Visitor reception at the airport by our sign language (BSL) expert who will escort the group throughout the entire duration of their trip. A shuttle will take visitors to the hotel in Larnaca.
Larnaca and rural life
The program gets underway with a visit to the Church of Saint Lazarus in coastal Larnaca, which houses the saint’s tomb and relics. Then on to the village of Avgorou, where visitors get to observe the traditional method of making bread and halloumi (traditional soft cheese). A tea break comes before a visit to a botanical garden. On to Liopetri next, where visitors get a demonstration in basket weaving and mouth-painting. Lunch is at a restaurant by the banks of the Liopetri River; after the meal visitors can walk off the extra calories along its banks. The village of Xylotympou is the day’s last schedules stop, for a visit to a donkey park, a traditional farm tool exhibit and a glimpse of traditional rural living.
A drive along the coast ends up at the medieval Kolossi Castle in Limassol, the day’s first stop. Then on to the Kourion Amphitheatre, a splendid Roman-built structure overlooking the sea. At the beach in Pissouri, a walk on the beach will work up an appetite for lunch at one of the beachfront restaurants. After the meal, a visit to the Limassol Medieval Castle comes before a walk along the promenade to the Limassol Marina. The day comes to a close back in Larnaca with rest and dinner by the water.
The town of Deryneia is the day’s first stop for a visual tour of ancient Salamina, the place where the Apostle Paul is said to have docked on his original christianizing mission. A tour of the town is next, providing a chance to take in the beautiful rural surrounds and see important monuments. In Protaras, a walk along its beautiful beach will take visitors through the Caves and end up at Agioi Anargyroi, before a coffee and sandwich break at Konnos Beach. A short cruise in a glass-bottom boat is next on the day’s agenda. After lunch, two more stops on the itinerary: Agia Napa to visit its medieval monastery and its beach, and the town of Sotira.
A start to day 5 with a visit to the charming village of Lefkara, known for its embroidery and silversmithing. A coffee break comes before moving on to two other picturesque villages, Askas and Fterikoudi. After lunch, visitors will get to meet a present day ascetic, Avakum, who claims to be able to cure hearing impairment problems. A walk around the village of Palaichori is next on the agenda, and a coffee and snack break at the quaint village square. Back in Larnaca, rest and dinner by the beach bring the day to a close.
On the way to Nicosia the first stop of the day is Idalion, which was the epicenter of an ancient cult of Adonis. In the island’s capital, visitors will be taken to the Archbishop’s Palace, Saint John’s Cathedral, the Folk Art Museum, the Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios Mansion, and the Hamam Omerye (Turkish Baths). A light lunch with local cheeses and meats provides an energy boost for the program’s remainder, which includes the Church of Panagia Phaneromeni, The Georgios and Nepheli Tziapra Pierides Museum, a saunter around Nicosia’ s historic commercial district, and finally, a meeting with local deaf advocacy groups.
A trip to the mountains on day 7. After a coffee break at Troodos square, visitors will be taken to the Kykkos Monastery, one of the richest and most historically significant on the island. Afterwards, lunch at Gerakies or Kalopanagiotis. The way back will take visitors through the beautiful villages of Moutoullas and Pedoulas, before a scheduled stop at Kakopetria for a refreshment break. Rest and dinner back at the hotel conclude day 7.
Visitors will be shuttled to the airport.