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Friday July 8
Cultural 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.

20:00: Pick 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.

Afterwards there will be free time in Rhodes Town/Old Town.

23:30: Transfer back to Sheraton Hotel.

Tickets: €15

Book your tickets HERE.


Sunday July 10
Day Trip to Lindos

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.

10:30: Pick up from Sheraton Hotel (approximately an hours drive).

Selfie Time! 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 recommended

17:00: Departure from Lindos.

On the way, a 10 minute stop at St. Paul Bay for panoramic photos.

18:00: Return to the Hotel.

Tickets: Trip price: €25; Admission to Archaeological site - Full: €6, Reduced: €3

Please check eligibility criteria for reduced/free admission HERE.

Book your tickets HERE.


Monday July 11
Boat Trip to Symi island

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 the island.

Take a virtual tour of Symi island HERE.

08:05: Sharp! Pick up from Hotel and Transfer to Mandraki Harbor.

09:00: Departure on boat.

10:40: 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 other things.

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 elaborate chandeliers.

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.

11:40: Departure from Panormitis Port.

12:30: Arrival at Symi Port.

16:15: Departure from Symi Port.

17:45: Arrival at Mandraki Harbor.

18:15: Arrival at Hotel.

Tickets: Boat trip: €30; Entrance to the site - Full: €2

Book your tickets HERE.

Save a few days after the conference for taking in the wonders that can be offered by Rhodes and its surroundings. You can book your activities by clicking here.



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