Should we take the tour of Rhodes and Lindos or the old city and Philerimos? The cost is about the same.
I have a possible solution but before I respond fully can I ask the following:
How many in your party?
What is the cost of the organised tour?
Not being nosey but it could make a difference.
Dave, I think amron means the cruise ship shore excursions.
For a seven hour stay the first choice will give you a quick snapshot of Rhodes basics.
If the second package gives you enough time in Old City and Rhodes Town, possibly free time to wander around by yourself, it is, in my opinion a better choice.
Save Lindos for your next visit to Rhodes!
Why I asked the questions is that it could be possible to visit Lindos and the Old Town on a "do it yourself" basis for the same cost. It obviously depends on what time they can disembark and what time they have to be back on board. I recall we had a similar question a couple of weeks ago.
the packages are approximately the same price and duration. The one that includes Lindos has a short visit to a ceramic factory. We dock at 7am and depart at 2 pm. We probably will return in time to have lunch onboard.
If you dock at 7am you may not get off the ship until 8am? Your ship departs at 2pm so you will need to be back on board by 1pm? At the most you are going to have about 5/6 hours on Rhodes which is not much. The journey from Rhodes to Lindos by coach is a good 45 minutes each way. If you are also going to have a short visit to a ceramic factory you won't have much time in Lindos although it is a beautiful village with the Acropolis. But I doubt you'd have time to go up there or properly walk the narrow streets of the village.
Personally I think your best option is not to bother with any organised tour and just stick to Rhodes Old Town. Your ship will dock virually opposite the entrance to the Old Town and there is much to see there. Visit the Palace of the Grand Masters (6 euros) and that could take a good hour to walk around and contains a unique history of Rhodes. Walk down the Street of The Knights. Climb up the Clock Tower and see the views over the city and then the Grand Mosque.
Whilst it's the Old Town it is full of shops selling all sorts goods but shop around as prices vary. You can buy everything from lace tablecloths to ceramics, even suits of armour! It really is an amazing place with plenty of restaurants as well.
After the Old Town if you have time, walk around Mandraki Harbour and see the small fishing boats selling sponges and sea shells of all sizes. You could also visit the New Market which also has a selection of shops.
As I said earlier I would not recommend an organised coach trip as the coach will be going so fast you won't see anything. If you are impressed with old town, buy yourself one of the many good tourist guides available and if you're impressed book yourself a 2 week holiday on the island when you can really explore at your leisure.
Hope you have a super time anyway.
Antonis - do you think my adivce is correct?
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