Cyprus, jewel of the Mediterranean
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
1 to 20
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
|16 May 2019||05 Jun 2019||Available||AUD $10,100|
|29 Aug 2019||18 Sep 2019||Available||AUD $10,200|
|19 Sep 2019||09 Oct 2019||Available||AUD $10,200|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Cyprus and the delightful city of Limassol! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.
Discover the city of Limassol on a full day of sightseeing. Our day will begin at the medieval Castle of Kolossi and the ancient Kingdom of Kourion. We'll also visit the Olive Park and try some local dishes over lunch here. Tonight we'll enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant to welcome us to Cyprus. [B,L,D]
Today we'll explore the northern part of Cyprus. Travelling to Kyrenia we'll see the harbour and medieval fortress, dating back to the Byzantine era. Later we'll visit the divided city of Nicosia, split into its rival Greek and Turkish sides. Here we'll discover its 16th century Venetian walls, the Famagusta Gate, and have some free time to enjoy Laiki Geitonia. [B]
We explore the picturesque Troodos Mountains this morning, beginning at the Byzantine Kykkos Monastery. The village of Omodos has a long tradition in winemaking, and we'll be able to try a selection of the local wines and liqueurs, including the famous Commandaria dessert wine and Zivania. [B]
Special Experience: This afternoon we'll visit a local bakery in Omodos and sample its famous haloumi cheese pies after a demonstration.
This morning we'll make our way to the heritage-listed town of Paphos. Along the way we'll stop at Petra tou Romiou, a stunning beach and birthplace of the legendary goddess of beauty and love, Aphrodite. [B]
The day is at leisure for you to enjoy this beautiful town at your own pace. Why not head down to the Limanaki (harbour) area? It's one of the prettiest spots on the island and home to quaint shops, restaurants, bars and traditional taverns. [B]
This morning we'll discover the natural beauty of Akamas on a 4WD jeep safari. One of the most beautiful spots on the island, it is also home to the Baths of Aphrodite. We'll then enjoy a traditional Cypriot lunch at a local tavern. [B,L,D]
Special Experience: This evening we'll board a yacht and experience a breathtaking Mediterranean sunset on a dinner cruise.
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to Athens, Greece's vibrant capital. [B]
Today we discover the diversity of Athens on a city tour. Highlights include the ancient Acropolis and the magnificent Parthenon. We'll also wander through the Thisio, Monastiraki and Plaka districts to get a taste of the local atmosphere. [B]
This morning we depart for Kalambaka, gateway to Meteora. In the afternoon we'll discover the amazing clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Monks have lived atop these 'columns of the sky' since the 11th century. The tallest of these incredible rock formations reaches 400m high. [B]
We'll begin the day discovering the old town of Ioannina. This afternoon we'll venture into the area's scenic hinterland and visit the stunning village of Metsovo, perched high on the side of a mountain. Enjoy some free time to visit the quaint shops and caf s. [B]
This morning we visit Delphi, considered by the ancient Greeks to be the centre of the world. We'll enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological ruins and museum. After enjoying lunch overlooking the Corinthian Gulf, we'll continue to the sunny harbour town of Nafpaktos. [B,L]
Today we visit the home of the Olympic Games, Olympia. We'll explore the ancient site and tour the museum. Later this afternoon we'll make our way up to Nafpaktos Castle for amazing views. [B]
Optional Walking Discovery: Why not descend from the castle on foot, discovering the streets and sights of upper Nafpaktos, with your guide? Learn more
Special Experience: We board a 'Rack & Pinion' train for a spectacular ride up to the mountain village of Kalavryta through Vouraikos Gorge.
As we return down the back of the mountain, we visit the 'Cave of the Lakes'. According to Greek mythology, the caves were used by the daughters of the King of Tiryns as a refuge when they were possessed by madness. [B]
After breakfast we drive to Sparta, famous for its ancient warrior society which focused its social system completely on military training and excellence. Here we'll visit the olive oil museum and Mystras, the best-preserved Byzantine citadel in Greece. [B]
Mycenae is one of Greece's most important archaeological sites and birthplace of the culture that dominated the country during the late Bronze Age. This afternoon we'll stop at a local winery in the Nemea region for a tasting. [B,L]
Special Experience: We'll take a cooking class at a small nearby village and enjoy the dishes for lunch.
On our return to Athens, we stop at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, ancient Corinth, one of the major cities of antiquity, and cross the famous Corinth Canal. [B]
Enjoy the morning at leisure. This afternoon we visit Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. The incredible structure perches high on the edge of a cliff that plunges 65m into the sea. On a clear day, the area also affords views to the islands of Kea, Kythnos, Serifos, Aegina and the Peloponnese. [B,D]
Special Experience: Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner with a traditional cooking demonstration and Greek dances.
Today we begin our journey home. [B]