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Exploring Cyprus!! An Expedition via different means of transportation!!

October 2004


Exploring Cyprus!!
An Expedition via different means of transportation!!

Day 1 - Sunday

Arrival at Larnaca Airport!!!

Limassol, a celebration of beaches, fortresses and festivals!
Today Limassol is a resort with a ten-mile coastline, a busy shopping center, countless taverns and restaurants and nightlife to suit tastes ranging from modest to sophisticated. Limassol is also the town of “wine and carnival” with its successful wine festival and its several carnival festivities. Cypriots gather in Limassol from all over the island to join these two events!!!!!

We believe that first impressions are very important and that special groups deserve VIP treatment from the moment they arrive in Cyprus. For this reason we offer a special VIP welcome service, whereby your guests are greeted upon arrival by local staff and swiftly assisted through customs to luxury air-conditioned minibuses, without having to worry about luggage as this is taken care of separately.

Problem?
On the way to Limassol, towards Tochni village, the coach breaks down and the mechanical problem unfortunately cannot be solved on the spot, after some minutes of delay and inconvenience, luckily there is the old-timer coach (village bus) which will “coincidentally” be passing by...! This bus will collect our guests to continue their trip towards the village. Villagers who will be traveling on the bus will serve the party with local specialties such as “Halloumi” goat cheese and tasty local ham known as “Hiromeri” as well as traditional village bread and wine!!

A Taste of Cyprus Cuisine at Socrates House in Tochni Village
This evening will be organized in the village of Tochni at the “Socrates House” which is an old house built at the end of the 19th century but renovated with great care and respect to the local architectural style, design and character. “Socrates House” is one of the best examples of precise restoration in Agro tourism. It is built on an elevated position commanding great views of the village and the Church of St. Constantine and St Helena below one of the oldest chapels of the island. There, our guests will have a taste of mouth watering gastronomic specialties of the Cypriot cuisine.
After dinner guests will be driven to the chosen hotel in a first class air-conditioned minibus accompanied by Drakos escort.

Overnight at the chosen hotel.

Welcome envelop/kit with guidebook and maps of Cyprus as well as a bottle of wine will be placed in all rooms.

Day 2 – Monday

Buffet breakfast at the hotel’s coffee shop in a reserved area for our group.

Jeep Safari – A Photo Expedition to Paphos
Jeep safari and photo competition from Limassol to the westbound of Cyprus to Paphos, home of Aphrodite, Adonis, Dionysus and lucky mortals!!!

Paphos itself is a leading cultural center of the Mediterranean, with fascinating mosaics to see at the Houses of Aion and Dionysos, while St. Paul’s Pillar and the Tombs of the Kings, are two more of the many worth visiting sites in Paphos. The whole town is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Wherever one treads in Paphos one comes across its glorious history which dates back thousands of years, when the cult of goddess Aphrodite flourished in this beautiful part of the world, attracting many visitors from inland and abroad. Still under the spell of her Beauty-goddess, the area retaining her magic remains intact by time. It seduces its visitor with its majestic landscape, lovely coastline, historical treasures and delightful villages where tradition is still a way of life!!

An “off-the-beaten track” expedition with four persons per self-drive jeep. All guests will participate actively in the rally rather than merely be passive observers of people, places and things. Each team will have a disposable camera with which guests will take the craziest, the funniest and / or the most impressive photos according to their opinion throughout the day. Upon return to the hotel in the afternoon the cameras will be returned to Drakos escort in order to have the films developed and select the winning team that will be announced during dinner later than night!! Our drive will take us from Limassol to the medieval Castle of Kolossi, which was once the Headquarters of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem and the place where the world famous “Commandaria” wine is produced. We will proceed to Erimi village where we will have the chance to spend a couple of hours testing our driving abilities even more in a Go Karts competition!!! The participants will be competing with each other in a fun race. Each round will last around 10 minutes. After hard efforts, the winner will be announced in the “foam” of champagne and “triumph” music….Tired? Hope not, as there is more fun in store for us!!!

We will proceed to the ancient Kingdom of Kourion, one of the most spectacular archaeological sites on the island where excavations still bring new treasures to light. Its magnificent Greco-Roman Theatre, which was originally built in the 2nd century BC, now fully restored, is used for musical and theatrical performances.

