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Profitis Ilias, Rhodes

Profitis Ilias, Rhodes: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rhodes: Cooking Lesson and Wine Tasting with Lunch

1. Rhodes: Cooking Lesson and Wine Tasting with Lunch

Make and sample traditional Greek dishes with a local cook, delight your palate with award-winning wine from the Rhodes region, and visit the women’s agricultural cooperative to learn about their work on this interactive cultural tour. Begin your tour in the unspoiled mountain village of Apollona, nestled on the foothills of Profitis Ilias. Stop for a quick tour of an agricultural co-op and learn how these proud, resourceful women run the enterprise. Hear about their decisions, and goals, and watch the production of a local delicacy. From there, on foot, you take a walk through the village and learn about what the locals grow and how they live. Next, head to a winery and learn about the various local grape varieties from your guide. Savor a glass of delectable wine and understand first-hand why Rhodes produces many award-winning wines. Enjoy a cooking class from a talented local cook in the village who will share her secrets in making traditional, famous Greek food. Try making tzatziki and eggplant salad. Learn how to make dishes including dolmadakia (stuffed vine leaves), and Greek cheese pies. Finally, conclude your time in Apollona by feasting on the exceptional lunch that you and your fellow cooks have lovingly prepared. Then, visit a traditional Kafeneion and learn how to make traditional Greek coffee and sample it.

Rhodes: Profitis Ilias Guided Sunset Hike

2. Rhodes: Profitis Ilias Guided Sunset Hike

Join a guided family-friendly hiking trip up Mount Profitis Ilias and admire views of the Aegean Sea, the coastline of Turkey, and some of the nearby islands. Learn about the history of this unusual Greek tourist attraction before experiencing a breathtaking sunset. Start your trip with pickup in Rhodes or choose to meet your guide in the quaint village of Salakos, located on the foothills of Profitis Ilias. Then, begin the ascent up the mountain, walking among ilex, pine, and olive trees along the way. Once at the top, visit some Alpine-style buildings built by the Italian colonists in 1929 and 1932. Continue from the Elafos and Elafina hotels up to the former home of the Italian Governor of Rhodes, Villa de Vecchi, and then the Byzantine church of Profitis Elias. After a short snack and drink break, head back to Salakos, stopping on the way for the highlight of this hiking tour: the sunset. Enjoy a feast for the eyes as you take in the colors of the sea, trees, and sun, calmly setting on the horizon. Later, return to the starting point using headlamps, rounding off your day with a true adventure in the wilderness. If you chose the pickup option, you'll be driven back to your accommodation once you return to Salakos.

Rhodes: Full Day Guided Island Bus Tour

3. Rhodes: Full Day Guided Island Bus Tour

Soak up the peace and tranquility on both the East and West coasts of the Island, in beautiful spots such as is Kritinia Castle, a castle from the 16th Century situated on a hill about 131 meters above the village of Kritinia. It offers a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea, the island of Chalki, and some other deserted islands. Afterwards, you will enjoy a wine, olive oil, and local products tasting in Embonas village. You will drive up to Profitis Ilias, a 1929 Italian hotel in the heart of a forest of pines, cedars, and oaks trees. Is an ideal stop for photos and to break for a cup of coffee. Your next stop will be in Fountoukli, at the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos, which was built in the 14th Century. For a lunch break, you will stop at a traditional restaurant. The last stop will be in Kalithea Springs for swimming at a lovely sandy beach, or for relaxing in a cafe close to the beach. This majestic place is known for its thermal springs.

Rhodes: 2-Day Sea Kayaking and Hiking Combo Activity

4. Rhodes: 2-Day Sea Kayaking and Hiking Combo Activity

Discover the breathtaking nature of the island of Rhodes with this combo package. Feel free to choose which activity you wish to do first. The activities do not have to be completed on consecutive days. Below is a suggested itinerary. Day 1: Sea Kayaking  Head to Kathara Beach, where your activity begins. From there, paddle around the island's secluded beaches and spectacular rock formations that contribute to the emerald green color of the waters around you. During this 5-hour activity, there will be multiple opportunities for swimming and snorkeling at Ladiko and Traounou Beach, followed by a delicious homemade picnic at Traounou Beach. On the return trip, take your time and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Day 2: Hiking Travel inland towards the central-western area. After a picturesque drive, reach Salakos, a beautiful agricultural village, located on the foothills of the mountain Profitis Ilias, where you will discover the 3rd-highest mountain on the island. Ascend the mountain, following well-maintained trails that are suitable for beginners. Take refuge from the sun under the shade of the ilex, pine and olive trees that line most of the trail. During the uphill hike, enjoy magnificent views of the Aegean Sea, the coastline of Turkey and some nearby islands. At the peak, admire the famous Elafos and Elafina (male and female deer in Greek), former Italian hotels built by the Italian colonists almost 100 years ago. You will also visit the “Villa de Vecchi,” home of the former Italian Governor of Rhodes, and the Byzantine Church of Profitis Elias. Following a short break and a snack, begin your descent back to Salakos.

