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SUMMER 2017

June 6th to November 15th

Our exclusive daily tour program - exploring the whole of North Cyprus from your hotel in Kyrenia or from Nicosia. Our official guides show you all the amazing details and stories you would never find travelling alone. Enjoy 12.000 years of history and amazing landscapes with the comfort of having a private guide and driver.

 

 

WEDNESDAY:

LlONHEART: Hilarion and Bellapais 9:00-13:30 from Kyrenia

 

LIONHEART PLUS: Hilarion, Bellapais and Kyrenia Castle 8:15-17:30 from Nicosia

 

THURSDAY:

GRAND TOUR: Northern Cyprus in a nutshell 9:00-20:00 from GIRNE or 8:15-19:15 from NICOSIA

 

 

WED: LIONHEART: Hilarion and Bellapais 9:00-13:30 from Kyrenia

 

 

Join our exclusive half day program to the 2 most important sights of Kyrenia!

Our tour starts with a short drive from Kyrenia to St. Hilarion Castle. With walls and towers that appear to sprout out of the rocks almost randomly, it is a fairly-tale rumoured to be used by Walt Disney as inspiration for the castle in ‘’Snow White and Seven Dwarfs’’. The highest point is about 730m above sea level and the view is marvellous. From the castle we drive to Bellapais Monastery, one of the masterpieces of gothic architecture in Cyprus. The village and the monastery became famous with Lawrence Durrell´s book “Bitter lemons of Cyprus”.

 

€ 29 per person

 

Half day trip including entrance tickets. 

Program: St. Hilarion Castle, Bellapais Monastery - drop-off at Wednesday Market possible!

 

40 km, from Girne municipal parking  (Pick up and drop-off from/at hotel € 3 per person extra. Pick up times: Lapta hotels 8:30, Alsancak hotels 8:45, Girne hotels 9:00 - Catalköy hotels on request)

 

 

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WED: LIONHEART PLUS: Hilarion, Bellapais and Kyrenia Castle 8:15-17:30 from Nicosia

 

 

Join our exclusive full day program to the most important sights of Kyrenia!

Our tour starts with a drive to Kyrenia and then up to St. Hilarion Castle. With walls and towers that appear to sprout out of the rocks almost randomly, it is a fairly-tale rumoured to be used by Walt Disney as inspiration for the castle in ‘’Snow White and Seven Dwarfs’’. The highest point is about 730m above sea level and the view is marvellous. From the castle we drive to Bellapais Monastery, one of the masterpieces of gothic architecture in Cyprus. The village and the monastery became famous with Lawrence Durrell´s book “Bitter lemons of Cyprus”. After a light lunch in Kyrenia we visit the impressive Kyrenia Castle and you will have time to enjoy some free time at the harbour before we bring you back to the Checkpoint in Nicosia.

 

€ 65 per person

 

Full day trip including entrance tickets. 

Program: St. Hilarion Castle, Bellapais Monastery, light lunch, Kyrenia Castle, free time in Kyrenia

 

70 km, from Nicosia LEDRA PALACE checkpoint

 

 

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THU: GRAND TOUR: Northern Cyprus in a nutshell 9:00-20:00 from GIRNE or 8:15-19:15 from NICOSIA

 

 

The most extensive day trip of Northern Cyprus - 3 in 1:

At 09.00 am we drive from Girne to the East. The lingering coastal road takes us in less than an hour to the Miniacyprus Exhibition next to the church of Panagia Pergamonitissia in Tatlisu. Approximately 1 hour further along the north coast we reach the new Karpaz Gate Marina in Yenierenköy. There we can refresh ourselves briefly before we reach a typical picnic area with sufficient shadow. We will have a Cypriot summer lunch table with juicy watermelon, chopped Hellim cheese, fresh bread and spiced olives. After the rest we drive through the village of Dipkarpaz towards the tip of the peninsula. There the wild donkeys look forward to the apples or carrots you brought with you to feed them. We visit the newly renovated monastery church of St. Andrews and learn about the foundation of the Orthodox pilgrimage site. On the way back we enjoy the fantastic views of the untouched dune landscape of Golden Beach. In the afternoon a one hour drive along the east coast brings us to the excavations of the ancient city of Salamis. The Roman theater and the Gymnasium with thermal baths show us the high standard the inhabitants lived at that time. In the shade of the eucalyptus trees, we are fortifying ourselves with freshly baked Gözleme, before going to the nearby Monastery of St. Barnabas. There we learn more about the saint and his importance for the orthodoxy of Cyprus and we look at the icons in the monastery church. The next short drive takes us to the old town of Famagusta. Entering through the imposing walls, the former wealth of the commercial center is revealed to us; The guided tour takes us to the Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque (former St. Nicholas Cathedral), which has impressed the visitors for centuries with masterful Gothic architecture. After about an hour's journey through the Mesarya plain we reach the divided capital Nicosia. There we visit the Selimiye Mosque (former St. Sophia Cathedral) in the center of the old town and conclude the exciting trip in the Ottoman caravanserai Büyük Han, a place of encounter and trade. With the evening red on the southern slopes of the Fivefinger mountains in front of us we come back to Girne around 8 pm.

