Travel back in time through rural Cyprus. The tour proceeds to Kelokedara village where delegates visit a 300 year old village house. There the group will be able to see how zivania (Cyprus Schnapps) was made and will sample some local snacks, all produced fresh in the village.
Thus fortified, the group boards a traditional Bedford village bus for the drive down through the countryside and the orange groves to reach the farm.
The farm is located in the Xeros river valley, one of the most untouched and tranquil parts of the island. There the transport changes to…donkeys!
On arrival at the farm the guest meet the friendly donkeys. The tour continues on donkeys along country tracks passing local shepherds with the flocks of grazing sheep and goats.
Upon arrival at the 13th Century Sindi monastery, there is a guided tour, light refreshments and also an opportunity to look around the atmospheric structure. The monastery has been lovingly restored by Unesco and received the Europa Nostra award in 1997. It is now listed by Unesco as a World Cultural Heritage site.
En route back to the farm, there is a stop at the ruins of four watermills.
Back at the farm, it is time to relax and enjoy a typical Cypriot homemade variety of dishes. Rejuvenated, the group can join the farm staff dancing some traditional Greek and Cyprus favourites including sirtaki.
At the end of the visit, each participant receives a diploma for completing all the ‘tests’: zivania drinking, sirtaki dancing, donkey riding and as recognition of an initiation into Cypriot village culture.