Affordable Day Trips from Rhodes, Greece
With so much to see, do, and taste, Rhodes is a great place to experience or use as a base for exploring nearby areas, and there are several exciting options for day trips from the city to help you make the most of your time here.
Rhodes, the largest of Greece's Dodecanese islands, is known for its beach resorts, ancient ruins, and remnants of its occupation by the Knights of St. John during the Crusades. From the main town, you can easily reach Marmaris, Lindos, Symi, and the coastal areas of the island with day trips that can have you back at your hotel by nightfall.
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Start your day with a pickup from your Rhodes hotel, and then travel by air-conditioned coach to Mandraki Harbor. Here, greet your tour host, pay port tax (own expense), and then hop aboard your ferry boat to begin your day trip to Marmaris.. On arrival, make your way through customs quickly and easily with your tour host, and then be introduced to your friendly, local guide. Enjoy a scenic tour of the harbor and nearby Marmaris Bazaar from the comfort of an air-conditioned coach, then head to a Turkish delight factory with your guide to see how this delectable sweet treat, also known as lokum, is made. Refuel with a few fragrant bites and a refreshing drink before visiting a popular leather shop. After perusing rail after rail of high-quality leather goods, follow your guide to the promenade outside the bazaar. Make your final guided stop at a carpet store for a brief demonstration of how they are woven, and then enjoy the rest of the trip at your leisure. Make your own way through Marmaris Bazaar, feasting your eyes on the kaleidoscopic array of goods on offer and perhaps picking up souvenirs for yourself, your friends or your family. Meet back up with your tour host at the prearranged time and returning to Rhodes. Your tour then concludes back at your Rhodes hotel in the evening.
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Start your day with a pickup from your Rhodes hotel, and then travel by air-conditioned coach to Mandraki Harbor. Here, meet your tour guide and then hop aboard your ferry boat to begin your day trip. Relax on deck and take in the stunning views as you cruise onto the, azure waters of the Aegean Sea. Make your first stop at the idyllic island of Symi. Depart your boat and then enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade with your guide. Then, enjoy free time to explore the island at your leisure. Wander through the hive of cobbled streets, dropping in at charming shops to browse the local wares. After exploring Symi, meet back up with your guide and return to your ferry boat for a short cruise to Panormitis Bay. Time in this tiny village is spent at your leisure. Maybe visit the Monastery of the Archangel Michael, admission not included; this 18th-century Venetian-styled monastery boasts the world's highest baroque bell tower and is thought to have been built on the site of an ancient temple dedicated to Apollo. Head inside the main gate and make your way into the church. Here, marvel at the elaborate chandeliers, and then admire the exhibits at the two museums - one that houses ecclesiastical art and the other that displays folk art and items relating to fishing and agriculture. When the time comes, cruise back to Rhodes where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel.
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Start your day with a pickup from your Rhodes hotel, and then travel by air-conditioned coach to Mandraki Harbor. Here, meet your tour host and then hop aboard your cruise boat to begin your full-day cruise. Take in views of the harbor as your boat slips away from land. Pass by three medieval windmills and an array of grand yachts and tiny fishing boats as you cruise through the neck of the harbor and onto the open, azure waters of the Aegean Sea. Glide along Rhodes' tranquil east coast and soak up views of the pristine beaches before making your first stop off Anthony Quinn Bay. Reportedly, actor Anthony Quinn fell in love with Greece after filming The Guns of Navarone in Rhodes, so he decided to buy an isolated bay on the island to form an international center for artists and filmmakers. Here, either stay on deck to watch and snap photos of the secluded bay or jump into the waters for a refreshing swim. Dry off on deck as you cruise toward Afandou Bay. On arrival, recharge with a tasty buffet lunch served on your boat. Savor traditional cuisine such as Greek salad and souvlaki. Beverages are available from the onboard bar at your own expense, if you so wish. You'll be taken ashore to the beach to soak up the sun and let your food settle before continuing on with your cruise. Next, anchor off Tsambika Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Rhodes. Relax on deck and admire the long, golden shoreline or dive off of the boat and swim through the turquoise waters. After cooling off in the sea, return to your boat for the final stop of the cruise, Kalithea Spa. Set above idyllic coves and bays, this historical Italian spa is famed for its once reputedly healing water. Spend a few moments snapping photos before heading back to Mandraki Harbor. Your tour then concludes with a drop-off, by air-conditioned coach, back to your Rhodes hotel.
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Enjoy a great opportunity to take panoramic photos while the ship sails at the East coast of Rhodes. Arrive at Lindos Bay and depart the vessel in preparation for a relaxing afternoon spent exploring this charming town. Enjoy free time to wander quaint alleyways and bask on sandy beaches. Marvel at views of cubic houses dotting the hillside that descends from a hilltop Acropolis - one of the most photographed scenes in all of Greece. The excursion does not include a guide to the Acropolis of Lindos, who ever wishes to go to the Acropolis may do so on his own. Visit Tsambika or Stegna beach for a short swim in the clear, turquoise sea before sailing back to Rhodes, ending your experience with drop-off at your hotel.
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