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An Island of Surprises

Cyprus's mythical beauty
 
Experience two landscapes – the coast and the Troodos – on this self-guided, two-centre walking holiday, with hire car included. The island boasts a rich flora and fauna, plus world heritage archaeology and a famously warm, hospitable culture.
An Island of Surprises. 7 nights
An Island of Surprises. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on Cyprus

Renowned for its hospitality, that is as warm as the plentiful sunshine, Cyprus is an island rich in history and full of surprises; of soaring, pine-clad mountains, numerous tiny frescoed churches and dramatic, internationally important, archaeological sites. There is so much to discover here, from diverse flowers, unexpectedly alpine-like valleys and views that stretch as far as the coast, to traditional hamlets with inviting tavernas and friendly people.
In the west, on the Akamas Peninsula, near where Aphrodite is said to have bathed after her trysts, is a landscape of azure seas and goat-grazed slopes, ablaze with flowers in early spring. The Troodos Mountains offer a striking contrast, where you access the island’s best walking from a top-quality ‘village hotel’. With the freedom a hire car brings, you have the pick of our varied routes, each with sweeping views to reward the walker, and opportunities to see some of the island’s best ancient treasures.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    In the mountains, temperatures will often be lower than the figures given above for the coast.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 14 15 17 21 25 29 32 32 30 26 21 16
    mm 97 75 56 25 15 4 2 3 3 27 49 102
  • Arrival in Neo Chorio 
    Night 1: at the Tavros Apartment-Hotel (the first of 3 nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of walks within a 10-minute drive of Neo Chorio: 10km to 14km
    You are within easy reach of a selection of walking trails, plus historical sites such as the Polis Archaeological Museum.

    Akamas Peninsula: 14km, 5hrs
    Starting from the famous Baths of Aphrodite, a natural grotto, you follow the coastline past scattered, quiet coves. The return leg takes you on a steady climb up onto the backbone of the Akamas Peninsula from where you have views towards the Bay of Chrysochou.

    Aphrodonis Trail: 10km, 4hrs
    This walk is a combination of two marked nature trails – 'Adonis' and 'Aphrodite'. You begin with an ascent along the Adonis Nature Trail to the heights of the peninsula and continue along the panoramic Aphrodite Trail via the ruins of Pyrgos tis Reginas (Queen’s Tower). From here, you ascend via some truly spectacular coastal viewpoints, before looping back down to the Baths of Aphrodite. The paths are narrow in places, and there is a (fairly short) steep rocky stretch dropping down to the Baths where you need to watch your footing.

    Smigies Nature Trail: 13km, 4hrs
    Enjoy an easy circuit inland from Neo Chorio with far-reaching views over both sides of the Akamas Peninsula.

    Goatherds' Circuit: 13km, 4hrs
    Follow a wooded valley to reach an isolated goat farm on a ridge, crossing a network of shepherds’ tracks with views to the turtle beach of Lara and into the Bay of Chrysochou.

     
    Walk the Aphrodonis Trail
  • Drive from Neo Chorio to Kalopanayiotis
    After two days of walking on the Akamas Peninsula by the coast, you enjoy a very different day as you travel east by car towards the Troodos Mountains. En route, we suggest stopping in Paphos to visit the archaeological park whose Roman mosaics are considered to be some of the most impressive in the world. Your next destination is the village of Kalopanayiotos, clinging to a steep hillside in the Marathasa Valley, where you stay at Casale Panayiotis for the last four nights. The village itself is worthy of exploration: it has a rich Byzantine heritage, with six chapels and the UNESCO-listed Agios Ioannis Lambadistis monastery, with its astonishing frescoes and small museum.  
    Visit the Paphos archaeological park
  • Choice of walks from Kalopanayiotis: 10km to 14.5km
    There is great walking from here – in our view, the best in the Troodos: seek out the small church of Panagia Asinou, follow the Atalante Trail around the peak of Mount Olympus, or explore the Madari Ridge – a highlight for many with its incredible views.

