History & Archaeology
Ancient & Medieval Cyprus
- Amathus Archaeological Site
Dating back to approximately 1100 BC, this is one of the island’s most impressive historical sites.
- Atlantica Miramare Beach Hotel
Your base for this special-interest holiday.
- The world’s only divided capital city
Take a trip to Nicosia, the island’s capital city, divided following the Cyprus crisis of 1963-64.
- UNESCO Tombs of the Kings
This extensive necropolis is carved out of solid rock, and imitates the houses of the living.
- New holiday
- Full board
Explore the ancient and medieval past of Cyprus
Cyprus is an island with an extensive past. Its history is told by pillared temples, grand amphitheatres, fortresses, museums and walled cities. On this seven-night archaeology holiday, you will be accompanied by an expert host, who will guide you through the archaeology of Paphos and the extensive collections exhibited at the Cyprus Museum, included as part of an extensive programme of excursions. When not gazing into the past, your hotel – Atlantica Miramare Beach (4Q+) – will provide all of the amenities to make this special-interest holiday an enjoyable one. During free time, perhaps take a dip in the hotel pool, or explore the city of Limassol independently.
All breakfasts (B), lunches (L) and dinners (D)
Free bar open 12 hours a day (local drinks)
VIP Club Lounge
- Saga Host
- Return flights and transfers
- 20kg checked-in luggage
- Included themed activities
- Expert Host Talks
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Meet and greet with expert host
- Leisure time
- Hotel porterage
Included excursions and visits
- Historical highlights of Limassol (full day)
- Tamasos and the divided city of Nicosia (full day)
- Choirokoita and Larnaca (full day)
- Highlights of Paphos (full day)
- Engomi, Salamis and Famagusta (full day)
11 Amerikanas Street, Yermasoyia Municipality, 4060, Cyprus
Welcome to Atlantica Miramare Beach (4Q+), a contemporary hotel overlooking the glittering Mediterranean Sea and offering a range of first-class dining options. During your holiday you can discover a range of exclusive offers and inclusions.
Each of the hotel’s air-conditioned and centrally heated rooms features a private balcony with inland views. The option to upgrade to a sea-view is available for a supplement.
Safe (extra charge)
Food and Drink
Atlantica Miramare Beach Hotel features a buffet restaurant, in which you can enjoy live cooking and themed evenings. For an extra charge, you can dine in the hotel’s à la carte restaurant. As part of the hotel’s strict dress code, smart evening wear is required for all guests.
During your stay you can enjoy a programme of evening entertainment, including music and comedy. Each Monday you can also join an included walking exploration of Limassol’s historical centre.
Evening entertainment takes place at the Asteria Lobby Bar and Terrace.
Other Hotel Information
When not relaxing in the Cyprus sunshine or exploring the archaeological treasures of Limassol, perhaps enjoy a pre-dinner drink in one of the hotel’s three bars - one of which is a swim-up bar. If you are feeling a little more active, take advantage of the fitness facilities (with the option of paying for a personal trainer). To wind down, consider a trip to the spa and wellness centre, or swim a few lengths in the indoor pool or jacuzzi.
The use of the spa and tennis courts is at an extra charge.
A la carte restaurant
Outdoor swimming pool
Indoor swimming pool
Your hotel is positioned overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Limassol Bay, on Cyprus’s southern coast. The distance to Paphos Airport is approximately 40 miles, and to Larnaca it is a similar distance. To reach Limassol’s historic centre, it is a ten-minute drive or an hour’s walk, covering a distance of three miles. There is a pleasant promenade that runs alongside the beach towards Limassol Marina and the city’s historic centre.
With a core full of character and an eastern resort area that has been popular with holidaymakers for decades, Limassol offers visitors a little bit of history, a lot of modern comfort and access to many of the island’s must-see attractions - such as Paphos’s captivating necropolis. It was at Limassol Castle that Lionhearted King Richard I of England married Queen Berengaria following his impromptu invasion of Cyprus on the monarch’s way to the Holy Land in 1191.
