Welcome to Cyprus

Crossing the Line

Crossing the line between the South and the North allows you not only to gain some understanding of the island's complex and painful modern-day history, but also experience the two Cypriot communities. Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot societies are intrinsically different yet incredibly similar, linked by the still-strong role of traditional family life and a rich history where food cultures and folk customs have intermingled, but divided by belief. One thing's for sure wherever you are on the island: the naturally warm Cypriot hospitality is much in evidence on both sides of the Green Line.

The Great Outdoors

The landscape and Mediterranean climate mean that outside is where it’s at – and where you should be. Sun-soaked stretches of sand are Cyprus' calling card and there's a beach for everyone here, from wild and windswept to family-friendly and packed. Every conceivable water sport is on offer, from scuba diving to skimming the surface on a kite- or windsurf board. And if you tire of all that blue, strike out into the interior, where wildflower-studded meadows and valleys of densely planted vineyards sweep up to a pine-clad mountain spine offering hiking, biking and, yes, even winter skiing.

A Sense of the Past

Steeped in myth, coveted by every conqueror with an eye for a prize, Cyprus' tumultuous and multilayered past has left ancient riches strewn across this island. Neolithic dwellings, Bronze Age and Phoenician tombs, remnants of once-mighty city-kingdoms, Roman mosaics, mountaintop castles and Byzantine churches – home to a glut of renowned frescos – lay scattered through the countryside. While strolling the cities you can spot the preserved architectural legacy of the Lusignan, Venetian and Ottoman periods. Cyprus may welcome you to flop out on the beach, but dig into the past here and you'll unearth the entire history of the Mediterranean.

A Culinary Feast

Meze is a delicious way to acquaint yourself with the local cuisine, tantalising the taste buds with a feast of small dishes, from creamy hummus to kebabs or afelia (pork cooked in red wine) and everything in between. Heavily influenced by Turkish, Greek and Middle Eastern food cultures, Cypriot cooking has some of its own culinary stars, including haloumi (hellim in Turkish) and kebab favourite sheftalia (şeftali kebap in Turkish; grilled sausages wrapped in caul fat). And don't forget the desserts. Flavoured with almonds, rose water and pistachios, sweet treats range from comforting rice puddings to gloriously sticky baklava.

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$23.91 Day Trips & Excursions

Troodos and Kykkos Day Tour from Paphos

Our first stop is at the 12th CenturyChrysoroyiatissa Monastery dedicatedto “Our Lady of the GoldenPomegranate”.From there we drive through Paphosforest towards Kykkos, one of theholiest and richest monasteries inCyprus.It is here that the first President ofCyprus, Archbishop Makarios becamea young monk, and was later buriedaccording to his wishes. Amongthe most important treasures of themonastery is the icon of the “VirginMary”, which was reputedly painted bythe Apostle Luke himself. We will alsobe able to see many religious relics ofother saints.Our tour continues through thebeautiful Marathassa valley withits picturesque villages and lovelyscenery. We will stop at a local villagewhere we will have free time for lunch(not included in the price).Our final stop is at Omodos, abeautiful village located in the famouswine-producing area of Afames, in theLimassol district.We will walk through the cobbledstreets to the village square which islined with cafes and shops selling localproduce. We will visit the monastery ofthe Holy Cross, which houses a pieceof the rope used by the Romans tofasten Jesus to the cross, and see theold wine press, glass makers and othercraftsmen. There will be time to havea coffee or try the unique dessert wine‘commandaria’ and the local spiritcalled ‘zivania’.

$28.70 Cultural & Theme Tours

Authentic Cyprus Historic Day Tour from Paphos

We begin our day with a stop at a pottery in Yeroskipou village where you will see how the local potters continue their ancient craft. We will drive through the Paphos countryside to reach the village of Inia where there will be a demonstration of traditional basket making. We will stop at the Pittokopos viewing point to enjoy the magnificent panoramic view. From there we continue to the picturesque village of Arodes and learn the secret of the sarcophagus of Ayios Agapitikos located in the village square where there will also be time for a coffee.  We will go the village of Letymbou to visit Sophia’s traditional house and find out how she bakes village bread and makes other traditional products. Afterwards we will enjoy a Cypriot breakfast prepared by Sophia. On our return to Paphos we will visit a local winery where you will be guided through the wine production process and have the chance to try a variety of wines.

