Greek Island Family Adventure
A gentle week of family fun on a sun drenched isle.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
The beautiful island of Rhodes has so much to offer as a family destination. Perhaps best known for wonderful coastline and the fascinating old town, we also include a host of activities for all the family, including visits to a ranch for horseriding and an ostrich farm. There’s also time spent heading up one of the local mountains to enjoy the views, after a spot of archery for any budding Robin Hoods. Rest assured there are plenty of opportunities to relax, enjoy an ice cream, swim in the sea or the pool at our hotel, and most meals are included, taking yet another thing off your plate! This gentle week offers the perfect combination of adventure and downtime, allowing the whole family to try new things and create some shared memories.
* All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Transfer for group flight
Our trip starts in Rhodes with a briefing from our leader.
A day spent kayaking around the most popular bays, with cave exploration,
snorkelling and beach time.
Today is our first experience of the wonderful coastline of the island. We take to the seas in tandem sea kayaks. We drop in to some of the most renowned bays, explore the coastal caves and of course take time out for snorkelling and swimming. Our lunch will be a picnic on the beach as we soak up the sun.
We transfer to a local family ranch to learn about ranch life and try some
horseriding. Optional early evening tour of the UNESCO town of Rhodes.
Having tried the sea, we now head inland to a family ranch in the Faliraki area, known as the Rhodes Riding club. Founded by a local in 1996, the club is now the main equestrian centre on Rhodes in a lovely natural setting away from the towns, with locals keeping their own horses here too and local children learning to ride. It also regularly hosts competitions and is a great day out for the family. We are shown round the ranch and meet our trusty steeds, before saddling up and heading out on a gentle hack through the surrounding countryside. We’ve designed this for the kids, however if any parents want to join in the ride they are welcome, though there is an extra charge (see extra expenses below).Depending on how time is going we have a picnic lunch at the ranch or we make our way back to the hotel for lunch and some downtime. In the early evening, after dinner, there is the option to transfer (approx 40 mins) to Rhodes city and walk around the mediaeval Old Town, a UNESCO Heritage Monument City, with a local city guide. See extra expenses for local prices.
After a relaxing morning we transfer (approx 30 mins) to visit a local
Ostrich farm to meet, learn about and feed the residents, which also include
donkeys and kangaroos!
This morning is free for a slower, more relaxed start, with time to enjoy the pool outside of the heat of the middle of the day. Our leader can also organise a few games and activities for the children if they’re keen. After lunch in the hotel we depart at around 3pm to a local farm that is home to a host of animals including ostrich, donkeys, raccoon, porcupine, kangaroos and even boar! Farma Rhodes covers 32 square kilometres across a lush valley and offers an interactive treat for the children as they can get up close to the residents, learning about how they are cared for. Staff will take the children into the ostrich enclosure, and provide guidance and instruction on how to interact with and feed them. No doubt a few ostrich selfies will go down well with friends on their return home.
To the mountains for a gentle walk up Profitas Ilias, where we also try our
hand at archery and enjoy great views over the islands of the Aegean.
The best views around are to be had from the mountains, so we take a transfer (about 45 minutes) take on Profitas Ilias, the 3rd highest peak on the island at just under 800m. The trail is gentle and mostly in shade. We’ll stop for a picnic along the way and have put our Robin Hood skills to the test with some archery in the meadow near the top.
The morning is spent by the sea, on the beautiful Tsambika beach with the
option to try the nearby water park. After dinner there’s the chance to
visit the Astronomy Café and have a go on the big telescope.
Rhodes has many excellent beaches and this morning we spend time at one of these, namely Tsambika beach on the island’s east coast. The area is very family-friendly with crystal clear shallow waters and a wide bay. It also offers a waterpark for children with inflatable climbing frames and slides. If anyone fancies a mid morning snooze we’ll also have sunbeds at our disposal!After the excitement of the beach we have time off in the afternoon to relax before dinner. After the meal those that wish can head out with the leader to the Astronomy Café. This novel idea allows you to grab a drink before looking out at the stars through the professional telescope. The wonders of the universe never fail to inspire and excite.
Our lazy morning is spent by the hotel pool, before taking a late afternoon
ride to Lindos, a beautiful village of whitewashed houses, narrow streets and
great ice cream!
Those who decided to go to the astronomy café will enjoy the slower start to the day today. Lunch is taken in the hotel, with a lazy afternoon, with time to pack and start to gather our things. Then around 4.30pm as it gets a little cooler, we set off for Lindos to explore the narrow alleyways between whitewashed houses. There’s time to head down to the beach and grab a gelato or explore the clifftop acropolis, with its 4th century gates. Equally, the Castle of the Knights of St. John on the lower level is well worth a look. We then return to the hotel for our final night.
Our trip ends in Rhodes.
Our week ends in Rhodes.