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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$23.04 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’.

$27.65 Cultural & Theme Tours

Authentic Cyprus Historic Day Tour from Paphos

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Agia Paraskevi Church A unique 5-domed church of St Paraskevi, built in the 9th century reputedly on the site where the ancient temple of Aphrodite previously stoodDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Aphrodite Delights LoukoumiWe will have a chance to see how the ‘loukoumia’ (Cyprus delights) are made Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Ayios Neophytos Monasterywe will visit the Saint Neophytos monastery and the “Enkleistra”, an enclosure which was carved out of the mountain in the 12th century by the hermit Neophytos and contains some of the finest Byzantine frescoes. The main church of the monastery was built around 200 years after the death of St Neophytos and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. On the way back to Paphos we will visit a local winery where you will be guided through the wine Production and have the chance to taste the different wines.Duration: 1 hour

$42.63 Day Trips & Excursions

Famagusta, Varosha, Salamis, Choirokoitia Tour from Paphos

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: SalamisVisit the ancient Kingdom of Salamis built in the 12 Century BC by the Greeks, where we will visit the ancient theater and the gymnasium.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Ghost Town FamagustaOur 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 Nicolaos 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 we depart for Paphos we will drive past the “Ghost City – 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.Duration: 2 hours

$13.32 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.

$14.04 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.

$40.09 Water Sports

Rafting and Canyoning Adventure 2 in 1

Want to add a touch of extreme adventure to your trip? Go for rafting during your vacation to Turkey. You will be taken from Belek to the Koprulu Canyon by road. After reaching the Koprucay Canyon National Park, you need to get your rafting gear all set for an adventurous experience. It’s a scenic journey during which, you pass through the breathtaking Taurus Mountains of the Antalya region. It’s a nice and happening place during summers, where thousands can do rafting at the same time.You can go rafting with your friends or family, as one raft can be used by 12 people at most at one time. While rafting you will see the glorious Oluk Bridge, which is quite old and still stands tall. Once the rafting adventure comes to an end, you can relax and have lunch by the scenic river and smell the fresh Cyprus trees. Later, you can explore the park and get mesmerized with the gracefulness of nature. Experience and professional rafting guides will help you out. It’s a dramatic journey, as you raft through the rapids for a distance of 8.5 miles and experience stimulating adrenaline rush. You don’t need any previous experience to go rafting.