Arrival to Cyprus and accommodation in the Hotel
Full day trip to Birth Place of Aphrodite (Paphos).
According to one legend, Aphrodite was born from the waves on the site off the coast of Cyprus. Hesiod, in his Theogony (circa 8th century BC), provides a dramatic account of the event. Cronus, son of Gaia, castrated his father Uranus on his mother’s orders because of Uranus’ infidelity, and his testicles fell into the sea. A cascade of effervescent white foam appeared from which a damsel of extraordinary beauty arose. This maiden was named Aphrodite who was then escorted ashore on a shell by the soft breezes of the Zephyrs to the rocks known as Petra tou Romiou (Rock of the Greek) and also Aphrodite’s Rock.
According to another, this place is indeed the birthplace of Aphrodite. It is believed that she emerged from the sea at this bay. Aphrodite herself chose the famous rock to begin her life as a human. It is said that Aphrodite first traveled to the island of Cythera, but she found it too small and therefore reached Paphos and settled here. Whichever the legend, this is a popular site for an excursion in Cyprus.
After the lunch we will continue our journey to the Bath of Aphrodite.
The ‘Baths of Aphrodite’ is an area on the way to Akamas National Park just after pictures village of Latchi which attracts many visitors. This beauty spot is situated close to the tip of the Akamas peninsula. A natural pool grotto surrounded in greenery, the site lies at the end of a small nature trail. As its name suggests, the grotto is said to be where the Goddess of Love used to bath in a pond just before her marriage to Hephaestus, the maker of the weapons for the gods. Another version says she was married to Ares, the God of War. Whichever the version, the Baths of Aphrodite provide a magnificent view of the Bay of Polis. You can enjoy the most beautiful sunset during the dinner from the restaurant on the cliff.
Trip to charming village of Lefkara.
Tucked away and nestled in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains in the southeast of Cyprus is a charming village with old stone buildings, cobble stone streets, narrow winding alleys, and a colorful past, Lefkara. This is where the Cypriot folk needlecraft art was born − the famous ‘lefkaritiko’ − the reputation of which has gone beyond the frontiers of Cyprus and has become known in most European countries and beyond. Lefkara owes its welfare and prosperity to this needlecraft and to its trade launched in the late 19th century, flourishing during the first thirty years of the 20th century.
Lace making and embroidery is a 2,000-year-old Cypriot tradition. The lace making tradition has been passed down from generation to generation. The lace ladies lovingly make ‘Lefkaritika’ lace using the same techniques that were introduced by the Venetian noblewomen starting from 1489. The Venetian ladies summered in the cool mountains of Lefkara to escape the heat of the cities.
Lefkara is also famous, apart from lefkaritika, for silver handicraft. The village takes its name from the chalky white ground caused by the presence in abundance of silica and limestone. Lefkara is derived from a combination of the Greek words ‘lefka’ (Greek for white) and ‘ori’ (Greek for mountains and hills).
Visitors will be able to experience on making some pottery and take it with you as a souvenir.
Sightseeing in Cyprus would pale into insignificance were Lefkara left out of your itinerary. It is a complete answer to the mundane query of what to see in Cyprus.
Free day to explore the city
Full day trip to Omodos to visit World famous Timios Stavros Monastery or the Monastery of the Holy Cross which holds relics taken directly from Golgotha, the site of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. The most important is the Great Cross with the Holy Rope. The piece of rope was given by St. Helena on her visit in 327-328 AD. A wooden Cross with a gold and silver-plated cover is placed in a special canopy at the iconostasis, bearing various depictions from the life of Christ. At the centre of the Cross, sheltered by a golden wicket that opens, lies the ‘AGIOS CANNAVOS’ (Holy Hemp-made Rope), also called the ‘AGIO SCHINIO’ (Holy Rope), a piece of the rope that the Romans used to fasten Christ upon the Cross and is stained red with His blood. It is the sole existing piece in the world. This church is a wonder of the World where visitors come to pray, asking for miracles related to family issues, health and happiness.
After the Visit to Monastery, we will walk around the beautiful pebble stone street village to take the pictures and buy some souvenirs.
Surprise experience will wait for you in the afternoon when you will be invited to join Plates smashing Traditional Cyprus dinner. Every tourist is curious about is the tradition of smashing plates or glasses during celebratory occasions. The origin of this strange custom is not known in much detail. What is certain is that it originated in Greece and soon filtered down to Cyprus. Tour will arrange this experience in a trip to one of the many different Cyprus village style taverns that still conduct the ritual. One of better village taverns is in Omodos, near Troodos, with old style musicians, singers and traditional dancers included. Visitors will be offered local drink –Zivania together with full Cypriot meat meze and allowed to smash plates. After the meal, guests are entertained with Greek and Cypriot music and dancing, including the famous Sirtaki, which is an entrancing and enticing dance which will tempt you to join in.
Full day trip to Troodos for wine Making and Tasting experience.
Cyprus is renowned for the various wines it produces. Vintners have vineyards ranging from just one acre to tens of hectares. Wine is not a new story for Cyprus. Recent archaeological excavations which have been undertaken on the island have confirmed the thinking that this small island has been producing wine for almost 5,000 years. The discoveries testify that Cyprus may well be the cradle of wine development in the entire Mediterranean basin, from Greece, to Italy and France.
This historic panorama of continuous wine history that the island possesses is just one of the reasons that make a trip to the wine villages such a fascinating prospect. A second important reason is the wines of today -finding and getting to know our regional wineries, which are mostly small and enchanting.
All visitors will be able to try unforgettable experience in wine making ceremony and after that will be able to sample as many different sort of wine as you wish during your journeys along the ‘Wine Routes’ of Cyprus. We will stop for dinner in some of the pictures villages with waterfalls along the route.
Tours in Cyprus generally include an excursion to one of the traditional Cyprus village for Halloumi making experience, which is something unique. If you want to do something different and memorable during your stay in Cyprus, then a Halloumi making trip is a must for you. Haloumi is traditional Cypriot cheese which now been exported to more than 150 countries around the World.
After our guest satisfied with the results of their own cheese, they will be invited to the village to sample many of local delicacies including FULL Cyprus meat meze which will includes also Haloumi, village breads, olives, fruits, etc., all a produce of (or made in) the village, as well as the best local wines, tending to the stronger varieties.
After breakfast, free time to explore the city. Transfer from the hotel to the airport and return to Warsaw.
* Cost include: private car and English/Russian speaking guide
* Cost per person and based on number of people.
* Prices do not include cost of food or accommodation.