(Includes: Asinou Church, Agios Ionannis Lambadistis, Kykkos Monastery, Agios Nicolaos Steghs, Kakopetria)
Starting from the Cyprus capital and business centre we will be heading straight away to Asinou . The famous Byzantine church of Asinou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has some of the finest examples of Byzantine wall painting on the island. Asinou comes from the Greek Asine, which is an ancient city founded by immigrants from the Greek city Argolis in the 11th century BC. The church dates to the early 12th century and the murals inside date from the 12th century to the 17th century. Moving on from Asinou we will follow a route that will take us to another unique church. The beautiful large monastery of Agios Ioannis Lampadistou stands across the valley and contains one of the ten painted churches of the Byzantine period that are found in the Troodos that are on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Next destination will be the famous Monastery of Kykkos. The monastery is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is home to one of the three surviving icons painted by the Apostle Luke. Founded in AD 1100 by the Byzantine emperor Alexios Komnenos, Kykkos Monastery is ornately decorated and covered in a silver gilt, enclosed in a tortoiseshell shrine. It is also famous for its museum, located within the monastery grounds, which houses an impressive collection of icons, woodcarvings and manuscripts, and other Cypriot antiquities. Kykkos Monastery is situated in the Troodos which is the biggest mountain range of Cyprus, located in the center of the island. Troodos’ highest peak is Mount Olympus at 1,952 metres, they are home to nine Byzantine churches, included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and richly decorated with murals and Byzantine paintings. Leaving the Monastery of Kykkos we will be following a forest route towards the church of Agios Nikolaos Stegis which is located close to the village of kakopetria. The church is completely painted with murals, with the most famous being the fresco of the Virgin Mary breastfeeding the baby Jesus, dating from the 11th to the 17th centuries and is considered one of the most interesting Byzantine churches on the island and boasts he most enchanting setting. Its name refers to the steep, pitched timber roof that was added in the 15th century to protect it from the heavy snowfall, setting the distinctive trend for Troodos chapels. Last destination will be the traditional village of Kakopetria. Kakopetria is a Town in Cyprus located 55 kilometers southwest of the capital, Nicosia, on the north facing foothills of the Troodos Mountains. It stands at an altitude of 667 metres and it is the highest village in the Solea Valley. The community has about 1,200 permanent inhabitants and a couple hundred more who either have a summer house or are originally from kakopetria but work in Nicosia. It is surrounded by thick forestland and is built on the banks of the Kargotis and Garillis Rivers. The two rivers join within village itself and form the river Klarios, which crosses the Solea Valley and empties into Morphou Bay. At Kakopetria you will have the chance to taste Cyprus cuisine as is the place we suggest to have a lunch before starting our way back to Nicosia.
There will be time for you to shop and have lunch.We are looking forward to welcoming you in one of our cars. The tour can be customized so you can suggest places to add or remove from the excursion. The duration of the excursions is 8 hours but you can if you want request a shorter version.