 

 

€ 89 per person

 

Full day trip including entrance tickets and 2 light lunches

Program:

Panagia Pergamonitissia (with MINIA CYPRUS exhibition)

Apostolos Andreas (St. Andrews church)

Light first lunch

Golden Beach

Salamis Ruins (with light second lunch)

St. Barnabas Monastery

Famagusta historic centre

Nicosia historic centre

 

355 km, from Girne municipal parking (Pick up at Nicosia LEDRA PALACE CHECKPOINT at 8:15)

 

 

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THE "WILD WEST" 9:00-18:00

 

 

Off the beaten track - join our tour to the green and wild West of Northern Cyprus!

In the morning we visit the village of Kormacit, where the spoken languages are Greek and Aramaic (original language of Jesus Christ). The inhabitants are members of the Maronite Church, which is a Catholic Church based in Lebanon. After the village we visit Güzelyurt Weekly Market with typical Cypriot products like sweets, fruit juices, cheese, Sucuk, etc. Afterwards we continue to the Church of Saint Mamas, where we visit the icon museum and the nearby archaeological museum with its newest discoveries such as ‘’The Golden Leaves of Soli’’. From here we continue to the eco-village of Bagliköy for a small lunch. The Vuni palace and the Ruins of Soli with the Greek theatre and the mosaics of the Basilica of Saint Auxibius is today’s last cultural highlight.

 

 

FAMAGUSTA + NICOSIA 9:00-19:00 - bring your passport/ID!

 

 

The most important cities and sights at only 1 day!

In the morning we drive to the Walled City of Nicosiathe last divided capital of Europe with its unique combination of Gothic (St. Sophia Church) and Ottoman (Büyük Han) architecture. Our next destination after lunch in Nicosia is Famagusta region, where we visit the Monastery of Saint Barnabas (archaeological and icon museum), the Ruins of Salamis (Roman antique city) and the Old Town of Famagusta (St Nicholas Church, nowadays Mustafa Lala Pasha Mosque).Get exclusive insights into Cyprus´ amazing history from the Bronze Age over Roman times to Ottoman and British Empires in only one day!

 

 

SOUTH CYPRUS: Troodos Mountains 8:00-19:00 - bring your passport/ID!

 

 

Our exclusive trip to the  Troodos Mountains in the South part of Cyprus!

We cross the border at Astromeridis checkpoint to reach the mountain village of Kakpetria, where we have our first stop and a coffee break. From here we continue to the "Golden Monastery" of Kykko, where Archbishop Makarios had his education. After a traditional buffet lunch we continue to Omodos, where we have the chance to taste the traditional wines of the region.

 

 

KARPAZ PENINSULA 9:00-18:00

 

 

The most extensive day trip to the unspoilt beauty of the Karpaz peninsula! 

Driving along the northern coastal road, our first stop will be at the Byzantine church of Panagia Pergaminiotissa. The church is a renovated 12th century building that hosts a nature exhibition whereas the beautiful garden is used for displaying miniature versions of the most important Cyprus buildings like the gothic style cathedral in Nicosia.  Our next visit will be at Ayios Thyrsos church where Orthodox Christians pray for relief of illnesses. Continuing our drive to the far end of the peninsula we have a coffee break at Dipkarpaz village and visit the mosque. Apostolos Andreas Monastery (an important pilgrim destination for orthodox Christians, in renovation) and a swimming break at the Golden Beach (here you will have time for an optional lunch) are the next highlights of this wonderful day at Cyprus ´eastern end.

 

 

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