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Hidden Secrets of Northern Cyprus

8 days from £689*
Departing: November 2018 - December 2019
* Price shown: 07 December 2019 from LGW - EZY8967
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LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON*

Tour the unspoilt north of Cyprus

Discover an island dotted with the relics of the ancient civilisations, and uniquely shaped by the changing tides of history. Stay in Kyrenia, beside the deep blue waters of the eastern Mediterranean, and visit Bellapais, the divided city of Nicosia, Famagusta and the scenic Karpaz peninsula on this wonderful tour of Northern Cyprus.

Tour Highlights

  • Exploring Kyrenia's harbour and monumental castle
  • Visits to idyllic Bellapais, and its Gothic abbey, where Lawrence Durrell wrote 'Bitter Lemons'
  • The imposing hill-top ruins of St Hilarion Castle
  • Fascinating, divided Nicosia and walled Famagusta
  • The spectacular Greek and Roman ruins at Salamis and Soli
  • The unspoilt landscape of the Karpaz peninsula

What does the price include?

  • Seven nights' half-board accommodation at your chosen hotel
  • Tours of Kyrenia, Nicosia, Salamis and Famagusta
  • Trips to St Hilarion and Bellapais and the Karpaz peninsula
  • Return flights from the UK to Cyprus
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Your Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Cyprus

Fly from the UK to Cyprus, then travel through the Cypriot countryside to Kyrenia and your chosen hotel.

Day Two: Included guided tour of Kyrenia

The delightful port of Kyrenia, sits in a natural horseshoe-shaped harbour beside pristine azure waters. The harbourside shops, cafes and restaurants are still watched over by the imposing castle, that has guarded the port since the 16th Century. Within the massive castle walls you'll find a fascinating shipwreck museum, and a gallery of archaeological finds from the surrounding area.

After your tour you'll be free to return to your hotel by coach, explore the town or take a seat in one of the harbour's delightful cafes or fish restaurants.

Day Three: Included St Hilarion and Bellapais day trip

The magnificent mountain-top castle of St Hilarion, which boasts spectacular views of the coastline and surrounding mountains, is your first stop, today. In the foothills below lies the idyllic village of Bellapais and the ruins of Bellapais Abbey. Celebrated novelist Lawrence Durrell lived here for three years, and recorded his stay in his novel 'Bitter Lemons'. After time to explore, you'll return to Kyrenia.

Day Four: Included Nicosia city tour

The highlight of today will be your visit to Nicosia. Capital of Cyprus for more than 12 centuries, and separated into a Turkish north and Greek south since the Green Line was first drawn, in 1963.

In the northern territory, Lefkosa, you'll see the 15th-century Buyuk Han, once the largest caravanserai (roadside inn) on Cyprus and now a popular arts centre, the colourful covered bazaar and the cathedral/mosque of Selimiye/St Sophia. After crossing into the southern territory, Lefkosia, you'll have free time to explore the narrow streets that shelter within the Venetian walls of the old town. Why not visit tiny St John's Cathedral or one of the various museums of Cypriot history and culture before we return to Kyrenia.

Day Five: Optional Guzelyurt and Lefke day trip

Enjoy the hotel and its surroundings, head into Kyrenia once again, or join our optional excursion to the citrus-grove surrounded town of Guzelyurt. The town's name means "beautiful place" in Turkish, and you'll have time to see its archaeology museum and church of Agios Mamas before we continue to the Roman and Byzantine ruins at Soli, and the Green Line border town of Lefke.

Day Six: Included Famagusta tour

Today we travel into eastern Cyprus to call at the monastery of St Barnabas, and visit the extraordinary ancient ruins at Salamis. The remains, which include colonnades, a magnificent theatre and a Roman bathhouse, were part of a much larger settlement that still lies submerged beneath the blue waters and sand dunes.

From Salamis you'll head to Famagusta. Here ruined churches, the Lala Mustapha Pasha mosque (once the city cathedral) and Venetian Palace rise in amongst the city's modern cafes and shops, and the Varosha quarter remains a ghost town since it was abandoned in 1974.

