Cyprus – Aphrodite’s Ancient Isle

8 Days from £799 | November, February, March 799

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. Please note: single supplement applies to all extra weeks, even when the original holiday week has no single supplement.

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. ( Please note that the hotel management reserves the right to change the hotel to 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. (
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 95%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Escorted Holiday - Cyprus – Aphrodite’s Ancient Isle
Holiday code: 7BCY
Supplements per person:
Single Room: Nov 2019 Feb 2020 Nov 2020 No supplement
Other Dates: £100
Sea View Twin/Double Room: £49
Sea View Single Room (single supp applies): £49
Extra week: £360 - £380
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

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BirminghamWed 04/03/20208Thomson09502035Places Available799Paphos10038BHX17BCYE2

BirminghamWed 18/11/20208Thomson09502035Places Available799Paphos049BHX17BCYE3

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East MidlandsWed 04/03/20208Thomson11302210Places Available799Paphos10038EMA17BCYE2

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LiverpoolWed 26/02/20208Ryanair06301645Places Available799Paphos0 (on request)18LPL17BCYE1

LiverpoolWed 04/03/20208Ryanair06301645Places Available799Paphos10038LPL17BCYE2

LiverpoolWed 18/11/20208Ryanair06301645Places Available799Paphos049LPL17BCYE3

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London GatwickWed 26/02/20208Easyjet07101720Places Available799Paphos0 (on request)18LGW17BCYE1

London GatwickWed 04/03/20208Easyjet07101720Places Available799Paphos10038LGW17BCYE2

London GatwickWed 18/11/20208Easyjet07101720Places Available799Paphos049LGW17BCYE3

LutonWed 20/11/20198Easyjet07001710Last few places799Paphos0 (on request)7LTN17BCYD9

LutonWed 26/02/20208Easyjet07001710Places Available799Paphos0 (on request)18LTN17BCYE1

LutonWed 04/03/20208Easyjet07001710Places Available799Paphos10038LTN17BCYE2

LutonWed 18/11/20208Easyjet07001700Places Available799Paphos049LTN17BCYE3

ManchesterWed 20/11/20198Easyjet14000045Last few places799Paphos0 (on request)7MAN17BCYD9

ManchesterWed 26/02/20208Easyjet14000045Places Available799Paphos0 (on request)18MAN17BCYE1

ManchesterWed 04/03/20208Easyjet14000045Places Available799Paphos10038MAN17BCYE2

ManchesterWed 18/11/20208Easyjet14000045Places Available799Paphos049MAN17BCYE3

NewcastleWed 26/02/20208Thomson10002105Places Available799Paphos0 (on request)18NCL17BCYE1

NewcastleWed 04/03/20208Thomson10002105Places Available799Paphos10038NCL17BCYE2

NewcastleWed 18/11/20208Thomson10002105Places Available799Paphos049NCL17BCYE3

StanstedWed 20/11/20198Ryanair09450920Last few places799Paphos0 (on request)7STN17BCYD9

StanstedWed 26/02/20208Ryanair09450920Places Available799Paphos0 (on request)18STN17BCYE1

StanstedWed 04/03/20208Ryanair09450920Places Available799Paphos10038STN17BCYE2

StanstedWed 18/11/20208Ryanair09350920Places Available799Paphos049STN17BCYE3

Prices shown include carriage of one piece of hold luggage per person (maximum size and weights vary). Prices include return transfers between airport and hotel and are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms. Please refer to 'Accommodation' for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. All flight details are provisional and subject to confirmation when known. All holidays are subject to minimum numbers and are subject to availability. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 19/10/2019 at 18:47:07

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

Hotel (Pioneer Beach) so good in so many respects. I would come back here without hesitation. Leanne our Tour Director is a gem. She is very efficient and attentive and unlike some tour guides, she seems to be always available. She really makes you feel valued as an individual - often it is difficult travelling alone and she eases that situation in a kind but good humoured way. Overall a lovely holiday and thank you!

Mr H, Midlothian

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, Cumbria

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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