Your itinerary

Look forward to a fascinating cultural trip to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Follow in the footsteps of the apostles and crusaders to the island’s most famous natural and cultural sights.

Day 1: Arrival

We will land in Ercan on the wonderful northern half of the island. Our friendly and competent English-speaking tour guides will meet us at the airport and accompany us to our modern travel coach. Transfer to our comfortable hotel in the Famagusta region where we will spend the first three nights. We will be welcomed with a refreshing drink!

Day 2: Nicosia – a capital between two worlds

Welcome to the labyrinth of tranquil narrow streets in Nicosia – Europe’s last divided capital. We will start off by exploring the northern section of the city where we will visit the Ottoman caravanserai (admission included) with its splendid inner courtyard and oriental flair. The impressive Selimiye Mosque (admission included) is the largest building in the city and represents a masterpiece of Gothic architecture dating back to the 14th century. We will continue on foot across the “border”, the so-called Green Line, to the southern section of the city, where you will have plenty of time to explore as you wish. Immerse yourself in the exciting bustle of the picturesque alleys and walk along the Venetian Wall.

Day 3: Golden Beach, St Andrew’s Monastery & Agios Afksentios Church

Today, we undertake a panoramic trip to the untouched part of North Cyprus towards Karpaz. We first pass by the picturesque fishing village Dipkarpaz and continue on to the fascinating St. Andrew’s Monastery (entrance fee included). It was dedicated to the apostle Andrew and is considered one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations of the island. We then arrive at the Golden Beach, probably the most beautiful beach in Cyprus. On a leisurely walk, we might, with a bit of luck, spot the tracks of the well-known sea turtles “Caretta Caretta” in the sand. As a final highlight, we visit the impressive Agios Afksentios Church in Büyükkonok (entrance fee included), which an EU cultural project has restored.

Day 4: Ancient Salamis, St. Barnabas’ Monastery & St. Nicholas’ Cathedral

It’s hard to believe all the things we can look forward to today: first of all, the fascinating ancient town of Salamis (admission included), once a Roman city, where we will pass the historic ruins of the gymnasium, forum and thermal baths. We will continue on to the Monastery of St. Barnabas (admission included), who was an apostle, martyr and honoured as a Cyprian national saint. The next highlight of today’s discovery tour: the majestic St. Nicholas’ Cathedral (admission included), now known as Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque. And then we will experience the fascinating, centuries-old craft of carpet-making in a traditional carpet-weaving factory. You will be amazed at the variety, technique and blaze of colour offered by these hand-woven carpets. We will spend the next 4 nights in the peaceful Kyrenia region.

Day 5: Bellapais‘ Monastery & Miniature Park

Driving through the impressive Pentadaktylos mountain range, we will reach Bellapais at an altitude of 700 metres. The highlight of this picturesque mountain village is Bellapais Monastery (admission included), a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, established with the aid of the crusaders. During the 13th century, countless Christian pilgrims visited the monastery where a fragment of the Holy Cross was stored. We will enjoy a breathtaking panorama view of the coastal town of Kyrenia, which once inspired the author Lawrence Durrel to write his famous book titled “Bitter Lemons”. We will then head towards the Miniature Park (admission included) where we can look forward to miniatures of the 15 most important highlights offered by the island.

Day 6: Kyrenia seaport, castle & Ship museum

After a leisurely breakfast, we will set off for the old harbour in Kyrenia where white boats bob peacefully in the turquoise water. We will stroll along the promenade as far as the castle (admission included), the city‘s landmark. With walls soaring an impressive 21 metres into the air, the castle served as a fortress in defence against enemies and as a prison. Not far away, there is an old shipwreck dating back to 300 BC, which was discovered in 1969. In the museum (admission included), we can admire the well-preserved original parts of the ancient ship. The great tradition of craftsmanship will then take us to a jewellery and leather factory where you can find out about the manual methods of production as well as having the opportunity to purchase a personal holiday souvenir. We round off the evening in the hotel.

Day 7: Kyrenia

Today, there is plenty of time for relaxation and discoveries. Some rest by the pool, stroll along the beach or visit a traditional steam bath. Others explore on their own initiative natural and cultural treasures in the vicinity: the Gecitköy Dam and the ancient city Soli are worthwhile, amongst others. The impressive church Mamas with its fantastic frescoes is also certain to inspire you.

Day 8: Homeward journey

Transfer to Ercan Airport and return flight.


 Including a spectacular range of excursions + admissions !

