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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 on the spot, local cuisine prepared in a nearby 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.

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Nicosia, a tale of two cities walking tour from Paphos
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Nicosia, a tale of two cities walking tour from Paphos

Discover Nicosia – the world's last divided capital, cross the Green Line into the Turkish-occupied sector and explore the city's unique highlights.

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Cyprus heritage experience guided tour from Paphos
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Cyprus heritage experience guided tour from Paphos

On this full day tour, you'll experience Cyprus' historical heritage by visiting the archaeological site of Kourion, Kollosi Castle and many more historical places.

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Famagusta guided day tour from Paphos
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Famagusta guided day tour from Paphos

Cross the UN buffer zone into Northern Cyprus and visit the ancient city of Salamis, the old town of Famagusta, and the abandoned ghost town of Varosha.

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Explore Limassol walking tour from Paphos
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Explore Limassol walking tour from Paphos

Discover the coastal city of Limassol with this fascinating all day trip and explore the city's secrets at your own pace.

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Jeep safari with surf & turf Blue Lagoon cruise tour from Paphos
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Jeep safari with surf & turf Blue Lagoon cruise tour from Paphos

Explore Akamas peninsula with a 4x4 tour

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A cultural journey through Cyprus from Paphos
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A cultural journey through Cyprus from Paphos

Book this guided tour from Paphos and experience the rich history, culture, and traditions of Cyprus

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Wave Dancer sunshine luxury cruise from Paphos
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Wave Dancer sunshine luxury cruise from Paphos

Discover Coral Bay, sea caves and St. George Island. Enjoy stops for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking with guaranteed sun-loungers for adults only.

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Ocean flyer adults-only VIP cruise from Paphos
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Ocean flyer adults-only VIP cruise from Paphos

Relax with this adults-only VIP cruise from Paphos, sail on the luxury Ocean Flyer yacht and discover unique swimming and snorkeling stops.

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Half-Day Cruise from Paphos to Cyprus' Blue Lagoon
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Half-Day Cruise from Paphos to Cyprus' Blue Lagoon

Enjoy a cruise to the Blue Lagoon from Paphos - a day made for relaxing and topping up your tan whilst cruising one of the most beautiful parts of Cyprus!

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Troodos mountain villages tour from Paphos
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Troodos mountain villages tour from Paphos

Book a picturesque guided tour through some of the most charming villages in Cyprus and visit Lania, Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis, Kakopetria, and Omodos, each one with its own unique character and beauty.

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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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