TROODOS MOUNTAINS / KIKKOS
The journey to Kykko highlights the contrasting scenery between the coast.
The pine-clad shoulders of the mountains lead to their summit Olympus (1,951 metres) that offers spectacular views in all directions. Amidst mountain slopes and pine trees is Kykko, the largest monastery in Cyprus.
It was founded in 1092 by the hermit, Isaias. In the monastery chapel is one of the three icons of Our Lady said to have been painted by St. Luke. Close to Kykko lies Throni, and the tomb of Archbishop Makarios, the first President of Cyprus who died in 1977. He chose his own burial place because it overlooked Kykko where he trained as a monk. The return journey is via Lania that is known locally as the village of the artists, as it is home to several, and its traditional architecture and cobbled streets bring out the “artist” in visitors with cameras or sketch pads.
* Please note, visitors to all monasteries are requested to be properly dressed. During the winter months, and Throni are visited only if weather conditions permit - if this is not possible, another monastery is visited
The journey heads eastwards to Limassol, stopping at Aphrodite’s Rock where the goddess of beauty and love emerged from the waves. We then pass through the British base Episkopi and the citrus groves of Phassouri to reach one of the island’s largest wineries. We’ll see how wine is produced and even try some well-known brands of Cypriot wine! There will be time to shop and enjoy lunch before visiting the Natural Sea Sponge exhibition and a local pottery. On our return we pass by Amathus and stop at the famous Greco-Roman site at Curium with its marvellous mosaics and open-air theatre which offers spectacular views in all directions.
Nicosia is a bustling European city with well-known stores that are perfect for enthusiastic shoppers. Archaeological Museum gives an insight into the island’s rich history that spans more than 9,000 years, or if you would rather, there is time to enjoy some shopping and exploring Laiki Yitonia the 19th century ‘folk neighbourhood’ with its souvenir shops and tavernas. After lunch the tour follows the ‘Green Line’ that divides Nicosia in two. We will then stop by the Archibishopric and visit the Cathedral of St. John, housing some outstanding frescoes. The journey continues to the picturesque village of Lefkara that is world famous for its lace and silverware.
AYIA NAPA / FAMAGOSTA
Travel eastwards to Famagusta, once the island’s most popular tourist destination. We will drive into the old town where free time will be given for a walk. We will then continue our trip towards the so called ‘ghost town’, inaccessible since the Turkish invasion of 1974. We will stop shortly, so that we see the abandoned Hotels of the town. Our tour continues to the ancient city of Salamis, with its well preserved Baths and theatre.
Continuing on to the free area we will have time for lunch by the harbor of Ayia Napa. There is also the chance to visit the 16th century Venetian monastery, located in the centre of the village, before returning to your Hotels.
FAMAGOSTA / KERYNIA
We cross the “Green Line” to the other side of Nicosia and wind our way up and over the Pentadaktylos Mountains with their spectacular views to visit the famous gothic Abbey of Bellapais. Spend time with us in the picturesque and historic port of Kyrenia including a tour of its medieval fortress and and take in the sights and sounds as you wander round the harbour area where free time is given for exploring and lunch.
All clients going on the excursion to Northern Cyprus must fill in a form provided by agency representatives and MUST present their passports.
NICOSIA / LEFKARA
Nicosia is a bustling European city with well-known stores that are perfect for enthusiastic shoppers. There is the chance to watch craftsmen in a jewellery workshop.
Archaeological Museum gives an insight into the island’s rich history that spans more than 9,000 years, or if you would rather, there is time to enjoy some shopping and exploring Laiki Yitonia the 19th century ‘folk neighbourhood’with its souvenir shops and tavernas.After lunch the tour follows the ‘Green Line’ that divides Nicosia in two. We will then stop by the Archibishopric and visit the Cathedral of St. John, housing some outstanding frescoes. The journey continues to the picturesque village of Lefkara that is world famous for its lace and silverware.
PAPHOS / CURIUM
The drive to Pafos reveals ever - changing scenery from vineyards and citrus groves to archaeological sites. Our first stop is at Curium. This Greco-Roman site sits on a clifftop high above the Mediterranean and its beautiful open-air theatre offers spectacular views in all directions. We then pass through Episkopi, the largest British base before enjoying time at Petra tou Romiou - Aphrodite’s birthplace, where the goddess is said to have been born from the waves. In Pafos we head straight for the House of Dionysos and its famous mosaics, that were found quite by accident in 1962! We pass the ruined castle of Saranta Kolones ‘Forty Columns’, and St. Paul’s Pillar, where the apostle is said to have been flogged when he and Barnabas brought Christianity to the island. We also pass the entrance to the catacombs of Ayia Solomoni, marked by a large terebinth tree laden with pieces of material. It is said that if someone is ill and their family ties material belonging to that person to one of the branches of this holy tree, they will be miraculously cured. After a stroll round the picturesque harbour we begin our return journey.
TROODOS MOUNTAINS / KYKKOS
This tour takes you through mountain villages and pine-clad hillsides just below the summit of Mount Olympus, which at 1,952 metres is the highest point on the island. From there we travel to Throni to see the tomb of Archbishop Makarios, who became the first President of the Republic of Cyprus when it gained its independence in 1960. Throni offers spectacular views across the mountains. We then visit Kykko the island’s largest and most spectacular monastery and there is the chance to see the precious icon of Our Lady with the infant Christ that is said to have been painted by the apostle, Luke. As we return to Limassol we visit the pretty village of Omodos well known for its wines and intricate lace work. It is very picturesque as its white stone houses line the cobbled streets around the Monastery of the Holy Cross.
* Please note, visitors to all monasteries are requested to be properly dressed. During the winter months, Kykko Monastery and Throni are visited only if weather conditions permit, if not another monastery is visited.
AYIA NAPA / FAMAGOSTA : see programm from Paphos.
Our trip to Nicosia, begins in a jewellery workshop, as Cyprus is well known for its’ jewellery. From there we go to the Cyprus Archaeological Museum containing priceless artefacts of the islands past.
Alternatively you may prefer to spend time in the city΄s excellent shopping centre and to explore Laiki Yitonia - ‘the people’s neighbourhood’, which was built in the 19th century and recently restored with tavernas and craft workshops. After lunch we pass by the Green Line which divides the city in two, the 16th century Venetian Walls, the Gate of Famagusta and the monument of Freedom. Afterwards, we visit the Cathedral of St. John decorated with outstanding frescoes and the Byzantine Museum, which houses the largest collection of icons on the island
FROM AYIA NAPA / PROTARAS:
NICOSIA : see programm from Larnaca.
FAMAGOSTA / KERYNIA : see programm from Larnaca.