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Full-day Famagusta, Ghost City of Varosi, and Salamis Tour from Paphos

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  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
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  • Offered in: English


Cross into Northern Cyprus and discover the historic treasures of Famagusta on this full-day tour from Paphos. The ruins of the ancient kingdom of Salamis and the Monastery of Saint Barnabas, enjoy free time for sightseeing and lunch in Famagusta.
  • Full-day Famagusta and Salamis Tour from Paphos
  • Discover the ruins of the ancient kingdom of Salamis, dating back to the 12th-century BC
  • Admire Famagusta landmarks including Saint Nikolaos Cathedral and the Venetian walls
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, entrance fees, and round-trip transport

What's Included

  • Professional driver
  • Air-conditioned coach
  • Licensed guide
  • Pick up and drop off from Paphos city centre hotels
  • Meals and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

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Opening hours

  • 12/31/2021 - 12/30/2023

    Friday : 07:00 AM - 08:00 AM

Pickup details

Message will be send through Viator to advise for your exact pick up point and time . In case you won’t receive the message please call us at least a day before departure.Hotel name is needed. If you cannot find your hotel please call us to give you the nearest pick up point . Failure of the client to be on time at the right pick up point will result to a No show and will be fully charged.

What To Expect

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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Passports are required to cross or European id (Passport holders of Syria,Armenia and Nigeria need special visa .Also handwriting Greek identity cards are not accepted).
  • Hotel pick ups commence 30-60 minutes earlier than the tour start time displayed on the voucher. Exact time will be advised after reservation is made.
  • If you won't receive a message through Viator for your exact pick up point and time please call us at least one day prior.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

