Cyprus – Aphrodite’s Ancient Isle

8 Days from £769 | November, February

An ancient land of mystery, legend, beauty, and love: especially in and around Paphos, your holiday base. On the west coast of the Akamas Peninsula, Paphos was the island’s capital for 600 years and its visible archaeological legacy has led to the whole town being placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Effectively parts of the town serve as an open-air museum, with remarkable mosaics, vaults and caves, the Pillar of St. Paul, the ancient theatre, the Tombs of the Kings and a Roman Agora are all amongst the sights to see. The area is steeped in Greek myth and legend. The goddess Aphrodite rose from the sea foam near Paphos and took pity on Pygmalion by bringing to life his statue of the beautiful Galatea – their son was Paphos.

Extend your holiday – extra week available in our hotel in Cyprus.

Cyprus – Aphrodite’s Ancient Isle

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 93%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 7 nights hb in Paphos
  • Paphos orientation walk
  • Excursion to Nicosia

Day One: Flight to Paphos, transfer to your hotel in Kato Paphos (20 minutes away) where seven nights half board accommodation has been reserved for you. Cyprus has a long and varied history. At the crossroads of three continents, Cyprus was a stopping off point for Crusaders and has been ruled by the Greeks, Romans, Franks, Venetians, Turks and British.

Day Two: Paphos orientation walk: your morning walk starts and finishes at the hotel, and will give you your bearings not only in the geography of Paphos, but also its history. You will walk along the sea front, and pass the ruins of an early Christian basilica en route to the harbour. Here you will be able to visit the archaeological area (entrance fee included) with its Roman mosaics. You return to the hotel via the lighthouse and the Christian catacomb of Solomoni.

Days Three to Seven: In resort in Paphos, with free time to explore the town and its historic sites and also time to relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities. One day is dedicated to the included excursion to Nicosia, the full day giving you a real taste of this fascinating and charming city. In the heart of Nicosia is the old city surrounded by walls dating back to the 16th century. Enclosed in this are countless museums, churches, monuments, sites of historic interest, narrow streets overlooked by the balconies of old houses and squares surrounded by cafes, shops and tavernas. The included tour of the city will take you along the dividing Green Line and allow you to see the major sights including the Famagusta Gate and the Archbishop’s Palace. Also whilst in Nicosia there will be visits to St. John’s Cathedral and the Byzantine Museum, and time in the picturesque old quarter and shopping centre of Laiki Yitonia.

There may be other excursions available, into the Troodos Mountains and to the Bath of Aphrodite (a grotto pool where the goddess is said to have bathed before her marriage).

Dancing and Bowls: together with the sister hotels nearby, the hotel has dance leaders and bowling coordinators who will assist with tuition and, on request, organise events for guests of all abilities. Lawn Bowls rinks (there are 20 rinks, indoor and outdoor, all on synthetic surfaces). A charge (currently 5 euros) is made per session (includes equipment).

Day Eight: Free time until your transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Extend your holiday – extra week available in Paphos.

A Walking Holiday in this area is also available. Details elsewhere on our website and in our Walking Holidays brochure.

Cyprus – Aphrodite’s Ancient Isle

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 93%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

ATHENA BEACH HOTEL **** Superior, Paphos (seven nights)
The Athena Beach Hotel has recently been fully refurbished and provides superb accommodation right on the beach, in Kato Paphos, with good access to the town centre. There are lovely spacious gardens, 2 freshwater outdoor swimming pools, 1 indoor heated pool, 3 restaurants offering buffet and a la carte options (half-board includes dining in the buffet restaurant), bars, and spacious lounges and terraces. Bedrooms have bath, shower and wc, satellite tv, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, and private balcony or terrace. There is also a spa and health club with gym offering a full range of treatments (charges apply). The hotel also provides resident dance leaders with complimentary dance classes, 18 outdoor and 6 indoor bowls rinks, floodlit tennis courts and mini golf – charges apply to rental of equipment and some facilities. ( Some departures may be accommodated in the Pioneer Beach Hotel, a sister hotel of the Athena Beach, located a further 800m up the beach from the town centre. (
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 96%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Cyprus – Aphrodite’s Ancient Isle
Holiday Code: 7BCY
Supplements per person:
Single room £0
Sea view room per week: £49
Extra week in a single: 2017 - £450; 2018 - £460
Extra week in a twin/double: 2017 - £350; 2018 - £360

