In my opinion, embarking on some unforgettable Rhodes day trips is the best way to explore the island and beyond. I recently spent some time on this island and was blown away by its beauty!
Immerse yourself in the magic of ancient towns, be enchanted by ethereal nature, and dive into crystalline waters.
My guide to the best Rhodes day trips will cover adventures on the island itself, as well as some day trips from Rhodes to incredible places beyond the island.
Author Bio: Jessie Moore
Jessie Moore is a luxury travel expert with years of experience travelling the world to find the best destinations, hotels and adventures.
Day trips within Rhodes
1. Discover the history and culture of Lindos
Top tours to book:
Perched on the eastern coast of Rhodes is the ancient town of Lindos, which beckons with its unique blend of historical grandeur and natural beauty.
Its narrow alleyways, brimming with white-washed houses and radiant bougainvillaea, feel like a scene straight out of a postcard. I loved meandering through the streets and soaking up the atmosphere.
Each alley, adorned with pebble mosaics, unravels tales of its Byzantine, mediaeval, and ancient Greek past.
The real jewel of Lindos is the Acropolis – trust me, it’s well worth the climb! Sitting high on a cliff, it offers a panoramic view of the shimmering Aegean Sea.
The rich history here is palpable; every stone and column whispers tales of bygone eras.
Whether you’re a history buff or not, the beauty of Lindos is bound to captivate your heart and is a dreamy Rhodes day trip.
Read my guide to visiting Lindos.
2. Immerse yourself in nature at Butterfly Valley & Seven Springs
Top tour to book: Butterfly Valley and Seven Springs Valley Day Trip
Nestled in a verdant valley, the Butterfly Valley is a unique sanctuary and another fantastic Rhodes day trip. Here, thousands of butterflies envelop the area in a whirlwind of colour during their mating season.
A stone’s throw away is Seven Springs. Its cooling waters provide a perfect respite from the Mediterranean heat.
I’d recommend taking a gentle stroll and seeking out the hidden tunnel that leads to a shimmering lake.
Soak up the sound of chirping birds and the gentle rustle of leaves – it’s nature’s symphony at its best.
3. Sail the turquoise waters on a Catamaran Cruise
Top tour to book: All-Inclusive Catamaran Cruise with Lunch and Drinks
This tour offers an immersive experience into the island’s most treasured spots, complete with delectable Mediterranean cuisine and exquisite Greek wine.
Feel the wind in your hair as the catamaran cuts through the sparkling waters, offering mesmerising views of the coastline.
Start your maritime adventure at Anthony Quinn Bay; soak up the stunning vistas or dive into the crystal-clear water for a swim or snorkel.
The journey continues to Afandou Beach, a serene bay where you can go for another swim and watch the crew feed the fish for a colourful frenzy.
Depending on crowd levels, you’ll either grace the sands of Tsambika Beach or Ladiko Bay.
Finally, stop by the breathtaking Kallithea Springs for more swimming and snorkelling – this was one of my favourite spots in Rhodes.
4. Dive into another world with a Faliraki Submarine Swim Cruise
Top tour to book: 3 Hour Yellow Submarine Swim Cruise with Drinks
The Yellow Submarine Tour offers an opportunity to explore the hidden underwater treasures of Rhodes. The vessel’s glass underwater cabin provides a crystal-clear view of Rhodes’ aquatic life.
The journey commences with a stop at the Traganou Caves. This isn’t your typical swim break; it’s a dip into the heart of nature’s art gallery.
With 25 minutes to explore, you’re free to swim inside the caves’ rock formations for a memorable experience.
From the caves, the tour sails towards Anthony Quinn Bay, arguably the most stunning bay on the island. Here, you can enjoy 40 minutes to swim, snorkel, and simply revel in the beauty that surrounds you.
Or from the submarine’s underwater cabin, watch in amazement the feeding frenzy as the crew feed the fish.
Onboard, quench your thirst with ice-cold beers and soft drinks from the open bar. It’s sure to be an unforgettable Rhodes day trip.
