Spend the festive season enjoying the friendly welcome and some of the unique traditions of Aphrodite’s sun-kissed isle. This wonderful week-long holiday, based in a choice of two hotels close to the historic resort town of Paphos, is a perfect opportunity to celebrate Christmas in a delightful corner of the Mediterranean, with every chance of winter warmth and sunshine.
A guided tour of Paphos – a picture at Christmastime
A visit to the Troodos Mountains
Free time to enjoy Paphos' pre-Christmas atmosphere
A Gala Dinner with entertainment on Christmas Eve
Fly to Cyprus, meet your tour manager at the airport, and board the coach for the transfer to your chosen hotel.
Explore 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.
Today 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.
Enjoy a relaxed Christmas Day. Take a stroll through the town or along the seashore, and perhaps enjoy lunch in Paphos. Dinner will be served at the hotel as usual this evening.
Boxing 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.
Rest, relax and explore as you see fit, or join us on an optional excursion to 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.
Your 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.
Bid farewell to your hosts, today, and board our coach for the transfer back to the airport where you'll check in for your flight home.
Seven nights' half-board accommodation at your chosen hotel (all-inclusive upgrade available for a supplement)
Return flights to Cyprus
Return airport-to-hotel transfers
The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager
One piece of hold luggage per person
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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