystal clear waters of this awarded beach. This is a well oganized beach with sunbeds and a local bar-restaurant. In case that this beach is overcrowed, we could stop for swimming at a neighboring beach, such as Vlicha, Kalathos, Tsambika or Agathi. After a day full of images and new experiences, we'll drive back to your place.

Rhodes: Small Group Guided Afternoon City Tour

9. Rhodes: Small Group Guided Afternoon City Tour

Start your tour with a drive to Mandraki Harbour, viewing the three traditional windmills near St. Nicholas Medieval Fort, the new market, and the Public Administration buildings all of which reflect the history of Rhodes Town. At the entrance of Mandraki Harbour, don’t miss the two statues of the deer, where it is believed the Colossos of Rhodes once stood. Continuing, we drive to Monte Smith once the Acropolis of Ancient Rhodes. From the tumbled massive pillars of the temple of Athena, the view encompasses the Temple of Apollo, the ancient stadium of Diagoras and the port. Entering the fortified city through the Amboise Gate we walk to the Grand Master Palace. You will continue down the Street of the Knights, its paths paved with colorful marble and superb mosaics, past medieval towers and emblazoned facades. With free time to spare, you will be dazzled by the variety of small shops selling everything from handmade jewelry and fine quality leather to handicrafts and souvenirs.

From Rhodes: Private Catamaran Sunset Cruise All Inclusive

10. From Rhodes: Private Catamaran Sunset Cruise All Inclusive

Choose between a sunset cruise aboard a sailing or power catamaran. Feel the sea breeze on your face as you cruise under the silver moonlight reflecting onto the water, after which you can sit back and gaze at the stars in the night sky (depending on the phase of the moon). Start your relaxing sunset cruise from Mandraki Harbor, from where you will set sail to Kalithea Springs for a swim. You'll also get the chance to go for a dive or snorkel as you marvel at the marine life by swimming up close to it. A highlight of your cruise will also be as you enjoy a romantic dinner complete with beer, wine, and juice, aboard the boat. Whilst sailing along the beautiful coastline, admire the unique Rhodes east coast and the spectacular colors of the world-famous Aegean sunset, before you eventually re-enter the port of Mandraki.

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Our hopes were quite high but we tried to set our expectations a little lower so as not to be disappointed. However, we were pleasantly surprised as the experience blew away all the hopes we had and was EVEN better than we hoped for. We are really talking off-road here in that the roads (trails) we drove on were more suitable for a mountain goat than a car and in parts the roads were washed away and it was really about keeping your hands on the wheel and steering with your brain. The rest stops were sufficiently numerous and adequately spaced with toilet facilities. Also some sightseeing at Seven springs and a chapel where the island's oldest olive tree grows (1000 years) I could easily repeat the same turn tomorrow.

If you really want to see a lot of the country with the most beautiful nature, this is highly recommended. This was super fun to do. De Zeven Bronnen is very beautiful, beautiful nature reserve to stretch your legs there for a while. The local tasting is also great to experience. The people are very friendly and super hospitable. You enjoy the beautiful surroundings, you also stop regularly to just stretch your legs and to see more of the country. This excursion is highly recommended if you are on Rhodes.

Great experience, though time is short, which for us was also an advantage. Must say that the drivers/hosts didn’t say a word, and didn’t mention that the order of stops would be altered. Found it out only when the boat stopped at St George’s Bay, before arriving in Symi.

Nice day on Symi. town is beautiful. With the speedboat you don't have to be on board as early as with normal boats. Since we first had to take the bus to Rhodes for 45 minutes, that was crucial for us.

Brilliant tour with some excellent offoroad tracks. We got the car to ourselves for an additional 70 euro which was ideal for couples.