I had booked the Piraeus Express on line from home. We were met by the company rep. Bus had Wi Fi. Large bus with only 12 or 14 of us. Great way to see a lot without dragging after a guide. Irena told us about each attraction, we did our own thing and came back to the bus at the appointed time. The day went along really well and we packed a lot in with a bit of shopping time at the end. It was hot but we were prepared for that with comfy clothes and good shoes. We stopped at the Temple of Zeus, walked to the top of the Acropolis, saw the changing of the Guard etc. We also stopped to admire the views and other ruins . I am not an historian but we loved the architecture and scenery and enjoyed the beer and food.
We were met promptly at the ship. Bags were stowed under the bus and we saw the highlights of Barcelona which is a beautiful city in the company of a lovely tour guide. We were then taken to our hotel. A great end to our 3 week cruise. We both felt very safe there. It is a vibrant city with many places to shop, dine and relax which is just what we like to do.
The ship was welcomed by a band on the docks which was fun. We went with CC companions on a privately organised tour which covered quite a bit of the island. It is an interesting place with churches, fishing villages etc. Definitely not "touristy". (facilities such as public toilets need attention). Lots of sandstone walls etc. Medieval village of Mdina very interesting and attractive.
We had a taxi driver take us for a quick look around and then drop us at the beach where we had a massage and a swim, hired 2 deckchairs and relaxed. We walked back to the ship, stopping to have a bite to eat and a beer and then on to the old town for a large beer in a boot and some shopping. Rhodes is really pretty, flat and easy to just do your own thing.
Fantastic day out with CC companions. Great tour of ruins followed by Turkish feast, belly dancing and music. LOVED this day. We helped fellow CC member celebrate a birthday and the whole day was one of our favourite.