1st Day: Athens -Larnaca -Limassol
We depart from Eleftherios Venizelos airport to Larnaca airport. Right after our arrival in Larnaca we board the coach that is waiting for us. Our first stop is in Larnaca’s trademark Foinikoudes to take photos and also to eat if we want to very beautiful shops with our famous seftalies and not only. Then we visit the symbol of Larnaca, the Church of Saint Lazarus, the building of the Byzantine Emperor Leo the Wise. We worship the Saint’s cart, as well as the Tomb under the Holy Trinity. Later we go to Kition where we admire the exquisite Byzantine mosaic of the 6th century in the homonymous church of Angeloktisti. Late afternoon, we visit the unique Camel Park that will delight us and take great pictures. Our final destination is for our hotel in Limassol for overnight and dinner. Free time is available for more activities for anyone who wants it.
2nd Day: Lemesos-Nicosia-Limassol
We take a snack and depart for Nicosia where we will begin our tour of the majestic capital of the island and the last divided city in Europe. Nicosia is full of life and combines the old with the new. We visit the Cathedral of St. John (here are the two limousines of Makarios), which dates from the 17th century with the four largest icons painted by John Kornaros in the 18th century. We have a little time on the Green Line to see the divided city up close. We drink our coffee and take pictures in the historic center of the capital. We visit the imprisoned tombs in the real prison where we will be guided by a survivor of that time. Among the tombs are those of Karaoli and Dimitriou, Grigori Afxentiou, and Evagoras Pallikaridis. We also visit the Makedonitissa Tomb. Late afternoon we return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
3rd Day: Limassol-Troodos-Monastery Kykkos-Limassol
We depart from the city of Limassol and visit the mountain Troodos which is the highest mountain in Cyprus (1750 m) and on today’s route we will have the opportunity to see the mountainous picturesque villages in green landscapes. We continue to the Holy Monastery of Kykkos where one of the icons painted by Evangelist Loukas is kept. The monastery dates back to the eleventh century. The location of the monastery is magnificent; there we will have time to visit the shops, to have coffee, to know the history of the monastery. Then we leave for Prodromos the tallest village of Cyprus. Here we will take our meal and then visit the magnificent Platres where, according to Seferis, the nightingales do not let you sleep. On our way we visit the village of Omodos, once the property of the prince of Galilee, famous for the production of good wine as well as the Monastery of Holy Cross, which we will visit. The monuments of the monastery invaluable historically and religiously, as St. Helen visited the place and left a piece of the rope that tied Christ and a piece of Holy Wood and that’s why it was named the Monastery of the Holy Cross. There is time for us to take a walk in the village. Late afternoon we return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we depart for the wonderful and famous Pafos. On our way, we see Colossi with the medieval fortress of Colossus and the famous Knights Templar. Next, we make a stop at the stone of Romios. Here, by tradition, Aphrodite emerged from the froths and was named Aphrodite Island. Here the view is magnificent; we drink a coffee and take pictures. Continuing on the old coastal road we arrive shortly in Pafos. We visit the church and the column where Apostle Paul was whipped. From the curls on the back of Apostle Paul came the phrase: «forty strokes less one”.» We will have time to make our purchases or, alternatively, stroll through the picturesque alleys and go for a meal at the very beautiful fish taverns. In the afternoon we pass from Geroskipou, whose name comes from the ancient Greek word «Sacred Garden» and in antiquity was a vast expanse of gardens dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite. Geroskipou is also known for its locums as well as for the Holy Church of Agia Paraskevi, one of the most interesting Byzantine churches in Cyprus dating back to the 9th century. It is worth mentioning that the whole city of Pafos has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then we head to the holy monastery of Agios Neophytos of Enclestos. It is a Patriarchal and Stavropygian Monastery where we will worship the Holy Sepulcher and the closure where he lived all his life in prison. Finally, we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
5th Day: Agia Napa-Deryneia-Paralimni-Flight to Athens
After breakfast we depart to meet the eastern edge of Cyprus by winding the green line along the Famagusta province. After we reach Larnaca, we head north-east to the Dhekelia Base and through it we reach Achna’s forest. Continuing we will reach Aghios Kendeas, where, during the invasion of ’74, the Saint, according to the testimonies of the locals and the Monks of the Monastery, stood an obstacle to the advance of the Turks. Then we arrive at Deryneia, where from the National Guard Observatory we see the ghost town of Famagusta. Later we arrive at beautiful Protaras where we go up to the chapel of Prophet Elias to see Paralimni and Protaras panoramic. Here we take beautiful photos and continue to Agia Napa where we will have free time to eat. Finally, we depart for Larnaca Airport for our return flight to Athens.
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