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Nat Geo Day Tour: The Fascinating World of Bees
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Nat Geo Day Tour: The Fascinating World of Bees

Your introduction to this fascinating world begins at the Bee Museum of Rhodes, featuring engaging interactive exhibits. Learn about the importance of beekeeping as your National Geographic-trained guide explains the history of maintaining colonies of bees and their hives in the South Aegean islands. Watch bustling beehive life through transparent observation hives and discover intriguing facts about pollination and apitherapy—the medicinal use of bee products. You'll also learn various simple ways to protect these creatures so crucial to our planet's ecosystem. National Geographic travelers will then enjoy an exclusive, live demonstration of honey extraction by one of the Bee Museum staff in a private room. Learn about professional techniques like honeycomb scratching and the use of tools such as manual extractors to fill empty jars. Afterwards, you'll be able to sample the freshly extracted honey in a dedicated space exclusively available to National Geographic groups. Try other types of honey, too, including varieties like pine, thyme and erica. Plus, try the famous Melekouni, a traditional sweet snack from Rhodes. After the tasting, don a protective suit and take a look at an active apiary, examining the open hive with an experienced beekeeper. Surrounded by happy buzzing, you'll learn about important tools, such as frames, smokers and scrapers, as well as gain a practical understanding of how bee colonies are organized. Leave with a new understanding of the humble honeybee and what you can do to protect it.

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Nat Geo Day Tour: Medieval Rhodes, a Photography Tour
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Nat Geo Day Tour: Medieval Rhodes, a Photography Tour

Master photography with a National Geographic-trained photography guide in Rhodes Town. Explore medieval architecture and capture your story and perspective of the Old Town.Rhodes is one of the most photographed cities in Greece thanks to its world-class heritage passed down by the medieval Knights Hospitaller. A maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with medieval buildings and Gothic churches protected by towering walls and a moat make the Old Town stand out.Unlock your artistic skills on this National Geographic tour. With tips from your National Geographic-trained photography guide, you'll capture Rhodes' heritage through your creative eyes. Begin your visit with a theory session then, put your newly acquired skills to the test, as you head off to discover the Old Town's fortifications and architecture influenced by countless civilizations such as the Byzantines and the Ottomans.Your instructor will also organize a contest for the day's best shot. Fueled by some friendly competition, you'll walk around the perimeter of the fortress and pass through its grand gateway, capturing images of its polished medieval architecture. Venture into the historic walled town of Rhodes where you'll pass by the renowned Street of Knights and the iconic Clock Tower.Finish your tour with refreshments and sit down and chat about the day's images with your guide. Your guide will also select the best image based on its alignment with National Geographic values and announce the winner.

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Full day Symi Tour including Panormitis Monastery
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Full day Symi Tour including Panormitis Monastery

‘Symi is one of the smallest and most picturesque Greek islands. The sight of the colourful houses as soon as you enter the harbour never fails to impress,' says Fotini, your born and bred local guide on this full day excursion. You'll discover its laidback charm and visit sights such as Panormitis Monastery and a sponge maker.

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Lindos Acropolis & Rhodes Old Town Highlights Tour
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Lindos Acropolis & Rhodes Old Town Highlights Tour

Few islands in Greece can match the heritage of Rhodes. And this wealth forms the centrepiece of this tour. Discover it all with an expert local guide. Dimitris, one of our guides, says, ‘Lindos was built in the 10th century BC by the Dorians. It's the third-most visited site in all of Greece, which shows just how significant it is.' You'll also enjoy a walking tour of the old town of Rhodes and see the Palace of the Grand Master. Headsets allow direct connection between you and your guide.Dimitris believes Rhodes is blessed with some of the best scenery in Greece. He says, ‘Lindos lies near a fantastic sandy beach, surrounded by hills hiding the village, protecting the place from the attacks of the pirates. On top of the small sugar cube houses stands the ancient Acropolis and the Temple of Athena.' You'll get to appreciate these very views during a coffee stop at a typical family-run café. Climb to the mountaintop Acropolis as your guide brings to life the myths and legends of the ancients as you take in views of St Paul's Bay below.Rounding off the day, we'll head to the old town Rhodes – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – for a guided tour. Because so much of the excursion is walking, it reduces the activity's carbon footprint. Wander the winding, cobbled streets, lined with historic houses and boutiques, and walk down the Street of the Knights. The star attraction is the Palace of the Grand Master – an enormous 13th-century fortress originally built by the Knights of St John.