Day Seven: Included Karpaz Peninsula tour

Our final excursion takes us into the Karpaz (Karpasia) peninsula. This a rugged spit of land surrounded by blue waters is home to ancient villages and herds of wild donkeys, and boasts some of the island's most stunning beaches. Visit an ancient olive press, and see the intricate mosaics at Agios Trias, and perhaps stop for a swim at a beautiful beach (weather permitting). You'll return to Kyrenia to enjoy your final dinner at your hotel.

Day Eight: Fly back to the UK

Say goodbye to your Cypriot hosts, and return to the airport to check in for your flight home.

Departure Airport Date Price From
BFS
BFS 10 April 2019 £809
BFS
BFS 01 May 2019 £869
BFS
BFS 15 May 2019 £889
BFS
BFS 05 June 2019 £929
BFS
BFS 19 June 2019 £954
BFS
BFS 04 September 2019 £1009
BFS
BFS 18 September 2019 £994
BFS
BFS 02 October 2019 £909
BFS
BFS 16 October 2019 £909
BFS
BFS 09 November 2019 £819
BFS
BFS 23 November 2019 £789
BFS
BFS 07 December 2019 £749
BHX
BHX 08 May 2019 £909
BHX
BHX 22 May 2019 £1019
BHX
BHX 12 June 2019 £964
BHX
BHX 26 June 2019 £979
BHX
BHX 11 September 2019 £1019
BHX
BHX 25 September 2019 £969
BHX
BHX 09 October 2019 £929
BHX
BHX 09 November 2019 £759
BHX
BHX 23 November 2019 £729
BHX
BHX 07 December 2019 £689
BRS
BRS 24 November 2018 £785
BRS
BRS 19 January 2019 £779
BRS
BRS 23 February 2019 £794
BRS
BRS 16 March 2019 £795
BRS
BRS 30 March 2019 £795
BRS
BRS 03 April 2019 £839
BRS
BRS 10 April 2019 £809
BRS
BRS 01 May 2019 £949
BRS
BRS 15 May 2019 £889
BRS
BRS 05 June 2019 £929
BRS
BRS 19 June 2019 £954
BRS
BRS 04 September 2019 £1009
BRS
BRS 18 September 2019 £994
BRS
BRS 02 October 2019 £909
BRS
BRS 16 October 2019 £909
BRS
BRS 09 November 2019 £829
BRS
BRS 07 December 2019 £769
EDI
EDI 24 November 2018 £884
EDI
EDI 19 January 2019 £779
EDI
EDI 23 February 2019 £779
EDI
EDI 16 March 2019 £795
EDI
EDI 30 March 2019 £795
EDI
EDI 03 April 2019 £839
EDI
EDI 08 May 2019 £909
EDI
EDI 22 May 2019 £1019
EDI
EDI 12 June 2019 £964
EDI
EDI 26 June 2019 £979
EDI
EDI 11 September 2019 £1019
EDI
EDI 25 September 2019 £969
EDI
EDI 09 October 2019 £929
EDI
EDI 23 November 2019 £809
EMA
EMA 10 April 2019 £809
EMA
EMA 01 May 2019 £869
EMA
EMA 15 May 2019 £889
EMA
EMA 05 June 2019 £929
EMA
EMA 19 June 2019 £954
EMA
EMA 04 September 2019 £1009
EMA
EMA 18 September 2019 £994
EMA
EMA 02 October 2019 £909
EMA
EMA 16 October 2019 £909
GLA
GLA 08 May 2019 £909
GLA
GLA 22 May 2019 £1019
GLA
GLA 12 June 2019 £964
GLA
GLA 26 June 2019 £979
GLA
GLA 11 September 2019 £1019
GLA
GLA 25 September 2019 £969
GLA
GLA 09 October 2019 £929
LBA
LBA 08 May 2019 £909
LBA
LBA 22 May 2019 £1019
LBA
LBA 12 June 2019 £964
LBA
LBA 26 June 2019 £979
LBA
LBA 11 September 2019 £1019
LBA
LBA 25 September 2019 £969
LBA
LBA 09 October 2019 £929
LGW
LGW 07 November 2018 £819
LGW
LGW 24 November 2018 £739
LGW
LGW 19 January 2019 £705
LGW
LGW 23 February 2019 £705
LGW
LGW 16 March 2019 £719
LGW
LGW 30 March 2019 £719
