All tours on this holiday have now departed. Future departure dates will be confirmed in due course.
Paphos' archaeological gems
Glorious scenery in the Troodos Mountains
Nicosia - the island's historic capital
Tastings of local produce
Mythical Bath of Aphrodite
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and the most easterly, making it a key strategic site between the West and East. Under a variety of rule over centuries, from the Romans and Ottomans and, more latterly at the turn of the 20th century, the British, the island is now divided into two sections, Greek and Turkish, since the 1970s civil war. As a result, it offers a huge range of sights - from Roman ruins, glorious mountain and coastal scenery, Byzantine monasteries and excellent local produce. A lovely climate means a welcome escape from the dreary British winter.
Day 1 : Fly from London Gatwick to Paphos and transfer to the hotel for seven night stay on half board basis.
Day 2: Full day Paphos guided tour
An ideal opportunity to get to know your whereabouts and discover the rich history and tradition of Paphos. At the archaeological park, we visit the Odeon and the famous Roman mosaics of the House of Dionysos and Aion depicting familiar scenes from mythology. We then pass by St. Pauls Pillar, the ruins of an early Christian Basilica and the Christian Catacombs of Solomoni. We will then visit the attractive Byzantine church of Ayia Paraskevi at Yeroskipou. You will also have the chance to discover how “Loukoumia” (a sort of Cypriate Turkish Delight) are made, for which the village is famous. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3: Full day Troodos Mountains – Omodhos, Kykkos Monastery and Throni
This tour takes us to the heart of Cyprus, the Troodos mountain range, home to a plethora of small villages where life has remained virtually unchanged for centuries, starting with the charming village of Omodhos, built around one of the most ancient monasteries in Cyprus, the Holy Cross. This is also one of the best wine producing villages on the island, where traditional white stone buildings line the narrow cobbled streets. We will also visit the famous Holy Monastery of Kykkos, which was built in 1092 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It houses one of the three surviving icons painted by St. Luke. Finally, we proceed to Throni to see the Tomb of Archbishop Makarios III, the beloved first president of Cyprus. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Full day Nicosia
A fascinating day in prospect as we head to Nicosia, the island’s capital, which we enter Nicosia by driving along the Green line, the capital’s dividing line between Greek and Turkish territory since 1974. Sights in the city include the newly restored Famagusta Gate, Archbishop’s Palace where we visit St. Johns Cathedral and the historic city centre and the Byzantine Museum with its priceless and fascinating collection of icons and paintings. The picturesque old quarter of Laiki Yitonia is the perfect place for a stroll around the charming winding alleys lined with shops, galleries and restaurants for a leisurely lunch.
Day 5: Full day at leisure
Day 6: Chrysorayiatissa Monastery, Latsi and Bath of Aphrodite
A drive through a scenically beautiful area with vineyards, almond and lemon groves takes us to the picturesque village of Panayia, the birthplace of Makarios III. Here we will visit the 12th century monastery of Chrisoroyiatissa and its museum, which contains the famous Saint Lucas icon. This lovely day out continues to the delightful village of Polis and along the coast up to the baths of Aphrodite and finally to the fishing village of Latchi. The drive back to Paphos takes us through a number of small picturesque villages, with a winetasting of a variety of local wines en-route, culminating with a wonderful view over the town and coast. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 7: Local produce tasting and lunch
Food is a very important part of Cypriot life and producers take great pride in showing off their dstinctive products. Today we will visit the Anogyra (Pasteli Museum), a halloumi factory, lunch in the pretty seaside village of Lania, and coffee and sweets in Monagri. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 8: Transfer from hotel to airport for return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 35 passengers.
Athena Beach Hotel, Kato Paphos
The Athena Beach Hotel is a four star, beach front hotel set in lavish gardens in Kato Paphos within easy walking distance from the picturesque harbour. Facilities include several restaurants and bars, indoor and outdoor pools, floodlit tennis court, jacuzzi, games room, spa, shops and very comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities. All rooms feature spacious balconies. Sea view and superior rooms are available at a reasonable supplement.
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