Lindos Village and the Acropolis
- The Acropolis: This natural citadel with sites dating from 300 B.C. was fortified by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, the Knights of St. John, and the Ottomans.
- Scenic island drive: See traditional villages, orange and lemon groves, vineyards, and orchards of olive trees – they're all on the picturesque road to Lindos.
- Free time: Have lunch in a taverna, explore the pretty village streets, or browse for local handcrafts – the pottery and finely crocheted linens are well known.
About This Rhodes Tour
You're among the famous when you visit the Acropolis of Lindos. Early 20th-century excavations uncovered a plaque dating from 99 B.C. that recorded visits by Hercules, Helen of Troy, and Alexander the Great. Follow their footsteps up the ancient path and you'll see why they made the trip.
According to myth, the temple here was founded by Danaus, who came to the island with his 50 daughters to escape the wrath of the goddess Hera. She was likely annoyed because Danaus instructed his daughters to kill their soon-to-be husbands, and 50 grooms died on their wedding night. (Game of Thrones' nuptial carnage has nothing on Greek myth.) After that original Red Wedding, centuries of history layered this lofty bluff high above the sea.
The layers are literal. The Doric Temple of Athena Lindia was built on the site of an earlier temple. The Greek Orthodox Church of St. John covered the ruins of an older church. The 1317 Castle of the Knights of St. John stands on foundations of a former Byzantine fortification. And the ancient amphitheater was carved into the rocky slope of the acropolis itself. For archeologists or amateurs, this is an endlessly enigmatic site.
While the celebrated visited and built the acropolis, famous locals lived in its shadow. St. Paul was shipwrecked here and stayed on to teach the gospel. Chares from Lindos built one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (read how badly that turned out below). Cleobulus, one of the Seven Sages of Greece, governed as tyrant of Lindos around 600 B.C. Curiously, this tyrant advised: "Moderation is the best thing." Our advice for your Lindos visit? "Exploration is the best thing."
How a statue provoked suicide
Lindos native Chares was a sculptor famous for the Colossus of Rhodes, an enormous bronze statue and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Unfortunately, it wasn't wonderful for Chares. One legend says the statue was almost finished when someone pointed out a flaw that left him so ashamed he killed himself. Another says he miscalculated the cost of the statue, driving him to bankruptcy and then to suicide.
Please go 50 meters from ship's gangway, inside the restricted area, to meet your guide. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
Rhodes is famous for its pottery art.
Walking is sometimes over cobblestone and uneven / uphill terrain, with up to 278 steps to reach the Acropolis. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Scenic, Walking Tour, Shopping
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
100 countries, 915 cities… limitless possibilities
All our tours are offered by expert local guides & operators
Head off the beaten path with our unique tours & activities
You can rely on our team of travel industry experts
Your order is subject to TourTrek's Booking Ticket Agreement, including all TourTrek and GoBe policies incorporated therein.
Have you been on this experience?
Write a Review
Fields marked are required.
Please enter your review.