The tour begins with an orientation drive towards the area where the ancient city of Rhodes once stood. Although ancient Rhodes was a large city, relatively few ruins remain. The ancient Acropolis stood on the eastern side of Monte Smith hill, which now provides a beautiful panorama. Here guests will have the opportunity to see the well-preserved ancient Stadium and the Odeon, dating from the 3rd century B.C. The orientation drive continues in the modern town of Rhodes.
On entering Mandraki yacht harbor, the most picturesque of the three ports of the city; guests are welcome by two bronze deer. Erected where probably the famous Colossus of Rhodes used to stand, they have become the modern emblem of the town. Numerous monumental buildings constructed during the time of the Italian occupation surround Mandraki and add to its majestic air: the New Market; the Annunciation church; the Central Post office; the Town Hall; the Theatre and the Government House. Next to the Theatre one admires Murad Reis Mosque and its graceful minaret.
The drive ends in front of the D'Amboise Gate, and from that point a walking exploration of the Medieval City begins. Once occupied by the Knights of St. John and the Turks, the Medieval City offers a unique opportunity to stroll the narrow, stone-paved streets surrounded by 15th century buildings, arches, flying buttresses, minarets and fountains.
The highlight of the tour is the visit of the imposing 14th century Grand Master's Palace, a massive Citadel that dominates the old town. Destroyed by a magazine explosion during a storm in 1856, it was reconstructed by the Italians in 1939.
As part of this tour guests will have the chance to visit the interior and see the mosaic floors from the island of Kos, the interesting collection of 16th and 17th century furniture, and the impressive arcades and courtyard.
Further along the way they will come to the Street of the Knights, the official street of the medieval city, which has been called the finest example of a late Gothic street to be found anywhere in Europe. Along this street were built the 15th century Inns of the Knights of Seven Languages, of which four still remain today. At the end of the Street of the Knights stands the impressive 15th century building of the Knights' Hospital, which now houses the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes.
The walking tour will end at Socrates Street, which serves as a bazaar for the island with its innumerable handicraft and souvenir shops. Here guests will have plenty of time to browse and shop before returning to the hotel.