FIT Sample Itinerary
Published on July 11, 2020
Day 1: Arrival and Welcome Dinner
Upon arrival at the airport, participants will go through both passport control and customs. Our English speaking driver will welcome and greet the guests and escort them to their transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel.
Our guests will freshen up before meeting up at the hotel’s’ lobby with their Drakos escort for their transfer. The evenings welcome dinner will be served at Karatello restaurant where our guests will enjoy a delightful mezze dinner seated outside the Limassol Medieval Castle by the Restaurant’s Terrace.
Day 2: Cyprus through the Ages – Limassol – Kourion – Kolossi & Omodos
Our guide will meet the guests at the lobby of the hotel to set off for today’s tour.
The medieval Castle of Limassol is where according to tradition, after conquering the island in 1192, King Richard the Lionheart of England married Princess Berengaria of Navarre in the castle’s small chapel.
Passing though plantations, we come across the medieval Castle of Kolossi. It is a fine example of military architecture originally constructed in the 13th century during the crusades. After the Siege of Acre in 1291, it served as the Grand Commanderie of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem; and thus gave its name to the world famous Commandaria wine, which is still produced in the area.
Our next visit, the ancient Kingdom of Kourion, is placed on one of the most spectacular sites in the island, with extensive archaeological ruins including well-preserved mosaics.
We will then proceed to Omodos village. The village is renowned for its Monastery of the Holy Cross standing by the stone-paved square. We will then visit the local bakery for demonstrations and tasting of the local products, like arkatena bread and shoushoukos dessert. A traditional wine press known as Linos is preserved, where we will stop and sample the local wines and liqueurs. Traditional lunch will be served at a local tavern in Omodos village. After lunch, visitors can stroll around the village’s winding streets and mingle with the locals and do some shopping at the various small shops selling traditional Cypriot items such as crafts, lace and local delights.
Day 3: Discover Paphos
Our guests will meet their private guide at the hotel’s lobby for a full day tour of Paphos.
On the way to Paphos, we will have a short stop at Petra tou Romiou, the legendary birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite-Cypria. A spectacular beach with awe-inspiring views, this golden stretch of sandy coast is where the Greek goddess of love rose from wave and foam. Our next visit will be to the Tombs of the Kings. We continue to The Church of Panayia Chrysopolitissa. Within the compound one can see St. Paul’s Pillar. Our guests can enjoy their meal the Limanaki of Paphos with stunning views of the fishing harbour and the medieval castle of Paphos. In the afternoon, we will visit the archaeological site. The city is home to Mosaics of the Roman period, dating from around the 3rd century AD.
Day 4: At Leisure
Full Day at Leisure for the guests to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities, or explore the city on their own.
Day 5: Nicosia: the medieval capital
Our guests will meet their private guide at the hotel’s lobby for a full day tour of Nicosia.
The heart of the city, enclosed by the 16th century Venetian walls, is dotted with museums, ancient churches and medieval buildings preserving the nostalgic atmosphere of years past. The famous Famagusta Gate still stands today, proudly protecting the still-ancient town within from the modern city without. From there, we will drive to the cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and its 13th and 18th century wall paintings; depicting scenes from the Bible and the discovery of the tomb of St. Barnabas in Salamis.
Our next visit will be the Archaeological museum with its fascinating collection of Cypriot antiquities and treasures from the Neolithic age to the Early Byzantine period.
We will then continue to the old town of Nicosia and arrive at “Laiki Geitonia” where the guests can stroll at leisure down its stone paved streets. Guests will explore the famous Ledras street and enjoy their lunch in a local restaurant and some time at leisure for shopping.
Day 6: At Leisure
Full Day at Leisure for the guests to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities, or shopping.
Day 7: Departure
Checkout from the hotel.
Our driver will meet the guests at the lobby of the hotel and assist them with their luggage before boarding the vito/taxi for their transfer to Larnaca Airport.
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