Arrival Larnaca Cyprus
Arrive in the Republic of Cyprus. Meet and assistance upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Nicosia, the Capital.
Check into hotel, located in the City Centre.
Overnight in Nicosia
After Breakfast – Drive to Nicosia, the only divided Capital in Europe. Visit the Cyprus Archaeological Museum where most of the treasures of Cyprus past are housed. Visit St John’s cathedral and its colorful frescoes. Next the Byzantine Art Museum, with its stunning collection of Byzantine icons. Visit the old city within the Venetian walls, the Laiki Yitonia (old folk neighbourhood) with winding alleys lined with shops and galleries. Visit the observatory for a panoramic view of the city & Famagusta gate.
Overnight at Hotel in Nicosia
Explore the North starting with the ancient city of Salamis on the Eastern shore. Explore the Roman city with its elegant colonnade, hypocaust, mosaics & monuments. Continue along the peninsula to visit the St Hilarion castle perched dramatically on a mountain. First fortified by the Byzantines but these were greatly strengthened by the Lusignan kings during the Middle Ages. Continue our drive to Kyrenia via Bellapais Abbey, a beautiful set of ruins overlooking the Mediterranean. Here Lawrence Durell was inspired to write his book “Bitter Lemons”. Finally arrive at the picturesque harbour of Kyrenia. Time allocated to explore the town and the Shipwreck Museum.
Overnight in Nicosia
This morning will visit the Unesco world heritage protected churches listed for their architecture and murals. Visit St John Lampadist byzantine church. Will continue our drive through the Troodos mountain villages via Pedhoulas, see the Archangel Michael UNESCO church followed by St Nicholas of the roof ending in Platres village at the foothills of the mountain.
Overnight in Platres
Driving down the Valley we will head for Paphos.
Visit Palaepaphos, once the capital of the city state of Paphos.
Explore the Sanctuary of Aphrodite and the museum.
Visit the tombs of the kings, a world heritage site with impressive underground tombs of the Hellenistic period.
Ending in Paphos for overnight
Visit the ancient sites of Nea Paphos, tour the remarkable houses.
Explore the Roman Palaces of Nea (Modern) Paphos, the houses of Dionysos, Aion, Theseus mosaics, a series of beautifully preserved mosaics depicting scenes from Greek mythology.
Overnight in Paphos
Departing from Paphos to Limassol, visiting en route the Petra tou Romiou, (the legendary of Aphrodite – goddess of love) said to be the Aphrodite’s birthplace. View the amazing landscape. Visit the sanctuary of Apollo Ylatais. Continue South to Kourion, a city kingdom during the iron age. Explore the amphitheatre, the roman houses with mosaics and the basilica.
Continue to Kolossi castle famous in the medieval times for Commandaria (famous Cyprus sweet wine).
Overnight at hotel in Limassol
This morning head to Limassol castle – related with Richard the Lionheart and Berengaria’s wedding.
Short drive to visit Amathus where we will explore the ruins of the ancient city. Will then continue east to Kalavasos Tenta and to Khirokitia which are the remains of Neolithic villages – settlements dating back from 8000-5500bc.
Overnight in Limassol
Day free at leisure
Overnight in Limassol
Departure transfer for Larnaca airport.
(Optional on the way to Larnaca airport, time allowing, a visit to Pnayia Angeloktisti in Kiti village and/or Hala Sultan Tekke mosque) or St Lazarus church.
Accommodation used for this program are Selected 3* superior all of which are centrally located and within walking distance to many shops, restaurants, tavernas.
The hotels in Limassol and Paphos are very near the beach.
Cyprus General Information
Area : 9,250 sq km (of which 3,355 sq km are in the Turkish Occupied Cypriot area)
Population : 796,740 (July 2009 est.)
Capital : Nicosia
Languages : Greek, English, Turkish
Currency : EURO
Government type : republic
Climate : temperate; Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and cool winters
In Cyprus, island, a 10% service charge is sometimes added to a restaurant bill; if not, then a tip of a similar percentage is expected. Taxi drivers and hotel porters always appreciate a small tip. Bargaining is not normally part of the shopping scene in Cyprus, neither in the North nor the South.
The Republic’s unit of currency is the Euro (€). Euro notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is often difficult to get change for a €500 note. One euro is divided into 100 cents. Coins of 1, 2 and 5 cents are copper-coloured; coins of 10, 20 and 50 cents are gold-coloured; 1 and 2 euro coins are gold-and-silver coloured.
Banks in Cyprus exchange all major currencies in either cash or travellers cheques.
Cyprus entered the euro zone in 2008.
You will find ATMs in most towns and in most larger villages throughout the Republic of Cyprus.
Credit cards can be used in stores, restaurants, supermarkets and petrol stations. In the latter, you can even buy petrol after hours with your credit card from automatic dispensers.
Situated at the maritime crossroads of the eastern Mediterranean basin, Cyprus has a rich and varied history. Many invaders, settlers and immigrants have come here over the centuries, and the island has seen Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Lusignans, Genoese, Venetians, Ottomans, British and Turks seek to take a part of Cyprus for themselves. Cypriots, whether Greek or Turkish, are proud of their nation and feel a strong sense of national identity. The division of their island in 1974 is viewed by many as a temporary setback, and Cypriots look to the day when Cyprus will be a united island once again.