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From Paphos: Guided tour of Limassol with Rock of Aphrodite

1. From Paphos: Guided tour of Limassol with Rock of Aphrodite

Your first stop will be the ancient Greek city-kingdom of Kourion which dates to the 10th century BC. You will see the many excavations including the complex of Eustolios and admire the magnificent amphitheater with its spectacular views over Episkopi Bay. Continue with a stop at Kolossi and the medieval castle, a former Crusader stronghold free time and optional visit the Castle ( entrance fees not included in the price). From there, drive to Limassol arriving in the old town, close to the medieval castle, Limassol Marina, and the market area where you will have free time for exploring, shopping and lunch (not included). On the way back stop at the Rock of Aphrodite where, according to legend, the Goddess of Love and Beauty was born from the waves and there will be time for a swim.

From Larnaca: Pafos and Kourion Coach Tour in English

2. From Larnaca: Pafos and Kourion Coach Tour in English

Pick up from hotels or meeting points by coach and driving towards Paphos. Coffee break at Chirokoitia village. Guiding at the archeological site of ancient Kourion with its mosaics and Greek-Roman Amphitheatre with breath-taking view over the bay. Continue to Paphos with free time at Paphos harbour for walking, shopping, having lunch in one of the numerous taverns (not included) or visit of the Paphos castle (not included) and the mosaics of the House of Dionysus (entrance fees are not included). On the return a short visit at the Cyprus Delight's shop at Yeroskipou for tasting and shopping the traditional sweets Loukoumia. A last stop Aphrodite's Rock (Petra tou Romiou), the birthplace of Aphrodite - Goddess of Love and Beauty - for photos and swimming (if weather permits). Don't forget to bring your swim wear and towel. Drop of at starting point in the later afternoon.

Full day Nicosia & Kyrenia Tour: Private Tour from Limassol

3. Full day Nicosia & Kyrenia Tour: Private Tour from Limassol

Join this tour to explore St. Hilarion fairytale castle for 1.5-hours before you move onto the gorgeous Bellapais Abbey, a ruined 13th-century abbey in the Five Fingers Mountain. Visit Nicosia, the only divided capital city of Cyprus, and have lunch in the Great Han built by the Ottoman empire. After lunch, experience both its Greek and Turkish areas on this half-day trip from Nicosia. Walk into Nicosia's walled old city to visit Büyük Han and Selimiye Mosque, once St. Sophia Cathedral. Embark on a great tour for history and culture buffs. Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping in the lively lanes and streets. 

From Paphos: Cyprus Through the Ages Tour w/ Lunch and Wine

4. From Paphos: Cyprus Through the Ages Tour w/ Lunch and Wine

Rural Cyprus is at your fingertips on this whistle-stop tour. Explore geological formations, archaeological sites, and characteristic villages like Fini and Omodos. Get a taste of local flavors during a tavern lunch and head to a winery for a tasting. The morning kicks off with the first stop at Petra tou Romiou for photographs (available only for those coming from Paphos town and Aphrodite Hills Resort). Aphrodite’s mythical birthplace is a geological formation of huge rocks along one of the coastlines on the island. Continue to Kourion, one of the most impressive archaeological sites on the island. It’s classic Greco-Roman, with a half-moon of seats facing out to sea. Kolossi Castle is the next stop. This Crusader-era castle is surrounded by flowering plants and a pretty courtyard. Hop back on the bus and head to Fini where lunch will be served at a local tavern. Later, stop at the mountain-ringed village of Omodos where you will have a guided walk through the village. To round off your trip, you'll have the opportunity to taste traditional Cyprus wine in a local winery before heading back to the resorts.

Kourion: Self-Guided Archaeological Site Walking Tour

5. Kourion: Self-Guided Archaeological Site Walking Tour

Discover the ruins of ancient Kourion on this self-guided walking tour. Listen to the history of these magnificent monuments using an app, which also includes a map, animated videos, and reconstructions to help bring these ruins to life. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. See the House of Eustolios, where one of the city’s most prominent noblemen once lived. Learn about the ancient history of Kourion and its significance today. Then visit the amphitheater, where thousands of people gathered for plays and concerts. Admire the Kourion aqueducts and the agora, the public square where bustling markets once thrived, then continue to the public baths. See the mosaics in the Gladiator House and House of Achilles, and learn about the subjects within these images. Finally, see one of the earliest Christian basilicas ever built. As you make your way back to the visitor’s center, encounter even more ruins, and hear about the earthquake which destroyed the thriving city.

