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From Ayia Napa & Protaras: Famagusta and Salamis Guided Tour

1. From Ayia Napa & Protaras: Famagusta and Salamis Guided Tour

Cross the UN-patrolled border into northern Cyprus and visit some of the north's most famous historical sites, including Salamis and St. Barnabas church. The first stop of this day trip is Salamis Archaeological Site, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea from Cyprus's east coast. Salamis was the most brilliant ancient city in Cyprus and the capital of the island for more than a thousand years. The archaeological site of Salamis, culture, and history is considered one of the most important not just in Cyprus but also in the Mediterranean Sea. Discover the archaeological site of Salamis as your guide shares with you the rise and fall of this Great Greek Kingdom. Then visit the St Barnabas church and tomb. This day tour continues with lunch and a short walk at Constantia Beach. In the afternoon you will visit the Latin Cathedral of St Nicholas and Othello Tower (no visit inside). Before heading back, enjoy some free time in the old town of Famagusta and take in the panoramic view of the ghost town. The once-bustling holiday resort was abandoned during the Turkish invasion of 1974 and has remained sealed behind barbed wire barricades ever since.

Cyprus: Introductory Scuba Lesson and Dive with Transfer

2. Cyprus: Introductory Scuba Lesson and Dive with Transfer

Begin your journey into the underwater world of scuba diving with a fun and informative crash course to make the most of your Cyprus holiday. Get picked up from your hotel to discover the local sea life and take advantage of the crystal-clear waters as you perform your very first dive. Learn all you need to know about basic diving through a 20-to-30-minute comprehensive classroom lesson. Once you're all set with theory, get geared up and take a short drive to the local beach for your first underwater test. Practice your skills in shallow water to start gaining some confidence. Once you feel comfortable, begin your tour to Blue Bay, with a maximum depth of 6 meters. Feel the thrill of scuba diving for the first time and discover the incredible species that lie underwater. You'll have the chance to feed the fish and have some photographs taken. After the dive, go back to the school to enjoy some refreshments as you watch your photographs on TV. Finish off your adventure with a convenient drive back to your accommodation.

Agia Napa: Sea Caves Guided Kayaking

3. Agia Napa: Sea Caves Guided Kayaking

If we have time and explorers want to we can also kayak to Cape Greko Sea Caves and back (3.5 / 2 mi). Limnara beach is the start of the kayaking trip and the basic route goes west until Glyky Nero beach (and then back to Limnara beach). The coastline is rocky, with many formations, interrupted by two natural sandy beaches (one is too narrow and shallow to go into on a kayak) and one man-made. The big highlights of the trip are the collection of Sea Caves just east of the beaches of Pantahou and Glyky Nero in Agia Napa. There are more than five sea caves, but most are either very narrow to enter or their height above sea level is limited. Usually we enter two of them. The experience is superb. We enter teh first cave from one entrance and leave from the other. The second cave that we enter has only a single (wider) entrance and the colours there are very beautiful, especially as it has a white sand bottom throughout and light blue water colours. Lovers' Bridge natural rocky arch is another big highlight of the trip. The arch is quite wide for a few kayaks to go under at the same The kayaking trip ends back at Limnara beach.

From Protaras: Famagusta and Salamis Coach Tour

4. From Protaras: Famagusta and Salamis Coach Tour

Get off the beaten track and visit the beautiful coastal town of Famagusta. Delve into Cyprus' rich history and culture on a full-day tour from Protaras. Following a pickup from your accommodation, head towards Famagusta. Get up close to the fenced-off part of the town, known as the Ghost Town. Then, join an optional excursion to the Monastery of Saint Barnabas and the ancient city-kingdom of Salamis. Continue the tour to Famagusta Old Town to see the famous 15th-century Venetian Walls, the Gothic Church of Saint Nicolas (optional, all the entrance fees are not included to the price), and the Othello Castle and enjoy free time for walking or lunch (optional extra, not included in the price). The last stop of the tour takes you to the beach located next to the Ghost Town. Enjoy some free time and dive into the refreshing waters after a day of sightseeing or walk in the newly opened part of Varosha, also known as the "Ghost Town". Take in scenic views of the coast with its golden sand and turquoise waters.

Cyprus: Troodos Mountain Food & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

5. Cyprus: Troodos Mountain Food & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

A guide will pick you up from a location of your choice and you’ll be driven around carefully selected villages to visit locals making traditional products and taste Cypriot delicacies. One of these stops will be an award-winning winery where you'll try a selection of wines and discover a variety of indigenous grape varieties. You’ll learn about the ingredients, the making process, and the traditions linked to the products. Part of the touring will be visiting villages where you’ll have time to explore and see the sites. Along the way, the group will stop at a local tavern to feast on a selection of Cypriot dishes with a full meze lunch. We keep our tours authentic by visiting true locals and because these local villagers are busy with every day life – we cannot guarantee which stops we’ll be including… However, here’s an example list of products which are likely to be included – Halloumi Cheese, Honey, Olive Oil, Village Breads, Traditional Sweets, Wine etc. We guarantee a great day out and you can be sure that you’ll visit 5 fantastic places within the Troodos mountain villages and experience a foodie day tour like no other!

