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

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

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


Ski spree

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

Snowscape: The Alps make a perfect ski-holiday destination. Photo: Kuomi Holidays

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