On this day trip from Limassol, visit the most famous monastery in Cyprus. Travel through charming ancient villages and walk on a 14th century arched Venetian stone bridge.
Nestled high in the pine-clad Troodos Mountains is the Kykkos Monastery. It was founded by the Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos in the 11th century. See exquisite mosaics and frescoes and learn about the monastery’s special mystical significance for women.
Explore the stunningly beautiful Diarizos Valley and enjoy a traditional lunch at Fini, a typical Mediterranean village.
Listen to local stories and unravel the history of Cyprus, piece by piece.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Limassol in an air-conditioned minibus and taken for a sightseeing tour to the Kykkos Monastery. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.
Leave Limassol and drive to Salamiou, a charming village, nestled on a ridge between two valleys.
Visit the beautifully restored 16th century monastery of Salamiotissa here.
Continue your journey and arrive in Arminou village for a local breakfast.
After your meal, head for the Diarizos Valley for a walk in the stunning nature. The Diarizos Valley is a visual delight with medieval churches, farming villages and arched Venetian bridges dotting the landscape.
Walk on the Tzelefos Bridge, on of the many arched Venetian bridges in this part of Cyprus. Built in the 14th century, the bridge was part of one of the main roads that joined the villages near Troodos mountain and Paphos in the Venetian years.
Arrive at and visit the Kykkos Monastery. Dedicated to Virgin Mary, this 11th century monastery has some exquisite mosaics and frescoes. A huge pierced monolith in its courtyard is said to have mystical powers; according to local folklore, a woman who passes through the hole is blessed with a child.
Arrive in Phini village for a traditional Cypriot lunch at Phini restaurant. Enjoy unlimited Cyprus wine with your food. This ancient Byzantine village is renowned for its pottery and traditional sweets.
After lunch proceed to the herbal gardens in Mandria, another picture postcard Mediterranean village.
At the end of the tour you will be transported back to your hotel in Limassol.
Nice excursion to the hinterland of Cyprus and the mountains of Troodos. A stop in a nice small village in the morning, before the unmissable visit of Kykkos. Unfortunately,... M. NICOLAS ALEXANDRE
If you are on a package tour to Paphos, this outing is hugely enriching; we would not otherwise have seen the wonderful hinterland of Cyprus and Mount Olympus. The Paphos coastal... R A Camp
01 May - 31 Oct: Monday & Wednesday
Approx. 9 hours
Start time: 0800h (08:00am)
Duration: Approx. 9 hours (Incl. Transportation time)
Your hotel in Limassol. (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)
Your hotel in Limassol
Please dress conservatively as this tour visits a religious site
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
Please check your visa and passport prior to departure. No visa requirements if on an excursion coming from the Greek Cypriot side
Maximum capacity of the minibus is 20 (Adults only)
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
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