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Enjoy the natural beauty, ancient wonders, and sun-kissed beach resorts on this 8-day itinerary of Northern Cyprus, the Turkish part of Cyprus, known for its beaches, Byzantine castles and ancient ruins. An opportunity to discover beautiful beaches, nature reserves, ancient monasteries whilst enjoying culinary delights along the way. Venture to the island's north-eastern tip the Karpaz Peninsula and explore its unique flora and fauna. All this and more await you on your Cyprus adventure.
Sightseeing: Monastery of Barnabas, Monastery of Apostolo Vamavas, St Andrew monastery, Walking tour of Nicosia Historical Centre, Pottery workshop, St Hilarion Castle, Abbey of Bellapais, the 'Abbey of Peace, and St Mamas Monastery. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.Guides:
English-speaking guide on tour
Scenic Highlights:Famagusta, Karpaz Peninsula, Kantara Castle, Nicosia the capital of Cyprus, Kyrenia, Kyrenia Gate, Ottoman caravanserai, Selimiye Mosque, Covered market, Kyrenia Mountains, Kyrenian coastline, Güzelyurt, Ancient city of Soli.
NOTE: Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard
Transportation: Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Arrive Ercan (Northern Cyprus)–Famagusta. Check-in to your hotel for a three night stay. (D)
Famagusta–Salamis–Famagusta. Begin today with visits to the MONASTERY OF BARNABAS and the museum at the MONASTERY OF APOSTOLO VAMAVAS before heading to the ancient city of Salamis. With its vast marble columns surrounding a gymnasium pool and baths, Salamis is a fantastic example of what life may have been like centuries ago. Later, return to Famagusta, a city laced with a warren of small shops selling local produce from silver and copperware to ceramics and fresh fruits. (B, L, D)
Famagusta–Karpaz Peninsula–Kantara Castle–Famagusta. Venture to the island's north-eastern tip today and the Karpaz Peninsula - also known as the panhandle of Cyprus. Owing to its unique flora and fauna, the region has been declared a protected natural reserve. Enjoy views of spectacular golden beaches and perhaps meet the wild donkeys on the way. Later, visit ST ANDREW MONASTERY, an extremely important site for Greek Orthodox pilgrims, before driving through idyllic countryside to Kantara Castle. This crusader castle, 630m above sea level, was built in the Middle Ages to protect the island from enemy attacks. From here, there are splendid views over the peninsula. (B, L, D)
Famagusta–Nicosia–Kyrenia. Nicosia, Lefkosa in Turkish, is the capital of Cyprus and the island's biggest city. Nicosia is also the last divided capital in Europe, since the fall of the Berlin wall. Admire the city's oriental charm during a WALKING TOUR of the historical centre and explore sites such as Kyrenia Gate, the Ottoman caravanserai, Selimiye Mosque and the covered market. There is free time to explore the city's two sides (Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot) at leisure before visiting a POTTERY WORKSHOP, where professional artists reproduce Bronze Age items. Later, continue to Kyremia for four nights. (B, L, D)
Kyrenia. Today is free for you to relax and enjoy Kyrenia. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Paphos, which used to be the Roman administrative capital of Cyprus. Paphos boasts some of the most important and impressive archaeological sites on the island including many UNESCO World Heritage sites. (B, D)
Kyrenia. Visit two of the island's great castles today. First, take in the unique ST HILARION CASTLE set some 2000 feet above sea level. Doubtlessly the largest fortress of the island, its location up Kyrenia Mountains offers a breath-taking panoramic view over the Kyrenian coastline. St Hilarion Castle is a crusader castle but is known for having inspired Walt Disney's Snow White Castle. Next, continue to the famous ABBEY OF BELLAPAIS, the 'Abbey of Peace'. Built by the Franks on the mountains' feet, the whole edifice is a masterpiece of Gothic art. (B, L, D)
Kyrenia–West Coast Kyrenia. Located in a fertile alluvial plain, the region of Güzelyurt (or Morphou) on the west coast is often called the 'Fruit garden of Cyprus'. The Turkish word Güzelyurt translates as 'beautiful country'. Visit ST MAMAS MONASTERY, built in the 18th century over the tomb of the saint - said to be the patron saint of tax evaders. Next door, the Güzelyurt archaeology and natural history museum features a remarkable collection of archaeological finds dating back to 8BC. Later, admire exquisite floor mosaics in the ancient city of Soli, whose history dates to 7BC when Solon, a famous philosopher of Hellenistic antiquity, suggested King Philokypros base his capital there. (B, L, D)
Kyrenia–Ercan. Your holiday ends this morning with breakfast. (B).