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Rhodes Town Tour by Night with Dinner and Cruise
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Rhodes Town Tour by Night with Dinner and Cruise

If Rhodes town is impressive by day, wait till you get to know it at night. On this exclusive evening excursion, you'll enjoy a guided walking tour of its best bits along with a traditional meze dinner in a family-run taverna. Dimitris, one of our expert local guides, says, you'll explore the medieval old town of Rhodes, strolling through Collachio,and the labyrinthine Burgo, where Greeks lived.' Headsets allow direct connection between you and your guide.Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the walled town of Rhodes was fortified by the Knights of Saint John in the 14th century. Get the lowdown on the history of Collachio, the area hugging the impressive Palace of the Grand Master. It buzzes as the shops and the bars light up in the cool evening air. As we stroll southwards, the area's ordered streets give way to the more chaotic and mazy alleys of Burgo. This district, dotted with old mosques and historic Orthodox churches, is a joy to wander by foot.After 90 minutes learning all about this fascinating slice of medieval life from your guide, we'll drop into to a typical taverna. Relax over a leisurely meze meal made from locally sourced ingredients. You'll finish the evening with some free time to walk off your dinner with a stroll to Mandraki harbour, where, if you're joining us in summer months, you'll enjoy a delightful nighttime cruise in the bay. What's more, this tour supports local businesses and its walking and sailing segments leave zero carbon footprint.

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Rhodes Food & Wine Tour with a local guide
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Rhodes Food & Wine Tour with a local guide

On this day of discovery, you'll explore the rustic villages of inland Rhodes and sample some of the island's favourite dishes. Pretty Orthodox churches, an olive oil mill, a winery in Embona and a typical local lunch are all on the menu.

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Pirates of Rhodes Family-friendly Themed Cruise
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Pirates of Rhodes Family-friendly Themed Cruise

Pirate Tim and Calypso the Parrot need your help to find their lost treasure. But first you need to be fully trained in all the skills you need to become a pirate. Eleni, one of our local crew members, says, 'Rhodes was once a hugely important trading post in the Mediterranean region, and pirates were a real threat to this success. The island's governors directed the Rhodes Navy to spend all their time policing the waters nearby in order to protect the ships carrying valuable goods such as salt and olive oil.' You'll join our plucky crew in search of the booty, and along the way everyone will get into the pirate spirit with some help from the pirate team on the boat. There'll be lots of fun activities for everyone to get involved with. For our little pirate crew, there'll be face painting and lots of pirate-themed games to play and for the older pirate crew, there'll be some pirate challenges to join in with. And no pirate adventure would be complete without a treasure map and clues to follow.Eleni says, 'Set sail with the pirates for a fun cruise with plenty to keep the kids occupied while the grown-ups can relax and admire the scenery. We'll stop at some lovely spots so all the pirates can cool off with a swim in the sea.' Fruit is included, plus there's a bar on board where you can buy drinks and snacks, in case all the excitement makes you hungry. This pirate cruise is all about swashbuckling fun for the whole family to enjoy.

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Western Rhodes Villages and Butterfly Valley Tour
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Western Rhodes Villages and Butterfly Valley Tour

Dotted with sleepy villages, pine-clad mountains and age-old ruins, western Rhodes has a rugged beauty all of its own. This tour ticks off some of the top picks. You'll visit the ancient city of Kamiros, the mountain villages of Embona and Siana as well as Butterfly Valley – home to hundreds of Callimorpha butterflies. Nicholas, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘Kamiros offers a glimpse into the daily life of its ancient inhabitants and shows how ingenious the people who built it were. The water supply system, with its complex network of cisterns and aqueducts, is well-preserved and really interesting.'First up is Butterfly Valley – a natural park home to hundreds of the friendly, fluttering creatures. Wander along shaded wooden walkways and enjoy the calming pools of trickling water as you observe these colourful insects all around – stay still and one may even land on you. As well as the butterflies, the park features a variety of other flora and fauna, including lots of wildflowers and birds.Next, you'll travel back in time at ancient Kamiros. The tidily laid out streets and remains of the agora and acropolis will give you a sense of how the residents went about their daily lives in the 5th century BC. You'll get an app on entry, which shows how the city would have looked in 3D. Next, you'll have free time for lunch in Embona – the highest village in Rhodes – and visit the mountain-side settlement of Siana.

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Chalki Island Boat Trip and Butterfly Valley Visit
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Chalki Island Boat Trip and Butterfly Valley Visit

Variety is the name of the game on this vastly contrasted excursion. Get back to nature at the renowned Butterfly Valley nature reserve, before a visit to the completely unspoilt and sleepy island of Chalki.

