Wine, Olive Oil, Honey Tasting Tour & Butterfly Valley
from 60.00€

A unique opportunity to visit Butterfly Valley and taste local wine, olive oil, honey at the best wineries in Rhodes by comfortable, air-conditioned bus and an English speaking guide.

Departure: 10:00.     Return: 15:00.

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  • Wine, Olive Oil, Honey Tasting Tour & Butterfly Valley

    On this guided wine, olive oil and honey tasting tour, taste up to 15 different wine varieties, sample extra virgin olive oil and honey from the local farmers, and take a behind-the-scenes look of the famous CAIR winery of Rhodes.

    After wine, olive oil and honey tasting you will have free time at Butterfly Valley (in Greek “Petaloúdes”), where every year, at the end of the wet season (late May), thousands of butterflies attracted by the scent of the Oriental Sweetgum trees cover the entire landscape. 

    Apart from this unique nature reserve's aesthetic value, it is also the site of the only natural forest of "Liquidambar orientalis" (Oriental Sweetgum trees) in Europe, and a resting point for the "Jersey tiger" (Panaxia Quadripunctaria), a nocturnal moth. An excellent place for families with children who wish to enjoy the beauties of nature and examine the life cycle of butterflies as part of their summer holiday.

    Local Wine Traditions
    Winery in Rodos follows a tradition of 2,400 years! A story from those early days tells how the Cretans, jealous of Rodos' fame for high quality wine, copied Rodian amphorae in an attempt to pass off their own wine as Rodian.

    In order to eliminate poorer quality grapes, Rodians destroyed vineyards on the Lindos side, where the climate is too hot and dry and now all the growing is concentrated on the western side, around the village of Embonas. Here many small vineyards are located in specific cooler microclimates where granite stones in the soil helps by increasing humidity which in turn improves the flavor. "Athiri", a very old local variety of white grape, is grown in vineyards on lower slopes below Embonas while mountain regions produce a better quality of red grape.

    The Company Agricultural Industry of Rhodes (CAIR) was started by the Italians in 1928. Now Greek owned and operated, the company produced (in 1992) a special white wine "Rodos 2400", to celebrate the foundation of the city of Rhodes. Vineyards are specially selected for the quality of grapes used under each specific label and are constantly monitored. The cooperative is proud of a track record that includes the preservation of the island's winemaking legacy, shepherding the establishment of the island's appellation status in 1971 and competing successfully in the Greek market during the quality revolution of the past two decades.

    CAIR's wine is produced on two sites. The original site, in Rhodes city, produces "Chevalier", "llios" and "Retsina" while the remaining labels now come from the new plant near just outside the city, where the latest technology is employed.

    "Ilios" - Dry white wine from the "Athiri" grape. 
    "Chevalier de Rodos" - Dry red wine from the "Mandilaria". Locals say that it the same wine drunk by the 'Knights'. 
    "Platoni" - A white, rose or red table wine from the "Athiri" and "Mandilaria" grapes. 
    "Moulin" - A white, rose, red, dry and semi-dry table wine. Produced from a mix of varieties including "Cabernet Sauvignon" and "Grenache". The semi-dry white and rose, with a light, delicate flavour are particularly palatable with a meal or on their own. 
    "Rodos 2400" - A dry white wine from the "Athiri" grape, full of fruits flavors. 
    "Arxontiko" ("Chateau") - A dry red wine from a mix of grapes. Lovers of red wines will appreciate the subtle hint of blackcurrant - best of the reds! 
    "Muscat de Rodos" - A sweet white wine of the "Moschato" variety. 
    "Amandia" - Sweet red wine. 
    "Retsina" - Natural resin and the "Athiri" grape combined to make this an excellent lightly resinated crisp white wine. 
    "CAIR Brut & Demi-Sec" - A very drinkable sparkling wine from the "Athiri" grape. 
    "Nisiotikos" -  Available in large as well as standard size bottles, this white, rose or red wine is ideal for general use.

