Limassol cruise

Four thousands years of history
Knight Templars legacy
The Millomeri waterfalls

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LIMASSOL

A charming example of medieval architecture

MSC cruise liners arriving at the port of Limassol for a vacation in Cyprus, cast anchor not only in the Mediterranean but also in a port that boasts 4000 years of history. In Limassol we also find traces of the Knight Templars, pro tempore masters of the island. And it is from the remnants of war in Limassol that it is worth starting from.

On landing, one can admire the centre and the medieval castle, part of a constellation of nine forts guarding the whole island, which now hosts a museum with exhibits dating from the 5th to the 19th century.

Along the seafront, pines, cypresses, eucalyptuses brim over the public gardens in which there is also a small zoo.

An MSC excursion will allow you to follow the traces of the Templars leading to Kolossi, 13 kilometres west of Limassol, which one reaches after crossing vineyards and old villages exuding atmospheres of bygone times. Kolossi became the seat of the fighting religious order after the fall of Acri in 1291 and still today one can admire the regular shape of its castle. Only 40 km away from Kolossi one finds the Millomeri Falls nature site; the road penetrates into the Cyprus mountains until it reaches a fairytale Mediterranean setting, from a 15 meter fall the water opens the way towards the Mediterranean amidst rocks and roots.

In Limassol, MSC Cruises also proposes an excursion to the ancient town of Paphos with its artistic jewels (frescos and mosaics). Devoted in the classical period to the goddess of love, it appears that it was on Aphrodite’s Rock, the solitary white stack rising on a nearby beach, that Venus was born.

Must see places in Limassol

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  • APOLLO'S TEMPLE, KOLOSSI CASTLE & WINE MUSEUM

    LIM03

    This excursion may well take in the sights of Apollo but we will also be paying homage to the Greek god Bacchus as we learn also about island’s history of wine! Our first stop is at the Temple of Apollo, the largest and most important religious centre on the island and which was in continuous use from the VIII century BC to the IV century AD. We will continue to the nearby village of Kolossi to visit the castle, left over from the time of the Crusaders in Cyprus. The XIII century Kolossi Castle is linked to the history of wine production on the island, in particular to the manifacture of the local Commandaria wine. Our tour includes a visit to the Cyprus wine museum to learn about the 7500-year tradition of winemaking in Cyprus. Naturally, we will have time to sample a glass of Cyprus wine before returning to the port.Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
    • Tasting included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$69.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • JEEP SAFARI TO AGROS VILLAGE & MILLOMERI WATERFALLS

    LIM06

    The beautiful Mediterranean island of Cyprus is known for its splendid beaches, an interesting and eventful history dating right back to the 10th millennium B.C., a whole host of archaeological remains as well as wonderfully varied scenery and unbroken summer sunshine. The itinerary of this entertaining tour first takes you up through a number of small villages to the north of Limassol, passing the fertile southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains with its vineyards and other plantations on your way up to the village of Agros, the centre of Pitsilia district. Here you will learn more about local traditional products. In one of the local houses we learn more about how they prepare marmalade and candied fruit. Agros and the roses are close connected. In the house of the roses we can learn more about how they distil the rosewater from wild rose leafs, how they make candles with rose aroma, rose liqueur and the rose brandy. Your tour then continues by jeep again for a drive through the dense pine forest of the Troodos Mountains en route to one of the island’s nature wonders, the beautiful Millomeri Waterfalls, which you will reach after a short walk. Do take your camera to take some photos of this special place to add to your album at home. A relaxing return drive to Limassol port and your ship then brings your tour to a perfect close. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair, pregnant women or for guest with neck/back problems. The driver will provide you with information only in English during the trip. On calls falling on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays guests will not have the opportunity to see the production of local products.
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$119.00Price per person

