Aphrodite’s Cyprus

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $3,395
  • Length: 5 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Middle East, Cyprus
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Tour Description

Explore this Mediterranean island that sits at the crossroads of three continents. This is Aphrodite’s Cyprus - where inviting beaches, breathtaking mountain trails and championship golf courses lie adjacent to ancient and prehistoric sites. Visit castles, churches and catacombs built by the Byzantines, Greeks, Romans and the Knights of St. John and see amazing and well-preserved mosaics and frescos firsthand. From its deep green pine forests to the seaside birthplace of Aphrodite, and all the archeological museums, picturesque villages, heritage sites and monasteries in-between, Cyprus will enchant you. Discover the beauty of this mythological island with its colorful pageantry and artifacts from civilizations past and present.

  • The fascinating collections at the Archaeological and Byzantine museums in Nicosia
  • Walking along Petra tou Romiou, the birthplace of Aphrodite
  • Visiting the catacombs and Tomb of the Kings in Paphos
  • Viewing St. Paul’s column the Church of Chrysopolitissa
  • The beautiful frescoes in the island’s Byzantine churches
  • The scenic drive through the Troodos Mountains to visit the 11th century Kykkos Monastery
  • Relaxing at the luxurious Grand Resort in Limassol

Itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive Limassol

You are met upon arrival and taken to your resort hotel in Limassol. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure to relax and enjoy the amenities at your resort or explore this seaside region. The resort is your home for your four nights on Cyprus.

Grand Resort, Limassol

DAY 2

Nicosia excursion

Today, travel to the center of the island of Cyprus and explore Nicosia, a modern city with a well-preserved center that dates back to the Bronze Age. Visit the archaeological museum with its fascinating collection of Cypriot antiquities and treasures and the Byzantine museum with its exceptional collection of Byzantine icons. See the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and its 18th century wall paintings depicting scenes from the Bible. Drive past the Venetian walls of the old city and Famagusta Gate, to explore “Laiki Geitonia,” an old and colorful Cypriot neighborhood. After lunch in a traditional tavern, stroll along Ledra street with its enchanting and inviting shops. Return to Limassol by the late afternoon.(B,L)

Grand Resort, Limassol

DAY 3

Paphos excursion

Depart Limassol, driving alongside the sea front, past the citrus plantations, to visit the medieval Kolossi Castle, built in 1210 and once the headquarters of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. Your next stop is to visit the ancient Kingdom of Kourion, with its open-air theatre. See Petra tou Romiou, the legendary Petra tou Romiou - Birthplace of Aphrodite birthplace of the Goddess Aphrodite where she is said to emerge from the sea. Then continue on to today’s main destination, the city of Paphos - a leading cultural center with history so rich the whole town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch in a seaside tavern, overlooking the Byzantine castle. Next, visit catacombs at the famous Tombs of the Kings,an exclusive Cypriot monument from the 3rd century and burial site for the aristocrats. See the impressive Roman Villas of Aion, Dionysus, and Theseus, with their magnificent mosaics inspired by Greek Mythology. Explore the Church of Chrysopolitissa and St Paul’s column, marking the spot where the Apostle was arrested while preaching Christianity in Roman times. The last stop on your tour today is in the village of Yeroskipou to see the Ayia Paraskevi Church, built in the 10th century AD, with five domes decorated with frescoes. Enjoy a tasty visit to a traditional loukoum (or Turkish Delight) factory before returning to Limassol in the late afternoon.(B,L)

Grand Resort, Limassol

DAY 4

Troodos Mountain excursion

Today, travel to the Troodos Mountains, whose peaks dominate the central and western part of Cyprus. This is a unique geological area with deep green pine forests and beautiful native wild flowers and plants. Drive through picturesque villages, stopping to explore their celebrated UNESCO protected Byzantine churches, renowned around the world for their wall paintings (frescoes). Hidden in the Troodos region, we visit the isolated Kykkos Monastery. Founded in the 11th century AD, it is the richest and most important monastery on the island. From there, take a short stroll to Throni to visit the tomb of the late Archbishop Makarios III, first President of the Republic of Cyprus. After a relaxing lunch in the mountains, enjoy the scenic drive back to Limassol and your luxurious resort.(B,L)

Grand Resort, Limassol

DAY 5

Depart Limassol

Today you are taken to the Larnaca airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.(B)

Departures

Pricing Information

September 30, 2011

From $3,395.00 per person double occupancy.

From $330.00 single room supplement.

December 31, 2011

From $3,705.00 per person double occupancy.

From $370.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Accommodations as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by a private A/C vehicle
  • Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
  • Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
  • Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
  • Local taxes
  • TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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