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Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloudes) Tours and Activities

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Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloudes)
Each summer, thousands of colorful butterflies congregate in the humid Petaloudes Valley, earning it the nickname Valley of the Butterflies. It’s one of the island’s most remarkable natural attractions, where you’ll find several species of the winged beauties, as well as the only natural Oriental Sweetgum forest in Europe.

The Basics
Attracted by the humidity and scent of the Oriental Sweetgum trees, butterflies flock to the valley near the end of their life cycle to reproduce. A small museum there features a butterfly hatchery and exhibits. Many guided tours around the island of Rhodes stop by the Valley of the Butterflies, often in conjunction with a wine tasting, a visit to the Kallithea thermal springs, or a boat trip to the uninhabited island of Halki.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • As you wander the pathways, try not to disturb the butterflies—they’re trying to conserve energy.
  • Wear sturdy shoes, as the valley has lots of stairs, bridges, and uneven terrain.

How to Get There
The Valley of the Butterflies is on the western side of the island, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) southeast of the village of Theologos. Public buses connect the town of Rhodes with the valley, but it’s often faster and more convenient to get there by car or guided tour.

When to Get There
The best time to see the butterflies is during the dry season, from the end of May through the end of August. Go in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat. Outside of butterfly season, the area is still worth visiting for its scenic trails.

What’s Nearby
If you’re traveling independently to the Valley of the Butterflies, check out the handful of other attractions in the area. Kalopetra Monastery sits at the top of the valley, offering stunning views across this picturesque part of the island. Or, head to a farming village like Pastida, Damatria, or Maritsa, to experience a bit of local life and sample some typical cuisine at a traditional tavern.
Address: Petaloudes, South Aegean, Greece
Admission: Varies
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Butterflies Valley & Wine Tasting Experience Private Tour

Butterflies Valley & Wine Tasting Experience Private Tour

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Unless you hire a car, combining a visit to Rhodes’ Valley of the Butterflies with an island winery means relying on local buses and cabs. With this private tour from the Rhodes Town area, avoid transport hassles and travel to the valley and a winery smoothly and easily, by private air-conditioned vehicle. After walking the valley’s butterfly-speckled trails, drive to a wine estate for a tour, wine tasting, and lunch.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.33
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$145.33
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Filerimos Hill & Valley of Butterflies

Filerimos Hill & Valley of Butterflies

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A relaxing tour Of Rhodes visiting the Valley of Butterflies, the unique and peaceful ecological setting, being a true pride of nature with narrow rock walkways, lakes decorated by water-lilies, rustic bridges, running waters, waterfalls and resting places loaded with millions of brown-red butterflies. There is also a museum that you can visit with a large variety of different species. After a short drive we will ascent to the top of Filerimos Hill, where you will visit the monastery of Our Lady and the remains of the ancient acropolis of Ialyssos, one of the three ancient cities of Rhodes Island. Visitors can walk along a "Golgotha", a tree sheltered pathway with a series of shrines with scenes of the Holly Passion. This foot way leads to an enormous imposing cross, from the top of which one can cherish the outstanding view of villages and bright green valleys that are generously stretched around.
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  • 5 hours
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$30.83
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$30.83
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Tour of Rhodes Island including Petaloudes, Filerimos & Kamiros

Tour of Rhodes Island including Petaloudes, Filerimos & Kamiros

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Our professional guide takes you on a journey back through time as you discover the secrets to one of the oldest civilisations! Sit back, relax and take in the contrasting scenery as we take you to 5 of the "must see's" on Rhodes. Short travel time in between each site and plenty of time in fresh air!
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.33
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Butterfly Valley & Wine, Olive Oil, Honey Tasting Tour

Butterfly Valley & Wine, Olive Oil, Honey Tasting Tour

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A unique opportunity to visit Butterfly Valley in a small group guided tour by comfortable minibus and taste local wine, olive oil, honey at the best wineries of Rhodes with our local authorized English speaking guide. On this tour you will taste different wine varieties, extra-virgin olive oil from ancient olive trees (yes, you read it right - sample the same oil that our ancestors used centuries ago), and local natural honey infused with thyme, pine, orange blossom and different spring flowers. Before the tasting tour, you can enjoy some free time at Butterfly Valley. Every year, at the end of the wet season (late May), thousands of butterflies attracted by the scent of the oriental sweet-gum trees cover the entire landscape. It's a very unique experience and you should definitely try to see it.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.90
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Private Tour Rhodes to Valley of the Butterflies & walking tour at the old town

Private Tour Rhodes to Valley of the Butterflies & walking tour at the old town

We will pick you up from your cruise ship (or from your hotel) to start this special cruise excursion in Rhodes. We will have a panoramic city tour in Rhodes includes Italian builds of Rhodes with deep architectural legacy, the old Post Office of Rhodes, one of the most beautiful building in Rhodes and much more. Our next stop will be at the magnificent Valley of the Butterflies, a beautiful natural park, where each year thousands of butterflies appear. Walk around and enjoy the natural beauty and sounds that will enchant you. Visit the Natural History Museum and the little Monastery “Virgin of Kalopetra”. We continue to visit the Acropolis stood on the hill now known as Monte Smith and consists of the Temple of Apollo built in the 3rd century BC. Get a beautiful photos from here as the panoramic view of the city and the sea will take your breath away. Finally we will have a walking tour at the streets of Rhodes Medieval town and & the amazing Palace of Grand Master of the Knights.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$240.48
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Highlights Of Rhodes - The Green Tour

