8. Rhodes' Ancient Wonders: A Shore Excursion from the port
With an air-conditioned vehicle, tour guide and lunch included, all you need to worry about is making lifelong memories.
The tour starts at Mandraki Harbor, where the legendary Colossus once stood. Admire the St. Nicholas Fortress which towers over the landscape. It is suitable for hotel guests staying in Rhodes Old Town, as well as cruise ship passengers arriving at the Rhodes Port!
First we set off to Lindos, one of the world’s most important archeological sites. Travel through the centuries in this melting pot of Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and even Medieval civilizations. See the Acropolis, a historic citadel perched atop a hill, and marvel at the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.
In the serene village of Kalathos, visit a family-owned ceramics workshop and see the ancient traditions of craftsmanship, handed down from one generation to another. Sample exquisite local honey and olive oil, from the family’s own production.
Rhodes was the biggest wine exporter in Ancient Greece, and the island’s grapes have been making people tipsy for nearly 3,000 years. As you join the wine tasting and experience the aroma and body of the local varieties, remember that you are not merely tasting wine: you are tasting history.
Saving the best for last, finish in the Old Town of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This medieval city, with fortified walls, winding streets, and historic landmarks, transports visitors back in time. Turkish Mosques, Jewish Synagogues, bathhouses and ancient libraries all mingle in a charming town dotted by restaurants, cafes and boutiques.
As you board your ship or go back to your hotel, reflect on a day spent in the jewel of the Mediterranean. A place where you breathe in thousands of years of history in the air of the sea. A day you will never forget.