Northern Cyprus Hidden History - Solo Tour
Cyprus offers year-round sunshine, picturesque landscapes, ancient ruins and medieval walled towns. Uncover thousands of years of history on this relaxing holiday.
- Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
- Return direct flights from Heathrow with British Airways
- A dedicated Just You representative to greet you at selected UK airports
- 7 nights in a 4-star hotel
- 15 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners including a welcome drink & farewell dinner
- Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage
Included Holiday Highlights:
- Kyrenia Castle & harbour tour
- St Hilarion Castle & Bellapais Monastery
- A day of tasting with locals at Kozan village
Day 1: Larnaca
Depart on your flight to Larnaca today. On arrival we will transfer you to your hotel in the ancient town of Kyrenia.
Day 2: Kyrenia
After breakfast, join your Tour Manager for an included guided tour of Kyrenia Town. We'll discover the horseshoe-shaped Venetian harbour and Kyrenia Castle, which boasts a fascinating Shipwreck Museum. You may choose to visit this during free time. It houses one of the oldest trade ships in the world, which was discovered in the 1960s after laying on the seabed for more than 2,000 years. The afternoon has been left free, so you might choose to make the most of your hotel's facilities, which include two swimming pools. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome drink before dinner.
Day 3: Kyrenia at Leisure
Today, our optional excursion takes us to the ancient city of Salamis, home to a treasure trove of ruins. Highlights of our tour include the Roman bath house, which still displays traces of its original mosaics, a gymnasium boasting an elegant colonnade and impressive statues, and a restored Roman amphitheatre. We'll continue to the medieval walled town of Famagusta. Stroll around the walls and take in sights including the 14th century St Nicholas Cathedral, the Venetian Palace, St Barnabas Monastery, the abandoned quarter of Varosha and the Royal Tombs, which date back to around the 7th century BC.
Day 4: St Hilarion Castle
Our included excursion today takes us through picturesque countryside to the Kyrenia Mountains, also known as the Five Finger Mountains. Firstly, we will visit St Hilarion Castle with magnificent views and afterwards we will visit the village of Bellapais to see the ruins of its 13th century monastery, a fine example of Renaissance Gothic architecture.
Day 5: Kyrenia
After breakfast, we will drive to Kozan village, west of Kyrenia, and see how the locals make halloumi cheese and bread. We'll then head to the Kozan Restaurant and enjoy lunch in a lovely location with a great atmosphere. We will return to our hotel in the afternoon.
Day 6: Kyrenia
Our optional excursion today takes us on a scenic drive to Guzelyurt on the west coast, where we will visit St Mamas Church and the Archaeological Museum. We'll then head to the remains of the ancient city of Soli to see the intricate mosaics in the floor of the basilica, before continuing to the ruined Palace of Vuni. Our final stop is at Gemikonagi, a small harbour village, where you will have free time to enjoy lunch.
Day 7: Kyrenia
You can spend a further day at leisure or maybe you'll join our optional excursion to Nicosia with included lunch. The capital of Cyprus is split in two by the 'Green Line', dividing the Turkish and the Greek Cypriot communities. A stroll through the Old Town will introduce a picturesque combination of 16th century walls, pavement cafés, charming squares and historic monuments including St Sophia Cathedral and the Kyrenia Gate. After your guided tour, there's time to explore with your fellow travellers or indulge in a spot of shopping.
Day 8: Larnaca - UK
Today, we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
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