Cruise stops in Alexandria and Cyprus

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Jan 27th, 2001, 07:07 AM
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Cruise stops in Alexandria and Cyprus

We'll be on a cruise which stops in Alexandria and Cyprus in June (in addition to other places) for a day in each area. I haven't found too much information on what the organised tours from the ship offer. Has anyone does this and what advice do they have? We have 5 kids (4 teenagers and a little one) between 2 families. Is there a problem with mosquitoes? any advice would be appreciated?
 
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Jan 30th, 2001, 11:42 AM
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Just got back from a cruise that hit both stops. Cyprus was a suprisingly diverse island. From beautiful beaches, to desert hill landscapes, to tall snow covered mountains with pine trees.

Limassol was a gritty industrial port. For our day tour we organized a taxi ($70 all day, split 4 ways, two couples at $35 per couple) and drove West to Pafos. Pafos was a beautiful sleepy port village that was very relaxing with a great view. The ruins there boast some of the best tile mosaics in the Med. I highly recommend going there. On the way there (or back) you can stop at the birthplace of Aphroditi. It's a large rock on the coast that is absolutely beautiful.

In Limassol proper, there are several tour stops including a Crusader castle and some Roman ruins. The tourist district has some good shopping and quaint resturaunts with great greek food.

Alexandria is a complete armpit of a city (like many Egyptian cities). Trash blowing everywhere. Completely safe though, as the AK-47 toting soldier to tourist ratio is probably only 50X1

Forget about transportation on your own to get to Cairo. If you want to see King Tut in the Museum, The Sphinx, and The Pyramids in Giza, take the tour that your cruise organizes.

We didn't see too much of Alexandria since we were on our way to Cairo. One of the 7 ancient wonders of the world was the lighthouse located at the mouth of the harbor in Alexandria.
 
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Feb 17th, 2001, 02:08 PM
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Thanks for your informative reply. Did you organise the Cyprus taxi when you got there or did you do it in advance?
 
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Feb 19th, 2001, 01:57 PM
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It's quite a few years since we visited Cyprus, but we really loved that Island. Their are very nice areas in and around Limassol once you get away from the port area, but Pafos is a worthwhile trip. Also in that area are the ruins of a huge amphitheatre facing the sea. If you go to the crusader's castle, be sure to stop at the little wine and tourist shop for some Comandario, the oldest labled wine in the world. Using a taxi is probably better than renting a car for a single day, especially if you're not comfortable with right hand drive. My wife and I also though that the people in Cyprus were among the warmest and friendliest we had met anywhere. We knew a couple from the U.K. that had stopped to admire a new villa that was in the final stages of completion and they were invited in for lunch.
 
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