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Nat Geo Day Tour: Philippos Yiapanis, from Turmoil to Triumph
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Nat Geo Day Tour: Philippos Yiapanis, from Turmoil to Triumph

Philippos Yiapanis, a renowned Cypriot sculptor, was born in Famagusta in what is now the occupied Northern part of Cyprus. His life took a tumultuous turn when he was captured and incarcerated during the Turkish invasion, subsequently becoming a refugee in South Cyprus. His artistry is a manifestation of his deep longing for freedom and a vivid representation of local history. On this tour, you will meet the artist who will lead you on an exclusive visit to his museum where around 140 sculptures are on display. As well as discovering the inspiration behind some of his most powerful works, you'll also find out about the recent history of Cyprus and explore the artist's personal experiences, narrated through his compelling storytelling. On arrival at the Art Nest Museum, Philippos will welcome you personally, providing an insight into his life and work, giving you an understanding of the emotions that underpin his creations. You will then take time to explore the open-air sculpture park, and finish with a peek at the artistic process. A tour of the artist's workshop reveals his techniques for working in bronze, chosen to ensure the longevity of his pieces, to reflect the connection between Cyprus and copper, and to represent his enduring hope for unity in his divided homeland. Round off the experience enjoying local cuisine prepared in Kouklia village, reflecting on Cyprus's unique fusion of art, history, and culinary tradition.

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Nat Geo Day Tour: Two Sides, One Story: Co-Existence in Cyprus
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Nat Geo Day Tour: Two Sides, One Story: Co-Existence in Cyprus

Get a fresh perspective on the latest events in Cyprus on this National Geographic Day Tour led by two journalists, one Greek-Cypriot and one Turkish-Cypriot, who will give you rare, behind-the-scenes insights. Start by exploring the restored village of Moutallos. Immerse yourself in its stories as you meander through the narrow alleys and witness the transformation of the area, with rehabilitated buildings that bear remnants of Turkish names, symbolizing respect for the other community. Pause for a photo stop at the historic Agia Sophia mosque, formerly a Christian church. The tour then leads you to Ibrahim's Khan, a refurbished Ottoman inn. It now houses craft units and a theater. The main entrance showcases exquisite creations of embroidery, jointly made by women from both communities, illustrating their desire for cooperation and reunification. In the courtyard of the Khan, engage in an interactive debate directed by your two journalist guides —one Greek-Cypriot and one Turkish-Cypriot. Together, you'll explore Cyprus' recent past, investigating the causes behind the enduring division and contemplating potential paths toward unity. See the contrast between old and new as you embrace the mix of vendors and workshops in the Khan's surroundings. Then, admire the renovated Ottoman Baths, part of a heritage preservation project. Conclude by savoring the simple yet true flavors that are offered in family homes, accompanied by a cup of Cypriot, Turkish, or Greek coffee, served in the oldest coffee establishment in Paphos.

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Kourion Ruins, Kolossi Castle and Winery Visit
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Kourion Ruins, Kolossi Castle and Winery Visit

The myths of Cyprus come to life on this tour. You'll see where a legend was born, visit the ruins of Kourion, venture to the village of Omodos and cap off the day with a tasting at a family-run winery. Eva, one of our local guides, says of this excursion, ‘You'll wander through layers of history, culture and mythology, and learn about Aphrodite, the goddess of love. The rituals connected with her as well as the plants and seashells associated with her.'You'll dive straight into the past to see Petra tou Romiou, a sea stack where, local legend has it, the goddess Aphrodite was born. The ancient past takes on a more tangible form at Kourion, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Cyprus. Visit its Roman baths and amble into its centrepiece, the Greco-Roman theatre. It's still used for concerts. And up next is the Crusader-built Kolossi Castle, which belonged to the Knights Templar from the 14th century.Lunch is in a family-owned restaurant. It's as famed for its country fare made from locally sourced ingredients as it is for its scenic location in the hills. Then, we'll head to the mountain-nestled village of Omodos, where you'll have free time to wander around skinny cobbled streets lined with Byzantine buildings. And to round off the day, we'll visit the winery. Here, you'll sample some of its award-winning wines, including the commandaria variety, which Richard the Lionheart baptised as the ‘wine of kings and the king of wines'.

