Cyprus Discovery Tour

with Martin Charlton
TOURCODE: MCCY

Duration:
14 Days

Activity Level:
2

When To Go:
Apr

Countries Visited:
1

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Max Group Size:
Never more than 18

Tour Style:
Cultural

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  Overnight in: Limassol, Kalopanagiotis, Nicosia, Larnaca, Paphos

Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides.

  • Small group sizes to help escape the beaten path.
  • All-inclusive with top-rated restaurants and hotels.
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Countries Visited: 1 Activity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural

From south to north, mountain to shore, this tour will chart the history and heritage of 'Aphrodite’s Island' via classical temples, Byzantine chapels, Venetian castles, and hidden villages. We will visit monuments and museums on both sides of Nicosia’s divide, as well as the Troodos Mountains, spectacular Roman ruins, legendary Aphrodite’s Rock, and the catacombs and colourful mosaics of Paphos.

This is an island that is divided both physically and emotionally, and during our tour you will discover the country’s history from its early settlement to the many civilizations that have since followed.

 


 

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Optional Single Supplement: $1090 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $545 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.

 


 

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Day 1 Arrival in Larnaca, Cyprus
Welcome to Cyprus!*

Our start hotel is located in Limassol, with its beautiful old town.

* The best international airport at which to arrive is Larnaca (LCA).

Overnight in Limassol.

Included Meal(s): Dinner



Day 2 Limassol & the Kingdom of Kourion
The start of our journey today takes us along the islands' fertile southern coast to the ancient Kingdom of Kourion - situated on one of the most spectacular sites in the island. This area was continuously occupied from the Neolithic period until the Late Roman period and later, although it is largely a Hellenistic and Roman city that is visible today on the acropolis on the Kourion bluff that overlooks the sea.

The extensive archaeological ruins here include well-preserved mosaics, and a magnificent Greco Roman amphitheatre dating from the 2nd Century BC - famous for its vistas of the Mediterranean Sea. This site is also renowned for its preserved mosaic floors in the House of Eustolios, the House of Achilles and the House of the Gladiators.

From here we pass through the Fasouri citrus plantations and come across the medieval castle of Kolossi. Kolossi Castle was built during the 13th century, not long after the island was conquered by the Crusaders. Kolossi Castle was once an important military stronghold and notable economic center due to the fertile agricultural land of the surrounding area (still productive today). The best-known of these is the Commandaria, a dessert wine from Cyprus regarded to be one of the oldest manufactured wines in the world.

We end our day back at Limassol (also called Lemesos), the second largest city in Cyprus, the island’s main port, and the centre of the wine industry of the island. Limassol traces its history to the Middle Ages and takes its name from being situated between (anamesa) the ancient Kingdom of Kourion and Amathus. According to tradition, the medieval Castle of Limassol is where King Richard the Lionheart of England married Princess Berengaria of Navarre in the castle’s small chapel in 1192. Our city touring will start from the most modern and recently built part of Limassol - the Marina, with its boutiques, yachts, bars and restaurants. Our walking tour will lead us through the Old Port of Limassol and the promenade on the way to the beautiful Ayia Napa Church - located in the heart of Limassol old town district. We will visit the medieval Castle of Limassol. Wrapped around the Limassol castle, the historic center combines beautiful old buildings in combination with modern architecture.

Overnight in Limassol.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 3 Omodos - Troodos - Kykkos - Kalopanagiotis
This morning we depart for our exploration of the Troodos mountains - the largest mountain range in Cyprus stretching cross a third of the island. Within the mountains and valleys of Troodos are scenic villages offering a taste of Cyprus’ traditional architecture, decorated with cobbled streets and oozing with charm and hospitality.

The island’s largest mountain range, the Troodos, reaches 1,952 meters at Olympus peak. Dense pine and cedar stretches from the Paphos forest all the way to the Macheras monastery outside Nicosia. Rural Cyprus is scattered with small and picturesque villages, each with its own character and local legends. From the wine producing villages outside north of Limassol and Paphos to the forest encircled communities of Platres and Kakopetria, Troodos is home to hundreds of churches, monasteries and heritage sites as well as leading wineries, restaurants and tavernas that give the visitor a taste of the real Cyprus.”

