Aphrodite's sun-blessed isle
Based in Paphos on Cyprus' south west coast, this break in the winter sun offers a few days of relaxed exploration far removed from the British weather, and includes three wonderful excursions. Join us to discover Paphos' fascinating past on a guided walking tour, explore the snow-capped Troodos Mountains, and visit lively, lovely Limassol.
WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Fly to Cyprus
Fly to Cyprus, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your Paphos hotel.
Day Two: Included Paphos guided tour
Today's included half-day guided walking tour of Paphos will reveal the extraordinary 'Tombs of the Kings' burial site, the famous Paphos Mosaics housed in ancient Roman villas, and the Byzantine Church of Ayia Paraskevi. There will also be an entertaining stop to see how Loukoumi - the Greek Cypriot version of Turkish Delight - is made.
Day Three: Included Troodos Mountains tour
Our second included tour takes us to the spectacular Troodos Mountains, which rise above the plains and the coast, and which have been home to remote villages and religious communities, including several wonderfully decorated Byzantine churches, for centuries.
Stop in Omodos, a pretty village of white stone buildings that is known for its wine production, see Throni Park, the burial place of Archbishop Makarios, Cyprus' first president, and visit ancient Kykkos Monastery, famed for its Byzantine Museum, mosaics and frescoes.
Day Four: Optional Nicosia tour
Today's fascinating optional excursion visits historic Nicosia, the island capital for more than 12 centuries. Divided in 1974 by the 'Green Line' separating Greek and Turkish Cypriot territories, the city is both a bustling metropolis with a sophisticated cafe culture, and a fascinating gateway to the island's turbulent past.
You’ll also head into northern Cyprus to visit the Bellapais Abbey, made famous by author Lawrence Durrell, and the coastal port-town of Kyrenia, with its picture-book harbour and castle.
Day Five: Day at leisure
Relax in Paphos today. In addition to your hotel's facilities, the town has sights to see, shops to discover, and even nearby golf courses to tempt the energetic.
Day Six: Included Limassol and Aphrodite’s Rock tour
Today begins with a visit to the glorious beach that is home to Petra tou Romiou, Aphrodite’s Rock, where the goddess of love is said to have risen from the waves. From here we'll head east along the coast to the ancient ruins of Kourion, where a magnificent Second-Century BC Greco-Roman theatre that is still in use today, sits spectacularly atop the cliffs.
Your next stop will be Limassol. Here a guided tour will reveal the fascinating sights, excellent shopping, and compact Old City - home to a picturesque fishing harbour and yachting marina - of this bustling city and centre of the Cypriot wine industry. Stroll through the streets of the Turkish Quarter surrounding the Castle in search of the historic Grand Mosque and the traditional hammam bath houses that still operate here.
Day Seven: A taste of authentic Cyprus
Our final optional excursion begins with a visit to the ancient village of Anogyra. Here, amid the traditional limestone houses and cool courtyards, you will find the Pasteli museum, which chronicles the history of traditional Cypriot sweet-making.
Continuing the foodie theme, your next stops will be at a family-owned halloumi factory and at a herb farm in the
foothills of the mountains before lunch is served at a traditional tavern in the picturesque, wine-making village of Lania. Your gastronomic journey ends with an afternoon visit to Monagri, where several other Cypriot delicacies are produced.
Day Eight: Fly back to the UK
Say farewell to Paphos, and transfer to the airport to board your flight home.
St George Hotel ★★★★
Hotel Veronica ★★★
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.
Foreign Office Travel Advice
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