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Ancient Kourion

Ancient Kourion: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Paphos: Guided tour of Limassol with Rock of Aphrodite

1. From Paphos: Guided tour of Limassol with Rock of Aphrodite

Your first stop will be the ancient Greek city-kingdom of Kourion which dates to the 10th century BC. You will see the many excavations including the complex of Eustolios and admire the magnificent amphitheater with its spectacular views over Episkopi Bay. Continue with a stop at Kolossi and the medieval castle, a former Crusader stronghold free time and optional visit the Castle ( entrance fees not included in the price). From there, drive to Limassol arriving in the old town, close to the medieval castle, Limassol Marina, and the market area where you will have free time for exploring, shopping and lunch (not included). On the way back stop at the Rock of Aphrodite where, according to legend, the Goddess of Love and Beauty was born from the waves and there will be time for a swim.

From Larnaca: Pafos and Kourion Coach Tour in English

2. From Larnaca: Pafos and Kourion Coach Tour in English

Pick up from hotels or meeting points by coach and driving towards Paphos. Coffee break at Chirokoitia village. Guiding at the archeological site of ancient Kourion with its mosaics and Greek-Roman Amphitheatre with breath-taking view over the bay. Continue to Paphos with free time at Paphos harbour for walking, shopping, having lunch in one of the numerous taverns (not included) or visit of the Paphos castle (not included) and the mosaics of the House of Dionysus (entrance fees are not included). On the return a short visit at the Cyprus Delight's shop at Yeroskipou for tasting and shopping the traditional sweets Loukoumia. A last stop Aphrodite's Rock (Petra tou Romiou), the birthplace of Aphrodite - Goddess of Love and Beauty - for photos and swimming (if weather permits). Don't forget to bring your swim wear and towel. Drop of at starting point in the later afternoon.

From Paphos: Cyprus Through the Ages Tour w/ Lunch and Wine

3. From Paphos: Cyprus Through the Ages Tour w/ Lunch and Wine

Rural Cyprus is at your fingertips on this whistle-stop tour. Explore geological formations, archaeological sites, and characteristic villages like Fini and Omodos. Get a taste of local flavors during a tavern lunch and head to a winery for a tasting. The morning kicks off with the first stop at Petra tou Romiou for photographs (available only for those coming from Paphos town and Aphrodite Hills Resort). Aphrodite’s mythical birthplace is a geological formation of huge rocks along one of the coastlines on the island. Continue to Kourion, one of the most impressive archaeological sites on the island. It’s classic Greco-Roman, with a half-moon of seats facing out to sea. Kolossi Castle is the next stop. This Crusader-era castle is surrounded by flowering plants and a pretty courtyard. Hop back on the bus and head to Fini where lunch will be served at a local tavern. Later, stop at the mountain-ringed village of Omodos where you will have a guided walk through the village. To round off your trip, you'll have the opportunity to taste traditional Cyprus wine in a local winery before heading back to the resorts.

Kourion: Self-Guided Archaeological Site Walking Tour

4. Kourion: Self-Guided Archaeological Site Walking Tour

Discover the ruins of ancient Kourion on this self-guided walking tour. Listen to the history of these magnificent monuments using an app, which also includes a map, animated videos, and reconstructions to help bring these ruins to life. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. See the House of Eustolios, where one of the city’s most prominent noblemen once lived. Learn about the ancient history of Kourion and its significance today. Then visit the amphitheater, where thousands of people gathered for plays and concerts. Admire the Kourion aqueducts and the agora, the public square where bustling markets once thrived, then continue to the public baths. See the mosaics in the Gladiator House and House of Achilles, and learn about the subjects within these images. Finally, see one of the earliest Christian basilicas ever built. As you make your way back to the visitor’s center, encounter even more ruins, and hear about the earthquake which destroyed the thriving city.

