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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.
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Departing: 05th April 2020 at 16:00
Returning: 12th April 2020 at 22:45
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.
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.
Thomas Hotel, Monolithos
Situated in a lovely rural site, the hotel is ideal for our visits with simple studio style rooms.