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The Valley of the Butterflies

The Valley of the Butterflies: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rhodes: Filerimos, Butterfly Valley & Ancient Kamiros Tour

1. Rhodes: Filerimos, Butterfly Valley & Ancient Kamiros Tour

Discover the major landmarks on the gorgeous island of Rhodes as you follow your expert guide on an insightful excursion. Visit Mount Filerimos with its medieval monastery, the colorful butterfly valley, and the ancient city of Kamiros, which was destroyed by an earthquake. Ride an air-conditioned bus to your first stop, Mount Filerimos. Walk by the representation of the Stations of the Cross and admire the breathtaking panoramic view. Visit the medieval monastery built in the early 14th century and hear the amazing story of Our Lady of Filerimos. After a short picturesque drive, arrive at the iconic butterfly valley, surrounded by dense vegetation and tall trees. Enjoy a walk down the shaded path and reach the gorgeous opening, where you'll find the marvelous Panaxia Quadripunctaria or Jersey Tiger butterfly. Your next stop is Kamiros, an ancient Doric city founded in the 6th century. See the acropolis and temples of this tragic site that was destroyed by an earthquake in 142 AD. Continue your drive through the mountains and visit the quaint village of Embona. Stop at a traditional mountain home to meet a family of wine producers. Taste some of their wine and local spirits, as well as honey and olive oil. Explore the village on your own and purchase lunch at a local restaurant if you're feeling hungry.

Rhodes: Filerimos Hill and Butterfly Valley Bus Trip

2. Rhodes: Filerimos Hill and Butterfly Valley Bus Trip

Be collected at your accommodation around 9:00 AM. Then head to your first destination, Filerimos Hill. Here, visit the monastery of Our Lady and the remains of the Ancient Acropolis of Ialyssos, which is one of the three ancient cities of Rhodes island. You can walk along a Golgotha, which is a tree-sheltered pathway with a series of shrines with scenes of the Holy Passion. This footpath leads to an enormous imposing cross, which from the top you can admire the outstanding view of the villages and bright green valleys.  Next, visit the Valley of Butterflies. This is a unique and peaceful ecological setting, which is a true representation of local nature, with narrow rock walkways, lakes decorated by water-lilies, rustic bridges, running waters, waterfalls, and resting places loaded with millions of brown-red butterflies. Visit the local museum there, and admire the large variety of different species and intricate photographs. You will return to your accommodation around 2:00 PM. 

From Rhodes: Butterfly Valley and Chalki Island Day Trip

3. From Rhodes: Butterfly Valley and Chalki Island Day Trip

Be picked up from your hotel and travel first to the Valley of the Butterflies in Rhodes. Discover a unique ecological area of pine and storax trees, waterfalls, and flowing streams. See millions of red-brown colored butterflies which settle on the rugged rocks and the trunks of trees from mid-June to September. Then, travel to the port nearby and set sail on your cruise to Chalki Island, also known as the Island of Peace and Friendship. Admire the fantastic views of the picturesque island with its red-brick houses from the boat. Upon arrival at the island, walk through the narrow alleys of the village or enjoy lunch at one of the traditional taverns. Take some time to relax on the beach on the island before returning to Rhodes in the mid-afternoon.

Rhodes: Island Tour by Bus

4. Rhodes: Island Tour by Bus

Discover the most important attractions of Rhodes with the assistance of a guide who will provide you with a comprehensive update on the history and culture of the island. Stop at the Valley of the Butterflies, a world-renowned site of exceptional scenic beauty. Witness a valley that has lavishly grown with the plane and pine trees, crossed by gargling streams, and peopled by innumerous butterflies often resting by the thousands along the tree trunks. Head to the village of Embonas, famous for its vineyards and top-quality wineries yielding some of the island’s best wines – yours to taste and enjoy. Move on to the village of Sianna for some history and a visit to the ruins of the fort of Monolithos. Immediately afterward, the journey will take you to the island’s southernmost tip, known as cape Prasonisi, connected to Rhodes through a narrow strip of sandy land, forming two exotic beachfronts on either side. On the trip back, Lindos awaits to enchant you with its truly impressive citadel and the breathtaking, 'birdseye' views from above.

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What people are saying about The Valley of the Butterflies

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 179 reviews

We really enjoyed the day trip. The explanations of the tour guide were in English and very easy to understand. The time when you should be back at the bus was written on a piece of paper at each stop, so that guests who are not so good at English are back at the right time. Only the butterfly valley disappointed us a little. At the end of June there were only a few butterflies on site. However, our tour guide later explained on the bus that this was due to the forest fires in the immediate vicinity last year. The next few weeks would show how many butterflies would return there again as the season is just getting started. The valley is still worth seeing scenically. Tip: EU citizens under the age of 25 can enter the historical sites free of charge on this excursion. You have to show your ID at the cash desk.

Although we were there in October and all the butterflies had already disappeared, the tour was worth it. The valley is very scenic, also Filerimos hill had a great view and vibe. However, you should know that you will be driven everywhere but have no guide. You don't get any information on site, since everything is written in Greek. Didn't hurt the trip though. For 20 euros it was a successful trip.

Very punctual, the driver was very competent and friendly, not pushy at all, you don't look out of the window on the left ....., well planned, so there were no waiting times and no crowds for the individual program items well divided. "no sales tour!"

Absolutely brilliant tour, Maria and Yanis were amazing, the ancient city of Kamiros is a must see, incredible! And the local wines, honeys, and olive oils are incredible and you get to sample them all on this trip!

It was an amazing adventure. I saw and learned so much on this trip.