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Days 9-11
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Aside from sun and sand, the monuments the Knights of St. John built some 700 years ago are what draw visitors to Rhodes, an island in the Dodecanese. Most are clustered in the remarkably well-preserved Old Town, which is packed with monuments, shops, restaurants, and bars. The island is also known for its legendary nightlife and beaches.
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  • Natural Beauty
  • Archaeology
  • History

Experiences

  • Rhodes Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved monuments. These include the Palace of the Grand Masters, built by the Knights of St. John, and the Inn of France, the largest gathering spot for the knights.
  • Hire a donkey for the 15-minute climb up to the Acropolis of Lindos. The site offers sea views, an ancient castle, Byzantine chapel, and remains of elaborate porticos and stoas.
  • The Valley of the Butterflies, Petaloudes, lives up to its name especially in July and August, when visitors can see thousands of butterflies clustered around bushes.

Festivals

  • The international Ecofilms festival takes place in late June.

Side Trips

  • The buildings at the Thermes Kallitheas bath complex (6 mi/10 km south of Rhodes Town) look as if they were transplanted from Morocco.

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