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The Valley of the Butterflies

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

Rhodes: Filerimos Hill and Butterfly Valley Bus Trip

1. 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, one of the three ancient cities of Rhodes island. Walk along a Golgotha, a tree-sheltered pathway with a series of shrines with scenes of the Holy Passion. This footpath leads to an enormous imposing cross. You can admire the outstanding view of the villages and bright green valleys from the top.  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. 

Rhodes: Filerimos, Butterfly Valley & Ancient Kamiros Tour

2. 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.

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: Wine, Lindos Village, and Butterfly Valley Day Trip

4. Rhodes: Wine, Lindos Village, and Butterfly Valley Day Trip

Expereince the sights and flavors of Rhodes on a guided bus day trip with hotel transfers from select cities. Stroll through the streets of Lindos, sample local flavors and wines in Stafyllos, eat like a Greek with lunch at a restaurant, and uncover the colors of Butterfly Valley.  Enjoy the convenience of pickup from your hotel in Rhodes, Ialysos, Koskinou, Paradeisi, Kremasti, or Faliraki.  Hop aboard a comfortable bus and stay cool and connected with air-conditioning and onboard WIFI. Relax on the scenic drive to the village of Lindos. Walk through the narrow streets and catch glimpses of the sea between charming, whitewashed buildings. Have free time to purchase tickets to the clifftop acropolis where you can admire ancient Greek architecture including a Temple of Athena. Pass by picturesque villages and thorugh dense forests as you make your way to the mountains of Rhodes. Strop for panoramic views across the island and out over sea where islands are scattered in the deep blue Aegean. Drive to the village of Stafyllos to try some Greek wines, honey, and olive oil. Visit the award-winning restaurant "Elias" to be served characteristic traditional Rhodesian flavors for lunch. Enjoy unlimited wine with your dining experience. Finally, head to a green valley full of the rare (Panaxia Quadripunctaria) butterfly. Soak in the atmosphere of this natural park full of babbling streams, small waterfalls, and lakes. Go for a stroll on a wooden path and cross over quaint bridges in this idyllic landscape. Return to your accommodation in the evening.

Rhodes: Butterfly Valley and Seven Springs Valley Day Trip

5. Rhodes: Butterfly Valley and Seven Springs Valley Day Trip

Immerse yourself in Rhodes Island's natural attractions on a day trip to the Valley of the Butterflies and Seven Springs Valley. Enjoy enough time to explore on your own, eat at the restaurant, take photos, and hike along the paths. Relax with your transportation taken care of for you. Climb aboard the comfortable bus in Rhodes and relax as you're whisked away to your first stop: the Valley of the Butterflies. Enjoy 2 hours and 15 minutes to explore on your own. Observe the Panaxia Quatripunktaria butterflies as you stroll along the rustic paths weaving beside the Pelekanos River. As you explore, take photos next to the waterfalls and wooden bridges. Enhance your experience by visiting the little natural history museum or hiking to the very top of the valley to take in some great panoramic views next to the Kalopetra Monastery. Enjoy the fantastic photo opportunities. Then, drive through the scenic countryside to the East Coast. Spend 1 hour and 45 minutes exploring the magical Valley of Seven Springs, enjoying the greenery and the lovely climate. Rest in the open-air cafe-restaurant overlooking the clear springs. Marvel at the enormous plane and pine trees. If you're feeling adventurous, walk through a unique narrow tunnel to reach an artificial lake with an impressive dam and a waterfall. Finally, return to the coach for your journey back to your pickup point in Rhodes.

Rhodes: Shore Excursion, Valley of the Butterflies & Lindos

6. Rhodes: Shore Excursion, Valley of the Butterflies & Lindos

Venture to the Valley of the Butterflies, a natural park home to thousands of butterflies, attracted to the special vegetation that grows there. Then step back through time and visit the Acropolis of Lindos. Enjoy private transport to and from your accommodation. Begin by heading to the Valley of the Butterflies, where you can wander around at your leisure and immerse yourself in the majestic surroundings. Take a moment to visit the Natural History Museum, and stop by the little monastery of the Virgin of Kalopetra. Continue on to the Acropolis of Lindos, and meander through the charming alleys, taking in the aromas of local cooking. Admire the view of the acropolis rising above the town, and make your way up to it via a steep but climbable footpath. Enjoy the sweeping panoramic views from the top.

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What people are saying about The Valley of the Butterflies

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 391 reviews

We enjoyed this trip more than we expected! Maria was a great guide who gave interesting information and the stops on the tour were all great. We could have done without the wine-tasting as it’s clearly just a sales pitch and too quick and rushed to be helpful if you really were interested in buying wine - but it’s not a deal breaker! As well as visiting all the different sites, we were really pleased just to see more of the island, even if just through the coach window.

We personally found the entry into the monastery unnecessary and overpriced. However, we learned so much about the island and its history, the food in the small town was also very tasty and sufficient. Time at Butterfly Valley was very tight with time. Otherwise a very successful and filled day!

Pure bus transfer, which we were aware of. Driver was super punctual and nice. Time at Filerimos Hill is a bit short but ok. The time in Butterfly Valley is sufficient. After that you will be brought back. All in all ok and as booked. Thanks.

Well organised and very informative guide (Maria). Busy schedule. Have to be reasonably fit - each stop lots steps up… lunch not till 2.30… take snacks. But we’ll worth doing.

An interesting trip. The guide, Sara, is very nice, and her English is understandable by everyone. I recommend :)