Discover the many gems of the pine-clad Troodos Mountains, an area of outstanding beauty in Cyprus.
Nestled high in these mountains is the Kykkos Monastery, the most famous one in Cyprus. It was founded by the Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos in the 11th century. See exquisite gold icons, glittering ornamentation mosaics and frescoes, and learn about the monastery’s special mystical significance.
See the final resting place of the first president of the Republic of Cyprus in a peaceful mountain area and take a coffee break at the picturesque pine-scented mountain resort of Platres.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Paphos 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.
Drive to Salamiou, a charming village, nestled on a ridge between two valleys.
Continue your journey and arrive in Arminou village for a local breakfast.
After the welcome meal, head for the Diarizos Valley for a nature walk. The Diarizos Valley is a visual delight with medieval churches, farming villages and arched Venetian bridges dotting the landscape.
Walk on the Tzelefos Bridge, one of the many arched Venetian bridges in this part of Cyprus. It was one of the main roads that joined the villages near the Troodos mountain and Paphos in the Venetian years and was built in the 14th century.
Arrive at 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 scenery.
At the end of the tour you will be transported back to your hotel.
A most scenic trip on sometimes narrow and winding roads by an excellent driver. Tour guide knew her stuff and was entertaining with it. We stopped at tiny villages none of the... MR BARRY J. MOGRIDGE
We were satisfied. The tour guide was excellent in every respect. We recommend that you improve the quality of the bus.... MOHAMED E A AZAB
01 May - 31 Oct: Monday & Wednesday
01 Nov - 30 Apr: Thursday
Approx. 9 hours
Duration: Approx. 9 hours (Incl. Transportation time)
Your hotel in Paphos. (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 Paphos
Wear comfortable shoes. Don’t forget your camera The tour visits churches so please dress conservatively
Please check your visa and passport prior to departure. However, no visa requirements if on an excursion coming from the Greek Cypriot side
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
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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