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.