Excursions & Fun Activities in Rhodes

Book your excursions in Rhodes with one of our partners and benefit from our long experience and local expertise. All excursions available from our large network of partners can be booked at the reception of Sunday Hotel.

Just let us know and we will organise everything for you! The information on this page is updated regularly and we try to keep it as accurate as possible. Please note that all excursions are subject to availability and changes due to unforeseen circumstances.

If you need more information or if you have any questions contact us via email at reservations@sundayhotel.gr or call us on +30 22410 93740 during office hours.

Excursions by Boat

  1. Important information

    Duration approx. 9 hours
    Hotel pickups between 07:30 – 08:20 (depending on your hotel location)

    • 1 hour drive to Kamiros Skala Port
    • 09:30 Departure from the Kamiros Skala Port
    • 09:30-10:00 Boat trip to Halki Island
    • 10:00-17:30 Free time in Halki
    • 17:30-18:00 Boat trip back to Kamiros Skala Port
    • Transfer back to the Hotel (1-2 hours)

    * The trip is weather-sensitive, can be canceled/ postponed in bad weather conditions!

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  3. The little Greek Paradise

    If you have been to Symi Island, Halki will seem very familiar, yet like any other island, it has its own unique aspects. Halki is one of the smallest inhabited islands of the Dodecanese with only 313 permanent residents, but it stores some exciting secrets! Let’s reveal them!

    Your day will start with a 1-hour drive along the western coastline to the little fishermen port Kamiros Skala. Passing by little countryside villages will put you in the mood for traveling!

    Departing from Kamiros Skala port is a nice experience on its own. Observing the panorama of Rhodes’ rocky shoreline, Kritinia’s Castle, and mountains the 35 min travel will seem like a breeze!Chalki Island I Boat trip from Rhodes I Manos Going

    Approaching Halki, you will first see a little islet at its entrance, then a  colorful settlement will appear at the bottom of the surrounding hills. The brightly colored 19th-c. two-story neoclassical mansions amphitheatrically adorning the little port will leave you breathless! You will easily pick out two churches by their bell towers, the three windmills at the far left, and ruins of a Venetian fortress at the peak of one of the mountains.

    Chalki Island I Boat trip from Rhodes I Manos Going

    You will have plenty of free time to explore Halki! We suggest starting with a nice walk around the little port where fishermen leave their boats and spread their catch! You will be surprised how clean and transparent is the water at the port! Do not miss visiting the St. Nicolas church close to the port with its impressive bell tower.

    Chalki Island I Boat trip from Rhodes I Manos Going

    After exploring the Nimporio (port area), it is time to head to one of the beaches! Walk towards the other bell tower with a clock, on the way admiring the beautiful white Townhall with a spectacular double staircase.

    Chalki Island I Boat trip from Rhodes I Manos Going

    At this point, you can choose to walk approx. 500 m to the most popular beach Pondamos with fine white sand. The road to the right will lead you straight to the beach! It is organized with beach loungers and umbrellas and has a tavern with seafood and local food.

    Chalki Island I Boat trip from Rhodes I Manos Going

    Or you can turn left, and walk through the colorful labyrinth of small houses and after approx. 500m reach the Ftenagia beach with its emerald waters and silhouette of Rhodes at the horizon. Few umbrellas are available and a gorgeous taverna for that cold beer and calamari!

    Chalki Island I Boat trip from Rhodes I Manos Going

    Just be sure to make it on time for your return trip! We will be waiting for you at Kamiros Skala to take you back to your hotel!