Day 1 UK-Limassol
Transfer from Limassol Airport to your hotel. At the hotel you will sit down to a welcome dinner, providing the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. D
Day 2 Historical Highlights of Limassol
Amathus Archaeological Site is your first destination. This ancient city dates back to the 12th century BC and was subsequently conquered by Persians, Ptolemies, Romans and Byzantines. In the 7th century AD, Amathus was destroyed during the Arab invasion. Today you can explore the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodites and the tombs dating back to the early Iron Age.
Next, visit Kourion, another ancient city, the main sight of which is a 3,500-capacity amphitheatre. As well as Greco-Roman history, standing here offers wonderful coastal views. In the House of the Gladiators, you can see a mosaic depicting the legendary ancient fighters who entertained crowds with their violence and theatre. For fame in the medieval era, look no further than the Knights Templar, a Christian order of warriors once based at Kolossi Castle, your next destination.
You will then take a trip to Limassol Castle, where King Richard Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre. Today it is home to the Cyprus Medieval Museum. B, L, D
Day 3 Tamasos and the divided capital of Nicosia
See the ancient ruins of Tamasos and Idalion before a tour of the Cyprus Museum. It is the island’s largest archaeological museum, charting Cyprus’s civilisation from the Neolithic era to the early Byzantine period (7th century AD). Pottery, jewellery, sculptures and coins are exhibited in chronological order, accompanying you on a journey through the past.
Finally, take a trip to Nicosia, the Republic of Cyprus’s capital, and - following the Cyprus crisis of 1963-64 - the only capital city in the world to be divided between two nations. Spend some free time exploring Nicosia’s old town, surrounded by Venetian walls. B, L, D
Day 4 Choirokitia and Larnaca
The three-hectare site of Choirokoita is a collection of ruined huts built between the 7th and 5th centuries. As well as the ruined huts inhabited all those years ago, the site also features several huts that have been reconstructed using ancient techniques. Take a trip to the village of Kalavasos for a window into traditional Cypriot life, and, in contrast, take a trip to the bustling, modern city of Larnaca.
Your afternoon is spent at the archaeological ruins of Kition. Inhabited since the 13th century BC, Kition was famous for its harbour in the age of Antiquity. The settlement’s association with the sea is illustrated by the etchings of ships on the walls of buildings. B, L, D
Day 5 Highlights of Paphos
It is an archaeological site that needs little introduction. Inhabited since the Neolithic period, a visit to Paphos will reveal the remains of villas, palaces, theatres, fortresses and tombs. It was at the centre of the Cult of Aphrodite and features monumental underground tombs.
Despite the name Tombs of the Kings, you won’t find any monarchs buried here. Instead, the name is owed to the grandeur that these tombs enjoyed, providing a final resting place for high-ranking officials and diplomats. Also a must-see is the House of Dionysos, a huge, luxury villa built with an extensive mosaic floor. Following your visit, take a trip to Paphos harbour for some free time. B, L, D
Day 6 At leisure
Spend the day exploring Limassol or relaxing at the hotel. Alternatively, join an optional excursion into the Troodos Mountains, featuring a wine tasting. B, L, D
Day 7 Engomi, Salamis and Famagusta
Your final full day in Cyprus begins in Engomi. This will be followed by a visit to Salamis, the original capital of Cyprus. Salamis was founded in approximately 1100 BC, and evidence of its ancient past include huge marble columns and coloured statues. Finally, you will visit Famagusta, surrounded by 15th-16th-century Venetian walls. B, L, D
Day 8 Limassol-UK
Check out of your hotel and make the return journey back to the UK. B
Troodos Mountains and wine tasting
Leaving Limassol behind, you will head into the Troodos Mountains where you will first visit Kykkos Monastery. Founded by the Byzantines in the 11th century, the monastery is also the final resting place for Archbishop Makarios III, the first president of Cyprus. Take a trip to a nearby winery for a guided tour and wine tasting, followed by a visit to Timios Stavros Monastery of the Holy Cross. It is here that you can visit the Museum of Byzantine Art.
Optional on 7 nights itinerary