This delightful tour brings you to the scenic seaside town of Pafos. Departing the pier, your first destination is Petra tou Romiou, the symbol of the city of Paphos. Legend tells us that it is here that Aphrodite, the goddess of Cyprus, was born from the foam of the sea and carried by the sea's waves to the coast of Cyprus. Pafos has become the sacred place where Aphrodite was venerated.
The religion of Cyprus in antiquity was that of ancient Greece. While most of the Olympian Gods were worshipped in Cyprus, the most important cult was indisputably that of Aphrodite, the Cypriot goddess. She is the embodiment of the fertilizing dynamism of Love, believed to fertilize the whole of nature and spread happiness. Archaeological evidence and inscriptions bear witness of the existence of numerous sanctuaries and temples dedicated to Aphrodite throughout Cyprus.
You will next proceed to Pafos, one of the most beautiful destinations on the island which is today, a small harbor town and popular holiday resort. However, in Hellenistic and Roman times it served as the capital of Cyprus. It remains the home of colorful Dionysos mosaics renowned throughout the Mediterranean, picturesque churches, medieval monasteries, museums, countless antiquities and a charming harbor guarded by a small castle. The entire town of Pafos is included in the official UNESCO list of culture and natural treasures of the world heritage.
While in Pafos, a visit will be made to the House of Dionysos, famous for the mosaics unearthed during the excavation of a Roman nobleman's villa from the 3rd century AD. There is an extensive complex of buildings here that are fitted with stunning mosaic floors showing Roman legends and characters, but mostly representing scenes from Greek mythology. The mosaics here are considered to be the finest mosaics in all the Mediterranean. You will also visit the Tombs of the Kings.
Following your guided tour of Pafos, there will be time for shopping at the Limanaki area where you will find a wide array of local as well as international merchandise. Feel free to explore on your own or simply relax and enjoy the town's vibrant atmosphere before re-boarding your coach for the journey back to Limassol.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 hours of walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. It is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable, flat walking shoes, light clothing and a hat are recommended.