Fly FromDateDaysAirlineDep.Rtn.AvailabilityPriceFly ToSingle

BirminghamWed 22/11/20178Thomson09502035On request769Paphos0 (on request)

BirminghamWed 21/02/20188Thomson09501955Places Available769Paphos0

BirminghamWed 21/11/20188Thomson09502035Places Available779Paphos0

BournemouthWed 22/11/20178Thomson10202100On request769Paphos0 (on request)

BristolWed 22/11/20178Easyjet08001820On request769Paphos0 (on request)

BristolWed 21/02/20188Easyjet08001820Places Available769Paphos0

BristolWed 21/11/20188Easyjet08001820Places Available779Paphos0

CardiffWed 22/11/20178Thomson11102200On request769Paphos0 (on request)

Doncaster ShefWed 22/11/20178Thomson08401930On request769Paphos0 (on request)

East MidlandsWed 22/11/20178Thomson11302210On request769Paphos0 (on request)

EdinburghWed 22/11/20178Easyjet10552155On request769Paphos0 (on request)

EdinburghWed 21/02/20188Easyjet10552155Places Available769Paphos0

EdinburghWed 21/11/20188Easyjet10552155Places Available779Paphos0

GlasgowWed 22/11/20178Thomson09302110On request769Paphos0 (on request)

London GatwickWed 22/11/20178Easyjet07101720On request769Paphos0 (on request)

London GatwickWed 21/02/20188Easyjet12552320Places Available769Paphos0

London GatwickWed 21/11/20188Easyjet07101720Places Available779Paphos0

LutonWed 22/11/20178Easyjet11202130On request769Paphos0 (on request)

LutonWed 21/02/20188Easyjet11202130Places Available769Paphos0

LutonWed 21/11/20188Easyjet11202130Places Available779Paphos0

ManchesterWed 22/11/20178Easyjet12302300On request769Paphos0 (on request)

ManchesterWed 21/02/20188Easyjet12302300Places Available769Paphos0

ManchesterWed 21/11/20188Easyjet12302300Places Available779Paphos0

NewcastleWed 22/11/20178Thomson10002105On request769Paphos0 (on request)

NewcastleWed 21/02/20188Thomson10002055Places Available769Paphos0

NewcastleWed 21/11/20188Thomson10002105Places Available779Paphos0

StanstedWed 22/11/20178Ryanair09450920On request769Paphos0 (on request)

StanstedWed 21/02/20188Ryanair09450920Places Available769Paphos0

StanstedWed 21/11/20188Ryanair09450920Places Available779Paphos0

Prices shown are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms, and are subject to availability. Please refer to ‘Accommodation’ for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 20/11/2017 at 12:47:04

We have just had a wonderful holiday in Paphos, where the hotel staff was exceptional and the representatives went out of their way to make sure we were able to enjoy our holiday to the full. Right from the first ‘phone call’ to book this holiday we were most impressed with Preferred Travel Services and hope to travel with them again.

Mrs & Mrs G, North Lincs

Wonderful holiday, great team in resort. PTS surpassed all expectations and the service that we have previously enjoyed from all the larger operators.

Mr & Mrs J, Gwent

We are just back from a week in Paphos, Cyprus, our first venture with Preferred Travel. The hotel, Athena Beach, was outstandingly good in all aspects, but particularly their staff, who were friendly, efficient, immaculately dressed and in sufficient numbers to allow everything to run smoothly. We also wish to highlight the superb behaviour of the PTS representative for her cheerful, calming presence and brisk efficiency. PTS came to us via word of mouth and we would certainly recommend them to others.

Mr & Mrs S, West Lothian

I feel compelled to say how much I enjoyed my second holiday with PTS. The Tour Representatives went above and beyond to help, kept all the PTS passengers and notice board up to date and informed, were very caring and made the holiday that extra bit special.

Mrs N, Gloucester

Our congratulations to your Representatives who were excellent, well informed on our excursions and most helpful on every occasion. Full marks on all aspects of the holiday. We look forward to our next trip.

Ms M, Cumbroa

Having returned from our very happy holiday in Cyprus last week I just wanted to thank PTS for arranging this. Everything went so smoothly and your representatives were most welcoming and helpful. Once again the Athena Beach Hotel lived up to our expectations and was also very much enjoyed by our friends who were on their first visit there. Hopefully we will be able to return on a future occasion.

Mr and Mrs R, Aberdeenshire

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