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 South-of-Rhodes-Trail
 

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Culture, with little original Greek villages and beaches

 

First Day Depending on the time of arrival, we will first get to know the horses and afterward visit the famous Monastery "Thari"
 
Second Day We saddle the horses to make a nice Panorama ride for 3 Hours, so we get to know the horse we chose.
 

Third Day Today we go to Aigios Isideros a small mountain village (523) m below the highest mountain of  Rhodes Ataviros. After our arrival those who still have enough energy can climb Ataviros partly on an old goat path. Also you have the possibility to try home-made suma wine or honey . In the tavern in the evening the locals will welcome you with the typical hospitality and serve local dishes .

 

4th Day provides panoramic views on forgotten donkey and carriage paths, to our destination Monolithos. The name means  a huge, single rock (in Greek "lithos"), on which the castle was built around the 15th Century to guard the sea in the Dodecanese. The charm of Monolithos comes mainly from its amphora form. The charming white stone houses with tiled roofs and red geraniums which climb up the hill of the medieval castle, and we should be ready to explore the village on a walk along the traditional paths.

 

5th Day: In the morning we ride to the cliffs of Monolithos and lead the horses downhill to the beach, the beach is very long but we go 4 km and make a rest to swim, afterwards we go in a rapid pace to Arnitha a village with about 300 residents. The history of the village dates back to the Hellenistic period. At the end of the village you can find the small chapel of Saint Nicolas from the 13th century. We can stay in a small monastery called saint Filimonas right next to the village.

 

6th Day: Once again up to the mountain  to incredible heights overlooking the south and the two seas of Rhodes, follows Mesanagrós. The church Kimissis tis Theotokou on the foundations of an early Christian basilica was built in the 5th Century, with the oldest font of the Christian baptismal time. On foot we then go down the mountain with the horses about 4 km overlooking a small dam.  We next get on the horses  and after a gallop we are by the sea, and soon at our destination Gennadi. Here we can splash around with the horses. Situated nearby we then can go to a beachbar where will be invited to an after-dinner cocktail. (Depending on season).

 

7th Day: On our way home, we have the opportunity to explore Asklipeo, it is the birthplace of Asclepius (Aesculapius), the son of Apollo and god of healing. In ancient times the city was a centre for healing. In the town square, we find the church Kimissis Theotókou which is one of the most remarkable churches of Rhodes. It was built in 1060  as a cross-domed church and in the 14th century was expanded. Ceilings and walls are inside drawn with frescoes from the 17th century decorated reminiscent of an old-fashioned pattern. The pictures show scenes from the Old Testament. In Southern cross arm of the church, rather a typical representations of the Apocalypse, seven-headed dragon, trumpeters, the devil as a winged animal who kidnaps humans and the four apocalyptic horsemen.

The tiny museum in the church grounds invites us to visit the original farm tools and the old olive press. If you walk along the narrow streets of Asklipios you should then be prepared for the medieval thrill that will overwhelm us if we come closer to the Asklipio Castle. This was built by the knights of the 13th Century.

At home on the ranch Augustinos will be waiting with a delicious BBQ for us.

110-120  km are managed and a culture, joyfully holiday comes to an end.

 

8th Day return journey / or connecting Week

 

1.240.- Euro per person half board, with an midday snack

   150.- Euro single room

 

Inclusive:

HB =

-breakfast with coffee & juice,

-snack with a soft drink

-dinner incl. one drink

-plenty of water during the tour and at the meals

 

Exclusive:

-extra drinks

-insurance

-flight 

-transfer from or to the airport (60 Euro each booking one way)

 

For booking or questions contact us

info@elpidaranch.eu 

 

   

culture

 

fun with horsey

 

 

 

   

lovely people

 

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