From Protaras: Grand Tour Jeep Safari with Lunch

6. From Protaras: Grand Tour Jeep Safari with Lunch

Head deep into the heart of Cyprus to see off-the-beaten-track destinations on a day filled with spectacular landscapes, little-known villages, clean rivers, pristine air, flora and fauna, vineyards, monasteries, churches and more. Top it off with delicious local food and great wine in a traditional village tavern. Start with a 4x4 off-road adventure through the most diverse and rapidly-changing landscapes in Cyprus. Visit the largest water dam in Cyprus for amazing views and photos. Walk through ethnic villages with narrow streets, spectacular views, and great stone architecture. Pass by a mountain waterfall, a spot from paradise and a natural wonder. After a delicious lunch in a traditional tavern, visit one of the authentic Cyprus villages with it's narrow streets, spectacular views and stone architecture.

From Ayia Napa: Enchanted Lagoon Jeep Safari

7. From Ayia Napa: Enchanted Lagoon Jeep Safari

Experience extreme thrills and expect the unexpected on an amazing off-road adventure from Ayia Napa. Stop for a coffee at a traditional kafenio (local coffee shop) in a tiny village and mix with the locals. Then, head off-road and climb up into the mountains to get breathtaking views and stop at a remote 17th-century chapel. Next, make your way to an enchanted lagoon and enjoy a tranquil swim at a secret location, known only to your guides. Continue to a village, frozen in time, and step back into centuries past. Enjoy an optional lunch in the heart of the village at a typical family-owned tavern.  Then, make your way to the top of the mountain for stunning photo opportunities. End in the charming village of Lefkara and stroll along the pebble-stoned streets. Pause for another coffee before heading back to your hotel or accommodation in Ayia Napa, Protaras or Larnaca.

From Ayia Napa/Protaras: Nicosia Old Town Walking Tour

8. From Ayia Napa/Protaras: Nicosia Old Town Walking Tour

Visit Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, to find out about the turbulent history of one of the world’s last divided cities. Take a walking tour of the old town. Visit St. John's Cathedral and the Ottoman Buyuk Han. Bring your ID if you want to cross between the Greek and Turkish sides of the city. After hotel pickup, head to south Nicosia, where your guide will show and give you all the interesting facts about this town. Discover the Liberty Monument and St. John's Cathedral in the center of the old town. Despite its modest exterior, the interior of the cathedral will take you by surprise. Next, take a walking tour through the partially car-free old town within the Venetian Walls. Once in the occupied part of Nicosia, visit Buyuk Han and see the Ayia Sofia Church with its modern Byzantine architecture. Enjoy coffee and a pie. Ample free time will be provided for shopping or for lunch. For those interested in a visit to Leventis Museum, the guide will wait for you outside the museum at 3:00 PM. Finish your tour with drop-off back at your centrally located hotel in Ayia Napa or Protaras.

Cyprus: Troodos Mountains Villages and Wineries Tour

9. Cyprus: Troodos Mountains Villages and Wineries Tour

Embark on a full-day food and wine adventure in the scenic Troodos Mountains designed to showcase Cypriot food and wine. With roundtrip transportation included, visit remote villages, taste regional products, and try delicious local wines. Begin with pickup from a location of your choice and head to the Troodos Mountains. Visit villages and carefully selected wineries, stopping for lunch to feast on a selection of Cypriot dishes and enjoy a full meze spread. At 3 family-owned wineries, learn all about the wine-making process and Cypriot indigenous grape varieties. There are many different wines for tasting including the world-famous Commanadaria.

Cyprus: Troodos Mountain Wine Tour with a Local

10. Cyprus: Troodos Mountain Wine Tour with a Local

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation. Meet your local guide and learn about the local food and wine offerings. Drive to a Troodos mountain village and visit a family-owned boutique winery. Take a tour of the facility and enjoy a wine tasting. Continue to a quaint village where you’ll have a chance to wander the cobbled streets and take in the picturesque scenery. Visit the local church, monastery, and local craft shops. As you explore the village, stop for a food tasting. After exploring the village, sit down for a light lunch and refreshments. Relax and watch the world go by.

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What people are saying about Protaras, Cyprus

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4.7 / 5

based on 241 reviews

It was a great and easy way to explore Cyrus! Our tour guide was amazing and all of the food was delicious!! She took us to prominent cypriot locations and indulged us in its history. Her knowledge of the region only bolstered her credibility and our appreciation.

The pickup including the transport to Salamis and Famagusta was great. Great, friendly tour guide who provides information about the place, country and people. Would I book again!

Excellent tour! Lovely trip up into the mountains along with two wineries and a village tour with lunch. Definitely recommend.

I loved the whole experience. The food and elena the guide were 1st class. I couldn't have wished for a better day

Thanks to Theodora, our lovely guide. It couldn’t have been better!