- Kykkos Monastery
- Baths of Aphrodite
- Paphos Castle
- Roman mosaics
Jewels of Cyprus
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Discover the ancient island of Aphrodite
Cyprus, the birthplace of Aphrodite, combines sun-drenched coastal cities backed by sprawling sandy beaches with a millennium of ancient history. During stays in Larnaca and Paphos, explore archaeological sites with Roman, Greek and Byzantine ruins and tour the traditional villages of rural Cyprus. Plus, optional excursions offer the chance to cross the Green Line into Northern Cyprus, a largely untouched region. Heading into the island’s rugged interior, stay in the Troodos Mountains, in a village famous for its roses to experience authentic Cypriot living and meet the friendly locals.
12 nights in hotels
35 meals: 12 breakfasts (B), 11 lunch (L) and 12 dinners (D)
Free bar open between 6-12 hours a day
Saga tour manager
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at your hotel
Included excursions and visits
- Orientation tour of Larnaca
- Visit to Lefkara village
- Red Soil Villages tour
- Kalopanayiotis village visit
- Troodos Mountains tour
- Winery tour and tasting session
- Limassol guided tour
- Guided tour of Paphos
- Visit to Steni VIllage
- Baths of Aphrodite visit
- Day 1 UK-Larnaca
- Day 2 Larnaca
- Day 3 Larnaca
- Day 4 Lefkara
- Day 5 Larnaca
- Day 6 Red Soil Villages
- Day 7 Larnaca-Agros
- Day 8 Troodos Mountains
- Day 9 Agros-Paphos
- Day 10 Limassol
- Day 11 Paphos
- Day 12 Steni
- Day 13 Paphos-Larnaca-UK
Quality Lodge, BW Premier Collection
Rodon Mount Hotel & Resort
Coral Beach Hotel & Resort
Day 1 UK-Larnaca
Fly to Larnaca, Cyprus’ third-largest city. Featuring many historic landmarks such as the Mosque of Hala Sultan, the medieval castle, the old Aqueduct of Larnaca and the pretty salt lake, this city offers plenty to explore.
Stay six nights at the 4-star Quality Lodge, BW Premier Collection (4Q). Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening. D
Day 2 Larnaca
After a morning at leisure, this afternoon join an orientation tour of Larnaca.
First visit the Church of Saint Lazarus, a remarkable example of Byzantine architecture built over the tomb of Lazarus whom Christ resurrected from the dead. From here, walk along the palm-lined promenade to the marina, with the chance to pause for coffee at one of the sidewalk cafes or for a spot of souvenir shopping.
Next, take a short drive to Larnaca’s salt lake, home to a colony of flamingos and other migratory birds in the winter months. B, L, D
Day 3 Larnaca
Spend the day at leisure in Larnaca, or alternatively join an optional excursion to the east coast of Cyprus, visiting Famagusta and the ruins of the ancient city of Salamis. B, L, D
Day 4 Lefkara
Take a drive to the south-east of the island to the charming village of Lefkara, famous for its silverware and traditional lace embroidery, known as lefkaritika. In fact it's not unusual to see groups of women sitting alongside the narrow streets working on their embroidery.
Enjoy free time in this sleepy village to stroll through the winding alleys, immersing yourself in traditional Cypriot culture. Perhaps take the chance to buy some authentic souvenirs. Return to the hotel for lunch and then spend the afternoon at leisure. B, L, D
Day 5 Larnaca
Spend the day at leisure in Larnaca, or join today’s optional excursion into Northern Cyprus to explore Kyrenia and the surrounding region. B, L, D
Day 6 Red Soil Villages
Today, take a visit to the Kokkinochoria, or 'red soil villages', of rural Cyprus, so named because of the colour of the earth in which the locals grow their crops.
Drive through the village of Achna and on to Dherynia village, from where you’ll have a chance to look at the ‘ghost town’ of Famagusta. Next, drive to Ayia Napa, meaning 'holy forest', named for the blanket of dense woodland that once covered this uninhabited region. Nowadays, tourists flock to Ayia Napa, mainly for its golden beaches, crystal clear water, lively nightlife and friendly locals. You'll see the historic side of the town as you pay a visit to the monastery and fishing harbour. B, L, D
Day 7 Larnaca-Agros
Head into the mountainous interior of Cyprus to Agros (55 miles, 90 minutes), visiting Kalopanayiotis en route. The village has a very traditional style with paved streets and walkways, chapels and churches and is an example of a genuine community unaffected by modern civilisation. See the church of Saint John Lampadistis built in 1731 and housing the saint’s tomb.
Stay two nights at the 3-star Rodon Mount Hotel & Resort (3Q) in Agros. B, L, D
Day 8 Troodos Mountains
Spend the day exploring the Troodos Mountain range, home to some of the country’s most important Byzantine churches. Visit Kykkos Monastery, Cyprus’ most famous monastery. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the monastery houses a priceless collection of icons, consecrated vessels, manuscripts and Cypriot antiquities.
