There are very few guided tours of this fascinating island available but those that there are stay in one or 2 huge beach resorts and day-trip out to the sites. By contrast, we stay in different hotels all over the island – getting to experience the communities in which we stay. We visit both the southern Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish North. Far fewer tourists visit North Cyprus than the south.

Escorted by Royal Heights President, Norman Bruce.

May 3-16 2018

LAND TOUR: $3,795 Canadian. Begins and ends in Larnaca, Cyprus
AIRFARE: approx. $1,500 Departing Vancouver, BC to Larnaca, Cyprus ( & returning from Larnaca to Vancouver) including arrival & departure transfers if arriving & departing on our group tour dates.
NOTE: You do NOT have to come to Vancouver to join the tour please contact us for a quote to depart other cities

You can combine this tour with our tour to the Greek Islands:
Cyprus & the Greek Islands: (28 Days) May 2-30 2018


Cyprus is the 3rd biggest island in the Mediterranean. The island's strategic location between Western and Eastern countries and the fact that it was the main source of vital copper in the ancient world, made it a target for major empires throughout its history. Consequently, its history and archaeology are among the most complex in the world. Human presence has been traced back some 12,000 years. Settled villages started to appear around 8,200 BC. The island was part of the Hittite empire, a late Bronze Age force from what is today central Turkey, when Greek traders started visiting Cyprus around 1400 BC. Cyprus next became part of the Assyrian Empire. In 569 BC Cyprus came under Egyptian administration until 546 BC, when Cyrus I of Persia extended Persian authority over the Kingdoms of Cyprus. Alexander the Great rested control of the island in 333 BC. In 58 BC Cyprus was annexed by the Romans until it became a part of the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire in 364 AD for the next 800 years. Adding to the on-going intrigue of this much-coveted island, Richard the Lionheart captured it in 1191 during the Third Crusade. He sold it one year later to the Knights Templar. Life under the Templars was harsh and they quickly incurred the hatred of the islanders. Unable to hold the island by force, the Templars begged Richard to take the island off their hands and he quickly sold it to Guy de Lusignan, who had lost his Kingdom of Jerusalem. The subsequent glorious period in the history of the island ended when the powerful Venetians annexed Cyprus into their growing empire in 1489. The Venetians fortified many cities and used Famagusta and Nicosia as important commercial hubs. During the Venetian period their main adversary - the Ottoman Empire - frequently attacked the island, trying to seize control. In 1570 the Ottomans finally brought Cyprus under their control with an overwhelming force. Under Ottoman rule the Catholic Church was eliminated but the Greek Orthodox Church was allowed to continue. By the middle of the 19th Century the population of the island was nearly 150,000 with some 100,000 being Greek Cypriots. The other 50,000 were mainly Turkish settlers and government administrators. A strong feeling of nationalism developed in the Greek population. In 1878, the Turkish Sultan ceded Cyprus to the British who used the island as a key military base. In 1960 the Republic of Cyprus was declared independent from British rule but conflicts between the Greek and Turkish populations led to several years of clashes. In 1974, the Turkish army invaded the northern part of the island and declared that area a separate country, but until today it is only recognized by Turkey. As well as an amazing variety of monuments from so many periods of history and glorious coastal and mountain scenery, Cyprus offers the opportunity to try regional cuisines from both the Greek and Turkish traditions such as meze appetisers and honey soaked desserts. Being an island, Cyprus also has wonderful seafood. Cyprus grows internationally-known wine grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz but there are also indigenous grape varieties. Maratheftiko is an ancient grape variety that produces full-bodied red wines. Xinisteri produces floral and fruity white wines.



(updated June 7 2017)

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 Thursday May 3 This morning we fly from North America overnight via mainland Europe to Larnaca.

DAY 2 Friday May 4
Larnaca

This afternoon we arrive in Larnaca and transfer across the UN-controlled buffer zone called the “Green Line” from the Republic of Cyprus into Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus. Among many delights, this is a great area to enjoy a wide range of Turkish foods. First of 2 nights in Famagusta. Arkin Palm Beach Hotel or similar. Dinner if arriving in time.

