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Visit Nicosia and explore both the Greek south and the Turkish north on this day trip that provides the perfect introduction to Cyprus’ divided capital. Immerse yourself in Greek culture in Nicosia Old Town, where you’ll visit St John’s Cathedral and the Leventis Municipal Museum. Then cross over the ‘Green Line’ and soak up the distinctly different atmosphere in the Turkish north. Peruse Büyük Han’s bustling shops and cafes, and visit the impressive Selimiye Mosque. Hotel pickup and drop-off from Limassol or Paphos is included.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Nicosia, Cyprus’ capital and the world’s only divided capital city
  • Soak up the history of Greek-run, old South Nicosia, with its 16th-century Venetian walls
  • Marvel at the stunning wall and ceiling frescoes within St John’s Cathedral
  • Chart the city’s long and turbulent history at the Leventis Municipal Museum
  • Cross the derelict ‘Green Line’ buffer zone into atmospheric North Nicosia
  • Roam the maze-like streets to visit the Büyük Han and Selimiye Mosque, formerly the St Sophia Cathedral
  • Enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) and shopping in South Nicosia

What You Can Expect

Nicosia Day Trip from Paphos and Limassol

Visit the Selimiye Mosque, once the St Sophia Cathedral, on your day trip to Nicosia

Depart from your centrally located Limassol or Paphos hotel and travel by coach to Nicosia. As you travel, hear about the 1974 dissection of the capital into Lefkosia, the Greek south, and Lefkoşa, the Turkish north.

Pass through the 15th-century Venetian walls of Nicosia Old Town, located in the Greek south. Discover how the area’s roots date right back to 300 BC and set off on a tour of St John’s Cathedral, whose modest exterior conceals a magnificent fresco-coated interior complete with vivid wall and ceiling murals.

Continue to Laiki Geitonia, where you’ll trace the city’s history at the acclaimed Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia with your guide. Then, following free time for lunch (own expense), shopping and more sightseeing, cross the ‘Green Line,’ a UN-policed buffer zone, to the Turkish north.

Traverse the tumbledown streets and visit Büyük Han, a restored caravansary now crammed with shops and cafes. Then, head inside the Selimiye Mosque, formerly the St Sophia Cathedral, a Gothic church converted into a mosque by the Ottomans in the 16th century.

Your day trip then concludes with a drop-off back at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Portia V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very good, excellent guide, great city.

Naseer U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great tour, very friendly and knowledgeable guide. Would highly recommend this tour.

Alina C

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2017

I always wanted to see the northern part of Cyprus, especially the capital, Nicosia and its surroundings, so I opted to take this tour. It was back in July, where the temperatures reach 30 degrees even at 9 oclock in the morning. I had to wait outside for the bus for about half an hour, as they usually pick up people from different hotels along the coastline. At some point, people from a smaller bus joined our bigger bus and we were finally on our way after more than 1 hour form the original pick-up. The scenery along the way is quite picturesque, but rather arid and missing vegetation due of course to the weather in Cyprus. The guide on the bus was very friendly and informative, giving a lot of insight on the history and fables of the island. Once in Nicosia, we were taken to the Leventis Municipal Museum and on through the narrow streets of the capital to the Green Line which separates the city into the Cypriot and Turkish territory. We had to show our passports in order to cross on the other side where we were taken to the magnificent Selimiye Mosque impressive on the outside as on the inside. Afterwards, we were left on our own to have lunch and wander around the streets for about 3 hours, when, at some point, we had to find a place to hide due to the high temperatures over 40 that day. Once back at the meeting point, we had to wait again in the scorching heat for the bus to come and pick us up, which was quite an unpleasant experience and told that it was held at the other Turkish border due to some issues with the passports. On the way back we got to see the Aphrodites Rock by the ocean just when the sun was coming down over the island. The only reason I didnt give 5 stars is because of the bad organization that day I suppose, but all in all it is a tour worth the money.

val.snedden

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

Nicosia is good but too long on bus to make it enjoyable. 2hrs to get there, and you need to pick up from Limassol as well as Paphos. Did not think this was clear in description. Bus contained a different tour so we got dropped off at Nicosia and they went off to elsewhere. Trouble was they were 40 minutes late returning so sat on side of road waiting with no info, then another 2hrs on bus return.

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