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6 days/5 nights • Self-Drive • Overland Car Tour

 

6 days/5 nights • Self-Drive • Overland Car Tour

Larnaka - Lefkosia (Nicosia) - Troodos Mountains - Pafos - Lemesos

(Limassol) - Larnaka

Lefkosia (Nicosia), the captivating capital
Scenic Troodos Mountains
Scenic beaches and fascinating history at Pafos
Lively Lemesos (Limassol)

This Self-Drive tour around the south of Cyprus is a great way to experience all that this island nation has to offer. Starting in Larnaka, the coastal resort where the airport is situated, your journey takes you to Lefkosia (Nicosia), the capital, at the heart of the island; the pretty villages of the Troodos Mountains; the ancient town of Pafos, where Aphrodite was born; and the resort of Lemesos (Limassol), before returning to Larnaka. As distances are short, this is a leisurely journey with plenty of time to stop and make your own explorations - perhaps to indulge in some shopping, sample the delicious Mediterranean cuisine and enjoy the renowned Greek Cypriot hospitality.

Day 1: Larnaka
On arrival at Larnaka, collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel. There is much to see in and around Larnaka. Of particular interest is Hala Sultan Tekke (an Islamic monument), or simply relax by taking a walk along the palm-shaded promenade. If you want to venture further, drive to Agia Napa, with some of the finest beaches on the island, or the small fishing port of Liopetri.

Day 2: Larnaka to Lefkosia (Nicosia) (45 kilometres)
Depart from Larnaka and drive to Lefkosia (Nicosia). Sightseeing opportunities include the ‘Green Line’ that divides this unique, walled capital city, the Cyprus Museum and Folk Art Museum for a fascinating insight to the island’s long history, and the charming Laiki Yitonia pedestrian area with its traditional houses, shops and restaurants.

Day 3: Lefkosia (Nicosia) to Troodos Mountains (71 kilometres)
Depart from Lefkosia (Nicosia) and drive to the Troodos Mountains, dominated by 1,950-metre Mount Olympus. Here, surrounded by thick forests, are the pretty villages of Agros, Kakopetria and Platres, where you may want to try some of the local produce - specialities are cheese, honey and wine. Nearby is Kykkos Monastery, famed for its frescoes. The energetic will enjoy a brisk walk in the clear, fragrant mountain air to the Caledonian Falls.

Day 4: Troodos to Pafos (113 kilometres)
Depart from Troodos and drive through attractive scenery of orchards and vineyards to Pafos, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The area is rich in history and has archaeological remains from the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and mediaeval periods - the mosaics in the houses of Dionysus and Theseus, the Tombs of the Kings carved out of cliffs. When the sightseeing is done you can sample the freshly caught seafood at the picturesque fishing port.

Day 5: Pafos to Lemesos (Limassol) (68 kilometres)
Depart from Pafos and drive along the attractive coastal road to Lemesos (Limassol), en route perhaps pausing to look at Aphrodite’s Rock, where the ‘goddess of love’ was born, the ancient city of Kourion with its Greco-Roman amphitheatre, and Kolossi Castle, an imposing mediaeval fortress. Lemesos (Limassol) is an appealing, busy beach resort. Places of interest include Lemesos Castle, where Richard the Lionheart married the Queen of Cyprus.

Day 6: Lemesos (Limassol) to Larnaka (70 kilometres)
Spend the day relaxing on the beach before returning your car to Larnaka airport in time for your return flight.

Total Distance: 367 kilometres

Tour available as:

Self-Drive - including car and pre-booked accommodation