Limassol – Nicosia

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The last divided capital, it’s Cathedral, archeological museum and well-known city points such as “Laiki Yitonia” are the focus of this excursion; a condense and meaningful encounter with the Cypriot capital.

The last divided capital city in the world, after the fall of Berlin Wall, is the city of Nicosia here in Cyprus, through which runs the Green Line that divides north and south occupying the northern part since 20 July 1974 Turkish invasion. Nicosia is the largest town of Cyprus and has been the capital of the island since Medieval times (11th century AD). The history of the city is interesting and adventurous and the place itself is of great character, circled by old city walls and criss-crossed by twisting, teeming streets.

 

Ride by motor coach to visit St. John’s Cathedral built in 1662 by Archbishop Nikiforos, and admire the 18th century frescoes embellishing the walls, depicting colourful biblical scenes.

 

Far and away the most significant and magnificent collection of Cypriot antiquities is housed at the Cyprus Archaeological Museum, built in classical British style. Its treasures include artefacts dating from the Neolithic Age (7000 BC) to the early Byzantine period and Mycenaean relics. Ceramics, tomb-monuments, bronze statues and coins that span more than 5000 years of the island’s history are on display. Perhaps the most famous exhibit is the statue of Aphrodite from Soli - now the symbol of Cyprus.           

 

Afterwards, a stop at the Green Line checkpoint at Ledra Street from where you will have the opportunity to gaze at the occupied half of Nicosia and northern territory of Cyprus.

 

The tour leads through the impressive Venetian Walls, which encircle the old city, via Paphos Gate. Arrive in the old town of Nicosia where there is free time for shopping or browsing in the restored 19th century neighbourhood called “Laiki Yitonia”, with traditional houses, craft shops, taverns and galleries, all lining the narrow pedestrian streets within the walled city.

Inclusions

-         transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, late-model

(bus, minibus or taxi, according to your group’s size)

-         professional driver

-         insurance cover during transfers by vehicle

-         licensed English-speaking guide * (concerns “with guide” rate only)

-         all taxes

-         identification sign with your name on it

-         mobile contact number for any emergency, available 24/7

* guides in other languages available, upon request

Exclusions

-         entrance fees (paid by you on the spot)

Step 1

Your tour starts from Limassol port

Step 2

Visit of St. John’s Cathedral

Step 3

Visit of Cyprus Archaeological Museum

Step 4

Stop at the Green Line checkpoint 

Step 5

Free time at “Laiki Yitonia”

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