Rhodes

The Old Town fascinating sights 
A fine medieval walled Mediterranean city
The Grand Master’s Palace

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Rhodes/Lindos

The city of the Colossus

The island of Rhodes is just waiting for you when your MSC cruise takes you to the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Its northernmost headland is straddled by Rhodes Town, by far the largest town on the island, in full view of Turkey less than 20km north.
 
The ancient city that occupied this site, laid out during the fifth century BC by Hippodamos of Miletos, was almost twice the size of its modern counterpart, and at over 100,000 held more than double its population. While the fortified enclave now known as the Old Town is of more recent construction, created by the Knights Hospitaller in the fourteenth century, it’s one of the finest medieval walled cities you could ever hope to see.

An MSC Mediterranean cruise excursion to Rhodes will recall one of the lost Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Colossus, an ancient statue of Apollo erected to commemorate the 305 BC siege, which supposedly straddled the entrance to Mandhráki harbour.

Rhodes Old Town is an absolute gem, a superbly preserved medieval ensemble that’s all but unique in retaining the feel of a genuine lived-in village, having neither grown to become a city nor been overly prettified for visitors. While it does hold some fascinating sights and museums, however, what makes the Old Town so special is the sheer vibrancy of the place as a whole.

Its busiest commercial lanes, packed with restaurants, cafés, and souvenir stores selling anything from T-shirts to fur coats, and ice-creams to jewellery, can be overpoweringly congested in summer – the street of Sokrátous is the worst culprit – but it’s always possible to escape into the time-forgotten tangle of cobbled alleyways that lie further south, away from the sea.

Must see places in Rhodes

  • Temple of Athena

    Temple of Athena

  • The city

    The city

  • Palace Grand Master of the Knights

    Palace Grand Master of the Knights

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  • DISCOVERING THE CITY OF RHODES (approx. 3.5 hours)

    CITY TOUR

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    Famed as the former site of the Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and as one of Europe's best preserved medieval cities, Rhodes is well worth a visit and this excursion gives you a chance to explore its many attractions on foot. As you make your way around the old part of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, you will visit the magnificent 15th-century Grand Master's Palace. Sadly, the original Palace was largely destroyed by an explosion; the sympathetic medieval-style rebuild was taken in hand by occupying Italians in 1912. You will also have a chance to stroll down the famous Street of Knights with its many medieval inns, named for the homelands of their guests in days gone by. Your tour ends with your return to the ship. Please note: as this tour involves long periods of walking, it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        3:30 h

      • Adults$59.00Price per person

      • Children$45.00Price per person

    • GRAND MASTER PALACE & FILERIMOS (approx. 5 hours)

      CULTURE AND HISTORY

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      This comprehensive excursion combines a visit to the medieval town of Rhodes and the archaeological site of Filerimos. After leaving the port, a 30-minute coach drive will take you to the archaeological site of Filerimos, 15 km from Rhodes. Here we will visit the hilltop site, which includes ruins from the 3rd century BC, the foundations of a Temple and a picturesque path leading to the westernmost point of the hill. Our tour continues in Rhodes where we will wander the historic narrow streets and walk along the Street of Knights. The excursion concludes with a visit around the Palace of Gran Master; the original Palace was largely destroyed by an explosion but was sympathetically rebuilt in a medieval style in 1912 during the Italians occupation of Rhodes. Please note: as this tour involves long periods of walking, it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          5 h

        • Adults$69.00Price per person

        • Children$49.00Price per person

      • LINDOS (approx. 4.5 hours)

        CULTURE AND HISTORY

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        After leaving the port in a modern coach for a 1-hour drive south through the wonderful countryside of Rhodes island, you will reach the town and archaeological site of Lindos. Founded by the Dorians at some point in the 10th-century B.C., Lindos is located on a rocky promontory overlooking a pretty bay about 50 kilometres from the city of Rhodes. Situated high above the town lies the famous acropolis of Lindos, a natural citadel that was in turn fortified by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, the Knights of St. John and the Ottomans. Having long been retired from its former role of providing the town with protection, the acropolis now provides lovely views of the bay and the surrounding coastline. In classical times after 300 B.C., the enormous temple of Athena Lindia dominated the acropolis. During Hellenistic and Roman times, further buildings were added to the temple complex, which finally fell into disuse in the 14th century A.D.. You will have some free time to go shopping and watch a pottery demonstration by local craftsmen before you begin your return journey to the port and your ship. Please note: you will have to walk up several steps to get to the Acropolis. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
        • Shopping

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$79.00Price per person

        • Children$59.00Price per person

      • THE RUINS OF KAMIROS (approx. 5 hours)

        CULTURE AND HISTORY

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        After leaving the port for a 1-hour coach drive through the pretty villages on the island's west coast, you will reach the remains of the town of Kameiros. The ancient city was constructed on three distinct terraces, the middle one of which was the site of the main settlement and was founded by the Dorians - name-givers of the Doric column - at least as early as the 8th century B.C.. During the guided tour of the archaeological site, you will have a chance to see the town's remains, including houses with atriums, temples and plinths that once supported statues. Also included on the tour is a walk along the Street of Knights in the old part of the city of Rhodes. The names of the medieval inns found on the Street of Knights derive from the homelands of the different guests that would stay there in days gone by. Please note: as this tour involves long periods of walking, it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            5 h

          • Adults$59.00Price per person

          • Children$45.00Price per person

        The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
        Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

         

        Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

        Greece

        Under the protective wing of the gods
        Under the protective wing of the gods

        It would take a lifetime of island-hopping to fully appreciate the 227 inhabited Greek islands scattered across the Mediterranean Sea.
        With sapphire water lapping at rocky coastlines sprinkled with secret coves and sandy beaches, they are the stuff of dreamy travel posters, the very definition of the eulogized Greek summer of sun, sea and sand.

        For anyone with a cultural bone in their body a cruise to the Greek islands cannot fail to inspire. Every culture has left its mark, and almost every town or village has a link to the past, whether it’s a delicately crumbling temple to Aphrodite, a forbidding Venetian fort or a dusty Byzantine monastery decorated with exquisite frescoes.
        But the call to cultural duty will never be too overwhelming on a Greek islands holiday. The hedonistic pleasures of languor and warmth – swimming in balmy seas at dusk, talking and drinking under the stars – are just as appealing.
        Sprawling, globalized Athens is an obligatory, almost unavoidable introduction to Greece: aside from the show-stopping Acropolis it offers a truly metropolitan range of cultural diversions, from museums to concerts; well-stocked shops; gourmet restaurants and stimulating clubs.

         
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