NICOSIA, PAPHOS AND LIMASSOL

Highlights

  • Follow St Paul’s route
  • Archaeological site of Salamis
  • Visit the Troodos Mountains

8 day pilgrimage

from £995pp

By Air

3-4 stars

Beginning where St Paul and St Barnabas began in Cyprus we visit Famagusta, the archaeological site of Salamis, exploring the Tombs, Monastery, forts and St Nicolas Cathedral. We continue passing Venetian walls to Nicosia and visit Famagusta Gate, the Archbishop’s Palace and Monastery of Agios Herakleidios.

We experience the nature’s rugged Troodos Mountains against the rose blessed village of Agros, the famous Monastery dedicated to the holy cross at Omodos and the world heritage sites of the 11th century church of Ayios Nikolaos and the Kakoptria village with its 16th century church. We head to the west coast to the picturesque harbour of Paphos – the birth place of Aphrodite. We visit monastery’s, St Paul’s Pillar and the ruins of the Basilica of Chrysopolitissa (where Paul was flogged) and the Palace of Proconsul Sergius Paulus, where Paul converted the Proconsul.

ITINERARY

Day 1

Fly to Larnaca or Paphos. Transfer to the hotel. Free time subject to flight times.

Day 2

Full day guided visit to Famagusta, to visit the archaeological site of Salamis (St Paul landed in this area and joined St Barnabas), Tomb of St Barnabas and Monastery (built on an ancient basilica), Fort of Famagusta and St Nicolas Cathedral.

Day 3

Full day guided visit to Nicosia, following the route that St Paul travelled through the mountains. En route passing Venetian Walls, the Green Line, the Famagusta Gate, the Statue of Liberty and the Archbishop’s Palace. Visit St John’s Cathedral, Byzantine Museum, the Tomb and the Monastery of Agios Herakleidios.

Day 4

Full day guided visit to the Troodos mountains, visiting Agros village in the valley of Pitsilia (famous for its roses), 12th Century Church of Panayia tou Araka in Lagoudera village and the Church of Panayia tis Asinou (1106 A.D.) in Nikitari village. Returning by a different route, you will see the valleys of Solea and Kourris and visit Laneia village.

Day 5

Full day guided visit to Paphos, to visit Petra tou Romiou (the birthplace of the Goddess Aphrodite), Ayios Neophytos Monastery (the 12th Century Enclistra Hermitage and the nearby 16th Century monastery), St Paul’s Pillar and the ruins of the Basilica of Chrysopolitissa (where Paul was flogged), the House of Aion and Theseus (archeological site) and the Palace of Proconsul Sergius Paulus, (where Paul miraculously converted the Proconsul). Free time in the picturesque
harbour of Paphos.

Day 6

Full day guided visit to the Troodos Mountains, starting with the south west wine villages. Visit Omodos, famous for its monastery, dedicated to the Holy Cross, the 11th Century Church of Ayios Nikolaos (another World Heritage Site), Kakopetria village and Panayia Podithou (early 16th Century church – World Heritage).

Day 7

Free day at leisure, or optional excursion to Larnaca. Larnaca Excursion: visit Kiti village, (to see Angeloktisti Church, with its magnificent 6th Century mosaics made of semi-precious stones and gold), Church of St Lazarus, built over his tomb during the 9th Century, Pierides Museum (treasures from Neolithic to Medieval times), Ayios Georgios Alamanos Convent and some free time for shopping.

Day 8

Free time subject to flight times. Fly home.

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