Cyprus Discovery Tour

Discover the history, culture and cuisine of western Cyprus from our base in Paphos

Code: CPLEL

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Culture
  • History
From £899.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Culture abounds on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus in the huge array of temples, tombs, churches and castles. On this holiday, you’ll uncover the best parts of this vibrant island and learn about the people who call it home.

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

 

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Accommodation

Athena Beach Hotel in Cyprus

In 2020, our guests will be accommodated in either The Athena Beach or The Pioneer Beach hotels.  Both are 4-star and enjoy an enviable beachfront location in a quiet part of Paphos.

Both hotels are renowned for their warm and friendly staff. The accommodation has been branded 'Hotel Plus' and just a short walk along a path in front of both hotels leads you to Paphos harbour with its shops and cafes.




Your room

All en-suite bedrooms, which are spacious, very well equipped and have been recently undergone a refurbishment. All rooms with private balconies and have side sea views.

There are 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.
Athena Beach Hotel bedroom

Facilities

Athena Beach Hotel swimming pools Both Hotels have the following facilities:
  • Bar with a large comfortable terrace
  • Beautiful views of the Mediterranean and the hotel's tranquil gardens.
  • freshwater swimming pools
  • Indoor pool (heated November to March)
  • Indoor and outdoor jacuzzis
  • Mini market/souvenir shop
  • Jewellery shop
  • Free parking
  • Laundry and dry cleaning facilities
  • Currency exchange
Hotel's Spa
  • Heated pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam bath
  • Gym
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Professional massages
  • Facial and body therapies
  • Aromatherapy and other treatments to help relax and rejuvenate

Dining

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

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

Evening meal
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.
Drinks
The hotels have well-stocked bars serving beer, wine and spirits.

Lunch (payable locally)
A picnic lunch can be ordered in advance from the hotels or purchased from the shop on the lower ground floor which is open Monday to Sunday 7.30am until 10pm.
Athena Beach dining

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.

Both hotels have a location 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.

Itinerary

During your Discovery Tour you'll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your HF Holidays' leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

For maximum flexibility, admissions are not included; Please allow up to £15 per person for entrances (there may be concessionary and group discounts which may reduce this price). Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Day 1: Arrival Day

Day 2: Exploring Paphos

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.

Day 3: Mountains & Monasteries

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.

Day 4: An Amphitheatre, a Monastery and a Goddess on the Coast

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.

Day 5: Free Day

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.

Day 6: Fishing Ports & Traditional Villages

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!

Day 7: The Wild Side of Cyprus

The 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.

Day 8: Departure Day

In the Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of your Discovery Tour continues into the evening. You’ll enjoy a leisurely meal and then you may also like to listen to local musicians, relax with a book in a quiet lounge or enjoy a drink at the bar.

What to bring

Suitable, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain

Local area

Cyprus has always been fought over, from the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Romans, Venetians, Ottoman Empire to the Arabians during the Crusades, the British and the civil struggles with Greeks and Turkish. Its easy to see why, throughout history, this Mediterranean gem has been so sought after. Modern day Cyprus is no different and the island is a popular holiday destination. It offers visitors an ancient history to marvel and explore with the Greco-Roman sites on the island, one of the largest within walking distance of our hotel. 

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and dominated by a vast mountain range, The Troodos Massif. The diversity of the flora and fauna is amazing; the best time to see this is early Spring when we visit the island and again in Autumn.

Paphos and Nea Paphos

Paphos has an interesting history, dating back to Neolithic times, the current city of Paphos was not a particularly important centre until the 1970s, when tourism flourished in the area. Until this time, the city was in decline, as the Capital City, Nicosia, grew in importance on the island. Paphos airport is now the second largest on the island, and the city became the European Capital of Culture in 2017.

You can enjoy the beach of Paphos in the sun or hire bikes from the tour office to see the sites in the city.

On the fringe of Paphos is the ancient city of Nea Paphos (New Paphos) is steeped in mythology, with strong ancient links to the Greek goddesses Aphrodite and Artemis, the city was built next to a natural harbor. Nowadays, the site is open to visitors, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This archaeological site boasts outstanding archaeological park features extensive Greco-Roman ruins and incredibly well-preserved mosaics depicting ancient mythology.

Did you know?

Cyprus was once the wealthiest nation in the known world. It was during the Copper and Bronze Ages when the island's rich natural copper resources were exported to other countries.

Travel

We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

 

Travel by plane

Bus

‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick and Manchester flights to Paphos airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The short coach transfer takes approx 30 minutes to the Anthena Beach Hotel.

 

 

Bus

Driving to us

‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:

  • We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Paphos airport. This short transfer is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £10.
  • Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £40 per single taxi journey?

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
2 Feb 2020 CPLEL - Discovery Tour Cyprus
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 2 Feb 2020, 8:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Feb 2020, 2:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Paphos International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 9 Feb 2020, 3:40 p.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Feb 2020, 6:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Paphos International
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,119.00 Book Now
2 Feb 2020 CPLEL - Discovery Tour Cyprus - Without Flights 7 £899.00 Book Now
22 Mar 2020 CPLEL - Discovery Tour Cyprus
(Travel included - Departs from: London Gatwick)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 22 Mar 2020, 8:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Mar 2020, 2:50 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Paphos International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 29 Mar 2020, 3:40 p.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Mar 2020, 6:35 p.m.
  • Depart from: Paphos International
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,209.00 Book Now
22 Mar 2020 CPLEL - Discovery Tour Cyprus
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

Jet 2

  • Depart: 22 Mar 2020, 10:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Mar 2020, 5 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Paphos International

Flight - Return

Jet 2

  • Depart: 29 Mar 2020, 6 p.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Mar 2020, 9:15 p.m.
  • Depart from: Paphos International
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,269.00 Book Now
22 Mar 2020 CPLEL - Discovery Tour Cyprus - Without Flights 7 £989.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £16 per night
  • Sea view: £7 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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