Paphos and Troodos – trips from Paphos
Every Monday and Thursday
Seat in Coach sightseeing 1 day tour
The Troodos Mountains rising to a height of nearly 2000m take you back in time to an older and wiser Cyprus. Also included in this day is the famous Kykkos Monastery dedicated to Our Lady, whose icon is encased in silver as it’s forbidden for any one to look at it directly. It was originally founded by the Byzantines in 1092 and is renowned for its wealth of frescoes, colourful mosaics, gold icons and glittering ornamentation. Returning via Paphos forest, Set in beautiful surroundings amid the green Paphos countryside, is the Monastery of Chrysorrogiatissa. Dedicated to ‘Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate’ it was established in 1152 by monk Ignatios who, according to popular belief, found a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary off the shore of Paphos that had been thrown into the sea in Asia Minor and carried by the waves to Cyprus. The monastery is home to a collection of important icons and treasures.
From €25 per person per tour in seat in coach tour together with other English speaking tourists
- pick up from your hotel in Paphos
- licensed tourist guide (English speaking)
- professional driver
- air conditioned coaches
- infants under 3 years free
- Entrance fees to sights
- lunches or drinks
- Tips to driver
Monastery and Church visits require modest dress, no shorts or sleeveless shirts
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.