Ancient Kourion, Apollo's Temple, and Omodos Village
- Kourion ruins: Tour a hilltop complex that was once a thriving city with a giant seafront theater, baths, marketplace, villas, and magnificently preserved mosaics.
- Temple of Apollo Hylates: The A-list Olympian was prayed to on this commanding site for 1,200 years, until his majestic temple was brought down by an earthquake in 365 A.D.
- Omodos village: Sample local wines, check out a medieval grape press, and browse handmade local lace, jewelry, and glass wares in this colorful mountain showplace.
About this Limassol tour
Once owned by Cleopatra and long-renowned as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the island of Cyprus has a history of seduction. Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Venetians, Turks, and Brits are among the cultures who've been irresistibly drawn here as control changed hands throughout the millennia.
On this guided GoBe excursion, we focus on the 400 years or so when Rome ruled the roost. After a scenic drive through lush citrus country, you'll find yourself standing at the ruins at Kourion a true ancient goldmine of a town, its treasures still being unearthed by archeologists today.
Established on this Mediterranean-facing hillside long before the Romans arrived, Kourion flowered during their occupancy then was shaken into ruins by a massive earthquake in 365 A.D. Lucky for us, many of its building details including some very intricate mosaics have been found in miraculously preserved shape.
Visits to the thermal baths, the restored 3,500-seat outdoor theater (still used today), and the luxurious rooms of the House of Eustolios, a wealthy Roman townie all tell a vivid story of what life must have been like here back in the day.
Up at the far end of main street, the cluster of columns still standing from Apollo's Temple create an imposing presence. Typical of the cultural mashup that is Cyprus, the Greco-Roman god Apollo fused destinies here with the Cypriot god of the woodlands, Hylates.
All the ancient conveniences
Sheltered from the elements by a sweeping curved roof, the ruins of the House of Eustolios provide Kourion's most intimate glimpse inside the life of a noble 4th-century Roman family. Decorated with elaborate mosaic floors, Christian inscriptions, and even a young woman symbolizing "Creation," this home had it all: meeting and banquet halls, dressing rooms, bathing pools, solariums, and state-of-the-art plumbing including hot running water.
Arriving by cruise ship? Please proceed pier side and look for our tour representative with the displayed logo sign.
If you wish to visit Kourion and Apollo you will need to pay Euro 7.00 per person for the entrance fee. There is a great opportunity for photographs and souvenir shopping at Omodos village. Most shops are closed from 1-3 pm and all day on Sundays. Viva la siesta. The sun is very strong, be sure you are well protected. A small backpack may be useful for all your purchases.
Expect a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over wooden boardwalks & cobblestones, with some steps to climb. It is not wheelchair accessible. Travelers with limited mobility may not see all sites fully but can participate at their discretion.
Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly, Walking Tour
English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages, but if you are under 21 years of age you won't be able to drink wine on this tour. 21 is the legal age to consume alcohol in Cyprus. Bring your ID to prove your age if you are asked.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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