Grand Tour Kykkos Monastery, Troodos Mountain via lace village Lefkara – Trip from Limassol
January – April 2019 – Every Tuesday and Saturday
May – November 2019 – 3 times a week – days of tour to be advised
Tour from Limassol (Shared Tour with English speaking guide)
Our first stop is the picturesque village of Lefkara, located on the southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains. The village is famous for it’s lace embroidery known as Lefkaritika as well as silver handicrafts. The beautiful view is amazing as are the traditional stone houses along the cobbled streets. Visit a local handicraft shop.
Continue along the lovely Cyprus countryside, passing by the village of Kornos and the agricultural village of Peristerona known for its citrus fruits, olives and almonds. We will stop for a coffee break at the next village of Astromeritis.
Moving on along the mountain route to Kykkos Byzantine monastery which is the largest and wealthiest monastery situated in the Troodos (biggest mountain range of Cyprus), located in the center of the island. The monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and there you will see one of the three surviving icons painted by the Apostle Luke. You can enjoy the museum, located within the monastery grounds, which houses an impressive collection of icons, woodcarvings and manuscripts, and other Cypriot antiquities.
Continuing on to the highest peak of the Island, Mount Olympus (1951 m), where you will have a possibility to widely observe green valleys, mountain slopes, vineyards, forests, and small villages. From this viewpoint also the capital of Cyprus – Nicosia and Morfou Bay can be seen.
After the highest peak we will pass by Troodos Square and then arrive in the village of Platres where you will have a chance to taste home cooked Cyprus “Meze” or a meal/snack from the menu. Lunch is optional and is not included in the price.
Following stop will bring you to the traditional and picturesque Cypriot village called Omodos, where you can visit Timios Stavros Monastery of the Holy Cross and the museum with the oldest wine press. As Omodos is a wine producing village, it may be possible to sample different types of local wine as well as find out about the traditional sweet wine “Commandaria” and the strong spirit “Zivania” all known to be some of the best on the Island.
Returning to Limassol you will pass by many hillsides, enjoying the view of the Cyprus countryside with it’s vineyards and orchards of cherry, citrus fruit and almond trees.
Return to your hotel /apartment
The Grand Tour to Kykkos & Troodos is a great opportunity to visit a wide variety of famous places in Cyprus and catch a feeling of Cypriot daily life in the mountain villages.
From €45 per person per tour in seat in coach tour together with other English speaking tourists
- pick up from your hotel in Limassol
- guide (English speaking)
- professional driver
- air conditioned minibus
- infants under 3 years free
- Entrance fees to sights
- lunches or drinks
- Tips to driver (optional)
Monastery and Church visits require modest dress, no shorts or sleeveless shirts.
If you would like to proceed with a booking, please go to home page and click on "pay now" to complete details on form and make payment via secure site. Booking reference for this tour is LCLGRT. You will then be notified by email of your pick up time according to your location in Limassol.
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.