Cyprus Discovery Tour

Close-up fragment of ancient religious mosaic in Kourion, Cyprus
Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours

Cyprus's position in the Eastern Mediterranean has given the island an amazingly varied history: over thousands of years the Greeks, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Romans, Ottomans and British have all landed on Cypriot Shores and shaped the island's culture. From our base in the coastal town of Paphos (also spelt Pafos), we’ll enjoy daily guided excursions to delve into some of the island’s rich history as well as enjoy its natural beauty. In Paphos itself we’ll visit the large archaeological park to admire Roman mosaics, ruined temples and large underground tombs. We’ll also venture to traditional mountain villages and visit ancient monasteries including one which is now only inhabited by a single monk! There’s also time to explore the wild beauty of the Akamas Peninsula and visit sites connected to Aphrodite – the Greek goddess of beauty and love.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite
  • Discover the abundant wildlife and fauna on the Akamas Peninsula
  • Explore colourful Paphos and the Tomb of the Kings
  • View some of the finest examples of Byzantine frescoes

What’s included

  • Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
  • Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ leader
  • Full day excursions with all essential transport in resort
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

Welcome to Constantinou Bros hotels. Unpack and settle in.

Today’s adventure takes you to the town of Paphos to explore Kato Paphos (lower Paphos) with its castle and Paphos Archaeological Park (Nea Paphos). At the castle, you can take the opportunity to climb to the roof for sweeping views of the harbour that this small fort guards. At Nea Paphos - one of the most important archaeological sites in Cyprus - there are ancient temples and four Roman villas to explore. Be sure to seek out the well-preserved, intricate mosaics in the villas and the Agora (forum) which was the heart of the complex. From here, it is only a short walk to the UNESCO listed Tombs of the Kings - an impressive ancient underground necropolis carved out of solid rock.

Today starts with a drive along the most beautiful stretch of coastline on the island. Stops will be made along the way at the ancient city of Kourion where you’ll find the House of Eustolios, complete with stunningly intricate mosaics and dramatic amphitheatre. Later, you’ll be whisked through the mountains to the charming village of Omodhos where the residents have been making wine for generations. You can pause for a traditional meze lunch here and enjoy a visit to the village’s wine cellars. On the return trip to Paphos you will have the chance to stop at Aphrodite’s Rock – a sea stack purported to be the birthplace of the goddess of love, beauty and fertility. It is said that if you swim around the rock at midnight when there is a full moon, Aphrodite will make you ten years younger!

Your first stop today is the Agios Neofytos Monastery which was founded by the Cypriot hermit, monk and writer Neofytos. Here, you’ll learn more about his life and view some incredible Byzantine frescoes and post-Byzantine icons before continuing to Pano Panagia, high in the Paphos mountains. Take time here to explore or have a bite to eat in one of the tavernas before heading off to the Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery, dediacated to ‘Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate’. Be sure to have a taste of their wine on your visit to the cellars! The final stop of the day is Agia Moni Monastery. Dating from the 6th Century, this is one of the most ancient on Cyprus and nowadays is only inhabited by one monk, Father Epiphanios.

Each week there is a free day when no organised activities are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, explore independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day include:

Paphos Waterfront: Walk along the promenade to the harbour and enjoy a drink overlooking the town’s imposing castle.

Hotel: Relax at the hotel and take advantage of its extensive spa and swimming pool facilities.

Today, like the pilgrims of old, you’ll make your way to Agios Georgios. At the site, you can take in the far-reaching views of the Mediterranean Sea and Lara Bay and uncover the history of the 6th-century Basilica. Further north, you’ll find two enchanting villages – Dhrousia and Kritou Terra – both traditional and unspoilt. Explore the winding streets of Dhrousia and maybe find a bite to eat in a taverna before moving on to Kritou Terra, home of the very first casino in Cyprus!

The unique Akamas Peninsula is a haven for the island’s flora and fauna and contains virtually every type of habitat found on the island from dense forest to arid pine scrub. The area is home to over 30 endemic plant species, 160 bird species, 20 reptile species and 16 species of butterfly. The local beaches are used by green and loggerhead turtles to lay their eggs. Here you can take the time to meander in the Botanical Gardens and visit the Baths of Aphrodite – a shady pool under a fig tree in a natural grotto fed by a small waterfall. It is said to be where Aphrodite (the Greek goddess of love and beauty) bathed and where the handsome mortal Adonis saw and fell in love with her. It is said that if you bathe in the water you will be given eternal youth! Travelling eastwards along the coast there are a number of picturesque villages to discover, including the harbour village of Latchi and historic Polis. After lunch, the tour continues to the villages of Argaka, Ayia Marina and Pomos, all boasting marvellous sea views.

We hope to see you again soon.

Cyprus Paphos Itinerary Map

Constantinou Bros Hotels - Cyprus

The 4-star Constantinou Bros Hotels enjoy an enviable beachfront location in a quiet part of Paphos. HF Holidays guests could stay at either the Athena Beach or Pioneer Beach properties. The hotels offer a wide range of facilities and bright spacious rooms. The local shops are just a short walk away. The hotels are renowned for their warm and friendly staff and have been awarded Silver and Gold Hotel Awards from HF Holidays for their outstanding feedback.


All the bedrooms are spacious, very well equipped and have been recently refurbished.