5. Buggy off-roading in North Rhodes
Top tour to book: Rhodes North: 4×4 Polaris Buggy Off-Road Adventure
If, like me, you love a good adventure then this is the Rhodes day trip for you! Venture beyond the ordinary on the rugged terrains of Northern Rhodes in an off-roading adventure.
Embark on a thrilling journey in a state-of-the-art off-road vehicle, while indulging in the island’s sumptuous local treats.
Unleash your adventurous spirit aboard a Polaris RZR 570 as you navigate Rhodes’ diverse landscapes.
From majestic mountains to quaint villages, this journey promises both adrenaline and authentic island experiences.
Opt for a full-day escapade or an afternoon quest, which offers the enchanting spectacle of a Grecian sunset painting the skies over Rhodes.
Throughout this off-roading odyssey, pause to savour Rhodes’ culinary delights. Sample the island’s golden honey, rich olive oil, and the aromatic souma. My mouth is watering at the thought!
Good to know: This tour includes protective goggles to keep the dust at bay, as well as public liability insurance for peace of mind.
6. Marine biology cruise and Alimia Island
Top tour to book: Marine Biology Cruise and Alimia Island
Set sail on a memorable Rhodes day trip, intertwining an enlightening Marine Biology Cruise with the untouched beauty of Alimia Island.
With emerald waters teeming with life, captivating hikes, and a myriad of aquatic activities, this journey promises a mix of education and sheer Aegean delight.
The day commences at Kamiros Skala Harbor, setting course for Makri Island. As you glide on the Aegean waters, the onboard marine biologist unravels the wonders beneath.
Dive into enlightening discussions about the sea’s diverse life, the intricacies of the ecosystem, and the marvels of aquaculture.
And as a bonus, you may even be able to share your journey with some playful dolphins!
Next, it’s on to the lamar fish farm on Stroggili Island. Nestled within a conservation area, this fish farm epitomises responsible aquaculture.
Don your snorkel and immerse yourself among the swirling masses of fish in the farm cages – a mesmerising, once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Refreshments follow suit with a spread of Rhodes’ fresh seasonal fruits, delightful sandwiches, and traditional cheese and spinach pies, before heading to Alimia Island.
Situated between Rhodes and Chalki, Alimia’s diverse coastline boasts untouched beaches and exhilarating diving locales.
Traverse its lands to find remnants of civilizations past – from mediaeval castles to ancient ruins. The recently refurbished Monastery of St. George stands as a sanctuary for visitors and fishermen alike.
For the adventurers, Alimia provides a canvas of activities. Explore its terrains, snorkel in its clear waters, or dive deeper into SCUBA.
7. Hike Akramitis Mountain
Top tour to book: Akramitis Mountain Hike
If you have the time, I’d really recommend embarking on an exhilarating journey to scale the majestic Mount Akramitis.
Traverse through verdant forests, uncovering hidden historical treasures, and treading along rugged terrains in this full-day hiking escapade.
Unearth the secrets of Limeri, a concealed cave etched into the mountainside. Your guide will regale tales of World War 2, recounting how this very cave served as a stronghold for the partisan movement.
As you continue the ascent, take a brief spiritual respite at the quaint church of Agios Ioannis.
As you approach the summit of Rhodes’s second loftiest peak, brace yourself for a breathtaking panorama: the lush green landscapes seamlessly merging with the azure expanse of the Aegean Sea.
Conclude your hike by meandering down a picturesque rocky trail, allowing you one last chance to absorb the unmatched beauty of Mount Akramitis.
For both seasoned hikers and budding enthusiasts, this trail promises an infusion of adrenaline, history, and scenic beauty – a trifecta that embodies the spirit of Rhodes.
8. Enjoy a sea kayaking adventure
Top tour to book: Sea Kayak Adventure to the Red Sand Beach
I adore taking to the sea to explore, as it’s such a wonderful way of taking in the views from a different angle.
Go on a sea kayaking adventure to explore what was once the maritime highways of Rhodes’ notorious pirates.
