Limassol cruises

The underrated destinations are often the best ones to visit. Limassol – or Lemoses – is a city on the South coast of Cyprus, and is all too often overlooked. As the second largest urban area in Cyprus, this is a bustling and vibrant city with plenty to offer on your Limassol cruise.

 

The compact centre snakes around an old castle, and is packed with boutiques, restaurants and bars. It is a city that is undergoing constant renewal, meaning that there is a definite sense of positivity in the air. 

Absorb history and culture on your Limassol cruise

The weather is fantastic and the beaches offer hours of unparalleled relaxation. But there are also ample opportunities to learn and absorb the culture of Cyprus here in Limassol.

Make time for Lemesos Castle, a 14th century building with a rich and fascinating past. It was built over the remains of a Byzantine Castle, vandalised by the Venetians, taken over by the Ottomans and then used by the British as a colonial prison. The interior contains a number of chambers, which are now home to the Mediaeval Museum, showcasing a number of Byzantine artefacts.

Another unmissable historic site to check out is the Archaeological Museum – most notable for its extensive collection of pottery and items dating back to the Chalcolithic times. It is well worth spending a dreamy afternoon here, retreating into the past of Cyprus.

Alternatively, the Grand Mosque, or the Kepir Mosque, in the old Turkish quarter definitely makes for an interesting afternoon. Surrounded by gargantuan palm trees, the mosque has no advertised opening hours, so pop by any time you like for a look. Just remember that, as with any mosque, you will need to dress conservatively to enter.

Enjoy the great outdoors

The climate in Limassol lends itself well to exploring. To make the most of the good weather, head out to the Municipal Gardens, along the coastal road. Wide, open green spaces provide the perfect place to relax and watch the world go by (there is also a number of family friendly attractions nearby, like the Dinosaur Park and the Lemosos Zoo Garden).

And of course, on your Limassol cruise you have got a fair share of beaches to choose from. Try Lady’s Mile Beach where the soft sands stretch out for 7 kilometres. If you are looking for somewhere a little off the beaten track, check out Button Beach. It is less touristy, and is where Cypriots tend to go for some lazy downtime. Do not miss the Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas of the cats –named so due to the many cats bred there to try to rid the area of snakes.

Food and wine: taste your way around Limassol

Food is close to the heart of the people of Limassol. Classic Cypriot cooking finds a home here, so make sure to check out the many restaurants, bars and taverns lining the streets of Limassol.

A lesser known passion in this city is wine. Take a look inside the Cyprus Wine Museum, just off the Lemosos-Pafos highway. This museum offers a fascinating insight into Cypriot winemaking, with the option to take part in a wine tasting workshop following your exploration of the exhibits. 

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Jeep Safari

    Head off the beaten track to explore the Troodos Mountains, through rural areas rarely visited by tourists.

    Jeep Safari

    From Limassol your convoy will head up the mountains towards the Pitsilia area. The roads wind uphill following the gorge covered with olive groves and carob trees, finally leading to tranquil pine forests.
    Heading off road your journey takes you along dirt tracks to Ayios Mamas Village, where you can enjoy the spectacular views as you cross a small stream, pass fruit orchards and the chalk mines.

    A stop will be made at Mesa Potamos to visit the waterfalls before your jeep climbs higher to the mountain resort of Platres. Sit back, relax and enjoy some refreshments on the terrace of a hotel, whilst admiring the views. From Platres to Kato Platres and onto Omodos, the cherry trees soon give way to vineyards, as you head into the island’s grape producing area. At Omodos Village you will have time for a stroll around the square or through the narrow, cobblestoned streets.

    Just outside Omodos, on a slope facing Afamis Mountain, is the small Linos Winery. The owners of this family business will reveal the story of how the wine is made, before inviting you to taste the finished product.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by jeep and on foot. Pregnant women and children under 12 may not participate. The route will take you over bumpy terrain and guests with back problems are requested not to book this tour. This tour carries a height restriction of six foot. Jeeps take seven guests and the seats at the rear of the jeep face sideways. Due to the nature of this tour, casual, comfortable clothing is recommended. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride.

    Tour code

    QLI_009

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Secret Valley Golf

    Enjoy a round of golf overlooking the azure blue Mediterranean Sea.

    Secret Valley Golf

    Sit back and relax as you travel through the scenic southwest of the island and pass by the Phassouri plantations and vineyards and Kolossi Castle in the distance. You’ll continue on through the lowlands littered with carob and olive trees before reaching the coast.

    Set in a scenic valley surrounded by mature trees and beautiful natural rock formations, is the prestigious Secret Valley Golf Course. The course is close to the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy a round of golf on the 18-hole course.

    There is a handicap requirement of 24 for men and 36 for women. Appropriate attire must be worn, a shirt with collar, sleeveless only for ladies and trainers are allowed. Golf cart hire is an additional €40 and club hire is €60, payable direct to the golf club. Please bring local currency should you wish to purchase luncheon or refreshments.

    Tour code

    QLI_021

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Larnaka and Lefkara

    A chance to explore the south east side of Cyprus with its charming villages and important places of worship.

