Continuing the ITiCSE tradition, Tuesday afternoon will be set aside for excursions.
Further to the Tuesday's guided excursion, full day tours are available for attendees who would like to enjoy a few days before or after the conference to explore Cyprus.
All tours and excursions, including the one for Tuesday afternoon, are being handled by the same company, TravelnetCy. Information about all the tours can be found below.
In addition, for those who would like to schedule their own excursions, there is relevant information available at the Cyprus Tourism Organization website at http://www.visitcyprus.com/.
If you have some free days available, we highly recommend you spend one of them relaxing at the beach, enjoying the Mediterranean sea. About 20-30 minutes drive from the conference venue are some of the best blue flag beaches of the island, which are located in Ayia Napa (e.g., Nissi Beach) and Protaras (e.g., Fig Tree Bay, Konnos Bay, Cape Greco).
Guided walking tour of one of the prime tourist attractions of Larnaca: City center and Foinikoudes promenade.
Scala is used as a colloquial name for Larnaka, and yet it is mostly used to describe the specific area along the Castle seafront, around Saint Lazarus Church and the nearby city quarters. This guided walk begins at Larnaka Castle, at the end of the Palm Trees Promenade. The walk explores the Scala area and visits the handicraft workshops created recently by young ceramic artists, many of them inspired by ancient Cypriot art. The walk continues through the picturesque streets of traditional houses and balconies through the old Scala Turkish Cypriot quarter, where visitors can see what is a very old residential area still in modern use. The tour also visits Eski Carsi Street, Buyuk Cami and Said Mehment Aga Streets, examining the protected houses and important traditional architecture. The tour ends at Ak Deniz and Bozkurt Streets, where visits are made to Craftsmen's workshops.
Tour Cost: €25.00 per person
Available Dates: 29 June 2018 and 6 July 2018
Full Day Tour: Departure 08:00 return approx. 17:00
Discover the ancient city of Kourion with its famous, magnificent Greko-Roman Theatre and buildings of the late roman period with beautiful mosaics. Swim at the Birthplace of the Goddess of Love and Beauty - Aphrodite. Walk through the caves and Catacombs of St. Solomoni in the ancient capital city of Cyprus - Pafos. See The Pillar of St. Paul, where he has been bound and lashed as a punishment for preaching Christianity. From the Old Port area the Venetian Fort, you will have free time to discover the nearby Archeological city - Kato Pafos (included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1980), where you will find the House of Dionysus, with the finest mosaic decorations and mythological compositions dating back to the second century A.D. You can then enjoy lunch at one of the many attractive restaurants in the Old Port. Lunch is optional and is not included in the price. On our return, we will visit Geroskipou Village, where we shall taste the famous Cyprus Delights "Loukoumia".
Tour Cost: €52.00 per person (excluding lunch)
Available Dates: 1 July 2018 and 7 July 2018
Full Day Tour: Departure 08:00 return approx. 17:00
A beautiful forest road will lead us to Agros Village . Here, we will visit a well-known local sweets factory, where you will have a chance to see how the natural sweets and jams are made. Next, we will visit the famous rose factory , where excellent Rose Water and Organic beauty products are made using traditional Cypriot methods. Our next destination will be the Church of Agios Nikolaos tis Stegis , which was included on UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985. It is the only surviving katholicon (monastery church) of an 11th century Byzantine monastery in Cyprus. It is amazing to see this entirely painted church. We will continue our journey to the traditional Kakopetria Village , where we will stop for lunch in one of the village restaurants where you can try home cooked dishes. Lunch is optional and is not included in the price. There will be free time to explore this interesting village. Last, but not least, we will visit one of the largest waterfalls on the island Millomeri Waterfalls , after which we will stop for wine tasting at a local village winery.
Tour Cost: €45.00 per person (excluding lunch)
Available Date: 30 June 2018 and 5 July 2018
Full Day Tour: Departure 08:00 return approx. 15:00
Take a trip to the Capital of Cyprus - Nicosia. Here we will visit the Archbishop Palace, which took much fighting during the invasion of 1974, and St John's Cathedral (Ayios Ioannis), within the courtyard of the palace. We will then walk through Laiki Geitonia - a traditional neighborhood of Nicosia with narrow winding streets and craft shops. In the Leventis municipal museum , you can view the objects from the history of the town and Island. Arriving at the liveliest part of the old city - Ledras Street , you can enjoy some free time for souvenir shopping and the opportunity, if you would like, to cross over to the Turkish Occupied Area of Cyprus.
Tour Cost: €35.00 per person (excluding lunch)