Here we will enjoy a walk (approximately 2 miles / 3km) along one of the many nature trails found in the Troodos National Forest Park. More than 20 designated walking trails have been created to highlight the beautiful landscapes and strong Mediterranean character of the island, and by enjoying a walk here we can appreciate the treasure trove of varied fauna and flora, as well as the remnants of the island’s heritage and interesting monuments.

With a history dating 6,000 years back Cyprus has to offer a rich history. The wine villages in Troodos are perhaps the most renowned on the island. Omodos is a traditional Cypriot wine producing village that was once the property of Sir John De Brie, Prince of Galilee. The village is renowned for its Monastery of the Holy Cross – one of the oldest and most historic monasteries of Cyprus. Apart from its byzantine era icons, it holds excellent wood carvings and other ecclesiastical objects of interest, as well as a small national museum.

Cyprus has an ideal climate for growing grapes, and Omodos has a long tradition in wine making – a true art on this island. In addition to its vineyards, the village is also home to the Omodos Wine Press (Linos tou Charilaou), a stunning medieval artifact. We will stop and sample the local wines and liqueurs: a selection of white and red wines, the famous Commandaria desert wine and of course Zivania. We can make a break here for a traditional meze lunch in one of the local taverns, and this allowing you to sample and savor the ‘taste of Cyprus’.

Kykkos is the richest and most significant monastery on the island. Founded in 1100 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it possesses one of the three surviving icons ascribed to St. Luke and it’s famous ecclesiastical museum houses icons and objects from the Byzantine era.

Our overnight point is a beautiful village and a popular summer resort, thanks to its charming character and breathtaking scenery of pine forests that stretch across the Karkotis Valley. The old quarter of the village with its narrow, stone paved alleys and its traditional houses with their wooden balconies have been restored has been declared a protected cultural heritage site.

Overnight in Kalopanagiotis Village.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 4 Byzantine Churches
We will start our day with a short walk in Kalopanayiotis. After exploring the mill we will cross the bridge to the other side of the river Setrachos and walk along the narrow trail in the shade of the forest where we can see the Venetian bridge and natural sulphur springs.

The monastery of Agios Ioannis Lampadistis is situated in a central area of the Troodos mountain range in the valley of Marathasa. This is a complex of three churches: Agios Irakleidios, Ioannis Lambadistis and a Latin chapel all under a single pitched roof, and today the church is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A drive through the picturesque villages continues on to our next visit in the village of Pedhoulas. Here was can visit the church of Archangel Michael in Pedoulas – also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dating back to 1474. It has a pitched wooden roof that is typical of the Troodos churches, and the paintings here are in the local post-Byzantine style that was popular prior to Venetian rule.

At Kakopetria village we can see the church of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis which stands completely painted with murals dating from the 11th to the 17th century, and today is considered one of the most interesting Byzantine churches on the island.

Overnight in Kalopanagiotis Village.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 5 Nicosia: The Medieval Capital
Today we enjoy a full-day tour of Nicosia, or Lefkosia, situated roughly at the centre of the island, with a rich history that can be traced back to the Bronze Age. Thought to have originated as a small town (Ledra) established by Lefkonas, son of Ptolemy I in 300 BC, Nicosia grew significantly under the Byzantines. Its inland position, protected by the island’s two main mountain ranges, kept it safe from attack from the sea, and well placed for the political and religious administration of the country.

Today the city brilliantly blends its historic past with the bustle of a modern city. The heart of the city, enclosed by the 16th century Venetian walls, is dotted with museums, ancient churches and medieval buildings preserving the nostalgic atmosphere of years past. The famous Famagusta Gate still stands today, proudly protecting the still ancient town within from the modern city without.

