Tours that take the strain out of enjoying Europe’s flora and fauna! Tours under this banner will be based in just a couple of good quality hotels, and will have direct flights. And most importantly field trips will be kept to a maximum of six or so hours, giving you plenty of time to relax before and after.
The beauty of the Akamas Peninsula and the Troodos Massif in Cyprus is well-known, the rugged peninsula emerging from the western massifs and jutting far out into the deep blue Mediterranean. Inland are tranquil mountain villages linked by maze-like country roads winding their way up and down the slopes and always through abundant and lovely blooms. There is forestry and there are goats, but the impact of these on much of Western Cyprus’s landscapes is low and so we can marvel at the richness of the forests up high and lower down the floriferous phrygana. The swathes of colourful spring blooms are something to behold – Crown Daisies, Poppies, Crown Anemones, Cyclamens and a lovely butter-yellow coloured form of the Turban Buttercup making for a dazzlingly colourful show. The Troodos separated from the mainland just over 5 million years ago when waters suddenly filled the previously dry Mediterranean basin. In that time new forms of many plants have developed and thus Cyprus has a rich endemic flora, notably amongst the orchids. Near Smygies we’ll see upwards of twenty species including Ophrys israelitica, Ophrys cinereophila, Ophrys levantina and Orchis sezikiana. The Pegeia Forest offers us the chance to admire lovely Ophrys elegans, Ophrys iricolor, Ophrys sicula and Anacamptis morio amidst its fascinating open pine and juniper woodlands and vernal pools. In the mountains we’ll visit Juniper and Cedar forests, these offering an architectural beauty that can hardly be matched by any other groups of trees, framing mountain vistas with massive layered branches or twisting twirling trunks. Here are the endemics Cyclamen cyprium and the lovely ‘Golden Oak’ Quercus alnifolia. We’ll not ignore the amazing antiquities of the region, visiting the Baths of Aphrodite, as well as The Tombs of the Kings and Paphos Archaeological Area which are both are on the World Heritage list. And we will no doubt take great pleasure in the local cuisines, not to mention the excellent local wines.
Dates and Prices
25th February - 3rd March 2024 (8 days)
* doesn't apply if you're willing to share and a room-mate can be arranged
Please Note that this Single Supplement is for smaller non sea-view rooms. If you would like the same larger sea-view rooms that couples will be staying in then the Single Supplement will be £170*
Flowers. Also Butterflies and Birds and Sites of Antiquity.
One leader for a group of up to 8, two leaders up to the maximum group size of 15.
All flights. Transport, accommodation and all meals in Cyprus. Services of the leaders. Please note: drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature including travel insurance, are not included.
Flower and bird checklists are available.
For the first four nights we’ll be at the Aphrodite Beach Hotel in Latchi. This small family-owned hotel is just 500m from the start of the Akamas Peninsula National Park, and is the last hotel before said Park. Recently refurbished, the spacious rooms are very comfortable and the restaurant sits just a little above the sea with fine views of a lovely coastline. For the last 3 nights we’ll stay in the Axiothea Hotel in the old town of Paphos. Adjacent to a municipal park and with a private art gallery, this family run hotel is a delight. The rooms are lovely rooms and the staff welcoming and the restaurant serves great food. All rooms on this holiday have en-suite WCs and showers/baths.
Relaxed and easy. Up to two or three miles a day and always at a slow pace, perfectly suited to photographers.
The weather is often dry and sunny at this time of year, with midday temperatures quite pleasant. On the coast the temperatures in mid-March generally reach between 14-20°C, in the daytime dropping down to 8-12°C at night. It will be cooler on days when we visit the Troodos. It will rain at some point and sometimes there can be quite a bit of rain at this season, though it tends to fall in concentrated periods of just a few hours and so hopefully it won’t impact the tour much.
Contact us to check if there is availability for the number of places you require. Click on the ‘Book this Tour’ button on this page to be taken to the online booking form or contact us and we will send one to you which you can complete and send back to us. You will receive confirmation of your place, and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. This will contain up-to-date health information.