The Troodos Mountains and Akamas - 11 Days

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The Troodos Mountains and Akamas - 11 Days information and booking

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$1590
  • Duration
    11 days
    Days
  • Group size
    1-8
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 10 nights hotels/guesthouses/inn

Highlights

  • Walking in the Mountains of Cyprus
  • Sleepy Mountain Villages
  • Ancient Churches & Kykko Monastery
  • Year Round Hiking Destination

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Cyprus is an island of natural beauty in a region with an abundance of ancient and modern civilisations and cultures. Its mineral wealth was well known in ancient times: the island gave its name to the element copper (Cu). Away from the cosmopolitan towns and beach resorts you will find large areas of natural, unspoilt countryside. Rugged, conifer-clad mountains, woodland and gentle orchards and vineyards are interspersed with tranquil, timeless villages. The people extend a warm and friendly welcome and their hospitality will add greatly to the enjoyment of your tour. In mid to late March Cyprus comes into bloom with a profusion of exquisite, wild flowers. The island’s position on one of the major migratory routes means that it becomes a stopover for many species of birds during their migrations, particularly in April and September / October. The Troodos Mountains cover much of the southern and western part of the country and this walk takes you from walking in the high mountains down to the coast, starting from an altitude of about 1100m. The walk takes you through a time worn landscape, with painted churches and Kykko Monastery, the largest monastery in Cyprus, dating all the way back to Byzantine days. The walk continues down to the Pafos area in the western part of the island and includes walking on to the Akamas Peninsula, an important nature reserve.

What's included

  • 10 breakfasts, 10 dinners
  • 10 nights accommodation in small hotels and country guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Arrival and departure transfer to paphos airport. arrival transfer from larnaka airport.
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfers as described in the itinerary
  • Emergency hotline

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Cyprus
Transfer to Pedoulas in the heart of the Troodos mountain range. Accommodation: Pedoulas - Your first 3 nights accommodation is a 1 star simple family-run hotel with about 20 rooms in the middle of this attractive village which has a 15th century world heritage painted church. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Day 2 Circular walk from Pedoulas - 16 km / 6 hours
You start with a circular walk from Pedoulas via Moutoulas and its 13th century church, enjoying wonderful mountain scenery and some spectacular views. Accommodation: Pedoulas - Your first 3 nights accommodation is a 1 star simple family-run hotel with about 20 rooms in the middle of this attractive village. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Day 3 Pedoulas to Milikouri - 12 km or 19 km / 3.5 or 7.5 hours
A short taxi transfer from Pedoulas to the start of your walk( taxi cost included), you walk through the delightful Platy Valley to the village of Milikouri. You will be met at a set time and returned to Pedoulas (taxi cost included). Accommodation: Pedoulas - Your first 3 nights accommodation is a 1 star simple family-run hotel with about 20 rooms in the middle of this attractive village. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Day 4 Pedoulas to Stavros tis Psokas - 16 km / 4.5 hours
You will be collected at a set time and transferred to the start point of your walk so that you continue your itinerary as scheduled (taxi cost included). Enroute you will stop off at the Monastery of Kykko for a short visit. Our walk then starts from "Cedar Valley", and leads on through dense natural forests of Cyprus cedar, habitat of the Moufflon, unique to Cyprus, to Stavros tis Psokas. 16km , 4.5 hours walking. Accommodation: Stavros tis Psokas - In the depths of the forest, you stay in a simple but attractive guesthouse run by the Forestry department. All of the 7 rooms have en-suite facilities. The cafetaria where meals are taken is 10mn walk away.
Day 5 Stavros tis Psokas to Kato Akourdaleia - 19 km / 5.5 hours
Much of today's walk involves a long descent out of the mountains. The route passes through Stavros tis Psokas valley and up to Simou village. Accommodation: Kato Akourdaleia - In the centre of this tiny village, set among orange groves, you stay in a traditional old building now converted into an attractive, family-run inn with 7 en-suite rooms. On occasion rooms in the nearby villa and in the village are used.
Day 6 Kato Akourdaleia to Drouseia - 12 km / 3.5 hours
Today we regain some height as we reach the Laona Plateau. Accommodation: Drouseia - The Palates hotel offers you comfortable accommodation tonight with good views down to Chrysochou Bay to the north.
Day 7 Drouseia to Agios Georgios tis Pegeias - 18 km / 5 hours
Today you finally descend to the coast, including the optional visit to the entrance of Avakas Gorge. Accommodation: Agios Georgios tis Pegeias - Your 1* hotel started with just 6 rooms and has now increased to 26 rooms. It also has a swimming pool. Nearby are a small fishing harbour and the ruins of an early Christian basilica.
Day 8 Transfer by road to Chrysochou Bay
Accommodation: Chrysochou Bay, on the edge of the Akamas Peninsula. The 2 star hotel where you will stay has 45 en-suite rooms. The modern looking hotel is set in a fine position, just above a nice beach and with good views. 1.5km/1 mile away are the 'Baths of Aphrodite' where the lovely goddess is said to have bathed in a rock pool. 4 km/2.5 miles away is Lachi harbour where all facilities are available. A further 2 km from here and you reach Polis a small town, but the area's largest!
Day 9 Walk from Drouseia to the Baths of Aphrodite - 18 km / 5 hours
The Akamas Peninsula affords a variety of scenery and breathtaking views and you can visit the well known beauty spot known as the Baths of Aphrodite where legend has it the goddess bathed in the rock pool. You are taken back to Drouseia and then walk back to your hotel via the deserted village of Androlikou. Accommodation: Chrysochou Bay, on the edge of the Akamas Peninsula. The 2 star hotel where you will stay has 45 en-suite rooms. The modern looking hotel is set in a fine position, just above a nice beach and with good views. 1.5km/1 mile away are the 'Baths of Aphrodite' where the lovely goddess is said to have bathed in a rock pool. 4km/2.5 miles away is Lachi harbour where all facilities are available. A further 2 km from here and you reach Polis a small town, but the area's largest!
Day 10 Baths of Aphrodite - 16 km / 4.5 hours
The final walk takes us into the Akamas on a circular route along Adonis and Aphrodite nature trails, via the ruins of Pyrgos tis Rigenas and then to Mouti tis Sotiras, a peak overlooking the sea from which we get beautiful views and the Baths of Aphrodite. The nature trails of the Akamas are particularly spectacular when the spring flowers are in bloom.
Day 11 Tour ends
After breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to Pafos or Larnaka to catch your outbound flight.