BYZANTINE CYPRUS

  • Duration:8 NIGHTS/9 DAYS
  • Countries Visited: Bulgaria, Romania
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Round trip airfare NYC/Cyprus/NYC
    • Comprehensive sightseeing as per the itinerary
    • Transportation by a deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
    • English speaking tour escort
    • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person
    • Select International Travel Portfolio

     

DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Cyprus

DAY 2: CYPRUS / LEMESSOS

Welcome to Cyprus. You are greeted by your tour escort and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy this beautiful island, take a swim and became acclimated to a new time zone.  Overnight in Lemessos. (D.)

DAY 3: FAMAGUSTA

After breakfast we begin our first excursion to Famagusta, the town of Saint Barnabas . We visit the Monastery  dedicated to the Saint, to see his tomb and monastery, built on an ancient Basilica. We will then visit Salamis Greek ancient site gymnasium, roman baths and theatre. After the optional lunch, we will visit the fort of Famagusta and the gothic architecture style Cathedral of St. Nicholas. We will then return to our hotel. Overnight in Lemessos. (B.D.)

DAY 4: LEMESOS – LEFKOSIA

{mosimage}Our full day visit takes us to Lefkosia, the island’s Capital. First stop at the tomb and monastery of Agios Herakleidios,  on the outskirts of Lefkosia.  Then we will be driven to the Archbishopric, the center of the Orthodox Church and the Cathedral of St. John, hosting some outstanding frescoes. We will also visit a famous Byzantine museum with a large variety of very well preserved icons from the 8th to the 18th century. Icons are the painted devotional images of the Orthodox Church which reflect the Byzantine Christian soul for a millennium. A short drive passing in front of the Liberty Monument and the Venetian Walls surrounding the old part of town,  takes us to  the Laiki Yeitonia restored area with houses, shops and taverns lining the cobbled streets. We have time for relaxing and shopping before heading back  along the Green Line which divides the city in two.  We return to out hotel for dinner and overnight accommodations (B.D.)

DAY 5: LEMESOS- AGROS-LAGOUDERA-NIKITARI-LANEIA

Our full day excursion includes a visit to Agros village, famous for the the hundreds of rose varieties it grows and used by locals in very innovative  ways. We then visit the 12th century church of Panagia tou Araka in the village of Lagoudera, also the church of Panagia tis Asinou in Nikitari Village. Both churches are listed in the catalogue of UNESCO as World Heritage sites, and part of the unique Painted Churches of Cyprus. After lunch we will continue through the valley of Solea and through Saittas village, lower, to the valley of Kourris. Our last stop is Laneia. Another traditional village, famous for the local Cypriot wine commandaria and other products. Here we have a wine tasting and an opportunity to explore the village. We return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation (B.D.)

DAY 6: LEMESOS -OMODOS- KAKOPETRIA

Today we explore the most picturesque village, Omodos, famous for its monastery, dedicated to the Holy Cross. We continue with World Heritage Sites and visit the Church of Agios Nicolas followed by a walk in the old part of Kakopetria village. Before we return to our hotel we visit another church, also listed in UNESCO, Panagia Podithou in Galata village.We return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation (B.D)

DAY 7: LEMESOS – LARNAKA

{mosimage} After breakfast we will visit Kiti Village and Angeloktisti Church, where we can view the magnificent mosaics made of semi precious stones and gold, followed by a visit to the church of St. Lazarus, built over the Saints tomb. After lunch and some time at leisure to explore on your own, we visit St George’s Alamanos convent. We return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation (B.D.)

DAY 8: LEMESOS – PAFOS

Let us take you to the Baths of Aphrodite, The Goddess of Love and Beauty. Later we  visit Agia Paraskevi Church in Geroskipos village, a byzantine church dating to the 10th century with a vaulted basilica.On the way we seel the 12th century monastery of Saint Neophytos with its fascinating frescoes. We visit St. Paul’s Pillar, the ruins of the Basilica of Chrysopolitissa. In the afternoon we visit the House of Dionysus, Aion and Theseus. Rest of the day is leisure time  to explore on your own the sea front area and the picturesque harbor with fishing boats. We return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation (B.D.)

DAY 9: RETURN TO U.S.A

Following breakfast we return to USA

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