We will enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the capital of Cyprus, and will visit the prominent Archaeological museum situated within the forbidding Venetian walls. Here we find a fascinating collection of Cypriot antiquities and treasures from the Neolithic age to the Early Byzantine period.

From there, we will drive to the cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and its 18th Century wall paintings; depicting scenes from the Bible and the discovery of the tomb of St. Barnabas in Salamis.

We pass by Laiki Geitonia and stroll at leisure down its stone paved streets and enjoy a break for lunch along Ledras Street.

Crossing into the northern part of Nicosia we will visit Ayia Sophia (from outside) dating from 1209. This is perhaps one of the most beautiful and impressive historical monuments in Cyprus, with its architectural style resembling French medieval cathedrals. After the military conflict in 1974, when Cyprus was divided into two parts, Saint Sophia (renamed Selimiye Mosque) was taken over by the occupied northern part of Cyprus, and since 1975 has been the main place of worship for Muslims and known as the Selimiye Mosque.

We will explore Büyük Khan, one of the most important architectural works of the Ottoman period, and the largest caravanserai of the island. If we are lucky we will be able to witness a Whirling Dervish performance when here.

Overnight in Nicosia.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 6 Exploring Kyrenia
Today we enjoy a full day exploring Kyrenia and Bellapais Village.

Kyrenia Harbour is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful locations in North Cyprus and one of the prettiest in the Mediterranean.... with its horseshoe-shaped harbour dominated by Kyrenia Castle. The town itself was founded in the 10th century BC, one of Cyprus’s original city kingdoms. Its location on the north coast, only 40 miles from the Turkish mainland, meant that it soon developed as a major trading centre. The harbour-front buildings were once warehouses, and leading off the harbour are the narrow streets of the old town.

After passing through the checkpoint to cross the border into the North, our first stop will be the Saint Hilarion Castle - the best preserved ruin of the three former strongholds in Pentadaktylos. Perched high in the Kyrenia mountain range, overlooking the Mediterranean and the surrounding areas of the North Cyprus landscape, stands the castle of St Hilarion. Providing the castle with command of the pass road from Kyrenia to Nicosia, Hilarion is the best preserved ruin of the three former strongholds in the Kyrenia mountain range, the others being Kantara and Buffavento. Much of the castle was dismantled by the Venetians in the 15th century to reduce the up-keeping cost of garrisons.

We continue to Bellapais situated east of Kyrenia. The tranquil and beautiful village stands in the Kyrenia mountain range with breathtaking views, tiny streets and ancient buildings around every corner. The main feature of Bellapais village is undoubtedly its wonderful abbey.

We will have a visit around the Bellapais Abbey which is a fine example of Gothic architecture of the Lusignan period. Our last visit, will be the scenic harbour and the Kyrenia Castle which houses two interesting museums; the museum of Kyrenia and the shipwreck museum where one of the oldest known shipwrecks in the world is exhibited.

Overnight Nicosia.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 7 Athienou & Larnaca Exploration
Our adventure today starts with a visit to the village of Athienou, one of only a few villages which are located in the United Nations Buffer Zone. Athienou is encircled by the buffer zone, in a crescent shape ironically, leaving it somewhat isolated. The Khani tou Mestana 'caravanserai' of Athienou, built in the second half of the 19th century, has survived and has recently been restored. It was used by those traveling between Larnaca to Nicosia.

Athienou has a rich wheat growing and bread-making history, and is famous for its delicious traditional bread – known locally as ‘Athienitiko’ - and its pastries, and during our time here we will visit the mill and observe the traditional methods of bread making. Bread production here covers the needs of all Cyprus and is even exported abroad. The same applies to the many dairy products produced in the village.

We will make a break for lunch at a local restaurant. The traditional ofto kleftiko (roast lamb) of Athienou is delicious, having been cooked in traditional outdoor wood fire ovens, in clay pots or metal baking trays. “Ofto” means baked, while “Kleftiko” means stolen. Why stolen? Animal stealing was an old custom observed among shepherds throughout Cyprus. A stolen animal every now and then was often considered a case of “tolerated theft” as such practices were perceived as a form of “food sharing”.

