Cyprus: 48 hours in Limassol

Marvel at relics of Cyprus' Greco-Roman past, enjoy hilltop drives in 4x4s and taste some of the island's finest wines.

Cyprus: 48 hours in Limassol
Cyprus: 48 hours in Limassol

DAY 1

8am: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the 305-room, five-star Four Seasons hotel's Cafe Fleuri. Located immediately on the shoreline, the cafe offers stunning views over the ocean and is the perfect setting to kick things off ahead of a packed two days in Limassol.

9am: The Four Seasons hotel includes event space for up to 600 delegates, but for a meeting surprise them with a 30-minute drive along the coast to the Kourion Theatre, a stunning Greco-Roman relic that was constructed in the second century BC. The theatre, perched at the foot of the Aphrodite Hills, was once the setting for gladiator contests.

11am: History surrounds the ancient city of Kourion and a guided tour of The Sanctuary and Temple of Apollo Hylates, one of the principal religious centres in the country, offers an interesting insight into the island's Greek and Roman heritage.

12pm: Take the 15-minute transfer to Kouklia Village to see the Temple of Aphrodite.

The area was one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centres of the ancient Greek world and its ruins are one of Cyprus' most famed attractions. A sit-down lunch, served with Cypriot tea and local liqueurs, can be arranged inside the temple.

2pm: After a long lunch in the sun, head back to Limassol, where a guided tour of the Old Town awaits. On the way, groups will visit the Medieval Castle, which has stood for more than 5,000 years and has survived numerous battles and rampages by enemies, all of which can be learned about in its dedicated museum.

The tour also includes visits to the Great Mosque, the Cathedral of Agia Napa and the large Municipal Market, where groups can taste sweet and savoury local delicacies.

4pm: Head back to the Four Seasons hotel to relax, where two outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts and a variety of water sports, from windsurfing to diving, are at guests' disposal.

8pm: It's time to return to Kouklia Village, which has been completely transformed into a street festival exclusively for the group. Folkloric dancers and musicians provide the entertainment while a feast, supplied by local restaurants and caterers, is enjoyed with a selection of Cyprus' local wines.

DAY 2

10am: The group is ready to hit the road again, this time aboard off-road Land Rovers. The 4x4s will take them into the hills on the south of the island, through pine forests, remote villages and monasteries. The views are stunning and history lessons from the drivers make it all the more interesting.

11.30am: The convoy's first stop is the Ktima Gerolemo winery, located in the heart of Cyprus' winemaking region.

The group will learn the secrets of what makes Ktima Gerolemo one of the finest wineries in the country before moving on to the tasting room to sample a large and varied selection.

1pm: The final destination is Omodos Village, located deep in the Troodos Mountains. Lunch is served at the quaint Katoi Restaurant, which can cater for small dinners, gala events and even conferences in one of its four private dining areas. Groups of up to 80 can be catered for in either the Medieval Hall or the secluded and peaceful Chef's Garden.

3pm: Free time for delegates to explore the village and its Holy Cross Monastery or chat with the locals over a cup of traditional Cypriot coffee.

8pm: Transfer in style from the Four Seasons to the evening's dinner venue by hiring classic cars from the Cyprus Historic & Classic Motor Museum. The group will then be met by a strolling duo who will serenade them into the Karatello Tavern, where fresh fish is served beside the Marina, before ending a successful trip in one of Limassol's many bars and clubs.

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