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Cyprus

Saints of Cyprus

Cyprus has a rich spiritual heritage as well as forested mountains and wonderful beaches. In our pilgrimage we will explore some of the history of this divided island, so strategically located in the eastern Mediterranean, and encounter many of its saints. We will follow in the footsteps of Saints Paul and Barnabas, from their landing at Salamis to Paphos where Paul brought the proconsul to faith, and learn about the tradition that after fleeing Jerusalem Lazarus became the first bishop of Kition (modern Larnaca). We will visit some of Cyprus’ many monasteries, including Apostolou Andrea on its clifftop looking east towards Lebanon and Israel, and Machairas, high in the beautiful Troodos mountains, which is still the home of a worshipping community.

Staying on the coast we will have the chance to enjoy all the amenities of excellent beach hotels, combining these with optional reflection and worship as we explore ancient and modern Cyprus.

Our tour leader, Revd Mary Bowden, is an experienced pilgrimage leader and has worked with McCabe to design this journey.  She is looking forward to returning to Cyprus and joining new pilgrims in appreciating its turbulent history, enduring spirituality, and beautiful landscapes.

Itinerary

  1. Travel to Cyprus (D, DR)

    Fly from London to Cyprus. Transfer to your hotel with an introduction to Cyprus and the local area en-route. In the evening, meet your fellow pilgrims for a welcome drink, a short worship and dinner at the hotel.

  2. Famagusta, Kingdom of Salamis & St. Barnabas Monastery

    Our first day takes us to Famagusta for a short walk around the deserted city of Varosha and a tour of the walled city, including Othello’s Tower.  We drive on to the ancient Greek Kingdom of Salamis and walk to the beach to see and worship where Paul and Barnabas first landed in Cyprus. Returning, we visit the Temple of Zeus, Roman amphitheatre, baths and gymnasium.

    Afterwards we visit St. Barnabas’ chapel and monastery, now an archaeological and icon museum.

    Dinner is in the hotel.

  3. Ancient Sipahi Mosaics & Apostolos Andreas Monastery

    We cross the border again to drive along the Karpaz Peninsula, stopping en-route to see the remains of the ancient city of Sipahi, with its pilgrim mosaic in the ruined basilica church, and to worship there under the olive trees. After lunch in a local restaurant, we visit the clifftop monastery of Apostolos Andreas, with free time on the beach for relaxing or swimming before returning to the hotel for dinner.

  4. Larnaca & St. Lazarus

    This morning, after checking out of our hotel, we drive into Larnaca for the church of St. Lazarus and on to Kiti to see the salt lake and hear a legend of Lazarus. We visit the beautiful Angeloktisti Church, "built by angels", with its 6th Century mosaic of the Virgin Mary and an icon from the 10th Century showing Mary with Lazarus and Luke. We continue to Limassol for check in and dinner in the hotel.

  5. Ancient Kourion & Limassol

    We drive to the ancient hilltop city of Kourion to visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, the acropolis, the Greco Roman theatre, the agora, and the ruins of the houses of Achilles and the Gladiators. We end our morning with a Eucharist in the ruins of the early Christian Basilica overlooking the sea. After lunch we return to Limassol for a short walking tour of the Medieval castle, taking in the mediaeval castle and wedding hall of Richard the Lionheart, ending the afternoon with free time to explore the old town and marina.

  6. Lefkara Village & Machairas Monastery

    The day's visits begin at the Cave of St Barbara, continuing with a scenic drive through the Troodos Mountains to the remote and beautiful Machairas Monastery where there is a thriving community of monks. Onward to the village of Lefkara for lunch and perhaps a little shopping, visiting an organic olive oil farm for a tour and tasting and returning through the mountains to our hotel for dinner.

  7. Kykkos & St John Lampadistes Monasteries

    Today we return to the Troodos Mountains. heading westwards to visit Kykkos Monastery, the spectacular painted church of Panagia Tou Moutoulla and the UNESCO World Heritage site of St John Lampadistes with its three churches under one great timber roof. We return to our hotel this evening for a final dinner together and the possibility of some worship and reflection on our journey.

