• Tour code: 6716PAPCORK
  • Location: Paphos, Cyprus
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Savor the rich history and wines of Cyprus on this full-day trip from Paphos and Limassol. Traveling by air-conditioned coach with an expert guide, stop to see the Roman villa mosaics and theatre at Kourion, and explore Kolossi Castle, a Crusader fortress situated where Cyprus’ sweet Commandaria wine was made. Sample fresh olive bread in pretty Monagri, and visit the quaint village of Omodos to taste some fruity local wines. Enjoy free time for lunch and finish at the Cyprus Wine Museum to chart the island’s winemaking through the ages.

Highlights

  • Full-day wine tasting, village and history tour from Paphos and Limassol
  • Visit the ancient theater at Kourion and medieval Kolossi Castle, linked to Cyprus’ sweet Commandaria wine
  • Explore the pretty wine villages of Monagri and Omodos
  • Sample delicious local wines at Omodos and olive bread at Monagri
  • Trace the history of Cypriot winemaking at the Cyprus Wine Museum
  • Enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) in Omodos
  • Learn about the island’s wines and viticulture from your guide

What You Can Expect

Cyprus Wine Tasting, Villages and Ancient Sites Day Trip from Paphos and Limassol

See the vineyards and winemaking villages of Cyprus on this full-day tour

Hop aboard an air-conditioned coach at your central Paphos or Limassol hotel, and relax as you travel to your first stop. Along the way, listen as your expert guide tells you about Cyprus’ ancient and medieval past, and its long tradition of winemaking. 


Make your first stop at the Kourion ancient theatre, an impressively restored Greco-Roman theater dating to the 2nd and 3rd century AD. Gaze at the steep rows of seats that once accommodated 3,500 people, and then head to the Kourion Archaeological Site to explore the crumbled remains of the Villa of Eustolios, the home of a wealthy family during Roman times.


Wander around the ruins and marvel at the beautiful, richly detailed floor mosaics — a  measure of the affluence of its long-ago owners. 


From here, drive to 15th-century Kolossi Castle, a picture-perfect stone tower that was once an outpost of the crusading Knights of St John. Climb up inside the tower and drink in the surrounding wine country as you learn how the area was used to grow the sugar cane that was an ingredient in Commandaria, the sweet Cypriot wine described as the 'wine of kings' by Richard the Lionheart.


Having explored here, drive to the village of Monagri and stop to try some delicious local olive bread. Then, continue to Omodos, a quaint winemaking village nestled in the folds of the Troodos Mountains. Take snaps of the cobbled square and call at a winery to try a selection of the distinctly fruity local wines.



After lunch (own expense) in Omodos, continue to Erimi to visit the charming Cyprus Wine Museum. Head inside this interesting  little center and chart the story of Cypriot wine through the displays of old jars, wooden presses, photos and utensils.
Finally, return to Limassol and Paphos where your tour concludes with a hotel drop-off. 

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