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The day starts off with a pottery workshop where you can watch how it’s all made. This is not a hands on thing and really just a way to get you in their shop. Next was a church which was unique due to its 5 domes on top. What followed was a Turkish delight tasting session where you could try as much of any flavour you liked, and then of course the opportunity to buy some (around 3 euro a box). For lunch we went to Sofia’s place where we could look around her home and sit down for some authentic Cypriot cuisine. Nothing very special but breads, cheese, olives and of course genuine coffee (more like tar). Sofia’s husband (we assume?) poured some shots of ouzo for the group which kept everyone on their toes. After lunch we visited a monastery which if you want to look around the museum or caves you need to pay 2 euro which isn’t included in the price of the trip. The last stop was at the winery. He explained the wine making process however you don’t really see the process. You get to try 4 different wines - most these are under 10 euro to buy and in my opinion well worth it! Overall a trip which proved to be great value for money
Far too many people on the tour a large coach full meant that we had to queue in each of the places visited just to get in, and once inside the usual jostling was inevitable! Also the roads are not suitable for large tour buses. Ideal tour size would be in a minibus and would be well worth the extra expense as the places visited were largely great pottery, Church, basket weaving and Sophie's place. Disappointed with the winery - just a modern factory on the edge of town with not a field or vine to be seen! A proper vineyard would have been better to see the actual growing, picking, processing etc. So saying, a great and interesting itinerary if you don't mind the crowds with frequent stops and well led by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Mary the only problem is that it was difficult to ask her questions at times as she was busy herding the sheep! Take something to eat with you because the lunch stop isn't till quite late on.
This was a wonderful insight into the everyday lives, of the local people, and how they have overcome the challenges we also sampled the wonderful produce prepared by Sophie, we had the wonderful Mary as our tour guide who was both fun and a font of knowledge on all aspects of her beautiful country
So glad I booked this tour as it took us to so many interesting and beautiful places which I never would have seen. It included plenty of samples of the delights of Cyprus, including the Turkish Delight and sugared almonds, halloumi cheese and ending with a very generous wine tasting at the winery. Excellent value for money, pick up from the hotel was on time, and I had a very enjoyable day out. Would highly recommend to everyone.