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Kykkos and Aphrodite

Kykkos and Aphrodite

Kykkos and Aphrodite

Kykkos and Aphrodite

Kykkos and Aphrodite

Duration: 8 hours

Location: Kykkos Monastery and Aphrodite's Birth Place

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Kykkos and Aphrodite


In this journey conducted by us, Aphrodite Tours, we will go deep into the coniferous forests of the Troodos mountainous area. The Troodos National Forest Park covers an area of 9,147 hectares around Mount Olympus, the highest point being Chionistra (1,952 m) and the lowest, Moni forest (700m). It is an area of great natural beauty, renowned for its rich flora and fauna, with certain species endemic to that park. The region's rare geology includes a well-preserved ophiolite complex, created from oceanic crust about 90 million years ago. Elements of this complex can be viewed walking along one of the many Park nature trails. Troodos has three camping sites where camping is allowed for a small fee per overnight stay. Four Ski slopes are available in winter and is one of the major tourist attractions in Cyprus during the winter season.

We will then visit the famous Monastery of Kykkos, the richest and most lavish of the monasteries of Cyprus, which is in the Marathasa region. It is situated on a mountain peak, at an altitude of 1318 metres, northwest of Troodos. That peak is known by the name Throni or Throni of Panagia. The monastery was built in the Byzantine era and has great historical value. Dedicated to Panagia, it possesses a miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary, painted by Apostle Luke the Evangelist. The icon, covered in silver gilt, is in a shrine made of tortoise shell and mother - of - pearl that stands in front of the iconostasis. There is a wonderful story about how the icon came here. Blessed with divine grace, Cypriot hermit Esaias miraculously cured the emperor of an incurable illness in the 12th century. As a reward, he asked for the icon of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) that was kept at the imperial palace at Constantinople. The emperor reluctantly sent it to Cyprus with fitting honours together with funds to pay for the construction of a monastery where the sacred relic would be kept. At the hermit's request, the emperor’s representative in Cyprus endowed the monastery with three villages. Interestingly, the full name of the monastery is 'The Holy, Royal and Stavropegic Monastery of the Virgin of Kykkos'. It is one the places to see in Cyprus, and Aphrodite Tours always has an itinerary that includes this very impressive monastery.

Thereafter, we will proceed to one of the most unique villages of Cyprus –Omodos, a major tourist attraction in Cyprus. Once in the village, you will be highly impressed by the old village square paved ages ago with ancient pebbles. Around the square there are a lot of local coffee shops (kafeneia) frequented by old men with long mustaches playing backgammon! The ornament and true pride and joy of Omodos is the Timios Stavros Monastery dedicated to the Holy and Life-giving Cross. Legend has it that the Cross has miraculous powers, since a piece of our Lord’s Cross at Golgotha is embedded within. It is part and parcel of the religious tours Aphrodite Tours conducts. You will find many old icons painted by Russian monks here. The village is also famous for its excellent grapes and taste-bud tingling wine; wine aficionados can taste the local products on offer. Do have a look at the old wine press and the glass makers. This is one answer to the query of what to do in Cyprus.

This village was first inhabited, presumably at the end of the 12th century, at the turn of the Byzantine and Frankish periods in the history of Cyprus. Apart from the Cross, this temple supposedly contains relics of many saints, like John the Baptist, St. Panteleimon, St.Marina, the skull of Apostle Philip that is kept in a gold and silver-plated case shaped like a pyramid, and more. The Apostle reportedly preached and healed people. The village is also famous for its excellent grapes and aromatic wines; oenophiles can taste the local products on offer. Do have a look at the old wine press and the glass makers.

Our next stop on the most romantic place in Cyprus - the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, marriage and procreation. Interested persons can pray for expiation using the fresh water here. It is believed that these waters bring youth and beauty. Old timers say that if you manage to find a stone in the shape of a heart, then you will find your love; if you've already found it, it will remain with you for life. Aphrodite Tours always includes this romantic site in its programmed excursions in Cyprus.

You will have free time for photos and "rejuvenation" in seawater. Be very cautious of stepping into the sea, whose bottom is strewn with large pebbles and even larger jagged rocks. If you do enter the sea, ensure you have adequate protection for your feet!

Note: Lunch is not included in the price. While visiting churches and monasteries open shoulders and knees are not allowed! Visiting the museum Kykkos - surcharge and optional for our tourists. Wine tasting is included in the price. Lastly, do not forget to carry swimsuits and towels.

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Excellent Bus Tour. My husband and I booked seats on Aphrodite Tours to go on the Famagusta Day Trip as we have always been interested in what happened after the Turkish Invasion. This was like a dream come true. The nearest we got previously was seeing Famagusta from a boat. This trip was simply amazing. The guide was a walking encyclopedia. He told us things we never knew and showed us things we didn't think we would ever see. Highly recommended.

Katherine Nichipurenko
Red Bus Tour

My hubby and I had read a recommendation of Aphrodite Tours special jeep trip called the Grand Tour− Jeep Safari, touching Lefkara, Laneia, a drive through the Troodos mountain range with wine tasting, Kykkos Monastery, Astromeritis, Larnaca, Ayia Napa and Protaras. We took up Aphrodite Tours offer and had a high speed ball, with the different wines stimulating our appetite for more. A really Grand Show! We second the recommendation.

Abbe Johnson
Pepper Bar Lounge

Excellent traditional food! We were introduced to this pub by Aphrodite Tours on a stopover during a daylong trip in December 2012. Had a great experience! This time too, we chose Aphrodite Tours for our excursions in Cyprus and fortunately, we were lucky to find this pub unchanged. The food was amazing, the place was great; it is also a non smoking zone inside. Cozy table next to the fire place. Fair prices, value for money, traditional home made wine; my husband went for delicious steaks but I recommend the traditional cuisine. The service was excellent both times. We must thank Aphrodite Tours for this trip.

Ades Smith
Village Pub, Kakopetria, Cyprus