  1. Important information

    The Full Day Cruise to Symifrom Rhodes schedule:

    • Bus transfer from your hotel to the Tourist Port of Rhodes.
    • Greeting by an escort and boarding
    • Departure time from Rhodes to Symiis at 09:00 the morning
    • On arrival, meet with an escort who will give you all the details for your trip to Symi Island, the stops and tips to organize the day ahead.
    • You can choose to follow our tour guide who will take you on a beautiful stroll around the alleys of Symi’s capital, will introduce you to the long tradition of sponge diving and processing, the museum and the churches of the island.
    • Free time on Symi for shopping and lunch.
    • Then we depart for the historic monastery of Panormitis to indulge into the beauty of this Aegean Sea’s corner.
    • Boat departure from Panormitis is scheduled for 17:15
    • Upon arrival to Rhodes, return transfer by coach to hotels

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  3. Best activities in Symi

    Visit Panormitis

    A famous landmark on Symi is the 18th-century Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis. This monastery is on the southwest coast, overlooking the sea. Legend has it that the Archangel will often hear the prayers of the monasteries visitors as long as they promise to come back to Symi with a present.

    Take Photos or Video from the Ferry Boat

    Gliding into Yialos, which is Symi’s harbor town, is surely one of the highlights. Be sure you are out on the deck while the boat is approaching to grab some video or a few panoramic shots. Symi harbor is set like a gorgeous amphitheater, where two- and three-storey stone homes painted in a range of pastels are stacked down lush hillsides. It is simply stunning to take it all in as you approach.

    Stroll Yialos Harbor

    You’ll get off at Yialos. Take a stroll along the harbor where there are little fishing boats bobbing in the water and usually fishermen tending to their nets.

    Agios Ioannis Church

    While in Yialos, check out this 19th-century church’s bell tower. I also loved the intricate stone pebbled mosaic floors on the outside grounds of the church. The inside of this church is also very beautiful to see.

    Symi Folk Museum

    Another one of the things to do during your day trip to Symi is check out the little museums. They are in Yialos. The Folk Museum is housed in a neoclassical building and features Hellenistic and Roman sculptures and inscriptions as well as more recent carvings, icons and costumes.

    Nautical Museum

    The Nautical Museum is near the Folk Museum in Yialos. Here you can learn about the interesting sponge diving culture of the Dodecanese islands. Take a look at tools, model ships and vintage anchors used in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Buy a Sea Sponge

    Symi was once one of the world’s great sponge-diving centers. One of the best souvenirs to take home is a funny looking sea sponge.  You’ll see lots of sponge shops selling all types of natural sea sponges which are perfect for loofah use, bath time and for exfoliation. Living in Greece, I have completely abandoned the plastic bath sponge. This is the way to go.

    Hike Up to the Chorio

    One of the top things to do on your day trip to Symi is get walking up that hill! It isn’t a long hike but you do need to take hundreds of steps (500 to be exact) to get to the panoramic views of the hilltop village called Chorio.

    There are a few “entrances,” I don’t think you can go wrong. The “official” steps are called Kali Strata which means good way/walk. The truth is the ascent isn’t hard if you are fairly fit. There’s shade here and there. Plus, you’ll want to stop to admire the homes and architecture along the way. The top can be reached in 15 to 20 minutes but it took us way longer because we meandered this way and that.

    Once you get to Chorio, there’s a quiet central square with not much going on except a well-reputed restaurant and a few cafes. Here you can take a breather and order a refreshment or coffee.

    Stop at Megali Panagia Church for a Panoramic View

    Keep walking up another five minutes from the Chorio’s square to get to this whitewashed church (also known as Panagia Tou Kastrou)  for a beautiful panoramic view. We were advised by a nice local that this is the place to go and he even walked us the entire way to make sure we wouldn’t get lost. Gotta love the wonderful Greek people.

    See What Remains of Historic Castle Walls

    From Megali Panagia, you can look out at the fragments of an ancient acropolis that once protected the town, as well as remnants of a 16th-century castle built by the Knights of St. John.

    Visit Emborios

    The traditional village of Emborios is Symi’s second port. Locals told us they like to go swimming here. The ancient town of Metapontis was situated close by. We didn’t have a chance to go.

    Bask in the Sun at Symi Beaches

    During your day trip to Symi you may want to check out the beaches. Pedi Beach is a popular one. On August 15, there’s a traditional folk festival here at the monastery of Panagia Altheini.

