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From Paphos: Guided tour of Limassol with Rock of Aphrodite

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 .

From Ayia Napa/Protaras/Larnaca: Paphos and Kourion Day Trip

From Ayia Napa/Protaras/Larnaca: Paphos and Kourion Day Trip

First, visit the Kourion archeological site. Enjoy a guided tour and discover the many beautiful mosaics as well as the Greco-Roman amphitheater with breathtaking views over the bay. Continue to Paphos and explore Paphos Harbor on your own and stop for lunch at one of the many local restaurants. If you wish, make your way to Paphos Castle or pay a visit to the House of Dionysus and admire the mosaics. On the return journey, make a stop at the Cyprus Delights shop at Yeroskipou to taste traditional sweets like Loukoumia. Finally, discover Aphrodite's Rock, named after the Greek goddess of love and beauty before you return to the pickup point.

From Ayia Napa/Protaras/Larnaca: Paphos & Kourion in Polish

From Ayia Napa/Protaras/Larnaca: Paphos & Kourion in Polish

Our first stop is Kourion, one of the most important archaeological sites on the island. There you will have a chance to see the ancient Greco-Roman theatre where gladiator games were held. Next stop is Petra tou Romiou, which is the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and love. According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite was emerged from the sea, in white foam that brought her from Kythera in Greece to Cyprus. An ancient legend states that anyone who swims around the Rock will be granted eternal beauty! Time will be given for photos before we proceed with our excursion. Once in Pafos, you will have the chance to visit the House of Dionysos, which is famous for its unique mosaics. You will also have free time to relax and enjoy the area surrounding Pafos Harbour, one of the most visited and beautiful tourist resorts on the island. At the end we will visit Tombs of The Kings included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. The monumental underground tombs are carved out of solid rock and date back to the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

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

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.

From Paphos: Footsteps of Aphrodite in Polish

From Paphos: Footsteps of Aphrodite in Polish

On our way from Paphos we will visit the Ayia Paraskevi Church in Yeroskipou. This church is worldwide recognized as an extremely significant example of Byzantine architecture. In Yeroskipou we will have the opportunity to sample and buy the local made delights. We will then discover the archaeological remains of Kourion - which was one of the island’s most important city-kingdoms in antiquity - are of the most impressive on the island, and excavations have unearthed many significant finds, which can be viewed at the site. The tour will continue to the Omodos village where we will have a lunch in a traditional Cyprus tavern. Wine tasting in a traditional winery will follow. On the way back we will stop at the Aphrodite’s Rock - Petra tou Romiou, the legendary birthplace of the ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite. Lunch is included in the price.

From Paphos: Full-Day Kourion & Omodos Tour in English

From Paphos: Full-Day Kourion & Omodos Tour in English

Prepare yourself for a true highlight at Kourion, as you approach the Roman amphitheater and the archaeological site in the House of Eustolios. Make sure to catch its impressive mosaics. The ancient site of Kourion will impress you with its magnificent amphitheater, and last but not least, take in a breathtaking view over the coastline. The beautiful village Omodos is awaiting you as your next stop. Walk through the narrow streets, relax in one of the numerous cafes or use the time for shopping. Enjoy wine tasting in a mountain winery. Explore Petra tou Romiou, the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of love and beauty.

From Paphos: Love Cyprus Day Tour

From Paphos: Love Cyprus Day Tour

Experience the charm and beauty of rural Cyprus on this exciting whistle-stop tour. Our journey begins with a visit to Petra tou Romiou, also known as Aphrodite's mythical birthplace. Capture the perfect photograph of this intriguing geological formation, where gigantic rocks meet one of the most stunning coastlines on the island. Immerse yourself in the mystical aura that surrounds this legendary site. Next, we continue on to Kourion, an extraordinary archaeological site that will leave you in awe. This classical Greek-Roman site boasts a half-moon shape of seats that face the sea, creating a truly picturesque setting. Explore the remnants of ancient structures and imagine the bustling life that once thrived in this remarkable place. Moving on, our journey takes us to the enchanting Kolossi Castle. This medieval fortress is adorned with flowering plants and features a delightful courtyard. Step back in time as you explore the castle's grounds and imagine the lives of those who once called it home. Our next stop is the quaint mountain village of Omodos, where a guided stroll through the village awaits. Take in the charming atmosphere as you wander through its narrow streets and discover hidden corners. You will have free time to savor a delicious lunch and immerse yourself in the local culture. Before returning to the resorts, we will make a stop at a local vineyard, where you will have the opportunity to taste traditional Cypriot wine. Indulge in the flavors and aromas of this beloved local beverage, and gain insights into the winemaking traditions of Cyprus. This tour offers a perfect blend of history, stunning scenery, and authentic Cypriot experiences. Don't miss the chance to explore the rural gems of this beautiful island and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Kourion: Self-Guided Archaeological Site Walking Tour

