Cyprus | The South

Tombs of the Kings at Paphos
Tombs of the Kings at Paphos
Lindy explaining finds at Lemba Archaeological Research Center
Lindy explaining finds at Lemba Archaeological Research Center
Strange Neolithic cruciform figure in the museum at Nicosia
Strange Neolithic cruciform figure in the museum at Nicosia
Remains of Neolithic houses at Khirokitia
Remains of Neolithic houses at Khirokitia
Gladiators Hellenikos and Margaritis in combat, depicted in mosaics at the ancient city of Kourion
Gladiators Hellenikos and Margaritis in combat, depicted in mosaics at the ancient city of Kourion
The rock where Aphrodite is said to have emerged from the sea...
The rock where Aphrodite is said to have emerged from the sea...
Reconstructed Neolithic settlements at Khirokitia
Reconstructed Neolithic settlements at Khirokitia

This beautiful Mediterranean island has a rich Prehistoric, Classical and Medieval past. Recent research has pushed back the dates for the earliest occupation of Cyprus to over 10,000 years ago, and over millennia the people of Cyprus developed their own distinctive artefacts, buildings, art and culture. From a Bronze Age olive oil ‘factory’, to Roman tombs, to vineyards once tended by crusaders, the remains of ancient Cyprus each tell a story.

A very beautiful journey through the land famed as the birthplace of Aphrodite. Dr Paul Croft, who has devoted his career to the study of Cypriot archaeology, leads us from mountain churches to Prehistoric and Classical sites, overlooking the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean.

  • A privileged introduction to Cypriot archaeology - special access to sites, introduced by local archaeologists
  • Fantastic, diverse archaeology from Neolithic houses, to the fabulous mosaics at Paphos
  • Journey into the unspoilt Troodos Mountains, with traditional villages and some spectacular Byzantine churches

Themes

  • Prehistory
  • Medieval
  • Historic Churches
  • Ancient Greek
  • Romans

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2017

Day 1

We arrive in Larnaca and transfer to our hotel in Limassol.

Day 2

We begin our tour at the site of Khirokitia, an exceptionally preserved Neolithic walled village with over 60 stone roundhouses.

We have special access to the Bronze Age olive oil ‘factory’ excavations at Kalavasos, especially opened for our group.

After lunch we continue to the Crusader fortress of Kolossi, which stood by the vineyards from which the Knights of St John made their wine. End the day at Limassol Castle.

Day 3

All day in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia, founded in the Bronze Age, the city has been continuously inhabited for almost 5000 years. We also visit the Cyprus Archaeological Museum which houses the world’s most extensive collections of Cypriot archaeology. Free time to walk around the old town this afternoon, including the well-preserved Venetian walls, built in an (ultimately futile) attempt to defend the city from Ottoman invasion.

Day 4

We drive into the beautiful Troodos mountains to visit a wonderful series of frescoed Byzantine churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. The lively detail and colours in the frescoes are remarkable. We also stop at the traditional town of Kakopetria, the Medieval streets picturesquely set.

Day 5

Into Classical Cyprus at the ancient city of Kourion, which blossomed under the Ptolemies and Romans. Paul will introduce remains including a (reconstructed) Graeco-Roman theatre, and Roman houses with superb mosaics. Continue to the important religious centre known as the Sanctuary of Apollo Ylatis (‘of the woods’). We end the day at the Copper Age site at Souskiou, renowned for its famous cruciform figurines, such as the one seen on the Cyprus Euro coin.

Day 6

Our first visit to the World Heritage site of Paphos. Today we explore the elaborate rock cut ‘Tombs of the Kings’ which date from the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD.

This morning we also have special access to the Lemba Archaeological Research Centre, with a handling session led by Paul. The centre has been the home of Prehistoric projects in western Cyprus for 30 years.

We visit sites in the vicinity including Kissonerga where some of the earliest water-wells in the world have been found. On to Maa, a Late Bronze Age site on a beautiful promontory.

Day 7

Our second day at the ancient city of Paphos, an important Roman city. Remains include a Hellenistic pebble mosaic, but it is the 3rd century AD Roman mosaics which have made the site famous. After lunch we continue to the Paphos Archaeological Museum and the six-domed Church of Ayia Paraskevi.

Day 8

Before we return home, we visit Aphrodite’s Sanctuary at the World Heritage Site of Kouklia.

Itinerary 2018

Day 1

We arrive in Larnaca and transfer to our hotel in Limassol.

Day 2

We begin our tour at the site of Khirokitia, an exceptionally preserved Neolithic walled village with over 60 stone roundhouses.

We have special access to the Bronze Age olive oil ‘factory’ excavations at Kalavasos, especially opened for our group.

After lunch we continue to the Crusader fortress of Kolossi, which stood by the vineyards from which the Knights of St John made their wine. End the day at Limassol Castle.

Day 3

All day in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia, founded in the Bronze Age, the city has been continuously inhabited for almost 5000 years. We also visit the Cyprus Archaeological Museum which houses the world’s most extensive collections of Cypriot archaeology. Free time to walk around the old town this afternoon, including the well-preserved Venetian walls, built in an (ultimately futile) attempt to defend the city from Ottoman invasion.

Day 4

We drive into the beautiful Troodos mountains to visit a wonderful series of frescoed Byzantine churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. The lively detail and colours in the frescoes are remarkable. We also stop at the traditional town of Kakopetria, the Medieval streets picturesquely set.

Day 5

Into Classical Cyprus at the ancient city of Kourion, which blossomed under the Ptolemies and Romans. Paul will introduce remains including a (reconstructed) Graeco-Roman theatre, and Roman houses with superb mosaics. Continue to the important religious centre known as the Sanctuary of Apollo Ylatis (‘of the woods’). we also have special access to the Lemba Archaeological Research Centre, with a handling session led by Paul. The centre has been the home of Prehistoric projects in western Cyprus for 30 years.

Day 6

Our first visit to the World Heritage site of Paphos. Today we explore the elaborate rock cut ‘Tombs of the Kings’ which date from the 3rd century BC. We spend lunch within Paphos Harbour before continuing to the Archaeological Park.

 

Day 7

We spend out final morning visiting Aphrodite’s Sanctuary at the World Heritage Site of Kouklia. We fly home this afternoon.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

Hotel Info

4 nights in a seaside holiday hotel on the edge of Limassol overlooking the Mediterranean sea
3 nights in a 5* spa hotel just outside Paphos with access to a beach and plenty of space to absorb the tranquility of the area

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2018 Tour Details

Thu 19th April - Wed 25th April

Available

£2,395

ex. flights: £2,095

sgl supp: £350

CYP18A

Led By: Dr Paul Croft

Guide Lecturer

Tour Manager

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