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Alexander the Great Beach Hotel QQQQ+

Paphos

from £769.00 7 2

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One of our most highly rated beachfront hotels

The 4-star Alexander the Great Beach Hotel is set beside a Blue Flag sandy beach overlooking Paphos Harbour.

Including...

  • Travel insurance and additional cancellation cover
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Full board
  • Free bar open 10 hours a day
  • 2 excursions
  • Four excursions on 14 nights or longer
  • Welcome drink, cocktail party and Saga dinner
  • Resident Saga representative
  • Porterage of luggage
  • Fruit and water in your room on arrival (water replenished daily)
  • Exclusive Saga lounge
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between Dec 2-10, 2013, Jan 13-17, 2014

Address

PO Box 60325 CY 8102 Paphos Cyprus 

Introduction

The 4-star Alexander the Great Beach Hotel has been voted a Top Stay hotel by previous Saga guests and has also received our one-rosette Good Food award. Beauty and spa treatments are at an extra charge.

Accommodation

All 202 bedrooms have a balcony or terrace. Free mineral water is provided in all Saga bedrooms and is replenished daily and there is also a pillow and mattress menu available.

Room service and laundry service are available for an extra charge.

Television
Telephone
Radio
Minibar
Hairdryer
Safe
Room service
Laundry service

Food and Drink

Your stay at the Alexander Beach Hotel is on an all-inclusive basis. Included meals will be served in the hotel restaurant, which has won Saga’s one-rosette Good Food award. There is also an Italian restaurant you may wish to dine in for an extra charge.

The free Saga bar is open from 1pm to 11pm and serves local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. There will also be unlimited tea and coffee available between 10am-11pm every day.

Entertainment

During your stay can enjoy the following programme of activities and entertainment.  Some activities are at an additional cost and activities may change from time to time.

  • Orientation walk
  • Greek lessons
  • Talk on the local area
  • Cookery demonstration

There will also be live music and a Greek dancing show performed at the hotel on some evenings.

You may also wish to take part in some of the sporting activities available, including:

  • Ten-pin bowling £2.50
  • Horse riding (approximately £13)
  • Golf in Paphos – two 18-hole golf courses from approximately £26 per round and £6 club hire
  • Aqua aerobics
  • French bowls
Hotel Bedroom
Hotel Indoor Pool
Hotel Pool and Beach
Hotel Restaurant

The 4-star Alexander the Great Beach Hotel has been voted a Top Stay hotel by previous Saga guests and has also received our one-rosette Good Food award. Beauty and spa treatments are at an extra charge.

    Bar
    Saga lounge
    Restaurant
    Cafe
    Gym
    Jacuzzi
    Sauna
    Steam room
    Internet access
    Shop
    Tennis
    Table tennis
    Beauty centre
    Treatments
    Indoor and outdoor pools

The hotel is a kilometre from the centre of Paphos with its shops, bars and restaurants. Paphos airport is 20 minutes' drive away.

Paphos

With sunshine and glistening seas, citrus groves and rolling countryside, the island of Cyprus combines beauty and history and is the ideal location for a relaxing holiday.

In the south-west of Cyprus lies Paphos with its charming harbour and ancient history. Formerly the capital of the island, here you can see the Tombs of the Kings, a second-century theatre and third-century buildings which house some of the Mediterranean’s best-preserved mosaics.

From here you can also travel to the divided capital of Nicosia, or visit Curium and the crusader castle of Kolossi. Discover Cyprus’ wine growing region, the Troodos Mountains and 11th-century Monastery of Kykkos.

Akamas Jeep Safari

This guided safari, in a long-wheel-base four-wheel drive vehicle, takes you for a day out in the Akamas peninsula, a place of great natural beauty. Your driver acts as your guide, and shows you the beauty of the area both on and off-road. Admire the rugged coastline with its wildlife and plants.

Some degree of fitness is required to access the jeeps, and these tours are not recommended for those with walking difficulties or back ailments.

Full day
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 21 nights itinerary

Cyprus Sweets

This excursion is sure to make your mouth water! You'll first travel to the quaint village of Anoyira. Here you can visit the Mauros Chrysos Carob Museum, which recounts the history of the carob in Cyprus, which are abundant on the island. Their ripened black pods are used to create a sweet syrup or powder which are useful ingredients in baking – often providing a replacement to chocolate.

During your visit to the museum you'll be able to taste pastelli toffee, made from carob. Next, you'll head to an olive park where the museum and visitors centre will shed light on the production of top quality organic olive oil – from tree to bottle. There will be some time to enjoy refreshments before continuing to the Platres Chocolate Workshop, situated in the pine-clad village of Pano Platres.

Opened in 2008, the workshop specialises in creating delicious handmade chocolates using the local produce of Cyprus – such as almond, citrus, grape and rosewater. The owner, John, will give you a demonstration on how he creates these chocolates and infuses them with the flavours, and you'll have the opportunity to buy some as a souvenir (just try not to eat them all on the coach ride home). You can enjoy the fresh mountain air during a stroll around this lovely village before heading back to Limassol.

You then head to the mountain village of Doros and the Katerina Cyprus Sweets Factory and showroom, where you'll be able to watch the sweets being made from behind the glass before being let loose to sample some of the many varieties made here.

