Rhodes, Kos & Patmos
Hopping the islands Rhodes, Kos and Patmos
Rhodos, Kos and Patmos belong to the Dodecanese which means “12 islands” and is one of the sunniest destinations in Europe. There are in fact over 163 islands, most of them uninhabited. This special group of islands has a long and very rich history, which we’ll discover in a relaxed way using modern transportation such as fully airconditioned busses and the fast hydrofoil. Visits to the Castle of the Knights of St. John, the Sanctuary of Aesculapius and the Monastery of Saint John the Devine are included in this tour!
Day 1 Arrival in Rhodes
After transfer and installation at the hotel, time for an orientation walk to the port of Mandraki, the place of the ancient Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders in the ancient World! Dinner at a local tavern.
Day 2 A full day stroll through the historical center of Rhodes town
Our wandering begins with a visit to the Palace of the Grand Masters. We’ll stroll through the small alleys of the old Turkish quarters with the Bazaar, the pink Mosque and the Turkish Baths. We’ll pass the old Jewish district with the oldest Synagogue of Europe (visit), wander the Street of the Knights and visit the Hospital of the Knights (nowadays the Archaeological Museum) and have lunch in lush green garden restaurant
Day 3 Rhodes Island Tour
After breakfast departure by coach to discover the green East coast of the island.
We’ll start at the ancient site of the city-state of Rhodes, we’ll visit the Apollo temple, the stadium from the 2nd century BC and the Roman Odeon and continue to the Acropolis of Filerimos , off course a visit to Kameiros, a city build in the 6th century BC in full view of the sea, is a must that day and after a quiet fish lunch at the beach, we’ll hike to the top of Monolithos, the best preserved castle of the island.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 4 Lindos excursion
A trip to the beautiful village and Acropolis of Lindos can either be done by boat or coach. We’ll hike to the top on foot and admire the great views over the bay. Lindos is the second most visited place in Greece and there for not to be missed! You can even do this on the back of a donkey… Lunch at a seaside resort and on the way back we’ll make a lovely walk to the forest of the Seven Springs, a true oasis in a magical landscape. Water streams out of the springs all year around and make it a cool place even in the warm summer.
Free time for relaxation at the Thermal Springs of Kalithea, dinner at a local tavern
Day 5 Boat to the Island of Kos
After breakfast transfer to the port and embarkation on the boat (hydrofoil) to Kos.
Transfer to the hotel followed by an orientation tour on foot or bike.
Free time for a relaxing dive in the sea.
Dinner in a small tavern
Day 6 The beautiful town of Kos
Today we’ll explore the old town of Kos on foot. It is one of the loveliest towns of the Greek islands full of palm-trees and flowers with many archaeological remains and imposing Venetian-style buildings. We’ll visit the Neranztia Castle of the Knights of St. John, walk through the ancient Agora, see interesting Mosques from the Ottoman period and discover the Roman mosaics in the Casa Romana area. A cool beer on the small but cozy Elefteria-square as a small break and a visit to the Archaeological Museum for those who are still up to it…
Dinner under the ‘Platanos’, plane tree of Hippocrates, father of Medicine, where he used to teach, makes a beautiful end of our day!
Day 7 A half day tour to the Asklepeion, the first ‘hospital’ in world history!
An early breakfast in the hotel and departure by coach (or bike) to the Sanctuary of Aesculapius, son of Apollo, God of Medicine. Some 4 km from Kos-town we’ll encounter the most important archaeological remains of the island, the Temple of Apollo. It served as a sanatorium in antiquity and was the place where Hippocrates taught and worked. A home-cooked meal in the mountain village of Zia is a nice experience to meet a local family. PM Relaxing dip in the Hot-springs of Piso Livadi. Dinner ‘downtown’
[Day 6 and 7 can be combined as a 1 day trip]
Day 8 Daytrip to the Holy Island of Patmos
Embarkation on the boat to Patmos, the holy island of Saint John the Devine. In the 11th century a fortress-like monastery was built on top of the hill in Chora, the small but exquisite capital of the island. We’ll visit not only the famous monastery but also the Grotto of the Apocalypse, the holy shrine where St. John received the Revelation as a message from God. Time for a stroll and lunch in Chora. PM Return by hydrofoil to Kos.
Day 9 Return to Rhodes or Athens for your departure