    From the traditional tastes as its excellent retsina to its famous sweet muscat wines and from its champions in the quality/price ratio to the "young people" bottles as the "Maestro" or the prestigious cabernet bottles of "Kellaria ton Ippoton". All these wines are available for purchase by the bottle directly from the cellars of the old factory in very competing prices.

    Another local winery which we are going to visit is next to the Butterfly Valley. This winery was established in 1995 and later in 2002 they moved here to this beautiful location overlooking their vineyards. In the beginning they started with only two types of wine and now they are producing more than 10 different types: "Athiri", red wine "Mandilari", "Muscat", "Cabernet Sauvignon" and many more. This local winery is also producers of "Souma" (distillate of wine) and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. For the vineyards and wines they are using only biological growth and biological process. 

    Departure information

    Check-in: If you do not need a transfer, and you are coming to the meeting point by yourself - you have to come for a check-in from 09:15 until 09:45 to our meeting point at Gallias str. 2 (in front of Benneton shop). Check the meeting point on Google Maps.

    Departure: Every Day at 10:00 from the Meeting Point in Rhodes town.
    Return: 15:00.

  • Tour Important Info

    Check-in: If you do not need a transfer, and you are coming to the meeting point by yourself - you have to come for a check-in from 09:15 until 09:45 to our meeting point at Gallias str. 2 (in front of Benetton shop, look for our flag). Check the meeting point on Google Maps.

    Terms and Conditions

    Payment: You do not need a credit card to book this tour. Once you will make a booking online, you will get a booking confirmation/voucher to your email. You will pay all the amount for the tour, on the tour day.

    Cancelation: You can cancel the tour one week before the tour date. In order to cancel the tour, please send us an email to info@tourtlee.com.

    Tour conditions: This tour is combined as a bus tour and a walking tour. The food and entrance fees to the museums and Butterfly Valley (extra 5 euros) is not included in price. Wine tasting is included in the price.

    Children and infants: Children up to 12 years - 50% discount. Infants up to 5 years old - for free, must sit on the lap.

    Bus transfer to the meeting point is not included in the price. You can come to the meeting point by yourself, or we can pick you up for extra cost - from 5€ to 20€ per person (both ways) depending on the distance from the meeting point to your hotel:
    - Bus transfer from: Rhodes city, Ixia, Iallisos, Kremasti, Faliraki, Kalithea, Koskinou, Kremasti is extra 7€ per person (hotel-meeting point-hotel).
    - Bus transfer from South: Lindos, Pefkos, Kalathos, Gennadi, Kiotari, Kolymbia, Archangelos, Afandou, Lardos is extra 20€ per person (hotel-meeting point-hotel).

      • Rachel
        September 19, 2017

        My husband and myself had a fantastic time on this trip. The guides were very knowledgeable, as well as being passionate about the island and preserving the local environment and culture. One word of advice, make sure you have a hearty breakfast before setting off! There is a lot of wine to taste and no lunch stop. I would highly recommend this trip as something a bit different from the usual bus tours. A bit more expensive but worth it in my opinion.

      • Megan
        July 5, 2018

        We had already had a very positive experience with this company on our day trip boat ride to Symi.... an excellent, well organised & pleasant time, on a picturesque island. George was our driver to & from our apartment, and after chatting with him for a few minutes, it was obvious that he was a polite, very knowledgeable man who spoke excellent English. We discussed our plans for the coming days and mentioned the Bee Museum. George suggested that a tour with him would be cheaper than a taxi to the location. He also suggested that we may take in some wine tasting and an olive oil producer too. We were keen to go to the Bee Museum but not keen on wine tasting - and so we ended up with a personal ‘custom tour’ with George as our driver and guide. We visited the Bee Museum which was excellent, then we went to a pottery producer -again excellent, then onto an olive and olive products outlet, also excellent. We then went off the tourist trail to a small village where we had a leisurely break with our first experience of Greek coffee, served with a lump of Quince jelly/jam as a sweetener. At all times George gave us his full attention, gave polite and informative narrative to the various sites we saw, and we had a fantastic trip. He was a careful attentive driver and took us through some lovely Rhodean countryside. We highly recommend this company, and George, as a great way to get a really easy going enjoyable touring experience, and with the added bonus of good value for money.

