Christmas & New Year In Cyprus
12 nights. December 2019. From £1579.00.
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Make the most of the long festive break and spend Christmas and New Year in the welcoming surroundings of delightful Cyprus. Enjoy the island's legendary hospitality, take in some of the sights of one of the Mediterranean's most engaging corners, and celebrate the season in style. Based in a choice of hotels in - or close to - the historic resort town of Paphos, with every chance of winter warmth and sunshine, this will be a festive holiday to remember.
What's Included12 nights' half-board accommodation at your chosen hotel
Included tours of Paphos and the Troodos mountains
Gala dinners on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
Return flights from the UK to Cyprus
Return airport-to-hotel transfers
The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Holiday HighlightsA guided tour of Paphos
A visit to the Troodos Mountains
Free time to enjoy Paphos
A gala dinner on Christmas Eve
A gala dinner on New Year's Eve
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly to Cyprus, meet your Tour Manager at the airport, and board the coach for the transfer to your chosen hotel.
Day 2Spend today relaxing, or perhaps head into Paphos for a little last-minute Christmas shopping. With its decorated trees and festive lights, the town is quite a picture - particularly after dark. Look out for traditional Cypriot festivities, including children singing kalanda (carols) and people preparing vasilopita - a festive pie, containing a lucky coin, that's traditionally eaten on New Year's Day.
Day 3Explore Paphos - the island's ancient capital - on today's included guided tour. Discover how ancient Cypriot burial practices are refining our understanding of ancient chronology at the Tombs of the Kings, see the famous Paphos Mosaics housed in ancient Roman villas, and visit the ninth-century church of Agia Paraskevi.
Day 4Today is left free so you have time to rest, relax or explore as you see fit. This evening, the Christmas celebrations get underway with our Gala Dinner.
Day 5Enjoy a relaxed Christmas Day. Take a stroll through the town or along the seashore.
Day 6Boxing Day's included excursion takes us into the centre of Cyprus and up into the Troodos Mountains. Nestled among the peaks lie hidden Byzantine churches, the burial place of Cyprus' first president and even an ancient monastery.We'll stop in Platres, a popular ski station, to take in the stunning views, perhaps enjoy some refreshments and even perhaps a little Christmas snow, before heading back to the hotel.
Day 7Your final full day in Cyprus brings the opportunity to visit beautiful Northern Cyprus on an optional excursion. Discover a stunning landscape where mountains and ancient villages drift down to a tranquil coastline, and visit Gothic Bellapais Abbey (made famous by author Lawrence Durrell) and the coastal port-town of Kyrenia.You'll also visit Nicosia, the island capital for more than 12 centuries. Divided in 1974 by the 'Green Line' separating Greek and Turkish Cypriot territories, the city is both a bustling metropolis with a sophisticated cafe culture, and a fascinating gateway to the island's turbulent past.
Days 8 to 9Spend your days relaxing as some of your newfound friends depart and a new group arrives to celebrate the New Year with you.
Day 10Rest, relax and explore as you see fit, or join us on an optional excursion that begins with a visit to the glorious beach that is home to Petra tou Romiou, Aphrodite’s Rock, where the goddess of love is said to have risen from the waves. From here we'll head east along the coast to the ancient ruins of Kourion, where a magnificent Second-Century BC Greco-Roman theatre that is still in use today sits spectacularly atop the cliffs.Your next stop will be Limassol. Here a guided tour will reveal the fascinating sights, excellent shopping, and compact Old City - home to a picturesque fishing harbour and yachting marina - of this bustling city and centre of the Cypriot wine industry. Stroll through the streets of the Turkish Quarter surrounding the Castle in search of the historic Grand Mosque and the traditional hammam bath houses that still operate here.
Day 11New Year's Eve brings another chance to head to the Troodos Mountains.Later, return to the hotel to begin your New Year celebrations with a gala dinner.
Day 12Enjoy a relaxed first day of 2020. Take a stroll through the town or along the seashore, and later enjoy a special festive dinner with music and entertainment.
Day 13Bid farewell to your hosts, today, and board our coach for the transfer back to the airportwhere you'll check in for your flight home. Back to top
European closing timesShops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.