Our touring then takes us then to the city of Larnaca. Built on the ruins of Kition, as the town used to be known, Larnaca was one of the several ancient city kingdoms of the island and is located at the southeast cape of the island. During the beginning of the 2nd century BC. Cyprus needed ports in order to satisfy the increasing marine needs, the merchant trades of the world then and the increasing export of copper from Cyprus towards other well-known civilisations. Larnaca was at an excellent geographical position for easy access to Syria, Palestine, the Aegean and Egypt. The town’s heyday was as an ancient city kingdom established by the Mycenaean Greeks in the 13th century BC, when it enjoyed the dual position of rich sea port and major centre of the copper trade. Remains of that period excavated in recent years can be seen in its Cyclopean walls and a complex of Mycenaean temples at the ancient Kition site.

We will visit of the Tekke Mosque of Hala Sultan, an important place of pilgrimage for the island’s Muslims. After our city tour we will visit the cathedral of St. Lazarus (the first bishop of Kition) originally built in 900 AD with three large domes and decorated with an impressive iconostasis.

Overnight in Larnaca.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 8 Discovering The Ammochostos Region
This morning we will cross the border in Strovilia and head to Salamis, the great city founded in the 11th century BC. The spectacular ruins here include its magnificent amphitheatre, Roman baths, gymnasium and royal tombs known as the Necropolis of Salamis. Salamis was believed to have been the capital of Cyprus as far back as 1100 BC, in the late Bronze Age. A large city located on the eastern side of the island north of Famagusta, it survived successive occupations by many dominant groups over the course of its history, including Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians and Romans, but eventually succumbed to the forces of nature. Today this site extends over an area of one square mile extending along the North Cyprus coast and inland, revealing a glimpse back into time whilst still hiding its core, buried and yet revealed.

Just inland one finds the church of St. Barnabas, the founder of the apostolic church in Cyprus in 45 AD. The church is now an icon museum.

We then continue our visit to Kantara Castle - one of the three crusader castles on the Pentadaktylos Mountain. At 700m above sea level, this castle commands the Mesaoria Plains and Karpasia Peninsula. Whilst it is widely believed that the castle was built to protect the coastline from Arab raids that took place in the 7th Century, the first time Kantara is mentioned in written records is when Richard the Lionheart conquered Cyprus in 1191. Our visit reveals the ruins of the old defensive emplacements, accommodation facilities for soldiers, water cisterns, vaulted rooms, watch towers and of course breath-taking views of the northern shoreline.

In the afternoon we will return to Larnaca for dinner and overnight.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 9 Exploring Famagusta & the Karpas Peninsula
Today we will enjoy a visit to Famagusta (Ammochostos), once one of the most fortified ports of the Mediterranean enjoys a history spanning thousands of years. This major port in the Turkish Cypriot-administered portion of Northern Cyprus lies on the island’s east coast in a bay between Capes Greco and Eloea and possesses the deepest harbour in Cyprus. Famagusta is a Frankish corruption of its Greek name, which means “buried in the sand,” descriptive of the silted mouth of the Pedieos River north of the town.

To the northeast of North Cyprus lies the 'Panhandle', or Karpas Peninsula (also spelled Karpaz), stretching from near Famagusta to the northern-most tip of Cyprus. The Karpas region is rich in subterranean water reservoirs, so crops including fruit, olives and tobacco are grown in abundance, although in many of the small villages dotted around the region a tractor is still a novelty and many jobs still rely on traditional horse-drawn tools. The other main source of income for the region now is fishing. The northern and eastern shores have some of the most beautiful and deserted beaches in North Cyprus.

The Karpas covers a substantial part of the island, and our day will include a visit to the Monastery of Apostolos Andreas, located on the Karpas Peninsula and dedicated to the Apostle Andreas. This is one of the most important religious sites in Cyprus. The easternmost monastery on the island of Cyprus, for hundreds of years it has served as an important resting place for followers of the Orthodox faith on the pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The oldest surviving part of the monastery is the small 15th century chapel which was built close to the shore.

