New Year In Northern Cyprus
7 nights. December 2018. From £989.00.
Based close to Kyrenia's famous harbour, where seasonal cheer is guaranteed, this wonderful week-long holiday features a wonderful mix of included highlights and optional tours, in addition to sparkling celebrations.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsEnjoy seven nights in exquisite Kyrenia
Soak up Kyrenia's seasonal cheer on a half-day tour
Visit idyllic Bellapais and its Gothic abbey - once home to writer Lawrence Durrell
See St Hilarion's 'fairy-tale' fortress
Enjoy a New Year's Eve celebration at the hotel
Explore ruined yet beautiful Famagusta
Visit ancient Salamis and see ghost city Varosha
Seven nights' half-board accommodation at the three-star Altinkaya Hotel, with special New Year's Eve celebration with live entertainment (four-star Pia Bella Hotel available at a supplement)
Return flights to Larnaca or Paphos
Coach travel and transfers throughout
One piece of hold luggage per person
The services of a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
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 OneFly to Cyprus and transfer to your chosen hotel in Kyrenia.
Day TwoThis morning's tour will introduce exquisite Kyrenia, its horseshoe-shaped harbour and imposing medieval castle - a picture-book scene enhanced by the festive decorations of the cafes and shops that fringe the harbour.
Day Three (New Year's Eve)Begin a special day by joining this morning's optional excursion to historic Nicosia, island capital for more than 12 centuries, a colourful place bursting festive vitality.
This evening, enjoy a lively New Year's Eve celebration at the hotel, with dinner and live entertainment.
Day Four (New Year's Day)Rest and relax after the festivities, then enjoy an afternoon visit to nearby mountain-top castle of St Hilarion, the beautiful village Bellapais and the preserved ruins of its 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 returning to the hotel to enjoy a relaxing afternoon.
Day FiveToday you are free to enjoy the hotel and its surroundings, or to head into beautiful Kyrenia once again. Many will want to join our optional excursion to the green, citrus-grove surrounded town of Guzelyurt - 'beautiful place' in Turkish - with its archaeology museum and church of Agios Mamas.
Day SixToday's included excursion is to fascinating Famagusta. The city was once one of the world's richest cities, and today is somewhat of a living museum. Wander its ruined churches, former-cathedral-turned-Lala Mustapha Pasha mosque and Venetian Palace, which lie amongst modern cafes 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. Intriguingly, Salamis was once part of a much larger settlement, though much of it is now submerged under the sea.
Day SevenA final optional excursion is to the unspoiled Karpaz peninsula, a rugged spit fringed by some of the island's bluest waters, dotted with old villages and home to herds of wild donkeys, and to a remote monastery and its famous holy well.
Day EightBid farewell to your Cypriot hosts and transfer back to the airport for the return flight. Back to top
Nestled amid olive groves just 2.5km from Kyrenia Harbour, this family-owned three-star hotel offers the warmest of welcomes.
The hotel has two outdoor swimming pools, a terrace restaurant, a comfortable lounge, a pool-side barbecue and a bar. There is free Wi-Fi in the hotel reception, and the hotel runs a seasonal shuttle bus into the centre of Kyrenia.
Guest rooms are located either in the main building or in the hotel grounds. Each room is air-conditioned and has either a balcony or a terrace, a safe (small charge), a telephone, a hairdryer, TV and tea- and coffee-making facilities.Pia Bella Hotel
This welcoming four-star hotel is about 1.5km from Kyrenia's historic harbour and set amid pretty gardens. The local shops, bars and restaurants are within walking distance.
The hotel has two outdoor swimming pools and several terraces, a bar, restaurant and free Wi-Fi in public areas.
All bedrooms have air conditioning, telephones, hairdryers, mini-bars, safes (payable locally), tea- and coffee-making facilities and satellite TV. Standard Rooms are located in the Main Building, whilst the Superior Rooms tend to be located in one of the garden buildings.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour and 30 minutes from Larnaca and two hours and 40 minutes from Paphos.
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. Back to top