The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
Island hopping to lesser known Greek islands
Culture & Natural History
Tour codes: 15500
Greek island hopping gives a sense of freedom as you set sail from small ports and drift past dramatic scenery to visit dazzling white villages and walk through contrasting landscapes.
Starting in one of the bigger islands, we visit the preserved medieval city of Rhodes Town, which serves as counterpoint to the coastal village of Lindos, with spectacular views over St. Paul’s Harbour. Tilos, one of the least frequented of the Greek isles, offers wonderful walking opportunities and beautiful seascapes. Nisyros is a small mountainous island with dormant volcanic craters that still exudes sulphurous fumes today.
Sailing from Nisyros, we make a short visit to Kos en route to Symi, where our days are spent exploring the island famed for the beautifully sited monastery of Panormitis. Symi harbour is one of the most colourful ports in the islands.
We return to Rhodes to end our exploration of these Greek island jewels before we fly home.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, 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.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Arrive into Rhodes airport and transfer to our hotel on the edge of Rhode's Old Town. We have dinner at our hotel this evening
We start our day with a guided visit of Rhodes Old Town, exploring the small streets and alley ways and seeing the Palace of the Grand Masters, Old harbour and the Turkish architecture. There are plenty of tavernas for lunch and in the afternoon, you may wish to visit a museum, early evening your leader will take you for a walk along the medieval moat or you can relax at the hotel by the swimming pool.
Depending on the time of the ferry today, we may the opportunity for an extra walk on Rhodes before we cross to our second island of Tilos, or we may arrive in Tilos with time to explore before dinner.
During our time on Tilos, our walks take us to small villages, seeing monasteries and churches.
We start our walk from Ayiou Pandelimona monastery, located on the east coast, and follow kaldirimi (cobbled paths) to Ag Antonios on the coast, where there is a time for a taverna lunch and a swim. We continue by bus to the recently built Elephant museum at the Charkadio Cave which houses many paleontological exhibits then continue on to Megalo Horio (the capital) and for those that would like an extra stretch of their legs, you can take a walk up to the kastro (approx 1.5hrs return) this is well worth the effort.
Our walk takes us directly from the hotel today as we walk to the deserted village of Yera. We follow a well-made (stony in places) path to the village, where we stop for lunch with plenty of shade. The walk then continues over the hilltop with beautiful views back down the valley to Livadia. We make our way down the hillside on a rocky path to the beautiful little chapel of Ayios Pavlos then continue back down to Livadia.
We leave Tilos behind today and travel by ferry for the nearby volcanic island of Nisyros.
Nisyros is a volcanic island, where large craters can still be seen and walked in!
This walk shows the main point of interest on the island, the crater rim. On arrival in the village of Nikea we visit the Volcano museum then continue into the village square to experience the marvellous views down into the crater. After some refreshments we slowly descend to the crater floor passing on route many volcanic features such as pyraclastic flows and lava bubbles and soon experience the sulphur smell rising up from the crater bottom. After a walk down to the fumaroles we have lunch before continuing to follow a path along the crater bottom (approx 1.5km) then a stony ascent through trees to the top, contouring along the rim we reach Evangelista Monastery and continue walking back to the hotel.
This walk explores the second ‘rim’ village and passes through typical countryside with good views on a stony path out of Emborio to Moni Evangelistria. On the route back to the hotel we visit the impressive kastro and on return to Mandraki visit the chapel of Moni Spiliani before returning to the hotel
We leave Nisyros en route for Symi today, via the island of Kos. Depending on ferry times, we may have time for lunch in Kos before continuing on to Symi and our hotel located on beautiful Pedi beach.
From the moment you arrive into the colourful harbour, bustling with excitement of the arriving ferry, you can see that Symi is a beautiful island. There are plenty of trails to follow and quiet beaches to enjoy.
From our hotel, we walk around the harbour to pick up the path, which follows the shoreline, until we reach Agia Marina,this is a perfect spot for refreshments and a swim. We continue our walk with beautiful coastal views and the possible sighting of tortoises. Finally, we reach old windmills on our route down to Chorio, here we can walk back to the hotel or catch a bus.
We catch a bus from the hotel to Chorio take time to explore the village then walk down the Kali Strata to the port of Yialos. We then continue over to Emborio (a lovely sleepy village) where we have the chance to have lunch and a swim and visit the catacombs. We can possibly get a water taxi back to Yialos or walk along the coast..
Bus or walk up the donkey track to Chorio – donkey track to Perivolitis Monastery from there a stony path through dramatic scenery of the Ksisos Valley to the wilder south west coast. It is worth the long walk as the little chapel of Ag Vasilios is in the most beautiful setting and a wonderful place for lunch, We return the same route with time to explore Chorio or continue down to Yialos and catch a bus back to the hotel.
