Travellers to the Mediterranean’s third largest island remain enchanted to this day by its fine blend of classical archaeological sites, timeless country villages, delightful mountain scenery and golden beaches. In the 1950s the famous British author, Lawrence Durrell, made Cyprus and the old town of Bellapais his home; and his book, Bitter Lemons of Cyprus, is one of the most read books for visitors to the island. We are delighted to offer this single-centre holiday, which combines plenty of time for relaxation with excursions to the majestic Troodos Mountains, the mosaics and monasteries of Paphos, and the Gothic abbey of Bellapais.
7 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Larnaca or Paphos. On arrival we transfer to the excellent Alexander the Great Hotel (4T) or Cypria Resort (4T) in Paphos.
Day 2 Paphos
This morning we have an included guided tour of Paphos, former ancient Roman capital of the island, where you can discover some of the rich history. Visit the House of Dionysos, named for the mosaic floor that depicts Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, riding a panther. It is one of many impressive mosaics that still lay here amongst the remains of the Roman governor’s house, depicting myths and hunting scenes. We continue to the Tombs of the Kings, the remarkable burial site for about one hundred high officials and aristocrats carved into solid rock around 300 BC. Fragments of their frescoes are also still visible.
Day 3 Kyrenia
The impressive mountains of Pentadaktylos, the ‘Five Fingers’, await us this morning as we travel to the northern part of Cyprus. Today we cross the Green Line that has divided the Greeks and the Turks since 1974, to visit the town of Kyrenia. Our visit starts from Bellapais village where we visit the famous Gothic ‘Peace Monastery’. We continue to the town of Kyrenia, where there will be free time for you to enjoy the picturesque harbour, filled with yachts and boats watched over by the impenetrable moated Lusignan castle.
Day 4 Paphos
Today you are at leisure to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities. Paphos was Cyprus’ first settlement in 4th century BC, and played an important role in the island’s development, however the feel here is far from modern. Paphos’ old harbour can be reached on a walk from the hotel, along the sand kissed promenade. Maybe continue following the path to Paphos Fort, a castle that has been rebuilt numerous times since its Byzantine origin.
Day 5 Troodos Mountains
Today we travel into the refreshingly cool Troodos Mountains. We have included a guided tour Kykkos Monastery, nestled into a valley of cedar trees, 1,318 metres above sea level. Many Cypriots make the pilgrimage to the richest and most lavish monastery of Cyprus, meticulously maintained by numerous monks. On a towering hill known as ‘the Throne of the Virgin Mary’, (weather permitting) you can enjoy fantastic views across Cyprus. We visit the famous wine producing villages of ancient Platres and beautiful Omodos, known also for its lace and carob, before heading back to Paphos.
Days 6-7 Paphos
Two days at leisure to relax or explore the hotel surroundings. A local bus service can transport you to the city’s farther flung highlights including the large market, filled with lace and souvenirs, and the remains of the catacombs identifiable by a handkerchief tree that stands by the road.
Day 8 Paphos - Larnaca - London
We transfer to Larnaca or Paphos Airport for a direct scheduled, British Airways flight to London Gatwick or Heathrow Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
Set beside a sandy Blue Flag beach, the Alexander the Great Hotel offers superior 4 star accommodation and facilities, and occupies a prime seafront location just 1km from the harbour and centre where a great choice of restaurants and shops can be found.
The hotel comprises of 202 rooms, all with balcony or terrace, satellite television, telephone, minibar, hairdryer, and safety deposit box. Aside from the lovely beach, there is an indoor and outdoor pool, spa treatments, tennis court, Jacuzzi and sauna. Buffet breakfast is included each morning in the main hotel restaurant.