CYPRUS and GREECE

  • Duration:11 NIGHTS/ 12 DAYS
  • Countries Visited:Greece
  • Tour Inclusions:
      • Round trip airfare NYC/Cyprus x Athens/NYC
      • Accommodations at first class hotels
      • 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

     

 

“Having been sent by the Holy Spirit,” as we are told in the Acts, Barnabas, Paul and John Mark set sail for Cyprus, on their first Missionary Journey.

 

DAY 1: DEPART USA

 

You’ll leave this evening on an overnight flight to Larnaca in Cyprus.

DAY 2: CYPRUS- LEMESOS

{mosimage}Welcome to Cyprus. You are greeted by your tour escort and being transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure to relax and become acclimated to a new time zone.  Overnight in Lemesos. (D.)

DAY 3:  LEMESOS-FAMAGUSTA

After breakfast we begin our first excursion to Famagusta and Salamis, the native town of Saint Barnabas. We follow the route taken by St. Paul and St. Barnabas on the island.  Salamis was the port where  Paul, Barnabas and Mark first landed on during their First Missionary Journey.  We visit Salamis’ Greek ancient site, where the memory of Barnabas is still greatly honored. Next to the Monastery of St Barnabas, built on the remains of an ancient Basilica, where we see the Saint’s Tomb.  After our optional lunch  we explore the ruins of the old city before departing for Famagusta, where we see the famous Gothic Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the Venetian walls.    We return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation (B.D)

DAY 4: LEMESOS-LARNACA

After breakfast we begin the  excursion to Larnaka  (originally called Kition in the Old Testament) to visit the ancient Kingdom of Kition where Saint Paul visited the Kingdom and spoke to the people of the area about  Christianity. Then we have the opportunity to visit Saint Lazarus Church where the Saint’s  Tomb has been found. We see the crypt under the main alter. After his resurrection from the dead by Jesus, Lazarus elected to live out his “second” life on the island and became the Bishop of Cyprus.St. We have some free time in Larnaca one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. On the way back to our hotel we stop at the  Angeloktisti Byzantine Church in Kiti village with its jewel encrusted mosaics dating to the 6th century. We return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B.D.)

DAY 5: LEMESOS – NICOSIA

An opportunity to visit Lefkosia, the thousand year old capital city in the heart of the country.  Saint Paul went from Kition Kingdom to Tamasos area on the outskirts of Lefkosia, where at that time there was a famous commercial center of copper production.  At this place Saint Paul met Herakleidios, who, later on, followed St Paul’s Steps and was also baptized. Upon his return,  he became a bishop and founded a Monastery of Agios Herakleidios, which we visit. At the same place we shall find his Tomb.

Then we drive to Lefkosia to the Archbishopric, the center of the Orthodox Church in Cyprus and the Cathedral of St. John, housing some outstanding frescoes.  We also visit  the famous Byzantine Museum, which hosts a big variety of well preserved icons dated back from  8th to18th century. Icons are the painted devotional images of the Orthodox Church which reflected the Byzantine Christian soul for a millennium   We pass through the Gate to the Laiki Geitonia, and lovingly restored old section with narrow streets, cascading flower pots and the aroma of traditional baking wafting through open doorways. We have time to shop here and relax with a cup of coffee and some traditional desserts.

Driving out along the Green Line which divides the city into the Greek and the Turkish sections we are told about the interesting history of Cyprus as we return to our hotel. (B.D.)

DAY 6: TROODOS MOUNTAINS-KYKKOS MONASTERY

{mosimage} Discover the charm and the incredible beauty of the Troodos Mountains, as we drive through the picturesque villages, dotted around the pine-clad hillsides, where the traditional way of life continues, as it has been for generations. Passing just below the highest point of the island, mountain Olympus, you will be taken to Kalapanagiotis village where we will visit Agios Ioannis Lambadistis monastery. In the river Karkotis, nearby, Saint Paul has baptized Herakleidios and became a Christian. Afterwards we shall visit Kykkos Monastery, the most famous and wealthiest monastery on the island, founded in 1092 by the Byzantines. Makarios III, first president of the Republic of Cyprus) was trained here as a novice. The monastery has been dedicated to Virgin Mary, and it possesses one of the three surviving icons ascribed to St. Luke.  We tour the monastery, shop in the its store for items made by the monks and enjoy a quit moment in this incredibly peaceful and beautiful setting. We return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B.D.)