DAY 3 Saturday May 5
Famagusta and Salamis

The area around Famagusta has always been favourable to farming and trade. There is a fertile plain and the Bay of Salamis provided a natural harbour. Its geographical position and the prevailing winds and currents in this part of the Mediterranean meant it was ideally located to provide an outlet for trade and cultural relations with the near east. Today Salamis is one of the Cyprus’ premier archaeological sites. Its first recorded mention is on an Assyrian stele dated to 709 BC. The city came under Persian control in 450 BC until the great patriot king Evagoras fought for and obtained independence. During his reign Salamis flourished as a powerful Greek city state at the mouth of the river Pedieos overlooking the Mediterranean coast. It issued its own money and nurtured a thriving philosophical and literary scene, receiving noted Greek thinkers and poets. When Cyprus became a Roman colony in 58 BC the city prospered again. We explore the sun-bleached remains of the Roman baths, courtyards, gymnasium with its elegant marble columns and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Cyprus.

The nearby Royal Tombs area is a huge necropolis which has only been partly excavated . Here we find the skeletons of horses whose last act of service to their royal masters was to pull their funeral carriages. The adjoining Cellarka are a network of smaller tombs that would have been used by the poor.

Archaeological excavations have shown that the earliest settlements in this area date from the Middle Bronze Age (2,000 BC – 1,600 BC.) Copper ore was transported to Enkomi (Alasia), where it was smelted and shipped for export. At that time, the river was navigable and Enkomi had an inland harbour. Metallurgical activities increased during the Late Bronze Age, during which time correspondence between the Egyptian Pharaoh and the king of a country referred to as Alasia took place. This correspondence shows that Alasia was a supplier of copper to Syria and Anatolia and excavations here have discovered several areas of the city where metallurgy took place. Copper oxide has been discovered along with tools and waste products left over from the smelting process.

We return to Famagusta (known as ‘Gazimağusa’ in Turkish) and head into the city’s elegant Old Town with its Gothic churches surrounded by the Venetian walls. On our walking tour we will see the Cathedral of Saint Nicolaos built in the year 1312 and converted in 1570 into a mosque by the Ottomans, as well as the Venetian Palace. We’ll also see Othello's Tower, which is said to have inspired Shakespeare to write his famous play. This medieval fortress dates back to the 14th Century and guards both the harbour and the town.

We gaze out over Famagusta’s ‘ghost town’ district of Varosia, where once-bustling hotels and restaurants hosted the rich and famous but have been deserted and closed behind wire since 1974, when the island was split in two.

Later this afternoon we have time to enjoy Famagusta’s miles of golden sand and clear turquoise sea or wander in the narrow streets of the Old Town, laced with a warren of small shops selling local produce from silver and copperware to ceramics and fresh fruits.

Second of 2 nights in Famagusta. Arkin Palm Beach Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.

DAY 4 Sunday May 6
Famagusta – Northeast Cyprus – Kyrenia

This morning we drive north and east to the Karpaz Peninsula - also known as the panhandle of Cyprus. Owing to its unique flora and fauna, the region has been declared a protected natural reserve. We enjoy views of spectacular golden beaches and hope to see wild donkeys along the way. We visit lonely St Andrew’s Monastery (Moni Apostolou Andrea), both the easternmost and the northernmost point on the island. This is an extremely important site for Greek Orthodox pilgrims, nicknamed “the Lourdes of Cyprus.”

Driving through idyllic countryside past remote farming and fishing villages, we arrive at Kantara Castle, originally built as part of a chain of fortresses by the Byzantines along the spine of the Kyrenia Mountains. The first mention of Kantara Castle is in 1191 AD, when it was attacked by Richard The Lionheart. At 630 metres above sea level, the castle affords splendid views over both coasts of the Karpaz Peninsula stretching off to the east.
At 5th Century Agias Trias Monastery we admire 1,500-year-old mosaics.

First of 3 nights in Kyrenia. Ship Inn Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.

