Discovery Tour of Cyprus
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Hills & moorland
From our location in a quiet part of Pafos explore the rich archaeological history of the island in the company of your knowledgeable leader.
- See colonial buildings in Pafos
- Visit the ancient settlement of Kourion
- Explore Kalossi castle
Great Reasons to Join Us
- Great value: all prices include Half Board en-suite accommodation, plus five full day excursions with plenty of stops at places of interest and short walks of up to 2½ miles
- Accommodation: stay at our highly rated beach front hotel
- Knowledgeable leaders: discover the true identity of Aphrodite’s isle with our knowledgeable leader
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays – explore together, eat together and relax together
The 4-star Athena Beach hotel enjoys an enviable beachfront location in a quiet part of Pafos, just a short promenade walk from the picturesque harbour and archaeological sites. There are 327 en-suite bedrooms, which are spacious, very well equipped and have been recently refurbished. Facilities at the Athena Beach include tranquil gardens, indoor and outdoor pools and a bar with a large, comfortable terrace. The hotel is also renowned for its warm and friendly staff who are on hand to make your stay extra special. Holidays on Cyprus are Half Board with an extensive breakfast selection and 3-course evening buffet.
This accommodation has been branded 'Hotel Plus' as this hotel is close to the shops and local services and has a good range of facilities that add the "Plus" to your holiday.
The hotel has 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.
This hotel has beautiful views of the Mediterranean and hotel’s tranquil gardens.
The leisure facilities of this hotel include 3 freshwater swimming and 2 paddling pools, a waterslide, indoor pool (heated during November to March), indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, floodlit tennis courts, a 24-rink indoor and outdoor Bowls Green facilities and mini golf.
In the hotel’s Elixir Spa there is a heated pool, a sauna, a steam bath, a fully equipped gym and a hairdressing salon. There is also a choice of professional massages and facial and body therapies, aromatherapy and other treatments to help relax and rejuvenate.
There is a mini market/souvenir shop, jewellery shop, free parking, laundry and dry cleaning facilities and a currency exchange.
This is an extensive self-service continental buffet selection and hot options are also available.
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.
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.
The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.
Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before your evening meal with your fellow guests. On most evenings you will be able to take advantage of the hotel's entertainment programme. Your leader will also be checking for any local events going on nearby. 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 Pafos 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.
During your Discovery Tour you will have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places of interest. this is the proposed programme, but our HF Holidays' leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather or local opening times or the wishes of the group.
Today we explore the various areas of Pafos, starting in Kato Pafos (Lower Pafos)and Pafos Castle. This small fort guards the harbour entrance and is entered by a stone bridge over a moat. We climb to the roof to enjoy the sweeping harbour views. Once back at sea level we take the short walk to the sprawling archaeological site of Nea Pafos (New Pafos), the ancient city of Pafos founded in the late 4th Century BC. Some of the highlights here will include a collection of intricate and colourful mosaics and the Agora (forum), the heart of the Nea Pafos complex. From here we take a short walk along the coast to the Tomb of the Kings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
An Amphitheatre, A Monastery and a Goddess on the Coast
Today we travel south and east starting with a drive along the most beautiful stretch of coastline on the island. We stop at the ancient Greek city of Kourion to visit the famous House of Eustolios, with its intricate mosaics, as well as the wonderful amphitheatre overlooking the sea. We then drive through the beautiful mountain area to the charming village of Omodhos, built around one of the oldest monasteries in Cyprus, the Holy Cross. This is also one of the best wine producing. We visit the old wine and, included in the day, we’ll enjoy a traditional meze lunch . On our way back to Pafos we’ll stop at Aphrodites rock to take some photos .
