Cyprus & Greece Golf & Tours
Day 1 – CYPRUS / Limassol – Arrival
Arrive into Larnaca airport in the late afternoon. After clearing airport formalities, meet our guide and travel for about 50 minutes to the town of Limassol and check into our hotel, The Royal Apollonia.
Day 2 – Limassol, Curium & the Wine village of Omodos Meal: B,D
After breakfast we drive to the centre of Limassol. We will have the opportunity to walk through the old city up to the market. We will also walk by the medieval Fort, built in the 14th century on the site of an earlier Byzantine Castle. It was here that, according to tradition, Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria of Navarre and crowned her Queen of England. We continue our trip driving through the Phasor citrus to the Archaeological park of Curium. Curium was an important ancient city-kingdom founded by the Greeks in the 14th century BC. We visit the Greco Roman Theatre and the House of Estoiles. The House of Estoiles originally was a private Roman villa that became a public recreation centre during the early Christian period. It consists of a complex of baths and rooms with beautiful 5th century AD mosaic floors.
Finally, we will visit the ruins of the Cathedral of Curium, an early Christian basilica dated back to the 5th century. After the visit we will continue driving to the vineyard area of Limassol. We will arrive to one of the most beautiful and traditional villages of the island, the village of Omodos. We will have free time for lunch break in the village. After lunch we will visit the Monastery of the Holy Cross at the village square and the medieval wine press. We will enjoy a wine tasting in one of the villagers’ wine cellar before we leave for Limassol. This evening, we enjoy a group welcome dinner.
Day 3 – Golf Meal: B
Morning round of golf at Aphrodite Hills Golf Club ( www.aphroditehills.com/golf/ ) Designed by the acclaimed architect, Cabell Robinson, Aphrodite Hills is a perfect mix of challenging pot bunkers, manicured fairways of lush Bermuda grass and generous tiered greens.
Day 4 – UNESCO Byzantine Churches on Troodos Mountains Meal: B
After breakfast, we drive to the village Nikitari where we visit the Byzantine Church Panayia tis Asinou from the 11th century. In the church, admire paintings from the 11th and 14th century. Then we visit the Church of Ayios Nikolaos tis Stegis from the 11th century with wall paintings dating from the 11th to the 17th century. All 3 churches are part of the World heritage of UNESCO. Free time for lunch will be offered in the village of Kakopetria. The old part of the village is a monument of the department of Antiquities.
Day 5 – Golf – Paphos Meal: B
Morning round of golf at Aphrodite Hills Golf Club.
In the afternoon, after our round of golf, we visit Paphos, on the western coast of the island and one of the most important archaeological regions of the island. The whole town is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of this world heritage site. St. Paul visited the town in the year 45AD accompanied by St. Barnabas. He was captured by the Romans and was flogged before the Roman Governor of Pafos Sergius Paulus who was later converted to Christianity.
Day 6 – Choirokitia for Halloumi tasting & Nicosia Meal: B
We visit the small Choirokitia village and experience local flavours in a beautiful surrounding of a traditional house of an agriculture family. After a short stroll through the narrow village streets we will be welcomed by Petros and his family in an old village house with a beautiful large courtyard. Taste homemade traditional Cyprus culinary products. You will have the chance to experience the preparation of fresh Halloumi with mint and Anari cheese. Continuing on to Nicosia, visit the St. John Cathedral and the Byzantine Museum. You will have free time in the old part of the city within the Venetian Walls and then after lunch break, walk the famous Ledra Street with some free time to wander around.
Day 7 – Golf – Secret Valley Golf Club Meal: B
Morning round of golf at Secret Valley Golf Club. One of the island’s most challenging 18-hole golf courses, consistently rated by guests as providing the best presented greens and playing services in Cyprus, a world class Troon Golf Academy and practice facilities and a breathtaking clubhouse, you needn’t go anywhere else – Secret Valley Golf Resort offers everything at hand for a lifestyle yet to be experienced on the island.
Day 8 – CYRUS – THESSALONIKI Meal: B,D
Mid-day transfer to airport for flight to Thessaloniki. On arrival, meet our guide and transfer to our hotel, Hotel Capsis Dinner at hotel.
