Friday July 8
Event: “Throne of Helios”
3D picture, sound, motion, rain, snow, wind, fire and even
smells, playing with the senses and giving maximum
entertainment. The “Throne of Helios” is a modern
entertainment center that combines cinema and a thematic area
with historical exhibits and screenings.
It is a unique
combination of historical tradition and high technology, in the
historic building of the old cinema «St. George» on March 25
Street. This was the first cinema in Rhodes built by the
Italians in 1927.
up from Sheraton Hotel (approximately a 10 minute drive).
The duration of the
show is 20 minutes.
We will also tour of
the historical exhibition in the lobby. This covers the period
from prehistoric times to the 20th century. We will watch
documentaries on mythological and historical events.
will be free time in Rhodes Town/Old Town.
Transfer back to Sheraton Hotel.
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Sunday July 10
Day Trip to
Lindos, a striking
jewel on the east side of the island brags of its history. Above
the modern town rises the acropolis of Lindos, a natural citadel
which was fortified successively by the Greeks, the Romans, the
Byzantines, the Knights of St John and the Ottomans. This makes
the site difficult to excavate and interpret archaeologically.
The acropolis offers spectacular views of the surrounding
harbours and coastline. The narrow cobbled streets take you to
the elegant town, filled with small restaurants and cafes
offering a fantastic view of the castle and the sea from their
terraces, while the fine-sand beach on the rim of Lindos invites
you to try some of the warmest waters in the Mediterranean.
up from Sheraton Hotel (approximately an hours drive).
A 5 minute stop on the way to take a panoramic photo of Lindos.
We then have the
possibility to go up the hill straight to the Acropolis of
Lindos for a guided tour
There will be some
free time around the village. Swimming is possible and
Departure from Lindos.
On the way, a 10
minute stop at St. Paul Bay for panoramic photos.
to the Hotel.
Trip price: €25; Admission to Archaeological site - Full:
€6, Reduced: €3
eligibility criteria for reduced/free admission
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Monday July 11
Boat Trip to
Symi is one of the
most beautiful islands of the Dodecanese group. It has not been
affected by mass tourism and still retains the traditional Greek
island way of life and hospitality. Once the capital of
Dodecanese, Symi became very rich by developing the sea sponge
trade. Today the island has around 2500 inhabitants, mostly
engaged in tourism, fishing, and trade. On visiting this unique
island one can admire the neoclassical 19th century town with
its colorful little houses. One can also feel the atmosphere of
Take a virtual tour
of Symi island
Pick up from Hotel and Transfer to Mandraki Harbor.
Departure on boat.
Arrival at the Port of Panormitis (an hour's stay).
While touring around
the island you will see many churches and monasteries devoted to
the Archangel Michael. The Greek Orthodox Monastery of
Taxiarchis, Mihail Panormitis, is the most important on the
island and second largest in the Dodecanese after the monastery
of St John the Theologian in Patmos. The monastery is located on
the south end of Symi, situated on the seafront of the tiny
village of Panormitis. It is a closed-in cove with a small sandy
beach, protected by a narrow inlet that opens out into a wide
harbour. The mountainous backdrop is covered with pine trees
which give the area an ambiance of solitude. The monastery is a
large 18th-century Venetian-style building with the highest
baroque bell tower in the world. The facade of the main
structure is white and it stretches along the coast on either
side of the main gateway. In excellent condition, the Italians
constructed these two rows of buildings after World War II.
These buildings now contain holiday flats and a bakery among
Once inside the
monastery main gate, visitors are welcomed by an inner courtyard
decorated with exotic trees and plants and paved with 'hokhlakia'.
The church dedicated to the Panormiti is on the left and inside
contains the two-metre-high, silver-leafed wall icon of the
Panormiti. The entire church interior is covered with
iconography (of particular interest is the 'fall of the angels'
mural at the back of the church) and is decorated with very
The exact historical
date of the construction of this church remains unknown but some
suggest that it was built around 450 AD over the site of an
ancient temple dedicated to the pagan god Apollo. It is known
for certainty that the existing church underwent a major
renovation in the 18th century to bring it to the standard that
is in existence today.
The monastery has
two museums. One houses ecclesiastical art, and is rich in
exhibits like pontificals, silver icons, Russian epitaphs, and
ecclesiastical utensils, ship model offerings brought to
Panormitis from far away by the sea, and one of folk art with
important objects of the folk culture of the island relevant to
fishing, agriculture, and shepherding. There is also a library
with Byzantine manuscripts and editions of ecclesiastical,
historical, and philological content, as well as a gallery with
paintings of the landscape of the monastery and its two chapels.
There is also a memorial to a former abbot, two monks, and two
teachers, who in 1944 were executed for running a spy radio for
the British commandos.
Departure from Panormitis Port.
Arrival at Symi Port.
Departure from Symi Port.
Arrival at Mandraki Harbor.
Arrival at Hotel.
Boat trip: €30; Entrance to the site - Full: €2
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