    Marathounda Bay, Yiorgos Disalonas and Nanou are all secluded beaches with lovely settings and clear waters. Other beaches are situated on small islets around Symi including Agia Marina, Agios Emilianos, Nimos and Sesklia.

    Eat extremely tasty sea food freshly caught from the locals

    Symi is well known for the extremely good tavernas along its harbour, so take this opportunity and sample some fine local meze.

  1. Important information

    • Half Day Tour
    • Private Transfer
    • experienced skipper
    • water, beverages, lunch included
    • towels and masks/flippers (for snorkeling)

     

    Itinerary

    08:30 AM – Hotel/spot pick up (Private Transfer)

    Your sailing trip starts by picking you up from the hotel with our comfy air-conditioned vehicle (pick up time ~08:30am, depending on the hotel location).

     

    09:00 AM – Embarkation

    By 9am you have arrived at Mandraki harbour ready for embarkation! We will get on the boat and get ready to sail

     

    09:00 AM to 04:00PM – Sailing, Swimming, Snorkeling. Lunch

    1. Traounou Bay
    Traounou Bay highlight its fascinating cave with fine pebbles and clear turquoise water. The impressive cave and the deep blue sea give the whole place a unique and magical atmosphere.

    2. Ladiko Bay
    It is a captivating natural pool with swallow waters (up to 4 meters), surrounded by sand, small pebbles, scenic rocks and many trees, some of them reaching down the sea.

    3. Anthony Quinn’s Bay
    Next stop one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, the small bay of Anthony Quinn with the crystal clear waters and the rocky surroundings. The shooting of the movie “The Guns of Navarone” made this beach famous worldwide, which was named after the film’s actor Anthony Quinn. While snorkeling, you will be able to admire a natural aquarium full of fishes. Lunch time has arrived. Enjoy it at Anthony Quinn bay.

    4. Stay longer at Anthony Quinn Bay or visit Kallithea Bay
    Most of the times guests are so attracted by the Anthony Quinn Bay stunning beauty that prefer to stay longer instead of visiting one last bay. If this is not the case in your small group, you have one more stop: Kalithea Bay! The thermal springs of Kallithea, known since antiquity for their therapeutic properties, were utilized by the Italians, in the early 20th century (no longer in operation). There are several, small, organized beaches here, scattered around the spectacular rocks of Kallithea Bay. Discover the magical seabed of the bay.  It is an ideal place for diving and snorkeling as there is abundance of marine life, with an amazing variety of fish in its emerald waters.

     

    04:00 PM – Dembarkation

    You are back at Mandraki harbour at 4pm.

     

    04:30 PM – Hotel drop off (Private Transfer)

    You are dropped off at your hotel with our comfy air conditioned vehicle.

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  3. Sail along the beautiful coastline of Rhodes.

    Sailing during Greek summer is hard to describe in words. Sail along the most beautiful shores and the most wonderful bays of Rhodes Island stopping for fun dives, snorkeling and swimming.? Kallithea Bay, Anthony Quinn’ s Bay, Ladiko Bay, Traounou Bay each one has a unique beauty for you to explore! This full day sailing trip includes also lunch on board-the sea experience can get you very hungry!- and hotel pick up and drop

Excursions by Bus

  1. Important information

    Duration approx. 4.5 hours

    • Pickup service is scheduled between 10:00 and 11:00
    • Express drive to Butterfly Valley approx. 45 min
    • 2.5 hrs free time to explore
    • Departure from Butterfly Valley at approx. 14:00
    • Return at the hotel at approx. 15:00

    * Times may slightly vary according to seasonal/ daily conditions/ traffic/ the group size!

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  3. Best activities in the Butterfly Valley

    Experience the unique beauty of the Butterfly Valley!

    On the west side of Rhodes, lies the Valley of the Butterflies. This is one of the most attractive destinations in Rhodes. Here you will have the opportunity to explore a valley of ancient sweet gum trees covered in butterflies. Check out the video and our recommendations bellow for great tips regarding this excursion!