There is a comfort stop on the way for refreshments and the usual .
Recommended stop off for a 'strong' coffee' turkish Cypriots style.
I recommend it primarily to people of middle age and older.
84 reviews
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Enjoyable day out
Wendy_B, Mar 2023
Enjoyable day out. Comfortable air conditioned coach. Vassos the guide was very knowledgeable. Salamis, fascinating ruins. Famagusta port interesting walled town. Was unexpected that we drove through some of abandoned Famagusta. Thought we would only see it from a distance. Long coach trip there and back but get to see different areas of cyprus in comfort
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for the feedback
Good value
Steven_M, Mar 2023
Plenty to see and very informative tour. It was a long day but worth it. The ghost town was spooky. Our guide was very knowledgeable.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for your comments
St Barnabos' Monistary...
Sonia_Y, Feb 2023
St Barnabos' Monistary and Famagusta ruins. The tour guide made the trip very interesting. Overall it was a great day out.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Good to hear that you like it
Journey of knowing.
Danuta_S, Feb 2023
A full day of experiencing a diverse Cyprus tinged with great Sadness. Very knowledgeable guide and a great value for money trip!
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thank you for nice review
Very interesting trip
Tanya_M, Feb 2023
It was great to see the ancient gymnasium at Salamis and to walk around Famagusta. It was a long day with lots of stops (maybe the first coffee stop wasn't really necessary or perhaps a bit too long?) but it was very interesting and the guide was great. Regarding Varosha, we didn't get to walk around - we just went round some streets on the bus - it would have been great to walk around a bit.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Thank you for your feedback. Our explanation for both points you mentioned is that for the coffee stop we found over our experience that the majority of pasengers require a convinience stop to stretch and refresh due to the fact is along journey ( 2 hours long). Again as becuse is a long journey from/to Paphos, time is a crusial factor and limited us as to how will allocate it. In fact walking around within chost youe need first of all special perimission and more importantly you need another 45-60 minutes to go and come back. Consideriong the time you return and adding additional time it would have been, in our opinion not a long day, but very tyring as well
Very good
Jayson_C, Dec 2022
Highly recommended. Tour guide is very well informative. On time for pick up and drop off location. I enjoyed the day with them
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for your nice words
Paphos to Famagusta
Pille_M, Dec 2022
This tour was worth to do, It’s long day trip, we arrived back to Paphos 6:30 PM. You can get short overview about Famagusta region. On the each place we hasn’t much time, but I understood it is one day trip.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for your feedback. Indeed the return trip is more than 400km and our time to stops are tight up
Andrew_C, Oct 2022
Even though being a Cypriot it was heartbreaking to see all the destruction they did and to see them there the driver and tour guide made the whole trip excellent will definitely recommend
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you for your reply and your observation is correct
Full 10 hour day take sunscreen
Nicola_T, Aug 2022
Pick up on time from the hotel and it is a full 10 hour trip. Lots to see along the way and Maria did an excellent commentary. Very hot at Salamis so take sun cream and a hat, plenty of toilet and drink stops there. In famagusta lots of restaurants shops bars as well as the ghost city seen from the coach, only downside was waiting at the border on the return but a brilliant day.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you for your review. Indeed Famagusta is our longest trip, good to hear that is rewarding.
Interesting trip to historical sites in the occupied part of Cyprus
Alessandro_L, Aug 2022
Very interesting trip, an occasion to see the occupied part of Cyprus and to know more about its recent dramatic story.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
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The Salamis tour was ok....
Andrew_V, Aug 2022
The Salamis tour was ok. Going over border into Famagusta was too long and the toilets were disgusting, no toilet paper and loos did not flush. Maybe tourist board should liase with cleaners
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Apologise for the dissapointing for hygiene conditions in Famagusta. We will pass your disappointment to the Turkish cypriot escort who was onboard the bus but need to clarify the Famagusta is not under the juristiction of the Deputy Mininistry for Tourism of Cyprus or EU health & safety regulations. Is Turkish military controlled area
An OK trip
Adrian_H, Jul 2022
This is a very interesting excursion but just seems a little rushed at times. Would have been better if we had stopped at the Ghost City instead of just driving past it. Overall an OK trip
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank for the feeedback. Need to clarify that most of the Ghost city is not accessible to any one (military zone). Ref tight up on time, is due to the fact is a long trip
Well worth doing.
Aileen_S, Jul 2022
Really enjoyed this trip. Very interesting a lot of history from ancient salamis to the more modern history of various.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Glad to hear that you liked the tour. Thank you!
Very good but could be improved
Elizabeth_E, Jul 2022
Very interesting trip with knowledge tour guild but the first refreshment stop approximately an hour after being picked up was a waste of half an hour. It was a motorway service stop so of no interest. It appeared to be just a money making scheme for the owners selling food and refreshments. The other two stops afterwards were more historiclally interesting. We only had about an hour and a half in Famagusta and this was a lunch stop so there was no time to explore and I would really have loved to. All this said it was nice to get away from the holiday resort for the day and the ghost village was sad to see but very interesting history .
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for your feedback. Yes the first stop is for strenching up and convinience and honestly is not money making scheme as we are NOT getting anything out of it. We see it entirerly as a conviniece stop. Famagusta trip is full of history but on the other hand is a long trip from Paphos and need to be a bit aware of the timings.
Lovely day out
Nathan, May 2022
Amazing trip , would deffo recommend to any one who had the chance to do this when visiting paphos would deffo do again when back next time
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for your view. Proud to see our customers to be our ambassadors
Helen_T, Mar 2020
Long drive but very interesting and informative day, we didn't opt for the lunch as there are plenty of things to see and places to eat
Response from Host, Oct 2020
Thank you for your review. Yes your right Famagusta have a long history to explore
1 traveler found this review helpful
Good content
liked the tour . The weather hampered it slightly . MY favorite bit was Salamis. I think its worth anyone who has visited Cyprus to have a look at North Cyprus .Really interesting
Response from Host, May 2020
Indeed Famagusta is one of the best selling tours.
A great day out with the wonderful Maria
andobrien, Feb 2020
The tour was very well organised and the coach was comfortable. Every site we visited was well worth the long drive and our guide, Maria, was full of facts, stories and anecdotes which brought the rich history and cultural heritage of the island to life. Fascinating and informative from start to finish.
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Thank you for your kind comments
1 traveler found this review helpful
Full day famagusta was fabulous!!
Krystal_S, Jan 2020
Firstly, I do these types of tours wherever I travel and Oola is definitely in the bracket of those who are excellent and the best of the best at what they do. She was on the coach when we boarded at the start and that made a big difference ( I did another tour and with another guide and it was not like this), she also knew when to talk, how much information give and got the balance perfect so that you could still talk amongst yourselves but gave us pertinent information. She was very approachable and had her own little witty jokes that made us laugh. I will add for anyone who isnt aware it's a dual language tour so they also had a Russian guide that translated. The tour was so well organised from start to finish - the driver came exactly at 7.40 like quoted, in crossing the border checkpoints ( one going out and two on coming back) it was a methodical process and there was more than enough time at each site to hear information, walk around, shop and take pictures. One thing that was also well organised was the idea of the 3 course lunch (with a glass of wine) for 12 euros. By placing our orders on the bus it meant that food was ready when we arrived and gave us more time to explore once we'd finished eating. On the way back Oola again understood that people would have that lull and so she kept talking to the minimum, she was also very clear about what would happen for those who has been picked up by mini bus in the morning and clearly advised in what order everyone would be dropped off in. Even though, it is a long day in theory, the excellent organisation between the driver and guides made for a seamless experience so that you didn’t realise how long the day actually was. A big shout out to the driver Adamas / Adamos and he was equally very friendly. No hesitation in recommending this tour at all
Response from Host, May 2020
Thank you for your kind words
Famagusta/Salamis and lightning visit past Varosha from Paphos Excellent!!!!!!!!
Paul Andrew S, Dec 2019
Picked up at 8.00am from Paphos-note 2hr trip to get to border checkpoint-Did stop for a quick coffee/toilet break on way-much needed.Do not forget passport.First stop after checkpoint was Salamis -a must see -pleae note seeing theatre,then gymnasium /baths is needed fast-move around quick a limited time at site which is large-donot forget ither areas-romona street et and fishmarket there - do not stay with guideall the time.Next stop was Saint Baranabus Monastry well worth quick visit see tomb/church then onto Famagusta for lunch and free time- 2hrschoice of having lunch -recommmend take packed lunch asmuch to see with Monasatrys/Venetin Walls and market streets. Recommended stop off for a 'strong' coffee' turkish Cypriots style. really good.We then got on coach and toured around streets edge of Varosha only-No photos allowed and no access just staring at empty shells of house abandoned 45years ago due to political disagreements. Then back to Paphos 2hrs -really good guide nice to see different side of Cyprus.
Response from Host, May 2020
Thank you for you comment and happy that you liked the tour.A minor correction not just a political 1974 there was a military invasion and people forcefully abandon Varishia!


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