Special services included for you

  • Flights to and from Ercan with a reputable airline, incl. hotel transfers
  • 7 nights in selected 4- and 5-star hotels (nat. category)
    7x generous breakfast buffet
  • Round trip in our modern, air-conditioned coach with qualified, English-speaking guides
  • Fascinating cultural tour featuring ancient advanced culture, world-famous crusaders & beautiful scenery.
    Spectacular range of excursions + admissions (as per itinerary), incl.
    • Nicosia
    • Miniature Park
    • St. Nicholas‘ Cathedral
    • Ancient Salamis
    • St Andrew’s Monastery
    • Famagusta
    • Kyrenia
    • Bellapais‘ Monastery
    • St. Barnabas’ Monastery
    • Agios Afksentios Church
    • Golden Beach
    • Ship museum
  • 24-hour emergency medical service

On request, you can book our additional tours and services at special reduced prices:

Gourmet package:

This package includes half-board, i.e. sumptuous buffet every evening with international specialties: only £129 per person.
We recommend securing your gourmet package when you arrive in Northern Cyprus. The individual hotels on the tours are located in idyllic natural settings and therefore a little outside the towns.

Single room surcharge

£199 per person (subject to availability).

Comparison of temperatures

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Nikosia161719242933353533282318
London68911152021201915107

Cyprus:

The island of Cyprus is in the eastern Mediterranean and is the third-largest Mediterranean island after Sicily and Sardinia. Geographically, the island belongs to Asia but is regarded as European both politically and culturally. Cyprus has been divided since 1974. The internationally recognised Republic of Cyprus only controls the southern section of the island, not the northern section which is delineated from the South by a demarcation line (Green Line). Only Turkey recognises the northern section of Cyprus as an independent state. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus comprises just over one-third of the island. Hand-made carpets, jewellery and leather goods are an integral part and in some cases a centuries-old tradition of oriental culture – which is why our tour also includes a visit to a jewellery maker, a leather merchant and a traditional carpet weaver. Here you will discover some fascinating facts about the art of carpet weaving and see how hand-woven carpets have been made throughout the generations. In interesting demonstrations, you will learn more about preparing the silk threads, natural wool dyeing and very intricate and elaborate knots. You will then get to spend an hour or two in the respective factories looking at the works of art and products. Bartering is a typical Turkish custom. If you are not interested in buying anything, the traders will also accept a clear no. No bartering takes place in department stores and supermarkets, or at markets where local farmers sell their vegetables. In Cyprus, it is customary to give tips. Similar to the USA, this forms part of income for people working in the service sector. Moreover, it symbolises recognition for the service provided. One can tip chambermaids £0.85 to £1.70 per night. In a restaurant or taxi, tipping around 10% of the billed sum is customary. Tips are not given in shops. On group trips, the suggested tip for a tour guide could be £1.70 per person per day, while for bus drivers the appropriate tip is around £0.85 to £1.70 per day per person. Of course, everyone may decide for themselves whether and how much of a tip they wish to give.

Traffic:

In the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”, traffic drives on the left.

Electricity:

The supply voltage is 240 V, 50 HZ. An adapter is necessary.

Local time:

The time difference between the UK and Northern Cyprus is plus two hours throughout the year.

Making telephone calls:

The country code for Northern Cyprus is 0090 with the zero cancelled before the area code. If you are calling the UK from Northern Cyprus, please dial 0044 and the area code without the zero.

Entry requirements for British citizens:

There are no visa requirements to enter Northern Cyprus for a stay shorter than 90 days. Passports must be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Northern Cyprus. Nationals of other countries are advised to inquire at the Turkish Embassy about the entry requirements applicable to them. Customers are reminded that it is their sole responsibility to make sure that passport and visa entry requirements for the country or countries that they are visiting are satisfied and we can not be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied. Regulations in respect of passport and visa requirements for Cyprus are the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (“MFA”) whose Web site is www.mfa.gov.ct.tr. If you hold a different type of British nationality (BN(O), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject), check visa requirements with the Turkish Embassy before you travel. However, passport and visa requirements change from time to time and are also dependent on the purpose of your visit and your nationality. Whilst we endeavour to provide guidance where necessary, we can not be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied. Crossing the “Green Line”: Travelling between the northern and southern sections of Cyprus does not generally present a problem for EU citizens with valid travel documents at the designated border crossings. Usually, there are no waiting periods. ID checks are carried out in both directions (passport or ID card).

Tour guides:

Your English-speaking tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information on the country, people, history, culture etc., and offer advice and assistance in organising your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information and a welcoming drink. Here you will find out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that Cyprus has to offer, and learn all about the country and its people. Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras on arrival. We recommend booking the following packages when you get there, as some hotels on the tour are situated out of town in idyllic countryside, which means you can benefit from special rates.

