Things to do in Dodecanese

Our most recommended things to do in Dodecanese

Rhodes: High-Speed Boat Cruise to Symi Island

1. Rhodes: High-Speed Boat Cruise to Symi Island

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.

From Rhodes City: Boat Day Trip to Lindos

2. From Rhodes City: Boat Day Trip to Lindos

Discover Lindos on a relaxing cruise from Rhodes City. See the iconic Acropolis of Lindos, relax on a sandy beach, and swim in the clear waters of the Blue Lagoon and Tsambika Beach. Board your boat in Rhodes City and begin your journey to Lindos. In just under 2 hours, reach the village of Lindos. Hop off the boat and enjoy 3 hours of free time in Lindos. Explore the Acropolis of Lindos, stroll through the town, or sunbathe on the beach. Enjoy a traditional meal in one of the many taverns before returning to the boat. Sail to Tasambika Beach and its Blue Lagoon. Dive off the beach into the refreshing water and snorkel with the fish. Climb back aboard and head to the majestic Anthony Quinn Bay, the filming location for "The Guns of Navarone." Marvel at the stunning seabed and spot the many varieties of colorful fish among the coral and seaweed. Return to Rhodes harbor along the stunning coastline of the island. As you sail, purchase a drink from the full bar on board with a variety of cold drinks, cocktails, and coffee, or enjoy an ice cream or a snack.

Rhodes North: 4x4 Polaris Buggy Off-Road Adventure

3. Rhodes North: 4x4 Polaris Buggy Off-Road Adventure

Explore the island of Rhodes on a Polaris RZR 570. Go off the beaten track on this exhilarating adventure, as you drive through mountains and charming villages, enjoying local products along the way. Admire the natural scenery of Rhodes as you make your way to Eleousa Square. From there, continue to Archipoli where you’ll taste local varieties of honey and other delicious products like souma (spirits made of grapes), olive oil, local sweets, and fresh seasonal fruits. Then discover the native herbs of Rhodes including oregano as you continue off-road to Psinthos. A little further on, stop at a viewpoint where the majority of the west coast and the famous Butterfly Valley can be seen from above. The last trek of the day will bring you to Fanes village, the perfect place for a short stop to take a refreshing dive into the Aegean Sea. Finally, head back to Theologos to end your unique tour.

Rhodes Town: Boat Trip to Symi Island and St George Bay

4. Rhodes Town: Boat Trip to Symi Island and St George Bay

Join a city cruise from Rhodes to Saint George Bay and the tiny boutique island of Symi, with sun beds and floating gear included. Stop for swimming and snorkeling in the bay which is only reachable by boat, before sailing to Symi to enjoy 3 hours of free time on the island. Depart in the morning and set sail for St. George Bay. Feel the sunshine on your faces and admire Rhodes from the water. Stop for a 30-minute break to swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear water of St. George Bay. Then, enjoy a short boat ride to Symi Harbor. Disembark and take 3 hours to explore Symi at your own pace. Soak up the stunning harbor views and lose yourself in the colorful streets lined with neo-classical houses. Finally, relax as you sail back to Rhodes Harbor in the evening.

From the Port of Kos: Full Day Boat Cruise to 3 Islands

5. From the Port of Kos: Full Day Boat Cruise to 3 Islands

Explore three islands on a full-day boat trip from Kos. Enjoy lunch on board and explore the islands of Kalymnos, Plati, and Pserimos with plenty of time to swim in the paradisical water. First, arrive at Vathi, a beautiful village on the island of Kalymnos. Enjoy the magnificent views of a natural fjord and take pictures of the surrounding gulfs and caves. Get 1 hour to explore its peaceful streets and try local specialties. Return to the boat for a buffet lunch with pork or chicken souvlaki, salad, tzatziki, and bread. There is also a vegetarian option with beans and dolmades instead of meat. After lunch, visit the fish farms nearby and look out for wild dolphins. Continue to Plati islet to jump in the turquoise waters and swim around the boat. Enjoy happy hour on board with refreshing cocktails at low prices. Finally, arrive at Pserimos island. Have 1 hour to explore the island at your own pace before returning to Kos in the evening.

Rhodes: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

6. Rhodes: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Discover the ancient history of Rhodes on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of its ancient sites and top attractions. Visit 12 of the city's most important sites and feel free to get off and re-enter the bus at each of the stops. You can hop on and off as many times as you want on the 1-hour circuit. Explore sites such as the popular Elli Beach and the Aquarium, where you can get up close and personal with Mediterranean marine life such as dolphins, seals, turtles, and sharks. Stop at the government buildings or shop till you drop in the commercial center, then visit the Old Town and the area where the statue of Colossus stood. Hop off at the Palace of the Grand Magister to admire its medieval architecture before heading to the Archaeological Museum to see artifacts from Rhodes and neighboring islands. Admire panoramic views from the Monte Smith Hill, and discover over 2,000 years of history at the Acropolis, the Temple of Apollo, and the ancient stadium and theater. With your ticket, you're free to stop at the attractions that interest you most.

