ESHA 2020 SCHOOL VISITS
Meeting & Departure Point: Parklane Hotel
Departure Time: 09.00
Approximate Time of Return: 17.00
All participants will be accompanied by professional English speaking tour guide

Nicosia

Following the completion of the School Visit, participants will have the opportunity to visit some the most important sites of the island’s capital.  The guided tour will include visits to the following sites: Venetian Walls: The Venetian walls form a border around the Old City and are so unusual that, once seen on a map, you’ll never forget the odd snowflake-like shape.  Dating from 1567, the circular defence wall was erected by the Venetian rulers to ward off Ottoman invaders. Agios Ioannis Church: Located in the courtyard of the Makarios Cultural Foundation, this 17th-century church has an interior covered in lively and intricate frescos dating from the 18th century. The Liberty Monument: Located on the Podocatro Bastion of the city walls is close to the old aqueduct and a couple of minutes walk from the Famagusta Gate. The Famagusta Gate:  The most photographed and best-preserved of the three original gates that led into the Old City of Nicosia. Its impressive wooden door and sloping facade open out into a tunnel that leads through the rampart wall. Green Line: The presence of the UN Buffer Zone (commonly called the Green Line) slashing through the capital is a prominent reminder of the island’s ongoing division.  Lunch will be offered at a local tavern and free time to stroll around Laiki Geitonia.  A traditional neighborhood inside the city walls. Houses have been restored to remind the traditional, old Nicosia. It is a pedestrianised area with buildings date from the 18th century and a combination of residential houses, art shops and taverns.

Limassol

Following the completion of the School Visit, participants will have the opportunity to visit some extraordinary sites. This guided tour will include visits to the following sites: Kolossi Castle: Serving as a fine example of military architecture, Kolossi castle was originally built in the 13th century, and rebuilt in its present form in the 15th century. The tour will drive you through the western part of Limassol district to traditional wine-producing villages, along the picturesque Fasouri road, lined on either side with cypress trees that form a canopy of leaves overhead, and past important archaeological sites. Kourion Theater: Kourion was an important city-kingdom in antiquity and tands as one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Cyprus. Its theatre – located on the southern end of the abrupt hill on which the city is built – is of great significance. The theatre was constructed at the end of the 2nd century BC, but took its current dimensions during the 2nd century AD. Omodos Village: Located in the Lemesos district, the pretty, wine producing village of Omodos sits at an altitude of 800 metres on the Troodos mountain range, in the beautiful area of ‘Krassohoria’.  Lunch will be offered at a local traditional taverna in Omodos Village.

Larnaca

Following the completion of the School Visit, participants will have the opportunity to visit some of the most remarkable sites not only of Cyprus but of Europe.  The guided tour will include visits to the following sites: Choirokoitia: The archaeological site of Choirokoitia is a remarkably well-preserved settlement from the Neolithic Age that has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Remains from all phases of the Neolithic Age are evident in the settlement, and provide an insight of living conditions in the region during prehistoric times, as well as how the Neolithic culture was spread throughout the region. Church of St. Lazarus: The church of Αgios Lazaros as well as the Εcclesiastical Museum constitute two of the most significant monuments of Cyprus. The church of Agios Lazaros is one of the most remarkable examples of Byzantine architecture in Cyprus and lies over the tomb of the saint. Free time to walk through ‘Foinikoudes’, Larnaka’s most famous promenade. A 600-metre long stretch that combines coast, entertainment and culture along its palm tree lined length. The distinctive, towering palm trees were planted in the 1920s and have become a landmark in the city, with the strip attracting large crowds both day and night. Lunch will be offered at a local tavern.

Famagusta District

Following the completion of the School Visit, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour to one of the most popular holiday resorts of the island.  This guided tour will include visits to the following sites: Famagusta Viewpoint: Near Deryneia Village, there’s the Famagusta Viewpoint (also known as the Cultural Center of the Occupied Famagusta).  Visitors are able to view Northern Cyprus, as well as the abandoned city of Varosha, which is sometimes called Famagusta.  Before 1974, Varosha was considered the most popular tourist destination in Cyprus. Agia Napa: The region of Ammochostos (Famagusta), with its scenic landscapes, comprises one of the main holiday resorts Agia Napa, the once-tiny villages have seen their popularity and boundaries expand into bustling resorts that continue to attract visitors in their droves. Medieval Monastery of Agia Napa: The charming Medieval Monastery of Agia Napa stands in the middle of the village and was built in the form of a Medieval Castle around 1500 AD. Lunch will be offered at a local tavern and free time to shop at the local souvenir shops.

Paphos

Following the completion of the School Visit, participants will have the opportunity to visit some remarkable historical sites. This guided tour will include visits to the following sites: Paphos Mosaics: Visitors to this magical place are rewarded with the exceptional ancient remains of Roman villas, theatres and other public buildings, Medieval fortresses, and tombs of singular archaeological and historic value. When one gets in the archaeological site, there’s an extra treat with some of Europe’s most beautiful mosaics, which decorate the rich Roman houses and depict scenes from Greek mythology and everyday life. Agios Neofytos Monastery: The ecclesiastical museum at the monastery of Agios Neophytos exhibits a variety of valuable relics, including important icons and other religious artefacts. Free time for a stroll by the Paphos Castle (Medieval Fort) which stands grandly at the west end of the town’s harbour. Lunch will be offered at a local tavern.              

(All taxes included)