Larnaca, Kition, Limassol, Paphos, the Troodos mountains. If all these names sound Greek to you, don’t worry—that’s only normal in Cyprus, which has been under
Hellenic influence since ancient times. Touted as “the European destination closest to India”, Cyprus has just begun tapping the Indian market, wooing travellers with a seven-night/ eight-day package that takes them to all the places mentioned and then some more.
Slice of history: The Aggeloktisti Church in Larnaca, Cyprus. Photo: Cox & Kings
Expect a mélange of the East and West in this Mediterranean island nation. Its long history reveals the imprint of various sea-faring people, including the Assyrians, the Egyptians, the Romans and, much later, the British.
Cyprus Delights, the package being sold by Cox and Kings, covers the ninth century St Lazarus Cathedral and the Hala Soultan Tekke mosque in Larnaca, the Makarios Byzantine Museum and the Kykko monastery in the Troodos mountains, and the stunning seascapes—including the Baths of Aphrodite—of Paphos and Limassol.
The package costs $529 (around Rs26,000) per person on a twin-sharing basis. Contact Cox and Kings on 022-22709100 for details.
Set sail at cruise control
From what we know, the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, the largest ship ever to sail the earth, isn’t coming to India any time soon. But if your mind is
drifting towards a cruise for an early-2010 break, you could sign up for Holland America Line’s MS Amsterdam, which sails from Mumbai to Hong Kong on 12 March. Ports of call include Port Kelang, Malaysia; Sihanoukville, Cambodia; and Halong Bay, Vietnam.
All aboard: MS Amsterdam. Photo: STIC
Experience the Culinary Arts Centre, a demo kitchen for gourmet presentations; the Queen’s Show Lounge featuring vocalists, dancers and illusionists; and the Crow’s Nest, a nightclub that transforms into a 270-degree viewing station by day. Ticket prices start from $153 per person per day and are available across all STIC Travel Group offices. For details and reservations, call 011-46206600 or email email@example.com.
For all the thrills they offer, skidoos are the elementary option. The real thing when it comes to travelling over snow remains skiing. And though Kashmir is
becoming increasingly popular as a ski-holiday destination, there’s nothing to quite beat the romance of the Swiss Alps for this winter sport. Now, Kuoni Holidays has launched ski-holiday packages in its home territory of Switzerland, complete with accommodation in private chalets (choose from 17 catered chalets and four self-catered ones), champagne breakfasts, personal chefs, massages, private pools and jacuzzis—not to forget ski lessons from a professional. The top of the line accommodation is at the six-bedroom Chalet Septiéme Ciel, on the Savoleyres side of Verbier, which comes with its four in-house staff, including a private chef. For chalets more than 5 minutes away from the town centre, there’s a chauffeur service to take guests to and from the slopes and nightclubs. Packages start from Rs46,200 per person per week, inclusive of a seven-night stay, dedicated service, ski-pass delivery, hot beverages and wines, beers and soft drinks et al. For more details, log on to www.kuoni.in
Snowscape: The Alps make a perfect ski-holiday destination. Photo: Kuomi Holidays
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