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A holiday of wonderful leisurely walks with great scenery and ample time to appreciate Rhodes' beauty.

Guided Walking Holiday - A Knights' Island

Tread in the footsteps of ancient civilisations; all around you are the historic traces of those who came before. One of the larger of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes has been important from the earliest times due to its strategic position and has been allied to various empires throughout history. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays.

Heritage from the Ottomans, Italians, Knights of St John and Persians is as rich as you will find anywhere in Greece. There are miles of jagged coastline, interspersed with sandy beaches and quiet coves. Trails hug the coast, with views of the sea, and gently meander through the interior, passing olive groves and ancient archaeological sites.

The UNESCO World Heritage city of Rhodes Town is a maze of alleyways, magnificent archways, monuments, shady squares and museums and a perfect place to immerse yourself for a few hours. On the other side of the island is Lindos with its imposing acropolis and sheltered harbour of St Paul, where the apostle is said to have safely landed during a storm. In between you will find traditional villages, peaceful valleys, and pine woods, which all make for wonderful leisurely walks with great scenery and ample time to appreciate the island’s beauty.

Travel with us at Christmas and see how the island marks Christmas time with church services and wonderful processions. The weather is ideal, with generally mild and bright days.

Holiday Highlights

  • Admire the architecture and discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rhodes Town.
  • Admire the stunning views from the Acropolis at Lindos over St Paul’s Bay.
  • Take relaxing walks through the island’s countryside and along coastal paths.
  • Discover the old fashioned charm of Profitis Elias, with spectacular views over the countryside.
  • Opportunity to dine at local restaurants to savour local cuisine.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Rhodes (British Airways or Charter), December Heathrow via Athens (Aegean Airlines)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken at the hotels
      Dinners taken at our hotel and local tavernas
      Gala Christmas and New Year dinners (Dec departure)
      Guided visit of Rhodes Town
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 3

  1. Day 1

    Fly from the UK to Rhodes. On arrival, we transfer to our centrally located accommodation, the Plaza Hotel, for 7 nights’ accommodation. Depending on the arrival time, there may be the opportunity for a visit of the town before dinner.

  2. Day 2

    This morning, we meet our local guide after breakfast, for a guided walk of Rhodes Old Town, a World Heritage site. The walled city, with its seven gates, is a labyrinth of cobbled streets and alleyways that lead us past ancient synagogues and mosques to grand palaces and museums. The Street of Knights is lined on either side with magnificently restored buildings. There will be plenty of time for you to soak up the atmosphere in local cafes or restaurants, visit the market or perhaps take a stroll along the seafront.

  3. Day 3 to 7

    During our time on Rhodes, our walking programme will take us across to the other side of the island, on coastal and inland tracks, passing traditional villages with quiet, shady squares and by ferry to the nearby island of Symi, with its picturesque harbour.

    Examples of the walks we  plan to include in our programme  are as follows. Please note that times noted are actual walking times. The length of the walking day will be longer.

    Lindos: This day allows plenty of time to explore the town and walk up to the spectacular Acropolis with views across the Bay of St. Paul. Ascent / descent minimal (although steps up to the Acropolis); 2.5 miles; 1.5 hours.
    We can extend with a coastal walk out onto the headland to visit Kleoboulos' tomb (3 miles).

    Archangelos to Efra Piges (Seven Springs): A really beautiful walk through quintessential Greek countryside. Olive trees, goat herds, shepherds and country chapels finishing at ‘Seven Springs' – A shady oasis built by the Italians to irrigate their citrus groves. Ascent / descent 100m; 3 miles; 2 hours.

    Salakos: A visit to the small of Profitis Elias Church and a short walk through open and wooded foothills. The path is not steep as it zig-zags but it is rough and stony. Ascent negligible / descent 450m; 3 miles; 2 hours.

    Symi:  Taking the ferry from Rhodes harbour, make the crossing to the island of Symi where there is time to explore the main Chora or perhaps take an option castle walk that offers splendid views.

    Filerimos: After a visit to Ancient Kamiros, continue to Filerimos to see the stations of the cross and the monastery. Our walk with a picnic stop ends at the Kallithera springs with time for a swim or relaxation in a beautiful setting. 


    There is also a free day for you to explore on our own, relax at the pool or beach or perhaps visit Rhodes Town.

  4. Day 8

    Depart hotel and transfer to Rhodes airport for return flight to London.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Rhodes (British Airways or Charter), December date from Heathrow via Athens
  • Airport transfers by road c. 30 minutes
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Plaza Hotel, Rhodes

We stay in en suite rooms at the four star renovated Plaza Hotel, located just 400m outside the walls of the Old City of Rhodes Town, where our groups have been staying for many years and always receive a warm welcome from the owner. The location is ideal with easy access to the Old City, with its World Heritage status buildings, numerous restaurants and shops, and the marina and harbour. All rooms have either one king sized bed or two twin beds and offer guests telephone, television, in room safe, kettle, hairdryer and mini bar. The hotel offers a restaurant where a good variety of Greek and International dishes are served. Also you can enjoy a cool and refreshing drink at the Piano Par and lounge or take a swim in the pool (heated April-October - not open in December). Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday charge.

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