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Walking holiday in Cyprus

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From £995 (8 days) including UK flights
From £550 excluding flights. Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
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Walking holiday in Cyprus

Walking holiday in Cyprus

Responsible travel: Walking holiday in Cyprus

Small group travel has been recognised as the future of sustainable tourism by many leading organisations. We are at the forefront of small groups travel and have been for more than 20 years. This is aptly demonstrated on this tour in Cyprus, where group's size is limited to just 16 walkers, thus limiting the impact we make. Our Tour Leaders are trained by us in the importance of responsible tourism with guidance given on how they can make a difference.

All accommodation is locally owned and in which you experience great food, most of which is sourced locally. This not only provides direct employment within the hotel, but also has the effect of percolating money beyond to small businesses that supply the hotel and in this way money is spread throughout the region we visit. In addition by eating in family-owned restaurants and using the services of a Cypriot local agent we ensure that nearly all the money we spend reaches as wide a range of local people as possible.

As a walking tour our main method of transport is about as environmentally friendly as one can get! Visits to important archaeological sites provides vital revenue allowing for continued and developing preservation work to be carried out.

As well as the above, we support a variety of charities and projects worldwide which support vulnerable communities and habitats including Friends of Conservation, Hope Worldwide and Send A Cow. We are also actively engaged with UK travel industry bodies which promote best practice in responsible tourism, such as Tourism Concern, The Travel Foundation and AITO. Our commitment to responsible tourism is not limited to our overseas operation and we have measures to ensure our UK office operates according to our responsible tourism policy. Carbon offsets for all flights booked with us are included in the tour cost.

The story of the provider of Walking holiday in Cyprus

This small group operator is just celebrating its 30th year and its activity holidays are very popular. Arriving at a village by bike or on foot immediately fascinates the locals and offers you an opportunity to interact as well as being great exercise and allowing you to reach far flung areas. Activity holidays are a great way to escape, get some fresh air and take life at a slower pace, allowing time for thought and reflection. In completing an active holiday, there is an element of personal development and improvement which can really help travellers focus on doing things differently or better.

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Walking holiday in Cyprus

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 02 Jul 2012 by Nora Kocsis4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Well... not to scare you off but I was somewhat unprepared: there are poisonous snakes in Cyprus and we just happened to see two such beasts right on day 1 walking :-) it's true but with a good guide and common sense, you are safe. Enjoyed the sea in early May!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


When you go to North Cyprus you have to fly via Turkey with a stop-over; so I decided to spend a few extra days in Istanbul. It was the best decision I made and recommend it to other fellow travellers. I suggest the tour operator would bring this option to travellers' attention. The cost of the flight is the same; I was on the group flight except the London-Istanbul leg that I took a few days earlier for the same costs.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely. The tour was led by local operator with good understanding of environmental impacts and conservation.

One thing I would mention though.... the Local operator somewhat 'monopolised' group dinners: eg I mean the choice of restaurant (very poor choices as compared to the very many great restaurants) and expensive set menus with poor composition instead of allowing people making their own choice from the menu. One can find much better restaurants as we did at better prices all around as compared to the local operator's arrangement. This was poorly done and gave the impression that the aim was for the local operator to make some extra money.....

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


North Cyprus is great; good walks, some interesting sights to see, the sea is warm enough to enjoy in early May and excellent food at low, or very reasonable prices.

Reviewed 21 Jul 2012 by Liz Rees3 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were a number of highlights, but possibly the best was the fish banquet we enjoyed overlooking the harbour in Latchi.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It's classed as moderate, and the walking isn't difficult, but the distances are quite long and some of the walks don't have much shade so make sure you're really up to it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


To an extent. Hotels were locally owned, and guide was keen to use local suppliers and reduce impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I really enjoyed it. We were a small group, and although diverse ages we got on well together.
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Small group holidays

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?

Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.

Who is it ideal for?

Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.

Mythbuster

“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.

Meet a group Leader

As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide

No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.
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