Aphrodite’s Cyprus: North and South
The charms of Cyprus have attracted people for more than 9000 years, and Cypriot archaeology is correspondingly rich and significant. Uniquely, our two-centred tour stays in both north and south Cyprus at 4-star hotels in Kyrenia and Limassol.
Dates & Prices:
21 – 28 March 2018. Only £1345
17 – 24 October 2018. Only £1395
Reserve your place early for a best price guarantee. Single supplement £195.
- Stays in both North and South Cyprus; 4 nights in Limassol and 3 nights in Kyrenia.
- Both 4-star hotels with all breakfasts and evening meals.
- An informed, well-paced programme of included guided excursions.
- Fascinating archaeology from Neolithic villages to Graeco-Roman cities to Crusader castles.
- Accompanied by a specialist tour director and by local Cypriot guides.
- Flexible flight arrangements.
- 100% TTA financial guarantee.
Flights and Extended Stays
Flights are added on a personal basis rather than included in the tour price. This gives you complete freedom to choose your preferred departure airport, flight times, length of stay, airline etc. We will be pleased to quote and book flights for you, and any extended stays, or you can book your own if you prefer. Flights booked with us are fully ATOL protected and can be available from as little as £100 return.
How To Book
Reservations & Enquiries: To reserve your place or enquire further simply fill in the booking form, or call us on (UK) 0121 444 1854. There is no commitment and no payment at this stage; reservations are purely provisional until we have confirmed availability and proceeded with booking and payment.
Booking & Payment: Once you have checked availability and reserved your place, we will require your full details and a deposit of £250 per person to secure your booking. This can be done with a credit/debit card over the telephone (0121-444-1854) or by sending us a completed booking form and cheque. To print a booking form click here.
See our booking conditions for further details.
All Hidden History’s tours include a host of fully guided excursions and interesting talks to create an enriching travel experience. They also include some luxury and leisure by choosing great hotels and keeping the itineraries fairly relaxed and varied. More about What to Expect…
Departure TimeDeparts 21 March 2018 and 17 October 2018.
Day 1: UK / Cyprus
Met on your arrival and transferred to your hotel in Limassol for four nights half-board accommodation. Your tour director will be on hand to help with any questions.
Day 2: Khirokitia & Kition
An illustrated talk by your tour director sets the scene for today’s visits. We begin with the World Heritage site of Khirokitia, a Neolithic village from 9000 years ago and amongst the world’s best-preserved settlements of the Stone Age. Continue to Larnaca whose attractive seafront is an ideal place for lunch before exploring the archaeology of the ancient city, known as Kition, and visiting the Pierides Museum, which gives a fine introduction to Cypriot archaeology.
Day 3: Kourion & Limassol
Kourion is one of the most impressive and extensive archaeological sites of Cyprus with a beautiful setting overlooking the sea. We dedicate the whole morning to an exploration of the ancient Greek, Roman and Early Christian buildings, including its spectacular theatre, sumptuous mosaics, grand Basilica and bathhouses, and religious sanctuary dedicated to Apollo. The short drive back to Limassol allows for a leisurely lunch on the seafront, free time to explore the old town with its medieval castle and pleasant harbour, and an included visit to the District Archaeology Museum.
Day 4: Paphos & Palaeopaphos
A feast of World Heritage awaits us at Paphos, the Hellenistic and Roman capital of Cyprus. Here the villas of the ruling elite were adorned with magnificent mosaics which now rank amongst the best in the world. As we walk from room to room and house to house, the awe-inspiring scale of the decoration gradually unfolds. There will be time for a relaxed lunch on the Paphos seafront, and for two more visits: the Tombs of the Kings, with their elaborately carved burial tombs, and the Sanctuary of Aphrodite at Palea Paphos, one of the most significant and ancient religious sites on the island. We also see the famous rock where legend placed the birth of goddess Aphrodite.
Day 5: Nicosia & Kyrenia
We transfer to our hotel in North Cyprus today, travelling via the island’s present capital of Nicosia. Here we see the magnificently well-preserved Venetian city walls, the charming streets of the Old Quarter and we visit the fabulous Cyprus Archaeology Museum, full of stunning artefacts from Cyprus’s internationally important prehistoric and ancient past. There will be time to stroll through the vibrant city centre and choose a place for lunch before we cross through the ‘Green Line’ into North Cyprus and complete the short drive to our hotel in Kyrenia for 3 nights half-board accommodation. Your tour director will offer another illustrated talk this evening.
Day 6: St Hilarion Castle, Bellapais Abbey & Kyrenia Castle
Kyrenia has a delightful setting on the north coast, nestling around its old harbour and castle. We start with the town’s hinterland, where the impressive ‘Five Finger’ mountain range offers two spectacular Medieval sites; the precariously-perched St Hilarion Castle, once home to the Crusader kings of the island, and the beautiful Bellapais Abbey, a Gothic treasure in a peaceful village. Both sites offer tremendous views of the north coast. We return to Kyrenia to enjoy the lunch restaurants around the lovely crescent-shaped harbour and time to explore the town. We include a visit to Kyrenia’s most important historic landmark – it’s castle, protecting the harbour with its mighty walls.
