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Cypriot celebrations

Based close to Kyrenia's famous harbour, where seasonal cheer is guaranteed, this wonderful week-long holiday features a wonderful mix of included highlights and optional tours, in addition to sparkling celebrations.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Soaking up Kyrenia's seasonal cheer on a half-day tour
Seeing St Hilarion's fairy-tale fortress
A New Year's Eve celebration at the Pia Bella Hotel
Exploring ruined but beautiful Famagusta
Ancient Salamis and see ghost city Varosha
Idyllic Bellapais and its Gothic abbey - once home to writer Lawrence Durrell

WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

Seven nights' half-board accommodation at your chosen hotel
A special New Year's Eve celebration with live entertainment
A tour of Kyrenia and her harbour
Visits to Bellapais abbey and St Hilarion fortress
A visit to Famagusta and the ancient ruins of Salamis  
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: Outbound flight from the UK

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

Day Two: Included Kyrenia city tour

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 just pass the hours watching the world go by.

Day Three: Included Famagusta and Salamis day trip

Today's included excursion takes you to fascinating Famagusta. The city was once one of the world's richest and today is somewhat of a living museum. Explore its ruined churches, former-cathedral-turned- 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, a magnificent theatre and a bathhouse, which was once part of a much larger settlement, a lot of which is now submerged under the sea.

Day Four: Optional Nicosia city tour

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

This afternoon, return to Kyrenia to bid 2019 goodbye and welcome 2020 with a lively New Year's Eve celebration, including dinner and live entertainment, at the Pia Bella Hotel.

Day Five: New Year's Day

Spend a leisurely New Year's morning relaxing, then join us for an afternoon visit to the nearby mountain-top castle of St Hilarion and beautiful village of Bellapais - home to the preserved ruins of a 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 Kyrenia to relax.

Day Six: Optional Guzelyurt day trip

Today you are free to enjoy the hotel and its surroundings or to head into Kyrenia once again. Alternatively, you may want to join our 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 Seven: Optional Karpaz Peninsula tour

Your final optional excursion give you the chance to explore 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: Fly back to the UK

Bid farewell to your Cypriot hosts and transfer back to the airport for your 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

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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