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Make the most of the long festive break and spend Christmas and New Year in the welcoming surroundings of delightful Cyprus. Enjoy the island's legendary hospitality, take in some of the sights of one of the Mediterranean's most engaging corners, and celebrate the season in style. Based in a choice of hotels in - or close to - the historic resort town of Paphos, with every chance of winter warmth and sunshine, this will be a festive holiday to remember.
Fly to Cyprus, meet your tour manager and transfer to your festive home-from-home. Settle into your surroundings and enjoy a first dinner this evening.
Rest and relax at the hotel or take the opportunity to do a little last-minute Christmas shopping.
An included guided tour will bring to life delightful Paphos, including the UNESCO listed Tombs of the Kings, Roman villas with their famous mosaics, and the Byzantine church. With its decorated trees and festive lights, Paphos looks a picture throughout the Christmas season.
Day Three - Christmas Eve
Return to the hotel to begin your Christmas celebrations with tonight's gala dinner. Cypriot traditions include children singing kalanda - carols - and the preparation of a pie containing a 'lucky' coin. A piece is always saved for Ayios Vasilis, the Cypriot 'Santa Claus'.
Enjoy a Christmas Day to remember, perhaps taking a stroll through town or along the seashore, and this evening enjoy a special festive dinner with music and entertainment.
Day Four - Christmas Day
Rest and relax after the past days' festivities, enjoying the hotel and its surroundings.
Today's included excursion heads into the spectacular Troodos Mountains, which rise above the plains and the coast. Platres is a popular winter ski station, offering the chance of refreshment, stunning views - and snow!
Join today's optional excursion and journey to historic Nicosia, island capital for more than 12 centuries. Divided in 1974 by the 'green line' separating Greek and Turkish Cypriot territories, the city is a both modern, bustling metropolis, with tree-lined boulevards and a sophisticated cafe culture, and a fascinating gateway to the island's turbulent past.
Enjoy three days' relaxation and the chance to unwind and prepare for a memorable New Year's Eve, as you join fellow guests for a Gala Dinner at the hotel, and at midnight, head outside to see in 2019 and watch fireworks in the night sky.
Another day of relaxation, and perhaps recuperation, after the celebrations.
A last optional excursion offers the opportunity to discover a taste of authentic Cyprus. The day includes visits to an ancient village where the fruit of the carob tree is fashioned into sweetmeats, a family owned halloumi cheese factory and a fragrant herb farm in the foothills of the mountains, before lunch in a traditional tavern. This gastronomic journey ends with an afternoon visit to another village producing Cypriot delicacies.
Bid farewell to your hosts, and transfer back to the airport for your return flight.
St George Hotel ★★★★
This excellent beach-side hotel is some five miles from Paphos' harbour. Extensive facilities include outdoor (weather permitting) and indoor pools, wellness centre, dining room, a la carte restaurant (supplement payable, half-board allowance credited), bar and lounge, and lifts. Air-conditioned rooms offer satellite TV, hairdryer, fridge, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe and balcony.
European closing times
Shops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Combining hotel transfers
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.
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.
Please note that for two people travelling together on one booking, or a single traveller, one piece of hold luggage is included. Additional hold luggage may be purchased at the time of booking at a cost of £40 per bag.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
**The World Cup Offer discount applies to new bookings only made between 14th June and 16th July 2018. This offer applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays only and exclusions include fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus and River Cruising by air. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer can not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.