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.