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About Limassol

History mixed with a little hedonism is the holiday mixture which makes Cyprus so popular and, sat about halfway along the south coast, Limassol is the ideal base for cruise visitors to enjoy what the country has to offer.

Across the island, there is plenty of rugged coastline and mountain scenery to explore and enjoy along with a variety of archaeological sites. Limassol is a working town as well as a holiday resort but it has been attractively landscaped and its centre is easily walkable. Make sure you visit the 12th century fort where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria and which now houses an excellent medieval museum.

Cyprus became an independent republic in 1960. But, following the 1974 Turkish invasion and the subsequent division of Cyprus, the Greek Cypriots had to create a brand new tourist industry in its part of the island. The most popular resorts are Ayia Napa and Paphos, both renowned for safe, sandy beaches.


Shore excursions in Limassol

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Discover North Cyprus

Activity high

Duration: 8½ hours

Discover more about the divided city of Nicosia and explore Northern Cyprus.

Situated in the centre of the island, Nicosia is the largest city of Cyprus. On the 3rd April 2008 the symbolic wall that divided Cyprus was removed, as part of the efforts to reunify the island. Nicosia, the Capital of Cyprus still remains the last divided capital in the world.

At Ayios Dometios, you will cross the ‘Green Line’ to Northern Cyprus. Heading east your first stop will be at Bellapais Abbey, set on the side of a mountain with spectacular views of the coast. Founded by the French Brotherhood of Premontre during the reign of the Latin Kings, this 14th century monastery is a fine example of Gothic architecture with its magnificent Cloisters. Today, the Lusignan Abbey and fine location creates an atmosphere of calm contemplation; enjoy a guided stroll through the church, refectory and inner courtyard.

Kyrenia is the most famous and popular town in Northern Cyprus, built around a pretty horseshoe shaped harbour and dominated by the Byzantine Castle. Here, you’ll have some free time to explore the harbour and perhaps purchase some lunch, before the return journey to Limassol.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The coach journey will be approximately 2 hours each way. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended, as part of the terrain is rough and uneven. Please bring your passport as this will be required for entry to North Cyprus. Lunch is not included on this tour. The local currency in Northern Cyprus is Turkish Lira, however Euros and US Dollars are also accepted for purchases.

Jeep Safari

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 5½ hours

Head off the beaten track to explore the Troodos Mountains, through rural areas rarely visited by tourists.

From Limassol your convoy will head up the mountains towards the Pitsilia area. The roads wind uphill following the gorge covered with olive groves and carob trees, finally leading to tranquil pine forests.

Heading off road your journey takes you along dirt tracks to Ayios Mamas Village, where you can enjoy the spectacular views as you cross a small stream, pass fruit orchards and the chalk mines.

A stop will be made at Mesa Potamos to visit the waterfalls before your jeep climbs higher to the mountain resort of Platres. Sit back, relax and enjoy some refreshments on the terrace of a hotel, whilst admiring the views. From Platres to Kato Platres and onto Omodos, the cherry trees soon give way to vineyards, as you head into the island’s grape producing area. At Omodos Village you’ll have time for a stroll around the square or through the narrow, cobblestoned streets.

Just outside Omodos, on a slope facing Afamis Mountain, is the small Linos Winery. The owners of this family business will reveal the story of how the wine is made, before inviting you to taste the finished product.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by jeep and on foot. Pregnant women and children under 12 may not participate. The route will take you over bumpy terrain and passengers with back problems are requested not to book this tour. This tour carries a height restriction of 6 foot. Jeeps take 7 passengers and the seats at the rear of the jeep face sideways. Due to the nature of this tour, casual, comfortable clothing is recommended. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride.

Kolossi Castle and Curium

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Combine medieval history with beautiful countryside. Visit castles and ruins and enjoy a visit to Limassol.

The drive from Limassol will take you through the Phassouri plantations and vineyards that have produced famous wines for centuries.

At the impressive Greek and Roman ruins of Ancient Curium you will visit 3 excavated sites that stand on a high promontory overlooking the Mediterranean Sea: the semi-circular Roman Theatre is still in use today; the House of Eustolios with its beautiful floor mosaics; and the Christian Basilica, which is an excellent representation of the typical cathedral layout of those times, complete with several columns and arches still intact.

Your next stop will be where the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, were granted estates as a reward for their services to the Crusades. From Kolossi Castle the Knights watched over their vineyards and sugar plantations and kept pirates at bay. The castle stands in excellent condition as a reminder of Limassol’s past.

On your return journey through Limassol town a stop will be made to shop for souvenirs and stroll around the local area.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The ground at Curium is uneven and there are 19 steps to negotiate when visiting the Theatre. To reach the Basilica site, there is a short walk of 10 minutes and there are 20 steps to reach the 1st floor of Kolossi Castle, with narrow steps to reach the 2nd and 3rd floors. The ground is uneven and rough at both sites and care should be taken.

Larnaka and Lefkara

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 6 hours

A chance to explore the south east side of Cyprus with its charming villages and important places of worship.

Start your trip with a drive through Limassol town taking in the sights as you go. Your first stop is Kiti village where you will visit The Church of Angeloktisti, where tradition tells that the church was built by angels with its most famous feature being the mosaic of the Virgin Mary with Jesus Child that dates back to the 6th Century AD.

Next stop is The Hala Sultan Tekke and Salt Lake which is an Islamic shrine, unusual for the fact that it is dedicated to a woman. The Tekke overlooks a Salt Lake, a peaceful and beautiful spot for a mosque complex.

Continuing onto Larnaka, you will enter The Church of St Lazarus, which is built over the tomb of Lazarous, the beloved friend of Jesus, who after his resurrection, came to Cyprus and became the first bishop.

Finish the day at Lefkara, a popular day trip destination for locals and tourists alike, probably because it’s also the centre of Cypriot embroidery, which is known the world over for its intricacy and beauty. A number of lace, souvenir and coffee shops are located in the square and the nearby side streets. There will be ample time to explore the narrow streets and search for a bargain.

A soft drink and a snack of pitta with halloumi cheese will be offered to give you a taste of Cyprus.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The majority of walking on this tour is at leisure. There are steps at the various stops and care should be taken. Flash photography is not permitted in the Church of Angeloktisti and passengers should wear appropriate clothing.

Nicosia Highlights

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 5 hours

Get to know the divided city of Nicosia and its unique blend of Greek and Turkish cultures.

Heading east across Limassol town you’ll join the motorway for Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. The modern city of Nicosia has developed around the old town, which is enclosed by the 16th century Venetian walls.

Your first stop is at Archbishop’s Palace Square for a visit to St John’s Cathedral, which dates back to 1660. The church is known for its impressive wooden iconostasi and frescoes of the 18th century.

Wander the charming winding alleys of Laiki Yitonia with traditional houses, shops, restaurants and galleries, all lovingly restored as typical examples of Cypriot urban architecture of a bygone age. Relax with a refreshment and snack consisting of grilled halloumi cheese in pitta bread before enjoying some free time to explore independently.

The Leventis Municipal Museum, is your final stop. Explore the numerous exhibits reflecting the ancient and modern history of Cyprus. The collection includes archaeological artifacts, costumes, photographs, maps, engravings, jewels and furniture. The museum is supported by the Leventis foundation, which sponsors many of the famous museums around the word, including the Louvre and the NY Metropolitan.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This excursion involves approximately 2 hours' walking over mostly flat, paved surfaces, although there are some cobblestoned surfaces at Laiki Yitonia. Modest dress is required for visiting the Cathedral. Photography and video recording is not allowed in the museum.


A selection of cruises to Limassol

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