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RHODES, Greece

Sunday 3rd November arrive 0700 depart 1400

Rhodes has something to offer everyone; seaside, sunshine, shops large and small, cafes, tavernas, modern hotels and restaurants for the tourist; pleasant green valleys in the interior for those seeking peace; and a wealth of opportunities for the historian and archaeologist. As we approach the port the skyline is dominated by the battlements and walls of the Crusader Knights of St John who arrived in the early 14th century. But the island had an active history long before that.

Rhodes Town itself was built in the late 5th century BC and became a centre of academic and artistic excellence. One of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World was here the famous Colossus a huge bronze statue of the sun god, Helios stood besides the Mandraki Harbour. Sixteen centuries later the naval fleet of the Crusader Knights sailed into that same harbour. They had been forced to leave Palestine, and came here to set up their base, one which they held for two hundred years. They built a walled town, which stands today, despite ravages of the Turkish sieges in the early sixteenth centuries and later bombardments.

Optional Shore Excursion: Rhodes Town walk-tour

From the port we walk into the Old Town centre of Rhodes rounding Acandia Bay, the second harbour. We move onto Mandraki Harbour to the site of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today this harbour is a haven for expensive yachts overlooked by tavernas, cafes and the colourful Italian Market. Entering the Old Town we see the remarkable inns and palaces of the Crusader Knights built during the times of their occupation in the 13th to 15th centuries. We climb the Street of the Knights to visit the Grand Master's Palace. Rhodes Town is truly an atmospheric wonder, always much enjoyed by our students.
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