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Highlights of Cyprus including Paphos & Nicosia
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Highlights of Cyprus including Paphos & Nicosia

  • 7 Night Holiday
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Cyprus is a unique island rich in history and culture, just waiting to be discovered. From romantic harbours offering stunning coastal views to stretches of golden sandy beaches, the island is a sun-soaked haven in the Mediterranean. Beyond the beautiful beaches and quaint harbours, you’ll discover an island full of intriguing culture and steeped in myth and ancient traditions. Sought after by a variety of conquerors, Cyprus has a tumultuous past which has left its mark on the island. Over the course of your holiday you’ll discover the remnants of once-mighty kingdoms scattered across the countryside, from the architectural legacy of the Venetian, Ottoman and Lusignan periods to the Byzantine churches, Bronze Age tombs and Neolithic dwellings, the island is a treasure trove of ancient riches just waiting to be discovered.

You’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Limassol, taking in historic sites such as the archaeological park of Curium to visit the Greco Roman Theatre, the House of Eustolios and the ruins of the Cathedral of Curium. You’ll also enjoy an excursion to Paphos, one of the most important archaeological regions on the island, where you’ll visit ‘Petra tou Romiou’, where according to Greek mythology, the Goddess of beauty and love “Aphrodite” was born. Take in a visit to the capital of the island, Nicosia, the only divided capital city in the world. With a tumultuous history dating back to the Bronze Age, you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the famous Ledra Street and take in highlights including the Royal Palace, St John’s Cathedral and the Byzantine Museum.

During this 7 night holiday, you will have plenty of time at leisure to discover Limassol at your own pace, relaxing on the beach and taking some time to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and recharge your batteries. Enjoy the beautiful landscape and stunning views of colourful meadows, vivacious vineyards and pine-clad mountains. Tease your taste buds with the local cuisine by sampling a feast of small dishes, from creamy hummus to traditional kebabs or afelia and everything in between. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the vineyard area of Limassol, enjoying some wine tasting and Shushukko tasting in a local wine cellar.

Please note that some excursions on this holiday will involve walking on hilly terrain and uneven surfaces.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency

Euro (€)    

Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +2 hours
Passport

A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy. 

Please note that as part of your excursion to Nicosia, you may pass the checkpoint into the Northern part of the city which is considered Northern Cyprus Turkey. Non-EU passport holders must have a visa to enter Northern Cyprus. EU passport holders must just bring their Passport or European ID card with them on the day of the excursion to Nicosia.

Airport
Paphos International Airport is located 55km from Limassol. The drive to your hotel will take approximately 40 minutes. 
Climate

Situated in one of the warmest zones in the Mediterranean, Cyprus experiences long dry summers and short mild winters with an average of 320 sunny days annually. Early Spring and Autumn are good times for those who prefer to avoid the very hot summer months, with pleasant temperatures in the early to mid-20s.

Food & Drink

Cypriot cuisine is largely similar to that of the Greeks, and you’ll find familiar dishes such as moussaka, calamari, kebabs and stuffed vine leaves, as well as dips like hummus, tzatziki and tahini in most restaurants. The island’s most famous export is Haloumi, a soft cheese made from goat or sheep milk, usually grilled. Be sure to try the local deserts and cakes, including baklava, finikia (walnut cakes) and loukoumi, known to us as Turkish Delight. A number of beers and wines are produced locally. You can also try a Cypriot coffee, a frothy beverage served in a small cup and accompanied with a glass of cold water.  

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €3.00
  • Beer: €4.50
  • Glass of wine: €3.00
  • Main course: €10 - €15
  • Soft Drink: €3.00
  • Bottled Water: €1.30
Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Please note, when visiting churches or monasteries, modest dress is required. Men should wear long trousers and longer sleeves. Women will need to ensure their legs and shoulders are covered.
Recommended Reading

Bitter Lemons of Cyprusby Lawrence Durrell

Othello by William Shakespeare

The People in Between: A Cypress Odysseyby Gregory S. Lamb

Small Wars by Sadie Jones

Holiday highlights

Nicosia

Nicosia is the last divided capital in Europe and a melting pot of history and culture. Discover its impressive Ottoman architecture and visit its unique mosques, bustling shops and markets. Highlights include St John's Cathedral, the Byzantine Museum and the Archaeological Museum, as well as the old town situated within the Venetian Walls.

