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

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

        Difficulty Level

      • Duration
        3:30 h

      • Adults$55.00Price per person

      • Children$39.00Price per person




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

          Difficulty Level

        • Duration
          5 h

        • Adults$69.00Price per person

        • Children$52.00Price per person

      • LINDOS



        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 locat
        • Shopping

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

          Difficulty Level

        • Duration
          4:30 h

        • Adults$79.00Price per person

        • Children$59.00Price per person




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

            Difficulty Level

          • Duration
            5 h

          • Adults$59.00Price per person

          • Children$42.00Price 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.


        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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