In Famagusta we will visit Othello's Castle, and its 14th century Gothic Hall, well known for its association with William Shakespeare's best known play. Historians date it to the years of Lusignan King James, who built it to protect the harbour of the town. During the same time, the Genovese occupied Famagusta and the Lusignans had to develop another major port for the needs of their kingdom.

We will make a break for lunch in the old town of Famagusta before continuing with our exploration of the old city with its walls, marketplace, Venetian Palace and St. Nicholas Cathedral (now Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque).

In the afternoon we return to Larnaca.

Overnight in Larnaca.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 10 Lefkara & Choirokoitia / Cheese & Honey!
Today we visit the village of Lefkara, renowned for its unique architecture, charming narrow streets and limestone built houses. The village takes its name from the white of its silica and limestone; Lefkara is derived from a combination of the Greek words " lefka " and ori. " We will walk through the narrow winding streets and discover the silversmiths and the lace makers, whose designs follow the time honoured traditions of their forefathers. The tradition of lace-making in the village of Lefkara in southeastern Cyprus dates back to at least the fourteenth century. Wandering the beautiful alleys of the tiny village reveals good examples of the area’s architecture: houses built with horizontal layers of limestone interspersed with pebbles. This is one of the few villages in Cyprus where the houses are built almost entirely of local white stone, which contrasts beautifully with the terra cotta roofs. We can enjoy a nice Cyprus coffee with Loukoumi at one of the village coffee shops. Look out for the traditional 'honey balls' - locally produced tiny donuts.

During our touring we will visit a beekeeping farm where you will have a chance to learn more about the local honey industry and preparation process. At the honey extraction and bottling laboratory you will have the chance to taste different types of locally produced honey.

A stop in a local village provides us with the opportunity to find out more about traditional Cypriot cheeses - notably, the local Halloumi. The white, semi-hard cheese has been produced in Cyprus for centuries and is traditionally prepared with a precise quantity of goat or sheep’s milk, mainly sourced from the same villages that produce it, in order to qualify as authentic Halloumi. In older times, the process for making halloumi played a particular social role in the lives of rural people as it constituted a collaborative activity between village families and neighbours, especially amongst the women. During our time here you may also have the opportunity to see some of the local basket weaving techniques.

We then continue to Choirokitia, the oldest Neolithic settlement in Cyprus and one of the best preserved prehistoric sites of the eastern Mediterranean - occupied from the 7th to the 4th millennium B.C. The remains and finds from the excavations of this important prehistoric site have thrown much light on the evolution of human society in this region. Excavations have shown that the settlement consisted of circular houses built from mudbrick and stone with flat roofs and that it was protected by successive walls. Five characteristic cylindrical shaped dwellings have been reconstructed near the settlement, using the same construction methods and materials used in Neolithic times.

Before ending the day we will stop at Petra tou Romiou - Aphrodite’s mythical birthplace. This interesting geological formation of huge rocks along one of the most beautiful coastlines on the island is located on the southwest coast of the Pafos (Paphos) district.

In the afternoon we continue to Paphos for our overnight.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 11 Akamas Peninsula Exploration
From Paphos we head a short distance north to the Monastery of Ayios Neophytos - founded at the end of the 12th century by the Cypriot hermit and writer Neophytos. The monastery contains an ecclesiastical museum and some of the most beautiful icons of the Post-Byzantine period of the 16th century. The Enkleistra, an enclosure carved out of the mountain by the hermit, contains some of the finest Byzantine frescoes dating from the 12th to 15th century. Saint Neophytos was planning to stay in the area as a hermit. For this reason, he chose a steep slope with a small cave and built his retreat there. The best translation of "Enkleistra" into English is 'a place where someone is enclosed or withdrawn' like a retreat.

We next continue our tour to the Akamas peninsula, situated on the westernmost part of Cyprus. This natural reserve and national park is one of the island’s most beautiful locations, and is home to the Baths of Aphrodite where, legend has it, the goddess herself used to bathe with her lover Adonis. This is a truly pictorial part of the island containing valleys, gorges and wide sandy bays.