Afterwards, perhaps pop into the gift shop to buy a traditional Glika tou Koutaliou or 'spoon sweet', which consist of fruits gently boiled with sugar (in some cases for days) until the syrup sets – a real Cypriot delicacy. After this indulgent trip, you return to the hotel.

Full day
Anoyira Limassol Cyprus Europe Doros Platres
  • Included on 14 nights itinerary
  • Included on 21 nights itinerary
  • Not available on 7 nights itinerary

Days Gone By

You'll head along the coastline to Aphrodite's Rock, where legend states the Greek goddess of love and beauty was born out of the foaming waves. You'll continue to Kourion, an ancient city set on a cliff which enjoys spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea.

The city's sights include an agora, or market place, and an early Christian basilica and a large amphitheatre where gladiatorial games were held during the Roman times. There are also beautiful examples of Roman floor mosaics, many of which can be found in the house of
the Achileas.

After some time here you'll visit Kolossi Castle, a fine example of military architecture which was originally built in the 13th century, however the building you see today was built in the middle of the 15th century.

Half day
Kourion Cyprus Europe Aphrodite's Rock Paphos Paphos
  • Included on 14 nights itinerary
  • Included on 21 nights itinerary
  • Not available on 7 nights itinerary

Introduction to Paphos

Today you'll travel the short distance to the village of Yerouskipou to visit a small maker of the confectionary, loukoumi – also known as Turkish (or in this case) Cyprus delight. You'll be able to see how the sweets are made, and even sample some of the different flavours, along with sugared almonds and coconut slices – a real highlight if you happen to have a sweet tooth!

You'll then head to Paphos, where you'll pass its market area, the Catacombs of Solomoni and the Pillar of St Paul. It is believed St Paul was tied to the pillar and lashed before he converted the Roman Governor to Christianity.

Finally, you'll be taken to the town's harbour, where you may wish to visit the House of Dionysus – famed for its beautifully preserved, ornate floor mosaics, or you can visit Paphos Fort, which was built by the Turks and dates from 1592. Alternatively, you could take some time out in one of the cafés on the edge of the harbour before returning to your hotel.

Half day
  • Included on 7 nights itinerary
  • Included on 14 nights itinerary
  • Included on 21 nights itinerary

Kyrenia

Kyrenia is a bustling harbour town, but away from the harbour there are several historical sites of great interest, including Kyrenia Castle, the Shipwreck Museum, St Hilarion Castle and the magnificent Gothic-style Bellapais Abbey. The museum has the remains of what is claimed to be the world’s oldest shipwreck.

Situated in the mountains, Bellapais was for some years the home of Lawrence Durrell who chronicled his life here in his book ‘Bitter Lemons’.

Full day
Kyrenia Cyprus Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 21 nights itinerary

Panayia

This excursion visits the beautiful village of Panayia, the birthplace of Archbishop Makarios III, the first president of Cyprus. Panayia stands 800 metres above sea level within the evergreen Paphos forest.

You also visit the idyllic Chryssoroyiatissa Monastery, famous for its excellent wine.

Continue to the famous monastery of Ayios Neophytos that was founded around 1200 by the Cypriot hermit and writer Neophytos. The ‘Encleistra’ (Enclosure) was carved out of the mountain by the hermit and consists of the finest Byzantine frescoes, dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries. The monastery’s church contains a fascinating collection of icons and remains of 16th-century frescoes.

The return journey takes you via Tsada, a village surrounded by vineyards which enjoys spectacular views of the Troodos Mountains to one side and Paphos Bay area and town to the other. Tsada also has a beautiful golf course that looks up to the Troodos Mountains.

Full day
Panayia Village Paphos Cyprus Europe Troodos Mountains
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 21 nights itinerary

Panayia Village

Your first stop on this excursion takes you north of Paphos to Chrysoroyiatissa, a 12th century monastery founded by a monk called Ignatius and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, or the Cypriot 'Our Lady of the Golden Pomegranate'. The present building dates from 1770 and sits at an altitude of 2,700 feet.

It is famous for its excellent wines created from the monastery's own vineyards. After some time here, a short drive takes you to Panayia, the birthplace of Archbishop Makarios III, who became the first president of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960.

His humble home has now become a museum, celebrating his life and role in the island's history. Your final stop will be Vouni Panayia, a family-owned winery, where you'll be given a tour of the premises to see the wine production, visit the cellars and taste some of the
delicious wines

Half day
Panayia Village Paphos Cyprus Europe
  • Included on 7 nights itinerary
  • Included on 14 nights itinerary
  • Included on 21 nights itinerary

Troodos and Kykkos

See breathtaking views from the Troodos Mountains and the picturesque mountain villages in the heart of Cyprus, where time seems to have stood still. Drive through wine-growing villages on the way up to the Troodos, passing just below the peak of Mount Olympus, through the village of Prodromos to reach Kykkos, at a height of about 1,200 metres above sea level.

Kykkos Monastery was founded in 1080 by the Byzantine Emperor Alexios Komnenos, who gave it one of three surviving icons of the Blessed Virgin Mary that were reputedly painted by St Luke.

Two kilometres uphill from the monastery, you see Throni, the seat of the Virgin Mary. Nearby is the tomb of Archbishop Makarios III, who became the first president of Cyprus.

Stop for lunch (not included) in the delightful village of Pedhoullas, and in the afternoon you return to your hotel via a different mountain road.

Troodos Mountains Cyprus Europe
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 14 nights itinerary
  • Optional on 21 nights itinerary