Set off an expedition to the mountains and Omodos
village by jeep.
Today’s excursion will take us to rural Cyprus, where hospitality is legendary. More than just a friendly smile and ‘Yia sou’; visitors will experience the warm and loving nature of traditional Cyprus! Our scenic route will take us through beautiful nature and traditional villages.
An off the beaten track expedition with drivers; our Guests will be divided into teams and board their Land Rover Defender jeeps. Our drive will take us through traditional villages and then go off road for a
short while to reach the medieval Kelefos Bridge, where our guests will enjoy a short coffee/refreshment break (by an external caterer).
On arrival to Omodos our guests will follow different activities on rotation with their Drakos DMC guides/ escorts.
Activity 1: Pastry Demonstration
Visiting a local bakery, guests will be given a demonstration of the famous arkatena bread, made with fermented chick peas and they can also
participate in the preparations of olive pies and cheese pies.
Activity 2: Local Desert Demonstration
Guest can witness the preparation of shoushoukos; a sweet traditional delight made from must, freshly pressed grape juice, and flour. These are
the two basic ingredients needed for this dessert.
Activity 3: Visit of the Monastery of Stavros
The village of Omodhos, once a property of Sir John De Brie, Prince of Galilee, is home to the Monastery of Stavros, ‘Holly Cross’, which stands in
the stone-paved square. The monastery contains old icons, excellent wood carvings and other ecclesiastical objects of interest, as well as a small National Museum.
Activity 4: Wine tasting
Omodos has a long tradition in wine making. A traditional wine press known as Linos is preserved, where we will stop and sample the local wines and
liqueurs: a selection of white and red wines, the famous Commandaria dessert wine and of course Zivania.
Activity 5: Moussaka demonstration
Welcomed by Mr. Polis, guests will be given a demonstration of Moussaka, a traditional dish. They are invited to take part and cook with him this
delicious local specialty and can even try it during their meal.
Optional Activity 6: Dance Class
A dance class can be arranged for our guests. This takes place at one of the coffee shops of the square where instructors will entertain our group and teach them how to dance the famous Zorba syrtaki dance.
Our guests will enjoy their meal at a local tavern. They will sit down and be spoiled to a mezze feast containing more than twenty traditional dishes. For dessert, the famous shoushoukos will be served among other Cypriot delights.
After lunch, visitors can stroll around the village’s winding streets and mingle with the locals, walk around for some shopping at the various small
shops selling traditional Cypriot items such as crafts, lace and local delights.
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