Gourmet package:

This package includes half-board, i.e. sumptuous buffet every evening with international specialties: only £99 per person instead of £129¹ (for departures until 31.08.2018);
only £119 per person instead of £139¹ (for departures from 01.09.2018).

Explorer package:

The package includes the following excursions: excursion to the Gecitköy Dam, ancient Soli & St. Mamas Church, visit to the crusader castle of St. Hilarion, cypriot evening with show programme only £59 per person instead of £89¹(for departures until 31.08.2018);
only £69 per person instead of £89¹(for departures from 01.09.2018).

¹The comparative price for the gourmet package / explorer package is based on the standard prices of our partner (www.nbktouristic.com).

Currency in Turkey and Northern Cyprus:

Since
1 January 2009, the currency has once again been called the Turkish lira (TRY). Exchange rate (March 2017): 1 GBP = 4.49 TRY; 1 TRY = 0.22 GBP

Banks/Credit cards:

Euro cheques and travellers’ cheques are accepted by most banks, hotels and bureaux de change. Cash can be exchanged at the banks during business hours: Mon. to Fri., 8 a.m. to 12 midday in summer and Mon. to Fri., 8 a.m. to 12 midday and 2 to 4 p.m. in winter.
ATTENTION: Caution is advised when paying with bank or credit cards as criminals may try to copy the traveller’s bank card and obtain the relevant PIN code without being noticed to then withdraw cash from cash machines using fake cards. Travellers are therefore advised to keep an eye on their bank card when paying with it and to enter their PIN number with discretion. Care should also be taken when using bank and credit cards with PIN code in exchange offices.

Customs regulations for travellers to Cyprus:

The following regulations apply for tourists: import of foreign currency is unlimited. As for exporting currency, a total amount of 5,000 US dollars or the equivalent in TRY is permitted. Travellers may import and export personal jewellery to a total value of 15,000 US dollars. Any value higher than this must be declared when entering the country. Documentation is required for purchases made in Cyprus. Otherwise, the following goods per person may be carried upon entry into Turkey (does not apply to transit travellers): personal belongings as items for personal use, incl. medical articles (devices) and medicine as well as giftware to a value of 230 GBP (children under 15 years of age up to 110 GBP). The purchase, possession and export of “cultural and natural properties” is severely punished (prison sentence of up to 10 years), as this property is regarded as state-owned assets. In case of violation, several months of custody and high bail fees (currently approx. 7,000 GBP) are common procedure for tourists, too, even if they hold antiques or old objects of supposedly small value. In individual cases, prison sentences are imposed. You are therefore urgently advised not to acquire or take along antiques, old coins, fossils etc. from retailers. Further information under: www.fco.gov.uk. Information on customs regulations for importing products into the UK is found on the British Customs Web site: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk. Cyprus has a strictly enforced zero-tolerance policy towards drugs. If you are caught with any type of narcotic you will receive either a prison sentence or a hefty fine. The rules against possession of drugs are stricter than in the UK. Please note: Photographs may not be taken near the buffer zone and military facilities throughout Cyprus. Such bans may not always be indicated.

Medical information:

Vaccinations are not required for entering Northern Cyprus. Every traveller should be sufficiently protected against tetanus and polio as well as hepatitis, if needs be. Caution is advised when eating uncooked food, unpasteurised dairy products (e.g. fresh milk, ice cream) and fruit that can not be peeled. Please avoid drinking tap water and ice cubes in drinks! Rule of thumb: do not eat anything that can not be cooked or peeled! The costs of medical treatment in the northern part of Cyprus are not generally covered by English health insurance companies. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is not valid in Northern Cyprus. Make sure you have private travel health insurance. Such policies usually also offer benefits not covered by state health insurance companies, e.g. the costs of repatriation. Customers should ensure that they are physically and psychologically fit for undertaking the selected trip and make the necessary queries concerning the level of physical and psychological fitness required. Please observe that the excursions are accessible by foot only and that the buses used for the roundtrip are not customised to transport wheelchairs or similar devices.

All information is subject to change/Last updated: November 2017

kappadokien-kundenstimmen

„A good-value, varied and stimulating experience, giving a good insight into life and culture of the country.“

David B. from A., travelled 10 January 2017²


„It was really enjoyable. The sites were interesting and the Guide well informed.“

Philip B. from B., travelled 14 January 2017²


²RSD Travel Ltd. and RSD Reise Service Deutschland GmbH belong to a European group of tour operators that organises tours for customers from a number of European countries. The survey focused on tourists who travelled with RSD in 2016. These comments were made by customers who have travelled with our group of companies.

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