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CYPRUS ‘The Isle of Aphrodite’ 8 days / 7 nights

Birthplace of Aphrodite, Cyprus has seduced and inspired generations of travelers.
From Mycenaean Greeks and invading Persians to sunburnt Crusaders, Ottoman pashas and latterly, British and Russian expats, each has left their mark. Yet as well as a complex, multilayered past, the word “Cyprus” also conjures up images of dazzling beaches, shimmering blue seas, endless summers and tables groaning under platters of meze and bottles of sweet chilled wine.

 

Program

Day 1 Paphos
Arrival at Paphos airport where our local guide will be waiting for you. We drive with our touring car to the center of Paphos, a real open-air museum. We walk through the center and visit the Tombs of the Kings, one of the most important archeological excavations on Cyprus and placed upon the list of UNESCO World Heritage. Though the name makes us presume something else, no king was buried here, only noblemen. Further on to the House of Dionysos where we pay special attention to the mosaic floors. They are seen as the most beautiful Eastern Mediteranean mosaics. We continue to our four star hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2 Paphos – Limassol – Paphos
After breakfast buffet we drive to Limassol. We stop at the birth rock of Aphrodite. According to the legend Aphrodite, goddess of beauty, jumped out of the waves onto this rock to be born. We continue our day in the Kourion site. The excavations of this city kingdom are the most valuable on this island, just the panoramic view alone is unforgettable. The site is known for the Greek-Roman theatre and the majestic villas with impressive mosaic floors. People think this beautiful city was destroyed by a series of earthquakes in the 7th century. On 1km of this site we find the sanctuary of Apollo. This was used from the 7th century BC till the 4th century AD. A part of the temple is wonderfully reconstructed. We take lunch in Limassol and discover this vibrant city. Return to the hotel in Paphos for dinner an overnight stay.


Day 3 Paphos – Troodos Mountains - Paphos
After our breakfast buffet we leave for the Troodos Mountains that are littered with Byzantine churches. We drive to Kakopetria where we visit the beautiful Agios Nikolaos church. Further on to the Kykkos Monastery, the richest and most lavishly ornamented monastery on Cyprus. The Orthodox monastery is based on a height of 1318 meter and shelters an unpayable icon of the Holy Virgin, painted by the apostle Paul. It is never shown to anybody but there are a lot of other interesting things to be seen in the monastery. Further to the Troodos Square for our lunch. In the afternoon we drive through a wonderful, bushy area to Omodhos, known as one of the best wine regions of the country. We walk through this tourist spot. Back to our hotel in Paphos for dinner and overnight stay.


Day 4 Paphos – Nicosia - Paphos
Today we visit Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus and one of the divided capitals of the world. The border, the Green Line, runs straight to the city from East to West and divides the city into a Cypriot and a Turkish part. In the Cypriot part we visit the Byzantine museum in the Archbishop’s palace, the archeological museum and the cathedral of Saint John. We cross over to Turkish Nicosia. We enter another world and walk alongside the mosque and Caravanserai. Back to the hotel in Paphos for dinner and overnight stay.


Day 5 Paphos
During our free day, we stay in the hotel to enjoy the facilities or we continue our discovery of Paphos. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.


Day 6 Paphos – Larnaca - Paphos
After breakfast we drive to Larnaca. On the way we visit Choirokoitia, one of the most important prehistorical sites in the Eastern Mediterranean. Further to the Byzantine Angeloktisti church in Kiti to the salt lake of Larnaca. On the border of the lake we find the mosque of Hala Sultan Tekke, founded in 1816. The tomb of Umm Haram, the step mom of the prophet Mohammed, would be located here. Larnaca is a vibrant port city with a beach boardwalk and numerous restaurants and terraces with a lot of historical sites. We visit the Church of St. Lazarus, one of the most important religious buildings on Cyprus and dating back from the 9th century AD. On the way back, just before Paphos, we visit the Church of Agia Paraskevik in Geroskipou, an absolute must see. This Byzantine church stands out due to the five domes that form a cross together. Dinner and overnight stay in our hotel in Paphos.


Day 7 Paphos – Latchi – Paphos
After breakfast we leave to Latchi, the port of the city Polis. From Latchi we make a boat trip to the “Fontana Amorosa”. From here we enjoy a wonderful view on the bay of Polis. After the boat trip we visit the Baths of Aphrodite, a hidden well in the rocks where Aphrodite, the goddess of love, came here to bathe with her lovers according to the legend. Lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch we visit the monastery of Agios Neophytos, clamped between the rocks. The church of this monastery is worth visiting because of its remarkable collection of frescos. Back to Paphos for dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 8 Paphos
After breakfast buffet, we check out and the touring car will take us back to the airport of Paphos, where we take our flight back home. End of our services.


Above rate include :

  • Accommodation at superior 4 star hotel
  • Services based on FB – breakfast lunch and dinner. Program starts with dinner on day 1 and ends with breakfast on day 8
  • 1 free tourleader in a single room
  • Professional guide during the whole stay
  • All sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Local transfers and transportation by modern air conditioned car
  • All service fees and VAT taxes


Not included in this price:

  • Flights to/from Cyprus
  • Personal Insurance
  • Customary tips to guides and crew
  • Items of personal nature, such as drinks, mini bar, telephone calls etc.