Village Culture - Donkey Riding
Donkey Safari & Village Culture Night Excursion 2015
From Limassol & Paphos
Discover Traditional Cypriot Country Life!
The journey unfolds through quaint villages and picturesque orange groves to the ’Xeros‘ river valley, near the village of Kelokedara, which is the perfect place for nature lovers.
Located beside the river is the ’Argonaftis Donkey farm’ - a haven for the Cyprus donkey that has been created for these gentle creatures to live and reproduce, under veterinary supervision and care. The farm itself also serves as an open museum of folk art and rural life on the island.
Upon arrival you will be given the warmest of welcomes and can then sample various traditional products; pure and straight from Cyprus’ natural bounty. Taste village wine, the spirit Zivania, the sweet dessert wine Commandaria, carob syrup and honey, and try some local delicacies such as Halloumi cheese, olives, local oven bread, loukoumia sweets and other delights.
Whilst enjoying this feast of flavours and sensations, you can stroll around the stone buildings and visit the small Museum of Agricultural Art, where you can learn how Cypriots originally used to make wine, Zivania and olive oil many years ago.
A fantastic donkey ride through the peaceful countryside is next, under the watchful supervision of our professional staff to ensure both your comfort and safety. The ride will take you to the abandoned 14th Century Monastery, ‘Panayia tou Sindi’, which has been expertly restored by UNESCO. In 1997 this project was granted the prestigious EUROPA NOSTRA award and was recognised as a World Cultural Heritage monument. During this stop, there is time to enjoy the tranquillity of area, along with some seasonal fruit.
A unique opportunity to experience a bygone era is also available with special rides on an authentic Bedford ‘village bus’ that is still in action to this day.
Back on the farm, a delicious BBQ meal awaits you, complete with home-cooked specialities, all to be washed down with wine, Zivania and juice for the children.
When you have had your fill, our dance team will perform a show of Cypriot folk dancing and music, as well as international music. You can sit back and enjoy the entertainment, or join in the folk dances, including the ‘Syrtaki’ ritual.
Before leaving the donkey farm you will be presented with a diploma to certify you have completed all the ‘challenges’ and will leave having experienced the real countryside of Cyprus, original hospitality, fun, adventure, excellent food and authentic island entertainment.
Activities for Children
- Petting zoo of animals including baby donkeys, dogs, chickens, rabbits, tortoises, lambs and goats under the supervision of qualified representatives of the farm.
- Animation, games, dance class and face painting.
Donkey Safari & Village Culture Night Excursion from Limassol & Paphos
Departure from Paphos: 16.30,
Departure from Limassol: 15.40 (Photo stop at Aphrodite’s Rock)
Arrival at donkey farm – Food tasting, museum visit, tour of grounds, pet domestic animals: 17.15
Donkey riding demonstration – Safety briefing: 18.00
Donkey ride: 18.20
Arrival at Sindi Monastery: 18.50
Departure from the monastery: 19.20
Return to farm: 19.45
Folklore show: 20.45
Syrtaki and free dance programme 21.10
Last Syrtaki dance: 22.15
Departure from the farm: 22.25
Arrival of coaches to Paphos: 23.10
Arrival of coaches to Limassol: 23.30
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