Highlights of Northern Cyprus for solo travellers
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Head off the beaten track…
Discover Northern Cyprus an archaeologists dream. The region is dotted with relics of ancient civilisations, from the walled city of Famagusta and ruined city of Salamis to gothic castles which have inspired fairy tales, all of which youll discover on this leisurely tour exclusively for solo travellers. As you explore the regions most impressive sights, admire the natural beauty of Cyprus unspoilt landscapes, idyllic golden beaches, and rugged mountains fringed by azure waters. When youre not uncovering the islands rich heritage on included excursions, you can choose from a variety of optional excursions, enjoy social activities, or simply unwind at your peaceful hotel, located in a quiet village near the bustling harbour town of Kyrenia.
7 nights in hotels
17 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), and 7 dinners (D)
UK Return flights and transfers // Saga tour manager // Welcome drink reception // Porterage at all hotels // Fast track security and airport lounge UK // Welcome drink and dinner // Drinks party // Farewell dinner // Meet and greet at the airport // Social activities
Excursions and visits
Nicosia sightseeing tour // St Hilarion Castle // Bellapais Abbey // Monastery of St Barnabas // Ancient city of Salamis // Free time in Famagusta
Day 1 UK-Larnaca-Kyrenia, Cyprus
Meet your tour group at the airport and fly to Larnaca on Cyprus southern coast. After meeting your tour manager, transfer by road to the north region of the island.
Stay seven nights at the locally rated 4-starOlive Tree Hotel, located in a peaceful village close to the harbour town of Kyrenia. Look forward to a dinner and welcome drink reception where you can mingle with your fellow travellers. D
Day 2 Kyrenia
Enjoy a day at leisure, perhaps making the most of the hotels many amenities.
Alternatively, you could join an optional excursion to the west coast of the island. B, D
Day 3 Nicosia
Today, visit the only divided capital in the world since the Berlin Wall was demolished in 1989.
The city of Nicosia is a buzzing hub of old and new which youll discover on a guided tour of the north side. Visit the Selimye Mosque, housed within the grand Gothic cathedral of St Sophia, and the Arab Ahmet Mosque, an example of classical Ottoman architecture. Youll also take in the Dervish Pasha Mansion and the Byk Han (Great Inn) caravansarai the islands largest roadside inn which today is filled with cafes and craft workshops. Lunch is included at a local restaurant, and the remainder of the day is free to spend at leisure. B, L, D
Day 4 Kyrenia and Bellapais
After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to explore two of Cyprus great historical sites.
The first, St Hilarion, the best preserved of the Crusader castles, sits some 2,000ft above sea level, dramatically perched atop a rocky crag. The castle is rumoured to have provided inspiration for Walt Disney when he created the animated film Snow White. Drink in the incredible panoramic views from the top stretching across the entire northern coastline on a clear day, you can see as far as the Taurus Mountains 100-kilometres away in Turkey.
Continue to the beautiful village of Bellapais, located in the Kyrenia mountain range. The sleepy village found fame after being immortalised by Lawrence Durrell, who chronicled his life here in the 1950s in the book ‘Bitter Lemons of Cyprus’. The jewel of Bellapais is undoubtedly the 800-year-old Gothic-style abbey, built in the 12th century by monks fleeing Palestine after the fall of Jerusalem. Take a stroll through the exquisite ruins, and perhaps spend a few moments under the Tree of Idleness. B, L, D
Day 5 Kyrenia
Today is free to spend at leisure, or you could perhaps join an optional excursion to the unspoilt Karpas Peninsula. B, D
Day 6 Famagusta
Spend the day exploring the region surrounding Famagusta on Cyprus eastern coast.
First, visit the Monastery of St Barnabas, dedicated to the patron saint of Cyprus, and now a museum showcasing Cypriot artefacts dating back as far as the 7th-century. Continue to the remains of the ancient city of Salamis. Once the capital of Cyprus, Salamis survived the successive occupations of the Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians and Romans before several earthquakes and a tidal wave led to the citys destruction. Roam amongst the ruins, including the marble columns, ancient baths and Roman theatre.
Finally, arrive in Famagusta where youll have free time to explore. Founded by the Egyptians, Famagusta has a more Levantine flavour than the rest of northern Cyprus, and the old walled city offers a fascinating window into the past. Wander the streets lined with charming shops selling local produce, jewellery, and pottery, before returning to your hotel for dinner. B, L, D
Day 7 Kyrenia
Spend your final day at leisure, or tour southern Cyprus on an optional excursion to Lefkara. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner. B, D
Day 8 Kyrenia-Larnaca-UK
Depart your hotel after breakfast, and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B