6 nights/7 days sample itinerary
Transfer to hotel. Welcome drinks and introduction to programme.
Visit Curium, an important ancient city-kingdom perched dramatically on a cliff top and destroyed by an earthquake in the 4th Century AD. Visit the theatre, the Public Baths and early Christian basilica. The tour continues up the vine-covered foothills to the wine–producing village of Omodhos to see the old monastery and wine mill and taste some of the local wine. Last stop at the Crusader Castle of Kolossi built in its current form in the 15th Century.
Tour to Nicosia, capital of Cyprus and the world's only divided city after the fall of the Berlin wall.
Visit the Archaeological Museum, housing the most important collection of Cypriot antiquities and art treasures. The tour proceeds through the city’s Venetian Walls to the Byzantine Museum to view an icon collection spanning 1000 years of art. Next-door is the small, magnificently painted Cathedral of Nicosia. The tour continues to the House of the Ottoman Dragoman Kornesios whose restoration won the Europa Nostra award in 1988. Visit to Omeriye Mosque and the Hammam before enjoying some leisure time at "Laiki Yitonia", the 19th Century downtown neighbourhood restored to its former glory. The pedestrian area is full of tavernas and shops to explore.
All sites visited today are protected by UNESCO.
En route to Paphos stands Petra Tou Romiou, a rugged rock marking the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, Ancient Goddess of Love & Beauty. Visit the Museum displaying ritual objects found at her Sanctuary and used for the worship of her cult.
In Paphos visit the Tomb of the Kings, an ancient necropolis carved out of solid rock and given this regal name because of its imposing character. The tour proceeds to the colourful Roman mosaics most dating back the 3rd Century AD. They offer the visitor a dazzling journey through ancient myths and legends. Last stop at the Pillar of St Paul where tradition dictates that the Apostle was tied and whipped prior to the conversion of the Roman Proconsul to Christianity.
The tour set off towards Larnaka. On the town’s outskirts there is a stop at the Church of Panayia Angeloktisti. The Church name means literally "built by angels" and houses a famous 6th Century mosaic depicting a standing Virgin Mary, with the baby Jesus on her arm, flanked by the two Archangels.
Nearby lies Hala Sultan Tekke. The Mosque rests on the shores of a Salt Lake that is full of migratory birds and pink flamingos during winter. It was built in 1816 over the tomb of an aunt of the Prophet Mohammed who died here in 649. It is an important pilgrimage centre for Muslims and is included in the Unesco List of World Heritage sites.
Within Larnaka, the tour visits the Church of St Lazarus, a fine example of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus. After his resurrection Lazarus travelled to Cyprus where St Barnabas ordained him Bishop, a position he is said to have held for 30 years. He is buried in an accessible crypt under the altar.
Larnaka also boasts the Pierides Museum, a private museum of Cypriot antiquities as collected by four generations of the Pierides family. The Museum is located at the start of the old town centre shopping area and parallel to the palm tree promenade next to the beach.
Kykkos Monastery is the richest and most famous of all the monasteries of Cyprus. The iconostasis contains an icon of the Madonna said to have been painted by St Luke. The Monastery also houses an impressive Ecclesiastical Museum.
At Kalopanayiotis Village, the tour visits the Medieval Church of St John the Illuminator decorated with frescoes from the 13th and 15th Centuries and included on the UNESCO List of World Heritage sites.
Last stop at the Monagri Foundation Centre set in a restored 18th century monastery. The Foundation is a Cyprus registered charity, which operates as a residential arts centre. It boasts a church with frescos and icons and a Roman period olive mill.
Transfer to airport for departure flight.