5 Days Guided Tours in Cyprus
(including Airport Transfers, Daily Transport and Guiding Services)
Cost £695.00 per person in a twin room (excludes international flights)
NO EXTRA CHARGE OR HIDDEN COST
Day 1 Fly to Turkish Cyprus or Cyprus
Departure from London Gatwick to Larnaca, Cyprus. Transfer to a small family run hotel in central Kyrenia
Day 2 In Kyrenia. Visit St Hilarion Castle and Bellapais Abbey
We drive into the mountains to the 13th century castle of St Hilarion, the most complete of the region’s Crusader castles and with dramatic views to Kyrenia and across the coastal plain. We drive down to Kyrenia and its picturesque harbour for a break for lunch before visiting the shipwreck museum set in the commanding Venetian castle nearby. In the late afternoon we drive to Bellapais Abbey, a magnificent Gothic building in the village where Lawrence Durrell wrote “Bitter Lemons”.
Day 3 Visit Nicosia
Today we drive inland to Lefkosa (Nicosia) with its fascinating collection of Crusader Gothic and Turkish Ottoman monuments set within the old Venetian fortifications. The finest is the former St Sophia Cathedral, now Selimiye Camii mosque, with its superbly carved porch and sculptured windows. We also include visits to the beautifully restored Buyuk Khan or Great Inn, built in 1572 and the largest on the island, and the Dervish Pasha Mansion that now houses an interesting museum.
Day 4 Visit Soli and Vouni
We head west to the citrus groves and market gardens of Guzelyurt to visit the icons in the Church of St Mamas before continuing to see the remains of the 5th century BC palace at Vouni, wonderfully located with views of the sea and Troodos Mountains to the south. Nearby are the ruins of Soli, a Greco-Roman city, famous for its 5th century mosaic floored basilica.
Day 5 Visit Famagusta and Salamis
We visit the interesting and varied architectural wonders found within the old Venetian walled city of Famagusta, notably the Othello’s Tower and the former St Nicholas Cathedral, now Mustapha Pasha mosque, before continuing to the impressive and extensive remains of the ancient Greek site of Salamis. The day concludes with a visit to St Barnabas Monastery with its impressive collection of icons.
Day 6 Visit Kantara Castle and Karpas peninsula
An early morning start for Kantara Castle, located at the beginning of the Karpas and with stunning views to the sea and along the peninsula. We continue along the ‘pan-handle’ to Dipkarpaz and the site of a 5th century ruined basilica at Ayios Philon,. We have lunch overlooking the rocky bay with its sunken Roman harbour before continuing to Apostolos Andreas Monastery on the very eastern tip of the peninsula
Day 7 At leisure in Kyrenia
We have a day to enjoy at our own leisure. A farewell dinner has been arranged this evening
Day 8 Fly to UK
Morning transfer to either Ercan or Larnaca airport for our return flight to the UK (B)