Christmas In Northern Cyprus
7 nights. December 2020. From £769.00.
Book by 30th September and save £50 on short haul products with Promo Code: BONUS50
Head to beautiful Cyprus to enjoy a warm festive welcome and to celebrate the season in traditional style. Based close to fascinating Famagusta, where a very merry, very relaxing Christmas is all-but guaranteed, this wonderful week-long holiday features a mix of included highlights and optional tours, in addition to sparkling celebrations.
What's IncludedSeven nights' all-inclusive accommodation at the Salamis Bay Conti Resort
A festive Christmas Day dinner
A guided tour of Famagusta and Salamis' Roman ruins
Return flights to Larnaca or Paphos
Coach travel and transfers throughout
The services of a friendly, experienced tour manager
One piece of hold luggage per person
Holiday HighlightsExplore Famagusta's once-deserted streets
Ancient Salamis and its Roman ruins
An optional excursion to Hilarion's fairy-tale fortress and idyllic Bellapais
The chance to soak up Kyrenia's seasonal cheer on an optional tour
Opportunities to explore historic Kantara Castle and Nicosia
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly to Cyprus and transfer to the Salamis Bay Conti Resort.
Day 2Today's included excursion introduces you to nearby fascinating Famagusta. The city was once one of the world's richest and today is somewhat of a living museum. Explore its ruined churches, former-cathedral-turned-mosque, and Venetian Palace lying amid modern cafés and shops. You'll also take in the extraordinary Roman ruins of the ancient coastal city of Salamis, with its colonnades, magnificent theatre and bathhouse, which was once part of a much larger settlement, a lot of which is now submerged under the sea. This afternoon, return to your hotel to begin your celebrations with a Christmas Eve dinner.
Day 3A day at leisure to relax and enjoy Christmas Day at your hotel, making the most of the facilities on offer before Christmas Dinner is served this evening.
Day 4This morning you’ll have the chance to stretch your legs and get some fresh air by visiting historic Kantara Castle on an optional half-day excursion. Located around 1800ft above sea level in the Kyrenia Mountains, Kantara Castle is one of several castles in the area that formed a defensive perimeter, protecting Cyprus’ northern shores from invaders. Thanks to its unique vantage point, Kantara was used to pass messages to the other castles. The castle’s date of construction is unknown, but there are clear Byzantine and Frankish architectural elements. Your knowledgeable local guide will bring the castle’s fascinating history to life, including the story of when it was taken by Richard the Lionheart in 1191.
Day 5Rest and relax at the hotel or join today’s optional excursion to historic Nicosia, island capital for more than 12 centuries and separated into a Turkish north and Greek south since the Green Line was first drawn, in 1963. Enjoy a guided tour of the northern territory, where highlights include the ancient Büyük Han, once the largest caravanserai (roadside inn) on Cyprus, the colourful covered bazaar and the Selimiye Mosque (historically known as the Cathedral of St Sophia). After crossing into the southern territory, you'll have free time to explore the narrow streets that shelter within the Venetian walls of Nicosia's old town. Why not visit tiny St John's Cathedral or one of the various museums of Cypriot history and culture before you return to your hotel?
Day 6Today’s optional tour begins with a visit to the mountain-top castle of St Hilarion and beautiful village of Bellapais – home to the preserved ruins of a Gothic abbey. This idyllic spot was home for three years to celebrated writer Lawrence Durrell, who chronicled his stay here in his novel Bitter Lemons. Wander the ruins of the abbey, stepping back in time, before heading to Kyrenia with its horseshoe-shaped harbour and entrance to its imposing medieval castle – a picture-perfect scene enhanced by the festive decorations of the cafés and shops that fringe the harbour at this time of year.
Day 7Your final optional excursion gives you the chance to explore the unspoilt Karpas Peninsula, a rugged spit of land fringed by some of the island's bluest waters, dotted with old villages and home to herds of wild donkeys and the remote Apostolos Andreas monastery, famous for its holy well. You’ll also visit an olive oil producer and, weather permitting, Golden Beach.
Day 8Bid farewell to your Cypriot hosts and transfer back to the airport for your return flight. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour and 10 minutes from Larnaca and two hours and 30 minutes from Paphos.
European closing timesShops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Passport informationEuropean Union citizens travelling across the border from Southern Cyprus to Northern Cyprus must have passports valid for at least two months beyond the date of their crossing. Visitors from outside the EU must have passports valid for at least six months beyond the date of their crossing.
Terms and conditionsBONUS50 TERMS: This offer applies to UK and European air-inclusive holidays. The offer is available on new bookings made between 1st and 30th September (inclusive) only. This offer does not apply to holidays with late availability pricing, Lapland day breaks and Wimbledon packages. Offer excludes Wimbledon packages, Lapland Santa Experience Day Trips and Late Deals. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The £50 per person discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code BONUS50 has been entered, and will be confirmed before purchase. The discount applies to your final holiday price (excluding insurance if selected) at the time of booking. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Back to top