      • Andrew
        July 5, 2018

        Made my holidays! Had amazing wine tasting tour. It was really great experience to see wine making behind the scene. I never had experience to see how they grow grapes in the village. Had a chance to compare small family winery and a bigger one, honey association was very interesting and Sweet as well. Next day had a great trip to Symi island with them.Transfer was just in front of the hotel, comfy minibus, boat was not packed and we had a great time in St.Georges bay, swimming stop was just what we needed after the hot day in Symi town . 3rd day we took a trip to Lindos by bus and it was spectacular wiev and a lot of history around us . Highly recommending this company one of my best experiences while i was traveling.

      • Виталие
        July 5, 2018

        качество и низкие цены Доброво времени суток! Забронировал я 3 тура через Tourtlee...К моему удивлению,за такую цену,сервис и сами туры были удивительными!Отвезли на первый тур на СИМИ,рассказали что и как,на Butterfly valley and wine tasting(далина бабочек и дегустация вина,музеи мёда и демонстрацию изготовления керамических изделий),3-ий тур был в Линдосе,где ребята рассказали и показали всё самое интересное.На Родосе они Номер 1! Рекомендую!

      • Zheka
        July 5, 2018

        Всем рекомендуем!!! Спасибо огромное! Всем остались очень довольны!)))) Очень понравился Родос. Все на высшем уровне )

      • Дмитрий
        July 5, 2018

        Like it very much. Очень понравилось, русскоязычный гид со знанием своей работы. Все рассказали и показали красивые места

      • Catie
        July 5, 2018

        Wine honey and olive oil tasting with valley of the butterflies. We have just had the most amazing day. Me my husband and 6 year old son did a tour with this amazing company. We where picked up at our hotel in a super clean mini bus and taken to butterfly valley which was very scenic and then headed to a family run winery, here we tasted about 6 wines and 3 different honeys, we tried there olive oil and olive pastes which where all amazing. We then drove to the bee museum my son loved this. Here we sampled 6 different honeys and a honey wine and honey rum. After we drove to a bigger winery called C.a.i.r and sampled about 8 different wines accompanied by cheese salami and bread. The guide Andreas was very knowledgeable and friendly and went out of his way to provide information not only about the tour but about local restaurants and the best Things to see in rhodes and provided his number if we needed help and advice while we where here Amazing customer care.

      • Martin
        July 5, 2018

        super besser geht nicht. es werden die besten Tagesausflüge der Insel angeboten, und das auch noch günstig. Die Anbieter und Tourguides sind einheimische die sich richtig auskennen und so eben ein besseres Bild der Insel vermitteln, Die Preise sind günstig weil keiner der großen Touristikkonzerne Verdient. Die Buchung ist einfach und zuverlässsig in fast allen Hotels an der Rezeption möglich. Ich habe Drei Tourenmit der Firma gemacht, alles super, besser geht nicht.

      • Kay
        July 5, 2018

        Great service bu local experts! I booked boat trip to Symi with swimming, Lindos by bus and wine tasting tour with Tourtlee. We were pick up in front of our hotel. Their prices are the best on the island and ic you compare to the big tour operators they have half price. We totally reccoment Tourtlee and next year we will book again more tours. THANK YOU Tourtlee!!!!!

      • Kostas
        July 5, 2018

        We booked wine tasting tour and it was amazing. Visited butterfly valley two wineries and honey museum. We tasted sixteen wines, different kind of honeys and local delicatessen next to the wines. I totally recommend Tourtlee for professionalism. I give them ten out of ten!!!!!!

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