Day 7: Salamis & Famagusta
A final chance to see some more of the treasures of Cyprus. The ancient city of Salamis was founded as far back as the Trojan Wars in the 12th century BC and became one of the largest and most powerful of the island’s city kingdoms. Abandoned in the 7th century AD and engulfed by sand, the ancient city is now a vast and picturesque archaeological site with its impressive Roman theatre, baths and palaestra so far unearthed. In nearby Famagusta, the great Venetian fortifications and a fine array of Gothic churches are interwoven with the present Turkish culture as a living testament to the ‘East meets West’ heritage of Cyprus.
Day 8: Departure
You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your flight home, or why not stay longer and make the most of your time in Cyprus – feel free to ask us for information and ideas.
Please note that the itinerary may be subject to change or re-ordering according to the weather or other circumstances beyond our control
Botticelli's Birth of Venus Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" In recognition of the charms of Cyprus, the ancient Greeks placed here the birth of Aphrodite, goddess of beauty, and this island has enjoyed a history of affairs with both Asia and Europe. Its location made it a stepping stone between east and west; initially as a link amid ancient networks of commerce and trade, then maturing into a strategic foothold for rival foreign powers.
For an informative account of the tour by a customer who went on it in March 2016 click here.
Map & Virtual Tour
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We have picked two great places to stay in Cyprus; one in the south at Limassol, and one in the north at Kyrenia. Both are perfectly placed for our itinerary, and are also great locations in their own right. At each we have chosen the following 4-star hotels, although please note that we sometimes have to change hotels for reasons beyond our control. We will always choose hotels of a similar standard, designed to give you a little luxury and leisure alongside your cultural enrichment:
The Atlantica Miramare Hotel,
Tel: +357 25 888 100.
This hotel is beautifully located right on the beach overlooking the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and yet just 3km from the attractive old town centre of Limassol. It has excellent, modern standards and facilities with two restaurants, panoramic terraces, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The 280 rooms are beautifully decorated and furnished with either two single beds or a double bed, air-conditioning & heating, hair-dryer, mini bar, internet connection, flat screen TV, balcony and sea or inland view.
The Dome Hotel,
Kordonboyu Street, Girne, Mersin 10, KKTC/Turkey
The Dome Hotel has an ideal location on the seafront, just a 5 minute stroll from Kyrenia’s picturesque harbour. It is the most established and best known hotel in northern Cyprus, built when the island was a British Crown Colony. It is very much part of the town’s heritage and has been steadily and thoughtfully refurbished to combine historic charm with modern facilities. It has 160 rooms, two restaurants with sea-views, a large sun terrace with three swimming pools, a traditional cafe and a cocktail bar that has been well-known since the 1930’s.
The Pia Bella Hotel,
Iskenderun Caddesi No:14, Girne, Mersin 10, KKTC/Turkey
Tel: +90 392 650 5000
Set amid spacious, tranquil gardens this hotel is just 15 minutes walk from the historic centre of Kyrenia. It has a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere and is tastefully decorated throughout. There are two outdoor swimming pools, garden bar, terrace and mezzanine, and the main restaurant provides a plentiful and varied buffet. All Hidden History guests are given superior rooms with air-conditioning and heating, tea & coffee making facilities, hair-dryer, mini bar, satellite TV and balcony with pool or mountain views.
Flexibility: Rather than reserving group seats for a particular flight, we keep your flight options open to give you greater choice of price, departure airport, airline, flight times, cabin class, use of air miles etc. Once we have confirmed availability of the tour, you can choose either to book your flights with us, or to make your own travel arrangements. Before booking any flights of your own please ensure we have confirmed availability of the tour, as our tours are subject to minimum and maximum numbers of participants.
Larnaca or Paphos? South Cyprus has two international airports, Larnaca and Paphos. For ease of transfer in Cyprus we recommend flying to Larnaca airport rather than Paphos. If you choose Paphos airport it may incur an extra transfer charge, and your transfer from Kyrenia to the airport will take much longer.
Which Airline?: A wide choice of scheduled, charter and low-cost airlines regularly fly direct to Larnaca from a large number of UK airports. These include British Airways, Cyprus Airways, EasyJet, Jet2, Monarch Airlines, Thomas Cook, and Thomson.
Fares: Ask us for a quote. Use the enquiries/reservation form or call us on 0121 444 1854.
ATOL Protection: If you book your flights with us you will be ATOL protected, which means that you will not lose your money or be stranded abroad if we or the airline go out of business. If you book your own flights they may not be ATOL protected, even if you book direct with the airline or through an online search facility.