ARRIVE IN LARNACA
Arrive at Larnaca. Upon arrival, you will be met, assisted then transferred to the hotel in Limassol for check-in. The rest of the day will be free at leisure.
After breakfast, visit Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, to find out about the turbulent history of one of the world’s last divided cities. Go on a walking tour through the partially car-free old town within the Venetian Walls and cross the UN buffer zone into occupied, Northern Cyprus. Embrace the lively modern city life, as well as its history and culture. Enjoy coffee with traditional sweet like a local in a typical bakery and confectionary shop right next to the green line. Rummage through the shops while enjoying some free time. Allow your guide to give you its history and low-down as you tick off its best bits, like LaikiYeitonia, LedraStreet, the AyiaSofia Church and the Market Square. Reminisce on your return to Limassol.
NICOSIA SHOPPING TOUR
You will head toward Nicosia, making a stop at Choirokoitia between Limassol and Nicosia. You will then arrive in Nicosia, whose historic past combines brilliantly with the bustle of a modern city. You will visit St John’s Cathedral and, afterwards, will proceed on foot through the narrow streets of the old quarter, with its restored buildings, to the city centre or “Laiki Yitonia” with its colourful cafes, tavernas, and shops. Nearby is Ledra Street, a beautiful pedestrian shopping area within the old city of Nicosia. Just a 15-minute walk from Ledra Street, you can find Makarios Avenue & Stasikratous with upmarket shops whose brand names are synonymous with top quality. You will have plenty of free time for lunch, shopping, and sightseeing.
JEEP SAFARI TO TROODOS MOUNTAINS AND KYKKOS MONASTERY
You will be picked up from Limassol and taken to the Troodos Mountains. You will visit a traditional Cypriot coffeeshop (“kapheneion”), view spectacular view points over Troodos landscape and forests. You will then have a full-tour and leisure time at the world famous Kykkos Monastery before being able to look-out over Northern Cyprus from the high Troodos Mountains. There will then be a small hike (400m) to Troodos’ most fantastic natural wonder, a 20m waterfall with ice-cold mountain water cascading down rock cliff. Next will be wine-tasting at traditional a Troodos wine factory with time for shopping before being returned to your hotel.
KOURION ANCIENT THEATRE, KOLOSSI CASTLE AND CYRPUS VILLAGES
Rural Cyprus is at your fingertips on this whistle stop tour. The morning kicks off with a trip to Kourion – one of the most impressive archaeological sites on the island. It’s classic Greco-Roman, with a half-moon of seats facing out to sea. The House of Eustolios is the other must-see, thanks to its 5th-century mosaics and Roman baths. Kolossi Castle is the next stop.This Crusader-era castle is surrounded by flowering plants and a pretty courtyard. Lunch is at a traditional taverna in the next village, Apsiou. Next, you’ll head for the mountain-ringed village of Omodos, where you’ll have free time to wander its skinny streets and Byzantine buildings. You will then be returned to your accommodation in Limassol.
DEPART FOR HOME!
Today, catch your flight back home!