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  • The world’s only divided capital city
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Special Interest - History and Archaeology
History & Archaeology

Ancient & Medieval Cyprus QQQQ+

Limassol, Cyprus

Ancient & Medieval Cyprus

Limassol, Cyprus

Prices from
£1,199 per person
2 passengers
7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
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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.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plateAll breakfasts (B), lunches (L) and dinners (D)

PersonExpert Host

CocktailFree bar open 12 hours a day (local drinks)

ChairVIP Club Lounge

Plus...

  • 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

MapIncluded 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)

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Day 1 UK-Limassol

Your hotel is a stone’s throw from the water’s edge

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

Ruins of ancient Amathus, Limassol, Cyprus

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

Old streets 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

Reconstructed structures at Choirokitia

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

Tomb of the Kings, 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

Limassol promenade

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

The ancient city of Salamis

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.

Kykkos Monastery in Troodos Mountains, Cyprus
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Ancient & Medieval Cyprus

Limassol, Cyprus

Prices from
£1,199 per person
2 passengers
7 nights
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £20 if not required
Ancient & Medieval Cyprus QQQQ+

Limassol, Cyprus