Today is a port day in Rhodes and we were scheduled to dock at 7 a.m.
We were both up early and had coffee followed by breakfast in the Windjammer. We both ate big breakfasts (which was a good thing given how long until we got lunch).
After eating we gathered our things in the room and headed to the the theater before the 7:30 am meeting time. On the way we stopped at the coffee bar for a latte and water bottle.
Journey to Lindos Tour
The tour left on time and we were in bus 2 (there were about 4 buses going to Lindos). Our guide who is finishing his doctorate in archaeology. We were offered bottles of water getting on the bus. We also got whisper device with a nice over the ear speaker.
It was about an hour ride to Lindos where we walked to the village and had the opportunity to pay for the bathroom ( .50 euro each and we took advantage of it).
We then walked through the village, which had the cutest walkways with rock floors, and then up to the ruins.
Another option was to ride a donkey for 6 euros. We found out later it doesn’t even take you all the way to the ruins.
There were a lot of uneven steps with no handrail; it was tough and harder than the tour description.
When we got to the ruins, it was even harder as the marble had fallen and was slippery.
However, the views were incredible.
This is the temple of Athena.
A panorama of the acropolis.
The walk down was easier but hard because by this time it was getting quite crowded and we had to make room for walkers coming up on the narrow path.
The town’s buildings are so closely built, it’s difficult to get pictures of the structures like this church.
If I wasn’t so hot, I would have enjoyed the shops more. Instead I bought a watermelon slush which was very refreshing.
There was a free bus to take visitors to the bus parking lot; our guide had us walk the 1/4 mile to the town as it was downhill that way and he explained what we were going to see.
After everyone was back on the bus we headed to a pottery shop but first made a stop on the side of the road so everyone could get scenic pictures of Lindos.
Then on to the ceramics factory.
We didn’t care for this stop as it was hard to see and hear the demonstration. Everything was very expensive so nothing for us. We finally got back on the bus and headed to the ship.
Back on Ship
It was 1:30 pm when we got back on the ship and we headed for lunch. They had a very nice beef loin at the carving station which affected my dinner choice tonight.
All thoughts of touring the scenic walled city was gone as all I wanted to do was shower and sleep. We napped for a couple of hours before getting ready for dinner.
We had a pre-dinner drink at the Schooner bar.
I’ve picked up a cold and am congested but feel okay other than tired.
There were four of us at our table for 10 tonight.
Our appetizers included caesar salad…
Shrimp cocktail, crab cake….
And olive tapenade with crostini.
We went Italian for entrees with spaghetti bolognese and the spinach and cheese ravioli.
Dessert was the souffle…
And the creme brulee.
Our legs are killing us (over 11,000 steps today) as are our knees from the steps so back to the room after getting a bottle of water at the bar. Our laundry was back and done perfectly.
Here is the Rhodes port tips (click for the full PDF).
Here’s today’s daily compass (click for the full PDF).
The daily offers (click for the full PDF).
If you missed the other parts of the recap the links are below.
Next Vacation: Greek Isles Cruise
Port Plans for Greek Isles Cruise
Jewel of the Seas: Pre-Cruise Travel Day
Jewel of the Seas: Italy at Last
Hotel San Giorgio
Pre-Cruise Day in Civitavecchia
Jewel of the Seas: Embarkation
Jewel of the Seas: Messina, Savoca and Castelmola
Jewel of the Seas: Taormina and Messina
Jewel of the Seas: Sea Day 1
Jewel of the Seas: Mykonos
Jewel of the Seas: Chops Grille
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