Days: 6 | Depart: 24.04.2018
The Island of Aphrodite: Cyprus in Spring with Alex
Departure: 24 April, Tuesday – Return: 29 April, Sunday.
Tuesday – Flight from Ben Gurion Airport to Larnaca Airport Cyprus.
Transfer to our hotel in Limassol facing the sea. (Approx. 45 minutes ride)
Deluxe Sea View Rooms! Our base for touring the island.
Wednesday-Thursday: Pitsilia mountain range, churches and monasteries.
Two days of touring: The churches we shall see are listed by Unesco for preservation as World Heritage sites. We drive east to the remote district of Pitsilia, which is very different in nature from the other areas of the Troodos mountain range, the landscape is quite Alpine in nature, jagged mountain tops, steep slopes planted with vineyards, picturesque villages and deep valleys. We shall visit the Church Panayia Tou Araka – Mary of The Peas. Its frescoes are from the 12th century and are in late Commenian style. Continue to visit Church of Ayiasmati – The Holy Cross (15th Cent) with an interior considered by some to be the finest example of the Post-Byzantine church on the island. Return to the hotel.
Friday – Gods, Paphos and the Akamas peninsula.
Drive down to the coast, stop for the view at Petra tou Romiou, legendary birthplace of Aphrodite. Continue to Paphos, here we shall see the famous “House of Dionysus” with its mosaics floors. Drive via the Akamas peninsula’s wild landscape, which is one of the last areas of Cyprus to remain untouched by human hand. Enthusiasts describe it as the last really Homeric landscape of the Hellenistic world. A short one hour hike a along the coastal trail from the “Baths of Aphrodite” overlooking the bay of Chrysochou. “.
Saturday – The Monastery of Kykko & Troodos mountain range.
First stop for the day the Monastery of Kykko, which is famous for being the richest in Cyprus, and the icon Mary “hand painted” by Luke. We traverse through the villages of Prodromos and Pedhoulas and continue through Cherry Groves in the Marathasa Valley. We shall also explore the “Hidden Valleys of the Troodos mountains.
Sunday – Nicosia the divided capitol – Flight home.
Drive north to Nicosia. Tour the divided capitol of Cyprus. Visit the Cyprus Museum, built in the British colonial style, and which displays finds stretching from the stone age to the time of the Roman Empire. We shall see the special Mycenaean ceramics collection the tomb monuments and more. We shall drive along the Venetian walls and moat in to the old city, where we shall see some the finest 18th century homes in Cyprus built in the traditional domestic architecture. Visit the restored house of the Dragoman Georghakis Kornesios. Next the Byzantine museum, where we shall see the wonderful collection of Icons, some of them date back to the 9th century.
Short transfer to Larnaca Airport for our flight back to Ben Gurion Airport.
Land arrangements only: Price per person in double room depends on size of group:
Group 20-26 pax: €965
Single room supplement: Sea View: €305, City View: €255.
Plus, the cost of the International flights: $325
Flights as per program. (Including tax and oil).
Tour arrangements include:
– 5 nights, Limassol. Deluxe Sea View Rooms or similar ( All rooms facing the sea)
– 5 breakfasts.
– 4 dinners : Mostly at Typical local Tavern’s ” Meze”
– All tipping to guides, drivers, & hotel staff: €25 Euro.
– Air-conditioned coach transportation as per itinerary
– All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary.
– Escort Alex Veit. – Guiding by specially chosen English speaking guides. * Please note: Tour is planned to cater both Israeli and English-speaking clientele. Specially chosen local guides guide tours in English – Alex does not translate what is said in to Hebrew. However, Alex will be bilingual, when it comes to his explanations which deal mainly with administrative aspects of the tour.
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