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Warm weather and seasonal cheer

Based close to Kyrenia's famous harbour, where seasonal cheer is guaranteed, this wonderful 14-night holiday, features a mix of included highlights and optional tours, in addition to sparkling celebrations for both Christmas and New Year's Eve.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

See St Hilarion's fairy-tale fortress
Explore ruined Famagusta
Visit ancient Salamis and see ghost city Varosha
Enjoy 14 nights in exquisite Kyrenia
Soak up Kyrenia's seasonal cheer on a half day tour
Enjoy a Christmas Eve celebration
Join in New Year's Eve celebration at your hotel
Visit idyllic Bellapais, beneath its Gothic abbey, once home to writer Lawrence Durrell

WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

14 nights' half-board accommodation at the three-star Altinkaya Hotel (four-star hotel upgrade available)
A Christmas Eve dinner and a festive Christmas Day lunch
Return flights to Larnaca or Paphos
Coach travel and transfers throughout
One piece of hold luggage per person
The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Your Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Cyprus and transfer to your chosen hotel in Kyrenia.

Day Two

This morning's tour will introduce exquisite Kyrenia. Its horseshoe-shaped harbour and imposing medieval castle are a picture-book scene enhanced by the festive decorations of the cafes and shops that fringe the harbour.

This afternoon, return to enjoy the surroundings of your hotel, explore the town under your own steam, perhaps taking in a museum or gallery, or pass the hours away just watching the world go by.

Day Three (Christmas Eve)

Rest and relax at the hotel, take the opportunity for some last-minute Christmas shopping, or join this morning's optional excursion to historic Nicosia, island capital for more than 12 centuries - a colourful place bursting festive vitality.

This evening, begin your celebrations with a lively Christmas Eve Party, including a buffet turkey dinner and live entertainment.

Day Four - (Christmas Day)

A quieter day begins this morning with a visit to the nearby mountain-top castle of St Hilarion and beautiful village of Bellapais, set close to the preserved ruins of its gothic abbey. This idyllic spot was home for three years to celebrated writer Lawrence Durrell, who chronicled his stay here in his novel Bitter Lemons. Wander the ruins of the abbey, stepping back in time, before returning to the hotel to enjoy a special festive lunch, and the chance to celebrate with fellow guests.

Day Five

Today you are free to enjoy the hotel and its surroundings or to head into Kyrenia once again. Alternatively, many will want to join the optional excursion to the green, citrus-grove surrounded town of Guzelyurt, literally 'beautiful place' in Turkish, with its archaeology museum and church of Agios Mamas.

Day Six

Today's included excursion is to fascinating Famagusta, once one of the world's richest cities and today somewhat of a living museum, with its ruined churches, former-cathedral-turned-Lala Mustapha Pasha mosque, and Venetian Palace lying amongst modern cafes and shops. You'll also take in the extraordinary Roman ruins of the ancient coastal city of Salamis, with its colonnades, magnificent theatre and bathhouse, which was once part of a much larger settlement now submerged under the sea.

Day Seven

Today's optional excursion is to the unspoiled Karpaz peninsula, a rugged spit of land fringed by some of the island's bluest waters, dotted with old villages and home to herds of wild donkeys, and a remote monastery famous for its holy well.

Day Eight

Choose to relax in the comfort of your hotel today, or wander through Kyrenia's atmospheric streets, perhaps stopping in a local cafe to watch the world go by.

Day Nine

Today, relax and enjoy the facilities at your hotel, or choose to explore further afield under your own steam.

Day 10 (New Year's Eve)

Today you have a second chance to join a morning's optional excursion to historic Nicosia, the island's capital for more than 12 centuries. Alternatively, spend a day relaxing, in anticipation of the evening's events.

This evening, enjoy a lively New Year's Eve celebration at your hotel, with dinner and live entertainment included.

Day 11 (New Year's Day)

Rest and relax after the festivities, maybe taking a stroll around Kyrenia's atmospheric harbour.

Day 12

Today there is a second chance to join our optional excursion to the green, citrus-grove surrounded town of Guzelyurt.

Day 13

Spend another day at rest today, taking in the city and all it has to offer, or simply relax in your hotel.

Day 14

A final optional excursion brings a second chance to visit the unspoiled Karpaz peninsula, a rugged spit fringed by some of the island's bluest waters.

Day 15

Bid farewell to your Cypriot hosts, and transfer back to the airport for the return flight.

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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

European closing times

Shops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.

Hotel transfer times

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

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.

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