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Cyprus tours for seniors

Odyssey offers easy, convenient, and relaxed escorted small group tours across the Mediterranean and beyond. We explore Cyprus’ incredible natural beauty, its ancient Roman heritage, World Heritage Sites, and gorgeous Mediterranean cities, with some truly spectacular scenery along the way. This and more is all waiting to be explored on one of Odyssey’s small group tours of Cyprus, designed for the senior traveller, and led by experienced, and enthusiastic like minded people.

The Mediterranean isle of Cyprus is a traveller’s delight, filled with fascinating historical sites and beautiful locales. Wander through the fallen ruins of lost cities and explore the ancient castles and fortresses that dot the Cypriot landscape. With beautiful, sunny stretches of sand and sparkling turquoise water, there are plenty of outdoor activities on offer and once you’ve worked up an appetite, feast on delicious Cypriot cuisine such as afelia (pork cooked in red wine), kleftiko (lamb slowly cooked with potato and lemon) and kalo prama (traditional semolina cake).

Somewhere between East and West, you will find a clash of cultures in Cyprus, reflected in the country’s long and complex history. However, despite the bitterness such divides have caused throughout time, Cypriots, both Greek and Turkish, are known for their unfailing hospitality and whether you’re exploring the island’s rugged mountains, verdant vineyards or idyllic beaches, you are sure to feel the warmth.

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Santorini - Eastern Mediterranean Islands History small group tour

21 days

Oct, Apr

Santorini, Crete and Cyprus Small Group Tour | Eastern Mediterranean Islands Tour

Visiting Cyprus, Greece

A fascinating small group tour, with an amazing mix of culture and history – the islands of Greece, the cradle of Western civilisation, where traces of a centuries-old history exists. Visit Santorini, a remnant of a volcanic era; Crete, the home of the Minoan civilisation with important archaeological finds at Knossos and Phaistos. Rhodes, inhabited since the Stone Age; and venture further to the island of Cyprus, where east meets west.

From A$14,950 AUD

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Santorini - Eastern Mediterranean Islands

Bronze age civilisations of the Eastern Mediterranean Islands

Bronze age civilisations of the Eastern Mediterranean Islands As you explore these islands and learn about the cradle of Western civilisation, ancient cultures and history will come to life. Visit magical Santorini, which contains a…

22 Sep 17 · 18 mins read
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Touring Cyprus

The need to know

Getting around

Odyssey travels by coach and occasionally uses local transport, including trains and ferries. Specifics are always outlined in your tour itinerary. Bus services are frequent in southern Cyprus, with several bus services operating routes across the southern half of the island. Bus services in the north of the country are less frequent and less reliable however. Taxis are available in both the south and the north of the country, though keep in mind to agree on a fare before your trip if taking a cab in the north, as northern taxis do not have meters.

Accommodation

In major cities, Odyssey stays in centrally located 3-4 star hotels, with easy access to public transport. In smaller towns or rural areas, we usually stay in family-run hotels or guesthouses. On our longstay tours, during which you spend the length of the tour in a single location, we use serviced apartments.

Tour guides

Odyssey always engages local guides with regional knowledge to ensure an authentic experience during which you can learn as much as possible about the history and culture of places you visit.

Geography, Environment, & Weather

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, covering a total area of 9,251 square kilometres. The geography of Cyprus is dominated by two mountain ranges, the Kyrenia Range and the Troodos Mountains, which stretch across the country’s north and south-west respectively. The rivers of the island are seasonal, and dry out in the summer.

Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. Depending on when you intend to travel, check the weather reports and dress accordingly.

World heritage sites

There are 3 properties in Cyprus listed on the World Heritage List, with a further 11 sites listed on the Tentative List. You can view the listed properties here: (https://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/cy). Cyprus’ listed properties include:

Choirokoitia, a Neolithic settlement that remains as one of the most important prehistoric sites in the eastern Mediterranean

Painted Churches in the Troodos Region, featuring gorgeous Byzantine murals and decorations

Paphos, an archaeological site containing the remains of villas, palaces, tombs and fortresses, as well as a collection of beautiful mosiacs.

Festivals & Events

The heritage, history and culture of Cyprus are commemorated through many colourful festivals and events held throughout the year. The Greek heritage of the island is celebrated through events such as the Paphos Ancient Greek Drama Festival, which stages performances of the works of ancient Greek playwrights. The performing arts are also held in wide esteem in Cyprus, with events such as the Shakespeare Festival and International Pharos Chamber Music Festival highlighting the Cypriots love of performance. The produce of the island is showcased through numerous fairs and shows throughout the year, including the Limassol Wine Festival which puts the fine wines of the island on display over late August and early September.

Reading list

Medieval Cyprus by Gwynneth der Parthog
Sweet and Bitter Island: A History of the British in Cyprus by Tabitha Morgan
The Cypriot by Andreas Koumi
Living In The Real Cyprus by Vic Heaney

Eating & Drinking

Cypriot cuisine is heavily influenced by the flavours of the Mediterranean, particularly Greek and Turkish flavours. The culinary traditions of Greece are represented through popular dishes such as moussaka (a dish made from layers of eggplant and minced meat) and kleftiko (lamb marinated in lemon juice and flavoured with cinnamon) while Turkish influences shine through in dishes such as dolmades (rice and meat wrapped in grape leaves) and ekmek kadayif (Turkish bread pudding served with sugar syrup and whipped cream). Local vegetables such as kolokasi (a root vegetable similar to sweet potatoes) and agrelia (asparagus) constitute an integral part of the local diet, while meat dishes such as souvla (skewered meat cooked over a charcoal barbecue) remain central to the Cypriot dining experience. Haloumi is a particular staple of Cyprus – a salty cheese made from goat and sheep’s milk, haloumi is served alongside many dishes, and is even consumed with slices of watermelon as a sweet-and-savoury snack.

