Treasures of North Cyprus History & Culture tour

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Staying At: Luxury hotels with great ambience
Duration: 7 nights
Great for: History explorers, foodies and adventurers
Added benefits: Welcome dinner, welcome drink, historic walking tours
What next?: Contact our Travel Specialists on 01694 722193
This exclusive Long Travel tour is all you need for your next holiday inspiration. Exploring the whole of North Cyprus with all its treasures will keep you delighted throughout every minute of your journey. Walking tours will take you to ancient towns boasting historic castles, handcraft shops and old Bazaars where you will find an assortment of locally produced fruit and vegetables. Sample the superb local Turkish cuisine and world famous Turkish coffee; it is everything and more you could dream of for your long-awaited holiday.

Enjoy 12.000 years of history, culture and amazing landscapes with our tailor made itinerary in Northern Cyprus.

Day 1:

Arrival

7 May 2019     London - Cyprus

Arrive at the airport and transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kyrenia for your first four nights stay.

Arkin Colony Hotel Standard Room based in B&B

(Note- if the flights are arriving late welcome dinner will be on Day 2)

18:30   Welcome drink at the hotel bar meet your tor manager whom will be with you throughout the trip.

17:30   Welcome Dinner (3 course set menu dinner excluding beverages) at the hotel’s restaurant

Day 2:

Ancient Harbour of Kyrenia and Lambousa Kingdom

09:00   Walking tour of Kyrenia historic town and the ancient harbour. Visit Kyrenia Castle & the Shipwreck Museum. Drive to Lapta for your lunch at Lapida hotel with typical products from the island and regional recopied prepared by the hotel’s owner/chef. Home-made lemonade will be served with the meal. Alcoholic drinks will be payable locally.

In the afternoon: After lunch visit the ancient Lambousa (incl. Necropolis & Roman fish tanks) and Lapta old town.

Return to the hotel.

Dinner at leisure        

Day 3:

St Hilarion and Bellapais

Depart in the morning for the beautiful St Hilarion Castle, enjoy the striking views of the Kyrenia Coast from high above.  St Hilarion is one of the three castles on the Five Finger Mountains and probably the most popular one, due to its proximity to the Kyrenia town, magnificent views from different levels and its’ fame for being the inspiration for the Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

Continue to Bellapais and visit the 13th Century Bellapais Abbey. It means ‘The Abbey of the Beautiful Peace’ and certainly lives up to its name. Not only it has a magnificent hill perched location with striking views but the ambiance of this small Abbey is wonderful.

In the afternoon, return to your hotel for possible lunch at your leisure or free time in town.

Dinner at Leisure

Day 4:

Charming old Town - Nicosia

Half day tour to Nicosia old town visiting Buyuk Han and its colourful handcraft shops. In Buyuk Han you will also find the famous Turkish pastry dishes and Turkish ravioli with ricotta, if you are thinking of some snacks or real taste of Cyprus, a brief stop for food tasting is highly recommended with a Turkish Tea or Coffee.

Continue to old Bazaar – Arasta and enjoy the seasonal colours as this market has been the meeting place for locals for many years, here you will find many locally produced fruit and vegetables. Even though modern supermarkets are growing and taking the majority of the business, Arasta is still a nostalgic lace for locals to come to for their fresh products.

Right next to Arasta you will also visit the magnificent Hagia Sophia Cathedral, also known as Selemiye Mosque as it was changed to a mosque during the Ottoman Period. The acritude is kept beautifully with small adaptations for the minarets.

Free time in Nicosia or return to the hotel

Afternoon at leisure

Dinner at leisure

Day 5:

Famagusta and Salamis Kingdom

After breakfast check out form your hotel and drive to Famagusta region with first St Barnabas Monastery

lunch in a local restaurant near Salamis

Long Beach Restaurant

Then Visiting ancient Salamis Ruins

Continue to Famagusta and check in to your hotel for the next three nights.

Arkin Palm Beach Standard Land view room based on B&B

Upgrade is available to higher category rooms at a supplement

Dinner at the hotel

Day 6:

Famagusta & Shakespeare’s Othello Tower

Today you will get the chance to enjoy the walking tour of the ancient Famagusta the old town. This ancient city has been the centre of many civilisations and considered to me on of the important ports of the island on the silk route. Nowadays the port is used for commercial freight boats mainly and the main draw is its ancient history and its sites.

You will visit the Canbulat Tomb & Museum, walk to the Othello Tower and the city walls.

Continue walking tour of Medieval city of Famagusta. Free time to enjoy the city, possible lunch at your leisure or return to the hotel to enjoy the beach and facilities

Dinner at the hotel.

Day 7:

Exploring Karpaz Peninsula

Full day Karpaz Peninsula tour with a lunch in a traditional restaurant en-route in one of the fishing villages. Visit Ay Trias Basilica, and Apaotolos Andreas Monastery then free time at Golden Beach.

Day 8:

Departure

Transfer back to the Airport

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