We finish the day by visiting the Sea Caves and as well as the Edro Shipwreck. Strong winds and the rough seas made it hard for the crew of nine to navigate the ship back in October of 2011, and due to this the Edro III ran aground and got stuck on the rocks near the sea caves.

Overnight at Paphos.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 12 Monastery of Chrysorrogiatissa & the Cedar Valley
Set in beautiful natural surroundings, the Monastery of Chrysorrogiatissa is dedicated to ‘Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate’ and was established in 1152 by monk Ignatios. Legend tells that the monk found a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary off the shore of Paphos. The icon had been thrown into the sea in Asia Minor during the iconoclastic period and drifted to Paphos on the waves. The present structure a single aisle church built on the foundations of an older one dating to 1770. The Icons and Utensil Treasury of the monastery is home to a collection of important icons, religious objects and other artefacts.

Whilst here we will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the locally produced wines on the terrace of the monastery. Next to the monastery is the monastery's winery, and they use the grapes from their own vineyards and from other producers in the area for their wines (both red and white).

The family home of Archbishop Makarios III is located in the village center and is now under the supervision of Cyprus cultural services. Archbishop Makarios III of Cyprus became the nation's first President when Britain granted the island independence in 1959. Nearby, in the heart of the Paphos Forest is Stavros tis Psokas - a forest station at an altitude of about 900 meters. Here we hope to have the opportunity to see the endemic mouflons (native wild sheep) only found in Cyprus. These beautiful animals and are renowned for their ability to run and climb on very steep terrain and slopes.

Departing from Stavros tis Psokas we will take the eastward road which leads to the beautiful Cedar Valley. Here one finds a beautiful valley with giant, centuries old cedars, a variation of the tree only found in Cyprus and neighboring Lebanon.

Overnight at Paphos (dinner on your own this evening).

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch



Day 13 Paphos Discovery / Return to Larnaca
Our touring in Paphos will start with The Tombs of the Kings, an early Hellenistic monument dating from the 4th century BC. The Tombs of the Kings are part of a large necropolis lying about 2km north of Paphos Harbour, and they were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. Some of the tombs, cut into the bedrock, feature Doric columns and even frescoed walls. Dating back as far as 300 BC, the tombs were used all during the Hellenistic and even Roman eras.

We then head to the harbour area where we will visit the spectacular Mosaics of Paphos. Visiting the Paphos Archaeological Park in Cyprus allows us to step back in time to the 4th century. The Paphos Mosaics are considered among the finest in the eastern Mediterranean and form part of the Archaeological Park of Kato Pafos, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites list since 1980. The mosaics found here serve as a stunning record of Greco-Roman daily life, as well as the legends of gods, goddesses, and heroes. Situated in four main houses: the House of Aion, House of Dionysus, House of Orpheus and House of Theseus, the mosaics include many attention grabbing geometrical decorations and draw inspiration from Greek mythological scenes.

We will make a break for lunch in order to fully take advantage of the stunning views of the fishing harbour and the medieval castle of Paphos before our departure from Paphos.

As we travel east we will stop at the Church of Panayia Chrysopolitissa, built in the 13th century over the ruins of the largest Early Byzantine basilica on the island. Within the compound one can see St. Paul's Pillar, where according to tradition the saint was flogged before the Roman Governor Sergius Paulus converted to Christianity. The floor of the basilica was covered with colourful mosaics, some of which are still preserved today. We continue to Yeroskipou, where Ayia Paraskevi church stands. Built in the 9th C AD, its 5 domes are decorated with beautiful frescoes. While in Yeroskipou we will visit a traditional Loukoumi factory, a local delicacy (aka Turkish Delight).

At the end of our day we arrive in Larnaca for our last night on Cyprus.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner



Day 14 Departure
Departure from Larnaca.

BON VOYAGE!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

 


 

Trip Info
Trip Info

Inclusions
Breakfast, most dinners & one lunch.

