Northern Cyprus - Hand-Picked Resort Holiday
- Duration: 8 days
- Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW17366
- Travel Type: Air
7 nights. April 2019 - October 2019. From £609.00.
Rest and relaxation in an unspoiled corner of Aphrodite's idyllic isle
With its exquisite, horseshoe-shaped harbour ringing blue waters, overlooked by the turrets of its monumental castle, and with its narrow, charming lanes giving way both east and west to a beautiful coastline, all backed by the craggy heights of the Five Finger Mountains, Kyrenia, on Northern Cyprus' sun-kissed coast, is as delightful a hideaway as any in the Mediterranean.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsEnjoy the amenities at your chosen hotel
Stroll along Kyrenia's picture-postcard-perfect harbour
Explore the monumental castle that surveys the scene, and visit the shipwreck museum
Head to the beach on sunny days
Boat trips and fishing expeditions sail from the harbour
Keen walkers can head into the hills beyond
The energetic might snorkel or scuba dive
Warm evenings offer the chance for al-fresco dining
Don't miss Lawrence Durrell's beloved Bellapais
Join an excursion to divided city Nicosia, fascinating Famagusta or the stunning Karpaz peninsula
Seven nights' bed and breakfast or half-board accommodation in one of our carefully chosen North Cyprus hotels
Return flights from your chosen UK airport to Cyprus
Return airport-to-hotel transfers
The services of a friendly, experienced resort-based 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 from the UK to Larnaca and transfer north to Kyrenia and your chosen hotel.
Day TwoDiscover and explore the delightful port town of Kyrenia, its natural, horseshoe-shaped harbour looking out over pristine azure waters and flanked by shops and cafes, all watched over by an imposing medieval castle, on today's optional excursion. Within the massive castle walls, a fascinating shipwreck museum, and a 'tombs-finds gallery' are among highlights.
This afternoon, return to enjoy the surroundings of your hotel, explore the town under your own steam, perhaps taking in a museum or gallery, or take a seat in one of the harbour's many delightful fish restaurants - perfect places in which to pass the hours away.
Day ThreeOur second optional excursion heads first towards the magnificent mountain-top castle of St Hilarion, with its preserved fortifications and spectacular views of the coastline and the surrounding 'Five Finger' Mountains, in the foothills of which lies the beautiful village of Bellapais. Set beneath 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 as you soak up its unique atmosphere. Return to Kyrenia for the rest of the day.
Day FourThe highlight of today's fascinating optional excursion will be the visit to historic Nicosia, island capital for more than 12 centuries, and divided in 1963 by the 'Green Line' separating the Turkish North and Greek South of the city. Enjoy a guided tour of Lefkosa, the northern territory, where highlights include the ancient Buyuk Han, the former caravanserai travellers' inn, the colourful covered bazaar and the cathedral/mosque of Selimiye/St Sophia. Crossing the border into the southern, Lefkosia, half of the city for some free time to explore its preserved Old Town of narrow streets enclosed by Venetian walls, its tiny St John's Cathedral and its various museums of Cypriot history and culture.
Day FiveToday is free to enjoy the hotel and its surroundings, or to head into Kyrenia once again, although many will want to join the optional excursion to the green, citrus-grove surrounded town of Guzelyurt ("beautiful place" in Turkish) with its archaeology museum and church of Agios Mamas. An enjoyable day will also include visits to the fascinating excavated city of Soli, with its Roman and Byzantine remains, and to the 'Green Line' border town of Lefke, with its former copper mines and citrus groves.
Day SixA truly fascinating day awaits you, as you journey to the island's east, first calling at the monastery of St Barnabas, where the side chapel of the twin-domed church is said to hold the tomb of the early Christian martyr. This is followed by a visit to the extraordinary Roman ruins of the ancient coastal city of Salamis. The remains, which include colonnades, a magnificent theatre and a bathhouse, were once part of a much larger settlement, now submerged under the blue waters and sand dunes.
You'll then head to the fascinating city of Famagusta, once one of the world's richest, and today a living museum, with its ruined churches, Venetian Palace and ruined churches lying amif modern cafes and shops, as described in Victoria Hislop's novel 'The Sunrise'. Most unforgettable is the 'Ghost City' of Varosha, left abandoned since 1974, and a poignant reminder of the island's past troubles.