From Paphos: Troodos Mountains Hidden Charms Tour

6. From Paphos: Troodos Mountains Hidden Charms Tour

Discover the charm and scenery of the Troodos Mountains on a day tour from Paphos. Pass small villages and experience the traditional Cypriot life. As you travel high into the hills you will have your first stop in Platanisteia Village. In Platanisteia village you will visit the printmaking museum. Next, travel to Arsos village for a quick coffee break. Discover Tzelefos bridge, which is part of the Venetian Bridges nature trail which connects three of the Venetian Bridges of Pafos Forest. The location around the bridge is perfect for all nature lovers but also for photographers. Do not miss the opportunity to capture the perfect picture. Continue to the village of Kalopanayiotis where you will enjoy traditional Cyprus lunch. After lunch, visit the Ayios Lambadistis Monastery. The monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a complex of three churches - Ioannis Lampadistis, Agios Irakleidios, and a Latin chapel - all under a single, enormous timber roof. Before heading back to your pickup location, you will enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery.

From Ayia Napa: Pafos and Kourion Bus Tour

7. From Ayia Napa: Pafos and Kourion Bus Tour

Immerse yourself in history and archeology on this day tour to Pathos including entry tickets to Kourion. Visit Chirokoitia, enjoy some free time at Paphos harbor, and swim at Aphrodite's Rock. Start with pickup from your hotel in Ayia Napa. Travel towards Paphos with a coffee break at the village of Chirokoitia. First, visit the archeological site of ancient Kourion. Enjoy a guided tour of the site and discover its many beautiful mosaics and the Greek-Roman amphitheater with a breathtaking view over the bay. Continue to Paphos and take some free time at Paphos harbor so you can purchase lunch in one of the numerous taverns. You can also visit the Paphos Castle or discover mosaics of the House of Dionysus. On the return journey, make a stop at the Cyprus Delights shop at Yeroskipou for tasting traditional sweets like Loukoumia. Finally, discover Aphrodite's Rock, named after the Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty, for photos and swimming before drop-off back at your accommodation.

From Protaras: Pafos and Kourion Coach Tour in English

8. From Protaras: Pafos and Kourion Coach Tour in English

Get a glimpse into the past on this guided tour of Paphos, perfect for lovers of history and archaeology. Tour the archaeological site of Kourion, enjoy free time to explore Paphos Harbor, see Aphrodite’s Rock, and more. Enjoy stops for food and drinks and optional visits to even more historical sites. Start your day by getting picked up from your hotel and driving toward Paphos. Stop at Choirokoitia village for an optional coffee break. Arrive at the archaeological site of Kourion for a guided tour of this historical site. Spot intricate mosaics and the Greek-Roman amphitheater with a breathtaking view over the bay. Continue to Paphos with free time at Paphos Harbor for walking, shopping, having lunch in one of the numerous taverns, or visiting Paphos Castle (fees are not included) and the mosaics of the House of Dionysus (entrance fees are not included). Heading back, enjoy a short visit to the Cyprus Delights shop at Geroskipou for shopping and tasting the traditional sweets, Loukoumi (Cyprus delight). For the last stop, visit Aphrodite's Rock (Petra tou Romiou), the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Enjoy time for photos and swimming (if weather permits). Later in the afternoon, get dropped off back at the starting point.

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What people are saying about Limassol District

I had a great time with this Kykkos tour. I was planning to join with my friend, but he was feeling sick in the morning, and I had to participate alone. But I was never bored. Marina, the guide, explained a lot of the Cypriot history, culture, society, and politics, which was a great fun. The streets in the mountain villeges were incredibly narrow, but Ektras showed an excellent driving skill and I enjoyed the whole trip. The tomb of the first president Makarios is a must-see.

It was really lovely for the price. The guide lady spoke very well English and told us all we needed to know. Great 2 hours in Limassol so we have had lots of time to eat and just enjoy our free time. Lovely places to see especially Aphrodite’s Rock. Really recommend it!

It was a great tour,Sofia our guide was amazing,explained everything with a lot of knowledge and smiling all the time.everything went according to plan with enough time for lunch and souvenirs

Chris was amusing, gave us masses if information about every aspect of Cypriot life. His explanation in the monastery was very detailed.

The guide had excellent historical knowledge and she ensured we were clear on all arrangements.