Things to do in Dodecanese

Our most recommended things to do in Dodecanese

Rhodes: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Rhodes: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Discover the ancient history of Rhodes on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of its ancient sites and top attractions. Visit 12 of the city's most important sites and feel free to get off and re-enter the bus at each of the stops. You can hop on and off as many times as you want on the 1-hour circuit. Explore sites such as the popular Elli Beach and the Aquarium, where you can get up close and personal with Mediterranean marine life such as dolphins, seals, turtles, and sharks. Stop at the government buildings or shop till you drop in the commercial center, then visit the Old Town and the area where the statue of Colossus stood. Hop off at the Palace of the Grand Magister to admire its medieval architecture before heading to the Archaeological Museum to see artifacts from Rhodes and neighboring islands. Admire panoramic views from the Monte Smith Hill, and discover over 2,000 years of history at the Acropolis, the Temple of Apollo, and the ancient stadium and theater. With your ticket, you're free to stop at the attractions that interest you most.

From the Port of Kos: Full Day Boat Cruise to 3 Islands

2. From the Port of Kos: Full Day Boat Cruise to 3 Islands

Explore three islands on a full-day boat trip from Kos. Enjoy lunch on board and explore the islands of Kalymnos, Plati, and Pserimos with plenty of time to swim in the paradisical water. First, arrive at Vathi, a beautiful village on the island of Kalymnos. Enjoy the magnificent views of a natural fjord and take pictures of the surrounding gulfs and caves. Get 1 hour to explore its peaceful streets and try local specialties. Return to the boat for a buffet lunch with pork or chicken souvlaki, salad, tzatziki, and bread. There is also a vegetarian option with beans and dolmades instead of meat. After lunch, visit the fish farms nearby and look out for wild dolphins. Continue to Plati islet to jump in the turquoise waters and swim around the boat. Enjoy happy hour on board with refreshing cocktails at low prices. Finally, arrive at Pserimos island. Have 1 hour to explore the island at your own pace before returning to Kos in the evening.

Rhodes: Premium Catamaran Day Cruise with Lunch & Drinks

3. Rhodes: Premium Catamaran Day Cruise with Lunch & Drinks

Embark on a catamaran cruise to the coastal beaches of Rhodes. Stop at idyllic beaches and bays to swim, snorkel, or relax on the sand. Enjoy unlimited drinks on board with a Mediterranean lunch. Board the "Lagoon", a luxurious catamaran that will be your vessel for this cruise. The first stop on your cruise is Anthony Quinn's Bay, where you will enjoy amazing views and can swim and snorkel. The catamaran will then sail to your second stop of Afandou Beach, where you’ll have 60 minutes to swim and snorkel in a quiet bay. There the crew will throw bread into the sea and colorful fish will gather around you as you explore Rhodes' underwater life. Following that, enjoy a Mediterranean lunch prepared and served on board. The final stop will then be at Kalithea Springs, where you will have 30-45 minutes for swimming and snorkeling.

Rhodes: Speedboat Trip to Symi with Free Time to Explore

4. Rhodes: Speedboat Trip to Symi with Free Time to Explore

Admire views of town of Rhodes and the town of Symi from the water with this speedboat tour between these two points. Have ample time in Symi to shop, try local cuisine, and capture pictures of the colorful houses before returning by speedboat to Rhodes  Hop aboard the new speedboat in Kolona Harbor. Soak up some sun on the outdoor deck or cool off in the air-conditioned closed deck as you take in views of the Rhodes castle walls, the minarets of the Old Town, the medieval clock, and the Marine Gate. Head out from Rhode and catch a glimpse of the on your left hand the 46-meter high Naillac Tower, the windmills of Rhodes, the Saint Nicholas Fortress, and the Aquarium of Rhodes.  Arrive in the bay of Symi where you can spy the town of Symi which is amphitheatrically built. Spy the colorful neoclassical houses which reflect in the sea on clam days. Disembark and have over three hours to take in the charm of this island before returning to Rhodes. 

From Rhodes Town: Day Trip to Lindos

5. From Rhodes Town: Day Trip to Lindos

Avail of worry-free transportation from Rhodes Town, Ixia or Ialyssos and admire the typical villages and beautiful landscape on the 1-hour drive to Lindos. Get dropped off at a central parking lot on arrival, from where you can stroll to the village square in 5 minutes or take the shuttle bus to arrive in just 2 minutes. Avail of 4 hours of free time to choose what you want to do. Head to the acropolis to see the ruins of the Temple of Athena Lindia, or relax on the sandy beach. Enjoy refreshments in the cafés and restaurants, or buy gifts in the boutique stores. Return to the parking lot at 3:00 PM for the return journey to Rhodes Town, Ixia and Ialyssos.

Rhodes Town: Boat Trip to Symi Island and St George Bay

6. Rhodes Town: Boat Trip to Symi Island and St George Bay

Depart at 8:45 AM, and sails to St. George Bay – one of the most stunning beaches in the world. We will stop for a 30 minute break, where you can swim and snorkel off the boat in the crystal clear blue water. When all passengers are back on board, the boat sets sail to Symi main harbour, with the journey from St George Bay taking around 15 minutes. In Symi, you will have 3 hours of free time to explore the amazing views, colorful streets and the famous harbour. The boat will return to Rhodes Harbour at 17:00, ending a fun day mixing beautiful beaches with a historical and quaint Greek village.