Day SevenA last scenic excursion heads to the unspoiled Karpaz, or Karpasia, peninsula, a rugged spit of land fringed by some of the island's most stunning beaches and bluest waters. Dotted with ancient villages and home to herds of wild donkeys, the peninsula is also where the remote monastery and shrine of Apostos Andreas boasts a famous 'holy well'. As well as visits to an ancient olive press and to the important mosaics at Agios Trias, today will also include a chance, weather permitting, to enjoy a dip in the sea at the beautiful Golden Beach, said to be the island's finest bathing spot. You'll return to Kyrenia at the end of a wonderful day, to enjoy a last dinner at the hotel.
Day EightBid farewell to your Cypriot hosts, and transfer back to Larnaca airport for the return flight. Back to top
AccommodationPia 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.The Ship Inn
Boasting both the name and familiar warmth of an English-style hotel, The Ship Inn stands in a tranquil setting with splendid views of the surrounding hills. The hotel can be booked on a Bed & Breakfast or Half Board basis. HALF-BOARD UPGRADE AVAILABLE - PLEASE CALL TO BOOK.
The Ship Inn has accommodation in the main hotel and in garden blocks clustered round the hotels outdoor swimming pool. The hotel also has a tennis court, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness suite, as well as a British-style bar, a pool-bar and a restaurant. There is free Wi-Fi in the public areas, and the local bus stop for Kyrenia town centre is just across the road.
The guest rooms are air-conditioned, and each has a telephone, kettle, safe, mini-bar, TV and a patio or balcony.Malpas Hotel
This stylish hotel (which is locally five-star rated) offers a wide range of amenities in a stunning hillside location away from Kyrenia town centre.
The hotel has a large outdoor swimming pool, an indoor swimming pool with a whirlpool, a spa and beauty salon (payable locally) and a well-equipped gym, as well as a fine restaurant, a bar and spacious lounges, including a panoramic terrace bar. A seasonal shuttle bus service operates to Kyrenia town centre and to the hotel's own private beach club, the Cornaro.
The Diamond Court guest rooms, in the garden annexe, have free Wi-Fi, TV, telephones, hairdryers and safes.Acapulco Beach Resort and Spa
The Acapulco is a large, resort hotel set on the coast beside a long sandy beach, which is located about five miles to the east of Kyrenia.
The hotel boasts North Cyprus' biggest outdoor swimming pool, as well as an indoor swimming pool, a tennis court, a large spa (payable locally) with a Turkish Bath, sauna, steam room and fitness suite. The hotel has three restaurants (including one beach-side) and four bars, lounges and even a casino. These, and the activities and entertainment offered (including sea canoes, table tennis, darts, volleyball and live music) all operate on a seasonal basis and some are payable locally.
The guest rooms are comfortably furnished and air-conditioned, and each has a telephone, safe, mini-bar, hairdryer and TV. 24-hour room service is available, and Sea View rooms can be booked for a supplement.Arkin Colony Hotel
The Arkin Colony Hotel offers high standards of service in the heart of Kyrenia, and can be booked on a Bed & Breakfast or Half Board basis. HALF-BOARD UPGRADE AVAILABLE - PLEASE CALL TO BOOK.
A renowned haven of understated luxury, the Colony has an al fresco a la carte roof terrace restaurant, a main restaurant, a lounge and a small fitness room and spa. There is also a rooftop swimming pool and a casino. The hotel runs a seasonal shuttle bus to its own private beach.
The guest rooms at the Colony are beautifully appointed, and each has air conditioning, a telephone, a hairdryer, free Wi-Fi, a safe, a mini-bar, TV and room service.Bellapais Monastery Village, Kyrenia
This charming and welcoming four-star is located down the hillside from Bellapais Village, less than three miles from Kyrenia Harbour, and boasts spectacular panoramic views along the coastline.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour and 30 minutes.
Seasonal hotel facilitiesPlease note that some hotel facilities are operating on a seasonal basis and may not always be open/available. Examples might include shuttle buses to the town centre and beach, swimming pools and selected bars/restaurants (eg beachside restaurants).
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.
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