Wild Flowers Of Rhodes

All tours on this holiday have now departed. Future departure dates will be confirmed in due course.

  • The wonderful colours of Spring 

  • Rhodes Town – a fascinating journey into history 

  • Whitewashed Lindos – the most photographed spot on the island 

  • Stay in unspoilt Monolithos, a real taste of rural Rhodes

We are always trying to come up with a new destination that will excite both our regular guide, Graham Kendall, and our guests! Our research led us to Rhodes, which is reputed to be a rich floristic region. Bob Gibbons, (author of several nature guides), reinforced our thoughts in one of his excellent guide books and ‘Wild Flowers of Rhodes’ was born! Spring can’t be beaten for a visit to Greece; nature is at its best, the light is exceptional and the islands are quiet. It’s a perfect time to visit, whether you want to see every botanical delight or just enjoy the great outdoors.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Rhodes (some regional flights may be available, please call to enquire).
Check-in to the Best Western Plaza Hotel, Rhodes Town for a three-night stay. A group welcome dinner will be enjoyed in a local taverna this evening.

Day 2: Petaloudes Valley
We start our exploration of Rhodes at the Petaloudes (Butterfly) Valley. In the summer months this place attracts millions of brightly coloured Jersey tiger moths and is a highly visited site but in spring it is an interesting place for other reasons. Being a wooded valley there are some unusual trees, some of which should be covered in beautiful flowers but it is also a good locality for a variety of orchids and other flowers such as Campanula rhodense and a pretty toadflax.

Day 3: Beaches and nature
Our visits today start at the Bee Museum, an excellent, informative and unique little museum, situated a short distance from Rhodes Town. After our visit we will beachside botanise around the coast of Faliraki and the ‘Anthony Quinn’ beach, so called because Anthony Quinn is said to have loved it so much he bought the land; it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Later we will head inland towards the Monastery of Saint Nekarious, the Seven Springs, and one of the most verdant spots on the island, Eleousa, where we will stop for lunch before more botanising as we return via the north coast to our hotel.

Day 4: Mount Attaviros
Leaving Rhodes Town behind we head towards our second hotel at Monolithos. On the way we will explore the area around Mount Attaviros, the highest mountain on Rhodes. The south side of the mountain has lots of open areas so should be good for botanising, but access is a little tricky so it’s likely we will roadside botanise mostly here. After our visit we will continue to our hotel and check-in.

Day 5: South coast
We will take the road from Monolithos to Kattavia, largely following the coast and botanising as we go. Depending on time and what we find along the way, we might divert to the southernmost spot of Rhodes, Prasinisi, a small green island off the tip of Rhodes, which we may or may not be able to access depending on how the winter has been. Later we will head north towards Plimmiri Beach, where we might find the King Ferdinand orchid, amongst others, as the south of Rhodes is one of its strongholds.

Day 6: Agios Isidoros, Laerma and Lindos 
Today we cut across country again, taking an inland road towards the simple villages of Agios Isidoros and Laerma, which are found in a richly forested region. We will botanise in these areas before descending to the beautiful white-washed coastal town of Lindos, one of the most photographed spots on the island. We will have a break for lunch here before heading south again exploring as we go.

Day 7: Profitis Illias
This attractive open woodland usually has an abundance of flowers. We hope to find Cyclamens, Anemone blanda, mandrake, Star-of Bethlehem; it’s also said to be a great site for a broad range of orchids including woodcock, spider and bee. We might even be lucky enough to see violet Limodores.

Day 8: Transfer to Rhodes Airport for the return flight to London Gatwick.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 20 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return scheduled flights with Easyjet from London Gatwick to Rhodes (regional flights may be available at a supplement)
  • Three nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four-star Best Western Plaza Hotel, Rhodes Town, and four nights at the Thomas Hotel, Monolithos, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
  • Welcome dinner and two lunches
  • Transfers and full touring itinerary
  • Tour manager and guide throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Best Western Plaza Hotel, Rhodes Town

Close to the old city, the four-star Best Western Plaza Hotel is ideally located to explore the delights of Rhodes Town and the island. Facilities at this excellent, well-managed hotel include pool, sauna, bar, restaurant and very comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities.

Hotel Website

Thomas Hotel, Monolithos

Situated in a lovely rural site, the hotel is ideal for our visits with simple studio style rooms.

Hotel Website

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No food on flight out. First hotel excellent, second not really up to standard although owner tried hard to please. It was a good base for our purposes though.. Graham first class as always. Angela organised everything extremely well and was unfailingly cheerful and helpful. We saw a good range of flowers- including all the rarities Graham hoped for.- particularly orchids.

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It was a very enjoyable trip. Despite the cold winter which held back the flowering of a number of plants, we did see a really good variety. Our travel arrangements went off easily, we experienced none of the problems due to staff shortages at the airport. It didn’t matter to me at all that the itinerary changed a bit. The first hotel was good, and despite various drawbacks in the Thomas Hotel in Monolithos, I was perfectly happy with it. Once we had asked for the bathrooms to be cleaned and for new towels, it was fine – it really didn’t matter that it wasn’t luxurious. Being a small, friendly family run hotel, the people running it were evidently completely honest and kind, and I felt very safe with them. Apart from the spiral marble stairs!! A hand rail for the wider steps would be a good idea! Angela was a very good sheepdog, rounding us up when needed, and, as ever, Graham Kendal was an inexhaustible fount of knowledge both on the flora we saw and on the history of Rhodes. The evening tour of the Old Town was fascinating.

Review by Baker who travelled 05-April-2022


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The hotel in Rhodes was very good., however the Thomas Hotel is poor, I realise that hotels large enough for the group are few and far between in southwestern Rhodes, But Lindos would be a better place to find an acceptable hotel and the extra travel would be a minor inconvenience.

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We were the guinea pigs as this was the first time to Rhodes and lockdown made it difficult to plan. It needs a bit of tweaking but we saw an incredible range of flowers which is what we came for. Thank you Graham and Angela.

Review by Bishop who travelled 05-April-2022