- Butterfly Valley
Petaloúdhes is where millions of Jersey tiger moths breed annually - giving it the name ‘Valley of the Butterflies’.
- Historic Rhodes
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of its medieval town as you explore at leisure.
Stay and Discover Standard
Ialyssos, Rhodesfrom £779 per person
2 passengers 7 nights Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
- New holiday
- All Inclusive
Ancient wonders abound! Rhodes boasts sunbathed beaches, wooded valleys and echoes of its extensive past
The largest and most fabulous of Greece’s Dodecanese Islands, Rhodes is gently washed by the Aegean’s crystal-clear waters and home to a trove of cultural treasures. Your base from which to explore is the award-winning Electra Palace. Relax in the hotel’s seaview surroundings and fill your days with immersive tours or independent exploration. Your time on the ‘Island of Sun’ is what you make it…
During your Stay and Discover experience at Electra Palace, we invite you to see everything that this island has to offer. Walk the cobbled streets of its capital, Rhodes Town, the harbour of which was once guarded by Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the city itself, medieval architecture stands proudly beside the modern buildings that accommodate the influx of holiday makers and sightseers. To step into the island’s past, we include an excursion to Lindos, capped by the eye-catching Ancient Greek Acropolis, and for a slice of unspoilt nature, visit the 600-acre Valley of the Butterflies. For those that want to sit back and let the island’s sights come to them, join a panoramic tour of the island, or simply order a drink from the bar, recline on your sun lounger and watch the sun-soaked world go by.
7 nights at your hotel
21 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
- Visit Lindos (half day)
- City tour of Rhodes Town (half day)
- Rhodes panoramic (half day)
- Filerimos, Kamiros and Butterfly Valley (full day)
Plus all this…
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga Host
- Welcome drink
Use of audio headsets on guided tours
Day 1 UK - Ialyssos
Transfer from the airport to your hotel.
Upon arrival you will be served a welcome drink and given the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers. D
Day 2 At Leisure
Spend a full day at leisure.
Take advantage of the extensive array of facilities offered by the hotel or explore the island independently. B, L, D
Day 3 Lindos
Following breakfast, your time is your own before an afternoon included tour to Lindos.
It is a settlement overlooked by the undeniably impressive 4th-century BC Acropolis and featuring plenty of iconic sugar-cube houses. Take a walking tour through Lindos’s traditional Aegean-style village and capture the waterside beauty on your camera. B, L, D
Day 4 At Leisure
Today is to be spent at leisure.
Alternatively take an optional tour to some of Rhodes’s rural villages. B, L, D
Day 5 Rhodes Town
This afternoon we invite you to Rhodes Town, a UNESCO site of medieval importance.
Once home to the Knights of St John, the town’s fascinating architecture rolls towards Mandraki Harbour. Historians believe that a 105-foot statue of Helios once stood here to watch over the harbour. B, L, D
Day 6 A tour of the island
Enjoy a morning of leisure before an afternoon panoramic tour of the island.
During which you will visit the spa site of Kalithea and the city of Rhodes. Admire ancient sites such as the temple of Apollo and Roman Odium, before an evening optional excursion to see the medieval city lit up by lantern light. B, L, D
Day 7 Filerimos, Kamiros and Butterfly valley
On this full-day tour, enjoy the spectacular views from Mount Filerimos’s summit, explore the nature reserve known as Butterfly Valley and discover the ancient secrets of Kamiros.
Join a drive to Filérimos, a hill carpeted in pine forests and capped by a monastery and castle. It was an important sanctuary in ancient times and was once the site of Ialyssos, one of Greece’s important city states. Little remains today of the old city, but there is a fascinating underground chapel decorated with frescoes from the Byzantine period.
Continue to Petaloúdhes, the beautiful ‘Valley of the Butterflies’, where millions of Jersey tiger moths breed annually between June and September. If you approach quietly, you can view the moths clinging to the vegetation! Wander through the woodlands of Butterfly Valley and enjoy splendid views from Filerimos Hill. Finally continue to the ancient ruined city of Kamiros – the ‘Pompeii of Rhodes’. Today Kamiros is an impressive sea of ruins, however, during the 5th century BC, it was a powerful city, bustling with affluence. B, L, D
Day 8 Ialyssos - UK
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly home. B
Medieval Rhodes by lantern
Enjoy a walking tour of medieval Rhodes with dinner in a traditional tavern accompanied by live acoustic music. Street lanterns create an ambience throughout the charming residential streets as the light changes after dinner.
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Rural Villages of Rhodes
Venture into the very heart of the island and discover Rhodes' stunning mountain scenery. You'll pass through many quaint rural villages and visit Siana, Embonas and Appolona. Siana is built on the slopes of Mount Akramitis and is renowned for its excellent honey and local wine, while picturesque Embonas is the highest village in Rhodes at an altitude of 850 metres. Some of its inhabitants still wear traditional costume and you may be able to pick up some fine multi-coloured embroideries here. Last but by no means least is Appolona, which has a few traditional Greek tavernas and a folklore museum that is housed in an old olive press.
While lunch isn't included, a stop will be made at a typical taverna so, if you wish, you'll have the chance to enjoy some local dishes.
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Extend you holiday
Spend a further week at the Electra Palace, and enjoy a little longer to explore the local sights at your leisure or simply relax in style.
Located a 10-minute drive from the airport, the locally rated 5-star Electra Palace (4Q+) is a fine example of luxury accommodation. Share a drink with your fellow traveller in the ‘Waves Beach Bar’ and admire the area’s iconic seaside sunset seaside views, or take a dip in the outdoor freshwater pool to cool off – afterall, Rhodes is known as the ‘Island of Sun’. Take advantage of the array of dining options – woodfired pizzas in Al Convento, signature menus from around the world and a la carte Asian cuisine.
All 306 cool, contemporary rooms have a balcony and are furnished with lots of little extras to make your stay that much more comfortable. There's free Wi-Fi so you can let friends and family back home know just what a great time you're having; a minibar with some welcome complimentary treats; tea and coffee making facilities, plus bathrobes and slippers, and beach towels so you don't have to pack your own.
Upgrade to a sea-view twin room from £12 per person, per night. Please call for details.
What to explore
Being blessed with such a pretty and extensive coastline, consider taking a stroll to one of the nearby beaches. While at first glance they can appear to be rather busy, putting one foot in front of the other – accompanied by views of Turkey to the north – you’re sure to find an ideal spot for sunbathing.
Alternatively, visit nearby Ialyssos, two kilometres away, with its modest array of cultural sites – such as the tower belonging to the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Take a stroll through its buzzing streets or consider hiring bikes for an opportunity to explore a little further afield.
On some departures your itinerary may run in a different order.