$44.24 Day Trips & Excursions

Famagusta, Varosha, Salamis, Choirokoitia Tour from Paphos

Start your excursion with a coffee break at Choirokoitia. Continue to Strovilia check point (passports necessary) to cross the United Nations Green Line. Your first stop will be the monastery of Saint Barnabas, built originally in the 5th century and now converted into a museum housing icons and archaeological artifacts. You will also see the tomb of Saint Barnabas. Next, you'll continue to the ancient Kingdom of Salamis built in the 12 Century BC by the Greeks, where you will visit the ancient theater and the gymnasium. Your next stop is the city of Famagusta with its Gothic churches, which is surrounded by the Venetian walls. There will be free time in the city to visit the Cathedral of Saint Nikolaos built in the year 1312 and converted in 1570 into a mosque, as well as time for shopping and lunch (lunch not included in the price). Before you depart for Paphos you'll drive past the “Ghost Town - Varosi” to see the ghost city, the abandoned houses and hotels, closed behind wire since 1974, and admire the best sandy beaches of the island.

$13.82 Transfers & Ground Transport

Paphos Airport to Limassol Hotels Shared Arrival Transfer

Miss out on any lines for taxis or public transport when you arrive at Paphos International Airport by booking this shared arrival transfer service to selected hotels located on main touristic areas Paphos or Limassol. On arrival, simply proceed to the Destination Services Mobile Counter (ex Aeolos Travel)  located close by the exit of the main airport building. There, a Destination Services representative, will meet the clients and escort them to the designated area. It’s that easy. If for any reason the clients are delayed in the baggage area, a member of the arriving party may proceed to the above location to notify the Destination Services representative.  In any other case the emergency number can be used to notify the representative. Shuttle pick up times depend on various factors number of passengers, traffic in the area and relevant delays that may occur. Upon arrival the minimum waiting time can be 45 minutes. Maximum waiting time can be in some case up to 3 hours after customer arrival at the airport.

$14.58 Transfers & Ground Transport

Cyprus Hotels to Larnaca Airport Shared Departure Transfer

Whether you’re traveling individually, with a partner or in a group, your ground transportation needs are covered by this shared departure service from selected hotels located on main touristic areas in Larnaca, Limassol, Ayia Napa or Protaras to Larnaca International Airport.When making a booking for this shared departure transfer, simply advise your flight details as well as your Larnaca, Limassol, Ayia Napa or Protaras hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. Approximately 48 hours prior to your departure from Cyprus, you will be required to reconfirm exact pickup time and place (the contact number will be provided on your travel voucher).Simply meet your driver at the prearranged place and time. Then, travel by comfortable, air-conditioned shuttle vehicle to the airport terminal to catch your flight, avoiding any hassle with taxis or waiting in lines for public transport.

$39.46 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Cyprus Wine Tasting in Larnaca

You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to The Oak Tree Wine Cellar to start your wine tasting experience. The cellar has a history of more than 50 years in wine retail and can ensure a sampling of the finest wines Cyprus has to offer. You will take part in the tasting of 10 Cyprus wines including rose, white, red and sweet wines that will be explained by an excellent trained staff. Each wine will be served at their proper temperature and with the proper wine glasses so you can explore each flavor as they have been intended.There will be plenty of fresh water for drinking and light fare such as crackers to clear your palate between tastings. A cheese platter is available upon request for an additional cost of 19 Euro and is plenty for 2 or 3 people. The cellar is situated in the center of the old part of Larnaca city, just a 2 minute walk away from the famous Church of Saint Lazarus. After the wine tasting, you can enjoy a walk around the old part of the city before the mini bus will transfer you back to your hotel.