    • Children$89.00Price per person

  • LARNACA & LEFKARA

    LIM04

    This excursion is ideal for those who prefer to explore on their own, but will still like a short introduction on the way. We will drive to Larnaka, the oldest living city in Cyprus and originally known as Kition, the birthplace of the Stoic philosopher Zeno. Linked to early Christian times, Larnaca is a special place for Christians as the town’s bishop was St. Lazaros (Lazarus) who chose to spend his “second life” here after Jesus raised him from the dead. A church built in his name exists on the spot where his remains were said to be found. When we reach Larnaca, you will have free time to explore on your own. We will then return to Limassol via Lefkara, a village famous for its traditional style of lace embroidery, known as the “Lefkaritika”. Also here there will be given free time to explore the village by yourself, before returning to the port. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
    • Shopping

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$59.00Price per person

    • Children$42.00Price per person

  • LARNACA, ANCIENT KITION

    LIM05

    Drive towards Larnaca, 1 hour far from Limassol, and known in ancient times as Kition and home of the Stoic philosopher Zeno. We will visit one of the oldest churches in Cyprus - the church of Saint Lazarus - built on the sepulchre of the Saint and a fine example of Byzantine architecture. You will have free time for shopping before travelling along the salt lake of Larnaca to reach Hala Sultan Tekesi, or the mosque of Umm Haram, built in 1816 over the tomb of Umm Haram, a relative of Prophet Mohhamed. Visit the mosque and return to the port. Please note: conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$62.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person

  • OMODOS, CURIUM AND APOLLO’ S TEMPLE

    LIM02

    A short drive by coach takes you to the remains of the ancient town of Kourion, which survived from antiquity until the early middle ages. The archaeological site is famous for its fully restored Greco-Roman theatre, the House of Eustolio with its beautiful mosaics, the public baths, the Fountain House and the House of Achilles. A stop at the sanctuary of Apollo is next, the place and altar at which the ancient cult of this Greek god was celebrated from the 8th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D.. The tour then continues on to Omodos, a picturesque small town located inland and well known for the wine that is produced in the surrounding area. After a wine-tasting session and trying a local snack, you will have time to stroll around and explore on your own. The tour ends with your return to the ship. Please note: conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
    • Tasting included

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • PAPHOS

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    LIM01

    Paphos is an ancient town located on the southern coast of Cyprus, 1 hour far from Limassol. We will visit the house of Dionisios to admire the beautiful mosaics that date back to the 3rd century before continuing to St. Neofytos to visit the 12th century “Egkleistra”, an enclosure carved out of the mountain by the hermit Neofytos. The enclosure contains fine examples of 12th to the 15th centuries Byzantine frescoes. The Monastery contains an interesting Ecclesiastical Museum. You will have free time to stroll around this picturesque port. Short photo stop at Aphrodite’s Rock, birthplace of the Greek goddess of love. Please note: conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$59.00Price per person

      • Children$42.00Price per person

    The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
    Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

     

    Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

    Cyprus

    The island of love
    The island of love

    According to mythology, Cyprus is the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. One cannot but be reminded of this during you’re a vacation in Cyprus.


    The landscape is spectacular
    : the low, sandy shores, the large bays, the Trodos mountains, in the heart of the island, the Besparmak mountain range along the northern coast, separated by the Mesaoria plain that hosts the capital, Nicosia. Divided in two by the border – or “green line” – that separates the Republic of Cyprus in the south, from the Turkish Republic of Cyprus in the north, this “Berlin of the 21st century” does not lack interesting sights. In the Turkish side one can admire beautiful mosques, like Arabahmet, Selimiye, near the great bazar, and the ruins of Bedasten, a former Orthodox church. Near the green line instead, is the town of Lanarca where you can visit the double church of Agia Faneromeni or the Orthodox cathedral of Agios Ioannis.

    You can then visit the Costanza Bastion, built by the Venetians, where you find the archbishop’s palace and the mosque of Bayraktar. Testimonies of its Byzantine history are found in the Museum dedicated to this civilization, while the 10,000 years of human settlements on this island cab be admired in the Cyprus Museum. Finally, you should see the Petra Tou Romiou reef – this is where Aphrodite touched ground for the first time.