Limassol – Paphos

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Limassol, the former capital of Cyprus Island has a lot of beauties to reveal; uncover them and visit site such as the impressive Dionysus mosaics or the Tombs of the Kings.

The sightseeing tour starts via Phassouri citrus groves and vineyards, to reach at Petra tou Romiou, the symbol of Paphos city. Legend tells us that here, the goddess of Cyprus, Aphrodite, was born from the foam of the sea and was carried by the sea waves on the coasts of Cyprus, to Paphos, which has become the sacred place where Aphrodite was venerated. The religion of Cyprus in antiquity was that of ancient Greece. Most of the Olympian gods were worshipped in Cyprus but the most important cult was indisputably that of Aphrodite, the Cypriot goddess. She is the embodiment of the fertilising dynamism of Love, fertilising the whole nature and spreading happiness. Archaeological evidence and inscriptions bear witness of the existence of numerous sanctuaries and temples dedicated to the goddess throughout Cyprus.

 

The route continues to Paphos, for an opportunity to discover one of the most beautiful places of the island. Today it is a small harbour town and a popular holiday resort, but in Hellenistic and Roman times it was the capital of Cyprus. Home of the colourful Dionysos mosaics renowned throughout the Mediterranean, picturesque churches, medieval monasteries, museums, countless antiquities and a pretty harbour guarded by a small castle. The whole town of Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list of culture and natural treasure of the world heritage.

 

The tour leads to a visit at the House of Dionysos, to see the famous site of breathtaking mosaics unearthed during the excavation of a Roman nobleman’s villa from the third century AD. An extensive complex of buildings fitted with beautiful mosaic floors showing Roman legends and characters, but mostly representing scenes from Greek mythology, are considered to be the finest mosaics in all the Mediterranean. The drive takes us to the north – west to visit the underground Tombs of the Kings, the necropolis (cemetery) of Paphos, dated back to the 3rd century BC, with open peristyle courts surrounded by burial chambers.

 

Now there is time for shopping at Limanaki area (old Harbour) where visitors will be given the opportunity to buy local as well as international merchandise.

 

Return to Limassol port.

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

Stop at the “Petra tou Romiou”

Step 3

Visit of Paphos, home of the colourful Dionysus mosaics and the Tombs of the Kings

Step 4

Enjoy free time at at Limanaki area (old Harbour)  

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