We will then go to Petra to Romiou, the legendary birthplace of the Goddess Aphrodite-Cypria where we can stop just to enjoy this magnificent scenery or capture the moment with some photos. Thereafter we will drive to Paphos where our fist visit will be at the Roman Villas of Dionysus, Aion and Theseus with their magnificent mosaics inspired by Greek Mythology. Are you hungry yet?? We will park our jeeps nearby the old harbour and enjoy our fish mezze lunch with ¼ bottle of wine, ½ water and coffee per person at a seaside Taverna in Kato Paphos by the old harbour overlooking the Byzantine castle.
After lunch last but certainly not least, within walking distance from the old port we will have our last visit for the day which will be at St Paul’s Pillar, marking the spot where the Apostle was arrested in Roman times while preaching Christianity in Cyprus and the church of Chrysopolitissa built in the 16th century over the ruins of the largest Early Bysantine Basilica on the island.
Afterwards we walk back to our jeeps and head back to Limassol.

There will be time to relax and freshen up before dinner which can be either at the hotel as half board supplement with a drinks package of ½ bottle of wine, ½ bottle of water and coffee per person or we propose dinner to the tunes of guitars….

Our transport tonight will be an Old Timer bus, which will take our guests to the venue of tonight’s dinner in an old restored house!!!

Dinner to the tunes of guitars
Our guests will enjoy their mezze dinner with house wine in one of the most famous traditional taverns of Limassol. The highlight of our evening will be “four brother guitarists”, very well known in Cyprus, who will sing a selection from their Greek and international repertoire. We will be invited to sing and dance to the tunes of their own romantic music!

Return transfer back to the chosen hotel and overnight.

Day 3- Tuesday

Buffet breakfast at the hotel’s coffee shop in a reserved area for our group.

Expedition in Self Drive Jeeps
A combination of a fun packed day with a horse riding experience at the Elias Country Club. Guests will have the opportunity to ride through mountainous areas and unspoiled countryside with qualified escorts.

The Troodos Mountains Expedition
Then we continue our expedition from Limassol up to the medieval village of Kakopetria and the Troodos slopes, driving through the villages of Lania and Platres. One can experience another dimension of Cyprus, heading inland to the Troodos Mountains home of our very own Mount Olympus, the highest point of the island, at 1,951 meters. Bright green pine trees and tall cedars dominate its magical landscape.

Troodos is also home to ten painted Byzantine churches, all on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Lunch with village wine will be served at Kakopetria village located on the eastern slopes of mount Olympus. The old part of Kakopetria village is under the protection of the department of antiquities and is currently being restored. In the afternoon clients can either drive back to their hotel at their own leisure or visit and explore the various Byzantine churches and monasteries of the area.

The rest of the afternoon at leisure and time to freshen up before dinner!!

Our means of transport tonight will be none other than our Jeeps!!

Dinner at Alliada Restaurant (not private)
Alliada Restaurant is an upscale restaurant with gastronomic cuisine located in the old town of Limassol. It is a neoclassic house transformed into a restaurant. A reserved area will be provided for our group and one round table with white tablecloth and white chair covers will be the set up. An International buffet dinner will be served with ½ wine, ½ water and coffee. Piano player will entertain us throughout the dinner.

Return transfer and overnight at the chosen hotel.

Day 4- Wednesday

Buffet breakfast at the hotel’s coffee shop in a reserved area for our group.

Exploring Cypriot Tradition in an expedition to Larnaca region
In today’s expedition we leave Limassol behind heading eastbound towards Larnaca. Our first stop will be nearby Choirokitia village where we will visit a Goat farm and the Workshop where “Halloumi” the famous Cypriot cheese is made. There a small snack (a traditional Cypriot breakfast) with freshly made Halloumi will be offered before we continue our drive to the Olive Mill to get an idea of how Olive oil is made here in Cyprus.

We will then proceed to the city of Larnaca, built on the ruins of Kition, as the town used to be known, which was one of the several ancient City-Kingdoms of Cyprus. Our tour will take us to the center of Larnaca and after a short city tour we will visit St Lazarus church the Patron saint of the town. Lunch with ¼ bottle of local wine,1/2 bottle water and coffee per person will be served in a Tavern in Larnaca.
After lunch we will proceed to the highlight of the day!!! A visit to the Camel Park in Mazotos area for some Camel Riding!!!

This will be the last stop in today’s expedition. After the Camel Park we will drive back to Limassol.

Time to relax and to freshen up before dinner.

Our means of transport for tonight will be a luxury coach!!!

Fish Mezze Dinner
Fish mezze dinner at a well-known fish tavern. Waiters will come and go serving our guests Mediterranean fish dishes. It is impossible to resist just a little taste of this and then that dish, and just a tiny bit of this…

Overnight at the chosen hotel

Day 5- Thursday

Buffet breakfast at the hotel’s coffee shop in a reserved area for our group.

Donkey Riding Expedition
From Limassol to Kelokedara village with direction to Paphos passing by the Asprokremos dam, Choletria and Stavrokonou.. At Kelokedara village we will have a first hand experience of the oldest means of transportation in Cyprus, mostly used at the villages, which is none other than our sweet Donkeys!! Our donkey ride will take us to the abandoned “Panagia tou Sindi” monastery, on the banks of “ Xeros ”river. The well-restored monastery is considered to be one of the most important buildings of the Venitian period.

