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Rhodes and the Dodecanese Travel Guide

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From April to October, local island boat tours take you to area sights and may include a picnic on a remote beach or even a visit to the shores of Turkey. For example, Triton Holidays of Rhodes organizes a visit to Lindos by boat; a caïque leaves Mandraki harbor in Rhodes town in the morning, deposits you in Lindos for a day of sightseeing and beachgoing, and returns you in the evening for €25. On Symi, Kalodoukas Tours runs boat trips to the Monastery of Panormitis, as well as to secluded beaches and islets, which include swimming and a barbecue lunch. A1 Yacht Trade Consortium organizes sailing tours around the Greek islands near the Turkish coast. If you're not renting a car on Rhodes, it can be worth it to take a bus tour to its southern points and interior. Triton Holidays has, among other trips, a guided bus tour to Thermes Kallitheas, Epta Piges, and Lindos (€30); a bus tour to Kameiros, Filerimos, and Petaloudes (€30); and a full-day trip through several points in the interior and south (€35). Astoria Travel provides day bus trips to Patmos's St. John the Theologian Monastery and the Monastery of the Apocalypse (€20). On Symi, George Kalodoukas of Kalodoukas Tours leads wonderful guided hiking tours around the island and does an excursion to his Marathoudas beach–area organic farm. The company sells a short book by Frances Noble (€7) that outlines 25 walks around the island. On Rhodes, you can pick up a book with 18 walks from the Rhodes town EOT office.

Tour Contacts

A1 Yacht Trade Consortium. This brokerage, rental agency, and outfitter organizes sailing tours around the Greek islands near the Turkish coast. Commercial harbor, Rhodes Town, Rhodes, 85100. 22410/01000. www.a1yachting.com.

Astoria Travel. On Patmos, Astoria Travel provides day bus trips to Patmos's St. John the Theologian Monastery and the Monastery of the Apocalypse (€20). Skala harbor, Skala, Patmos, 84300. 22470/31205. www.astoriatravel.com.

Kalodoukas Tours. On Symi, Kalodoukas Tours runs boat trips to the Monastery of Panormitis, as well as to secluded beaches and islets, which include swimming and a barbecue lunch. And George Kalodoukas leads wonderful guided hiking tours around the island and does an excursion to his Marathoudas beach–area organic farm. Harborfront, Yialos, Symi, 85600. 22460/71077. www.kalodoukas.gr.

Symi Tours. The island's venerable tour organizer arranges boat excursions around the island and can help tourists book accommodations. Harbor front, Yialos, Symi, 85600. 22460/71307. www.symitours.com.

Triton Holidays. A caïque leaves Mandraki Harbor in Rhodes Town in the morning, deposits you in Lindos for a day of sightseeing and beachgoing, and returns you in the evening for €25. If you're not renting a car on Rhodes, it can be worth it to take a bus tour to its southern points and interior. Triton Holidays has, among other trips, a guided bus tour to Thermes Kallitheas, Epta Piges, and Lindos (€30); a bus tour to Kameiros, Filerimos, and Petaloudes (€30); and a full-day trip through several points in the interior and south (€35). Plastira 9, Rhodes Town, Rhodes, 85100. 22410/21690. www.tritondmc.gr.

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