From Salakos: Profitis Ilias Hike with Sunset

5. From Salakos: Profitis Ilias Hike with Sunset

Start your Profitis Ilias hike of in the charming village of Salakos. Follow along an old mule track to a garden that used to belong to General De Vecchi an Italian Governor of Rhodes from between 1936-1940, whose villa now lies abandoned. Cross the garden toward two hotels in Tyrolean style and climb to the top of the mountain where you will have the chance to take photos of the spectacular view. Walk on a path shaded by dense cypress trees and Aleppo pines. Pass by the majestic villa and its chapel on your way down the mountain and back to Salakos.Try some traditional snacks along the way.

Santorini: Private SUV Tour With Wine Tasting and Sunset

6. Santorini: Private SUV Tour With Wine Tasting and Sunset

Your safari adventure begins upon pick up from your hotel. On our first stop we reach the glorious monastery of Profitis Ilias – located on the highest settlement of the island. You will get to witness the most breathtaking panoramic view of the island & take amazing photos along with your friends or family. We continue following an off-road route at the southern part of the island. There you can wander in a “moonscape” full of sand and “lava”. You will get to discover and walk on some of Santorini’s most famous beaches. The Black beach – famous for its black volcanic sand. The Red Beach where “red” is the dominant color. Small pebbles and sand of various colors – mainly red – create a unique scenery that will leave you speechless. Vlichada beach the most famous one in Santorini. For those who love photography and rocky sceneries it is a must-see destination. At the end of the beach, there is a bar where you can relax & drink your coffee or juice. Closing your day, you will get to visit the famous Santo Wines winery. The location overlooks the impressive Caldera, the vast Aegean Sea and offers a stunning view anytime of the day. You will get to have an exceptional tour and learn about the tools and history of wine making. This one-of-a-kind experience ends with winetasting accompanied by authentic local recipes & a mesmerizing sunset view.

Rhodes: Grand Circle Churches, Castle, & Beach Private Tour

7. Rhodes: Grand Circle Churches, Castle, & Beach Private Tour

Explore Rhodes on a private tour and explore local life and discover the beauty and history of the island. Visit traditional villages, see local beaches, and admire the historical architecture and churches in Rhodes. Enjoy the freedom of a private tour and see the highlights of Rhodes. Begin the day with pickup from your designated meeting point and start the journey toward the Castle of Kritinia, a sixteenth-century Venetian castle. Admire the landscape of unspoiled beauty and a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea and Chalki Island. Continue the tour with a stop at the Embonas Wine Cellar, and enjoy a tasting of local products like Greek wines, olive oil, souma (grappa), olives, and honey. Drive to Profitis Ilias next, and enjoy a drive up the mountain to a 1929 Italian hotel in the heart of a beautiful forest of pines, cedars, and oak trees, an ideal stop for photos or coffee. Admire the atmosphere inside the hotel, reminiscent of the 1930s. Enjoy a stop at the Byzantine Church of Saint Nikolaos, Fountouklis, built in the fourteenth century, and see the enormous plane tree that grows on the grounds, before moving on to the next stop of Kalithea Springs, one of the main highlights of Rhodes. Use your free time here to relax on the beach or swim in the waters off the beach, enjoy a cold drink from the beachfront cafe, or visit the photo gallery of Rhodes Island.

Rhodes: Hike Mountain Profitis Ilias from Salakos village

8. Rhodes: Hike Mountain Profitis Ilias from Salakos village

Discover the Profitis Ilias Mountain of Rhodes island with a guided hike to the top. As you climb, take in views of the Aegean Sea and surrounding islands. At the top, enjoy a picnic and explore the rare pine and cypress tree forest. Discover the buildings that were constructed during the Italian occupation, before starting the descent. Begin the hike in the village of Salakos, a quaint agricultural village, located on the foothills of Mount Profitis Ilias. The trail climbs gradually upward and is perfect for all levels of hikers, including children, as long as you have a basic level of physical fitness. Enjoy the climb, sheltered from the sun under the shade of Ilex, pine, and olive trees. Admire the surroundings, and take in views of the Aegean Sea, the coastline of Turkey, and some of the nearby islands. Once at the top, appreciate the calm of a quiet picnic area and the pine forest before approaching the two famous hotels named after one of the symbols of the island. Learn about the Italian occupation in this area, and admire the Alpine style of architecture of the two hotels. Visit the Villa de Vecchi, the home of the former Italian Governor of Rhodes, and the Byzantine church of Profitis Elias. After a short break and a snack, start the descent back to Salakos.

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What people are saying about Profitis Ilias, Rhodes

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 85 reviews

Great hike and great tour guide. The atmosphere was super relaxed and the path absolutely doable. At sunset we got delicious snacks and a schnapps. An absolute must for sunset lovers! Not touristy or overcrowded.

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!

Traveled with Michali 1 and Michali 2, calm nice driving, all without stress. Good entertaining story, got answers to questions too. Really recommend this tour. Dear Anette from Gothenburg Thank you

We had a great tour which was well organised and fun. Lovely walk through the village from the bakery to thw wine tasting and then onto the restaurant for the cooking lesson and lunch.

It was a great tour and we saw a lot. We were picked up by minibus and were a small group. Thanks to Nina our tour guide.