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Cyprus Winter Sun

Europe
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TOME8308

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

8 days

Europe 2018

PRICE FROM ? £659 per person
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Description

Paphos was old even in ancient times. Situated on the west coast of Cyprus, it was, in the classical era, the capital of Cyprus and the most famous centre in the ancient world for the worship of Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty. Now a thriving and cosmopolitan centre, Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of world heritage, and was selected as a European Capital of Culture for 2017. The Old Town (Palaepaphos) is where you will find the main shopping area, whilst the resort area, situated by the sea, hosts numerous tavernas, restaurants, shops and bars. It’s the perfect location to soak up some winter sun!

Flight Information

*Air holiday prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to fluctuation and availability. Other regional airports may be available and the final price will depend on your chosen airport, airline and flight time. This will be advised at the time of booking.

One piece of checked-in hold luggage PER PERSON is included however; the weight allowance does vary between airlines. Please ask for details.

Hotel transfers may be in shared vehicles. You may also have to await passengers arriving on other flights; for your convenience we will do our utmost to keep the waiting time to a minimum.

Holiday operated by Just Go! Holidays under ATOL No.10889

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  • Return flight to Paphos*
  • Airport taxes and luggage allowance (one piece of checked-in hold luggage per person)
  • Airport transfers in Cyprus
  • 7 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Dionysos Central Hotel, Paphos
  • Welcome drink
  • 1 glass of wine, beer or a soft drink plus 1 bottle of water, tea and coffee served with dinner
  • Services of an English-speaking representative on selected days

    Optional excursions bookable in the resort

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  • 7 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Dionysos Central Hotel, Paphos
  • Welcome drink
  • 1 glass of wine, beer or a soft drink plus 1 bottle of water, tea and coffee served with dinner
  • Services of an English-speaking representative on selected days

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Optional excursions bookable in the resort

Troodos/Kykkos                               approx. 20€pp

A full-day excursion to the Troodos Mountains, the green heart of Cyprus with its traditional and picturesque villages, lovely churches and peaceful monasteries. We begin just below the peak of Mount Olympus (6,404ft) and arrive at Kykkos Monastery, the wealthiest and most famous monastery on the island. The monastery was founded at the end of the 11th century and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It also possesses one of three surviving icons of Our Lady said to have been painted by Saint Luke. Set into the hillside close to the monastery is the tomb of Archbishop Makarios, who came to global prominence as a Greek Cypriot national hero in the 1960s and served three terms as President of Cyprus. We will then continue to the village of Omodos, famous for its wine, and from there to Panayia village and the photogenic Chrysoroyiatissa Monastery, dedicated to Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate. We return to Paphos via Cedar Valley.

Nicosia/Lefkara                                 approx. 20€pp

No visit to Cyprus would be complete without taking a visit to its fascinating capital city, which like Berlin during the Cold War straddles two zones, the northern Turkish Zone and the southern Greek zone. You can see the famous Green Line, the buffer no-mans-land between the two and symbol of a bitter 32-year divide. The good news is that relations are a lot friendlier nowadays with mutual cross-border access and ongoing talk of reunification. Among other places of interest, we will visit the Cathedral of St John and the 16th-century Byzantine Museum. We will continue towards the centre of Nicosia and the city within the walls. Take a walk, lunch or do some shopping and explore ‘Laiki Yitonia’, the old neighbourhood with its souvenir shops, cafés and tavernas. We also visit the village of Lefkara, famous for its lace and silver handicrafts, where to this day groups of women can be seen sitting in the narrow streets doing fine embroidery work, just as they have done for centuries.


Limassol                                              approx. 20€pp

On this excursion we set off along the south coast towards Limassol, stopping on the way at Aphrodite's Rock for photos. Our next stop is Kourion, a World Heritage Site and classical city mentioned by ancient authors like Ptolemy and Pliny the Elder, with extensive archaeological remains including a stadium, bathhouse, the House of Achilles, the House of the Gladiators, a basilica, forum and amphitheatre. Just west of Limassol we discover the Crusader stronghold of Kolossi Castle. The area is known for its Commandaria wine, thought to be the oldest named wine in the world and called by Richard the Lionheart 'the wine of kings and the king of wines', which is quite a good excuse to go and taste some wine at the nearby Etro winery! Onwards to Limassol, but not before taking a look at the Natural Sea Sponge Centre, which tells you all kinds of interesting things you probably didn't need to know about the life-cycle of that very useful bathroom accessory, as well as giving you the opportunity to buy some. On to Limassol, packed with shops and culture, clubs, festivals, museums and ancient ruins. Famously, our wine connoisseur King Richard sailed into Limassol during the Third Crusade, rescued his sister the Queen of Sicily from the clutches of the local corrupt Byzantine boss, whom he overthrew with extreme prejudice, and then married his sister's rather fetching friend Berengaria of Navarre, instantly making her Queen of England.

Baths of Aphrodite                         approx. 20€pp

We travel along the coast to Geroskipou, known for a Folk Art Museum but more for its five-domed Byzantine church, Ayia Paraskevi. Geroskipou also enjoys the interesting distinction - and a considerable achievement for a Greek town - of being the only place in the world with a PGI designation (protected geographical indication) for its manufacture of Turkish Delight. We continue on to the monastery of Ayios Neophytos, cut literally out of the mountain by the 12th-century hermit Neophytos, and featuring some magnificent Byzantine frescoes. We stop in the small town of Polis for a coffee break before continuing to the nearby National Park with its famous Baths of Aphrodite, a beautiful natural grotto where according to legend Aphrodite used to bathe, although according to local rules you aren't allowed to. We also visit picturesque Latchi harbour, dotted with quayside tavernas, before returning to Paphos.

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