DAY 5 Monday May 7
Kyrenia and Bellapais Abbey

This morning we drive up into the Pentadaktylos (“Five Fingers”) Mountains to visit Bellapais Abbey – the 'Abbey of Peace' – a masterpiece of Gothic art. The monastery was built between 1198 and 1205 by priests of the Augustinian order who had migrated here from Jerusalem. The monastery’s setting on a mountain terrace provides us with panoramic views down over the northern plains to the town of Kyrenia and along the northern coast. Nearby is the picturesque village of Bellapais, the home of British author Lawrence Durrell from 1953 – 1955. Durrell is best known as the author of ‘The Alexandria Quartet’ but he also wrote a book about his life in Cyprus called ‘Bitter Lemons of Cyprus.’

We drive back to Kyrenia (known as ‘Girne’ in Turkish), the most beautiful harbour town on Cyprus. Here the horseshoe-shaped harbour is ringed with snow-white houses built between archways opening onto timeworn narrow streets. Today we enjoy lunch together (included.) This afternoon we visit Kyrenia Castle, said to be where Richard the Lionheart spent his honeymoon. Inside the castle is the Shipwreck Museum, which contains the original cargo and equipment from a merchant ship dating from 300 BC. The ship is probably the earliest trading vessel yet discovered anywhere in the world. Later you have free time to wander the old streets and tonight you can choose your own spot for dinner (at your own expense.)

Second of 3 nights in Kyrenia. Ship Inn Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Lunch.

DAY 6 Tuesday May 8
Northwest Cyprus

This morning we travel west across northern Cyprus to the town of Lefke, which was once a prosperous mining town amid mountains rich copper ore and gold. It was the centre of mining in ancient times when Cyprus was the known world’s largest source of copper, which was used in making bronze. Located on a fertile alluvial plain, this area is today called the 'Fruit Garden of Cyprus' because of the extensive groves of citrus trees and the soft fruits grown in the area.

Close to Lefke, the ancient city of Soli can be traced back to the 6th Century BC but came to prominence during the Roman period and was destroyed by Arab invaders in the 7th Century AD. The floor mosaics here are exquisite and the Roman theatre is still used today for concerts and plays.

Around 600 BC the city-states of Cyprus were split between those that leant towards the east and the Phoenicians and those that were more Greek-supporting. During the great wars between the Greeks and the Persians the Phoenicians supported the Persians and this resulted in battles between the island's kingdoms on land and sea. In 500 BC a pro-Persian city founded the settlement of Vouni. During the period of Greek rule between 450 and 390 BC the Palace of Vouni was much expanded and a second story with mud brick walls was added. In 380 BC the palace was mysteriously destroyed by fire and the inhabitants evacuated. Hence the history of Vouni lasted only 120 years. At its height the palace is believed to have had 137 rooms surrounding a fountain in the middle of the courtyard. The baths here are some of the earliest examples of fully equipped Roman baths. The road up to Vouni is narrow and twisting but the views from the mountain-top location are wonderful, including the small island of Petra Tou Limnidi. This is one of the oldest places in Cyprus to be inhabited, with finds going back to the Neolithic Age.
The Turkisk name for the town of Morphou – ‘Güzelyurt’ – translates as “beautiful country.” The Archaeology and Natural History Museum here features a remarkable collection of archaeological finds dating back to 8 BC.

We will see a cemetery and monument to the 1974 Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus and learn about that troubled period.

Third of 3 nights in Kyrenia. Ship Inn Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.

Day 7 Wednesday May 9
Kyrenia – St Hilarion Castle – Nicosia

Our first stop today is at St Hilarion Castle, set some 2,000 feet above sea level. This is the largest fortress on the island, dating back to the 8th Century AD and offering a breath-taking panoramic view over the Kyrenian coastline. The island’stopography consists of 2 mountain ranges and a central lowland plain. 40% if its total area is arable land. Descending from the top of the Kyrenia Mountain Range, we make our way to the fertile Mesaoira Plain and Cyprus’ capital, Nicosia (‘Lefkosa’ in Turkish.) In 1192 the Knights Templar established their capital in Nicosia, which has been the capital city of Cyprus since that time. It flourished during the subsequent Lusignan era. Churches and palaces were built, and Nicosia grew in size and population.