Continue with a scenic tour of the Troodos Mountain range and Mount Olympus, a region covered in dense pine and cedar forests, dotted with picturesque villages. B, L, D
Day 9 Agros-Paphos
Make the journey to Paphos on the west coast today (58 miles, 90 minutes).
En route visit Omodos, one of Cyprus’ traditional wine-producing villages, set some 800 metres above sea level in the Troodos mountains. Visit a family winery for a guided tour and wine tasting experience, then enjoy lunch in a traditional local tavern in the village. With cobbled streets and just a small population, Omodos is known for its Zivania wine, as well as ‘Arkatena’ bread and handicrafts. It is also home to the Timios Stavros, Monastery of the Holy Cross. The original church where the monastery stands was believed to have been founded in the 4th century and associated with miracles.
On arrival in Paphos, stay four nights at the 5-star Coral Beach Hotel & Resort (4Q). B, L, D
Day 10 Limassol
Join a half-day guided tour of Limassol’s surrounding highlights.
Cyrpus’ second largest city lies between the archaeological sites of Kourion and Kolossi which you’ll have the chance to explore today. First visit Kourion, an ancient city set on a cliff where you can see an early Christian basilica and the Greco-Roman amphitheatre famous for its vistas of the Mediterranean Sea.
Continue to Kolossi Castle, a fine example of military architecture originally constructed in the 13th century during the crusades. The afternoon is free to spend at leisure and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. B, L, D
Day 11 Paphos
This morning, a half-day tour of Paphos visits the UNESCO-listed Tombs of the Kings.
This underground burial site carved into the hill dates to the Hellenistic and Roman periods and was the resting place of prominent citizens (but not Kings). Paphos is also home to a selection of mosaics dating from the Roman period in the Paphos Archaeological Park, which you’ll have the chance to see next, before visiting the church of Chrysopolitissa, built in the 13th century over the ruins of the largest early Byzantine basilica on the island. Finally, end your tour at the medieval Paphos Castle in the harbour.
The afternoon is free to spend at leisure. B, L, D
Day 12 Steni
Today’s included excursion visits Steni, a village with a history of traditional farming.
Explore the local museum, home to a well curated collection of artefacts detailing Cypriot history, customs and traditions from 1800 to 1945. Continue to the Baths of Aphrodite, a natural pool grotto at the tip of the Akamas peninsula where, according to mythology, the Goddess of Love used to bathe and meet with Adonis.
Return to your hotel for a final afternoon at leisure. B, L, D
Day 13 Paphos-Larnaca-UK
After breakfast, transfer to the airport (88 miles, two hours) for your return flight to the UK. B
Famagusta and Salamis
Drive past the ‘ghost town’ of Varosha, the abandoned southern quarter of Famagusta. Once a booming tourist resort, after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, the inhabitants fled and the area has remained abandoned ever since. Continue into Famagusta, a coastal city founded by the Egyptians. Explore the old walled town, and visit the gothic Cathedral of St Nicolas, which was inspired by Notre Dame.
Next, tour the ancient city of Salamis, and visit the site’s museum. Once the capital of Cyprus, Salamis survived the successive occupations of the Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians and Romans before several earthquakes and a tidal wave led to the city’s destruction. Roam amongst the ruins, including the marble columns, ancient baths and Roman theatre.
Optional on 12 nights itinerary
Head across the border into Northern Cyprus to explore some of the region’s historical sites. Visit St Hilarion, the best preserved of the Crusader castles, which sits some 2,000ft above sea level dramatically perched atop a rocky crag. The castle is rumoured to have provided inspiration for Walt Disney when he created the animated film Snow White. Continue to Bellapais in the Kyrenia mountain range. The sleepy village found fame after being immortalised by Lawrence Durrell, who chronicled his life here in the 1950s in the book 'Bitter Lemons of Cyprus'. The jewel of Bellapais is undoubtedly the 800-year-old Gothic-style abbey, built in the 12th century by monks fleeing Palestine after the fall of Jerusalem. Finally, explore Kyrenia, a bustling harbour town. Visit the scenic harbour and Kyrenia Castle, which houses two museums: the Museum of Kyrenia and the Shipwreck Museum.
Optional on 12 nights itinerary
Quality Lodge, BW Premier Collection (4Q), Larnaca
This fully-renovated 4-star property comprises 26 modern apartments, located in a quiet resort on the outskirts of Larnaca, within walking distance of the beach. Amenities include a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, sun terrace, bar and garden.
Rodon Mount Hotel & Resort (3Q), Agros
Located in the peaceful village of Agros, the 3-star hotel boasts panoramic mountain views. The well-equipped property features two restaurants, cafe, piano bar, games room, and a fitness and spa centre. Outdoor amenities include two swimming pools, a tennis court and gardens.
Coral Beach Hotel & Resort (4Q), Paphos
This 5-star hotel is situated in a relaxed resort, 8.5 miles along the coast from the city of Paphos. Overlooking a sandy beach, facilities at the hotel include an indoor pool, spa, gym, tennis courts, two outdoor pools, four bars and six restaurants serving Cypriot and international cuisine.