RHODES TOWN AND WEST COAST HALF DAY PRIVATE TOUR - Filerimos Hill
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Rhodes island is among the most popular destinations in Greece. It amazes visitors with the stunning beaches, the Medieval architecture and the many interesting monuments around the island. The climate is particularly good, with the weather typically sunny and mild. In Rhodes every corner of the town, every stone on the island hides a small part of its 2400-year history.
Our tour starts with visiting the Old Town of Rhodes - the biggest inhabited medieval town in Europe. It was built in 1300s from the knights of the order of St. John. The Medieval Town of Rhodes is inscribed in the World Heritage Sites List of UNESCO. This list recognizes the exceptional value of a cultural site so that it may be protected for the benefit of all Humanity. We will have a stop at the main monuments for pictures - the magnificent Grand Master Palace, the Knight Street and the Clock Tower. Please notify that we have to begin at 8.30AM as no cars are allowed to enter the old town after 9.00AM.
After that we will drive to the Mandraki port in the new part of the town where you will see some very impressive monumental buildings built by the Italians. Here at the harbour entrance is believed that once stood the great statue of the Colossus of Rhodes - one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. We will stop for pictures of the area and you will be able also to enter and see the Church of the Annunciation which is the biggest Orthodox church in the town with very beautiful handmade paintings on the walls and spectacular chandeliers.
The Colossus of Rhodes was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the most ambitious and tallest statue( between 30 to 33 meters high) of the Hellenistic period. The statue was a depiction of the Greek Titan Helios and was meant to celebrate the victory over the Dimitrios the Besieger (ruler of Cyprus) in 305 BC. Bearing a striking resemblance to the Statue of Liberty in the United States, the Colossus of Rhodes stood for no more than 56 years when a strong earthquake destroyed it. In the seventh century A.D., the Arabs conquered Rhodes and broke the remains of the Colossus up into smaller pieces and sold it as scrap metal. Legend says it took 900 camels to carry away the pieces. A sad end for what must have been a majestic work of art.
From here we will continue through the city and see more of the great Italian architecture. We will stop for pictures also at the Northen tip of the island where the Mediterranean and the Aegean seas meet each other. Then we will drive to Monthe Smith Hill where you can enjoy exceptional panoramic views of the city and the seashore, and also visit the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, the impressive open-air ancient Stadium and the Amphitheatre.
We will continue our drive among the West Coast of the island and our first stop will be at the Filerimos Hill. This place was used as citadel of the ancient town of Ialysos. The hill include the foundations of the temple of Athena Polias, an Early Christian basilica and a small subterranean Byzantine church. There is a road that sets off from the square that leads to the westernmost point of the hill. The road to Golgotha used by Catholics was dotted with holy icon-stands and bronze reliefs. At the end of the road of Martyrdom stands an 18 metres tall cross raised by the Italians in 1930.
Leaving behind the Filerimos Hill next in our program is the ruins of Ancient Kamiros, which is one one of the first three cities build on the island (together with Lindos and Ialysos). With the foundation of the City of Rhodes in 408 BC, Kamiros started to decline. Nowadays it is a very important archaeological site, as the ancient village is preserved in excellent condition. Important findings from the area are part of the collections of the British Museum and the Louvre.
At the end we will return you back to your starting point or we can leave you at any other pont of intereset.
Dressing code: Be sure to put some light clothes as the temperatures in Greece during the summer are extremely high. Again during the spring and the autumn it will be smart to have with you a jacket. Comfortable shoes are also required as there will be some walking during your tour but not always an asphalt. Helpful extras will be a pair of sunglasses, some sun protection and of course a camera to catch your unforgettable journey!
Tour Extension: For the period between 15th June and 15th Sept we can add also the Butterfly Valley to the program.
Tour Availability: From April till October
Rhodes Town and West Coast Private Tour Duration: 5 hours