DAY  7: LEMESOS-PAFOS

The Apostles followed the old Roman road that led to Pafos, the town which in its entirety is included in the UNESCO list of cultural and national treasures. On the way we stop to see the birthplace of Aphrodite (Venus), the Goddess of Love and Beauty from the Greek Myths. Paul, Barnabas and John Mark came on foot to Pafos, to bring the message of the Messiah. We see Agia Paraskevi Church, one of the most interesting churches on the island, dating to 10th century, with its five domes forming a cross. And then on to the the 12th century Monastery of Saint Neofytos, carved into the mountain and containing  fascinating frescoes from 12th 015th century.  We enjoy a stroll along the picturesque harbor of Pafos which is now a famous resort area, and choose a  fish taverns right on the ocean where  enjoy our optional lunch. We pass by the “Catacombs of St. Solomoni” and we see Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church, built over the ruins of the early Byzantine Basilica. St. Paul’s Pillar is at the same place. The spot, where according to tradition, St. Paul was beaten “forty times minus one”, because he was preaching Christianity.  Here is the place,  where  the Roman Governor Sergious  was converted to Christianity by Paul We then visit the excavations with the spactacular mosaics from the 3- 5th century including the House of Dionysus, Orpheus and Aion, and the Villa of Thesus. We stop at a small shop to purchase the famous sweets from the area called the Turkish Delight. We return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B.D.)

DAY 8: LEMESOS -OMODOS- KAKOPETRIA

Today we explore the most picturesque village, Omodos, famous for its monastery, dedicated to the Holy Cross, and its wine production. We explore the village and visit the Monastery and have a wine tasting and lunch in the village. We then continue with another of the painted churches and also a World Heritage Site  the Church of Agios Nikolas. The church is completely painted by murals and considered one of the most important artistically.  Our day concludes with a  walk in the old part of Kakopetria village, with its unique mountain setting and traditional architecture. It is considered a living museum and is under the protection of the Antiquities department.  We return back to our hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B.D.)

DAY 9: DEPART FOR GREECE- DELPHI- METEORA

Today we take a morning flight to Athens. We arrive Athens and board our bus to the heart of Greece and the monasteries of METEORA . En route, we stop at Delphi to see the ancient sanctuary of Apollo. Leaders from all over the world flocked to the Oracle for advice. Here you see the Athenian Treasury the Theater, the Archeological Museum and the first monument built in the ancient world to “One God”. We arrive Kalambaka for a well deserved night of rest. (B.D.)

DAY 10: METEORA-ATHENS

Today a site not to be missed. Drive up the narrow, steep roads to reach the incredible architectural wonders built over seven hundred years ago and found suspended atop huge granite rocks. One of the highlights of your trip will be a visit to the incredibly beautiful Monastery of Metamorphosis with the Church and the Museum containing priceless historic and religious treasures. We visit an icon workshop to see how icons are made. On the way back to Athens, time permitting we stop at the Monastery of St. Luke to see where the Saint is buried.  Overnight in Athens.   (B.D.)

DAY 11: ATHENS- CORINTH  (optional)

Your guided tour includes the Acropolis and the ruins of Parthenon, Mars Hill, the Agora and more. In the afternoon travel to Corinth (optional) following the same land tour Paul took.  See the marketplace where the Apostle preached, the Archeological Museum and the Temples. Paul stayed here a long time and founded the first church consisting entirely of Gentiles. On the way back to Athens see the Corinth Canal and Cenchraeae harbor from which Paul sailed to Ephesus. Overnight Athens.  (B.D.)

DAY 12: RETURN TO THE U.S.A.

Following breakfast this morning transfer to airport for flight home. (B.)

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