    In Butterfly Valley we recommend the following activities:

    • Take a peaceful hike from the bottom of the valley to the top
    • Admire the formations of the ancient forest trees
    • Snap a picture of the butterfly covered trees and rocks
    • Visit the museum and learn everything about the Butterflies

  1. Important information

    Duration approx. 6.5 hours

    • Pickup service is scheduled between 08:40 and 10:00 (depends on your Accommodation location)
    • Express drive to Lindos takes approx. 1 hr
    • Stop at the viewpoint for Panoramic photos 10 min
    • 4 hrs free time in Lindos village
    • Departure from Lindos at approx. 15:00
    • Return at the Hotel/ Port at approx. 16:00

    * Times may slightly vary according to seasonal/ daily conditions/ traffic/ group size!

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  3. Best activities in Lindos

    Lindos is a coastal city that captivates every visitor. It offers panoramic views that tell a thousand stories. Surrounded by turquoise waters, a whitewashed town sprawled at the foot of a rocky hill with a prominent ancient walled city and a beautifully preserved Acropolis. Indeed Lindos is a must see for everyone visiting the island. Walk the narrow streets, visit the Acropolis at the top and swim at the welcoming waters of Lindos bay. The experience that this beautiful place has to offer is unique. With five hours to spend in Lindos there are many thing to see and do, so book your excursion to Lindos by bus at the reception of Sunday Hotel.

    Sightseeing & Activities

    The excursion to Lindos starts at 9:00 am with the pick up from Sunday Hotel. The bus arrives at 10:00 am and your free time to explore Lindos starts. You will have 5 hours in Lindos and in your free time we recommend the following activities:

    • Relax at Lindos beach
    • Walk up to the Acropolis
    • Walk the narrow streets of the traditional whitewashed settlement
    • Shop for souvenirs
    • Swim at St Paul’s bay
    • Visit the church of Panagia
    • Enjoy a drink and meal at a roof top bar or restaurant
    • Snap amazing photos

    For this excursion in Lindos by bus we recommend that you bring along the following items: Swimming suit, Beach towel, Hat, Sun glasses, Sun cream, Walking shoes, Camera.

Fun activities in Rhodes

  1. Important information

    Prices for North Safari Self drive

    Adults: 70 euros
    Children: 50 euros (children between 4-12)
    Price includes VAT 24%, cars (Suzuki Jimny), pick up from the hotel ( West from Rhodes Town to Fanes, East from Rhodes Town to Kolimbia), gasoline, insurance, public liability and professional staff.
    In case of pick up from Archangelos and further South, the South Tour applies.

     

    Prices for South Safari Self driving

    Adults & Children: 80 euros (Minimum age 4 years old)
    Price includes VAT 24%, cars (Suzuki Jimny), pick up from the hotel, gasoline, insurance, public liability and professional staff.

     

    Insurance Policy

    In case of a self-driving jeep safari the driver will sign a rent a car contract. On this contract there will the amount of 650 euros filled in at own risk. The customer will be charged a maximum of 650€, according to the damage, in case of an accident, only if it is his/her fault. This will be explained in the morning to every driver and every driver has to sign the contract. Also every customer is asked to sign a form which says the customer is at good health and joins the safari at own risk. Besides the regular car insurance, we also have Public Liability.

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  3. Jeep Safari hosted by Rhodes Adventures

    A full day packed with adventure and off road driving is the best way to experience all the hidden treasures Rhodes has to offer! Indeed the Jeep Safari experience will take you to places you would never be able to see otherwise. This extraordinary journey is guaranteed to create beautiful memories and a unique experience, where fun, safety and environmental consciousness are on top of the list. Meet Rhodes off-the-beaten-tracks!

    Jeep Safari with a professional driver

    In case of safari with drivers we use Land Rover Defenders for 9 persons. These cars are as well open and closed with roll cage and a soft top or hard top and have seatbelts in the back. Minimum is 6 persons.

