Limassol – Nicosia Divided Capital & Lefkara Village (with lunch)

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Get to know the historical and renowned city of Cyprus, Nicosia, the St. John’s Cathedral, the Archaeological museum and Lefkara village will be just some of the interesting venues you are to visit.

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.

 

After a buffet lunch of local specialties at Cyprus typical Taverna we continue to the fascinating traditional village of Lefkara. Lefkara is a picturesque village, famous for its silverware and handmade lace called “Lefkaritiko”. The fame of this embroidery was spread to many countries. According to the tradition, Leonardo Da Vinci visited the village in the 15th century only to be amazed by the local made lace, so as to transfer it on one of his paintings and he even took back with him Lefkara lacework which he presented to Milan Cathedral.

 

As with all of Cyprus countryside, Lefkara is too endowed with historical, natural and human riches, moreover enhanced by the preserved traditional character and architecture. The village has been built amphitheatrically around a spring, which most likely was the main reason for the initial settlement.

 

There is free time to visit the lace and silver shops, as well as to explore the church dedicated to the Holy Cross. This is the principal church of the village, built in the mid-nineteenth century, replacing a Byzantine church, with an 18th century rich gilt iconostasis and a 13th century unique piece of the Holy Cross, left behind by St. Helen.

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

-          lunch

Exclusions

-         entrance fees (paid by you on the spot)

Step 1

Your tour starts from Limassol port

Step 2

Visit of Nicosia and the St. John’s Cathedral 

Step 3

Visit of the Archaeological museum

Step 4

Green Line checkpoint and “Laiki Yitonia” visit 

Step 5

Lefkara village visit 

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