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Full day Nicosia & Kyrenia Tour: Private Tour from Limassol

1. Full day Nicosia & Kyrenia Tour: Private Tour from Limassol

Join this tour to explore St. Hilarion fairytale castle spending 1.5-hours here before you move onto the gorgeous Bellapais Abbey, a ruined 13th-century abbey in the Five Fingers Mountains. Have a 30 minute coffee break, then carry on driving to the town center of Kyrenia, where you will be given a chance to spend time in the harbor town of Kyrenia, which is regarded as the jewel of northern Cyprus. Visit Nicosia, the only divided capital city of Cyprus and have lunch in the Great Han built by the Ottoman empire. After lunch, experience both its Greek and Turkish areas on this half-day trip from Nicosia. Walk into Nicosia's walled old city to visit Büyük Han and Selimiye Mosque, once St. Sophia Cathedral. Great tour for history and culture buffs. Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping in the lively lanes and streets. 

From Kyrenia: Half-Day St. Hilarion Castle & Bellapais Tour

2. From Kyrenia: Half-Day St. Hilarion Castle & Bellapais Tour

You'll visit St. Hillarion Castle reminiscent of Walt Disney's fairytale film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which was inspired by this castle. Spend around 1.5-hours to climb all the way to the top.  Then, continue through the craggy Five Fingers (Pentadaktylos) Mountains to Bellapais Abbey, a French Gothic styled monastery spectacularly set on a mountain terrace for incredible views. Discover the ruins of this 13th-century Augustinian Abbey with a licensed guide and a great view of Kyrenia's epic seascape far below. Another 30 minutes will be given to relax with a coffee break in a peaceful atmosphere.

Larnaca to Kyrenia Private Transfer

3. Larnaca to Kyrenia Private Transfer

Start your holiday from the moment you arrive with private taxi transfers from Larnaca Airport. Bypass long taxi queues, and forget boring coach transfers that stop at everyone else's hotel before yours! Forget the stress and meet your driver directly in the arrival hall. Sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort in a spacious clean car - no hire car forms to fill in, no hotel transfer buses, no taxi queues, and no family arguments reading a map! With all transfers from Larnaca to Kyrenia and Famagusta, you'll make a brief stop at a border crossing, where your driver will take care of all the necessary paperwork swiftly.

From Nicosia: Famagusta and Kyrenia Circle Day Trip

4. From Nicosia: Famagusta and Kyrenia Circle Day Trip

Following pick-up from your hotel, you will head out to the northern part of Cyprus. There you will get the chance to observe the Mesaria Plain, Kyrenia Mountain and numerous villages where the Greek and Turkish used to live together before 1974. Upon arrival, you will begin by exploring Varosha, a once vibrant tourist quarter of Famagusta, but now a ghost town due to conflicts in the 1970s. Afterwards, you will head to the Famagusta City Wall, where you'll see the Saint Nicolas Cathedral, now known as the Lala Mustafa Mosque. You will then have 40 minutes of free time to explore the area and enjoy some coffee. Your tour will resume with a visit to the ancient city-kingdom of Salamis. There, you will be taken on a guided tour around the archaeological site, which includes a beautiful ancient Greek theater, marble columns, Roman baths and a gymnasium. Afterwards, you'll have the option of stopping for 45 minutes to enjoy some lunch at a nearby restaurant. You will then head back out on a 75-minute drive to Kyrenia. You'll also have the chance to stop at Iskele/Bogaz fishing harbor village for a coffee break (depending on time). At Kyrenia, you will first stop at Bellapais to see the gorgeous Bellapais Abbey, a ruined 13th-century abbey in the Five Fingers Mountains. Finally, you will have 20 minutes to explore the harbor town of Kyrenia, which is regarded as the jewel of North Cyprus.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 12 reviews

This was a shore excursion from Limassol, Cyprus. The company reached out with he driver's name and contact info and his contact number and then sent a picture of the vehicle on the morning of the tour. Our guide, Cemal was excellent. He knew how to navigate around the crazy traffic and knew lots of historical and cultural information about the country where he was born. He was always mindful of the schedule and managed to fit in all the sites even though our day was a short one! I would highly recommend this company and Cemal.

Great tour of 'the other side of Cyprus'!

Cyprus is separated into two countries. Most people only see the south/Greek side. But the northern/Turkish side is fascinating too! The Kyrenia castle is HUGE and has an interesting history (e.g. Richard the Lionhearted). Also there is the Girne shipwreck from c300BC. Our driver was knowledgeable, and also fun.

Some great scenery and history at St Hilarion and Old Nicosia - very enjoyable day and Gemma the guide was very knowledgeable

Very nice day tour with a very knowledgeable guide. Seen and experienced a lot. Highly Recommended!

We LOVED Gemma. Amazing lady! Nothing was a problem for her. Great commentary . We loved our tour