THE COUNTRY WINERY TOUR

Our tour starts from the Old Town of Rhodes.The old town is the city built by the Knights of St. John and the Knights of Malta.It is one of the best preserved medieval cities that you can see currently on an european tour.You can see the tour timeline step by step following:

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1). Our tour is a walk back in time,where we will cross the paths of Knights and we will see the Palace of the Grand magician the ruins of the church of St. John, the clock tower and other monuments ideal for photgraphing the memories of your visit.

IMPORTANT NOTICE  This part of the tour must start before 9 a.m. , after this time, vehicles are forbidden to enter the old city by the local authorities.

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2).We will continue in one of the three ports of Rhodes Mandraki where right after the entrance to the port is located the statue of the famed Sun god “Colossus”. This was one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world.Ideal place for taking photos where once stood one of the higheststatues of antiquity , 30 meters (107 ft) tall , standing on 2 bases up to 15 meters high.Colossus stood upright for 66 years before being destroyed by a deadly earthquake in year 226 b.c.

Above the hillside overlooking Rhodes town (Monte Smith) is situated the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes.  The site is dominated by remains of the 1st century B.C. Temple of Apollo Pythios.

3).Our next stop is the ancient Acropolis of Rhodes located at the highest northern point of the island.Here is the temple of god Apollo Pythaos .In the green park you can see the ancient stadium (3 century b.c.) where the biggest celebration in Rhodes was taking place, the celebration of Saints, dedicated to God Ilios (SUN).You can also see the restored ancient marble theater where you can take pictures at the most beautiful panoramic point in Rhodes .This is a breathtaking experience.

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4).At a distance of 26 km and after a beautiful drive along west coast we will reach the famous valley of butterflies.A unique place of natural beauty, a green valley crossed by River PELEKANO.From Spring to Autumn many butterflies from different parts of mediterranean use this place to reproduce themselves.There you can walk in beautiful trails, cross wooden bridges, you can see small Waterfalls and nature everywhere around and of course hundrends of thousands of butterflies.An experience you will never forget during your visit in Rhodes.

5).Leaving the Butterfly Valley we head to the picturesque mountain village of Embonas located at the foot of Attaviros mountain at an altitude of 630 meters. Here is the heart of the wine industry of the island. We will visit the traditional wineries of the village and you will have the opportunity to taste a wide selection of local wines accompanied by traditional snacks such as olives, cheese bread etc. Do not
forget to try the local traditional drink to suma a pure drink from local vines. The wine tasting is free n no obligation to purchase.

castello Kritinia

6).In Embona we will find to buy fresh local products such as oil, olives and  traditional homemade pasta ,nuts and various mountain herbs for your hot drinks and your food.Leaving the village Embonas we will pass the Medieval Castle of Kritinia for a photo stop.The Castle was built in 1472 by GIORGIO ORSINI to protect the local residents from the raids of Othomans and pirates.It was used as dockyard & mariniera and was an important castle of Rhodes.Here are the coats of arms Grand Masters who ruled the island As the D Aboise (in years 1503 -1512), Coretta (years 1513-1521) and the most famous Grand Master D OBISON (years 1476-1503) .

Castello de Monolithos à Rhodes

7).Until this point the duration of the tour is 5:30 hours.You can extend the tour and visit the medieval castle of Monolithos situated 73 km south from the town of Rhodes.An Old Byzantine castle that was renovated by Max. Master.D ‘Ompyson (1476-1503 )as evidenced by the coat of arms which is located in the gateway.The purpose of the castle was the supervision and protection of South Rhodes from pirates. Here was the shelter of local residents during raids from foreigners. This Is one of the four powerful castles of Rhodes because of its location not never fell too .Beautifull and maintained externally but internally damaged.The duration of our tour with a visit to the castle of Monolithos is 7 hours.

The ride will finish back to your base (boat or your hotel) or if You want just in front of the entrance of the old town so you can further continue your walk.

DURATION OF TOUR

The duration of this tour is approximately 05.30 hours.If you want to visit the Castle of Monolithos,our excursion will be expended by 1:30 hours (7 hours total).If you have more disposal time you may add in our excursion +1 hour to have lunch in a traditional “taverna”restaurant or +1 hour for swimming in one of the amazing beaches of our island.

If desired by you,during the return of our tour,it is possible to have a quick stop to a traditional ceramic workshop.Ceramic pottery is an art that erxists in Rhodes from antiguity .Our driver will arrange for you to buy nice souvenirs in special prices if you wish to have souvenirs ofyour visti in Rhodes island.
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