We will sample some of the local delicacies of the area, such as “Zivania” and “Sushuko” a sweet made of grape juice and flour

BBQ lunch with local wine and fruit will be served!!

More fun and entertainment is in store for us after lunch!! When was the last time you danced “Sirtaki” in the tunes of bouzouki????

Return to the hotel and time to freshen up before dinner!

For tonight we recommend an early departure!!

Our means of transport tonight will be…the regular town bus!!!

We will take the last bus ride of the day from our hotel to the old port of Limassol around 18:00 hrs. From there we will walk for a short distance until we reach the Time Elevator…..

Highlight: “Time Elevator”
The “Time Elevator” is the first time machine in Cyprus, an absorbing and sophisticated attraction that allows you to see hear and feel the unique history and culture of Cyprus. First we enter in an old copper mine area where we are invited to the Cyprus Time Institute trivial game, to test our knowledge on the fascinating history of Cyprus. Then we will enter the main theatre where after we seat and secure our safety belts, our seat-vehicles will take us on a gripping simulated ride through time…45 minutes of adventure back in time!

After that a reserved table will be ready for our guests at “Artima” restaurant!!

Dinner at Artima Restaurant at the “Carob Mill”
“Artima” is an upscale Mediterranean restaurant located in the heart of Limassol, just behind the Medieval Castle. It is part of the Carob Mill which has been transformed in our days into a cultural center with restaurants, exhibition area, museum and the Time Elevator, machine of time. It has reserved its original atmosphere of an old stone built Carob Mill! “Artima” is a modern restaurant with minimalist decoration. A set menu (starter, main dish and dessert) will be served with ½ bottle of wine, ½ water and coffee per person.

Return transfer by deluxe Mercedes Taxis at the chosen hotel.


Day 6 - Friday

Buffet breakfast at the coffee shop the chosen hotel in a reserved area for the group.
Nicosia,

Nicosia (Lefkosia); Capital of Cyprus, lies roughly at the center of the island, with a rich in history that can be traced back to the Bronze Age. Today, it blends its historic past brilliantly with the bustle of a modern city. The heart of the city, enclosed by the 16th century Venetian walls, is dotted with museums, ancient churches and medieval buildings preserving the nostalgic atmosphere of years past.
The famous Famagusta Gate still stands today!!
Through the Gate, lies “ Laiki Geitonia” an old section that has been lovingly restored, where visitors can walk through the narrow stone streets where crimson flowers cascade from window pots and the aroma of traditional baking, wafts through open doorways!!

Enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the capital of Cyprus!!! Coming into Nicosia we drive to the center of the town at a public parking area. We will then bike our way to the various sites of interest in Nicosia, starting from the Byzantine museum with its exceptional selection of Byzantine icons and the cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
Cycling by the “Venitian Walls” we will arrive at “Laiki Geitonia” an example of an old Cypriot neighborhood with its colorful small shops. There, lunch with ¼ bottle of wine, ½ bottle of water and coffee per person will be served in one of the traditional taverns. In the afternoon, we will have some time free for shopping before we drive back to Limassol in our Jeeps!!

Time to relax and enjoy some of the hotel facilities for the rest of the afternoon

At 20:00 a Limousine will be waiting for our guests to take them to “Beige” restaurant where the farewell dinner will take place.

Dinner at Beige Restaurant (not private)
Beige restaurant is an elegant establishment, located at the upper floor of an old Limassol town, 19th century house where one can enjoy a variety of dishes with clever but not outrageous contrasts of flavor. There is a selection of suggested dishes from the Mediterranean cuisine to Far Eastern dishes or one can even enjoy a taste of Japan form the restaurant’s sushi/sashimi bar.

Day 7 - Saturday

Buffet breakfast at the coffee shop the chosen hotel in a reserved area for the group.

Guests will check out of the rooms and settle their individual room accounts while porters will carry the luggage from the rooms down to the lobby.

Departure transfer to Larnaca airport by first class mini bus and accompanied by our guide.

Upon arrival at the airport our guide will lead the guests to their check in counter and offer them any necessary assistance for a smooth and quick check in.

“End of the Program”

Please kindly note that there is also the possibility for a full day sailing on a private Catamaran with mini-Olympics on the beach, dune buggies and other fun competition games...

For further information, please address your requests to Mrs. Christina Drakos at cyprus@euromic.com

Limassol

Vintage Bus

Paphos

Jeep Rally

Guitarists

Troodos

Larnaca

Donkey Riding

Entertainment

Nicosia