The trip The Troodos Mountains And Akamas – 11 Days starts in Pedoulas and ends in Paphos. It is a walking tour that takes 11 days taking you through Milikouri, Baths Of Aphrodite, Stavros Tis Psokas and 6 other destinations in Cyprus.
An extended version of our walk in the Troodos Mountains and Akamas of Cyprus. 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, orchards and vineyards are interspersed with tranquil, timeless villages.
Day 01: Arrive Paphos, Cyprusus1
Transfer to Pedoulas in the heart of the Troodos Mountain Range.
Day 02: Circular walk from Pedoulas – (16 km / 10 miles, 6 hours)
You start with a circular walk from Pedoulas viMoutoulas and its 13th century World Heritage painted church, enjoying wonderful mountain scenery and some spectacular views.
Day 03: Pedoulas to Milikouri – (or 19 km / 11.8 miles, 5.5 hours)
There is a short taxi transfer from Pedoulas to the start of your walk at the Xystarouda Picnic Area. You then walk through the delightful Platy Valley to the village of Milikouri (with an option to extend the walk). You will be met at a set time and returned to Pedoulas.
Day 04: Pedoulas to Stavros tis Psokas – (15 km / 9.5 miles, 4.5 hours)
You will be collected and transferred to the start point of your walk. En route you will stop off at the Monastery of Kykko for a short visit. Your walk then starts from “Cedar Valley”, and leads on through dense natural forests of Cyprus cedar – unique to Cyprus and habitat of the Moufflon – then pine, to Stavros tis Psokas.
Day 05: Stavros tis Psokas to Kato Akourdaleia – (19 km / 11.8 miles, 5.5 hours)
Much of today’s walk involves a long descent out of the mountains. The route passes through Stavros tis Psokas and up to Simou village, where you will be collected by taxi and transferred to Kato Akourdaleia. Option to continue on foot to your hotel, for a further 6 km / 3.7 miles, 2 hours.
Day 06: Kato Akourdaleia to Drouseia – (11 km / 6.9 miles, 4 hours)
Today we regain some height as we reach the Laona Plateau and onto Drouseia. This small village has a population of 200. It is a typical Cypriot village with many old stone houses bearing traditional architecture of carved doors and windows of wood. The narrow, winding streets add to the character of the village along with the renovated village houses. There are two coffee shops that cater to the needs of the village, as well as two small supermarkets/kiosks and some good tavernas, normally open on weekends in winter. There is a small weaving museum and an open air theatre which hosts events during the summer months. The church of Agios Epifanios, is in the centre of the village and you can explore the ancient monastery of Agios Georgios Nikoxilitis on the eastern side. This monastery is thought to have been built in the 15th century and was rebuilt in 1923 after destruction by fire. From Drouseia you can see all the way across to the Troodos Mountains and, looking north you can see Chrysochou Bay, the town of Polis and Latchi harbour. Looking west, there are stunning views of the Akamas Peninsula with many huge landforms scattered in between.
Day 07: Drouseia to Agios Georgios tis Pegeias – (18 km /11.2 miles, 6 hours)
Today you descend to the coast, including the optional visit to the entrance of the spectacular Avakas Gorge. Entering the gorge itself as it narrows is now dangerous, mainly due to rockfall. Agios Georgios tis Pegeias is situated about 400m from the coast, with a small fishing harbour and beach area. It is mainly an agricultural area with bananas and citrus, a taverna, two churches and the ruins of an early Christian basilica. It is locally claimed, that the sunset from Agios Georgios tis Pegeias is the most beautiful on the island. Perhaps the best place to be to view this spectacle is above the cliff next to the St. Georges Restaurant above the fishing harbour or on the coast itself.
Day 08: Transfer by road to Chrysochou Bay
There is no walking today. Instead, you will be able to enjoy the sea and beach activities. Have a rest from walking and relax into the Cypriot pace of life. The closest town is Polis, 7 km away. To get there you can either hire a fairly inexpensive taxi or take the 3 times daily bus service (Latchi – Polis). Alternatively you could take the hourly or bihourly bus from Polis to Pafos to visit the town, its harbour and its important antiquities.
Day 09: Drouseia to the Baths of Aphrodite – (18 km / 11 miles, 5 hours)
A long walk, mostly downhill, passing through a deserted village before meandering along tracks and through woods, then descending steeply to the coast. You walk down to the Baths of Aphrodite where the lovely goddess is said to have bathed in a rock pool. Good views of Chrysochou Bay throughout.
Day 10: Baths of Aphrodite – (14 km / 9 miles, 4 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: Departure Paphos, Cyprus
Transfer to airport for flight back to home.
|Pedoulas||03||Aristotelio Boutique Hotel|
|Kato Akourdaleia||01||Akourdalia Villas|
|Georgios tis Pegeias||01||Guesthouse|
|Baths of Aphrodite||01||Aphrodite Beach Hotel|
– Meeting and assistance by our representative.
– 10 nights accommodation as per program
– Meals: Breakfasts & Dinners
– Entry fee as per mentioned
– All transfers sightseeing by private vehicle
– All present government taxes.
• International Flights.
• Personal Expenses.
• Camera / Video Camera Fees.
• Medical Aid.
• Travel Insurance.
• Accommodation in good hotels.
• Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.
• Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost. – Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
• A visa is required and must be obtained prior to your departure from your Country.
• If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
• Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
• In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
• In Asia, there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
• While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
• Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
• In Case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets, SGV is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or cancelled, as it is the responsibility of airline.