    Around Kalopanayiotis: 10km, 3.5hrs
    Explore the quiet heart of the Marathasa Valley on this route from your hotel, which includes an optional ascent to a fabulous viewpoint over the village.

    Madari Ridge: 12km, 4.5hrs
    This fabulous walk offers panoramic views from the ridge to both the northern Turkish coast and over southern Cyprus. At the end of the ridge stands Cyprus’s second highest peak, Mount Adelfoi (1,612 metres), topped by a fire watch tower which you can climb. The route is accompanied by botanical signs identifying over 50 plants, bushes and trees, while the descent from the ridge takes you through pretty mixed woodland, including a stand of Cyprus cedars.

    Agios Theodorus to Panagia Asinou: 13km, 4hrs; or 18km, 5hrs
    It’s only a 35km drive through the pretty Solea valley to the start of this walk, and an even prettier onwards stroll to reach one of Cyprus’s most famous small churches. Wandering past orchards and olive groves, you rise through lightly shaded woodland to cross the pass of Selladi Zefkis before reaching the church known as Panagia Asinou, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Nearby, you’ll find the Forviotissa taverna, which offers refreshments to the weary traveller. You can extend the walk on woodland tracks that offer excellent views along the northern coast.

    Atalante & Mount Olympus: 14.5km, 4.5hrs
    Explore the flanks of Mount Olympus, the island’s highest peak (1,952 metres), as you walk across pine-covered slopes that offer constant views through the trees towards the distant coast. (Path may be closed early in the season due to snow.)
    Enjoy a range of walks around Kalopanayiotis
 

Accommodation

Your two bases are very different, but both very welcoming. 
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September 2019 - 30 November 2019 & 01 March 2020 - 31 May 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £795 £315
    1 - 23 Nov 2019 £685 £275
    1 - 29 Mar 2020 £685 £275
    30 Mar - 6 Apr 2020 £730 £340
    7 - 19 Apr 2020 £795 £315
    20 - 30 Apr 2020 £760 £345
    1 - 24 May 2020 £730 £340
    3rd & 4th person discount -£45 to -£95
    Single traveller supplement £45 to £95

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Price includes: 7 days' category B car hire (eg Ford Fiesta 1.3 or similar with manual transmission)

    Driving time to first hotel: 1h from Paphos, 2h from Larnaca
    Driving time from last hotel: 2h to Paphos, 2h to Larnaca

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Tavros Apartment-Hotel, Neo Chorio (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £64 £96
    01 Nov - 30 Nov 2019 £46 £68
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2020 £46 £68
    01 Apr - 31 May 2020 £56 £88
    Casale Panayiotis, Kalopanayiotis (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £98 £146
    01 Nov - 30 Nov 2019 £90 £135
    01 Mar - 12 Apr 2020 £94 £146
    13 Apr - 26 Apr 2020 £108 £169
    27 Apr - 31 May 2020 £94 £146
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Paphos or Larnaca

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via another airport. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Paphos jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Larnaca Blue Air,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Paphos jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Paphos Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Larnaca easyJet,  TUI 
    Bristol - Paphos easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Paphos TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Paphos TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Paphos jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Larnaca jet2 
    Edinburgh - Paphos easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Paphos TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Larnaca jet2,  TUI 
    Glasgow - Paphos jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Larnaca jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Paphos jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Larnaca easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Larnaca easyJet,  Norwegian,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Paphos British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Larnaca British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Larnaca Blue Air,  TUI 
    Luton - Paphos easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Larnaca jet2,  TUI 
    Stansted - Paphos jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Larnaca TUI 
    Manchester - Paphos easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Larnaca TUI 
    Newcastle - Paphos jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Paphos TUI 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via another airport. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 1 dinner
    7 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • 7 days' category B car hire
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Cyprus, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official languages are Greek and Turkish. The currency is the Euro. Cypriot time is GMT/UTC + 2. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 2.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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