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Troodos Mountains Tour with Kykkos Monastery and Lunch
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Troodos Mountains Tour with Kykkos Monastery and Lunch

The journey into the Troodos Mountains is a journey to another Cyprus. Rustic stone villages dot tree-clad valleys where traditional ways of life still hold sway. This tour takes you into the spiritual heart of the highlands, the Kykkos Monastery, as well as up to Throni Hill. Alexia, one of our local guides, says, ‘The icon of the Virgin Mary at Kykkos is considered miraculous, so at least once a year, it's important for Cypriots to visit the church.'As you go into the depths of the Troodos, you'll encounter luxuriant landscapes which contrast with the arid coast. You'll head to the Kykkos Monastery first. Perched on Mount Kykkos, it's laden with religious treasures, and you won't be able to keep your eyes off the golden icons and frescoes – except for the icon of the Virgin Mary. It's kept under wraps, with the last known viewing being hundreds of years ago. You'll also have free time to wander around the grounds and enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains. What's more, your visit helps the preservation of this important heritage site.We'll then visit the hilltop tomb of Archbishop Makarios III. Superb views greet you before the drive down to the village of Pedoulas. Here, you'll enjoy a typical Cypriot lunch made from locally sourced ingredients in a family-run restaurant. There's time for an optional walk up to the richly decorated Orthodox church of the Holy Cross, then we'll head back with a coffee stop at Pano Platres en route.

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Ancient Kourion, Kolossi Castle, Omodos & Winery Small Group Tour
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Ancient Kourion, Kolossi Castle, Omodos & Winery Small Group Tour

Cyprus is all rolling hills dotted with pretty villages. On this adults-only tour, you'll see where a legend was born, visit the ruins of Kourion, venture to the village of Omodos and cap off the day with a wine tasting. Eva, one of our local guides, says of this excursion, ‘You'll wander through layers of history, culture and mythology, and learn about Aphrodite. The rituals connected with her, as well as the plants and seashells associated with her legacy.'You'll dive straight into the past to see Petra tou Romiou — a sea stack where, according to legend, love goddess Aphrodite was born. We keep the theme ancient at Kourion, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Cyprus. Visit the Roman baths and amble into the site's centrepiece, the Greco-Roman theatre. Concerts are still held to this day. The 15th-century Kolossi Castle is up next. This Crusader-built fortress is surrounded by blooming plants.Then, we'll head for a local lunch in a family-run taverna before visiting mountain-fringed Omodos, where you'll wander around skinny cobbled streets lined with Byzantine buildings. It's Eva's favourite village. She says, ‘The charm of the stone houses, the tranquillity and peacefulness – it's as if it has sprung from a fairytale. I love dropping into one of the cafés and seeing locals have philosophical discussions, political arguments and a bit of gossip.' Plus, there's a wine tasting, where you'll learn all about sweet commandaria wine.

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Evening Drink at Aphrodite's Rock & Folk Dinner
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Evening Drink at Aphrodite's Rock & Folk Dinner

Tasty meze, music and dancing – this trip has all the ingredients for a right old Cypriot night. And if that wasn't enough, it all comes after a drink overlooking Aphrodite's Rock – birthplace of the mythical goddess of love. Alexia, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘At the taverna, you'll get together with the locals and feel their culture and dance. Nothing is better than the 100% authentic cuisine cooked by the women of the village, just like they cook at home.' Join us for a knees-up to remember in one of the area's most popular tavernas.We'll kick off with a short drive towards Petra tou Romiou – as Aphrodite's Rock is known locally. Clink glasses at this mythical sea stack and enjoy the evening light while sipping on a sparkling wine. ‘A celebration in honour of the goddess,' as Alexia says. You'll then head to the village of Kouklia, a short drive inland from the coast, for a Cypriot dinner with a difference.A first sight, it's a typical family-run taverna. You'll get to savour just about every Cypriot dish you could possibly wish for. The emphasis is on pure ingredients and traditional meze – cooked the way they've been for generations – washed down with local wines. But on summer evenings, the family takes over the street, hosting feasts of folkloric music and dancing. Let your hair down and join the locals with some boogying and shaking on the outdoor terrace. As nights out go, it's a showstopper.

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Troodos Mountain Villages Tour with Lampadistis Monastery
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Troodos Mountain Villages Tour with Lampadistis Monastery

Cyprus is full of hidden treasures, and you'll explore some of the island's rural highlights on this full day excursion into the Troodos Mountains. You'll drive into the countryside – where most say the trip is worth it for the views alone – to Lampadistis Monastery and Kalopanayiotis, with a few pleasant surprises in between.

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Kykkos Monastery and Troodos Mountains Small Group Tour
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Kykkos Monastery and Troodos Mountains Small Group Tour

The drive into the Troodos Mountains is a journey to another Cyprus. Rustic stone villages dot pine-studded valleys and traditional ways of life still hold sway. This small group, adults-only tour takes you into the spiritual heart of the highlands, the Kykkos Monastery, as well as the hilltop tomb of Makarios III. Eva, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘The Troodos Mountains are where I find my soul. There are villages where time has stood still, where people still care about one another, where you enter as a guest and leave as a friend.'Ascending into the wild landscapes of the Troodos Mountains, you'll stop for a coffee break in a typical village. Then it's on to the star of the show, the beautiful Kykkos Monastery, perched on top Mount Kykkos. The interior is richly decorated, and you won't be able to keep your eyes off the icons and frescoes. You'll hear the legend of why its most famous icon, ‘the Golden Girl', remains half-hidden. And you'll also have some free time to wander around the grounds and enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains.We'll then visit Throni Hill and the elaborate tomb of Archbishop Makarios III. Superb views greet you before the drive down to the village of Pedoulas. Here, you'll enjoy a typical Cypriot lunch made from locally sourced ingredients in a family-run restaurant. There's time for an optional walk up to the Orthodox church of the Holy Cross, then we'll head back with a photo stop at Prodromos viewpoint and a coffee break en route.

