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Visit ancient Salamis and the once-popular tourist destination of Famagusta on this day trip to Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus from Paphos and Limassol. Cross the ‘Green Line’ from the Greek south and begin with a tour of the Salamis ruins on the coast. Then, see Othello’s Tower, St Nicolas’ Cathedral (now the Lala Mustafa Mosque) and other top sights in Famagusta’s walled Old Town before heading to a viewpoint to see the city’s derelict, beach-side hotels and eateries.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Famagusta and ancient Salamis in Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus from Paphos or Limassol
  • Experience first hand the different culture of Northern Cyprus as you travel and visit the sights
  • Explore the ancient Greek and Roman ruins of Salamis, once Cyprus’ greatest city, overlooking the Mediterranean
  • Choose to swim at a beach near Salamis and enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) in Famagusta
  • Visit walled, old Famagusta to see Othello’s Tower and St Nicholas’ Cathedral, now a mosque
  • Take in views of Famagusta ‘ghost town’ with its abandoned beachfront hotels and apartment blocks frozen in time
  • Learn about the division of Cyprus in 1974 and the island's two distinct ways of life in one day

What You Can Expect

Famagusta and Salamis Day Trip from Paphos and Limassol

Explore the timeworn ruins of ancient Salamis on this full-day trip

Depart from your Limassol or Paphos hotel aboard a climate-controlled coach and travel into Cyprus’ idyllic countryside. Stop for coffee (own expense) in Choirokoitia (Khirokitia) village, then cross the ‘Green Line,’ a UN-policed buffer zone, into the Turkish northern Cyprus.

Arrive at the ruins of ancient Salamis, the once powerful Greek city state overlooking the Mediterranean coast. Explore the sun-bleached remains of the Roman baths, courtyards, amphitheater and gymnasium, and hear of Salamis’ rise and fall from your guide. After your guided tour, you’ll also have free time to continue sightseeing or perhaps go for a swim at a nearby beach.

Continue to the Famagusta, a popular tourist resort until the division of Cyprus in the 1970s, and head into the city’s walled Old Town, where you’ll break for lunch (own expense) before exploring with your guide.

Finally, gaze out over Famagusta’s ‘ghost town’ district, where once-bustling hotels and restaurants have been deserted since the island was split in two. Your tour then concludes with a drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Jacoba v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I had an informative, relaxing day. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Valarie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had an amazing time on this tour. Eva, our tour guide, was wonderful! She helped explain the history and also shared her own personal stories, which made the trip unforgettable.

Brigitte C

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

This was a great tour with a fantastic tour guide. The only thing I would change was the length of time in the Famagusta old town... It was really insightful and interesting!

VERA R United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

The trip was very long if your getting picked up at pathos but the guide was very good and made up for the time

Claire

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 2015

If you have spare time then worth investing in the day. If like most you are interested to see the ghost city from afar then you will be disappointed. A drive past at derelict buildings is all you see, it could be the run down part of any town. Very disappointing. Information in the conflict is quite between North and Sourh is very interesting and informative, and spending time in Famagusta seeing the very friendly Turkish Cypriots is worth your time.

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