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Cyprus - Autumn on Aphrodite's Isle

Tour Code: CYP06

An 8-day wildlife holiday to Cyprus focusing on the island's autumn-flowering bulbs, but not ignoring the region's migrant birds and ancient history.

8 days from £1495(inc flights) Land Only Price: £1245 SRS: £150


This holiday begins with a 3-night stay in the town of Paphos on Cyprus’ western tip. From here we will explore the nearby ‘Tomb of the Kings’, not only one of the finest archaeological sites on the island, but a wonderful area for autumn flowers such as Narcissus tazetta. We will also visit the Asprokremmos Reservoir, a regular wintering site for the endemic Cyprus Warbler and rare Finch’s Wheatear, plus such flowers as Crocus vernis. Moving north, we will spend our final four nights near the village of Latchi on the edge of the beautiful Akamas Peninsula. As well as exploring the Mediterranean maquis near our hotel, we will also head into the foothills of the Troodos Mountains in search of Cyclamen Cyprium and visit the lowland juniper forests of Pegia home to Scilla autumnalis, Colchicum pusillum and Autumn Lady’s-tresses.

  • A 2-centre wildlife holiday focusing on Cyprus’ autumn flowers
  • Direct flights into Paphos
  • Search for Narcissus tazetta, Cyclamen cyprium & Odontites cypria
  • Migrant & wintering birds including Finsch’s Wheatear & Cyprus Warbler
  • Visit the archaeological site on Paphos Headland
  • Explore the beautiful Akamas Peninsula
  • Visit the foothills of the Troodos Mountains
  • Led by expert naturalist guides.

Food

All included in the price from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.

Accommodation

Comfortable hotels, all with private facilities.

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Day 1 Fly Paphos

Day 2/3 Paphos

Day 4/7 Latchi

Day 8 Fly London

Southern Cyprus has become an increasingly popular spring destination for us in recent years, during a season when the island is awash with wild flowers and also an important stepping stone for numerous tired migrant birds tracking their way north. The rest of the Cypriot year is then largely ignored by the naturalist, which is a great shame, for after the hot dry summer has passed the island comes alive once more during the latter half of the year. Soon after the first of the autumn rains have fallen, a colourful variety of flowering bulbs — which have lain dormant in the soil for months — burst into life. Flowers such as Sea Daffodil and Sea Squill, along with many soughtafter endemics including Cyclamen cyprium, Odontites cypria and Dianthus cypria add a welcome splash of colour to Cyprus’ rugged hills and rocky coastline, and are the focus of this new 2-centre holiday. Led by popular Naturetrek botanists David Tattersfield and Yiannis Christofides, this new holiday begins with a 3-night stay in the town of Paphos on Cyprus’ western tip. From here we will explore the nearby ‘Tomb of the Kings’, not only one of the finest archaeological sites on the island, but a wonderful area for autumn flowers including Muscari parviflorum and Narcissus tazetta. We will also visit the Asprokremmos Reservoir, a regular wintering site for the endemic Cyprus Warbler and rare Finch’s Wheatear, plus such flowers as Crocus vernis. Moving north, we will spend our final four nights near the village of Latchi on the edge of the beautiful Akamas Peninsula. En route, we will stop at the Pegia Forest, one of Cyprus’ best-preserved lowland juniper forests and home in November to Autumn Lady’s-tresses, Scilla autumnalis and Colchicum pusillum. As well as exploring the rocky coastline and Mediterranean maquis of the Akamas Peninsula, we will also head into the foothills of the Troodos Mountains in search of Cyclamen cyprium and Quercus alnifolia, both endemic, as well as the local race of the Coal Tit. A visit to ‘Aphrodite’s Isle’ would not be complete without time sampling the local tavernas, where we will be sure to enjoy some of the region’s culinary highlights before returning to Paphos for our direct flight home.
Mediterranean chameleon (Lisa Williamson)View of the Chrysochou Bay (Lisa Williamson)Empusa fasciata (Lisa Williamson)Narcissus obsoletus (Lisa Williamson)Snake-eyed Lizard (Lisa Williamson)The Tombs of the Kings (Lisa Williamson)Paphos Archaeological Site (Lisa Williamson)Cyclamen cyprium (Lisa Williamson)Bosea cypria (Lisa Williamson)Narcissus tazetta (Lisa Williamson)Taraxacum Aphrogenes (Lisa Williamson)A Cyprus Tarantula (Lisa Williamson)Oriental Hornet (Lisa Williamson)Studying a Lizard (Lisa Williamson)
Lisa Williamson
North Yorkshire
A most enjoyable tour with a wide range of interest. Yannis and David were superb leaders, very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and friendly. As well showing us all the promised autumn flora and wildlife, they gave us a real insight into the fascinating geology and archaeology of the area. The local taverna lunches and evening meals were an added bonus on a most informative trip.
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Mon 12th November 2018 - Mon 19th November 2018

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£1495

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Mon 11th November 2019 - Mon 18th November 2019

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£1495

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A most enjoyable tour with a wide range of interest. Yannis and David were superb leaders, very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and friendly. As well showing us all the promised autumn flora and wildlife, they gave us a real insight into the fascinating geology and archaeology of the area. The local taverna lunches and evening meals were an added bonus on a most informative trip.
Lisa Williamson, North Yorkshire