Pass through the gates of the Old Town and be transported back in time. Your guide will explain the history and point of architectural details as you stroll the cobblestone streets. Includes commentated interior visits of the Palace of the Grand Master and the Hospital of the Knights, now a museum.
Notes: Guests must walk approx 2 miles over even, uneven surfaces, inclines & 80+ steps. Guests have approx 30 mins for shopping on Sokrate's Street before going to Marine Gate to return to ship. Flash photos not permitted in Grand Masters Palace.
Best explored by foot, the Old Town of Rhodes is an eclectic collection of historic influences that can be best discovered at a slow pace. Starting from the ship, your guide will escort you to the entrance to the Old Town. You'll pass through one of the turreted gateways and by the Agora and the Collachium, where the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem lived and worked, building a stronghold of Christendom in the Eastern Mediterranean. Remaining remarkably intact, the Old Town houses the churches, marble coat of arms of the Knights, canon balls, Jewish quarter, the Inns of the Knights, and most impressive, the restored Palace of the Grand Masters. You'll tour the interior of the palace as your guide points out the 14th century beginnings of the Central Courtyard and chambers decoratively built with colonnades and adorned with Hellenistic and early Christian mosaics. You'll continue down the Street of the Knights, its paths paved with colorful marble and superb mosaics, past medieval towers and emblazoned facades. You will visit the Hospital of the Knights which is now a museum.
Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 2 miles over even and uneven surfaces with some inclines and more than 80+ steps. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Time permitting; guests will have approximately 30 minutes of free time for shopping and browsing along Sokrate's Street before assembling back at the Marine Gate where your guide will escort you back to the ship. Flash photography is not permitted in the Palace of the Grand Masters.