Leda & Swan Tour ( Sunday - Sunday ) from € 530
From Ayia Napa - Protaras & Limassol
- Troodos ( Byzantine Churches)
SUN - Arrival and transfer to the hotel in AYIA NAPA or PROTARAS OR Limassol.Accomodation in hotel. Dinner and overnight.
MON - Free day for leisure . Half board in the hotel
TUE - NICOSIA NORTH AND SOUTH
Breakfast at the hotel.Meeting with the guide and departure for Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, whose city centre is hedged by majestic Venetian walls.It is renowned for the archaeological and artistic treasures collected in its museums and, especially, to be the last city in the world divided by a wall.First visit at Archbishopric complex, which hosts the famous Byzantine museum, one of the most important museums in Europe of its kind, featuring the largest collection of icons on the island, and the Cathedral of St. John the inside contains a fresco cycle dating 1731.Through the Venetian Walls, via Famagusta Gate, we get to the Archaeological Museum where you can admire the fascinating collection of Cypriot artefacts and treasures of inestimable value.We continue to the old town of Nicosia (Laiki Yitonia), across the check-point, we will be guided to the Caravanserai, Buyuk Han, one of the best preserved Ottoman architecture. The Buyuk Han stands in the centre of the traditional market, within the walls, nearby the Selimiye Mosque, known formerly as the St.Sophia Cathedral.Return to the hotel in the afternoon.
WED - TROODOS - Byzantine Churches(San Nicolaos, Kakopetria, Podithou, Omodos)
Breakfast at the hotel.Departure to the Troodos mountains and guided tour of some of the famous Byzantine churches, included in the 'UNESCO "World Heritage list: the Church of Ayios Nicolaos, completely painted with frescoes ranging from the eleventh to the seventeenth century , and the Byzantine church of Panagia of Pothithou.Free time for lunch.We continue our journey visiting the village of Omodos, well-known for its enchanting cobblestone streets and the monastery of the Holy Cross, founded by St. Elena in 327 A.D.Return to the hotel in the afternoon.
THU - CURIUM / Paphos
Breakfast at the hotel.Between history and mythology, we will be guided, today, across different ages.Proceeding Westbound along the beautiful coast, we stop atCurium, an important city-state, today one of the most important archaeological sites on the island. Amongst the rest, It features a magnificent Greek-roman amphitheatre of the second century BC and the house of Eustolios, originally a Roman villa, used as a public center for recreation activities, next to an early Christian basilica dating from the fifth century, which was probably the Cathedral of Kourion.Next stop at Petra tou Romiou, where, according to Greek mythology, Aphrodite emerged from the foam of the water.Then we visit Paphos: the whole town is included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.We start our visit to the famous mosaics of the House of Dionysus. The floors of these villas dating back to a period between the third and fifth centuries AD and are considered among the most beautiful mosaics in the Eastern Mediterranean.Free time for lunch and our next visit will take place at the church of Panagia Chrysopolitissa, built in the thirteenth century, in the complex where you can see the column of St. Paul, where, according to tradition, the saint was scourged.We continue to the Tombs of the Kings dating back to the fourth century BC, cut into the rock and decorated with Doric columns.Return to the hotel in the afternoon.
FRI - FAMAGUSTA -
Departure in the morning for Famagusta. After we crosso the check point we will visit Salamis, founded by Teucer in 1180 BC, on his return from the Trojan War . We will visit the theater, the amphitheater, the gymnasium , the spa and palaestra.Then we will move to the 'medieval city of Famagusta, whose mighty walls bear witness to the glorious past and the historical needs' to defend against enemy attacks. Next visit to the Cathedral of St. Nicholas (turned in the mosque of Lala Mustapha Pasha) in which, at the time of Lusignan, took place the coronation of many of the kings of Cyprus and Jerusalem . Free time to stroll in the streets of Famagusta and we will then visit the Castle of Othello (Venetian governor of Cyprus), and finally we have the "visit" of the part of Famagusta notorious as the "city 'ghost'.
SAT - Free day for leisure . Half board in the hotel
SUN - DepartureBreakfast at the hotel, check-out and transfer to the airport