Mountains and Monasteries
Today we travel inland and our first stop is the Agios Neofytos Monastery just 10km out of Pafos. The monastery was founded by the Cypriot hermit and writer Neofytos. We’ll learn something about him here, as well as viewing some of the finest examples of Byzantine frescoes and post-Byzantine icons. From here we travel further inland to the picturesque village of Pano Panagia, 900m above sea level in the Pafos mountain range. Here we can take time to explore and have lunch in one of the tavernas before continuing to Chrysorrogiatissa monastery, dedicated to ‘Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate’. Founded in the 12th Century, the monastery also produces their own wine and a visit to their cellars will give us an introduction to their product with a taste of course! Our final stop of the day is Agia Moni Monastery (Monastery of the Priests). Originally dating from the 6th Century it is one of the most ancient monasteries in Cyprus. Today the monastery is inhabited by one monk only, Father Epiphanios.
Exploring fishing ports and traditional villages
Today we travel north along the coast from Pafos. Our first stop is the small fishing port of Agios Georgios; also an important place of pilgrimage in this part of Cyprus. From here we can enjoy far-reaching views of the Mediterranean and along Lara Bay as well as visit the archaeological site with ruins of an early Christian Basilica, dating from the 6th Century. From here we head further north and inland to visit two beautiful villages; Dhrousia and Kritou Terra. Dhrousia is a traditional village of winding streets, perfect for us to explore and to have lunch in one of the tavernas. After lunch we continue to Kritou Terra; an unspoilt village where we can see some splendid traditional houses that have been tastefully renovated by their inhabitants. We return to the hotel late afternoon, to make the most of the facilities on offer.
The wilder side of Cyprus
The Akamas peninsula is one of the least inhabited areas of Cyprus and with an abundance of wildlife and flora this is another of the "must do's" on Cyprus. We start at the most westerly point that we will be visiting today; the Baths of Aphrodite and the adjacent botanical gardens, comprising most of the perennial indigenous plants on the peninsula. From here we travel east along the coast. Our first stop is at the picturesque harbour village of Latchi, followed by Polis, a town rich in history dating back 3,000 years. Here we will take lunch in one of the tavernas on the main square before continuing east along the coast stopping at the beautiful villages of Argaka, Ayia Marina and Pomos to admire the views and the nature that surrounds us.
All transport relevant to the itinerary is included in the price of your holiday, but for flexibility we do not include entrances. Please allow around £15 per person for entrance fees.
Discovery holidays involve active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet. Optional short walks of approximately 2½ miles allow you to stretch your legs and see the best of the local scenery.
Free day – on our 7 night holidays we allow one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore independently.
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.
Pafos – Pafos is located in the western part of the island and is the largest resort in Cyprus. Its star attraction is the host of archaeological gems in the heart of the lower town, Kato Pafos. The main archaeological site, Nea Pafos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features an incredible array of Greco-Roman mosaics yet surprisingly was only uncovered in the 1960s by a farmer ploughing his field.
Shops & facilities: There are a number of local shops across the road from the hotel where you can obtain the basic necessities. When shopping for gifts, traditional crafts such as pottery, lacework and woven basket products are found in Pafos.
‘With flight’ holidays
For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
We offer flights from Gatwick and Manchester (regional flight supplement £60) to Pafos.
If you book a ‘with flight’ holiday with us, we automatically include transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer to Pafos takes 30 minutes.
All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are travelling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the hotel is not included.
HF Holidays can help you to reach the hotel in the following ways:
HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Pafos airport. These are timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights (provisional HF Holidays’ flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or call 020 8732 1220). Cost per single journey is £8.50. Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance.
Our Airport Taxi service operates at this resort, offering quick and easy transfers for guests booking their own flights. All prices are per taxi for single journeys, allowing you to mix and match different transfer options. Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details.
From Pafos airport by taxi transfer £31 per taxi single journey.
Charlie has visited Europe on numerous occasions, where he has enjoyed touring, sailing, walking and golf. He has always been impressed by the stunning scenery, the huge diversity of history and culture and the warmth of the local people. Charlie is looking forward to sharing this delight and appreciation as you join him on your personal discovery of all things European.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £15 per night (2016), £16 per night (2017)
- Sea view: £7 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person