Leaving the port, you'll travel through the fertile foothills where most of the country's vineyards and the orchards of the Phassouri citrus groves are found. Your route takes you past Kolossi Castle, a well-preserved stronghold standing three stories tall that was built by the Crusaders in the 13th century. Legend has it that one of the castle's most famous dwellers was Richard the Lionhearted.
Continuing on, you will arrive at the ancient ruins of the city of Kourion, an impressive Greco-Roman site where you can view remaining pavement mosaics, such as those preserved as the four-panel design in the central room at the House of Eustolios. Nearby is the superb, large Greco-Roman theater built in the 2nd century BC which is still used today for many performances, including ancient dramas. Perched high on a cliff, this beautiful and unspoiled location offers spectacular views of the ruins and the sapphire sea below.
A short distance away, you will find the Sanctuary of Apollo with its stunning cypro corinthian columns. The sanctuary is the largest and one of the most important religious centers on the island and had been continuously used from the late 8th century BC to the second half of the 4th century AD. Apollo, a significant deity of ancient Greek religion, was regarded as the God of light, sun, poetry, music and the woodland protector of the city of Kourion. The southwest side of the temple has been restored and excavations at the site have revealed other structures at the sanctuary, such as the bath complex, the pilgrim halls, the palaistra and a holy precinct.
Leaving the Kourion area, you'll proceed to what is considered by many to be the most beautiful and picturesque of the old villages in Cyprus, Omodos Village. You will be in awe by this amazing village which is still preserved in its original state. While here, explore the monastery of the Holy Cross with its excellent wood carvings and old icons, as well as see the restored wine press Linos and visit some of the local homes, experiencing the history associated with them. Free time will be allowed before returning to the ship in which you may wander down the narrow streets and visit the quaint local shops, famous for their vitraux and hand-made pieces of traditional stained glass.
Please note: This tour includes significant walking and/or standing - at times on uneven ground. There is also considerable climbing and/or steps; therefore, it is not available to wheelchair guests or those guests with mobility concerns. Comfortable, flat walking shoes with non-slip soles, light clothing and a hat are recommended.