Mediterranean setting 
Cyprus is situated in the Eastern Mediterranean and benefits from some of the sunniest, driest weather in the region. Cyprus offers some wonderful beaches with warm aquamarine waters, as well as panoramic views of its stunning coastline .
Limassol
Limassol is the second largest town in Cyprus and the most southern town in Europe. The old city of Limassol boasts many attractions including a traditional medieval fort built in the 14th century. It was here that according to tradition, Richard Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre. Limassol is also the main vineyard area of the south and the centre of Cyprus’s main wine industry. You'll enjoy a visit to the vineyard area during your trip, as well as some local wine tasting. Another key highlight of Limassol is the archaeological park of Curium which includes the Greco Roman Theatre, the House of Eustolios and the ruins of the Cathedral of Curium.
Paphos 

Paphos is one of the most important archaeological regions on the island of Cypus, in fact the entire town of Paphos is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is said that Aphrodite, the Goddess of beauty and love rose from the seas of Paphos , maybe that is why it is surrounded by such beautiful coastlines today. A visit to "Petra tou Romiou" is included in your trip, where according to Greek mythology, the Godess "Aphrodite" was born.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency

Euro (€)    

Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +2 hours
Passport

A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy. 

Please note that as part of your excursion to Nicosia, you may pass the checkpoint into the Northern part of the city which is considered Northern Cyprus Turkey. Non-EU passport holders must have a visa to enter Northern Cyprus. EU passport holders must just bring their Passport or European ID card with them on the day of the excursion to Nicosia.

Airport
Paphos International Airport is located 55km from Limassol. The drive to your hotel will take approximately 40 minutes. 
Climate

Situated in one of the warmest zones in the Mediterranean, Cyprus experiences long dry summers and short mild winters with an average of 320 sunny days annually. Early Spring and Autumn are good times for those who prefer to avoid the very hot summer months, with pleasant temperatures in the early to mid-20s.

Food & Drink

Cypriot cuisine is largely similar to that of the Greeks, and you’ll find familiar dishes such as moussaka, calamari, kebabs and stuffed vine leaves, as well as dips like hummus, tzatziki and tahini in most restaurants. The island’s most famous export is Haloumi, a soft cheese made from goat or sheep milk, usually grilled. Be sure to try the local deserts and cakes, including baklava, finikia (walnut cakes) and loukoumi, known to us as Turkish Delight. A number of beers and wines are produced locally. You can also try a Cypriot coffee, a frothy beverage served in a small cup and accompanied with a glass of cold water.  

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €3.00
  • Beer: €4.50
  • Glass of wine: €3.00
  • Main course: €10 - €15
  • Soft Drink: €3.00
  • Bottled Water: €1.30
Packing List

We advise you to bring:

  • Your valid passport
  • Sun cream
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Please note, when visiting churches or monasteries, modest dress is required. Men should wear long trousers and longer sleeves. Women will need to ensure their legs and shoulders are covered.
Recommended Reading

Bitter Lemons of Cyprusby Lawrence Durrell

Othello by William Shakespeare

The People in Between: A Cypress Odysseyby Gregory S. Lamb

Small Wars by Sadie Jones

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Cyprus

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Morning

Travel to Cyprus

On arrival in Paphos, you will be met our local representative who will assist you in the transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 - At Leisure

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Morning

At Leisure

You will have the day at leisure to discover Limassol at your own pace. Your guide will be delighted to suggest places of interest.