The hotels have comfortable en-suite bedrooms with private balconies and breathtaking sea or land views.

All rooms have flat screen LCD satellite TV and radio, direct dial telephone, Wi-Fi, safe deposit boxes, tea and coffee making facilities replenished daily, espresso machine, fridge, a mini-bar (on request with charge), hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers, and air conditioning May-October or heating November- April. Rooms also include bathroom with bath tub, rain shower and flexible hose shower, scales, magnifying mirror, floor to ceiling windows, deluxe toiletries, ironing facilities, pool/beach towels in room towels, USB socket.


Hotel facilities Athena Beach Hotel

  • Bar with a large, comfortable terrace
  • Beautiful views of the Mediterranean and the hotel's tranquil gardens
  • 3 freshwater swimming pools
  • Indoor pool (heated November to March)
  • Indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis
  • Floodlit tennis courts
  • 24-rink indoor and outdoor bowls green facilities
  • Mini-golf
  • Mini market/souvenir shop
  • Jewellery shop
  • Free parking
  • Laundry and dry cleaning facilities
  • Currency exchange

Hotel's Elixir Spa

  • Heated pool (heated November to March)
  • 2 Saunas
  • Steam bath
  • Gym
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Professional massages
  • Aromatherapy and other treatments to help relax and rejuvenate

 Hotel facilities Pioneer Beach Hotel

  • 3 Bars. 1 with beautiful views of the Mediterranean and the hotel's tranquil gardens
  • 1 freshwater swimming pool
  • Indoor pool (heated November to March)
  • Indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis
  • Floodlit tennis court
  • Indoor and outdoor bowls green facilities
  • Mini market/souvenir shop
  • Jewellery shop
  • Free parking
  • Laundry and dry cleaning facilities
  • Currency exchange

Hotel's Elixir Spa

  • Heated pool (heated November to March)
  • 2 Saunas free of charge
  • 1 Steam bath
  • Gym
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Professional massages

Hotel policies

Mobility scooters are not permitted in the hotel, although use of manual or electric wheelchairs are. 


Food & Drink

Holidays on Cyprus are Half Board with an extensive breakfast selection and 3-course evening buffet. 


This an extensive self-service continental buffet selection and hot options are also available.

Lunch (payable locally)

A picnic lunch can be ordered in advance from the hotel or purchased from the shop on the lower ground floor which is open Monday to Sunday 7.30am until 10pm.

Evening meal

3-course evening meal served from the buffet. 

There will be a vegetarian menu option but if you have any special dietary requirements we recommend that you discuss your preferences with the hotel management.


The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Dress Code

The dress code for the Constantinou Bros Hotel are:
Dinner: Smart/casual - knee length tailored shorts, closed shoes and t-shirts with sleeves
A La Carte Restaurant: Long trousers, closed shoes, t-shirts with sleeves

Your Evenings

In Europe, our walking holidays continue into the evening.  Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer whilst listening to your leaders outlining the next day's walks.  After a relaxed evening meal take advantage of the warm evenings and  chat with your fellow guests drinking a cocktail in the hotel gardens or just listen to live music one evening at your hotel.

The hotel's location is ideal for a leisurely stroll into the old town, where you can watch the world go by and soak up the atmosphere with a relaxing drink at one of the pavement café bars around Paphos harbour front; just follow the path from the beach front. Or you may like to relax on the terrace or in the bar, with a drink and chat.

Athena Beach - Cyrpus

Getting to Constantinou Bros Hotels - Cyprus

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Essential Information

To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet or dry.

All of our Discovery Tours involve active sightseeing and you should therefore be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing.
You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, camera, sun protection, drinks (at least 2 litres) etc during the day. A money belt is always a good idea.

You’ll also need to bring your:

  • Booking confirmation
  • Travel insurance cover note and contact details
  • European Health Insurance Card (if applicable)
  • Completed guest registration form
  • Photocopy of photo page of passport
  • Sunhat, sun cream and sunglasses
  • Medication: If you require any medication, please take adequate supplies for the duration of your holiday. It’s advisable to carry your medication in your hand luggage instead of packing it in your suitcase

Michael Craze

Mike is a professional Blue Badge Guide based at Winchester in Hampshire who has been guiding for 12 years and enjoys combining the facts and stats with a bit of fun and trivia as well.

A keen historian and member of an archaeology group in Hampshire, he likes nothing better than researching new places and learning about their ‘hidden secrets’ and telling their story. ‘History fascinates me. It’s like pulling at a thread that never stops unravelling.’

He is quick to acknowledge though that ‘sometimes it’s just about relaxing. Sharing a breathtaking piece of landscape or soaking up the atmosphere of a beautiful garden or mediaeval cobbled street. People are on holiday’.

Mike made the holiday most enjoyable. He is a very friendly and knowledgeable leader and it would be a great joy to go on another holiday with him.

Francis Gottesman

Francis has been involved with the teaching of European foreign languages (he speaks seven) and group overseas travel all over Europe throughout his working career.  He believes that the perfect recipe for instilling pleasure in travelling combined with an appreciation and understanding of a different culture is through a mixture of visiting cultural and historical sites, enjoying the lifestyle and cuisine of the host destination. This is his aim for the groups he leads and he will do his utmost to ensure this happens.

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