The ferry journey to Rhodes from Symi is short and sails quite close to Turkey as you leave the port. Back on Rhodes, we make the short transfer to our hotel, the Hotel Plaza, where we have dinner at the hotel's restaurant this evening.
We travel over to the other side of the island today to explore the town of Lindos and see the magnificent Acropolis. Our farewell dinner will be at a local taverna this evening.
At Lindos we can walk up to the ancient Acropolis that sits above the town and offers spectacular views over St Paul's Bay. Our coastal walk out of the town to the tomb of Kleoboulos (the Tyrant of Rhodes), which has now been converted into a windmill.
We leave our hotel for Rhodes airport for our flight back to the UK.
Departure dates for your selected tour
19th May 2021 - 2nd Jun 2021 (14 Nights)
22nd Sep 2021 - 6th Oct 2021 (14 Nights)
6th Oct 2021 - 20th Oct 2021 (14 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
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, 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.
Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday charge.
The Hotel irini and Ilidi Rock studios & apartments are owned by the Christolis family and they have been welcoming visitors to the island of Tilos for many years. Depending on the size of our groups, we may all stay at one property or be split between the two. Both are of good standard, comfortable and a very short walk from each other.
Hotel Irini offers an outdoor swimming pool and terrace and is just 200m from Livadia Beach. Rooms are all en suite with a/c, TV, mini-fridge and electric kettle. There is also a small balcony with pool views. Wi-fi is free to use in the hotel's public areas, with a small charge for use in the room.
The Ilidi Rock studios and apartments have two small beaches below the complex which can be reached by steps. The accommodation is built into the mountainside, and access to the studios is via flights of steps. All studios and apartments have terraces with views over the bay, kitchenette with kettle, microwave and fridge. You will also have a/c and en suite bathroom, with shower only. Wi-fi is free to use in the hotel's public areas, with a small charge for use in the room.
Both properties are in walking distance to local shops, cafes and tavernas.
A traditional styled, family-run hotel located close to Mandraki beach on the island of Nisyros. The hotel offers a swimming pool, lounge, breakfast room and bar with a terrace. Close by you will find a good selection of tavernas and coffee shops. All comfortable rooms are en suite (shower only) and have a mini fridge, a/c and TV. The rooms also have furnished balconies.
The Pedi Beach Hotel sits in the natural bay of Pedi on the island of Symi. Its beach front location offers wonderful views of the hills and Aegean sea. The hotel offers sun beds, umbrellas and swimming towels on the beach and has a restaurant, bar and terrace. All rooms offer a bright, clean Mediterranean decor and are en suite and have a balcony with a sea or mountain view. Facilities include a/c, TV, fridge, telephone, and a hairdryer.
The Grade 4 walking programme for this holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over undulating terrain with sometimes stony and cobbled paths. Walks are generally between 9kms-16kms/6 miles-10 miles a day with cumulative ascents/descents between minimal and 300m. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is approximately 1000m. We take into account the weather in our walks in the Greek islands and someday there will be opt out points or easier ascents/descents or even the possibility of a beach afternnon or a public bus back to our hotel if the weather is very warm. See the Itinerary section for more information
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
The currency in Greece is the euro.
You will find ATM and bank facilities in the main towns on each island you visit on this holiday.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
We fly from London to Rhodes and return with British Airways. Flights from Manchester are also available, please contact our Travel Team for more information or check the website. The transfer from Rhodes Airport to our hotel is approx 20 minutes.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
Breakfasts and Dinners are included in the holiday cost. We include breakfast at our hotels each morning and dinners will be taken at local tavernas, giving the opportunity to sample the wonderful Greek cuisine and enjoy the local atmosphere. Quite often a selection of mezze will be put on the table for us to share - both meat and vegetarian dishes, followed by the main course. Desserts aren't common in Greece, but meals can be followed by fruit or perhaps yogurt. Vegetarians are well catered for in Greek cuisine.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Greece
Electricity in Greece is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & More
There are numerous travel guides for Greece's Dodecanese islands to help with the planning of your holiday. Some suggestions that you might find useful include:
The Rough Guides: Greece The Dodecanese
The Rough Guide: The Dodecanese & East Aegean Islands
Lonely Planet: Best of Greece and the Greek Islands
Lonely Planet: Greek Islands
Lonely Planet: Rhodes and the Dodecanese
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Greece
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Greece.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
You may also wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.
There is a low to no risk of malaria in Greece. Malaria risk is from May to October and is very limited; confined to the villages of the Evrotas delta area in Lakonia district. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.
Further Travel Advice
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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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