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How to Spend 1 Day in Rhodes

How to Spend 1 Day in Rhodes

Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands (and the fourth-largest island in Greece), blends sandy beaches and ample sunshine with medieval architecture and ancient historical attractions. If you only have one day to spend on the island, here are some suggestions for how to make the most of your limited time.

Morning: Island Sightseeing

Start your morning off with an orientation around Rhodes; one of the most fun and convenient options is by Segway. Zip around the City of Knights—the medieval center of Rhodes town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site—stopping at the Palace of the Grand Master, Ibrahim Pasha Mosque (the oldest on the island), Saint Catherine’s Hospice, and the former headquarters of the Knights of Saint John. If you have specific attractions in mind that you don’t want to miss, consider a private tour tailored to your interests, whether ancient archaeological sites or hidden beaches.

Afternoon: Fun in the Sun

This island gets more sunshine than just about anywhere else in Europe, making every day a good day for some outdoor adventure. This afternoon is your opportunity to enjoy the clear blue waters of Rhodes. Depending on your interests, you might spend the afternoon paddling along the island’s rocky shoreline in a kayak, scuba diving in Kalithea Bay, stand-up paddleboarding from the coastal village of Stegna, or horseback riding along Kiotari Beach. If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, take this time to explore the spectacular Valley of the Butterflies, an area of the island that most visitors miss.

Night: Sunset Cruise

Rhodes is at its most beautiful at dusk. This evening, soak up the sights from the water aboard a sunset cruise along the coast. Most excursions depart from the Mandraki Port and offer a chance to take a late afternoon swim at Kalithea Springs before watching the setting sun from the deck. Choose a cruise with dinner served onboard to feast on a buffet of Greek specialties. It’s a relaxing and romantic end to your day on the island of Rhodes.

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Romantika 3-Hour Sunset Dinner Cruise

Romantika 3-Hour Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Set sail on a scenic late afternoon cruise from Mandraki port and experience Rhodes from the water at dusk. Take a final swim of the day while anchored at Kallithea Springs, then watch the setting sun and see the stars come out. This romantic, budget-friendly outing includes live music, a buffet dinner with Greek specialties cooked on board, and a refreshing drink, including cold beer, white wine, or rosé.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.67
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Rhodes Lazy Day Private Tour

Rhodes Lazy Day Private Tour

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Design your own perfect day in Rhodes with a private, completely customizable tour. Ideal for visitors who know what they like and who want to explore only in the company of friends or family, this adventure is tailored exactly to your wishes. Let a savvy driver and guide whisk you around the island — from ancient archaeological sites to blissful beaches — and show you Rhodes from an insider’s perspective.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Rhodes Scuba Diving Experience

Rhodes Scuba Diving Experience

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Test your scuba skills without enrolling in a multi-day course with this small-group diving experience in Rhodes. Cover the basics, from scuba theory to breathing techniques, during a safety briefing with a PADI-qualified instructor. Then, take a boat from Mandraki Harbour to Kalithea Bay for a roughly 30-minute dive. With your instructor close by, you'll get up close to colorful marine life and swim by underwater caverns. You'll also have the option of upgrading to include a second, slightly deeper dive. This small-group tour is limited to just seven participants.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Rhodes Sea Kayaking Tour

Rhodes Sea Kayaking Tour

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Paddle through the clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean on a sea kayaking adventure in Rhodes. Navigate the island’s wild and rocky shoreline, passing hidden beaches, coves, rock formations, and the bay where the World War II epic ‘The Guns of Navarone’ was filmed. Replenish your energy with a homemade picnic lunch on the beach, and enjoy several stops to swim and snorkel during the half-day journey.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$105.85
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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

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Check off Rhodes top sights on this private, 3.5-hour tour of the Old Town. Following pickup from your hotel, travel through Rhodes New Town, where you’ll find the city’s best beach along with waterfront bars, packed bistros and upmarket boutiques. See the government buildings, the Church of the Annunciation and other modern landmarks along the Mandraki Esplanade. Then delve into Rhodes Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you’ll tour the Palace of the Grand Master and enjoy free time to explore independently. Entrance fees are not included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Valley of the Butterflies in Rhodes

Private Tour: Valley of the Butterflies in Rhodes

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Visit the Valley of the Butterflies on Rhodes with this private, half-day tour. Following pickup from your hotel, travel by private vehicle to the breathtaking nature reserve in western Rhodes. With your own personal guide, you’ll wander along the reserve’s leafy walkways and streams. Get up close to the park’s colorful butterflies as they flutter around you, and hear about the tiger moths that thrive in the valley. You may also visit the on-site Museum of Natural History. Entrance fees and refreshments are at your own expense.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rhodes by Night - Laterna

Rhodes by Night - Laterna

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Take an evening tour of Rhodes, the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands. Learn about the city’s history, see monuments and forts, and appreciate the sweeping views and architecture. Take some free time to shop for souvenirs in Old Town, then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Finish up the night with a short cruise around the harbor before returning to your hotel.
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  • 6 hours
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