Nice walking experience with ruins and chance to travel the roads of the island coastline. The tour guide was interesting. However, on return to the port we explored the local city and Castle, had a wonderful snack and drink in the square; this was the best part of our day! Regretted spending the money on the excursion.
It was a nice scenic hour-long drive to a wonderful acropolis set against the sea. You walk down from the parking lot, then up to the site, which has a number of ruins both original and restored.They added a stop at a ceramic shop, which we dreaded but was fairly short and sweet. The founder, now 81, is still working at hand inscribing images into the damp clay.
The boat docks right outside the lovely medieval walled town, known for the occupation of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem for 200 years, and its beautifully preserved wall. .
After the half-day excursion, we had plenty of time to roam the town and the palace of the grand master, which was originally a Byzantine fortress, then the administrative center of the order. Only the basement is original but the rest was very nicely restored in 1936 after a massive fire.
Tour guide was Greek - English was passable but odd inflection. He was very pleasant and kind but disorganized. He should have given out the headsets and tested them while we were spending 50 minutes driving up there rather than when we arrived and were already walking. Two of them did not work and he did not have batteries. he did not give us "numbers" to help us remember the bus and did not give us his cell number as other tour guides do. Two passengers came back to the bus a full 30 minutes late - very annoying. he should have left without them.
Another interesting city. we did the trip to the Acropolis of Lindos which was an interesting site, but our guide was a bit hard to understand. We could have done without the stop at the tourist trap which seems mandatory in this part of the world.
The drive to Lindo was very pretty. We manged to get entangled in the shopping area so missed the better parts of Lindos. The walk back to the bus is very steep and I had to stop a couple of times. We tried to take the shuttle or a taxi up the hill but gave up on getting a ride after wasting 30 minutes trying to get in a vehicle.
The Acropolis at Lindos is lovely and well worth the visit. More steps than expected (and no handrails on the climb up to the entrance which is only a problem for those of us with a fear of heights). Everything was "amazing" according to our guide.
Got on bus, off to Lindos at the top of the mountain. Steep walk, Then shops in town. Nice views, then back to Rhodes old town and the walled area where the Knights lived . Rhodes is located about even distance from Eygpt, Israel, and Athens geographically--hence its value in olden times. The Walled city is full of shops and cafes.I wish they had more on the Knights like we have seen in Malta.
A must-see! The Acropolis of Lindos overlooks the turquoise Aegean and St. Paul's Bay. Stunning. Our taxi was able to take us much closer to the entrance than the tour buses coyld. There was still a bit of walking to do but we appreciated the shortened walk.
We've seen prettier villages on this cruise, but we found a real gem of an unaltered home dating from the turn of the last century (featured in the National Geographic in 1958 and unchanged), no signage, no entry fee! We also had probably the best meal of the cruise at Kalypso. The acropolis looked like climb too far in the heat, without much to see of the old temple once you've got there.
Rhodes old town is fascinating. Could spend many hours here - particularly off the main tourist drag.
I was really worried when we first got there due to the crowds, heat and the walk straight up. But it really wasn't bad. I enjoyed Lindos, then went on my own back down to visit the Church and have a granito. Needed it after such a hot walk up. Beautiful views from above. Very interesting tour.
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