Why I love Cyprus
“I have been visiting Cyprus for decades so the most uplifting experience for me, today, is the hassle-free stroll across the border and, more importantly, what it symbolises regarding the peace process. I love the earthy raw energy on both sides of the capital and the traditional character and culture that can seem watered down in the resorts. Visiting the mountain villages is another highlight, as is stumbling...” Read More
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Montserrat
Relax on route to Montserrat, the famous multi-peaked mountain in Catalonia. With your Viator Exclusive ticket in hand, avoid the crowds and enjoy early access to Montserrat Monastery — widely considered the mountain’s top attraction. Follow your guide on a tour of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey before the crowds arrive, and admire the beautiful gothic and renaissance architecture. Gain insight into the spirituality for which the abbey is famous and hear how it ties in to Catalonia’s colorful culture. See the beautiful atrium and sacristy, get an appreciation of the talents of the singers, composers and teachers through the explanatory audiovisual showing the choir line.Discover ancient history and rich heritage during a visit to the Museum of Montserrat. Explore the galleries and hallways, and learn of the losses the region felt during the Napoleonic War. Discover archaeological styles influenced by Cyprus, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Palestine, and marvel at 13th- to 18th- century paintings by famous by artists including Berruguete, Caravaggio, El Greco and Morales. Afterward, travel back to your hotel in Barcelona to conclude your tour. Viator Exclusives combine unique experiences and great deals — from traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences — and are not available from other 3rd party online sellers.
Shared Arrival Transfer: Larnaca Airport to Hotels
After clearing customs at Larnaca International Airport, meet your driver at the terminal and climb aboard your shared, air-conditioned shuttle bus. Then, simply travel to your hotel or a central drop-off point in Larnaca, Limassol, Ayia Napa or Protaras.Whether you’re traveling individually, with a partner or in a group, your ground transport needs will be covered by this shared transfer service. Avoid any waits or long lines for cabs or public transport and get your vacation in Cyprus off to a smooth and hassle-free start.When you book this shared arrival 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 24-48 hours prior to your arrival in Larnaca, you will then be required to reconfirm exact pickup time and place (the contact number will be provided on your travel voucher).
Northern Cyprus Day Trip from Paphos and Limassol
Leave your central Paphos or central Limassol hotel in an air-conditioned coach and drive to Nicosia, Cyprus’ divided capital.As you travel, hear from your local guide how Cyprus was split into a Greek south and the Turkish occupied Northern Cyprus in 1974, and how the border between the two was closed until 2003. Learn how, as part of this, Nicosia was bisected into a Greek South (Lefkosia) and Turkish North (Lefkoşa), with a UN-controlled zone or 'Green Line' in-between. Arrive in South Nicosia and drive through the Venetian walls to the main 'Green Line' crossing. Then, drive into Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus and watch as your surroundings change into a more traditional world of well-worn streets and quiet fields.Continue through the craggy Five Fingers (Pentadaktylos) Mountains to Bellapais Abbey, a semi-crumbled monastery spectacularly set on a mountain terrace. Discover the ruins of this 13th-century Augustinian abbey with your guide, and marvel at the epic views down over seaside Kyrenia far below.Next, descend into Kyrenia’s old center, where cobbled alleyways and old houses frame a horseshoe-shaped harbor. Head for 16th-century Kyrenia Castle, a massive Crusader fortress edging the water. Visit the towers and courtyard and hear how Richard the Lionheart is said to have spent his honeymoon here. While you're here, peep inside its Shipwreck Museum, home to a well-preserved Greek merchant ship from the 4th century BC.Afterward, enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) and shopping on the waterfront, before heading back to south Cyprus. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your Limassol or Paphos hotel.
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’.
Authentic Cyprus Historic Day Tour from Paphos
We begin our day with a stop at a pottery workshop in Yeroskipou village, where we will see how the potters continue the ancient traditional craft and if you are lucky you might even try your hand at the wheel. Our next stop is at the village square where we will see the unique 5-domed church of St Paraskevi, built in the 9th century reputedly on the site where the ancient temple of Aphrodite previously stood. We will also have a chance to see how the ‘loukoumia’ (Cyprus delights) are made and wander around the square with its local produce shops. From there we will go to a small village, Letymbou, where we will visit Sophia’s traditional house where you can see rooms with the original furniture and décor as wellas traditional costumes. You will learn how she bakes village bread in the clay oven and makes other local delicacies such as the traditional halloumi cheese. Afterwards we will have a special Cypriot breakfast prepared by Sophia with village style bread and coffee or tea (breakfast included in the price). Next we 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.
Cyprus Wine Tasting, Villages and Ancient Sites Day Trip from Paphos and Limassol
Start your tour with a pickup from your centrally located Paphos or Limassol hotel. Then, relax in your air-conditioned coach with your expert guide, and gaze out of the window as you travel through the countryside.Your first stop is the Kourion Ancient Theatre. Built into a hill by the sea, this restored Greco-Roman amphitheater once sat 3,500 spectators. Hear about its history and see the Villa of Eustolios in the nearby ruins of Kourion Archaeological Site, where the relics of Roman villa with stunning floor mosaics still stand.Next, visit Kolossi Castle, built by the Knights of St John in the 15th century. Explore the tower and view the surrounding vineyards from the roof as you hear how the area produced the sugarcane used in Commandaria, the sweet Cypriot wine that Richard the Lionheart dubbed the 'wine of kings.'Sample some locally made olive bread in the village of Monagri before driving to Omodos, a pretty, wine village tucked in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains. Admire the cobbled main square and visit a winery to taste a selection of its fruity local wines.After free time for lunch (own expense) in the village, head for your last stop, the Cyprus Wine Museum in Erimi. Enter this small, informative museum to trace the history of Cypriot wine through its displays of ancient jars, presses and other artifacts. Afterward, return to your coach and travel back to Limassol and Paphos. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel.