RHODES HALF DAY PRIVATE TOUR WITH JEWISH RELATED SITES
If you are looking for a unique experience and upscale services, Rhodes Taxi Tours can offer you a memorable time with one of our Rhodes private tours which are result of many years of experience. Choosing a Rhodes private tour is an excellent way to truly see the places you want to visit at your own pace, in a more private and comfortable way. Our itineraries are flexible and fully customizable to serve your needs and ensure your satisfaction and convenience at all times.You can see most of Rhodes in a day that other will not manage through their whole visit.
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Rhodes island is among the most popular destinations in Greece. It amazes visitors with the stunning beaches, the Medieval architecture and the many interesting monuments around the island. The climate is particularly good, with the weather typically sunny and mild. In Rhodes every corner of the town, every stone on the island hides a small part of its 2400-year history.
Our driver will promptly meet you at your starting point and our first stop will be the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe -the Old Town of Rhodes. Please notify that we have to begin earlier than 8.45AM as no cars are allowed to enter the old town after 9.00AM.
We will start with the Jewish Quarter in the Old Town. The Jews of Rhodes lived within the bounds of the walled city, in the eastern section, in a separate, densely populated area with narrow, serpentine, cobbled streets, commonly referred to as La Juderia. Our first stop will be at the Square of the Martyred Jews with the "seahorse" fountain. The present fountain is ornamented with three seahorses and has been replaced as the previous fountain was destroyed during World War II. On the same square we will see also the Holocaust Memorial which was dedicated in memory of the World War II victims from Rhodes and Cos islands. The monument is a black granite column and on its six sides, each having a different language: Greek, Herbew, English, French, Italian and Judeo-Spanish, is written: "IN ETERNAL MEMORY OF THE 1604 JEWISH MARTYRS OF RHODES AND COS WHO WERE MURDERED IN NAZI DEATH CAMPS. JULY 23, 1944."
Next in our tour is a visit of the Kahal Shalom Synagogue & the Jewish Museum of Rhodes which are situated on the same street.
The Kahal Shalom, also known as "Kehila Shalom", is the oldest synagogue in Greece, and the only remaining Jewish synagogue on Rhodes used for services. The Synagogue was built in 1577 in the traditional Sephardic style indicative of the Jews’ ancestors. The Jews in Rhodes are primarily descendants of Jews who fled Spain during the Spanish inquisition. There is a reading table in the center and a women’s balcony that overlooks the lower room of the sanctuary where the men pray. The balcony was built in the 1930’s to replace the backrooms with small latticed barriers that women used to be allotted. The floor of the building has black and white mosaic stones. On the east side of the synagogue is a courtyard containing a plaque with an inscription of the founding date of the synagogue: Kislev, 5338 (1577). On the west side of the synagogue is a courtyard that until World War II held a library. Also on the west site is a plaque with the names of the families killed in the Holocaust. The eastern wall has a unique feature in that at either side of the central door there is an Ehal, a marble niche where the sacred books of the Torah are kept.
After that we will drive to the Mandraki port in the new part of the town where you will see some very impressive monumental buildings built by the Italians. Here at the harbour entrance is believed that once stood the great statue of the Colossus of Rhodes - one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World.
The Colossus of Rhodes was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the most ambitious and tallest statue(31 meters high) of the Hellenistic period. The statue was a depiction of the Greek Titan Helios and was meant to celebrate the victory over the Dimitrios the Besieger (ruler of Cyprus) in 305 BC. Bearing a striking resemblance to the Statue of Liberty in the United States, the Colossus of Rhodes stood for no more than 56 years when a strong earthquake destroyed it. In the seventh century A.D., the Arabs conquered Rhodes and broke the remains of the Colossus up into smaller pieces and sold it as scrap metal. Legend says it took 900 camels to carry away the pieces. A sad end for what must have been a majestic work of art.
From here we will drive to the Monthe Smith Hill where you can enjoy exceptional panoramic views of the city and the seashore, and also visit the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, the impressive open-air ancient Stadium and the Amphitheatre.
We will continue our drive among the East Coast of the island 50km south to the beautiful traditional city of Lindos. Little before we reach it your driver will stop you at a place for a panoramic view of the city together with its Acropolis on the top. Before the village we will also stop at the picturesque St. Paul's Bay
Now our driver will leave you at the main square of Lindos(busses do not go so close) and you can explore the narrow streets for about an hour.
You can also visit the famus Acropolis on the top. The Acropolis of Lindos was built on a steep rock 116 meters hight overlooking the blue Sea and the Lindos city below. The Acropolis is dominated by the massive temple of Athena Lindia, dating from the 4th century and it attained its final form in around 300 BC. A cobbled road leads up and for those who whish to avoid the tiring climb up to the hill there are donkeys station "Lindian taxi" for hire. (at the main entrance to the town and the harbour beach). Your driver will wait for you at the eaxct place he left you for your return trip.
Upon request, during your tour you can also have a stop at a pottery factory. You will be able to see how beautiful ceramics are made. Rhodes has a long history of pottery going back many centuries at least to the time of the ancient cities. Replicas of designs produced in those times are still been manufactured today together with new modern designs in a younger generation.
At the end we will return you back to your starting point or we can leave you at any other pont of intereset.
Dressing code: Be sure to put some light clothes as the temperatures in Greece during the summer are extremely high. Again during the spring and the autumn it will be smart to have with you a jacket. Comfortable shoes are also required as there will be some walking during your tour but not always an asphalt. Helpful extras will be a pair of sunglasses, some sun protection and of course a camera to catch your unforgettable journey!
Tour Availability: From April till November
Tour Extension: You can extend your tour and spend an extra hour at a traditional Greek tavern to taste some local food or an hour at one of the many beautiful sandy beaches on the island. Our drivers are very flexible to any change that you might want even during the tour itself.
Rhodes Town and East Coast with Jewish Related sites Private Tour Duration: 5 hours
Rhodes Town and East Coast with Jewish Related sites Private Tour + Lunch Time Duration: 6 hours
Rhodes Town and East Coast with Jewish Related sites Private Tour + Lunch time + Beach Time Duration: 7 hours