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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.

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.

Catherine J

1 star rating: I do not recommend this October 2015

Poor review because Viator gave me the WRONG contact number for the local tour company that provided the service. I had to work it out for myself which was not easy with the time differences etc as I was travelling. The tour itself was ok. But u can do it cheaper by local bus and spend more time there

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