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The Island of Aphrodite
Journey to Cyprus with Alex Veit
Alex Veit Tours Around The World
16-20 April 2014
Wednesday - Nicosia the divided capitol - Platres mountain resort.
Early morning flight to Cyprus. Drive north to Nicosia. Tour the divided capitol of Cyprus. Visit the Cyprus Museum, built in the British colonial style, and which displays finds stretching from the stone age to the time of the Roman Empire. We shall see the special Mycenaean ceramics collection the tomb monuments and more. We shall drive along the Venetian walls and moat in to the old city, where we shall see some the finest 18th century homes in Cyprus built in the traditional domestic architecture. Visit the restored house of the Dragoman Georghakis Kornesios. Next the Byzantine museum, where we shall see the wonderful collection of Icons, some of them date back to the 9th century. Drive up to Platres resort village located in the Troodos mountain range.
This will be our base for all five days of touring around the Island
Dinner at the hotel.
Thursday – Friday : Pitsilia mountain range, churches and monasteries.
Two days of touring: The churches we shall see are listed by Unesco for preservation as World Heritage sites. We drive east to the remote district of Pitsilia, which is very different in nature from the other areas of the Troodos mountain range, the landscape is quite Alpine in nature, jagged mountain tops, steep slopes planted with vineyards, picturesque villages and deep valleys. We shall visit the Church Panayia Tou Araka - Mary of The Peas. It's frescoes are from the 12th century and are in late Commenian style. Continue to visit Church of Ayiasmati – The Holy Cross (15th Cent) with an interior considered by some to be the finest example of the Post-Byzantine church on the island. Return to the hotel.
Dinners at a local taverns. Both nights return to the hotel.
Saturday - The Monastery of Kykko & Troodos mountain range.
First stop for the day the Monastery of Kykko, which is famous for being the richest in Cyprus, and the icon Mary "hand painted" by Luke. We traverse through the villages of Prodromos and Pedhoulas and continue through Cherry Groves in the Marathasa Valley. We shall also explore the "Hidden Valleys". Dinner at a local tavern
Sunday - Gods, Paphos and the Akamas peninsula.
Drive down to the coast, stop for the view at Petra tou Romiou, legendry birthplace of Aphrodite. Continue to Paphos, here we shall see the famous "House of Dionysus" with its mosaics floors. Drive via the Akamas peninsula's wild landscape, which is one of the last areas of Cyprus to remain untouched by human hand. Enthusiasts describe it as the last really Homeric landscape of the Hellenistic world. A short one hour hike a long the coastal trail from the "Baths of Aphrodite" overlooking the bay of Chrysochou.
Drive to Larnaca Airport, late evening flight to Tel Aviv.
Price of tour: Based on per person in double room group of 20 pax and up:
Land arrangements: €660 and Cyprus Airways Group Air Fare: $325 USD not final!
- Single supplement: €120
Extra charge for small group 16-19pax: €50 Euro
Land arrangements include:
- CTO: First class hotel, actuality Good tourist Class Hotel - 4 nights
– Tips: €30 Euro
- 4 breakfasts - Buffet style. - 4 dinners including, some dinners at specially chosen "Cypriot Taverns"
- Luxury air conditioned coach transportation as per itinerary - Escort Alex Veit*
- Guided tours by specially chosen English speaking Cypriot guide.
- All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary.
* Please note: Tour is planned to cater both Israeli and English speaking clientele. Tours are guided in English by specially chosen local guides )Alex does not translate what is said in to Hebrew. (How ever Alex will be bilingual, when it comes to his explanations which deal mainly with administrative aspects of the tour.
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