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 South-of-Rhodes-Trail
 

Culture, with little original Greek Villages and Beaches

 

First Day Depending on the time of arrival, we will first getting to know the horses and afterword 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 in the (523) m below the highest mountain of  Rhodes Ataviros. After arrival for who ever has 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 target 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 cliff´s of Monolithos and lead the Horses downhill to the beach, the beach is so long but we will take just 4 km and make a rest to swim, after 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

 

1240.-  Euro per Person Half Board  with an midday snack

 

HB = Breakfast with coffee & juice, dinner incl.table water & a soft drink

Archery is included as well, when we are at the ranch.

Exclusive: Lunch, beverages, insurance & flyght 

 

150.- Euro Single Room 

 

Pick up service 60 Euro per person one way from the airport.

 

 

            Beach just for us....                                     After the Coffee Brake

    

Hiking on the Ataviros                                And nice Riders

     

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