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Aphrodite's idyllic island

Kyrenia, our sun-drenched hideaway on this holiday to Cyprus, offers an enchanting taste of life on Cyprus' northern coast. Take a seat at one of the cafe tables that line the edge of its pretty horseshoe harbour to watch the boats and gentle movement of the blue waters. Wander through the charming narrow lanes, visit the 16h-century castle that still guards the harbour, or head along the coastline or up into the Pentadaktylos mountains to explore.

What does this price include?

  • Seven nights' bed and breakfast or half-board accommodation in your chosen North Cyprus hotel
  • Return flights from your chosen UK airport to Cyprus
  • Return airport-to-hotel transfers
  • The services of a friendly, experienced resort-based Manager

Your Itinerary

  • Join our guide and spend a morning exploring Kyrenia. Stroll around the harbour, then head to the castle, which watches over the harbour from the east and now houses a fascinating shipwreck museum within its massive walls.

  • Journey into a beautiful region of mountains dotted with ancient villages leading down to a tranquil coastline. Here, you'll visit hilltop St Hilarion Castle - which guards the route from Nicosia and Kyrenia and started life as a monastery - and Gothic Bellapais Abbey, made famous by author Lawrence Durrell.

  • Visit historic Nicosia, island capital for more than 12 centuries. Divided in 1963 by the 'Green Line' separating Greek and Turkish Cypriot territories, the city is both a bustling metropolis, with a vibrant cafe culture, and a fascinating gateway to the island's turbulent past.

  • Discover the citrus-grove surrounded town of Guzelyurt (which means "beautiful place" in Turkish) and its archaelogy museum and church of Agios Mamas. We'll also visit the fascinating excavations at Soli, with its Roman and Byzantine remains, and travel to the 'Green Line' border town of Lefke, with its former copper mines and orange groves.

  • Travel into eastern Cyprus to call at the monastery of St Barnabas, and visit the extraordinary ancient ruins at Salamis on today's optional excursion. 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.

    Moving on, we'll visit Famagusta. This fascinating city has become a living museum where ruined churches, the Lala Mustapha Pasha mosque (once the city cathedral) and Venetian Palace rise in in between the city's modern cafes and shops, and the Varosha quarter remains a ghost town since it was abandoned in 1974.

  • The Karpaz, or Karpasia, peninsula is a rugged spit of land dotted with ancient villages surrounded by some of Cyprus's loveliest beaches and bluest waters. Visit an ancient olive press, and see the important mosaics at Agios Trias. Weather permitting, you'll also have time to enjoy a dip in the sea at Nangomi (golden) Beach, one of the island's finest bathing spots.

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Hotels

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.

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The Ship Inn

Boasting both the name and familiar warmth of an English-style hotel, The Ship Inn stands in a tranquil setting with splendid views of the surrounding hills. The hotel can be booked on a Bed & Breakfast or Half Board basis. HALF-BOARD UPGRADE AVAILABLE - PLEASE CALL TO BOOK.

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Malpas Hotel

This stylish hotel (which is locally five-star rated) offers a wide range of amenities in a stunning hillside location away from Kyrenia town centre.

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Acapulco Beach Resort and Spa

The Acapulco is a large, resort hotel set on the coast beside a long sandy beach, which is located about five miles to the east of Kyrenia.

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Arkin Colony Hotel

The Arkin Colony Hotel offers high standards of service in the heart of Kyrenia, and can be booked on a Bed & Breakfast or Half Board basis. HALF-BOARD UPGRADE AVAILABLE - PLEASE CALL TO BOOK.

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Bellapais Monastery Village, Kyrenia
This charming and welcoming four-star is located down the hillside from Bellapais Village, less than three miles from Kyrenia Harbour, and boasts spectacular panoramic views along the coastline.
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Altinkaya Hotel

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

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Further Information

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

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • European Union citizens travelling across the border from Southern Cyprus to Northern Cyprus must have passports valid for at least two months beyond the date of their crossing. Visitors from outside the EU must have passports valid for at least six months beyond the date of their crossing.

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