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                      The Hospitaller Knights of St.John on Rhodes 24-31/8 2018

Welcome to explore the historical presence of the Hospitaller Knights of St. John on Rhodes, their construction of military fortifications, the significance of their influence on the island of Rhodes and on history in general. We connect the relation between the Hospitallers and the Templars, and discover the relevance of the appearance of the first freemasons in Europe.


  • We welcome anyone interested in the Spirit of the Knights, combined with an enjoyable stay at this cosmopolitan island.This week covers the main sights and many lesser known ones.
  • A full and busy tour but it avoids rush and allows time to contemplate and absorb.
  • Opportunity to continue discussions and conversations during breaks and over dinners

INTRODUCTION


The monastic order of the Hospitaller was founded following the First Crusade by the Blessed Gerard, whose role as founder was confirmed by a Papal bull of Pope Paschal II in 1113. Initially the group cared for pilgrims in Jerusalem, but the order soon extended to providing pilgrims with an armed escort, which before long grew into a substantial force.

In 1119 during the occupation of the eastern Mediterranean the crusaders founded the military orders of the knighthood. One was called the Templars, ruled by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) and confirmed by the pope in 1128. The military wing of the Hospitallers was founded soon after the Templars.


After the fall of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1291, the Hospitallers eventually sought refuge in the Kingdom of Cyprus. But finding themselves becoming enmeshed in Cypriot politics, their Grand Master, Guillaume de Villaret, created a plan of acquiring their own temporal domain, selecting Rhodes to be their new home. His successor, Fulkes de Villaret, executed the plan, and on 15 August 1309, after over two years of campaigning, the island of Rhodes surrendered to the knights.


It is from here where our tour begins.

ITINERARY 2018


Day 1, Friday August 24 th, Arrival day

Arrival at Rhodes. Transfer, and check in at Villa Panagos, in Faliraki

Welcome dinner at Villa Panagos


Day 2, Saturday August 25th, Walking City Tour in the Old Town

08:00 Breakfast at Villa Panagos and free morning

12:30 Departure from Villa Panagos to Rhodes City

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Visit the quarter of the knights in the old town, the palace of the Grandmaster and the hospital of the Knights. Dinner.


Day 3, Sunday August 26th, Island Tour, the western part of Rhodes

08:00 Breakfast at Villa Panagos

09:00 Departure from Villa Panagos

We continue on the subject of the fortification net. First, we will visit Mount Filerimos, where is located the Knights Monastery. We see the ruins of the Bysantine fortress, and walk along Via De La Rosa, and also have the possibility to taste the Sette Erbe liquer.

13:00 Lunch

The next stop will be the fortification of Kritinia. Winetasting in Embona village.

17:00 Dinner - and return to Villa Panagos


Day 4, Monday August 27th, Haraki Bay and Lindos

08:00 Breakfast at Villa Panagos

09:00 Departure from Villa Panagos to the Mandrake Harbour.

Today, we will sail by boat to Lindos, and on our way we will pass by Haraki Bay, the place where the knights arrived when they sailed from Jerusalem via Cyprus. Lunch. We continue to Lindos and we explore the fortified rock and discover the secrets of the Grandmaster Villaret. We spend some time in the medieval village of Lindos, and also visit one of the most beautiful Greek Orthodox churches on the island.

Free time to explore the beautiful Lindos village, swimming/shopping

17:00 Dinner in Lindos, at the most reputated restaurant on the island.

After dinner we will go back by bus to Villa Panagos.


Day 5, Tuesday August 28th, Rhodes Old Town

08:00 Breakfast at Villa Panagos

10:00 Introduction to the significance and history of the various coat of arms of the knights, followed by lunch.

We will then explore the moat of the Old Town and get familiar to the fortifications of the knights. We continue to St Nicholas fortress and the church of St. John. We return to Villa Panagos, and meet up later for dinner.


Day 6, Wednesday August 29th, Visit at Symi Island

07:00 Breakfast at Villa Panagos

08:00 Our bus takes us to the harbour, and the departure to Symi is 09:00.

As you arrive at the beautiful harbour of Symi, it is like facing the painting of a fairytale village. The houses range from the harbour and climb to the top of the hill, where is the Castle of the Knights – the upper Symi or Horio.

Later, Lunch on Symi, and the boat will leave from Symi, 16:45. Arrival at Rhodes 18:15.Transfer by bus to Villa Panagos. Dinner.


Day 7, Thursday August 30th “Medieval evening with goodbye dinner”

08:30 Breakfast at Villa Panagos

Daytime is for individual use, and in the evening, “good-bye-dinner” with a medieval atmosphere.


Day 8, Friday, August 31th

Breakfast at Villa Panagos

Check out  -  and transfer to airport. Our guests can stay at Villa Panagos - until their flight departs.


Price without flight: 1490 euro/person. Deposit 300 euro. Single supplement 250euro/person.


Included in the price 1490 euro: 

  • Accommodation in Villa Panagos in Faliraki - only for guests attending in the " The Hospitaller Knights of St.John -week",  double room
  • AC and WiFi 
  • Included meals - everything mentioned in the programme.
  • The service of the tour manager, taxes and other fees.
  • Travel by private coach for excursions included in the itinerary and airport transfer. Boat tickets.
  • Wine or beer, water, soft drinks are provided with all included meals

All our prices are exclusive of airfare. We are however able to assist in finding flights if so needed.

Airlines often change flight schedules and sometimes cancel flights altogether. Such events are beyond our control and airlines are not obliged to offer compensation.

Greece is a member of the European Union. United Kingdom citizens do not require a visa. Citizens of other non-EU countries should check visa requirements with the relevant consulates.


We reommend these flights to Rhodes, 24-31/8 2018:

  • Tallinn and Riga, AirBaltic
  • Helsinki, Finnair
  • Arlanda, TUI.se
  • Belfast, Jet2com
  • Glasgow, Jet2com
  • London, Easyjet


OUR POLICIES & STYLE, NJORD OF GREECE

Recognizing the need for dedicated tours on Rhodes focusing on high quality and unique experiences,

a team were formed of highly skilled and quality conscious individuals.

All our tours are led by an expert guide and are concerned with some aspect of culture or learning – the visual arts, music, history, and gastronomy.

Our tours are planned with immense care, with consideration being given to a host of factors such as opening hours, journey times and the availability of refreshments. The tours will therefore operate much as they are described in the programme.

However, sometimes situations arise such as closure of a building for restoration or a change of flight time which necessitate alterations to the itinerary. We would do our best to re plan the tour to minimise adverse impact of changes.

We spend a lot of time selecting restaurants, menus and wine. We aim for a high quality of food and ambience, and where sophisticated restaurants do not exist we seek an authentic experience with good local produce.


While most dinners and lunches are included in the price, one or more evenings/daytimes are left free on all our tours. Most clients welcome the opportunity for independence, but if you do not share this view the tour leader would be happy to help make arrangements.
Drinks are included with all meals. We provide wine and there is always water and the option of soft drinks or beer.


We accept up to 16 guests - and the tour will operate with a minimum of 12 guests.


Please do not hesitate to contact the tourleader,  Kostas Panagos by phone, +30 69444 38082 or by email to [email protected] 


Warmest wishes and welcome,

The Njord Of Greece Team