Begin your tour by traveling through the fertile foothills where most of the country's vineyards and the orchards of the Phassouri citrus groves are found. Your first destination is Petra tou Romiou, the symbol of the city of Paphos. Legend tells us that it is here, the goddess of Cyprus, Aphrodite, was born from the foam of the sea and carried by the sea's waves to the coast of Cyprus. Pafos which 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 Pafos 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. Following your guided tour of Pafos, there will be time for shopping at the Limanaki area where you will find a wide array of international merchandise, or simply relax and enjoy the town's vibrant atmosphere.
Departing from Pafos you will make your way to the Beach tavern at Kourion for a lovely lunch consisting of local Cypriot specialties. Following your lunch, you will tour 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.
Please note: This tour includes significant walking and/or standing - at times on uneven ground. There is also considerable climbing and/or steps; and 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.