Cyprus has a long history of wine-making, with wine production on the island dating back several millenia. One of the most famous wines of Cyprus is Commandaria, a sweet dessert wine consumed on the island since the 12th century. Other popular alcoholic beverages include ‘Brandy Sour’, the national cocktail made from brandy, lemon squash, and soda water, and zivania, an alcoholic spirit made from grape skins and pomace. For something non-alcoholic, there’s always Cypriot coffee, which is generally served with a chilled glass of water on the side.

Health & Safety

Generally speaking, Cyprus is safe to travel in, though always exercise common sense while travelling.

Electrical Supply

Whenever you travel overseas, it’s always wise to take an appropriate travel adaptor. The electricity supply in Cyprus runs at 240V and 50Hz. Cyprus uses the Type G electric plug, so make sure you have the right travel adaptor with you.

Tour Reviews

We found all the guides in each place excellent, some more than others, but always knowledgeable and obviously in love with their chosen careers. David our coach driver was excellent also, coping with some difficult situations with a cool head and providing us with a running commentary on a country he knows so well - especially Norfolk his home county!

Sally and Angus H. June 2017

Rural Britain | Walking Small Group Tour

Overall the trip was great and met my expectation.

Errol H. June 2017

Rural Britain | Walking Small Group Tour

Wife Brenda and I just completed Odyssey tour in UK entitled “Canals and Railways” led by Mal Bock. Absolutely superb, and Mal’s leadership faultless. Extremely good value considering only seven guests, superb local guides and drivers, a most comfortable coach with seating for 24. . Hotels chosen were excellent, most with real character, not places one would have chosen without local knowledge and recommendation, . My wife and I have visited the UK many times- I was born there, but we saw so many places which were new to us. Thank you Odyssey!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ian Sanderson

Canals and Railways in the Industrial Revolution Tour | Tours for Seniors in Britain

We felt safe in Turkey and found the people friendly and helpful. Prices were excellent and the food almost universally magnificent. There is so much to see in the natural and built environment and the wonderful archaeological sites. It is sad to see the ordinary people and businesses suffering from the lack of tourists. Mary B. Sep '17

Participant 2017

Ancient Turkey escorted small group history tour

The country was apparently calm and safe. People were friendly and helpful. Such a pity there has been such a down turn in tourism. Ros & Tony S. Sep '17

Participant 2017

Ancient Turkey escorted small group history tour

The geographical wonders offered by Iceland and Greenland left me in awe. The grandeur and spectacle of the countryside is breathtaking. Our leader (Rob) was excellent: well-researched, friendly, organized and good-humoured.

Participant 2017

Iceland cultural and wilderness small group tour

I was impressed by the number of places we visited. It was a very full itinerary which I like. We saw things of interest every day. I see no fault with the tour.

Participant 2017

Anglo French Tour | Normandy, Brittany, Channel Islands tour

Our guide Filiz was wonderful, very well informed, historical insights very helpful, her care for our well being exceptional. Could not have wished for a better tour leader.

Participant 2017

Ancient Turkey escorted small group history tour

FAQs

What is the time zone?

Cyprus has a single time zone, Eastern European Standard Time (UTC+2). Daylight savings in Cyprus commence on the last Sunday of March, and conclude on the last Sunday of October.

Is tipping customary in Cyprus?

If you’re on an Odyssey tour, we take care of tipping so you don’t need to give it a second thought. However, in your free time, or if travelling independently, it’s essential that you tip an appropriate amount for services. Tipping is not obligatory in Cyprus, with service charges of around 10% often included in the bill at hotels and restaurants. However, a tour guide may be expect to receive a tip, generally around 10%.

What is the internet access like in Cyprus?

Wifi is widely available in Cyprus, and should be freely accessible in most hotels, cafes and restaurants.

Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Cyprus?

Check with your cell phone provider to see whether you’re able to make calls and use data while in Cyprus. Many providers will allow you to pay a daily fee that allows you to make calls and check the internet while only being charged your regular rates. However, be certain to inform your provider that you’re heading overseas, because just like a bank they can turn off your service as a result of unusual activity.

Articles about Cyprus published by Odyssey Traveller.

For all the articles Odyssey Traveller has published for mature aged and senior travellers, click through on this link.

External articles to assist you on your visit to Cyprus

Responsible travel tips for Cyprus

  • Learn at least the local greetings to break the ice. Although some locals speak English, the more you know of the native language, the greater your experience of the country will be.
  • Carry a business card in your wallet or purse from your local hotel, to assist you with the return journey if you do become lost.
  • Always ensure that you are covered by travel insurance. If you need advice on this feel free to contact Odyssey and we’ll be able to help.
  • Before departing, make sure you have a number of lekë in a range of denominations. You don’t want to be carrying around enormous amounts of cash, but take enough to make it easy to pay in locations that might not accept credit card. It will also help you avoid card transaction fees, and it makes tipping a breeze.
  • When travelling independently, make sure you check the opening hours of shops and museums so that you don’t miss out! Also be certain to check whether your trip coincides with any public holidays, so you can plan accordingly.
  • Before departing, make sure you have a number of euros in a range of denominations. You don’t want to be carrying around enormous amounts of cash, but take enough to make it easy to pay in locations that might not accept credit card. It will also help you avoid card transaction fees, and it makes tipping a breeze.

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