Imagine being able to visit two countries in one holiday. From the Fethiye region it is possible to visit Rhodes, the capital of the Greek Dodecanese islands, and all in one day! Rhodes is approximately 10 miles as the crow flies, from the Turkish coastline and is most certainly ‘doable’ in one day.
The ferry takes you into the heart of Rhodes Town. At the very tip of the island, Rhodes Town is the capital. It is a very small city comprising of the old and the new town. The walled Old Town was mostly built by the Knights Templar, in the 14th century and retains much of its original architecture.
The new town has grown up alongside the walls of the old city, incorporating old and new, Turkish, Greek and Venetian architecture, lending the city to be of such diversity and almost unique among the Greek Islands . It may be fair to say that Rhodes has its own multinational ambience, maybe due to its location for passing trade as an Eastern Mediterranean Island.
Invaders and pirates have left their indelible mark on Rhodes. Todays invaders are the tourists, whether daily or fortnightly, welcomed with open arms by the friendly Rhodian people,
With so much to see and do on the island, you arrive at the Port on the outskirts of the walled ancient city. The easiest entry into the walled town is through St Mary’s Gate, situated opposite a small crescent shaped beach as you turn right coming out of the port. Here you will see the ruined byzantine church of St Catherine, sitting among other ancient buildings and you can turn right here in the shadows of the walled town towards the Square of the Jewish Martyrs.
This is where ancient history meets modern history. In this square of ancient Rhodian buildings, the Jewish population were gathered, towards the end of the second world war, and herded to three ships in the port that took them to Auschwitz Concentration Camp, and for most of them, certain death. The names of the families and the victims are entered on a black stone obelisk at the centre of the square today, close to the three seahorse fountain that is a monument to the martyrs that gave this square its name. The ancient synagogue is still in use today.
Essentially a visit to Rhodes is all about discovering the Templars city, but there is also excellent shopping in the new town, with many designer names to enjoy, so easy to do with its close proximity to the ancient walled town.
In 2022, price of Fethiye Rhodes Island Day Trip is 55 € for adults, 35 € for children between age 3 and 6, 5 € for children under 3 years old.
Everyday between April – November from 7:00 to 19:00.
You will be picked up by transfer bus between the times of 07:00 and 07:30 according to location and taken to the port in Fethiye where you will go through customs and board in time for the ferry to depart.
The fast and comfortable catamarans go every day throughout the summer season, which is from April to November. Departure times are 08:30 from Fethiye – arriving in Rhodes Town port at approximately 10:10 (a journey time of around 1 hour 40 minutes). Catamarans are quick, comfortable with W.C. and a bar on board for snacks.
Return from Rhodes to Fethiye is 17:00 arriving back at Fethiye around 18:40. Your journey may vary by a few minutes either way, depending on marine conditions.
Please note that you should be at your port of departure, Fethiye or Rhodes, half an hour before scheduled departure time. Times of departure may vary, your Captain will inform you on board of your time to leave if it is any different.
Upon arrival at the port in Fethiye your transfer bus will be waiting to take you back to your accomodation. You should expect to be back at your hotel at around 20:00 at the latest.
Your time on the Island is classed as free time. There are a number of activities you can choose to do. The Old Town offers so much to see, right on your doorstep, and many people do not venture further. Should you decide to do so, the ancient monastery of Tsambika or the Valley of The Butterflies are a short taxi or bus journey away from the city and the port, as is the ‘Epta Piges’ or seven springs from whence the island’s water supply springs.
A visit south of the city, either by bus or taxi, will take you to Kalithea Spa, where Hitler intended to modernise the ancient Spa as an R&R base for his troops. Thankfully he never got round to it and the ancient buildings remain for you to enjoy.
Further down the coast is the ancient town of Lindos, with its Templar fortress dominating the overlook, and the ancient Temple of Athena enclosed within. A climb not for the faint hearted and, really only advisable to travel to and from by taxi in the course of a day. The bus service may be haphazard and buses fill up quickly on the island.
With so much to see in Rhodes Town itself, you would be forgiven for not venturing beyond the high walls. On foot you can discover the city and its hidden gems. An open doorway to a 15th century courtyard can reveal something as modern as a childs pushbike. In the same way, stop and look over the lower walls, you may discover, in a medieval cobbled street, an ancient temple to the old Gods, lying undisturbed in the sunshine.
All of this and shopping too, with a plethora of Rhodian artefacts and antique shops for your pleasure, you will be glad you brought your purse.
Cost of Rhodes Day Trip from Fethiye is 55 € for adults, 35 € for children between age 3 and 6, 5 € for children under 35 years old in 2022.
As if you have not been treated visually and sensually to the island, the cullinary delights are second to none. From a simple pitta gyros (basically a meat kebab served in pitta bread) to a meal of spit roast Rhodian lamb, your taste buds will thank you for making this trip. Greek Yoghurt and fresh herbs only enhance the experience, or why not try Mitos the locally produced beer. Just beware of those Greek boot shaped glasses, a large one is the equivalent to two pints!
Your transfer is included from Oludeniz, Ovacik and Hisaronu to the port of Fethiye and on your ticket it will state your pick up time from your hotel.
Any food or refreshments you choose to purchase, museum entries on Rhodes where applicable, travel fares in the island, and any sundries you choose to buy throughout the day.
The old town of Rhodes still enjoys its cobbled streets, for this reason we recommend you bring not only good footwear but anything with a thicker sole to negotiate the cobbles. Rhodes Town can be walked around in the course of a day, bear this in mind.
Bring your sunglasses and suncream, although the temperature is around 10 degrees cooler than the Turkish coastline, it can still be extremely hot.
Bring some money with you, there is ample opportunity to spend as little or as much as you like on this sunshine island.
Don’t forget to bring your passport and any travel documents you used to travel to Turkey! You are, after all, heading into another country, and it is easy to forget you need your passport to travel.