18 days in Johannesburg & Cyprus Itinerary

18 days in Johannesburg & Cyprus Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
1
Johannesburg, South Africa
— 1 night
Fly:  14 h 30 min
2
Paphos, Cyprus
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Nicosia, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Larnaca, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg ©
Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Mandela House, then see the interesting displays at Apartheid Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, and finally browse the different shops at Jack Friedman Eastgate. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, pause for some photo ops at Voortrekker Monument, and then contemplate the long history of Union Buildings.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Johannesburg trip itinerary maker tool.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are O R Tambo International and Pilanesberg International Airport. September in Johannesburg sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paphos.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pretoria, Jack Friedman Eastgate
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Apartheid Museum ©
Apartheid Museum
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct ©
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct
Mandela House ©
Mandela House

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nights
Paphos, Cyprus

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.
Appreciate the collections at Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos and Neldi Art Gallery. Visit Tombs of the Kings and Kato Paphos Archaeological Park for their historical value. Explore Paphos' surroundings by going to Akamas Peninsula National Park (in Neo Chorion), Limassol (Fasouri Watermania Water Park, Kourion, &more) and Oleastro Olive Park and Museum (in Anogyra). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Coral Bay, sample the tasty concoctions at Aphrodite's Rock Brewing Company, get interesting insight from Tours, and stroll through Lara Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paphos trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Johannesburg to Paphos takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, car, and bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Paphos: highs are around 35°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nicosia.

Things to do in Paphos

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Limassol, Peyia, Akamas Peninsula National Park, Lara Beach, Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos
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Kato Paphos Archaeological Park ©
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park
Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings
Coral Bay ©
Coral Bay

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nights
Nicosia, Cyprus

Nicosia ©
Experience a combination of traditional and modern Cyprus, including archaeological sites encircled by ancient walls, in the country's capital, Nicosia.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): stroll through Alagadi Turtle Beach, delve into the distant past at Bellapais Monastery, and then shop like a local with Ledra Street Crossing Point. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at The Cyprus Museum, then don't miss a visit to Hasan kavizade huseyin efendi fountain and stone steps, then steep yourself in history at Kyrenia Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Saint Hilarion Castle.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nicosia trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Paphos to Nicosia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Paphos in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nicosia, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Larnaca.

Things to do in Nicosia

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Kyrenia
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Bellapais Monastery ©
Bellapais Monastery
Saint Hilarion Castle ©
Saint Hilarion Castle
The Cyprus Museum ©
The Cyprus Museum

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Larnaca, Cyprus

Larnaca ©
Situated on the southernmost coast of Cyprus, the 6,000-year-old city of Larnaka features a bustling promenade full of bars, cafes, restaurants, and plenty of spots in the sun.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): kick back and relax at Mackenzie Beach, then stroll through Finikoudes Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Medieval Fort, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Lazarus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St Barnabas Monastery and Icon Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, then explore the ancient world of Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hala Sultan Tekke.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Larnaca tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Nicosia to Larnaca takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nicosia in September, expect nights in Larnaca to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are little chillier, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ayia Napa.

Things to do in Larnaca

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Famagusta, Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement
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Church of Saint Lazarus ©
Church of Saint Lazarus
Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement ©
Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement
St Barnabas Monastery and Icon Museum ©
St Barnabas Monastery and Icon Museum

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nights
Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Ayia Napa ©
Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get great views at Cape Greco National Forest Park, explore the activities along Konnos Bay, then stroll through Fig Tree Bay, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Profitis Elias.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ayia Napa online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Larnaca to Ayia Napa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Ayia Napa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ayia Napa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Protaras, Traditional house
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Konnos Bay ©
Konnos Bay
Fig Tree Bay ©
Fig Tree Bay
Church of Profitis Elias ©
Church of Profitis Elias

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