Walking holiday in Cyprus

COUNTRY:
Cyprus
LOCATION:
Troodos Mountains
HOLIDAY TYPE:
Moderate walking holidays
DEPARTURES:
CHECK AVAILABILITY2014: 19 Apr, 20 Sep, 4 Oct, 20 Dec
PRICE:
From 899 - 970 (8 days) including UK flights
MORE INFO:
From 545 - 560 excluding flights. Single supplement 95.
VOUCHERS:
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Walking holiday in Cyprus

Walking holiday in Cyprus

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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

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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19 Apr 2014 955 including UK flights Departure Guaranteed Click here to enquire about or book the 19 Apr 2014 departure
20 Sep 2014 920 including UK flights Available Click here to enquire about or book the 20 Sep 2014 departure
04 Oct 2014 899 including UK flights Available Click here to enquire about or book the 04 Oct 2014 departure
20 Dec 2014 970 including UK flights Available Click here to enquire about or book the 20 Dec 2014 departure
Small group adventure holiday
Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travellers (depending on the trip, operator and how many others are booked on the trip) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places.

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.

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