Full-time Tour Leader services and local guides at some locations.

All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary.

Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters, local guides.

Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving/late departing land & air customers who book BOTH their air and extra hotel nights through us.

Exclusions
International airfare to/from the tour.

Tour Leader gratuity.

Lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) and domestic air taxes, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'.

Airport transfers for Land Only customers.

Optional trip cancellation insurance.

Seasonality and Weather
Cyprus sits just off the southern coast of Turkey and north of Egypt, which gives the island one of the Mediterranean’s warmest climates. The Mediterranean Sea starts to warm up in April, which helps temperatures on the island get warmer but not yet too hot for comfort.

Transport and Travel Conditions
Ground transport provided by private air-conditioned motor coach.

The tour is not strenuous though it is busy; you must be steady on your feet and be able to endure full days of travel & sightseeing. We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are LARGE, with steps and uneven surfaces. You must be independent with your own luggage at airports (porters are available at hotels).

Our difficulty rating "Level 2" refers to the overall ambitious nature of the itinerary and the lots of moving around that we do (though the number of hotel check-ins/out is limited by the compact nature of these countries). Some mountain roads are also winding; those sensitive to motion may be affected.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Accommodation
Our accommodation choices are modern, well-appointed 3-4 star properties. Porters are generally available (see 'Inclusions').

A mandatory single supplement may apply to this tour if you have selected our share program and we ultimately cannot find you a share partner.

Please refer to the 'Map & Hotels' tab for more information.

Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local drivers, local guides at various locations.

Group Size
Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader

 


 

Map & Hotels
Map & Hotels

Regions visited: Middle East
Countries visited: Cyprus


*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Crowne Plaza Hotel Limassol
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Limassol
Country: Cyprus
Overlooking Akrotiri Bay, this modern hotel set along a beachfront promenade is 2 km from the Limassol Zoo and 4 km from the Castle of Limassol.
Casale Panayiotis
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Kalopanagiotis
Country: Cyprus
In a hillside complex within the Troodos Mountains, this elegant resort is 20 km from the 18th-century Trooditissa Monastery and 21 km from the iconic Mount Olympus.
The Classic Hotel Nicosia
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Nicosia
Country: Cyprus
This chic, modern hotel is 7 minutes on foot from the Cyprus Museum and 9 minutes' walk from the cafes of the Ottoman Büyük Han courtyard.
Sun Hall
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Larnaca
Country: Cyprus
Opposite Phinikoudes Beach along Larnaca Bay, this bright, modern hotel is 2 minutes' walk from Pierides Museum and 10 minutes on foot from 9th-century Church of Saint Lazarus.
Louis Ledra Beach
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Paphos
Country: Cyprus
On a beach on the Mediterranean Sea, this laid-back hotel is 3 km from the medieval Paphos Castle and 5 km from the Tombs of the Kings, an archaeological site with underground ... carved out of rock.
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01. What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?
Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.
02. Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?
Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.
03. How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?
The easiest way to make a reservation is via our website; during office hours, you are also more than welcome to contact us by telephone. A non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s). Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
04. What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?
Please review our cancellation policy page for details.
05. I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?
All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location. This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement. The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible. On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available. Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.
06. Do you have a shared accommodation program?
Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").

 

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Activity Level: 2

These are particularly busy tours that feature a lot of moving around, sometimes by train and short journeys on local transport. Walking tours of towns and cities are leisurely but you should be prepared to be on your feet for several hours. Some of our cultural trips that occur at high altitude and/or require greater independence with baggage handling (at hotels, airports, train stations) also fall into this category.
Tour Style: Cultural

These three- and four-star hotel-based, "soft adventure" trips concentrate on the culture, history, and natural attributes of our destination. Though there are no strenuous activities built into these tours, you need to be prepared for some full days with some early starts, plenty of walking on uneven surfaces through villages, cities and archaeological sites, and not a lot of "down time." Independence, reasonable fitness, and an ability to be steady on one's feet are critical in order for you to get the most out of these programs.
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