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Courtyard of the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
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Discover Medieval Rhodes - 6 Days

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.

Hippocrates fountain in the Old Town square
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Discover Medieval Rhodes - 5 Days

Get a glimpse of the evolution of a thriving medieval island turned modern getaway with this five-day itinerary. The island of Rhodes is home to an expansive old town along with a slew of forts, castles, and other features that will transport you back to antiquity.

View of Rhodes harbor
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Discover Medieval Rhodes - 7 Days

As the fourth-largest Greek island, Rhodes has plenty to explore over the course of a week with this seven-day itinerary. Whether you're wandering the streets of its medieval Old Town or climbing up to see the Monolithos Castle, which has never been conquered since its construction in 1408, this ancient island has something waiting around every corner.

Ancient temple in Lindos
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Discover Rhodes and Crete - 8 Days

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.

Mandraki port in Rhodes
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Discover Rhodes and Crete - 9 Days

Immerse yourself in two of Greece's largest islands with this nine-day itinerary. After a quick jaunt through Athens, you'll start with Rhodes, once home to the Colossus and now hosting a meandering medieval town along with beaches, castles, and petite villages to explore. Then head to Crete to see the labyrinth where the Minotaur once roamed and sample two keystone Greek products with wine and olive oil trips.

Old Town streets in Rhodes
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Discover Rhodes and Crete - 10 Days

Let this 10-day itinerary take you through some of Greece's most interesting island artifacts. You'll hear the myths of the Acropolis, hike the ancient castles and villages of Rhodes, then finish up with both the culinary and Classical history of Crete before you depart.

Windmill in western Rhodes
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Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 11 Days

Take 11 days to travel through some Greek island highlights with this itinerary. You'll start with a mythology tour in Athens, then head to Rhodes (yes, like the Colossus) to take in ancient cities and sunny shores. Crete is up next, home to the former labyrinth of Minos and current lush vineyards, then the island of Corfu's contemporary estates will lead you back Athens in luxury.

Corfu from the water
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Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 12 Days

Explore three islands on a single trip with this 12-day itinerary. From the beaches and medieval old town of Rhodes to Crete's Palace of Knossos and agricultural fields to Corfu's contemporary cuisine and architecture, you'll make the full circuit of some of the most interesting isles that Greece has to offer.

Old Venetian Palace on Corfu
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Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 13 Days

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.

Paleokastritsa bay on Corfu
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Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 14 Days

Odysseus's journey lasted 10 years as he tried to get home after the Trojan War. Your two-week journey will take a little less time but hopefully feel equally legendary with this itinerary. After a mythology tour in Athens, you'll head to the island of Rhodes to explore in its medieval old town. Proceed to Crete to wander the Palace of Knossos, once home to labyrinth of the Minotaur, then sail to some of the very places Odysseus set foot from Corfu before you return to Athens.

View from Lindos in Rhodes
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Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 15 Days

These three Greek islands will give you a hands-on experience of Classical history and beyond. After a mythology tour in Athens, you'll travel to Rhodes for winding medieval old town streets and fortresses, Crete's Palace of Knossos and some refreshment from ancient vines, and the same spots on Corfu visited in Homer's famous epic poetry. Just make sure you don't actually touch the museum cases without permission.

Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes
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Discover Rhodes, Crete, and Corfu - 16 Days

The Colossus of Rhodes may be lost to the ages, but many of the rest of the island's historic wonders remain standing and ready to be explored on this 16-day itinerary. After a mythology tour in Athens, you'll venture out to explore Rhodes's beaches, castles, and villages. Head to Crete next to see the Minoan Palace of Knossos along with local agricultural traditions, then top off your trip in Corfu with both modern mansions and Homeric islets before you return to Athens.

Start the sailing trip in Kos with these magnificent views
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Sail & Hike the Dodecanese - 7 Days

Experience six islands in 7 days with this boat trip around the Dodecanese. You'll sail across the Aegean Sea, stopping to explore, hike, dine, and swim around medieval fortresses, deserted islands, expansive beaches, and seaside tavernas. Wrap it up in the old town of Rhodes, where ancient history is steeped into the architecture and cobblestone streets.

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