CYPRUS: ISLAND OF DIVERSE CIVILIZATIONS
Cultural tour of North & South Cyprus

Cyprus is like stepping into history. A civilization that goes back to over 10,000 years and where history is still in the making here. From Alexander’s generals, to the visit of St Paul setting the foot for Christianity here. Before the Ottoman influence, there were the famous stops made by Richard the Lion Heart en route to the Crusade wars in Palestine.  Independence from British rule came in 1960 with the island to breaking up in 1983 into two parts – based on ethnic differences. The two parts are now referred to as the Southern Cyprus (Greek part) and Northern Cyprus (Turkish Cyprus). This journey into Cyprus: One Island Two Civilizations captures beautifully the history and culture of both states of this unique and rich island.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 08 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 08 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Larnaca
 
Day 02: Troodos/Kykkos
(B)
Day 03: Paphos and Aphrodite's birth place
(B)
Day 04: Akamas
(B)
Day 05: Lemessos/Kourion/Nicossia
(B)
Day 06: Nicosia
(B)
Day 07: Kyrenia
(B)
Day 08: Nicosia/Depart Larnaca
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Larnaca

We arrive at Larnaca Airport, where we are warmly received and transferred to our hotel in Limassol.
Overnight: Louis Apollonia Hotel (Inland view room) (4 nights)

Day 02: Troodos/Kykkos

We start with an interesting introductory tour of Cyprus. Our first stop will be just below Mount Olympus, which at 1951 meters is the highest point in Cyprus. It offers panoramic views. From here we drive to “Throni” to see the Tomb of Archbishop Makarious III, the first president of modern day Cyprus. He fought for the independence from the British rule. Enjoy the spectacular view of the countryside and the pine forest. Discover Troodos Mountains – the Green Heart of Cyprus. A memorable off the beaten track through idyllic mountain villages unchanged from generations. At the famous Kykkos Monastery, which was built in 1080 and dedicated to Virgin Mary, we see one of the three surviving icons painted by St. Loukas. On our return we visit the village of Omodos and the Holy Cross Monastery. Evening free to enjoy the many activities Limassol offers including several restaurants offering international cuisines. (B)

Day 03: Paphos/Aphrodite's birth place

We start with a visit to the legendary birth place of Aphrodite ‘Petra tou Romiou- Aphrodite’s Rock – birth place of the Goddess of love and beauty and then to the beautfiul Agia Paraskeyi church at Yeroskipou. Greco-Roman architecture offers it’s very own peculiarity which we witness also at Paphos when we visit St. Paul’s pillar, the Mosaics of Paphos, house of Dionissos, House of Theseus and the House of Aion. Next we visit the harbour of Paphos, and the Tombs of the Kings. We culminate the day visiting Agios Neophytos Monastery (Englystra). The Enkleistra, an enclosure carved out of the mountain by the hermit, contains some of the finest Byzantine frescoes dating from the 12th to the 15th century. (B)

Day 04: Akamas

Another interesting day as we discover the mysterious and unexplored territory of Akamas and make our way through the Avagas Gorge with it’s sheer limestone walls rising above us. Our short drive ends at Lara Bay – one of the last breeding grounds for the large Green Backed Turtles. After an adventurous morning we move onwards the edge of the northern peninsula and visit the Baths of Aphrodite where, according to legend, Aphrodite bathed with her lower Adonis. We then drive to Latchi Village  for a swim in the cool tranquil water. Our last stop is at Skouli village where, at a small extra fee, you can see an interesting collection of endemic snakes and reptiles. (B)

Day 05: Lemessos/Kourion/Nicossia

Driving along the beautiful shore, our first stop will be at the medieval castle in the heart of Limassol. It was here that Richard the Lion heart married Berengaria. We will have some free time near the old harbor area before visiting one of the largest wineries in the region and get a taste of the local wines. Continuing our journey we visit the Crusader Castle of Kolossi built in the 13th Century. Next is the ancient Kourion, Greco-Roman theatre and the mosaics. Our tour of the day culminates by visiting the village of Lefkara famous for its handmade lace textiles and silver. Local legend says that Leonardo Da Vinci visited the village and got an altar coverlet for a cathedral in Milan. You will have time to do shopping and wander the narrow twisting small streets to admire local architecture. From here we continue on to the historical and enchanting city of Nicosia. Our hotel is very centrally located.
Overnight: Holiday Inn (Standard room) (3 nights) (B)

Day 06: Nicosia

Nicosia-the Capital city is divided in two parts under the Turkish occupation since 1974 and the south, Free Republic of Cyprus. Walking the narrow streets of the old town, it is a scene almost from the Arabian Nights. We will visit Laiki Yitonia, a 19th century quarter lovingly restored to its former glory with houses, shops and taverns lining the cobbled streets. Driving out along the Green Line, which divides the city into two parts.  The tour takes us to the Archbishopric  to visit the famous Cathedral of St. John. We will also visit Panayia Chrysospiliotissa Church and the St Irakliodios Monastery. Afternoon free to enjoy the many attractions that Nicosia offers and enjoy the only divided capital city in the world. (B)

Day 07: Kyrenia

We cross the green line and head towards the Kerynia & Pentadaktylos (five fingers) mountains located in the north side of the island. We start with the Agios Hilarion Castle dating back to between the 8th and the 10th Centuries AD. An impressive castle built on the top of Pentadaktylos mountain ranges overlooking Kerynia. Its enchanting historical background and the wonderful views will take you back to bygone times. Then we visit the Bellapais Abbey. The monastery, one of the unparallel samples of Gothic Art, is situated on the flanks of the Pentadaktylos - (Kerynia) Mountains. The first settlers of the monastery were the priests of the Augustinian order who had migrated from Jerusalem. The first monastery building was contracted between 1198-1205. Then we drive to Kerynia with its horseshoe- shaped harbour, its medieval castle, snow-white houses built between archways opening on to narrow streets.
We visit the beautiful Kerynia Castle and it’s museum, which contains the original cargo and equipment from the ancient ship of Kerynia. This merchant ship, dating from 300 BC, rose from the seabed of the Mediterranean near the Kerynia castle. The ship is probably the earliest trading vessel yet discovered. We return to Nicosia. Please note entry to Northern Cyprus requires a valid passport. Evening, free to enjoy your last night at Nicosia. (B)

Day 08: Nicosia/Depart Larnaca

After an interesting tour of this historic island with diverse civilisations, cultures, langauges, yet a history so intertwined, we are transferred to Larnaca Airport for our flight back home or continuing on to enjoy one of the other equally diverse destinations of Bestway Tours & Safaris. Check out time from the hotel at 12 noon. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

Daily Departures

Tour Price

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Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
Customize departure estimated quotes for 2017 from US$ 4295 from US$ 795


Notes

All tours are a combination of private and seat in coach (SIC) basis. The schedule of the tours may vary depending on the days of the operations of these tours. Not all tours run throughout the year, but alternatives are available. If you wish to go on a private tour, please enquire.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast)
  • Ground transportation by private AC vehicle with baggage handling
  • Services of local English speaking guides cum drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1300

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1100

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1100

USA(East Coast)
US$ 900

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 08 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.