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

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

At 10:00 AM, meet the captain and start the boat journey. First, stop 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, try local sweets and the famous homemade orange juices. Then return to the boat and savor 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 try to spot wild dolphins jumping out of the water. Next, stop at Plati islet to jump in the turquoise waters and swim around the boat. Meanwhile, happy hour will start and the barman will serve refreshing cocktails at low prices. The last stop will be Pserimos island. Enjoy 1 hour to explore before returning to Kos at about 5:15 PM.

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From Rhodes City: Boat Day Trip to Lindos

2. From Rhodes City: Boat Day Trip to Lindos

On this tour, you will visit the stunningly beautiful village of Lindos by boat. On the way back, the boat will make stops at Anthony Quinn's Bay for photos and both Tsambika's and Lindos's emerald bays so you can relax and go for a swim. The boat departs at 8:50 AM from Mandraki port and returns at approximately 5:30 PM. Lindos is a magnificent acropolis on an imposing rock. On the top of the rock stands a centuries-old acropolis, proudly overlooking the archipelagos. The acropolis bears silent witness to Lindos’ glorious past, a major naval power of ancient times which reputedly had a population of 17,000. The view of Lindos village, with its cubic houses sprawling down the hillside under the acropolis, is one of the most photographed scenes in Greece. The whitewashed labyrinth of little alleyways was deliberately designed to confuse pirates, today this layout makes wandering around the town a real adventure. According to tradition the temple of Athena was founded by Danaus, who came to the island with his 50 daughters to escape the rage of the goddess Hera. Follow the same ancient path that the ancient Rhodians took. When you reach the acropolis you will see a 280 BC relief of a ancient Greek warship carved into the rock, an indication of the naval power of ancient Rhodes.

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Bus Trip to Lindos Village & Seven Springs

3. Bus Trip to Lindos Village & Seven Springs

First, visit 7 Springs, 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, 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.

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From Rhodes: Day Cruise with Snorkeling and Lunch Buffet

4. From Rhodes: Day Cruise with Snorkeling and Lunch Buffet

Romantika cruises daily at 10:00 AM on a cruise to the 3 most beautiful bays on Rhodes. Sunbathe, swim and snorkel with your friends and family! The first stop is Kallithea Springs, an ancient therapy spa. Next is the Caves of Traganou at Afandou Beach, where you can snorkel inside the rock formations. The third stop is Anthony Quinn Bay, a picturesque pirate shelter with abundant underwater life. Enjoy a lunch buffet of Mediterranean, seafood and vegetarian dishes, prepared and served on board. The crew will keep your glass filled with chilled wine, cold beer or juice throughout the cruise.

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From Rhodes: Full-Day Boat Trip to Symi Island

5. From Rhodes: Full-Day Boat Trip to Symi Island

Cross the Aegean Sea from the port of Rhodes and sail to Symi Island, where traditional houses greet you as you sail into the harbor. Upon arrival, get some free time to explore the stunning island on your own or choose to follow your guide. Travel back in time at the Archaeological and Folklore Museum, visit the ruins of the knights’ castle overlooking Gialos, or explore the island's maritime history at the Naval Museum. Take a taxi boat to a secluded beach for a refreshing dip or instead try to taste as many local delicacies as possible. Afterward, board your boat once again and admire Panormitis Monastery, dedicated to the Archangel Michael and known for its miracles.

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Rhodes North: Off-Road Adventure

6. Rhodes North: 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.

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From Kos: Boat Tour to the Volcanic Island of Nisyros

7. From Kos: Boat Tour to the Volcanic Island of Nisyros

Climb aboard at Kos for a boat tour to the fascinating volcanic island of Nisyros. Reach the picturesque harbor of the island after about an hour and discover the traditional way of life and authenticity of the island. The bus takes you up a winding road until you reach the largest accessible volcanic crater in Europe. On the way up you will see a rugged landscape with strange trees and shrubs on one side, while you enjoy the magnificent view of the sea and the surrounding islands on the other. Once at the top admire the view of the active volcano crater – four kilometers in diameter – and look out onto a unique lunar landscape. In the afternoon stroll through the narrow streets of the port of Mandraki, enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the many traditional tavernas or visit the famous monastery. Be enchanted by the magic of the island.

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Rhodes Town: RIB Cruise with Snacks and Drinks

8. Rhodes Town: RIB Cruise with Snacks and Drinks

Meet the Capitan at 2.30 PM and head to Kallithea Springs Beach. Swim in the clear waters and learn about the movies that have been filmed at this very location. Next, visit Anthony Quinns’ Bay, the beach named after the actor who purchased the area after filming a scene there from Guns of Navarone. Don't forget to bring your camera, as you will definitely want to photograph the turquoise waters and rugged cliffs. Continue to another beach area, home to the lesser-known Alikies caves. Venture into the cave area or just relax on the beach. Enjoy drinks and snacks on the comfortably furnished boat. For you added comfort, Wi-Fi and a restroom are available onboard. At the end of the day, return to the marina by boat, keeping an eye out for dolphins playing in the surf. Arrive at the marina at approximately 6:30 PM.

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Rhodes Town: Catamaran Day Cruise with Lunch

9. Rhodes Town: Catamaran Day Cruise with Lunch

Board the "Lagoon", a luxurious catamaran which will be your vessel for this cruise. The first stop on your 6-hour cruise is the Anthony Quinn's Bay, where you will enjoy amazing views and can swim and snorkel for 1 hour. 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 to Kalithea Springs, where you will have 30-45 minutes for swimming and snorkeling.

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Kos: Full-Day Jeep Safari with Lunch

10. Kos: Full-Day Jeep Safari with Lunch

Explore the real Kos on a 7-hour tour in a Land Rover 4X4 vehicle driven by an expert local escort. Drive along unpaved, off-road routes. Continue through dense vegetation, visit places off the tourist track and take in unique panoramic views. After exploring the inland area of Kos, you’ll stop at a traditional coffee shop, where you’ll have a break and enjoy a cup of coffee. The road trip continues to the peak of Mount Dikaios, where you’ll take in some amazing views. Head to a tavern in Zia village and feast on Greek mezedes for lunch, accompanied by local wine. After lunch the tour continues to the peacock park before heading back to the starting point.

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What people are saying about Dodecanese

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 7,782 reviews

Super great trip with Manos! Great tour guide with a good knowledge of German. Manos also shows corners where the tourist bus cannot get there. A lot of knowledge since he has been running the office in Rhodes for 22 years. Definitely recommend the tour. Super well-maintained, clean vehicle with all the ailments. Covid requirements all met. Therefore 5 stars! Thank you MANOS!

This was truly a memorable day out. The boat creates a great atmosphere and the crew are helpful and add greatly to the experience. The locations are beautiful for swimming and snorkeling and the food and drink provided was superb.

Very good staff!!!! Very helpful!!!! Will do it again as soon we are back in Rhodes island!!!!

We liked the sights a lot. Very nice staff and good driver

Worth the money, cheapest hop on hop off in Europe