Excursions & Cruises
Rhodes presents a large interest to our visitor for its rich history, monuments, sites from ancient and medieval periods and important culture and traditions performed till present.
Rhodes, the Island of the Knights, has a long standing history which has developed with the passing of time into a significant civilization. The island has a unique history and archaeological monuments, folklore tradition and is rich in natural beauty.
Grand Tours with professionalism and responsibility can undertake the organization and implementation of any tour packet or cruise for groups and individuals designed to suit the demands and wishes of our client.
Our aim is for our visitor to explore and visit each important place on the island, from the city of Rhodes, the historical & archaeological monuments, the lush natural environment and the inner part of the island with its graphical villages & traditions that bestow them.
Further, we give our visitor the chance on a day trip to visit and learn about the graphical island of Symi with its neoclassical architecture and the well known resort of Marmaris, Turkey with its large bazaar full of life.
Grand Tours can offer the following indicative excursions:
- City Tour
- Symi day cruise
- Filerimos & Valley of the Butterflies
- Marmaris day cruise
- Greek Night
- Lindos Day cruise
- Lindos by coach
- Island Tour
City Tour – Half Day
Start your tour with a drive to Mount 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 stadium of Diagoras and the port.
Enter the fortified city through the Amboise Gate and walk to the Palace of the Grand Masters. You'll tour the interior of the palace as your guide points out the 14th century beginnings of the Central Courtyard and chambers decoratively built with colonnades and early Christian mosaics. You will continue down the Street of the Knights, its paths paved with colorful marble and superb mosaics, past medieval towers and emblazoned facades.
You will have some time to do some shopping at the bazaar before returning to your hotel.
Symi Island – Full Day
This boat trip takes you to Symi harbor (Yalos) where you have free time to walk through the narrow streets, shop for local handicrafts, eat fresh seafood in a local taverna or soak up some sun in an open air café. In the south of the island along the inlet stands the massive building of Panormitis monastery. This monastery is dedicated to the Archangel Michael and has a charming bell tower and a beautiful 12th century church. It is a well-known spot of great interest and attracts many visitors and worshippers who come to see the Byzantine frescoes and engraved temple full of golden offerings. Here you can take a dive in the crystal clear water and relax on the long stretch of beach before sailing back to Rhodes.
Filerimos / Butterfly Valley – Half Day
From Ixia it's a short but scenic drive to the hilltop monastery of Filerimos, built by the Byzantines in the 5th century AD on the ruins of ancient Ialyssos .
In front of the steps leading up to the monastery are the remains of a Greek temple, the cross- shaped baptistery of the first Christian basilica and the tiny underground chapel of St George, with, faded 15th century wall paintings.
Roman Catholic as well as Greek Orthodox Christians worshipped the icon of the Virgin of Filerimos, in the hexagonal Church of the Knights, though at separate altars. To the rear of the monastery are the impressive remains of the Byzantine garrison.
The valley of the Butterflies is one of the most beautiful natural spots on the island. The breathtaking wooded valley with small flowing streams & waterfalls running throughout the valley is home to liquid amber trees, which from June to September are covered with butterflies. Landscaped paths, bridges and stairways guide you through the enthralling valley.
Turkey – Marmaris – Full Day
Upon arrival in Marmaris, you will be met by a coach with a Turkish guide for a short guided tour on the way to a complimentary breakfast. After breakfast you will be taken to a carpet centre located in the famous Marmaris Bazaar for a presentation on the Turkish carpets. Enjoy shopping for bargains in gold, leather, fake designer goods (so good you will think it is the real thing). Sample local “sweet treats” or simply relax in a Turkish bath. The carpet centre then acts as a base for you to wander the shops in the bazaar and then as a pick up point for your transfer to the port.
Enjoy a Greek evening, “Greek Style”, with Greek Meze (samples of local dishes), free flowing local red & white wine and live bouzouki band complimented by traditional dancers in costume. Sit back and watch the dancers performing or feel free to join in! A night not to be missed.
Lindos By Boat – Full Day
On arrival at Rhodes harbour, your escort will greet you and lead you to the vessel for embarkation. The boat will cruise up the east coast of the island passing Ladiko Bay, Tsambika beach, Stegna Bay on its way to Lindos. Lindos is rightly called “The Jewel of the Isle” and you will have time to explore, visit the Acropolis (perhaps on a donkey) and enjoy this lovely village.
Lindos – Half Day
Rhodes is an island rich in history and legend, as you will discover in this enchanting tour. After a 60-minute drive along the east coast, passing through rustic villages, vineyards and olive groves, you will reach Lindos. You will be captivated by the Acropolis crowning the 400-foot rocky cliff and the whitewashed town surrounded by the azure sea.
There is a 20-minute climb through the narrow streets of the town, and up 250 steps to the Temple. Explore the ancient site of the last conquerors including the 4th century B.C. Doric temple of Athena and the double-winged portico. Other highlights include a Byzantine church and the remains of the castle citadel of the Knights of St. John. From the summit there are views of the fishing harbour of Psarto were tradition says St. Paul landed to evangelise the island. After the visit of Lindos we return back to our hotel.
Island Tour – Full Day
A great chance to view the island’s most beautiful sceneries in one day. Visit the Ancient Kamiros ruins one of the three ancient civilizations of Rhodes. After this we drive to Embona Village where you can enjoy Greek specialities and try the local honey and Souma the famouns “fire water”. Take spectacular photos of the picturesque view point of Monolithos. Driving along the west coast we will pass the village of Apolakia, arriving to Gennadi beach for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear sea. On your request we will pass by a well known ceramic factory to demonstrate the traditional art of ceramic making.
Booking your holiday transfers in Rhodes with Grand Tours, guarantees you a fast, reliable and flexible service. We dispose of a new fleet of 52 coaches with experienced drivers. We co-operate with top tourism organizations and can handle your transportation requirements throughout the island.
GRAND TOURS RHODES
Travel & Tourism Agency
9th km of Lindos Ave.
85100, Rhodes, Greece
Tel. +30 22410 69901
Fax: + 30 22410 69905