    Larnaka and Lefkara

    Start your trip with a drive through Limassol town taking in the sights as you go. Your first stop is Kiti village where you will visit The Church of Angeloktisti, where tradition tells that the church was built by angels with its most famous feature being the mosaic of the Virgin Mary with Jesus Child that dates back to the 6th Century AD.

    Next stop is The Hala Sultan Tekke and Salt Lake which is an Islamic shrine, unusual for the fact that it is dedicated to a woman. The Tekke overlooks a Salt Lake, a peaceful and beautiful spot for a mosque complex.

    Continuing onto Larnaka, you will enter The Church of St Lazarus, which is built over the tomb of Lazarous, the beloved friend of Jesus, who after his resurrection, came to Cyprus and became the first bishop.

    Finish the day at Lefkara, a popular day trip destination for locals and tourists alike, probably because it is also the centre of Cypriot embroidery, which is known the world over for its intricacy and beauty. A number of lace, souvenir and coffee shops are located in the square and the nearby side streets. There will be ample time to explore the narrow streets and search for a bargain.

    A soft drink and a snack of pitta with halloumi cheese will be offered to give you a taste of Cyprus.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The majority of walking on this tour is at leisure. There are steps at the various stops and care should be taken. Flash photography is not permitted in the Church of Angeloktisti.

    Tour code

    QLI_010

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Kolossi Castle and Curium

    Combine medieval history with beautiful countryside. Visit castles and ruins and enjoy a visit to Limassol.

    Kolossi Castle and Curium

    The drive from Limassol will take you through the Phassouri plantations and vineyards that have produced famous wines for centuries.

    At the impressive Greek and Roman ruins of Ancient Curium you will visit three excavated sites that stand on a high promontory overlooking the Mediterranean Sea: the semi-circular Roman Theatre is still in use today; the House of Eustolios with its beautiful floor mosaics; and the Christian Basilica, which is an excellent representation of the typical cathedral layout of those times, complete with several columns and arches still intact.

    Your next stop will be where the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, were granted estates as a reward for their services to the Crusades. From Kolossi Castle the Knights watched over their vineyards and sugar plantations and kept pirates at bay. The castle stands in excellent condition as a reminder of Limassol's past.

    On your return journey through Limassol town a stop will be made to shop for souvenirs and stroll around the local area.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The ground at Curium is uneven and there are 19 steps to negotiate when visiting the Theatre. To reach the Basilica site, there is a short walk of ten minutes and there are 20 steps to reach the first floor of Kolossi Castle, with narrow steps to reach the second and third floors. The ground is uneven and rough at both sites and care should be taken.

    Tour code

    QLI_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Paphos On Your Own

    Paphos is the land of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, the capital of Cyprus during Roman times and today, a charming seaside town.

    Paphos On Your Own

    Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you head along the southwest of the island. En-route a short photo stop will be made at the Stone of Romios, the birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love.

    Upon arrival in Paphos, you’ll have around 2-2½ hours of free time to explore independently. You may wish to visit Villa of Dionysos to admire the famous mosaics that cover nearly 5,985 square feet and which spread through 14 rooms. Only a short distance away is the Tombs of the Kings, the resting place of 100 Ptolemaic aristocrats who died in Paphos between 3 BC and 3 AD. The structure consists of solid rock formations featuring Doric pillars and walls decorated with frescoes.

    Alternatively, you may wish to take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque harbour front and relax in one of the many cafés or restaurants.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.This tour is un-guided and does not include entrance fees, luncheon or refreshments. Please carry local currency. The transfer time is approximately 1¼ hours each way.

    Tour code

    QLI_022

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Discover North Cyprus

    Discover more about the divided city of Nicosia and explore Northern Cyprus.

    Discover North Cyprus

    Situated in the centre of the island, Nicosia is the largest city of Cyprus. On the 3rd April 2008 the symbolic wall that divided Cyprus was removed, as part of the efforts to reunify the island. Nicosia, the Capital of Cyprus still remains the last divided capital in the world.

    At Ayios Dometios, you will cross the ‘Green Line’ to Northern Cyprus. Heading east your first stop will be at Bellapais Abbey, set on the side of a mountain with spectacular views of the coast. Founded by the French Brotherhood of Premontre during the reign of the Latin Kings, this 14th century monastery is a fine example of Gothic architecture with its magnificent Cloisters. Today, the Lusignan Abbey and fine location creates an atmosphere of calm contemplation; enjoy a guided stroll through the church, refectory and inner courtyard.

    Kyrenia is the most famous and popular town in Northern Cyprus, built around a pretty horseshoe shaped harbour and dominated by the Byzantine Castle. Here, you’ll have some free time to explore the harbour and perhaps purchase some lunch, before the return journey to Limassol.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The coach journey will be approximately two hours each way. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended, as part of the terrain is rough and uneven. Please bring your passport as this will be required for entry to North Cyprus. Luncheon is not included on this tour. The local currency in Northern Cyprus is Turkish Lira, however Euros and US Dollars are also accepted for purchases.

