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Hidden Secrets of Northern Cyprus

8 days from £689*
Departing: June 2018 - April 2019
* Price shown: 01 December 2018 from London Gatwick - LGW
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Dates available:

  • 13th June
  • 20th June

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 the unspoilt north of Cyprus

North 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 Larnaca
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Singe rooms are available for a supplement

North Cyprus Tour Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Cyprus

Fly from the UK to Larnaca, then travel through the Cyprus 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 Larnaca Airport to check in for your flight home.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Belfast International
Belfast International 13 June 2018 £979
Belfast International
Belfast International 19 September 2018 £1039
Belfast International
Belfast International 03 October 2018 £1049
Belfast International
Belfast International 17 October 2018 £849
Belfast International
Belfast International 24 October 2018 £849
Birmingham
Birmingham 13 June 2018 £999
Birmingham
Birmingham 19 September 2018 £1159
Birmingham
Birmingham 03 October 2018 £1119
Birmingham
Birmingham 17 October 2018 £869
Bristol
Bristol 12 September 2018 £1089
Bristol
Bristol 26 September 2018 £1029
Bristol
Bristol 10 October 2018 £999
Bristol
Bristol 24 October 2018 £849
Bristol
Bristol 24 November 2018 £785
Bristol
Bristol 01 December 2018 £765
Bristol
Bristol 19 January 2019 £779
Bristol
Bristol 02 February 2019 £779
Bristol
Bristol 23 February 2019 £779
Bristol
Bristol 02 March 2019 £795
Bristol
Bristol 16 March 2019 £795
Bristol
Bristol 30 March 2019 £795
Bristol
Bristol 03 April 2019 £839
East Midlands
East Midlands 13 June 2018 £979
East Midlands
East Midlands 19 September 2018 £1189
East Midlands
East Midlands 03 October 2018 £1169
East Midlands
East Midlands 17 October 2018 £849
East Midlands
East Midlands 24 October 2018 £849
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 12 September 2018 £1189
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 26 September 2018 £1149
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 10 October 2018 £1169
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 24 November 2018 £785
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 01 December 2018 £765
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 19 January 2019 £779
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 02 February 2019 £779
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 23 February 2019 £779
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 02 March 2019 £795
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 16 March 2019 £795
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 30 March 2019 £795
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 03 April 2019 £839
Glasgow
Glasgow 19 September 2018 £1159
Glasgow
Glasgow 03 October 2018 £1119
Glasgow
Glasgow 17 October 2018 £869
Glasgow
Glasgow 31 October 2018 £849
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 20 June 2018 £1129
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 12 September 2018 £1109
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 26 September 2018 £1179
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 10 October 2018 £1099
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 24 October 2018 £849
Leeds Bradford
Leeds Bradford 31 October 2018 £829
Liverpool
Liverpool 24 November 2018 £725
Liverpool
Liverpool 01 December 2018 £699
Liverpool
Liverpool 19 January 2019 £719
Liverpool
Liverpool 02 February 2019 £719
Liverpool
Liverpool 23 February 2019 £719
Liverpool
Liverpool 02 March 2019 £735
Liverpool
Liverpool 16 March 2019 £735
Liverpool
Liverpool 30 March 2019 £735
Liverpool
Liverpool 03 April 2019 £779
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 13 June 2018 £949
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 June 2018 £899
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 12 September 2018 £979
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 19 September 2018 £959
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 26 September 2018 £949
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 03 October 2018 £919
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 10 October 2018 £919
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 October 2018 £819
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 October 2018 £819
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 31 October 2018 £799
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 07 November 2018 £759
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 14 November 2018 £709
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 November 2018 £709
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 01 December 2018 £689
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 19 January 2019 £705
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 02 February 2019 £705
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 23 February 2019 £705
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 02 March 2019 £719
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 16 March 2019 £719
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 30 March 2019 £719
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 03 April 2019 £765
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 24 November 2018 £739
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 01 December 2018 £719
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 19 January 2019 £735
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 02 February 2019 £735
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 23 February 2019 £735
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 02 March 2019 £749
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 16 March 2019 £749
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 30 March 2019 £749
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 03 April 2019 £795
London Stansted
London Stansted 13 June 2018 £949
London Stansted
London Stansted 19 September 2018 £1109
London Stansted
London Stansted 03 October 2018 £1069
London Stansted
London Stansted 17 October 2018 £819
London Stansted
London Stansted 24 October 2018 £819
London Stansted
London Stansted 24 November 2018 £739
London Stansted
London Stansted 01 December 2018 £719
London Stansted
London Stansted 19 January 2019 £735
London Stansted
London Stansted 02 February 2019 £735
London Stansted
London Stansted 23 February 2019 £735
London Stansted
London Stansted 02 March 2019 £749
London Stansted
London Stansted 16 March 2019 £749
London Stansted
London Stansted 30 March 2019 £749
London Stansted
London Stansted 03 April 2019 £795
Manchester
Manchester 13 June 2018 £999
Manchester
Manchester 12 September 2018 £1189
Manchester
Manchester 19 September 2018 £1159
Manchester
Manchester 26 September 2018 £1149
Manchester
Manchester 03 October 2018 £1169
Manchester
Manchester 10 October 2018 £919
Manchester
Manchester 17 October 2018 £869
Manchester
Manchester 24 November 2018 £785
Manchester
Manchester 01 December 2018 £765
Manchester
Manchester 23 February 2019 £779
Manchester
Manchester 02 March 2019 £795
Manchester
Manchester 16 March 2019 £795
Manchester
Manchester 30 March 2019 £795
Manchester
Manchester 03 April 2019 £839
Newcastle
Newcastle 20 June 2018 £1129
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 September 2018 £1069
Newcastle
Newcastle 26 September 2018 £1129
Newcastle
Newcastle 10 October 2018 £1129
Newcastle
Newcastle 31 October 2018 £829

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 offer is valid from 6th April and applies to new bookings departing on 13th, 20th June 2018 only. Offer is valid from all airports offering the date. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (LATE3) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

***Low deposit of £79pp applies to new bookings made between 30th March and 31st May (inclusive) 2018 only.. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer(TM), the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling & Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route & Big Five Safaris, Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.