Half Day Rhodes City Tour & Filerimos & Butterfly Valley
08:00-13:00 or 13:30-18:30 HRS

  • Rhodes Grand Master Palace
    Rhodes Grand Master Palace
  • Rhodes Palace
    Rhodes Palace
  • Rhodes Filerimos
    Rhodes Filerimos
  • Rhodes Butterfly Valley
    Rhodes Butterfly Valley
The excursion includes licensed Guides and deluxe motor coaches and commences with a visit to Filerimos. Here the guests will visit the ruins and foundations of the Temple of Zeus Polieus, dating back to the 4th century BC, of Athena Polias, dating back to the 3rd century BC and a Doric Fountain dating back to the 4th century BC. Together with these ancient remains are other Byzantine and medieval structures, such as the church of Our Lady of Filerimos, built by the Knights in the 15th century and the Church of St. George, which has wall-paintings dating back to the 14th and 15th century. The 12 stations of the Crucifixion, with its many steps and scenes from the Passion are very striking.

The excursion then continues to the enchanting site of the Valley of the Butterflies. This is a lush green valley, with a little river running through it. The site is beautifully arranged, with little wooden bridges, stone steps and an uphill path which leads to the Monastery of the Virgin of Kalopetra, built in 1784. The Valley of the Butterflies is a unique natural park, where each year, from June to September, thousands of multi colored butterflies appear. They live here, attached to the tree trunks, living from the sap, then lay their eggs and multiply. The valley is a wonderful place to walk in, under the shade of the trees. The characteristic scent of the pine resin, which attracts the butterflies, the coolness from the abundantly flowing waters, make this a little paradise even in the hot days of midsummer.

The excursion continues with the Panoramic Drive over the Monte Smith Hill which offers a magnificent view of the Aegean and the City of Rhodes. The drive continues past the ancient Rhodes Acropolis dedicated to Zeus Polieus, Athena Polias and Pythian Apollo. Four columns of this Acropolis have been reconstructed. The final drive-by is past the 2nd century BC ancient Stadium and Theatre. Both the Stadium and Theatre have been restored. From there the excursion continues to the D’ Amboise Gate of the Medieval City where the guests disembark and on foot visit the Grand Masters Palace, the most imposing building of medieval Rhodes. It was originally built in the 14th Century, but demolished by an explosion in 1856. It was restored in 1939, during the Italian occupation. The excursion continues down ‘The Street of the Knights,’ which, in spite of the restoration of its buildings, has remained untouched by the passage of 500 years, since it was originally built in the 14th century. The Gothic order predominate the entire street. The Inns of the various ‘Tongues’ stand in a row, with impressive arched doorways, their emblems carved above them.