    North Safari with Land Rover and professional driver

    The first route will be one and half hours of driving with a beautiful aerial view of the Butterfly area. Our first official stop will be in Archipoli for honey tasting where costumers will taste different local product such as honeys, souma, olive oil, local sweets & fresh seasonal fruits. Next, we will continue to the top of Mount Profitis Ilias from where we will have a breathtaking 360 view over the island. Off-roads we will drive to Apollona for a traditional Greek Meze lunch with view over the Attavyros. Lunch is optional and cost 12€ per person. Partly off-roads we will pass the villages Embona and Kritinia to end up at Kritinia Castle where guests have the chance to explore. At last we will have a short stop at the beach of Fanes where guests can take a refreshing dive before heading back towards Theologos.

  1. Important information

    Pickups and drop-off are provided only from Faliraki and Kallithea
    After your booking, we will send you an e-Voucher to inform you with all the details about the tour and the nearest pick-up point to your hotel.
    Passengers should aim to be at the pickup point for their tour 10 minutes prior to their scheduled start time.
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled departure day.
    This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancel due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    The optional tours are estimated and may vary depending on traffic, weather conditions and unexpected events.

    Inclusions

    • Taxes are included in the price
    • Pick up and drop off at your Hotel
    • Multi Speaking Staff
    • Passenger boat capacity 50 pax
    • Diving & snorkeling equipment

    Exclusions

    • Meals and refreshments
    • Towels
    • Your additional activities like photos
    • Videos under the water

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  3. Discover Scuba Diving

    DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING – COURSES

    Tailored for people who are ready for a fun and safe first scuba diving experience, the lesson takes place in the calm and clear conditions of Kalithea Bay. Cover the basics, from scuba theory to breathing techniques, and practice exercises during a safety briefing with a PADI-qualified instructor.

    OVERVIEW

    Escort passengers and Parents can sunbathing, relaxing on the deck of the boat having light food and drinks from the snack bar or swimming and snorkerling.

    Kallithea bay is the perfect place to learn diving and snorkeling or if you are a qualified diver you can go deeper to explore caves! Our promise to you is that you’ll receive great personal, friendly and professional service.

    As soon as you reach the dive site, your experienced instructor will make a short briefing on what to expect and the few simple skills you’ll need to know to dive safely, such as mask clearing, how to equalize your ears to the water pressure, regulator usage, proper fin kicking and basic hand signals. Your instructor will also provide all the basic scuba gear you’ll use, which is well maintained every year. This will include a mask, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, wet suit, dive gauges and a tank. After the briefing, it will be time for the thrill.

    BEGINNERS will dive up to 6-7m deep for 25 min. QUALIFIED divers will go deeper – according to your diving license qualification! Dives are in small teams – 2-3 divers with one instructor. This is how the instructors can have full control of your wellbeing under the water! After your dive you can relax, go swimming and snorkeling while the other passengers make their dives or you can choose to make one more dive!

    Kallithea is famous for its clear waters. You can meet octopus, some small fish and beautiful rocks under the water! Our experienced instructors will be happy to share their knowledge and diving secrets!

  1. Important information

    Tour Itinerary

    9:30 Hotel pick up (Private Transfer)

    This unique experience starts by picking you up from the hotel with our comfy air conditioned vehicle (private transfer).

    11.00 – 14.00 Explore Monolithos

    First you will visit the vineyards in the valley of Kimissala. There you will  you will walk along the hiking paths in the forest and the archaeological dig of the Necropolis. Then you will visit the Castle of Monolithos built by the Knights of St John. The castle is located on top of the monolith giving the name to the area. The view from there is simply breathtaking. Finally you will discover the peaceful bays like Alyki, and Fourni Beach, with their amazing crystal clear waters. There you can truly relax and enjoy all the beauty that this place has to offer.

     

    14.00 – 16.00 The Greek House Lunch and Wine tasting

    You will try 6 different varieties of wine each accompanied by a traditional Greek dish. The experience is focused in the synergy of taste that each wine and dish accomplish.

