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DAY 00 — MUMBAI

Assemble at Sahar International Airport
Complete Your Check in & Clear Immigration Formalities & proceed for Departure Gate

 

DAY 01 — LARNACA – PAPHOS (Approx. Drive Time : 1 hrs 30 Min)

Arrive Larnaca International Airport. After Clearing Immigration Baggage Collections & Customs proceed to the EXIT GATE.
Proceed to the Car Rental Services & Hire a vehicle & proceed to Larnaca.
Arrive and check in at Hotel
Pafos has a large concentration of hotels and a well developed tourist infrastructure. It is made up of Pano Paphos (Upper Paphos) and Kato Paphos (Lower Pafos) which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Later during the day you can visit The Baths of Aphrodite are about 8 km (5 miles) west of Polis, towards the Akamas peninsula. The baths consist of a water pool in an open rock cave, with water running down from the rocks above. According to legend Aphrodite met her love Adonis here when he stopped by the spring to quench his thirst. Unfortunately swimming in the baths is not allowed anymore.

 

DAY 02 — PAPHOS

Breakfast at the hotel.
Today enjoy a full day at leisure or explore on your own this beautiful town which is the home to many treasures. Admire the mosaics in villas dating back to the Roman period depicting scenes from Greek mythology. Visit the equally impressive underground Tombs of the Kings carved out of solid rock and decorated with Doric pillars. Or visit the St. Paul's Pillar where legend has it the Apostle was flogged before converting the Roman governor to Christianity and making Cyprus the first country in the world to be governed by a Christian.
Visit to Kato Paphos is an archaeological park with Bronze Age dwellings, royal tombs dating from the Hellenic era, Roman floor mosaics, and Byzantine castles and churches. The ruins were unearthed in 1962, providing new information about Cyprus under the Roman Empire. In ancient times, this area was the capital of Cyprus.

 

DAY 03 — PAPHOS – NICOSIA – PAPHOS (Approx. Time 1 hrs 30 Min)

After breakfast visit Pano Lefkara (Approx.1 hr 15 Min Drive), a picturesque village with the traditional architecture, world renowned for its local lace and silverware. Free time to wonder through its narrow winding streets and picturesque stone houses. Continue to Nicosia, (Approx.Time 41 Min Drive) the only divided capital in the world. First stop is at the Handicraft Center with its workshops of traditional folk art and crafts such as pottery, basketry, copperware, wood-carving embroidery and lace. Drive through the Venetian Walls, see the Famagusta Gate and the monument of Freedom. Visit the St. John's Cathedral, housing some outstanding frescoes. Continue to Laiki Yitonia, a recently restored 19th century quarter with houses that are typical examples of traditional Cypriot architecture used today as shops, restaurants and craft centers. Return to your hotel in Pafos.

 

DAY 04 — PAPHOS – LIMASSOL (Approx. Time 45 Min)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Check out from the hotel & drive to Limassol.
Arrive and check in at Hotel
Later you can proceed for visit to Kolossi Castle, a medieval castle located 15 km (9 miles) west of Limassol. The castle was the Commandaria (Headquarters) of the Knights Templar in the 12th century. The wine in this area became famous among the Knights and it became synonymous with the Grand Commanderie region. The wine took on the name Commandaria and, today, it is Cyprus’s traditional wine.

 

DAY 05 — LIMASSOL – TROODOS – LIMASSOL (Approx.50 min)

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning proceed for visit to TROODOS – HOLLY MONASTERY OF KYKKOS
This is a memorable day off the beaten track, through idyllic mountain villages unchanged form generations. On the way to the Troodos Mountains we will stop to one of those picturesque villages- village of Lania to have a look at the traditional handcrafts and to try some local village wine. We pass just below the Mount Olympus – the highest point of Cyprus, with an attitude of 1951 meters- and take in the panoramic views from Troodos Square. We head for “Throni”, to see the Tomb of Archbishop Makarios 3, the first President of Cyprus. Enjoy the spectacular views of the countryside and the pine forest we will drive to the famous Holly Monastery of Kykkos, built in 1092 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The Monastery houses one of the three surviving icons painted by St. Luke A break for lunch will be taken in a nearby restaurant. On the way back we also have a stop next to the Monastery of Troditissa, which has an amazing panoramic view. Back to Limassol.