Rhodes: Pirates' Route Sea Kayaking Tour

7. Rhodes: Pirates' Route Sea Kayaking Tour

Take half a day to explore the East Coast of Rhodes from the water, with a sea kayaking tour. Paddle along the coastline and discover 3 beaches up close. Take in the stunning colors of the Mediterranean sea and admire the interesting rock formations. Begin the Pirates' Route sea kayaking tour at Kathara Beach in Faliraki. Meet your guide and learn all you need to know about safety before climbing into your very own double kayak. As you glide over the Mediterranean waters, take opportunities to dive into the colorful sea directly from the kayak. Discover sea caves and local beaches, before enjoying a picnic lunch at a favorite local beach. Try out snorkeling and discover life below the water's surface. If you're feeling adventurous, get your adrenaline pumping by cliff-jumping off the surrounding rocks. Full of experience and a traditional Greek picnic, head back to Faliraki. As you go, listen to entertaining local myths, and facts about the geography, and enjoy some time to spot some wildlife in their natural habitat.

Rhodes: Filerimos, Butterfly Valley & Ancient Kamiros Tour

8. Rhodes: Filerimos, Butterfly Valley & Ancient Kamiros Tour

Discover the major landmarks on the gorgeous island of Rhodes as you follow your expert guide on an insightful excursion. Visit Mount Filerimos with its medieval monastery, the colorful butterfly valley, and the ancient city of Kamiros, which was destroyed by an earthquake. Ride an air-conditioned bus to your first stop, Mount Filerimos. Walk by the representation of the Stations of the Cross and admire the breathtaking panoramic view. Visit the medieval monastery built in the early 14th century and hear the amazing story of Our Lady of Filerimos. After a short picturesque drive, arrive at the iconic butterfly valley, surrounded by dense vegetation and tall trees. Enjoy a walk down the shaded path and reach the gorgeous opening, where you'll find the marvelous Panaxia Quadripunctaria or Jersey Tiger butterfly. Your next stop is Kamiros, an ancient Doric city founded in the 6th century. See the acropolis and temples of this tragic site that was destroyed by an earthquake in 142 AD. Continue your drive through the mountains and visit the quaint village of Embona. Stop at a traditional mountain home to meet a family of wine producers. Taste some of their wine and local spirits, as well as honey and olive oil. Explore the village on your own and purchase lunch at a local restaurant if you're feeling hungry.

Bus Trip to Lindos Village & Seven Springs

9. Bus Trip to Lindos Village & Seven Springs

First, visit 7 Springs for 1 hour, which offers a cool, magical landscape at a real oasis, swamped in greenery. Water flows out from the springs all year around, and ends up in a small lake. You can get to the lake by walking through a narrow tunnel. The second stop after 7 springs is Lindos village, which is the most popular sightseeing destination in Rhodes. Discover its charming atmosphere, friendly inhabitants, and lovely sandy beaches. During your stay in Lindos for 3 hours, you can explore the village by strolling through the small narrow streets dotted with wonderful souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants. If you prefer ancient sites, then a visit to the Acropolis is a must - the view from the top is breathtaking.

Rhodes: Premium Catamaran Day Cruise with Lunch & Drinks

10. Rhodes: Premium Catamaran Day Cruise with Lunch & Drinks

Embark on a catamaran cruise to the coastal beaches of Rhodes. Stop at idyllic beaches and bays to swim, snorkel, or relax on the sand. Enjoy unlimited drinks on board with a Mediterranean lunch. Board the "Lagoon", a luxurious catamaran that will be your vessel for this cruise. The first stop on your cruise is Anthony Quinn's Bay, where you will enjoy amazing views and can swim and snorkel. The catamaran will then sail to your second stop of Afandou Beach, where you’ll have 60 minutes to swim and snorkel in a quiet bay. There the crew will throw bread into the sea and colorful fish will gather around you as you explore Rhodes' underwater life. Following that, enjoy a Mediterranean lunch prepared and served on board. The final stop will then be at Kalithea Springs, where you will have 30-45 minutes for swimming and snorkeling.

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We had a really fun tour on the trikkes with our guide, Theo! He gave a thorough demonstration of how to operate the trikke and was very careful to give driving instructions every step of the way as we rode through town. It was a cool way to cover alot of distance in a short period of time. The only drawback to this type of tour is that it’s difficult to take photos on the go although Theo often offered to stop so we could photos at scenic spots. Theo was an excellent guide and it was a very enjoyable way to spend a morning!

My husband and I enjoyed this tour very much! The tour guides and our driver were super friendly and everything was well organized. The picnic was delicious! The kayaking on the crystal clear water was amazing and this will be day we will always remember.

This tour was great! Exactly as advertised and Maria was a fantastic guide. She even provided a restaurant recommendation near our BNB that was our favourite restaurant of our stay. Highly recommend!

Great application!!accurate guide,which offers you a personalized and detailed tour, and compines past (history) with present through augmented reality!

The tour guide showed up early at the meeting point to ensure we were all in the right place. Very professional and informative.