South Cyprus

Neolithic village of Khirokitia
Neolithic village of Khirokitia
Port of Larnaca
Port of Larnaca
Streets of Larnaca
Streets of Larnaca
Tombs of the Kings
Tombs of the Kings
Tombs of the Kings
Tombs of the Kings
Tombs of the Kings
Tombs of the Kings
Temple of Apollo, ancient Kourion
Temple of Apollo, ancient Kourion
Ruins of ancient Kourion
Ruins of ancient Kourion
Ruins of ancient Kourion
Ruins of ancient Kourion
Ruins of ancient Kourion
Ruins of ancient Kourion
Ruins of ancient Kourion
Ruins of ancient Kourion
Views of the Troodos Mountains
Views of the Troodos Mountains
Limassol Marina
Limassol Marina
Kolossi Castle, Limassol
Kolossi Castle, Limassol
Open gate at Kolossi Castle, Limassol
Open gate at Kolossi Castle, Limassol
Old houses in Kakopetria
Old houses in Kakopetria

This beautiful Mediterranean island has a rich Prehistoric, Classical and Medieval past. The earliest date for the occupation of Cyprus was over 10,000 years ago, and it was these early settlers who developed their own distinctive artefacts, buildings, art and culture we see today.

A very beautiful journey takes us through the land famed as the birthplace of Aphrodite and includes a visit to the Bronze Age olive oil ‘factory’, Roman tombs, and vineyards once tended by crusaders. Each of these remains tell a unique story of ancient Cyprus. Dr. Paul Croft leads us from Prehistoric to Classical sites, overlooking the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean.

  • Gain a privileged introduction to Cypriot archaeology by Dr Paul Croft, who has participated in many excavations throughout the island
  • Fantastic, diverse archaeology from Neolithic houses to the fabulous mosaics at Paphos
  • Journey into the unspoilt Troodos Mountains, where traditional villages and spectacular Byzantine churches await discovery

Themes

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

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We fly from London to Larnaca and transfer to our first hotel.
Hotel: Hotel Alasia
Meals: Snack in hotel room due to late arrival

Day 2

We begin our tour at the site of Khirokitia, an exceptionally preserved Neolithic walled village with over 60 stone roundhouses. We enjoy a specially arranged tour to the excavations of the Bronze Age olive oil ‘factory’ at Kalavasos Ayios. 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. We end the day at Limassol Castle, found in a stunning location in the harbour of the old town.
Hotel: Hotel Alasia
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

All day is spent in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia. A settlement since the Bronze Age, the city has been continuously inhabited for almost 5,000 years. Here, we visit the Cyprus Archaeological Museum, which houses the world’s most extensive collections of Cypriot archaeology. After, we visit Leventis Municipal Museum, home to Medieval pottery, photographs, archaeological artefacts, jewels and furniture. This afternoon we have free time to walk around the old town, including the well-preserved Venetian walls, built in an attempt to defend the city from Ottoman invasion.
Hotel: Hotel Alasia
Meals: All meals included

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 collection of churches and monasteries here is one of the largest concentrations in the world. The lively details and colours in the frescoes are remarkable. We also have a walking tour at the traditional town of Kakopetria, surrounded by thick forestland and picturesque Medieval streets.
Hotel: Hotel Alasia
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

Delving into Classical Cyprus at the ancient city of Kourion, which blossomed under the Ptolemies and Romans, we see remains including a (reconstructed) Graeco-Roman theatre, and Roman houses with superb mosaics. We then continue to the important religious centre known as the Sanctuary of Apollo Hylates. We find a complex of buildings from baths, a central courtyard and, of course, the four post Temple of Apollo. Finally, we proceed to Kissonerga-Mosphilia, one of the major Chalcolithic sites of Cyprus with a long history of habitation from 3800 BC to 2300 BC. Apart from the interesting architectural features uncovered here, the site is outstanding for its evidence of ritual behaviour.
Hotel: Hotel: Hotel Azia
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

Our visit today is to the World Heritage Site of Paphos. We explore the elaborate rock-cut, so-called ‘Tombs of the Kings’ which date from the 3rd century BC. We spend lunch within Paphos Harbour before continuing to the Archaeological Park to see Nea Paphos and the fantastic mosaics there.
Hotel: Hotel: Hotel Azia
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

We spend our final morning visiting the famous Sanctuary of Aphrodite at the World Heritage Site of Kouklia before we fly to London this afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast included

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

We fly from London to Cyprus and transfer to our first hotel.

Hotel: Overnight in Limassol
Meals: Dinner or snack in hotel room depending on arrival time

Day 2

Our day starts at the Crusader fortress of Kolossi, which stood by the vineyards where the Knights of St John made their wine. Next, we explore Limassol Castle, a medieval structure in the heart of Limassol. Our next stop is the exceptionally preserved Neolithic walled village of Khirokitia, with over 60 stone roundhouses. After lunch, we enjoy a specially arranged tour to the Bronze Age olive oil ‘factory’ excavations at Kalavasos Ayios Dhimitrios.

Hotel: Overnight in Limassol
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

We journey to the Cypriot capital of Nicosia. Founded in the Bronze Age, the city has been continuously inhabited for almost 5,000 years. We visit Cyprus  Archaeological Museum, which houses the world’s most extensive collections of Cypriot archaeology. We also visit the Leventis Museum, after which we have some free time to walk around the old town, including the well-preserved Venetian walls.

Hotel: Overnight in Limassol
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

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

Hotel: Overnight in Limassol
Meals: Al meals included

Day 5

Into Classical Cyprus at the ancient city of Kourion, which blossomed under the Ptolemies and Romans. We see the remains including a reconstructed Graeco-Roman theatre, and Roman houses with superb mosaics. We then continue to the important religious centre known as the Sanctuary of Apollo Ylatis (‘of the woods’). After lunch, we drive to Souskiou Vathyrkakas, the largest known cemetery of the Chalcolithic period in Cyprus.

Hotel: Overnight in Paphos
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

This morning, we explore the elaborate rock cut ‘Tombs of the Kings’. On to Lemba, to see the Experimental Village and excavations. After lunch, we drive to Maa Palaiokastro, a late Bronze Age settlement.

Hotel: Overnight in Paphos
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

We spend the morning at Nea Paphos, well known for its fantastic mosaics. After lunch in the harbour, we continue with a visit to the excavations at Fabrica Hill.

Hotel: Overnight in Paphos
Meals: All meals included

Day 8

We spend our final morning visiting the famous Sanctuary of Aphrodite at the World Heritage Site of Kouklia before we fly home this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

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

Travel Information

For full information about Passport validity and Visa requirements as well as Health and Vaccination information please click here.

Information for travellers: We would like to make guests from the US aware that they should enter Cyprus through the south (Larnaca and Paphos airport) and then travel across the border. This is because the northern of Cyprus has been occupied since the Turkish invasion in 1974 and is only recognised as a state by Turkey, which means that anyone entering through the north or flying into Ercan airport is considered to be entering the country illegally. To avoid complications, we would advise this information is taken seriously so that you can be safely on your way to enjoying your holiday.

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2020 Tour Details

Wed 22nd Apr - Wed 29th Apr

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£2,395

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CYP20A

Led By: Dr Paul Croft

Wed 23rd Sep - Wed 30th Sep

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