Highlights Of Rhodes - The Green Tour

A private Tour to the most visited places in Rhodes. You will enjoy the ride with our brand new fully aircondtioned vichicles , best Priced Private tour and our professional drivers which are willing to make your tour one of its kind!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$284.60
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$284.60
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Tailor Made and Rhodes PRIVATE Tours

Tailor Made and Rhodes PRIVATE Tours

Let us help you to create your own itinerary based on your needs. Together we will choose the places you would like to visit the and the time you would like to spend on each destination. Our experienced staff will assist you pick from a variety of landmarks, locations & attractions. Contact us and we will be happy to prepare your own tailor made tour based on your schedule and taste! Please note that an extra additional services, for example professional tour guide that will speak your language, professional photographer or additional activities during the event such as: wine tasting, extreme sports, horse riding etc., can be included in your tour. Price starts from 150 EUR for 3 people, CONTACT US FOR FURTHER DETAILS BEFORE BOOKING
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  • 1 to 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$247.19
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Rhodes Private Tours

Rhodes Private Tours

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We are specialized in day tours in Rhodes Island since 1995. Our team consists of 10 experienced drivers all fluent in English. Between us there are also fluent German speaking and Italian speaking drivers. All of us have a knowledgeable background in Greek history and mythology to cover the needs of a day tour in Rhodes island. We also offer the availability on hiring an official guide. Our vehicles are Mercedes Benz E class – S class & Mercedes Benz Sprinter Mini Bus. Our priority is the safety of our clients and our vehicles are often checked and fully insured. Our target is to make your short staying in Rhodes informative, pleasant and memorable. Thank you in advance for your preference. George Sialadakis - Manager
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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Hike around Rhodes in a 8 day tour! (Walking holidays)

Hike around Rhodes in a 8 day tour! (Walking holidays)

Make the most of the beautiful island of Rhodes by hiking all the «must see» Rhodes destinations and also explore  secret paths only a few locals know about.  Private multi day tour ( 8 days / 7 nights). Suitable for those who seek to meet a destination in an active way. - Hike through dense vegetation while having the most amazing sea views! - Visit small mountain villages, but also wander around the most popular one, Lindos village  - Walk around Medieval Rhodes Old Town, Ancient Kamiros City and Butterflies Valley    - Enjoy the gastronomy paradise Rhodes has to offer in village taverns and a wine tasting experience at a local vineyard! - Sail along the beautiful Aegean shores on a full day sailing and bay hopping trip
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  • 8 days
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$1,332.18
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Rhodes Family Adventure Week

Rhodes Family Adventure Week

Make the most of the beautiful Island of Rhodes with this relaxed family adventure week in the sunshine. Enjoy spectacular beaches of all kind, the Aegean blue sea and meet the local cuisine, culture and sights in a fun way for families! Multi summer activities for families Private  8 day tour (7 nights) Suitable for families with children aged 5 years and over (younger children may also join the holiday, but may not be able to participate in all of the activities) Dive, sail, do water sports, explore the most popular sites by playing "treasure hunt", the most family entertaining way of travelling, live the 9D cinema experience that offers you a fantastic journey to the Greek Mythology and the History of Rhodes, create lovely memories that amuse and bond the family together in the beautiful island of Sun, Rhodes.
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  • 8 days
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$1,586.51
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Meet the AUTHENTIC Rhodes Tour - PRIVATE Half-Day or Full-Day Tour

Meet the AUTHENTIC Rhodes Tour - PRIVATE Half-Day or Full-Day Tour

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With this tour, you capture the essence of real, AUTHENTIC Rhodes. Surprisingly awash with forests and scented herbs landscapes, great wine, superb gastronomic heritage, well-kept churches and buildings unique in architecture and style and hidden secrets are all reserved for those who choose this off the beaten track tour. Taste some refined island wine, sample traditional Rhodian sweets, take a refreshing drive inland and marvel less known sights. Most important, meet local people that love this land and carry excellently its culture and traditions.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$290.66
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Butterflies Valley & Chalki from Rhodes

Butterflies Valley & Chalki from Rhodes

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A great opportunity to discover one of the most famous attractions of the Island, the Valley of the Butterflies and the idyllic island of Chalki the same day.
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  • 8 hours
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$60.55
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Private Tour: Best of Rhodes in one day (Half Island Tour)

Private Tour: Best of Rhodes in one day (Half Island Tour)

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On this trip we suggest you to visit: Butterfly Valley and depending on the area you are staying: Rhodes City: Old town, Mandraki Harbour, Acropolis, or Lindos: Lindos panorama, Lindos village, Acropolis. And attractions on the way. After booking, please provide your preferable program: Lindos or Rhodes Town. Since it is a private tour, we can make slight changes for the program and departure time. If you wish to do so, please contact us after the booking.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$316.21
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Private Tour: Best of Rhodes in one day (Full Island Tour)

Private Tour: Best of Rhodes in one day (Full Island Tour)

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This Private Full Island Tour is an ideal opportunity to visit the best of Rhodes island in one day! On this trip we suggest you to visit: Lindos and/or Rhodes town & Old town depending on which side of the island you are staying, and main attractions on the way: Seven Springs, Tsambika Beach, Butterfly Valley or Filerimos. Since it is a private tour, we can make changes for the program and departure time. We can go up to the mountains and visit Embona, Siana villages and Monolithos or Kritinia. If you wish to do so, please contact us after the booking.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$396.02
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