12 days in Cyprus Itinerary

12 days in Cyprus Itinerary

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12 days in Cyprus Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
1
Nicosia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Protaras
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Pedoulas
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Paphos
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Budapest

2
nights
Nicosia

Nicosia ©
Experience a combination of traditional and modern Cyprus, including archaeological sites encircled by ancient walls, in the country's capital, Nicosia.
On the 3rd (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Buyuk Han. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of The Cyprus Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, and then kick back and relax at Mackenzie Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nicosia trip planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Nicosia is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in July, with highs in Nicosia at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Protaras.

Things to do in Nicosia

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Larnaca, Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque
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Mackenzie Beach ©
Mackenzie Beach
Zenobia Wreck ©
Zenobia Wreck
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Protaras

Protaras ©
Located along Cyprus's lovely Fig Tree Bay, Protaras is a family-friendly resort town with beautiful beaches and plenty of recreational activities.
Get a sense of the local culture at Famagusta City Walls and Salamis Ancient City. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Landa Beach and Fig Tree Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Protaras: Famagusta (Monastery of Apostolos Varnavas & Ay Trias Bassilica). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Nissi Beach, stroll through Kapparris Beach, explore the activities along Konnos Bay, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Profitis Elias.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Protaras trip planner .

Getting from Nicosia to Protaras by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Nicosia in July, you will find days in Protaras are little chillier (39°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pedoulas.

Things to do in Protaras

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ayia Napa, Famagusta, Kapparris Beach
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Landa Beach ©
Landa Beach
Famagusta City Walls ©
Famagusta City Walls
Salamis Ancient City ©
Salamis Ancient City

1
night
Pedoulas

Pedoulas ©
Take a trip inland and visit the village of Pedoulas, a scenic destination tucked in the Troodos Mountains.
On the 10th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Agios Ioannis Lambadistis Monastery, see the interesting displays at Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos, explore the world behind art at Folkloric Museum, then make a trip to Archangelos Michael Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Agios Sozomenos, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis Church.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Pedoulas travel planning site .

Getting from Protaras to Pedoulas by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Protaras in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pedoulas: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Paphos.

Things to do in Pedoulas

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis Church, Agios Ioannis Lambadistis Monastery, Church of Agios Sozomenos
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Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos ©
Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos
Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis Church ©
Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis Church
Archangelos Michael Church ©
Archangelos Michael Church

4
nights
Paphos

Paphos ©
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Church of Agia Kyriaki and post St. Paul and Tombs of the Kings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Coral Bay and Latchi Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paphos: Akamas Peninsula National Park (in Neo Chorion) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Pissouri). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of The House of Dionysus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery, make a trip to Saint Paul's Pillar, and sample the tasty concoctions at Aphrodite's Rock Brewing Company.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Paphos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pedoulas to Paphos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paphos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Akamas Peninsula National Park, Coral Bay, Latchi Beach
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The House of Dionysus ©
The House of Dionysus
Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church ©
Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church

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