North Nicosia is home to over one third of the population of North Cyprus. We enter the Old Town through the Girne Gate in the 15th Century Venetian walls that once completely surrounded the city. We wander along well-worn streets to visit the Büyük Han, a restored caravansary (Ottoman-period ‘hotel’) now home to shops and cafes. Then we head inside the Selimiye Mosque, formerly the 14th Century St Sophia Cathedral, a Gothic church converted into a mosque in the 16th Century. On our walking tour we will see the Mevleke Tekke Museum, Samanbahce Quarter, British Colonial Law Courts, Armenian Church and Monastery, Buyuk Hamam, Sultan Mahmut Library, Eaved House and Lapidary Museum. This afternoon we also hope to see a performance by the “Whirling Dervishes.”

Later this afternoon we cross the “Green Line”, a UN-policed buffer zone which has divided the city since 1974, into the Greek south.

First of 2 nights in Nicosia. The Classic Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Lunch.

DAY 8 Thursday May 10
Nicosia

Although the city is known as ‘Nicosia’, this name is mostly used by foreigners. This is the Crusader name of the city and is thought to have appeared in the late 1100s. Greek Cypriots actually call the island's largest city ‘Lefkosia’! Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nicosia is the last divided capital city in the world.
In the Old City Laiki Geitonia is a 19th Century quarter lovingly restored to its former glory with houses, shops and taverns lining the pedestrian-only cobbled streets. Here we trace the city’s history at the acclaimed Leventis Municipal Museum and discover that the area’s roots date back to 300 BC. The modest exterior of St John’s Cathedral conceals a magnificent fresco-coated interior complete with vivid wall and ceiling murals.
Outside the well-preserved City Walls, we pass by the Presidential Palace, the House of Hadjigeorgaki Kornesiou, Omeriye Mosque, Faneromeni Church and the House of Representatives (Cyprus’ parliament) before exploring the Archaeological Museum, where the history of Cyprus from Antiquity to the present era unfolds. Today we enjoy lunch together (included)
Later we visit the Cyprus Handicraft Centre before having time to stroll along Ledra Street, the most prominent shopping area in the city where you will be able to find all sort of shops – from large department stores to smaller shops and boutiques. Tonight you can choose your own spot for dinner (at your own expense.)
Second of 2 nights in Nicosia. The Classic Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Lunch.

DAY 9 Friday May 11
Nicosia – Troodos Mountains

From the Mesaoria Plain we start climbing up into Cyprus’ highest mountain range, the Troodos, among green valleys, forests and villages with cool, fresh air.
We drive through the Pitsilia region to Agros, a beautiful village known for its rose water production. Here we learn about how the roses are grown and processed. We continue to Pelendri, a village of traditional-style stone houses with a strong Byzantine heritage. Our scenic drive leads to Kakopetria, one of the most picturesque hill villages where the old quarter with its traditional houses has been declared a protected area. Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis is an 11thCentury Byzantine church cocooned in pines and completely painted inside with murals dating from the 11th - 17thCentury depicting the crucifixion and life-size images of saints. This is one of 10 churches and monasteries in this area on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. In the heart of this mountain region a nature reserve has been created, with signs marking the presence of flora and fauna unique to Cyprus. We hope to see grazing mouflon, or agrino – the shaggy mountain sheep which originated in Cyprus and later spread to continental Europe. As we drive along the twisting mountain roads, we glimpse the far-away blue sea through the lace-like canopy of cedar trees. The village where we stay tonight is famous for its sulphur springs and there are lovely walks in the surrounding forest.

Overnight in Kalopanayiotis village. Various suites of the Casale Panayiotis complex or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.