    Tour code

    QLI_024

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    8½ hours

  • Troodos and Kykkos Monastery

    Discover the many gems of the pine-clad Troodos Mountains, an area of outstanding beauty in Cyprus.

    Troodos and Kykkos Monastery

    Sit back, relax and admire the changing scenery, as you pass through the modern commercial town of Limassol and out to the lush mountains of the Troodos.

    Residing at the highest point in Cyprus is Troodos Square, enjoy some free time to stroll around the small gift shop and have your camera at the ready to capture the stunning views across the north of the island. Continuing along the west slopes, you'll drive through quaint villages and forests before reaching the tomb of the first president of Cyprus Throni Makarios III.

    At an altitude of 1300 metres, is the Monastery of Kykkos, which is the richest and most significant for the Greek Orthodox Church. Founded by the Byzantine Emperor Isaak Komninos in the 11th century, the monastery has an Icon of the Virgin Mary, which is said to be one of three painted by St Luke. With your guide, admire the exquisite gold icons, glittering ornamentation mosaics and frescoes.

    B efore returning to Limassol, you'll be served a delicious luncheon including wine and coffee at a local restaurant.


    This excursion will operate by coach. There is approximately 1½ hours of leisurely walking included during the tour, over paved and cobblestoned terrain a slight incline and with 23 steps to negotiate. Shorts, skirts and sleeveless tops are not permitted when entering the Church and Monastery. The weather in the mountains can be cold, especially in Autumn and Winter. The journey time to the Troodos is approximately two hours each way.

    Tour code

    QLI_020

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7½ hours

  • Flavours of Cyprus

    Savour the delicious delights that Cypriot cuisine offers, with a rustic meze luncheon

    Flavours of Cyprus

    Cyprus lies in the crossroads of the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean), and its geographical position and turbulent history is reflected in the local cuisine. Although predominantly Greek there is a Lebanese, Syrian and Turkish influence through the flavours and styles of food served.

    Heading east out of Limassol, you will pass the ancient ruins of Amathus on the outskirts of town. On reaching Tohni a short stop will be made to explore this typical Cypriot village before continuing to the traditional rustic taverna for a meze feast.

    A meze is a traditional way of serving a variety of dishes individually on the table in small dishes. You will be served cold dishes and salads, such as tzatziki and dolmades as well as baked and grilled dishes like stifado and halloumi. All the dishes will be explained. Your delicious meze will be accompanied with the famous local wine and traditional live music.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The walk from the coach to the taverna is approximately 150 metres up a slight incline. There are several steps at the entrance to the taverna.

    Tour code

    QLI_018

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Omodos Village

    Venture into the countryside where forests give way to extensive vineyards, and visit the beautiful village of Omodos.

    Omodos Village

    The drive to Omodos takes you through the outskirts of Limassol, passing through local villages and the surrounding countryside.

    Situated in the foothills of the Troodos mountain range, Omodos village nestles within a quiet valley of vineyards. Stroll through the narrow cobblestone streets and square surrounded by picturesque whitewash houses. The main focal point of the village is the Church of the Holy Cross, it is said that within a silver cross, which was donated by St Helen, is a piece of the original cross from the crucifixion of Jesus.

    Sample the halloumi cheese, nuts, raisins and village wine at a local taverna and enjoy a little free time to shop for souvenirs.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Shorts, skirts and sleeveless tops are not permitted when entering the Church. The tour has approximately 45 minutes' walking involved, with some steps and cobblestoned streets. A sweater or light jacket is recommended, as the weather can be cooler in the mountains. The drive to Omodos is approximately one hour.

    Tour code

    QLI_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Nicosia Highlights

    Get to know the divided city of Nicosia and its unique blend of Greek and Turkish cultures.

    Nicosia Highlights

    Heading east across Limassol town you'll join the motorway for Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. The modern city of Nicosia has developed around the old town, which is enclosed by the 16th century Venetian walls.

    Your first stop is at Archbishop's Palace Square for a visit to St John's Cathedral, which dates back to 1660. The church is known for its impressive wooden iconostasi and frescoes of the 18th century.

    Wander the charming winding alleys of Laiki Yitonia with traditional houses, shops, restaurants and galleries, all lovingly restored as typical examples of Cypriot urban architecture of a bygone age. Relax with a refreshment and snack consisting of grilled halloumi cheese in pitta bread before enjoying some free time to explore independently.

    The Leventis Municipal Museum, is your final stop. Explore the numerous exhibits reflecting the ancient and modern history of Cyprus. The collection includes archaeological artifacts, costumes, photographs, maps, engravings, jewels and furniture. The museum is supported by the Leventis foundation, which sponsors many of the famous museums around the word, including the Louvre and the NY Metropolitan.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This excursion involves approximately two hours' walking over mostly flat, paved surfaces, although there are some cobblestoned surfaces at Laiki Yitonia. Modest dress is required for visiting the Cathedral. Photography and video recording is not allowed in the museum.

    Tour code

    QLI_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5 hours