Cyprus Discovery Tour
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. These different cultures have left a huge array of temples, tombs, mosaics,churches and castles, but perhaps the biggest surprise is the incredible divers landscape. The Picturesque beaches are expected, but just a short journey takes you into the incredible Troodos Mountains, with pine forests, green valleys and well stocked vineyards, or to the wild untouched Akamas Peninsula. Our base for the week is the town of Paphos, home to a host of historic sites, including the UNESCO World Heritage Nea Pafos archaeological site and the Tomb of the Kings. Paphos also provides a good selection of shops and facilities to make your stay more comfortable, not to mention sweeping beaches and wonderful views out over the sparkling Mediterranean.
- 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
- 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
Today’s adventure takes you to the town of Paphos to explore the Kato Paphos, the castle and 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, you’ll discover the ancient city that lies beneath your feet. Be sure to seek out the intricate mosaics and the Agora which was the heart of the complex. From here, it is only a short walk to the Tomb of the Kings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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.
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.
On our 7-night holidays, we offer one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the area independently.
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!
He unique Akamas Peninsula is a haven for the island’s flora & fauna. Here you can take the time to meander in the Botanical Gardens, or cool down at the Baths of Aphrodite, where the goddess is said to have bathed. 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, your tour continues to Argaka, Ayia Marina and Pomos, all boasting marvellous sea views.
Constantinou Bros Hotels - Cyprus
The 4-star Constantinou Bros Hotels enjoy an enviable beachfront location in a quiet part of Paphos. HF guests could stay at either the Athena Beach or Pioneer Beach properties. Just a short walk to local services and shops the hotels offer a wide range of facilities and bright spacious rooms. 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 hotel 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, WiFi (small charge), safe deposit boxes (small charge), tea and coffee making facilities, a mini-bar, hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers, complimentary toiletries and air conditioning/heating.
- 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 market/souvenir shop
- Jewellery shop
- Free parking
- Laundry and dry cleaning facilities
- Currency exchange
Hotel's Elixir Spa
- Heated pool
- Steam bath
- Hairdressing salon
- Professional massages
- Facial and body therapies
- Aromatherapy and other treatments to help relax and rejuvenate
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.
Dinner is a 3-course meal with the entré and dessert served from the buffet. The main course is served to your table. 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.
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.
What to Bring
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
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 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.
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.
|Date (Start - End)||Nights||Itinerary||Price||Status||Trip Notes||Book|
02 Feb - 09 Feb
|7||Discovery Tour||£1,119||Unavailable to Book Unavailable||Trip Notes|
22 Mar - 29 Mar
|7||Discovery Tour||£1,209||Unavailable to Book Unavailable||Trip Notes|
- Double room for sole occupancy: £20 per night
- With flight holidays include flights from London Gatwick. Flight supplement from Manchester: £60
- Our airport taxi service operates at this resort - price per taxi £25 single
- Independent travellers can join our transfer from Paphos Airport: £10.50 single
7 nights from £1,119pp with flights
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