Private Tour: Rhodes City Including the Old Town and Palace of the Grand Masters
Private Tour: Rhodes City Including the Old Town and Palace of the Grand Masters information and booking
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Get acquainted with the city of Rhodes on a 3.5-hour private tour, and discover Rhodes Old Town — a UNESCO World Heritage site — as well as modern sights around Mandraki Esplanade. With a private guide, learn about the city’s history and the legacy left on the city by the Knights Crusaders, the soldiers who led a series of holy wars during the Middle Ages. See the striking city gates of Porte d’Amboise, stroll down the Street of the Knights and tour the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes (entry own expense).
Leave your Rhodes hotel by air-conditioned minivan, and travel from the island’s main pier through the newer neighborhood of Rhodes city. Pass alongside Mandraki Esplanade to see government buildings and notable modern landmarks such as the Church of the Annunciation — built as recently as 1925 — and a replica of an old crusader monument: the Old Church of the Knights of St John.
Chat with your private guide as you travel, and ask as many questions as you like about the city, the island and the sights. Since your tour is private, the itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to the sights you want to see.
Swing past the deer statues of Mandraki Port, and continue up Monte Smith to gaze at the dramatic island vistas against the backdrop of the Aegean Sea. Stretch your legs on a stroll around the vantage point, soak up the views, and then travel back down the hill into Rhodes’ UNESCO-listed Old Town.
Pass the city gates of Porte d’Amboise, and stop outside the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes for photos before heading inside, at your own expense, for a tour of the key rooms located on the second floor. Built in the 14th century, the palace was later destroyed in the 19th century then rebuilt in 1939 by the ruling Italians who wanted to accommodate King Emmanuel II and the dictator Mussolini.
After browsing the palace’s impeccable rooms, head outside for a walk along the Street of the Knights and see the historical inns that were once occupied by the Crusaders. See Knight’s Hospital, a well-preserved building that has been turned into an archeological museum, and then enjoy some free time to explore the Old Town independently.
At the prearranged time, meet back up with your guide and finish your tour with a drop-off at Rhodes city pier or back at your hotel.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Local guide
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
What isn't included
- Gratuities (optional)
- Entrance fee to palace of the grand masters (6 euro)