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Rhodes Town – Transfer Only
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Rhodes Town – Transfer Only

Rhodes Town is a capital ripe for exploring on foot. And with hassle-free transport to and from, you'll have plenty of time to tour all the best bits. Stroll the medieval Knights Quarter and feel the history amongst the old city walls. Or hit the high street for some last minute shopping. Fancy a coffee on the harbour, or a saunter down the seafront? Explore at your own pace on this laidback day out.

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Transfer to Lindos
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Transfer to Lindos

Life moves pretty slow in Lindos, so why rush? Explore Rhodes most charming village at your own pace, with hassle-free transport, to and from. Visit the ancient Acropolis, perched on the horizon. Or take time to wander the cobbled streets and whitewashed houses. The choice is yours. Free time at the beach or lunch at a local taverna are all possibilities too. On this day, you decide.

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Boat Trip to Lindos with Swim Stops from Rhodes Port
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Boat Trip to Lindos with Swim Stops from Rhodes Port

A day that combines relaxation with exploration. You'll sail along the east coast to the whitewashed village of Lindos. Chill on deck as the boat navigates its way down the coast and swim in the glittering Mediterranean Sea – your Greek island paradise awaits.

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Introducing Rhodes

Famed for its fabulous beaches, sunshine and nightlife, Rhodes is packed with historic fortresses and ancient archaeological sites. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands, and with plenty of things to see and do, it is an ever-popular destination. The history-infused UNESCO-listed Old Town is a maze of cobbled streets and is worth the trip on its own. Further south, you’ll find the coastal town of Lindos, nestled under a hilltop Acropolis. Adventure seekers can head to the hills for hiking and mountain biking, and south to Prasonisi for kite and windsurfing. And if you’re after a cultural experience, try a food tour or hop on a boat to a neighbouring island such as Symi or Chalki.

Top six things to do in Rhodes:

1. Explore the Old Town

The capital of the island is a wonderful contrast between ancient and modern. It’s divided into two parts – the Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the New Town. The Old Town is one of the best-preserved medieval settlements in Europe and many of its star attractions are within walls that date from the Middle Ages. The Palace of the Grand Master is one of the town’s must-sees. Built as a Byzantine citadel, it was later occupied by the Knights Hospitaller. Other Old Town highlights include the Street of the Knights, the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes, the Medieval Clock Tower and the Mosque of Suleymaniye.

2. Take a tour of Lindos

Lindos is a charming fishing village, situated 50 minutes' drive from Rhodes town. Besides the picturesque houses and beautiful beaches, its biggest draw is the ancient archaeological site of the Acropolis of Lindos. Set atop a 116-metre-high rock, this fortress was a stronghold in the Middle Ages. The only way to reach the top is by foot or donkey, but the panoramic views over the village and coastline are more than worth the climb.

3. Spend the day at the beach

Rhodes has a whole catalogue of beaches – sandy, pebbled, isolated, big and small. Bathed by emerald-green waters and fringed by endemic pines, Anthony Quinn beach, named after the actor, is probably the most famous on the island. Agios Pavlos beach, near Lindos, is known for its golden, enclosed bay. Whereas the calm and shallow waters of Tsambika beach are ideal for families to paddle, swim and have fun. Many excursions to Tsambika also include a visit to the nearby Seven Springs waterfall. Hidden away in a woodland, water flows out of the springs all year round and forms a small lake.

4. Water activities

The best things to do in Rhodes aren’t all on the mainland so take to the water and experience Rhodes from a different perspective. Book a sea kayaking or paddle boarding excursion and take in coastline dotted with coves and caves. The clear seas surrounding Rhodes are ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving. While you can try your hand at kitesurfing at Prasonisi beach, located on the island’s southernmost end. And for something a little more relaxed, book a boat trip with swimming stops and lunch on board for the whole family to enjoy.

5. Try the local cuisine

You’ll find all the typical bursting-with-flavour Greek dishes in Rhodes. So why not delve into the culinary delights of the island with a local food tour? Many gastro tours include visits to olive oil mills, traditional tavernas and vineyards. Learn about the island’s honey production, stroll through vineyards, or even try a traditional cooking class. Make sure you taste pitaroudia – a local delicacy made from ground chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, mint and cumin.

6. Visit the island of Symi

Situated only 90 minutes away by ferry, an excursion to the tranquil island of Symi is one of the top things to do in Rhodes. Discover its laidback charm, traditions and sights, away from the crowds. The neo-classical architecture and tiered, pastel-coloured houses will greet you as you approach Symi town. Here, you can enjoy relaxing strolls, have lunch in a waterfront taverna or shop for the famous Symi sponges. Many organised tours also include a stop at the Panormitis Monastery, which is famed for its Byzantine frescoes and museum.