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Paphos Half-day BBQ Cruise
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Paphos Half-day BBQ Cruise

The sunshine and laidback Mediterranean feel of Cyprus are what visitors the world over come to enjoy, and this half-day BBQ cruise lets you do just that. Departing from Paphos harbour you'll spend four hours out at sea with the chance to swim, snorkel, sunbathe, and completely chill-out with live entertainment and an on-board BBQ.

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Pafos Zoo Tour
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Pafos Zoo Tour

From tigers, lions and giraffes to penguins, monkeys and more, Pafos Zoo is a giant playground where kids can run wild and discover over 500 species of animals. You'll spend a few hours exploring the zoo at your own pace, and with transfer from your hotel included, everything's planned for a great family day out.

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Aphrodite Waterpark with Transport
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Aphrodite Waterpark with Transport

Keep cool and enjoy the watery thrills on an excursion to one of Cyprus's best water parks. Spend the day at Aphrodite Waterpark in Paphos hurtling down high-octane rides or enjoying more sedate options – with dedicated kids' areas and a range of eateries ensuring a perfect family day out.

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Wave Dancer Fireworks Cruise Paphos
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Wave Dancer Fireworks Cruise Paphos

To add a touch of glamour to your holiday, look no further than this evening cruise off the Paphos coast. And you'll really be spoiled – there's a three-course meal, live entertainment and an amazing fireworks display to end the night.

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Things to do in Paphos

Scratch beneath the surface in Paphos, and you’ll discover the myths and legends of ancient Greece and Rome. The modern side to this city has tiptoed around the treasures of the past, which are carefully tucked away in a seabound corner. Contemporary action is to be found in the Kato Pafos seafront, lined with bars and shops, and in the Akamas peninsula, a playground for off-roading enthusiasts. The Blue Lagoon, Pafos Zoo and Kykkos Monastery are also prime daytrip destinations. Top six things to do in Paphos 1. Admire mosaic masterpieces The jewel in the city’s crown – Paphos Archaeological Park is home to a collection of mesmerising mosaics. You’ll find these at the House of Dionysus, the House of Theseus and the House of Aion. To really get a feel for the history behind these painstakingly excavated and restored treasures, a guided tour is highly recommended. The park’s Roman Odeon and its adjacent lighthouse are also worth checking out. And, the recently restored Crusader castle is eminently Instagrammable. 2. Visit the Tombs of the Kings The seven Tombs of the Kings are another ancient site worth seeing. Located just two kilometres north of Paphos Archaeological Park, the Roman era tombs’ size and splendour are what makes them stand out from the crowd. Their similarities to tombs in ancient Egypt hint at the trade and cultural links between the two civilisations – they’re well worth a visit. 3. Head to the Akamas Peninsula If you’re more into wow than highbrow, then the Akamas Peninsula is your playground. It’s got its own classical legends, such as the Baths of Aphrodite, but the real attraction is its rugged landscape. A 4x4 quad or buggy safari will get your adrenaline pumping. Book an organised tour and roam through the peninsula’s wild west while catching sight of attractions such as the Chapel of Agios Georgios and the turtle sanctuary at Lara Bay. 4. Take a boat trip to the Blue Lagoon The star of the northern coast, the Blue Lagoon, is best reached on a boat trip from Latchi harbour. It goes without saying that the shimmering lagoon is the highlight – but the views from the deck of the cove-dotted coastline, including the mythical Baths of Aphrodite, are well worth the journey alone. Many excursions also feature a Blue Lagoon boat trip in combination with other activities. 5. See the Kykkos Monastery This monastery might be a bit of a trek from the coast, but as daytrips go, it’s one of the best excursions in Paphos. The Greek Orthodox Holy, Royal and Stavropegic Monastery of Kykkos – to give it its full name – is famed for its religious icons, but the journey there is an experience in itself. You’ll discover why as you climb through the pine-clad Troodos Mountains, passing rustic stone villages along the way. 6. Visit Pafos Zoo Ever popular with families, Pafos Zoo is a bit of an unexpected find in this corner of Cyprus. Home to more 1,200 creatures, including giraffes, tigers, reptiles and even penguins, expect a lot of excited finger-pointing from the kids.
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