Escape to winter sun and relaxation
Celebrate Christmas on one of the Mediterranean's most welcoming islands. Stay close to historic Paphos on the island's western coast, and spend a wonderful festive week relaxing in a climate a world away from the British winter.
Fly to Cyprus, meet your Tour Manager at the airport, and board the coach for the transfer to your chosen hotel.
Explore Paphos - the island's ancient capital - on today's included guided tour. Discover how ancient Cypriot burial practices are refining our understanding of ancient chronology at the Tombs of the Kings, see the famous Paphos Mosaics housed in ancient Roman villas, and visit the ninth-century church of Agia Paraskevi.
Spend today relaxing, or perhaps head into Paphos for a little last-minute Christmas shopping. With its decorated trees and festive lights, the town is quite a picture - particularly after dark. Look out for traditional Cypriot festivities, including children singing kalanda (carols) and people preparing vasilopita - a festive pie, containing a lucky coin, that's traditionally eaten on New Year's Day.
Our second included excursion takes us into the centre of Cyprus and up into the Troodos Mountains. Nestled among the peaks lie hidden Byzantine churches, the burial place of Cyprus' first president and even an ancient monastery.
Day Four (Christmas Eve)
We'll stop in Platres, a popular ski station, to take in the stunning views, perhaps enjoy some refreshments and even perhaps a little Christmas snow, before heading back to the hotel. This evening, the Christmas celebrations get underway with our Gala Dinner.
Enjoy a relaxed Christmas Day. Take a stroll through the town or along the seashore, and later enjoy a special festive dinner with music and entertainment.
Day Five (Christmas Day)
Today is left free so you have time to rest, relax or explore as you see fit.
Day Six (Boxing Day)
Your final full day in Cyprus brings the opportunity to visit beautiful Northern Cyprus on an optional excursion. Discover a stunning landscape where mountains and ancient villages drift down to a tranquil coastline, and visit Gothic Bellapais Abbey (made famous by author Lawrence Durrell) and the coastal port-town of Kyrenia.
Bid farewell to your hosts, today, and board our coach for the transfer back to the airport to check in for your flight home.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Combining hotel transfers
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.