DAY 10 Saturday May 12
Troodos Mountains – Western “Greek” Cyprus

This morning we explore the “Green Heart of Cyprus”, driving south through idyllic mountain villages unchanged for generations as we pass below Mount Olympus which, at 1,951 metres, is the highest point in Cyprus. We stop at the village of Omodos, a quaint winemaking village nestled in the folds of the Troodos Mountains. We have free time to walk the cobbled streets to the village square which is lined with coffee shops and sellers of local produce. You can see glass makers and other craftsmen working. The monastery of the Holy Cross houses a piece of the rope used by the Romans to fasten Jesus to the cross and which, according to records, dates back to the arrival of Saint Helena (the mother of the Byzantine emperor Constantine) in Cyprus in 337 AD. We see a Medieval wine press and call at a winery to try a selection of the distinctly fruity local wines, including the unique dessert wine called ‘commandaria’ – the sweet Cypriot wine described as the 'wine of kings' by Richard the Lionheart. This dessert wine is the world's oldest named wine – said to have been made for 5,000 years before the Crusaders named it in the early 13th Century. We also get a chance to try the local spirit called ‘zivania.’

Outside Vuoni village we visit the Donkey Sanctuary to learn about how these small but string animals played a vital role in rural life.
At the famous Kykkos Monastery, which was built in 1080 and dedicated to Virgin Mary, we see one of the three surviving icons painted by the apostle Luke. This is the holiest and richest monastery in Cyprus. We also see many religious relics of other saints as well as exquisite frescoes and mosaics that grace the church, corridors and museum.

From here we drive to “Throni” to see the Tomb of Archbishop Makarios III, who served as a monk at Kykkos Monastery. He fought for the island’s independence from British rule and became the first president of modern day Cyprus.
Travelling west through the mountains, we descend to the coast and enjoy free time for lunch at the seaside resort of Polis on Chrysochou Bay. This is the site of the 7th Century BC Greek city state of Marion, which became one of the most important ancient Cypriot city-kingdoms in the Cypro-Classical period with important commercial relations with the East Aegean islands, Attica and Corinth. You might like to visit the Marion-Arsinoe Archaeological Museum and the nearby 600-year-old olive tree that still bears fruit!

Nearby, at the pretty port of Latchi, we board our boat for a memorable cruise along the coast of the Pafos National Reserve (weather permitting.) Further west on the Akamas Peninsula we walk a small trail to the natural pool grotto called “the Baths of Aphrodite” where the Goddess of Love used to bathe with her lover, Adonis.
First of 2 nights in the mountain village of Miliou. Ayii Anargyri Resort or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.

DAY 11 Sunday May 13
Pafos

Today we explore Pafos, which used to be the Roman administrative capital of Cyprus. The area boasts some of the most important and impressive archaeological sites on the island, including many UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Palaipafos, Old Pafos, was one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centres of the ancient Greek world and once a city-kingdom of Cyprus. Here stood the famous sanctuary of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty. The most ancient remains here date back to the 12th Century BC. The glory days of the sanctuary lasted till the 3rd-4th century. The museum, housed in the Lusignan Manor, contains many interesting finds from the area, and excavations continue on the site of the sanctuary, the city and the necropolis.
Kato (Lower) Pafos has remains from a 2,000 year period and was first excavated in 1962. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We view the stunning Roman floor mosaics at the House of Dionysos, some of the most beautiful in the Eastern Mediterranean. These constitute an album of ancient Greek mythology and everyday life.We also see the House of Theseus and the House of Aion. Saint Paul visited Pafos in 45 AD in an attempt to convert the ruler of the time to Christianity. He was successful in his efforts, but not before being tied and whipped at the Pillar of Saint Paul. He received 40 lashes for evangelising on the island.
We enjoy free time to explore the picturesque port of Pafos and Pano (Upper) Pafos , which is the “Old Town.”

The magnificent UNESCO-listed Tombs of the Kings is a 3rd Century BC – 3rd Century AD series of underground rock cut tombs for Pafos’ elite. We learn how the families of the dead would hold ceremonial meals here, leaving food for the deceased.
We visit the Pafos Archaeological Museum, which houses an attractive collection of Cypriot antiquities dating from the Neolithic Age to 1700 AD. Particularly interesting are figurines from the Chalcolithic (“Copper”) Age – highlighting the importance of Cyprus in the copper trade around the Mediterranean. We also see a 3rd Century AD mummy of a girl and a set of Roman surgical instruments, as well as other treasures.