In the evening visit the Folk Art Museum (Approx. 1530 – 1600 hrs) the lush Municipal Gardens or walk on ten miles of beautiful beaches admiring the scenery.

 

DAY 06 — LIMASSOL – KOURION – MONAGRI – OMODHOS – LIMASSOL

Breakfast at the hotel.
Continue to Kourion. This Greco-Roman site sits on a cliff-top high above the Mediterranean Sea and its 2000 year old amphi-theater offers spectacular views in all directions. Drive to the Erimi Wine Museum, learn the history of the Cypriot wines and sample some of the delicious wines produced in this region. Visit the villages of Monargi and Omodhos.

Then continue to the picturesque village of Omodos with its white houses. Omodos is built around the most ancient monastery of Cyprus, the Holy Cross which contains old icons, excellent woodcarving and other ecclesiastical objects of interest. After our visit we will walk with our guide through the narrow streets and visit an old wine-press known as Linos. Free time will be given for shopping before continuing to Olympus winery where we will have the opportunity to sample some of the famous brands of Cypriot wine. Lunch will be taken in a traditional village restaurant. After lunch we will continue our way to Agros, the village famous for its rosewater, used to flavour pastries and as an effective skin cleanser. We will visit the rose distillery before beginning our return journey.

 

DAY 07 — LIMASSOL – LARNACA (Approx. Time 50 Min)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Check out from the hotel & drive to Larnaca.
Arrive and check in at Hotel
Later during the day you can proceed for most popular sightseeing of the city

Agios Lazaros Church
Situated in the centre of Larnaka (Larnaca), the magnificent early 10th century stone church of Agios Lazaros is one of the most important surviving Byzantine monuments of Cyprus. It was built by Byzantine Emperor Leo VI in exchange for the transfer of the Saint’s relic to Constantinople. The church lies over the tomb of Agios Lazaros, the resurrected friend of Jesus Christ who came to ancient Kition in 33 AD and became its first Bishop and Patron Saint. The tomb, along with other marble sarcophagi and box - shaped tombs brought to light during excavations, can be seen inside the church crypt.

Larnaka Fort
Larnaka Fort stands on the shore at the south end of ‘Phoinikoudes’corniche and was probably built during the reign of James I (1382 -1398) to protect the town’s harbour. Its original shape remains unknown, but the fort appears to have had the form of a square tower. Rebuilt in 1625 during the Ottoman period, it was used as a prison in the first years of British rule. The present day fort of Larnaka (Larnaca) is a square building of different eras, with a courtyard in the centre. At the entrance of the fort on the north side is a two - storey building, probably of the Ottoman period

Buyuk or Kebir Mosque
Situated at the end of Athens Avenue just opposite Larnaka (Larnaca) Fort, Buyuk Mosque is perhaps the first Ottoman mosque in Cyprus.The Ottomans landed in Larnaka (Larnaca) in 1570, meeting with little resistance from the Venetians who chose to fight the Ottoman armies only in Lefkosia (Nicosia) and Ammochostos (Famagusta). Using Larnaka as their supply and naval base, the Ottomans conquered the whole of the island in 1571.

Kition Archaeological Site
Remnants of ancient Kition, located in the area occupied by the city of Larnaka (Larnaca), are visible in various parts of the modern city centre. The first organized settlement in the area of Kition dates to the beginning of the13th century BC. At the end of that century or the beginning of the next, Achaeans redesigned and rebuilt the city, fortifying it with cyclopean walls. The Phoenicians settled in the area in the 9th century BC. In 312 BC the city kingdom of Kition was occupied and then destroyed by Ptolemy 1st Soter, though habitat ion continued into Christian times.

 

DAY 08 — LARNACA

Breakfast at the hotel.

