In the morning you will take a panorama drive through the city of Rhodes to the port of Mandraki, the ancient acropolis on the hill of Monte Smith and the ancient stadium. No other European city has such a great heritage dating back to the medieval times, as Rhodes. The old city part is so colorful and lively, that it combines perfectly the old history of princesses and knights with the modern way of life. During your tour in the old city part, you will walk through stone-paved paths along the fortification walls and you will admire the fine medieval architecture of city gates, arcades, squares, fountains and little houses. Visit at one of the most famous sites in the city, the Grand Master’s Palace. Right afterwards, you will follow the path to the famous Socrates Street and then through the biggest grocery marketplace of the island to a fishing tavern by the sea.
After having your delicious lunch and admiring the sea, you will drive to Kallithea – not far from the city of Rhodes – where you will visit the magnificent ancient hot thermal springs and learn about the bathing traditions of Greeks and Romans. Even the Roman emperor Augustus used the hot springs of Kalithea. In the 1920’s the Italians rebuilt the place as an elegant, oriental seeming health spa. Just a few years ago the area has been restored with tender-care. Return to your booked hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
Symi is a picturesque island about 2 hours away from Rhodes and one of the mostly visited ones in Greece. Pastel-colored houses, narrow streets, numerous churches and monasteries, harbor taverns by the sea and small, cute shops create a wonderful, picturesque Greek scenery. Arrival with the boat at Yialos, the small harbor of Symi. Take a walk through the narrow streets and visit the famous Sponge Centre, where you will learn a lot about the natural sponges and also take some back home with you! Before meeting at the port, you will have some time for individual explorations. On your way back to Rhodes, the boat will make a stop at the monastery of Panormitis. The 18th century monastery of Symi’s patron, Taxiarchis Michael Panormitis, is a place of pilgrimage for the Greek sailors. You can visit the inner courtyards of the monastery, the wealthily-decorated church and the monastery’s museum. Return back to Rhodes and drive to your booked hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.