Maa-Palaiokastro dates from around 1200 BC when the Mycenaeans colonised Cyprus after the fall of their kingdoms on mainland Greece. This is a very important site for Cypriots because it was the first place that Hellenic influence took root on the island. We visit the small and beautifully-located “museum” here that depicts the Mycenaeans’ arrival.
Second of 2 nights in the mountain village of Miliou. Ayii Anargyri Resort or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.

DAY 12 Monday May 14
Southern Cyprus

Geroskipou is a village just outside Pafos where, in mythology, the goddess Aphrodite had her gardens. It is still today an area of fruit orchards. Here potters continue their ancient craft. We get to see how ‘loukoumia’ (the Cypriot version of Turkish Delight) is made and have time to wander around the village square with its local produce shops.
The Temple of Aphrodite was established at Palea Pafos in 1500 BC but coins and idols relating to her cult have been found here dating back to 3800 BC. The temple remained one of the most important pilgrimage sites on Cyprus until the Byzantine emperor Theodisius outlawed paganism in in the 4th Century AD.
Driving along the beautiful south coast of Cyprus, we stop to view Aphrodite’s Rock (Petra tou Romiou), the offshore rock where legend says that Aphrodite was born from the waves. Further east we visit the Sanctuary of Apollo Ylatis, a Greek site used to worship Apollo, god of the woodlands.Outside Limassol we see the well-preserved 13th Century Crusader Castle of Kolossi. This picture-perfect stone fortress was once an outpost of the crusading Knights of St John.
In the heart of Limassol we see another medieval castle. It was here that Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarrein May 1191. We have time in Limassol to have lunch and explore the old harbor area with its narrow streets, vibrant cafes and stalls selling local delicacies and souvenirs. The seaside promenade stretches for nearly 3 kilometres. You can also see the luxurious Limassol Marina.

After our free time in Limassol we visit the site of the ancient Greek city-kingdom of Curium (Kourion), which dates back to the 10th Century BC and flourished between the 8th and 5th Centuries BC. This is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Cyprus. We admire the magnificent, fully-restored Greco-Roman Theatre, initially constructed on a smaller scale in the late 2nd Century BC and enlarged under the Roman emperor Trajan in 111 AD. Its half-moon of steep rows of seats once accommodated 3,500 people and still affords spectacular views out to sea over Episkopi Bay. At the site we see many excavations and explore the Villa of Eustolios, a private home of a wealthy family during Roman times. We marvel at the beautiful, richly-detailed 5th Century floor mosaics and remains of the baths - measures of the affluence of its long-ago owners.

As well as the UN-administered buffer zone between North and South Cyprus, there are 2 British Overseas Territories on the island. Dhekelia lies between Larnaca and Famagusta while Akrotiri lies south and west of Limassol. Erimi is a village lying partly in Cyprus and partly in the BOT of Akrotiri. Erimi is one of 14 villages around Limassol that produce the sweet Commanderia wine. Here we visit the charming Cyprus Wine Museum, which tells the story of Cypriot wine through its displays of old jars, wooden presses, photos and utensils.|
Later this afternoon we drive on to Larnaka, where we started our visit to this wonderful island.
First of 2 nights in Larnaca. Palm Beach Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.

DAY 13 Tuesday May 15
Eastern “Greek” Cyprus

The Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia was occupied from the 7th to the 5th Millennium BC and is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the eastern Mediterranean. This site demonstrates that Cyprus played a key role in the transmission of culture from the Near East to the European world. Excavations have shown that the settlement consisted of circular houses built from mudbrick and stone with flat roofs and that it was protected by successive walls. Such impressive construction, built according to a preconceived plan, suggests a structured social organization able to construct and maintain works of a large scale for the common good. The houses belonged to the living, as well as to the dead who were buried in pits beneath the rammed earthen floors. Among the finds such as flint tools, bone tools, stone vessels, vegetable and animal remains, noteworthy are the anthropomorphic figurines in stone which point, together with funerary rituals, to the existence of elaborate religious beliefs.

