The fascinating world of bees

The fascinating world of bees
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The fascinating world of bees

Your introduction to this fascinating world begins at the Bee Museum of Rhodes, where you’ll immerse yourself in a variety of interactive exhibits. Satisfy your curiosity as a National Geographic guide leads you through the history of beekeeping in the South Aegean islands. Watch bustling beehive life through transparent observation hives and discover intriguing facts about pollination and apitherapy—the medicinal use of bee products. You’ll also learn various simple ways to protect these creatures so crucial to our planet’s ecosystem.
Then, follow your guide to a private seminar room, where you’ll take part in a hands-on honey extraction simulation. Practice professional techniques like honeycomb scratching and use tools, such as manual extractors, to fill empty jars. When you finish, sample and savor local honey offerings, which feature complex varieties like pine, thyme and erica. Plus, try the famous Melekouni, a traditional sweet snack from Rhodes! 

After the tasting, walk next door to an active apiary, where you’ll wear a protective suit and examine an open hive with an experienced beekeeper. Surrounded by happy buzzing, you’ll learn about important tools, such as frames, smokers, and scrapers, as well as gain a practical understanding of how bee colonies are organized.

As the trip ends, you’ll drive back to the port with a new understanding of the humble honeybee, our planet’s ecosystem and what you can do to protect it.

Note
Based on our commitment to sustainable tourism, this National Geographic Day Tour is certified against the Global Sustainable Tourism Council criteria. Moreover, a portion of the proceeds from this National Geographic Day Tour will go back to the National Geographic Society to fund research and sustainable programs around the world.

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