Kourion: Self-Guided Archaeological Site Walking Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. NOTE: This 0.2+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Kourion Cyprus in 1-2 hours. 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. 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.

Ancient Kourion, Kolossi Castle, Omodos & Winery Tour

Ancient Kourion, Kolossi Castle, Omodos & Winery Tour

Cyprus is all rolling hills dotted with pretty villages. On this adults-only tour, you'll see where a legend was born, visit the ruins of Kourion, venture to the village of Omodos and cap off the day with a wine tasting. Eva, one of our local guides, says of this excursion, ‘You'll wander through layers of history, culture and mythology.' You'll dive straight into the past at Kourion, one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Cyprus. Visit the Roman baths and amble into the site's centrepiece, the Greco-Roman theatre. Concerts are still held to this day. While the mosaics of the trio of excavated houses known as those of Eustolius, the Gladiators and Achilles are as impressive as when they were laid down. The 15th-century Kolossi Castle is up next. This steeped-in-legend Crusader-built fortress is nowadays surrounded by blooming plants. Then, we'll head to mountain-fringed Omodos, where you'll enjoy a local lunch in a family-run taverna and have free time to wander around skinny cobbled streets lined with Byzantine buildings. It's Eva's favourite village. She says, ‘The charm of the stone houses, the tranquillity and peacefulness. It's as if it has sprung from a fairytale. I love dropping into one of the cafés and seeing locals have philosophical discussions, political arguments and a bit of gossip.' Plus, there's a winery tour, where you'll learn all about sweet commandaria wine – one of the oldest varieties in the world.

From Paphos: Kourion - Limassol - Lefkara Tour

From Paphos: Kourion - Limassol - Lefkara Tour

On this trip, you will get acquainted with medieval history, archeological sights, modern Cyprus, and its traditions. We will introduce you to the ancient city of Kourion, located on the top of a cliff, in a place of breathtaking beauty. You will truly feel the atmosphere of the Roman era, walking through the famous Greco-Roman amphitheater. We will show you the city of Limassol. Being in the center of the Old City, not far from the Old Port of Limassol, you can walk along the colorful, narrow streets, drink Cypriot coffee, buy memorable souvenirs, and visit a production shop selling natural sea sponge products, olive oil-based cosmetics and other interesting little things. We will also show you Lefkara Village. This village is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lefkara is known for its handmade lace and silverware. Picturesque stone streets and beautiful Cypriot architecture. This village is the Birthplace of "Lefkaritiko" - a special technique of weaving lace, invented in Cyprus.

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What people are saying about Ancient Kourion

Overall rating

4.4
(42 reviews)

We had a lovely day visiting Kourion and Paphos. The guide shared some interesting information about the areas we visited and we enjoyed the whole day. We wish we could have spent a little more time at the rock of Aphrodite but other than that it is the perfect day trip. They picked us up right outside our hotel and dropped us back. We recommend this day trip if you are visiting Cyprus. 😊

Our guide, Sofia, was very knowledgeable, I liked very much the way she was telling us all the stories and the myths. The bus was very comfortable, in my opinion, we were given enough time at each stop to roam around. I would definitely recommend this tour.

The day trip was very enjoyable. The air conditioned bus was very comfortable. The driver was excellent and the guide was very informative. I am gluten intolerant and this was catered for in the lunch, I was very grateful for the extra effort involved.

It was a great trip, perfect amount of Time for everything, not too much walking if you dont want to/cant but many fun places to See.

The guide was very experienced and knowledgeable, the transportation was perfect