About us

The Cyprus Tourist Guides Association

 

The Cyprus Tourist Guides Association was established in 1964. It is the only association that exists in Cyprus for Tourist Guides and has 300 members from all over Cyprus. Its main aims are to improve professional standards, protect and support its members and enhance the image of the Tourist Guide.

It has been a member of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations since 1987 and the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations since 1990. CTGA is also a member of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

All Tourist Guides of Cyprus are licensed by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation having followed a one accademic year course and successfully passed the relevant exams of the School for Guides. The School for Guides is organised by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation in collaboration with the University of Cyprus. The Tourist Guides license is renewed every two years by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. It is compulsory that they attend the educational seminar every year in order to update their knowledge on various topics. Some of them have attended an intensive course in Archaeology and Byzantine Art, organised by C.T.O.

C.T.O. licensed Tourist Guides are the only ones permitted to work in Cyprus and while on duty must wear the official guide badge provided by the C.T.O. Tour leaders accompanying groups are not allowed to guide unless they are accompanied by a C.T.O. licensed Tourist Guide.
Tourist Guides have a deep knowledge of the history and culture of Cyprus ,sufficient knowledge of European history and world culture,and tourist guiding skills and techniques( presentation skills and group management skills.) Most Tourist guides are at least bi-lingual.

Cyprus Tourist Guides provide guiding for:

  • Tours organised by travel agents (up to 55 persons)
  • Tours for conference groups or incentive groups
  • Walking tours
  • Nature tours
  • Tours for Special Interest groups
  • Tours for Individual Business travellers
  • Colleges-Schools
  • Tours of Museums
  • Tours of historic areas of towns
  • Tours for individuals or groups
  • Tours conducted in a guides car (maximum 6 persons)
  • Tours by private vehicle (maximum 6 persons)


Cyprus Tourist Guides  guide in the following languages:
Arabic, Armenian ,Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Flemish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Ukranian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

Cypriot Tourist Guides may be booked by contacting either individualGuides( see list) or The Cyprus Tourist Guides Association.

Tel: 00357 22 765755
Fax: 00357 22 766872
Email: cytouristguides@cytanet.com.cy
Website:www.cytouristguides.com

Before booking a Cyprus Tourist Guide, it is important to establish the level of remuneration - the fee charged for the service provided.

Fees are a matter of negotiation between the tourist guide and the client, based on the clients requirements, e.g. location, duration and language spoken.

As an example, fees in 2013 are likely to start at 135-300 Euros per full day (maximum 8 hours) and 90-180 Euros per half day (maximum 4 hours). Driver guides and those with second languages generally charge a higher fee.

The Cyprus Tourist Guides Association also provides services with specialized tourist guides in the following fields:

  • People with Special Needs
  • Nature Trails & Hiking 
  • Birdwatching