Spend six days wandering through the streets of Rhodes with this island-based itinerary. Though you'll start and leave from Athens, Rhodes is the focus of your trip from its Old Town streets to its sunny beaches and the small villages in between.
- Kalithea and Faliraki are scenic areas on the eastern side of Rhodes, meaning they feature warmer temperatures. Here you'll find some of the island's most famous beaches, the ones that first gave Rhodes international attention. Not only do they offer fluffy sand, but they also provide amenities and facilities. Faliraki is a great option if you're looking for a typical beach party scene.
- Embonas is a gorgeous vineyard village with numerous winemaking facilities. This is an ideal spot for lunch paired with some of Rhodes' amazing local wine.
- Prophete Elias sits at an altitude of 2,500 feet (780 m) and is famous for its historic monastery and Italian chalets. In particular, the deserted Villa de Vecchi is a stunning home to explore and admire.
- Monolithos is a medieval castle standing atop a 320-foot (100-m) rock. The castle was built in 1480 by the Knights of Saint John to protect the island from attacks and was never conquered. Climb the (somewhat slippery) steps to enjoy incredible views of forested hills and shimmering coastline.
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Whether you're strolling, eating, or both, you'll get a full taste of Greek culture and history on this 13-day itinerary. After a mythology tour in Athens, go down to the island of Rhodes to get lost in its medieval old town. Follow that with a trip to Crete for more history and interactive olive grove and vineyard experiences, then tours through Corfu's food and architectural scenes before you return to Athens.
Both Rhodes and Crete dwarf most of the other Greek islands, and you'll see some of their expansive contents with this eight-day itinerary. See the medieval history and villages of Rhodes, then sample ancient palace life and wines on Crete before your return to Athens.