In our previous post, we bid farewell to Meis for a while and said we hope to still go there again in the future on a day trip or overnight stay. Yesterday was very possibly our last visa trip for the foreseeable future so we decided to return to the Greek island of Rhodes; an island we haven't been to in over three years.
Getting across to Rhodes from Fethiye is very simple since there is a catamaran that leaves from Fethiye harbour (opposite the police station on the Karagözler). In high season, the aim is that this is a daily service but if you've read our post about the last time we tried to book a day trip to Rhodes from Fethiye, you'll know that it never quite works like that. At the moment, the Aegean Queen catamaran is leaving three times a week.
Early morning on Fethiye harbourWe've been itching to try out the Aegean Queen ever since she appeared in Fethiye harbour last year. As someone who isn't keen on choppy waters, she looks a lot more sturdy than the Flying Poseidon hydrofoil which used to make the crossing to Rhodes from Fethiye.
The interior of the Aegean QueenThe interior is as you'd expect; not too much different than the Flying Poseidon except of course, the Aegean Queen is much wider with seats arranged in rows of 3, 4, 4, 3. There's also a shop selling hot and cold drinks and snacks. We would have liked to have gone upstairs to sit in the upper salon but this was closed off yesterday.
Docked on the Greek island of RhodesSometimes, there is a benefit to the heavy, humid weather that Fethiye is experiencing at the moment - no breeze equals no waves. We had a flat crossing and were in a bright and sunny Rhodes 1 hour and 50 minutes after leaving Fethiye. The trip is advertised as a 90 minute crossing which isn't a fib - you just have to give them a bit of leeway and add a few minutes extra for manoeuvring in and out the ports and anchoring.
Marmaris Express docked in the harbour on RhodesOther visitors to Rhodes from Turkey had already arrived on the Marmaris Express. If you're in this area of Turkey, the crossing from Marmaris is only 45 minutes. We've been to Rhodes on the Maramaris Express in the past and it's very similar to the Aegean Queen.
Hydrofoil from Bodrum in the harbour at RhodesWe were also surprised to see this hydrofoil anchored in front of our catamaran. Resembling the Flying Poseidon, this vessel had made the journey from Bodrum. Visitors to Bodrum usually make a short journey and hop over to the Greek island of Kos. It appears Rhodes is also an option but I'd guess crossing time is well over 2 hours.
We've got a few posts lined up about Rhodes that we'll sprinkle into the blog over the coming weeks - it's a Greek island that's a shock to the system when your mindset has become accustomed to laid back Meis.
- We booked our trip from Fethiye to Rhodes with Yeşil Dalyan, owners of the Aegean Queen. Their office is on the main road on the Karagözler,opposite Fethiye marina. Other travel agents offer the trip via Yeşil Dalyan but you may be charged a small commission fee for the booking.
- At the time of writing, a same-day return costs 60 Euros per person. If you are making the trip to renew your tourist visa, the cost is 40 Euros per person and then £10 / 15 Euros for your new visa on arrival in Fethiye. Make sure you know which days the Aegean Queen is running so you don't overstay your visa. (As you may already know, visa rules are set to change. We will update this post as soon as we know definite information about the changes.)
- If you're off to do a bit of Greek island hopping, a one way journey will set you back 50 Euros.
- When booking any of these trips, you need to book at least one day in advance and take your passport with you to make the booking. The travel agent will take a photocopy of your passport and the photocopy will then be forwarded to the passport police. You will then be registered on the trip.
- Don't forget your passport on the day of your trip or else you won't be going anywhere! Your passport will be stamped on exit and re-entry to Turkey. British tourist visas for Turkey are multiple-entry so providing you won't be exceeding your 90 days for the remainder of your stay, you won't need to pay another £10 on arrival.
- Weather permitting, the catamaran leaves Fethiye at 9am and arrives in Rhodes at around 10:30 - 10:45. It leaves Rhodes at 4:30.
- All visiting passenger vessels from Turkey dock in Mandraki Harbour, directly opposite Rhodes Old Town.