To Rhodes from Fethiye is a day trip in Greece, a one-day round trip by catamaran.
The distance from port to port is about 80 km, and the journey takes about an hour and a half one way. So take advantage of our offer and experience the unique atmosphere of Greece. So what is there to see in Rhodes?
Rhodes is not just a historical and beautiful place; it is a unique island that has belonged to many empires. Just imagine. It has been inhabited since Neolithic times. As early as XVI B.C., it was inhabited by the Minoans and Mycenaeans, the Dorians and the Carians, the Persians and the Greeks, the Persians and the Greeks again, and then the Macedonians. It was ruled by the Arabs and then by the Byzantine Empire. After that, it was reigned by the Knights Hospitallers, then by the Ottomans, the Italians, the British and finally by Greece. No other island has such a rich and varied history.
The island is famous for one of the wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes, a giant statue that used to greet people arriving at the port. Rhodes was home to many famous orators, poets and astronomers of antiquity. The Palace of the Grandmasters (the Rhodes Fortress) and many other monuments of art and architecture are also famous worldwide. The whole historic part of the island is listed as a World Heritage Site and is protected by UNESCO. The architecture of the cities of Rhodes is remarkable. The Valley of Butterflies, the ruins of the ancient town of Kamir, the acropolis, the ancient churches and monasteries are also of great interest.
Besides visiting Rhodes town, tourists come here for the local products. They traditionally buy handbags, shoes or accessories made of genuine leather, cosmetics based on olive oil, fine jewellery and, of course, the famous Greek wicker sandals. These shoes are very durable, comfortable to wear and yet relatively inexpensive.
Sailing to Rhodes takes place daily in the mornings from early April to the end of November. An auto-transfer arrives at the hotel around 07:30 am. The tour price includes both transfers (from and to the hotel), sailings in a vast comfortable catamaran, port customs fees and insurance. As Rhodes is part of Greece, you must have a visa to visit this country. You will have approximately 5.5 hours of free time in Rhodes. To get through passport control, you need to be at the port of Rhodes around 16:20. We will bring you to your hotel before 20:00.
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 50 from Fethiye 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 2023, 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.
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 2023.
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.