One of the best Rhodes day trips, venture on a kayak expedition across the shimmering waters of the east-southeast coast of Rhodes, tracing the path of ancient buccaneers.
Begin your adventure at the quaint, lesser-known seaside haven of Charaki. Here, an expert guide will prep you with safety instructions and kayaking equipment.
As you take to the sea in your kayak, gaze upon scenic views of picturesque islets, imposing mediaeval castles, and awe-inspiring geological wonders.
Next, seize the chance to swim or snorkel in the crystal-clear waters for a refreshing dip.
Once you reach the iconic Red Sand Beach, it’s time to take a breather. Recline, bask in the sun, and relish a heartening traditional Greek picnic.
The kayaking adventure takes around two-and-a-half-hours, and it’s a memorable way to spend the day in Rhodes.
9. Go rock climbing and rappelling Ladiko Bay
Top tour to book: Ladiko Bay Rock Climbing and Rappelling Experience
Adrenaline junkies – this Rhodes day trip is for you and I’ll be right there with you! Join seasoned climbers on an exhilarating rock climbing escapade.
Journey to the picturesque Ladiko area, where a gentle stroll through coastal mountains sets the tone for your adventure.
After a detailed safety introduction and a chance to get geared up with the necessary equipment, it’s time to ascend. As you scale the heights, be sure to pause to take in the scenic backdrop of your climb.
Having mastered the ascent, it’s time for an adrenaline-charged descent. Embark on a scenic 20-minute hike, before abseiling down the front of a beautiful cave.
10. Enjoy a guided island tour with wine tasting
Top tour to book: Guided Island Tour with Wine tasting experience
If there is a wine tasting tour to be had in a given destination then I will find and book it!
Delve deep into Rhodes’ enchanting beauty on this comprehensive tour, making your way through picturesque villages and pristine beaches.
This Rhodes day trip involves an air-conditioned coach, offering a welcome respite from the heat.
The journey begins at the Castle of Kritinia, a 16th-century Venetian castle perched high, offering sweeping views of the Aegean and its neighbouring islets.
Discover the castle’s rich history, including the legacy of the Knights of St. John and the Grand Masters. From history to the art of winemaking, visit one of Rhodes’ oldest wineries in Embona.
Enjoy a wine tasting session featuring local varieties, complemented by liqueurs, honeyed souma, and more. Explore their olive oil offerings and discover the local cosmetic and herbal products.
A scenic drive leads you to Profitis Ilias, a historic 1929 Italian hotel nestled amidst a dense forest, making it a perfect photo or coffee stop.
The journey continues to Fountoukli, showcasing the Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos and its remarkable frescoes.
Refuel with a delightful meal at a traditional taverna in Eleousa village, where local dishes tempt your palate. Nearby, witness the grandeur of Saint Nektarios church and its iconic ancient plane tree.
The finale is the rejuvenating Kallithea Springs. Dive into its therapeutic waters, admire the recently renovated facilities, or simply relax with a refreshing drink.
11. Relax at Kallithea Springs
Top tour to book:
- All Inclusive Day Cruise with BBQ & Unlimited Drinks
- Guided tour of Lindos, Rhodes City, and Kallithea
- Sunset Cruise with Greek BBQ and Unlimited Drinks
You can either visit Kallithea Springs as part of a wider day trip in Rhodes, or you can easily spend the whole day here – I’d actually recommend the latter if you’d like a totally chilled out day.
Nestled on the east coast of Rhodes, Kallithea Springs is a testament to the island’s diverse allure, blending natural beauty with architectural magnificence.
This therapeutic haven is not just about its health-giving waters; it’s an experience that merges history, relaxation, and scenic charm.
Explore the springs’ unique architecture, reflecting Italian and Arabic design influences. The grand rotunda, adorned with mosaics and pebble-paved courtyards, tells tales of a time when the springs were an elite destination for wellness.
Having undergone meticulous restoration, the complex retains its original allure while offering modern amenities to today’s visitors.
