Adventure Cruises in Rhodes
The largest and certainly one of the most intriguing of the Dodecanese Islands, a Rhodes small ship cruise can take you to see the hidden spots and well as the hot spots of this magical place. Due to its size and historical importance, Rhodes has something to offer everyone from history buffs to beach lovers and party animals. The island was a significant player from ancient Greek times, leaving behind temples, palaces, and the fortifications of the central city of Rhodes. It is also possible to mix and match your trips on a small cruise ship with many of the stop-offs ideal for including both a cultural experience and a day spent sunbathing and swimming in the balmy turquoise waters.
Best Rhodes Island cruises and areas to visit
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old town of Rhodes is home to a wealth of fascinating and atmospheric architecture from both east and west. The city is split into the old and new town with the old town built inside a castle from the medieval period making the entrance from the harbor a jaw-dropping sight. The inside of the old town is full of winding streets full of local shops and restaurants as well as the old market. The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights is also well worth a visit, dating back to the 7th Century, this building has an intriguing mix of Byzantine, Greek and Italian influence with its museum inside as well. In town, you can find many luxury resorts and, most importantly, Elli Beach, a huge, long sandy beach with plenty of beach bars and sun loungers.
Just shy of a kilometer long, Tsabika is a favorite spot for stopping off on a small ship cruise around Rhodes. The beach a long stretch of golden sand and the perfect place for sunbathing and enjoying a relaxing meal or drink at the tavernas. There are also several water sports centers where you can rent kayaks and canoes or even try something more adventurous like water-skiing. You can also walk up the hill behind the beach and enjoy not only a spectacular view but also the tiny white chapel of Tsambika monastery, a pilgrimage point for those hoping to improve their fertility.
Packed to the brim with fun Faliraki resort doesn't just have a long and beautiful beach but also some of the best nightlife in Rhodes. The beach is lined with classy beach bars which are perfect for a cool drink or lunch in the day and the best spot to party at night. There is also a large waterpark at Faliraki with slides, rafting and a wave pool to enjoy.
Best time to cruise in the Rhodes Island
Rhodes is a much-loved destination for people around the world year-round, so while there isn't the best time to visit Rhodes, the seasons do offer different experiences. The summer season is the highest for visitors, Rhodes is hugely popular with crowds from many different parts of the world. June to August are the hottest and busiest months, although you will find it easier to escape any crowds staying on a small ship cruise. The island's nightlife is at its wildest at this time of year, and it is a great time to party hard. You should book well in advance if you plan to visit in this time period as small ship cruises are top-rated in the Greek islands in the summer. Outside of the peak season, you can visit Rhodes in May, September, and October and still find long hot days, although mornings and evenings are a little cooler. This is the perfect time to visit Rhodes if you are more interested in cultural visits as the sites are less busy and the weather more suitable for walking around.
How to get to the Rhodes Island
Some Rhodes cruises depart directly from Athens port and sail over to the island on the first day and night so you can go straight from the airport using a taxi, transfer or use the metro station beneath the airport. By far, the quickest way to get to Rhodes Island is by flying to Athens airport and taking a connecting flight to Diagoras Airport on the island. Direct flights are available from most major European hubs and several US cities such as New York, Philadelphia, and Newark. If you prefer to take the ferry to Rhodes, then the port of Athens has a wide range of boats departing every day. These vary from large cruise liner size ships to the faster, if much smaller hydrofoils. Be sure to check the itinerary as many of these boats stop off at several different islands before arriving in Rhodes making the journey quite long.
Rhodes Island Cruise Tips
- If you choose to take the ferry to Rhodes it is worth planning to arrive a day early before your cruise as the ferries can be slightly unpredictable and in the high season, incredibly full.
- The old and new town of Rhodes is quite spread out, and many people rent bicycles to explore the town thoroughly. This is suitable during the colder off-peak months however best to walk or take a taxi in the height of summer when the temperatures can be scorching hot.
- Rhodes has a long and historical tradition of winemaking using a Muscat-like grape to create unique flavors. There are several wineries on the island some of which offer fascinating tours which include tastings of course.