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Spend a day exploring northern Cyprus on this day trip from Paphos and Limassol. Travel through Nicosia, the island’s divided capital city, and cross over the ‘Green Line’ buffer zone from the Greek south to the Turkish-occupied north. Visit the tumbledown Bellapais Abbey and enjoy a mixture of guided and free time in the mountain-backed town of Kyrenia.

Highlights

  • Full-day excursion to Kyrenia and Bellapais in Northern Cyprus from Paphos and Limassol
  • Sample the contrasting culture of the Turkish-occupied north side of the island
  • Drive into Nicosia to cross the famous 'Green Line' into the north
  • Explore gorgeous Bellapais Abbey, a ruined 13th-century abbey in the Five Fingers mountains
  • Spend time in the harbor town of Kyrenia, regarded as the jewel of North Cyprus
  • Visit Kyrenia Castle, the Venetian-built fortress that stands on the beautiful harbor
  • Enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) and shopping in Kyrenia’s cobbled streets and harbor area

What You Can Expect

Northern Cyprus Day Trip from Paphos and Limassol

Northern Cyprus Day Trip from Paphos and Limassol

Depart from your centrally located Paphos or Limassol hotel aboard a climate-controlled coach and travel to Nicosia, Cyprus’ capital. As you travel, learn about the island’s division into a Greek south and Turkish-occupied north in 1974. Discover, too, how this movie saw the capital split in two: Lefkosia and Lefkoşa.

Pass through the 15th-century Venetian walls that border south Nicosia and over the ‘Green Line,’ a UN-controlled buffer zone, into northern Cyprus. Travel along well-worn streets and through the Five Fingers (Pentadaktylos) Mountains to Bellapais Abbey, a 13th-century Augustinian monastery set on a mountain terrace. Explore the semi-crumbled abbey with your guide and take in views of the island from above.

Next, descend to Kyrenia, a seaside town whose timeworn streets and houses frame a uniquely-shaped harbor. Here, visit Kyrenia Castle, said to be where Richard the Lionheart spent his honeymoon, and explore the Shipwreck Museum. You’ll also have free time to explore independently and break for lunch (own expense).

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

Customer Reviews

Marcela G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was amazing!

anthony c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Good value tour. Guides know the history and mythology of the area. Well organised.

Alexander D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very good experience with a competent and informative guide giving personal and relevant insights into the areas visited. Something you mut experience to feel the right aspects of Cyprus.

Keith S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It is a very long day but well worth doing. Our guide as Chris, he was very knowledgeable and made people laugh making it fun. Yes, go, well worth the experience. Kyrenia very pretty as was Bellapais. The abbey there was very interesting as was the castle in Kyrenia. Good valye for money

Lorraine

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

Good trip well guided and driven thoroughly enjoyed

Stephen E

4 star rating: Recommended September 2016

A v long day - about 11 hours - much on the coach. So be prepared. and u must also allow for lunch break to take place late afternoon - about 3.30 -4 just before the return. But for those who like scenery and and #34;feeling and #34; their holidays, this was a good trip with good featured sights with great guides.

Abdelkrim A

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2016

nice trip with a professional guide and driver.
however too short in one day, needs more time to visit all north cyprus

Douglas W

1 star rating: I do not recommend this May 2016

Bus was overcrowded and very uncomfortable. Most of your time is riding in a bus.

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