We also see the ruins of Kition, a city-kingdom established in the 13th Century BC and mentioned in inscriptions on the Ancient Egyptian temple of Medinet Habu dating from the 12th Century BC along with the names of other Cypriot cities.
We visit Hala Sultan Tekke located on the west bank of Salt Lake, surrounded by cypress, palm and olive trees. The mausoleum in this mosque is considered among the most important holy places of Islam because it is the burial place of one of the aunts of the Prophet Mohammed. It is the main Muslim pilgrimage site on Cyprus.

At the foot of Troodos Mountains we visit the village of Lefkara, famous for its handmade traditional Cyprus lace, ‘Lefkaritiko’, which is renowned throughout Europe and beyond. Local legend says that Leonardo Da Vinci visited the village and bought an altar cover for the Cathedral in Milan. Lefkara is also famous for its filigree silverware. This is an architecturally-protected village with picturesque houses built with stone walls, red tiled roofs and inner courtyards. Our guide walks with us through the narrow, twisting streets to admire the local architecture.

Afterwards we head back to Larnaka, the third largest city in Cyprus. We have free time for lunch and walking along the seafront Palm Promenade. At the heart of the old town we visit the magnificent early 10th Century stone church of Agios Lazaros, which is one of the most important surviving Byzantine monuments in Cyprus. We also see Larnaca Fort and the Old Town
Second of 2 nights in Larnaca. Palm Beach Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.

DAY 14 Wednesday May 16
Fly Larnaca - Home

Today we fly from Larnaca via mainland Europe to North America, arriving the same afternoon.


Tour Includes:
Accommodation mainly in 4 Star hotels. All our hotels have en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning/heating.
Breakfast & dinner (except April 15th and 18th) daily. We usually include dinner at local restaurants but sometimes we take dinner at our hotel, especially if we have had a long day of sightseeing.
Arrival & Departure Transfers in Larnaca if purchasing our Land & Air package and arriving and departing on the group dates.
Transport by coach and boat.
Sightseeing and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary.
All tips for group activities.
Guiding by Royal Heights tour leader Norman Bruce with assistance of our expert Cypriot guides

Not Included:
Visas. Canadian passport holders do not currently require a visa for Cyprus. However, your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the date you leave Cyprus (i.e. until at least November 16 2018.)
Lunches – except on May 9 in Kyrenia and May 10 in Nicosia.
Trip Cancellation / Interruption and Medical Insurance. We offer insurance coverage with Manulife insurance
Single Supplement charge, if requested ($900 Canadian)
Personal Expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, drinks not included at meals.

Flights: Please note that the cost of the airfare will be confirmed at the time of booking your flights. Land portion of the tour must be booked directly with Royal Heights Tours. Our group flights from Vancouver are normally with Lufthansa via Montreal and Munich into Larnaca and returning from Larnaca via Vienna and Frankfurt. You do NOT have to come to Vancouver to
join this tour. Please call us for flights and fares from other cities. Please note that there is an additional cost for the arrival & departure transfers should you wish to travel with an airline other than our group flights or purchase the LAND ONLY Package. There is also an additional cost if you wish to travel with Lufthansa on dates different from our group arrival and departure dates. You can book the Land portion of the tour with us and make your own flight arrangements through your travel agent or using your Frequent Flyer points.

Single Travellers:
If you wish to be guaranteed a single room, there is a Single Supplement charge of $900. Our price is based on 2 people sharing a room. Those people travelling alone but wishing to share will be informed 3 months prior to departure if a roommate is not currently available. At that point you will be invoiced for the Single Supplement ($900). If a roommate subsequently joins the tour, your single supplement will be refunded with the final documentation.

Payment: You can secure your place on the tour with a $400 per person non- refundable deposit. We take payment by cheque, Visa or Mastercard for the $400 /person deposit. The invoice for the Land tour will be sent in early mid-February 2018. Payment will be due on March 3 2018. Price quoted is for FINAL PAYMENT by cheque.

Special Notes:
Our office staff are not medically qualified to advise you on which immunizations you require. Please consult your local travel health clinic.
Most hotels in Cyprus do not have porters. Our guide, driver and tour leader will help with the luggage but you must be able to wheel your own luggage yourself.
We take payment by cheque, VISA and MasterCard for the $400/ person DEPOSIT.

Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.