- Tranquil ruins of Bellapais Abbey
Northern Cyprus - History in the Present
- VIP door to door
Uncover the history and beauty of Northern Cyprus
To uncover a more traditional side to this popular island, explore its beautiful north with us.
Staying in the historic harbour town of Kyrenia, our Northern Cyprus holidays take in the island’s intriguing capital, Nicosia, and call in at Büyük Han, a large caravanserai (roadside inn) where Silk Road travellers used to stop.
Visits to the atmospheric Bellapais Abbey ruins and ancient remains of Salamis city give you plenty of chances to ponder the people and cultures that forged today’s Cyprus.
7 nights in hotel
17 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 3 lunches (days 2 and 4-5) 7 dinners (days 1-7)
- International flights†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- Guided tour to Nicosia (including entrance to Arab Ahmet & Selimiye Mosques, and the Dervish Pasha Mansion)
- Excursion to Saint Hilarion Castle and Bellapais Abbey
- Guided tour to Famagusta (including Salamis and entrance to the Monastery of Saint Barnabas & Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque)
†Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
Portable audio headset system on excursions
Day 1 UK to Larnaca to Kyrenia
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Larnaca.
On arrival we transfer to the north of Cyprus, and Kyrenia where we stay for the week.
You stay at Oscar Resort Hotel (4*) or Vuni Palace Hotel (5*).
Day 2 Nicosia
This morning, a guide introduces us to the highlights of Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus. We see the Arab Ahmet and Selimiye Mosques, the latter being housed within the grand Gothic Cathedral of Saint Sophia.
We also see the Dervish Pasha Mansion and the 16th-century Great Inn (Büyük Han), the largest of the island’s historical roadside inns, known as caravanserai.
Day 3 Kyrenia
Today is free to enjoy in the surroundings of your hotel. Or you may choose to take an optional excursion to the Karpas Peninsula, sometimes referred to as the panhandle.
From your hotel, you’ll travel into the past through old villages set in the shadow of the Five Finger Mountains. In the beautiful coastal village of Bogaz, you can watch the fishermen at work. At the archaeological site of Sipahi, you’ll view the spectacular, intricately patterned mosaics of the Basilica of Agia Triada.
Your last stop is the Monastery of Saint Andrew, a peaceful site where both Greek and Turkish Cypriots come to worship. You may be lucky enough to spot some of the local wildlife, including many wild donkeys.
Day 4 Kyrenia
This morning, we embark on an excursion in Kyrenia, to explore two remarkable sites. Saint Hilarion, dramatically sited on a rocky crag overlooking the glittering sea, was once a monastery and is also one of the best preserved of the Crusader castles. We have time to wander and take in the beautiful views.
Our day continues to Bellapais Abbey, a 13th-century Gothic monastery made rich by the gifts and donations offered by crusading knights and pilgrims. The impressive sanctuary may be in ruins, and the frescos of the life of Christ faded and fragmented, but the abbey is filled with an air of tranquillity and beauty.
Day 5 Famagusta
Today, we take a tour to Famagusta, stopping first at the 5th-century Monastery of Saint Barnabas, which is now a museum exhibiting magnificent Cypriot artefacts. Our tour continues with a scenic drive to the ancient city of Salamis. We’ll roam the extensive ruins here including the marble columns, ancient baths and Roman theatre.
Later, we arrive in the old city of Famagusta with time at leisure to wander the streets of charming shops selling silver and copperware amongst others.
Day 6 Kyrenia
Enjoy a day at leisure; perhaps relax in the hotel or discover some of the surrounding sites including Kyrenia’s historic harbour and grand castle.
Day 7 Kyrenia
Today is free, or join an optional excursion to see the west coast of Cyprus.
Begin by exploring the region of Güzelyurt, commonly referred to as the ‘Fruit Garden of Cyprus’ being located in a fertile alluvial plain.
Visit the 18th-century Saint Mamas Monastery and the Güzelyurt Museum located next door. Continue to Soli, an ancient city kingdom with many Roman remains to independently explore.
Day 8 Kyrenia to Larnaca to UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.