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.
Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £490
Day 1 - London - Limassol
We fly from London to Cyprus and transfer to our first hotel in Limassol.
|Hotel||Alasia Hotel, Limassol|
Day 2 - Khirokitia
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.
Day 3 - Nicosia
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.
Day 4 - Troodos Mountains - Kakopetria
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.
Day 5 - Kourion
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.
Day 6 - Tombs of the Kings
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.
Day 7 - Nea Paphos - Fabrica Hill
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.
Day 8 - Paphos - London
We spend our final morning visiting the famous Sanctuary of Aphrodite at the World Heritage Site of Kouklia before we fly home this afternoon.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Professional Tour Manager
- Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
- Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- All taxes & gratuities
- Field notes
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single Supp.||Availability|
|23 September 2020||ACYP200923||23 September 2020 (Wednesday)||30 September 2020 (Wednesday)||Dr Paul Croft Angela Bentley||£2,695