    The Greek House restaurant uses local ingredients from the nearby farms to produce authentic Greek tastes. In the shop they are offering the finest local products such as honey, olive oil and of course their exceptional wines produced in Monolithos.

    In the basement of Greek House Restaurant there is an atmospheric vintage cellar. The wine there rests peacefully in barbells in perfect temperature and moisture to produce its great aromas. Here you will find wine making and bottling facilities as well as special equipment and wooden barrels for wine maturing and storage.

     

    17:30 Return to hotel

    You are transferred back at the hotel.

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  3. True Greek Hospitality in the most picturesque village of Rhodes!

    Spend a full day in Monolithos and experience the authentic Rhodian village lifestyle. In this excursion you will have the opportunity to visit a magnificent part of Rhodes island. With the most hospitable local hosts you will visit the valley with the vineyards, the historical landmarks and take a dip in the cleanest blue waters of Rhodes. Then you will be escorted to the Greek House in the village for a ceremonial wine tasting.

    For the wine tasting your host will be Manolis Karikas.

    Manolis Karikas was born and raised on the island of the sun. He has dedicated his life and energy in harvesting his own vineyards at the foot of mountain of Akramytis. He feels blessed to produce some of the finest wines of Rhodes.

    This wine came not only from the land but mostly from the heart. The vineyards and the knowledge he gained throughout his life are his greatest heritage. After his father passed away he decided to continue “the blessing” as he likes to think of the wine making process.

    Today the soil of the Valley of Kimissala, located very near Monolithos, has inherited a specific character to his grape varieties. His vineyard, which is cultivated without any pesticides, produces enriched red and white wines such as Merlot, Cabernet, Mandilaria, Chardonnay, Athiri, Moschato.

    As he very often says: “ I can’t help notice that during the harvest period, the more I talk and sing to my vineyards while on the Valley, the better the wine we have on our table to share with our friends”.

    In 2013 he decided to open a traditional restaurant and a small shop in the village of Monolithos. The restaurant uses only local ingredients to produce authentic Greek tastes. In the shop they are offering the finest local products such as honey, olive oil and of course his exceptional wines.

    In the basement of Greek House Restaurant there is an atmospheric vintage cellar. The wine there rests peacefully in barbells in perfect temperature and moisture to produce its great aromas. Here you will find wine making and bottling facilities as well as special equipment and wooden barrels for wine maturing and storage.

    Visitors have the opportunity to experience ceremonial wine tastings. You will try 6 different varieties of wine each accompanied by a traditional Greek dish. The experience is focused in the synergy of taste that each wine and dish accomplish.

    While you explore Monolithos your host will be Giorgos Thyris.

    Giorgos Thyris in 2008 decided to return to the his heritage in Monolithos village. He always loved to share the natural beauty of the his birthplace with the everyone. Today he and his family put all their efforts, love and creativity to get people from all around the world to know the beauty they experience each day we wake up.

    Monolithos offers unique and breathtaking views of its beautiful landscape. It has panoramic views of mountains, hills and the sea. While in Monolithos you can truly experience the unique natural beauty of this blessed place.

    As he very often says: “Sometimes it is all about the destination…”

    First you will visit the vineyards in the valley of Kimissala. There you will  you will walk along the hiking paths in the forest and the archaeological dig of the Necropolis. Then you will visit the Castle of Monolithos built by the Knights of St John. The castle is located on top of the monolith giving the name to the area. The view from there is simply breathtaking. Finally you will discover the peaceful bays like Alyki, and Fourni Beach, with their amazing crystal clear waters. There you can truly relax and enjoy all the beauty that this place has to offer.

Book with Us

Rhodes is full of great places to visit and lots of interesting activities to make your holiday truly memorable! Every year we find the best excursion providers in Rhodes and we guarantee great service and value for money.

Excursions by bus are an excellent opportunity to experience all that Rhodes has to offer! The bus will pick you up at Sunday Hotel and take you to your favourite destination where you will be free to explore. Excursions by boat are a great way to experience the coast line of Rhodes and nearby islands!