Greek Island Family Adventure

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Trip code: 
FVA
Ways to Travel:
Family Group, Guided Group
Activity:
Family
Designed for:
Ages 5-8
Also for:
Ages 9-12

A gentle week of family fun on a sun drenched isle.

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. 

Highlights

  • Sea kayaking
  • Tsambika Beach
  • Horseriding and Ostrich farm
  • Archery and a walk up Profitas Ilas
  • See Rhodes Old Town

Key information

  • 7 nights at comfortable family-run hotel with pool, all rooms en suite
  • 8 days land only/flight inclusive
  • 6 days activities and relaxation including archery, horseriding and swimming
  • Group normally 8 to 16, plus leader. Designed for ages 5 to 8, also for ages 9 to 12.
  • Travel by private minibus

What's included

  • 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

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) 
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Rhodes

    On arrival in Rhodes we transfer to our hotel.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Kayaking, 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. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Visit to a local equestrian centre

    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. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Visit to Ostrich Farm

    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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Profitas Ilias

    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. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Tsambika Beach

    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. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Lindos

    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. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Transfer to airport; fly home.

    Our week ends with a transfer to the airport for the flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Greece

British and other EU passport holders do not need a visa to visit Greece.

Vaccinations

Greece

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

We include all meals on this trip. The majority are taken in the hotel, though we do also take a few picnic lunches. They key is to allow for flexibility on timings. 
The hotel offers a mix of international and local cuisine, with an accent on fresh local produce. There is a choice of restaurants at the hotels we use as well as a snack bar, meaning there is plenty of choice.

Weather

The Greek Islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate of hot, sunny summers and mild winters. 

Rhodes weather is hot and sunny during the summer and rainfall is very unlikely. The summer months (June to September) have a maximum temperature of around 31°C, in July and August, though it has been known to be hotter. Night time temperatures should still dip below 20°C

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded Level 2, leisurely/moderate. It is Designed for ages 5 to 8 but is also suitable for ages 9 to 12.
Our family activity levels are aimed at children in the primary or ‘Designed for’ age group. We are confident it is also suitable for those in the ‘Also for’ age range, however if your child is in this secondary category they may find it a little easier. Please see the family activity levels on our website for further information.

When grading our trips we consider multiple factors, the pace — how busy an itinerary is — and the level of activity involved. Then there’s the amount of time a family will spend travelling. The weather is an important factor too.

 

This trip aims to combine some fun, gentle activities with free time. The overall level of physical activity is not high, however each activity will take a few hours, and in the case of the walk up Profitas Ilias or the sea kayaking, will of course involve a bit of physical activity. We will however have breaks and maintain only a relaxed pace.

We stay at the same hotel all week, and have only short transfers to and from the activities. The heat of summer can of course be tiring, and so on some days we depart later to avoid being out for too long in the midday sun. Each day has an element of free time, meaning parents and children alike can rest and relax as needed and make the most of their stay on this beautiful island.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Labranda Blue Bay Beach Resort and Kresten Palace

There are some wonderful beachside hotels on Rhodes, perfect for families to relax and enjoy.

For high season departures we usually stay in the 4-star Hotel Labranda Blue Bay Beach Resort. Situated on the beachfront, the hotel boasts a choice of swimming pool, a water park and a spa.
There are two main restaurants serving international and local dishes, as well as a snack bar, and parents can take their pick of bars for a relaxing drink. 
We use family rooms, that are made up of a main bedroom with twin or double beds, and a separate sleeping area with two single beds. Each room has en suite facilties and air conditioning. 

On our April and late October departure we use the Kresten Palace. This is also a 4-star property that also has a choice of restaurant and bar, its own private beach and two swimming pools. 

Here we use family rooms with twin or double beds, plus two pull out or single beds. Rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936