Day 3 - Limassol

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Morning

Limassol & Omodos

Begin your adventure with a full day guided sightseeing tour of Limassol and Omodos. Start with a walking tour through the old city of Limassol, passing by the medieval fort built in the 14th century. It was here that according to tradition, Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre. Afterwards, take a drive through the Phassouri citrus plantations to the archaeological park of Curium to visit the Greco Roman Theatre, House of Eustolios and the ruins of the Cathedral of Curium, an early Christian basilica dating back to the 5th century.

Afternoon

Omodos

Continue on your journey driving through the vineyard area of Limassol to see one of the most beautiful and traditional villages of the island, Omodos. Here you will have free time for lunch. After lunch, you will visit the Monastery of the Holy Cross at the village square. There will also be an opportunity to partake in some wine tasting and Shushukko tasting in one of the village’s wine cellars before returning to your hotel.

Day 4 - Nicosia

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Nicosia

This morning, set off to the capital of the island, Nicosia. Nicosia is located at the centre of the island. Its history can be traced back to the Bronze Age; it boasts a Royal Palace and over 50 churches. Today Nicosia is the only divided capital city in the world. You will visit the St John Cathedral, the Byzantine Museum and the Archaeological Museum. There will be free time in the old part of the city within the Venetian Walls to explore and have lunch at your leisure.

Afternoon

Nicosia

After lunch, take a guided walking tour of the famous Ledra Street, pass the checkpoint and visit the North part of Nicosia. You will also visit the Saint Sophia Gothic Cathedral built in the 13th century and the Buyuk Han before your return back to Limassol.

Please Note - Important Passport Information

Please note that you may also pass the checkpoint and visit the Northern part of Nicosia City on your excursion. Non-EU passport holders must have a visa to enter Northern Cyprus Turkey for this reason. EU passport holders must just bring their passport or European ID card with them on the day of the excursion to Nicosia.

Day 5 - At Leisure

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At Leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure. Take a relaxing walk on the beach, or why not visit the historical centre with its very own castle that hosts the Medieval Museum of Cyprus. The museum has exhibits from all over the island. There is plenty to explore and your guide will be delighted to suggest places of interest.

Day 6 - Paphos

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Morning

Paphos

After breakfast, depart for Paphos, one of the most important archaeological regions on the island. Start your day with a visit to ‘Petra tou Romiou’, the place where, according to Greek mythology Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love was born. After a short break, continue on to the village of Yeroskipou. Here you will visit the Byzantine Church Ayia Paraskevi, dating back to the 9th century and have free time in the village square. Continue onwards to Kato Pafos to see the Chrysopolitissa Church built in the 13th century. Within the compound is St Paul’s Pillar, where, according to tradition, St Paul was flogged. Next is a visit to the Tombs of the Kings, a UNESCO World Heritage site of underground tombs dating back to the 4th century BC.

Afternoon

Paphos

Enjoy a guided tour to the Archaeological Park where the Houses of Dionysus, Aion and Thysseus are located. The mosaic floors of these noblemen’s villas are considered among the finest in Eastern Mediterranean. Your final visit of the day will be the Monastery of St Neophytos before returning to your hotel.

Day 7 - At Leisure

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At Leisure

Take advantage of a final day at leisure, to enjoy some more sightseeing, shopping and relaxing by the sea

Day 8 - Return Home

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Return Home

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to Athens Airport for your flight home, with guide assistance.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Poseidonia Beach Hotel 4

Poseidonia Beach Hotel, set in a prime beachfront location of Limassol Bay, offers a welcoming stay in modern, well-equipped accommodation. The hotel is an idyllic retreat with its relaxing atmosphere, landscaped gardens and range of onsite leisure facilities making it an ideal c... read more read more read more

Poseidonia Beach Hotel, set in a prime beachfront location of Limassol Bay, offers a welcoming stay in modern, well-equipped accommodation. The hotel is an idyllic retreat with its relaxing atmosphere, landscaped gardens and range of onsite leisure facilities making it an ideal choice to enjoy your stay in Cyprus.  

Hotel address
Poseidonia Beach Hotel
B1, Agios Tychon, 3502 Limassol, Cyp


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