Meet the tour leader at 13:30 hrs at the Malta International Airport for check-in on your direct Emirates Airlines flight to Larnaca departing at 15:30 hrs. Upon arrival at 18:55 hrs, your private coach will head towards Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus. Check-in, room allocation and dinner (optional) will follow before overnight.
Today, after breakfast, join the tour leader and your English-speaking local guide for a full day excursion of Kyrenia and its surroundings. Kyrenia has always been governed by the sea and its natural harbour, once coveted by anyone with dreams of empire and bustling with traders and exporters, is today just as popular with visitors whose only desire is to stroll the seaside strand. Stride up the honey-toned stone ramparts of Kyrenia Castle (entrance included), before heading towards Bellapais monastery (entrance included), the exquisite ruins of this Augustinian monastery. Originally built in the 12th century by monks fleeing Palestine after the fall of Jerusalem, the site remains much as it was in 1976, when the last of the stoic Orthodox faithful had to leave. Later head towards St. Hilarion Castle (entrance included). The full fairy-tale outline of St Hilarion Castle only becomes apparent once you’re directly beneath it. The stone walls and half-ruined buildings blend into the rocky landscape, creating a dreamscape castle plucked from a child’s imagination, complete with hidden rooms, tunnels and crumbling towers. Rumour has it that Walt Disney drew inspiration from the jagged contours of St Hilarion when he created the animated film Snow White. Return to your hotel in time for dinner (optional) and overnight.
After breakfast, we encourage you to join your fellow group members for a full day excursion to the Trodos Mountains area in the Republic of Cyprus. Home to Mount Olympus, the island’s highest peak, this stunning mountain range provides visitors with a forested flip side to the coastal resorts and big-city clamour. In addition to the natural beauty of the landscape, the Trodos Mountains are home to a variety of postcard-pretty villages with cobbled streets, terraced slopes and vernacular architecture. The region’s peaks and valleys also hide some of the island’s most important medieval frescoed churches, along with unexpected monasteries, museums and some of the Republic’s finest wineries including the Comandaria Wine and Hot Nuts tasting (entrance included). Later head back to your hotel for dinner (optional) and overnight.
Soon after breakfast join your tour leader for another full day to Lefkosa, the old city in North Nicosia. As you wander around northern Cyprus’ old town, unexpected architectural twists whisper of civilisations that took over from one another throughout the centuries – and nowhere is this more apparent than in the Cypriot capital, bisected since 1964 into Nicosia (Lefkosia)and North Nicosia (Lefkoşa). The splendid Selimiye Mosque (entrance included), once the Gothic-style Cathedral of St Sofia, lords over the city with its twin minarets added by the Ottomans. During your free time you can cross the no-man’s land from north to south at the Ledra Street checkpoint, where hectic bazaar stalls give way to fancy boutique windows, Turkish signs morph into Greek script, and street-side chatter switches to different sounds. Return back to your hotel for dinner (optional) and overnight.
After breakfast a full day excursion to one’s of the island’s last true wilderness, the Karpaz peninsula awaits you today. A Mediterranean rural idyll of rolling fields, olive groves and remote white-sand beaches licked by shallow turquoise water. Set between a spine of undulating hills, country roads weave between forgotten archaeological sites, ruined churches and sleepy villages up to the thin tapering finger of land at the eastern tip where wild donkeys wander onto the roads and turtles’ nest on dune-backed Golden Beach. (make sure to bring along your swimming costumes – you might be lucky enough to open up your 2019’s swimming season). Later head back to your hotel for dinner (optional) and overnight.
After breakfast join the tour leader for a full day excursion the beautiful coastal walled city of Famagusta. Winding lanes rimmed with terrace rows of houses suddenly give way to ruined Gothic churches, the most famous of which is the former Cathedral of Saint Nicholas. You will also visit the monastery of Saint Barnabas; the founder of the Cypriot Orthodox Church and the ancient-city-kingdom of Salamis. Later head back to your hotel for dinner (optional) and overnight.
After breakfast, enjoy your last day in Kyrenia. Take a much-deserved drink in the hotel’s pool bar, or head to Kyrenia’s old harbour (extra) and enjoy the local cuisine. You may also want to take of boat trips’ departing from the harbour. Later re-join the group for dinner (optional) and overnight.
After breakfast and checkout, head towards Larnaca airport for check in on your Emirates flight back to Malta departing at 1220hrs.
|Price per person|
|Total for all Excursions||€211||€145|
- Direct Emirates Airlines flight to Larnaca
- 10 Kgs Hand Luggage
- 23 Kgs Checked-In Luggage
- All Transfers
- 7 Nights at the 4* Pia Bella Hotel on Bed and Breakfast Basis (or similar)
- Tour Leader
- English Speaking Guide as per itinerary
- Protection by the Insolvency Fund
- Travel Insurance
Half Board Supplement (7 x (drinks excluded): Adult pay €89 | Child pay €49