Day 9 – THESSALONIKI – Tour Meal: B,D
City tour of Thessaloniki! This multi-cultural city has been for ages a crossroad of Greek, Jewish, Turkish and Slavic civilizations, which made the city one of the most interesting places to visit! The picturesque old town, the Byzantine church of Agios Dimitrios, the Arch of Galerio, the Rotonda, the interesting archeological museum and finally the lively center are the parts of the city which you will never forget!
Day 10 – THESSALONIKI – Golf Meal: B,D
Proceed to our round of golf at Porto Carras Golf Club ( www.portocarras.com/resort/golf/ ) Initially designed by the famous golf course designers, Geoffrey S. Cornish and William G. Robinson and renovated by Roy McRay in 2003, it covers 77 hectares and is designed to give a thrilling experience to every golfer.
Day 11 – THESSALONKI – KALAMBAKA Meal: B,D
Visit the monasteries of Meteora, one of the most beautiful sights of Greece: on top of granite rocks very high, suspended between the sky and the earth, are monasteries of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries with incalculable historical and religious treasures. Overnight at Hotel Amalia Kalambaka.
Day 12 – KALAMBAKA – DELPHI – COSTA NAVARINO Meal: B
This morning we drive to Delphi where we visit the town as well as the museum. Continue on to Costa Navarino where we check in at Westin Costa Navarino.
Day 13 – COSTA NAVARINO – Golf Meal: B
Morning round of golf at the Dunes Course, designed by two-time US Masters Champion and former Ryder Cup Captain Bernhard Langer in association with European Golf Design. The par-71 course measures 6,581 yards from the back tees. Generously wide fairways and large greens make good targets that will be appreciated by golfers. Much of the course has been crafted to reflect the rugged outlines of the distant mountains. As you move further inland, the course unfolds, its character softening to fit with the surroundings of olive and citrus groves.
Day 14 – COSTA NAVARINO – Golf Meal: B
Morning round of golf at the Bay Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones II, provides both a fun experience and a challenging test for golfers of all levels. On The Bay Course’s numerous Canyon holes, golfers play from elevated tees and pursue their drives into and through box canyons as the course switches inland from the sea. These holes feel more intimate than the Seaside holes and offer very different views and a greater variety of strategic options. More than 1,000 mature olive trees – some more than 500 years old – were saved during the construction of the course and transplanted along the perimeter. The Grove holes meander through this treed landscape, providing distinctive mountain views in striking contrast to the Seaside and Canyon holes.
Day 15 – COSTA NAVARINO – ATHENS Meal: B
This morning we depart for the city tour of Athens. This tour gives you the opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guide will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon. Overnight in Athens at Hotel Elia Ermou.
Day 16 – ATHENS – Cruise Meal: B,L,D
Take a day cruise from Athens to the fabulous Greek islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina for a relaxing day on the sea. With all your transport, transfers and buffet lunch organized, you can sit back and enjoy your leisurely day cruise with free time on each island to explore. After transferring from Athens to the port by motor coach, you’ll set sail for the island of Poros, where you’ll have free time for strolling and shopping. Next, it’s on to the island of Hydra. You will have about 1 hour and 45 minutes at leisure to enjoy the unique charms of Hydra Island, whose amphitheater shape once served as a safe shelter for Saronic Pirates. From the decks, you will be able to admire the very special architecture and dramatic landscapes of this island, whose old traditional stone houses and
mansions silently stand witness to a long and turbulent history. Upon arrival in Egina (Aegina) you can either join an excursion to the Temple of Aphaia (cost not included) or take a walk around the main town. Aegina is one of the Saronic islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf. The lovely island is only 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Athens, and is a popular getaway for Athenians during the summer months. After sailing back to the port you’ll be transferred to Athens. Evening group farewell dinner.
Day 17 – ATHENS – Home Meal: B
Transfer to airport for flights home.
Aphrodite Hills Golf Club
Secret Valley Golf Club
Porto Carras Golf Club
The Royal Apollonia
Hotel Amalia Kalambaka
Westin Costa Navarino
Hotel Elia Ermou
16 Night hotel accommodations as indicated
Daily buffet breakfasts + 1 lunch & 6 dinners
All transfers & sightseeing tours by private coach with English speaking guides
6 rounds of golf including green fees, caddy fees and power cart (sharing basis)
Economy one way flight from Larnaca to Thessaloniki
One day Greek island cruise