From Ayia Napa: Pafos and Kourion Bus Tour

5. From Ayia Napa: Pafos and Kourion Bus Tour

Immerse yourself in history and archeology on this day tour to Pathos including entry tickets to Kourion. Visit Chirokoitia, enjoy some free time at Paphos harbor, and swim at Aphrodite's Rock. Start with pickup from your hotel in Ayia Napa. Travel towards Paphos with a coffee break at the village of Chirokoitia. First, visit the archeological site of ancient Kourion. Enjoy a guided tour of the site and discover its many beautiful mosaics and the Greek-Roman amphitheater with a breathtaking view over the bay. Continue to Paphos and take some free time at Paphos harbor so you can purchase lunch in one of the numerous taverns. You can also visit the Paphos Castle or discover mosaics of the House of Dionysus. On the return journey, make a stop at the Cyprus Delights shop at Yeroskipou for tasting traditional sweets like Loukoumia. Finally, discover Aphrodite's Rock, named after the Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty, for photos and swimming before drop-off back at your accommodation.

From Protaras: Pafos and Kourion Coach Tour in English

6. From Protaras: Pafos and Kourion Coach Tour in English

Get a glimpse into the past on this guided tour of Paphos, perfect for lovers of history and archaeology. Tour the archaeological site of Kourion, enjoy free time to explore Paphos Harbor, see Aphrodite’s Rock, and more. Enjoy stops for food and drinks and optional visits to even more historical sites. Start your day by getting picked up from your hotel and driving toward Paphos. Stop at Choirokoitia village for an optional coffee break. Arrive at the archaeological site of Kourion for a guided tour of this historical site. Spot intricate mosaics and the Greek-Roman amphitheater with a breathtaking view over the bay. Continue to Paphos with free time at Paphos Harbor for walking, shopping, having lunch in one of the numerous taverns, or visiting Paphos Castle (fees are not included) and the mosaics of the House of Dionysus (entrance fees are not included). Heading back, enjoy a short visit to the Cyprus Delights shop at Geroskipou for shopping and tasting the traditional sweets, Loukoumi (Cyprus delight). For the last stop, visit Aphrodite's Rock (Petra tou Romiou), the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. Enjoy time for photos and swimming (if weather permits). Later in the afternoon, get dropped off back at the starting point.

From Nicosia: Limassol, Kolossi & Kourion Full-Day Tour

7. From Nicosia: Limassol, Kolossi & Kourion Full-Day Tour

Being the island’s maritime capital, Limassol possesses the main commercial and business port as well as an exclusive, recently built, modern marina. This vibrant and lively city has something for every taste; significant archaeological treasures, interesting shopping spots and countless dining options. On the way to Kourion, Kolossi castle is a fine example of military architecture dating back to the 13th century. Kourion was one of the island’s most important city-kingdoms in antiquity. Significant remains that can be viewed at the site are the magnificent Greco-Roman theatre and the fine mosaic floors in the ‘House of Eustolios’, the ‘House of Achilles’ and the ‘House of the Gladiators’, as well as the remains of the Roman Agora, the sumptuous public baths and the imposing early Christian cathedral of the city.

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What people are saying about Ancient Kourion

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 16 reviews

I had a lovely time at the archaeological site, it was greatly enhanced by having the audio playing as you approach each point of interest. I think some changes to small areas have occurred since it was recorded, so if you follow the map on this app is tries to take you off the planned pathway a tiny bit but it’s obvious you need to turn back on yourself rather than try to scramble up a rocky bank. I found it really helpful and the narrator has a nice voice. You do also have to pay to enter the site, it’s not much €4.50 so entrance is not inc,

It was really lovely for the price. The guide lady spoke very well English and told us all we needed to know. Great 2 hours in Limassol so we have had lots of time to eat and just enjoy our free time. Lovely places to see especially Aphrodite’s Rock. Really recommend it!

Excellent tour and Eva was the perfect guide combining easy to understand and insightful knowledge with boundless enthusiasm.

The guide had excellent historical knowledge and she ensured we were clear on all arrangements.

i likes all the places we stopped and the lady guide knew lits of stuff