Rhodes North: 4x4 Polaris Buggy Off-Road Adventure

7. Rhodes North: 4x4 Polaris Buggy Off-Road Adventure

Explore the island of Rhodes on a Polaris RZR 570. Go off the beaten track on this exhilarating adventure, as you drive through mountains and charming villages, enjoying local products along the way. Admire the natural scenery of Rhodes as you make your way to Eleousa Square. From there, continue to Archipoli where you’ll taste local varieties of honey and other delicious products like souma (spirits made of grapes), olive oil, local sweets, and fresh seasonal fruits. Then discover the native herbs of Rhodes including oregano as you continue off-road to Psinthos. A little further on, stop at a viewpoint where the majority of the west coast and the famous Butterfly Valley can be seen from above. The last trek of the day will bring you to Fanes village, the perfect place for a short stop to take a refreshing dive into the Aegean Sea. Finally, head back to Theologos to end your unique tour.

Rhodes: Cruise to Quinn Bay, Afandou, & Kallithea with Lunch

8. Rhodes: Cruise to Quinn Bay, Afandou, & Kallithea with Lunch

Get ready for a memorable day of sailing on the Aegean Sea on a day cruise from Rhodes. Explore the most beautiful parts of the east coast with a buffet meal and drinks on board. Swim and snorkel with the equipment provided at Anthony Quinn Bay, Afandou Beach, and Kalithea Springs. Depart from the port of Mandraki in the morning. Enjoy sailing on a traditional wooden boat with free WiFi that will take you to one of the calmest beaches of Rhodes, Anthony Quinn Bay. Swim and snorkel in the emerald green waters for an hour. Next, continue to Afandou Beach. As the crew drops anchor there, have the chance to swim, snorkel or just relax on the quiet beach. Come back on the boat in an hour for a lunch buffet with local flavors and vegetarian dishes accompanied by red or white wine. After lunch, head to your last stop, Kallithea Springs. Take a dip in the long enclave of clear blue water surrounded by rocks and ladders that lead down to the ocean. After 30 minutes in Kallithea, settle in for the return trip to Rhodes Town.

Bus Trip to Lindos Village & Seven Springs

9. Bus Trip to Lindos Village & Seven Springs

First, visit 7 Springs for 1 hour, which offers a cool, magical landscape at a real oasis, swamped in greenery. Water flows out from the springs all year around, and ends up in a small lake. You can get to the lake by walking through a narrow tunnel. The second stop after 7 springs is Lindos village, which is the most popular sightseeing destination in Rhodes. Discover its charming atmosphere, friendly inhabitants, and lovely sandy beaches. During your stay in Lindos for 3 hours, you can explore the village by strolling through the small narrow streets dotted with wonderful souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants. If you prefer ancient sites, then a visit to the Acropolis is a must - the view from the top is breathtaking.

Rhodes: Pirates' Route Sea Kayaking Tour

10. Rhodes: Pirates' Route Sea Kayaking Tour

Take half a day to explore the East Coast of Rhodes from the water, with a sea kayaking tour. Paddle along the coastline and discover 3 beaches up close. Take in the stunning colors of the Mediterranean sea and admire the interesting rock formations. Begin the Pirates' Route sea kayaking tour at Kathara Beach in Faliraki. Meet your guide and learn all you need to know about safety before climbing into your very own double kayak. As you glide over the Mediterranean waters, take opportunities to dive into the colorful sea directly from the kayak. Discover sea caves and local beaches, before enjoying a picnic lunch at a favorite local beach. Try out snorkeling and discover life below the water's surface. If you're feeling adventurous, get your adrenaline pumping by cliff-jumping off the surrounding rocks. Full of experience and a traditional Greek picnic, head back to Faliraki. As you go, listen to entertaining local myths, and facts about the geography, and enjoy some time to spot some wildlife in their natural habitat.

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We had a really fun tour on the trikkes with our guide, Theo! He gave a thorough demonstration of how to operate the trikke and was very careful to give driving instructions every step of the way as we rode through town. It was a cool way to cover alot of distance in a short period of time. The only drawback to this type of tour is that it’s difficult to take photos on the go although Theo often offered to stop so we could photos at scenic spots. Theo was an excellent guide and it was a very enjoyable way to spend a morning!

My husband and I enjoyed this tour very much! The tour guides and our driver were super friendly and everything was well organized. The picnic was delicious! The kayaking on the crystal clear water was amazing and this will be day we will always remember.

This tour was great! Exactly as advertised and Maria was a fantastic guide. She even provided a restaurant recommendation near our BNB that was our favourite restaurant of our stay. Highly recommend!

Great application!!accurate guide,which offers you a personalized and detailed tour, and compines past (history) with present through augmented reality!

The tour guide showed up early at the meeting point to ensure we were all in the right place. Very professional and informative.