This morning proceed for visit to Hala Sultan Tekke. Located some 6,5 kilometres from Larnaka (Larnaca) overlooking the Salt Lake, Hala SultanTekke is the grave of Umm Haram, wife of Ouvadas Ibn - as Samiz, a general of Moavias who was the leader of the first Arabic invasion of the island in 649 B.C. She was killed during this campaign, when she fell off the mule carrying her. The Hala Sultan Tekke was built at the place of her death, but the exact date is not known. Some archaeologists believe that the tomb of Umm Haram is a monolithic tomb of the prehistoric period (1700 - 1050 BC). According to one legend, one of the stones covering it is suspended in mid - air

The Salt Lake – In winter and early spring thousands of flamingoes, swans, pelicans and other migrating water birds gather in the Salt Lake, next to Hala Sultan Tekke.

 

DAY 09 — LARNACA

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day free for relaxation.

 

DAY 10 — LARNACA – AYIA NAPPA ( Approx.Time 40 Min)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Check out from the hotel & drive to Ayia Nappa .
Arrive and check in at Hotel “Grecian Bay”
Ayia Napa is a popular holiday resort with many hotels, night clubs and cafes.

It has beautiful sandy beaches like Nissi Beach, Makronissos Beach, and Ayia Thekla Beach. Water sports and boat cruises are plentiful.

 

DAY 11 — AYIA NAPPA

Breakfast at the hotel.
Today you can visit Thalassa Museum of the Sea
The Museum is located at the centre of Agia Napa and it has the sea as a subject-matter. It is the first museum of its kind across the Mediterranean region with main principle to present to the audiences, the local and foreign visitors, the impact and the significance of the sea upon the history of Cyprus, from pale ontological to prehistoric periods until present times.

The museum is a three story building made by marble, onyx, wood, metal and offers unique experiences appealing to all our senses with its ‘bird eye view’. It incorporates six levels and the exhibits are presented with four different methods: in underground showcases, where the visitors are able to walk and view the objects from the top or in modern showcases. Other exhibits are freely placed in the museum whereas other they are hanging from the roof. All exhibits are spotlighted by fibre optics.

 

DAY 12 — AYIA NAPPA – CAPE GRECO – AYIA NAPPA (Approx. Time 15 min)

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning after breakfast proceed for your visit to Cape Greco
Cape Greco was designated as a National Forest Park in 1993. It is a relatively unspoilt area with great natural beauty which changes and offers something different each season. It is an oasis of tranquility nestled midway between the busy resorts of Ayia Napa and Protaras.

Covering an area of 385 hectares, Cape Greco was originally covered by a dense juniper forest. During a short period of time, mainly between 1910 and 1920, the trees were rapidly cut down and burned to power the steam flour mills which were in abundance in the Paralimni area. Since then the slow growing juniper has never been able to recover. Today, although juniper and varieties of pine can still be found, trees and shrubs are mostly limited to sparse low level growth, including 14 species endemic to Cyprus. Various flowers including orchids and other rare plant species are also found here and during the springtime there are many flowers in bloom. The park is also a game reserve with hunting prohibited. Foxes, hares and hedgehogs are common and over 80 species of birds, including many migratory species have been spotted. Visitors are also likely to see Lizards and a large variety of butterflies.

Later visit to Sea Caves
There are numerous sea caves stretching from the Eastern edge of Ayia Napa up towards Cape Greco National Park. Smugglers caves and the palace caves (right) are deep passages in the cliffs only accessable from the sea. Some go as deep as 80 metres into the rock and at low tide during calm seas it is possible to walk or swim into many of them.
The sea surrounding the caves is crystal clear although rocky. Many people visit this stretch of coast around Cape Greco to snorkel or dive and local people often fish here during the early hours of the morning. The caves are also visited by most boat trips which sail the East coast on a daily basis.
One of the more extreme sports which is popular here is cliff diving or cliff jumping. There are patches of deep sea amongst the rocks which the brave leap several meters into from the cliffs above.

 

DAY 13 — AYIA NAPPA

Breakfast at the hotel.
Day Free.

 

DAY 14 — AYIA NAPPA – LARNACA (Approx Time. 50 min)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Check out from the hotel Drive to Larnaca Airport for your flight to Dubai.
Drop your vehicle at the airport.
Board your flight back home