The springs themselves have been renowned since antiquity for their therapeutic properties. Its crystal-clear waters have a consistent temperature, making them ideal for a refreshing dip.
Whether you believe in their curative powers or not, a swim here, surrounded by palm and pine trees, is undeniably invigorating.
After exploring and swimming, take the time to lounge at the seaside café, sipping on refreshing beverages while gazing out at the vast expanse of the Aegean.
Day trips from Rhodes
Rhodes, with its azure seas, mediaeval architecture, and lush landscapes, is often the highlight for many travellers to the Dodecanese – and I can see why.
Yet, its location offers the perfect starting point for several unforgettable day trips. Whether you crave cultural excursions, bustling marketplaces, or serene landscapes, these destinations promise a delightful experience.
12. Symi Island
Top tours to book:
- High-Speed Boat to Symi Island and St George’s Bay
- Symi Full-Day Yacht Cruise with Meal & Drinks
- From Faliraki: Direct High Speed Boat to Symi
How to get there:
The most convenient way to reach Symi is by ferry. Numerous daily ferries operate from Rhodes to Symi, with the journey taking approximately 1 hour.
What to expect:
Symi is a picturesque harbour town characterised by its neoclassical buildings, painted in soft pastels, providing a postcard-perfect backdrop to the port.
I’d recommend spending your day wandering the narrow streets, visiting the Naval Museum, or enjoying the view from the hilltop monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis.
With azure waters surrounding the island, Symi is also a haven for swimmers and sunbathers.
Good to know: The beach at Nimborio or Marathounda offers the ideal spot for relaxation.
13. Marmaris, Turkey
Top tours to book:
- Rhodes to Marmaris Full-Day Trip by Boat
- Marmaris: Boat Trip with Unlimited Drinks and BBQ Lunch
- Marmaris: Jeep Safari Adventure Trip With Lunch
How to get there:
Marmaris is located in Turkey, making it an international day trip. Regular catamaran services operate from Rhodes and reach Marmaris in around an hour.
However, don’t forget your passport, and check visa requirements for your nationality before setting off.
What to expect:
Marmaris, once a quiet fishing village, has transformed into a bustling resort town. Meander through the winding streets of the old town and explore the 16th-century Marmaris Castle.
I’d recommend a visit to the Grand Bazaar which offers a shopping extravaganza, with a plethora of stalls selling everything from Turkish delight to intricate carpets.
For a respite, the beach promenade or numerous seaside eateries offer places to relax and indulge in local cuisine.
14. Halki (Chalki) Island
Top tours to book: From Rhodes: Butterfly Valley and Chalki Island Day Trip
How to get there:
Halki is accessible from Rhodes by ferry. The journey time varies from 50 minutes to 2.5 hours.
What to expect:
Halki, also known as ‘the island of peace and friendship’, is the epitome of tranquillity. As a non-touristy destination, I think it’s perfect for a peaceful day trip from Rhodes.
The island’s sole village, Emborio, is both quaint and charming with its pastel-coloured houses and quiet beaches.
Explore the ruined mediaeval castle atop a hill, offering panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. The Monastery of St. John and the Church of St. Nicholas are also worth visiting.
With pristine beaches like Ftenagia and Pontamos, Halki is perfect for those seeking relaxation and serenity.
How to get there:
Kastellorizo, Greece’s easternmost island, is accessible by a direct flight from Rhodes, which takes about 30 minutes. Alternatively, ferries also operate, taking around 3-4 hours.
What to expect:
Kastellorizo, or ‘Megisti’ as it’s locally known, is a picturesque island with a rich history. The island’s harbour, brimming with colourful buildings and waterfront restaurants, is perfect for leisurely strolls.
Key attractions include the Castle of the Knights, the Archaeological and Folklore Museum, and the Lycian tomb.
The Blue Cave, one of the most beautiful sea caves in Greece, is an absolute must-visit in my opinion. Accessible only by boat, I’m sure it’s azure waters and captivating rock formations will leave you in awe.
Feel free to ask any questions in the comments or let me know your own suggestions!
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