This Rhodes Old Town and Filerimos Shore Excursion begins at the New Harbor where your Licensed Rhodes Tour Guide will be waiting to meet and greet you as you disembark from your Cruise Ship.
You will first start your tour by visiting the Filerimos Site. In 1876 excavations have brought to light Mycenaean pottery, a Doric foundation and a Hellenistic temple of Athena, proof of the prosperity of the city down to the time when the city of Rhodes was founded in 408 BC. Later it passed to the Turks and finally to the Italians.
Remnants of these periods and lot of the successive conquerors can still be seen. On the way up the ancient road to the Acropolis, you can see the foundations of the temple of Zeus and Athena. On top you’ll find the beautiful church, dedicated to our Lady. This Monastery was destroyed under the Turks and rebuilt by the Italians who installed Capuchin monks in it. They built lovely walkways and quite corridors. The monks made quite an excellent cocktail which you would still enjoy today.
Your Rhodes Old Town and Filerimos Tour will then take you to Rhodes Old Town,the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site which stands as the oldest continuously inhabited medieval town in all of Europe.
As you approach the legendary Venetian fortifications you can not help but truly wonder at the sheer size of the massive walls built in the 14th century by Templar Knights of the Order of St. John to protect to the Old Town of Rhodes.
This Rhodes Old Town and Filerimos Shore Excursion is without a doubt the best way to explore the maze of more than two hundred streets and alleyways,none of which have any names.We will make sure that you enjoy plenty of stops along the way. These stops are sure to include the Palace of the Grand Master, a formidable medieval castle built by the Knights Hospitaller, the Byzantine Museum of Rhodes, the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent, built in the in the 16th century to pay tribute to the Ottoman Turks conquest of the Crusading Christian Knights, and the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes. Your Rhodes Shore Excursion will also take you to St. Katherine’s Gate, the D’Amboise’s Gate, St. George’s Bastion and the Avenue of Knights, just a few of the landmarks included , not to mention of course all of the Gothic Mansions and Byzantine Churches that you are sure to find along the way.
Your Licensed Rhodes Tour Guide will also point out the imposing gates to the Old Harbor famous for being the place where Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once stood over 2000 years ago. Here you will be able to enjoy amazing panoramic views of Rhodes Old Town, of St. Nicolas Tower (Rhodes Lighthouse) and the Rhodian Deer statutes that guard the Old Harbor today.
As your Rhodes Shore Excursion comes to a memorable end, you will be given free time to explore the New Agora (New Market) which houses a wide variety of shops and assorted restaurants where you will be able to taste the local delicacies and buy some of the local products.