  8. Paphos, St. Paul Pillar & Return to the UK

    The final day of our pilgrimage takes us to Paphos, where we explore the archaeological site of ‘Nea Paphos’, including the 2nd century House of Dionysus with its very fine mosaics. We pause for a closing worship at the St. Paul Pillar and then travel onward to Larnaca airport for the early evening flight back to London.

Essential Information

Included

All entrance fees are included as well as gratuities; these will be disbursed locally to those that help us on our journey.

Our team in Cyprus

On arrival you will be met and each day will be escorted by our knowledgeable local guide who will also offer local advice, hints and tips for you to get maximum enjoyment of your time with us. Also, our dedicated McCabe Faith leader is there solely for our guests and will arrange optional in the hotels as well as at some sites during your included excursions. They will escort all excursions and be available for any queries.

Your journey

Flights are direct from London to Cyprus. We include 23kg of checked in luggage and seat allocation (these may vary with different airlines).  Details for flights will be confirmed as soon as schedules are available.

Flight times are subject to change and confirmed with your final paperwork

Your hotels and meals

You will stay in 4-star hotels in Protaras and Limassol. Breakfasts are included as well as 6 dinners and 4 lunches. Evening meals will be in the hotels and lunches will typically be in local restaurants. Water is included with all meals.

Practical information

Entry requirements

British Citizen and EU Citizen Passport holders can currently enter Cyprus freely with no restrictions or other documentation required. Stays within the EU can be up to 90 days (can be spread over multiple visits) within any 180-day period.

Please note your passport must be valid for three months after your return from Cyprus. However please note that for entry to northern Cyprus six months validity is required so please ensure that your passport is valid for six months after your return home. 

Full details of entry requirements and any required vaccinations will be detailed in your final paperwork 14 days before departure.

For the latest and most up to date travel advice including entry requirements please consult the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office travel advice website.

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Health & wellbeing

For travel within the EU you should ensure that you have the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is free of charge.  You can apply for the GHIC card by calling 0191 218 1999 or applying on line at…

www.nhs.uk/ghic

The level of cover offered by the GHIC card varies by country visited and is only applicable in state-run health facilities. In some countries coverage may just be a partial contribution.

Adequate insurance cover will be required for all hospital emergencies and doctors’ visits.

Climate

In Cyprus the average daily maximum temperature during your stay should be as below. Coastal winds can make the temperature seem cooler and evenings will see temperatures drop by up to 10 degrees.

April 12 - 22;   May 18 - 28;   September 21 - 30;   October 18 - 28;   November 12 - 22

Clothing

Dress is casual throughout your time in Cyprus. You may wish to take one or two smarter items for the evenings. Casual clothing is recommended in the day-time with evenings being smart/casual. As this tour requires a certain amount of gentle  walking, we suggest you take a pair of lined shoes or boots with decent grip. Sports shoes or trainers are fine as well as walking boots. It is advisable to bring some warmer clothes and layers for the evenings as well as coastal walks where the wind may reduce the temperatures.

Mobility

There is a certain amount of walking and light undulations with just one or two steep sections and a number of stairs involved on a daily basis during your time in Cyprus so please make sure you pack comfy footwear for this so that you are prepared. Your Local Guide will keep you updated on a daily basis with what to expect the following day. If you are finding it difficult to keep up then please make sure you tell your Local Guide who can help you to find places to rest and relax and then you can re-join the group at a later stage. On two days, for those who wish we reduce the walking by having transport available for those who wish to return to the hotel early.

Some streets in towns and villages that you will visit will be cobbled. We suggest you take a pair of comfortable shoes with good grips or trainers. You must be prepared to be on your feet for up to 90 minutes without the necessity to sit down and walk up to three miles unaided. Hiking sticks are fine.

The McCabe Educational Trust

The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on some of our pilgrimages. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.

McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £20 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.

Travel insurance

Ensuring that your holidays are appropriately protected is one of our main priorities. That’s why we have specifically chosen Holiday Extras as our *preferred travel insurance provider to ensure that you are protected before and whilst you are travelling. Holiday Extras offer McCabe Travel guests favourable rates for single trip, multi-trip and annual policies.

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Full financial security

All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.

AITO Quality Statement

McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.

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Dates

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Saints of Cyprus Departing From To be Confirmed Prices from £2399 pp The Revd Mary Bowden 09/04/2025 for 8 days Download brochure Book now Make an enquiry

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