Cyprus - Monastery at Omodos and the Church of the Holy CrossDepartures: All Year Round

Duration: 6 days/5 nights

Set out this morning with a visit to the Church of Saint Lazaros built in the 9th century, before taking in Haltan Sultan Tekke, one of the most important pilgrim sites for Muslims after Mecca and Medina. See the Church of Angeloktisti at Kiti Village with its unique golden mosaic from the 6th century. Enjoy lunch in Larnaca at Zephyros Restaurant before spending some time strolling the city.  Continue onto Nicosia and overnight.  (B/L)

Nicosia, the last divided city, awaits you today.  Visit the Cathedral of Saint John and its adjacent Museum. Walk to the Dividing Line and cross over to visit the Cathedral of Saint Sofia in the occupied area built in the 14th century, now a mosque. Enjoy lunch in a local tavern, “Anama”,  in Ledras Street.  Visit the Cyprus Museum with exhibits from all over Cyprus. Overnight in Nicosia. (B/L)

Day 3
Visit two UNESCO World Heritage listed churches today, the Church of Panagia Asinou, and the Church of Panagia Podithou.  Head to Kakopetria Village and enjoy lunch at Pedoulas at Two Flowers Taverna.  Visit the Kykkos Monastery the most important monastery in Cyprus built in the 11th century. Overnight at the magnificent Casale Panayiotis, a traditional old home, now restored and receiving guests.  (B/L)

Day 4
Enjoy a trip to Agros Village where we will visit some local masons still using traditional methods to create their wares.  Head to one of Cyprus’ oldest factories, which still produces traditional Cypriot sweets.  Lunch will be taken at Omodos Village at the lovely Katoi Restaurant. Stroll around the village and see the oldest wine press. Enjoy wine tasting and visit the Monastery of the Holy Cross built in the 17th century before heading to Limassol to overnight.  (B/L)

Day 5
Head to Paphos today and visit the ancient Kingdom of Kourion and the birthplace of Aphrodite,  goddess of beauty and love. Lunch at Romeo’s Tavern before visiting the Tombs of the Kings and the Mosaics of Paphos.  Return to Limassol and overnight. (B/L)

Day 6
Visit the medieval Castle of Limassol, where King Richard the Lionheart married in 1191, and which now houses a selection of medieval artefacts.  Drive to Lefkara Village before returning to Larnaca, where our tour ends.

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