The tour will start with collection from the port where your cruise ship will dock in the morning and as you exit the ship you will see your tour guide awaiting you with your name on a sign ready to whisk you off for the day. The first point of call that we will head to is the Medieval City where you will get a chance to see the famous Jewish Quarter otherwise known as La Juderia. La Juderia is situated in the eastern part of Rhodes Old City and is mostly focused around the Dossiadou street and is completely drenched in history as you will notice as you explore around.
Our stop here in La Juderia will be to the Kahal Shalom Synagogue which is recorded to be the oldest synagogue throughout Greece and is the sole remaining one here in Rhodes that is still used and in service this structure was built during the year 1577.
Inside the Kahal Shalom Synagogue, there is also a Jewish Museum now this museum has been created of what used to be the woman's prayer rooms, in this museum you can find many photos and also memorial plaques that have come from the large Jewish community that was once here. There is also the very famous Al Chatel Street which gained its name from a family that once lived here and of course, was a very honored and respected Jewish family. Right in the center of the La Juderia is the Square of the Martyred Jews where lies the beautiful Seahorse Water Fountain, now this square was originally the place full of traditional Jewish homes and small sized shops but during world war II it was struck by bombs which of course devasted the area so now it has been established as a small park and center square. The last part to see here at La Judeira is the Holocaust memorial which was put in place in the year 2002 in dedication to all the souls that lost their lives during world war II, the feeling around this memorial is very special and of course sacred too.
Rhodes Old Town (medieval City) To visit will take about 2 Hours
Our next part of the tour will take us out from the Medieval City and over to the New Town where we can go and explore what is hiding. Here in the New Town, you will be able to place your eyes on some very special historical buildings that have been blended with various styles that include Venetian, Gothic, and even Arabic. These historical buildings include the City Hall, Administration Building, National Theatre, and of course the Hotel of Roses. Once you have snapped photographs of these outstanding structures it's onwards to our next stop which is the Old Harbour. The Old Harbour has a legendary story which is it was here that the Colossus of Rhodes and even one of the seven wonders of the ancient world once stood.
Photo Break For Temple of Apollo, 20 Minutes
Time to jump in the car/minibus and make our way up the hillside and over to Monte Smith which also is recognized as the Acropolis of Rhodes City, as we reach the very top of the hill you will be breath taken by such panoramic out-standing views before you as you can actually see both East and West coasts. While we are in this area you will also have the chance to explore the Temple of Apollo, the Hellenistic Stadium, and also the magnificent Ancient Theatre.
Drive to Lindos about 50 minutes, Then visiting Lindos Acropolis will take about 1.30 Hours
Next its a drive over to the area of Lindos and along the way you will be able to gaze upon the very picturesque petite villages that we will pass through, just before we reach Lindos we will make a short photo stop break at a fantastic vantage point so you can capture an amazing panoramic view of the Acropolis – the little village below and of course the port of Lindos. It's time to head down the hillside and over to the main square of Lindos Village where you will have some free time so you can be able to discover its white-washed buildings or save your legs and take a traditional donkey ride around. We will then meet up back in the main square of Lindos so we can head for our very last stop of the tour which will be to the Jewish Cemetery which is in fact one of the best preserved in all of Europe and holds a vast number of tombstones dating all the way back to the 1500s to this present day. As you spend time walking around you will be able to notice there are still careful excavations going on and in the past 5 years, the excavations have managed to uncover 300 more burial stones. This just about wraps up our tour for the day so we will then head back to the port in Rhodes where you can re-embark your ship for departure, we trust that you have enjoyed your tour with us and we will look forward to seeing you again.
P.S. – You shall be given your Rhodes and Hewish Heritage Tour documents/vouchers at the time of confirmed booking via email as well as all the detailed information you will be needing.
*Pick up and Drop Off
*Professional Licensed Guide
*Transport and Driver
*Lunch – Drinks