LGW
LGW 03 April 2019 £765
LGW
LGW 10 April 2019 £749
LGW
LGW 01 May 2019 £809
LGW
LGW 15 May 2019 £829
LGW
LGW 05 June 2019 £869
LGW
LGW 19 June 2019 £894
LGW
LGW 04 September 2019 £949
LGW
LGW 18 September 2019 £934
LGW
LGW 02 October 2019 £849
LGW
LGW 16 October 2019 £849
LGW
LGW 09 November 2019 £759
LGW
LGW 23 November 2019 £729
LGW
LGW 07 December 2019 £689
LHR
LHR 24 November 2018 £769
LHR
LHR 19 January 2019 £735
LHR
LHR 23 February 2019 £735
LHR
LHR 16 March 2019 £749
LHR
LHR 30 March 2019 £749
LHR
LHR 03 April 2019 £795
LHR
LHR 23 November 2019 £759
LPL
LPL 24 November 2018 £725
LPL
LPL 19 January 2019 £719
LPL
LPL 23 February 2019 £719
LPL
LPL 16 March 2019 £735
LPL
LPL 30 March 2019 £735
LPL
LPL 03 April 2019 £779
LPL
LPL 09 November 2019 £769
LPL
LPL 07 December 2019 £719
MAN
MAN 24 November 2018 £785
MAN
MAN 23 February 2019 £779
MAN
MAN 16 March 2019 £795
MAN
MAN 30 March 2019 £795
MAN
MAN 03 April 2019 £839
MAN
MAN 08 May 2019 £909
MAN
MAN 22 May 2019 £1019
MAN
MAN 12 June 2019 £964
MAN
MAN 26 June 2019 £979
MAN
MAN 11 September 2019 £1019
MAN
MAN 25 September 2019 £969
MAN
MAN 09 October 2019 £929
MAN
MAN 23 November 2019 £809
MAN
MAN 07 December 2019 £769
NCL
NCL 10 April 2019 £819
NCL
NCL 01 May 2019 £889
NCL
NCL 15 May 2019 £909
NCL
NCL 05 June 2019 £949
NCL
NCL 19 June 2019 £974
NCL
NCL 04 September 2019 £1029
NCL
NCL 18 September 2019 £1014
NCL
NCL 02 October 2019 £929
NCL
NCL 16 October 2019 £929
STN
STN 19 January 2019 £805
STN
STN 16 March 2019 £849
STN
STN 30 March 2019 £919
STN
STN 10 April 2019 £779
STN
STN 01 May 2019 £839
STN
STN 15 May 2019 £859
STN
STN 05 June 2019 £899
STN
STN 19 June 2019 £924
STN
STN 04 September 2019 £979
STN
STN 18 September 2019 £964
STN
STN 02 October 2019 £879
STN
STN 16 October 2019 £879
STN
STN 09 November 2019 £789
STN
STN 07 December 2019 £719

Pia Bella Hotel ★★★★

This welcoming four-star hotel is about 1.5km from Kyrenia's historic harbour and set amid pretty gardens. The local shops, bars and restaurants are within walking distance.

Altinkaya Hotel ★★★

Nestled amid olive groves just 2.5km from Kyrenia Harbour, this family-owned three-star hotel offers the warmest of welcomes.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from Larnaca airport to your hotel is approximately one hour and 30 minutes, and from Paphos airport is two hours and 40 minutes.

Seasonal hotel facilities

Please note that some hotel facilities are operating on a seasonal basis and may not always be open/available. Examples might include shuttle buses to the town centre and beach, swimming pools and selected bars/restaurants (eg beachside restaurants).

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

*This low deposit offer applies to new bookings made between 11th September and 3rd October 2018 only. This offer applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays only. Exclusions apply. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.