Cyprus – Aphrodite’s Ancient Isle

8 Days from £779 | 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

PIONEER BEACH HOTEL ****, Paphos (seven nights)
The Pioneer Beach is an impressive 4-star hotel with beautifully appointed bedrooms, public areas, international buffet style restaurant and colourful gardens. It is a pleasant 20-minute walk along the seafront to the shopping area and a further 10 minutes to Paphos harbour, or a short ride on the local bus. The hotel boasts a freshwater swimming pool with Jacuzzi, an indoor heated pool with Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor short mat bowling facilities and outdoor Green Bowls facilities, and a floodlit tennis court. In the hotel’s Elixir Spa there is a heated pool, sauna, steam bath, a fully equipped gym and a hairdressing salon. Bedrooms have balcony, satellite tv, fridge, minibar, hairdryer, scales, makeup/shaving mirror, bathrobes and slippers, safety deposit box, ironing facilities, espresso machine as well as tea and coffee making facilities. (www.pioneer-cbh.com) Please note that in February 2018, accommodation will be at the 4-star Athena Beach, a sister hotel of the Pioneer Beach located along the seafront, half a mile closer to the port area of Paphos. (www.athena-cbh.com) Hotel Satisfaction Scores currently shown are for the Athena Beach.
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 96%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Escorted Holiday - Cyprus – Aphrodite’s Ancient Isle
Holiday code: 7BCY
Supplements per person:
Single Room: No supplement
Sea View Twin/Double Room: £49
Sea View Single Room (single supp applies): £49
Travel Insurance: £44.95
Travel insurance - Extra Week: £10
Extra week: £350 - £360
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

Fly FromDateDaysAirlineDep.Rtn.AvailabilityPriceFly ToSingle

BirminghamWed 21/11/20188Thomson09502035Places Available779Paphos024BHX17BCYD7

BirminghamWed 20/02/20198Thomson09502035Places Available789Paphos038BHX17BCYD8

BristolWed 21/11/20188Easyjet08001820Places Available779Paphos024BRS17BCYD7

BristolWed 20/02/20198Easyjet08001820Places Available789Paphos038BRS17BCYD8

EdinburghWed 21/11/20188Easyjet10552155Places Available779Paphos024EDI17BCYD7

EdinburghWed 20/02/20198Easyjet10552155Places Available789Paphos038EDI17BCYD8

LiverpoolWed 21/11/20188Ryanair07001715Places Available779Paphos024LPL17BCYD7

LiverpoolWed 20/02/20198Ryanair07001715Places Available789Paphos038LPL17BCYD8

London GatwickWed 21/11/20188Easyjet07101720Places Available779Paphos024LGW17BCYD7

London GatwickWed 20/02/20198Easyjet12552320Places Available789Paphos038LGW17BCYD8

LutonWed 21/11/20188Easyjet11202130Places Available779Paphos024LTN17BCYD7

LutonWed 20/02/20198Easyjet11202130Places Available789Paphos038LTN17BCYD8

ManchesterWed 21/11/20188Easyjet12302300Places Available779Paphos024MAN17BCYD7

ManchesterWed 20/02/20198Easyjet12302300Places Available789Paphos038MAN17BCYD8

NewcastleWed 21/11/20188Thomson10002105Places Available779Paphos024NCL17BCYD7

NewcastleWed 20/02/20198Thomson10002105Places Available789Paphos038NCL17BCYD8

StanstedWed 21/11/20188Ryanair09450920Places Available779Paphos024STN17BCYD7

StanstedWed 20/02/20198Ryanair09450920Places Available789Paphos038STN17BCYD8

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 21/07/2018 at 6:47:05

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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