Kyrenia and Nicosia Tour with Bellapais Abbey
Excursions & day trips

Kyrenia and Nicosia Tour with Bellapais Abbey

4.2/5
Excellent
Based on 16 reviews
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£65.00
Free cancellation
language
Language: English
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Mobile voucher accepted
duration
Duration: more than 8 hours
Do this because
  • Tour some of the highlights in occupied northern Cyprus
  • Explore the pretty harbour of history-steeped Kyrenia
  • Discover the Gothic ruins of beautifully located Bellapais Abbey
  • Enjoy free time to explore Nicosia, the world's last divided capital
  • Expert local guide with unrivalled knowledge of northern Cyprus
What to expect

The occupied north of Cyprus oozes history and culture at every turn, with evocative landscapes in between. Highlights on this late morning departure tour include the pretty harbour town of Kyrenia, Bellapais Abbey and the northern and southern sectors of the capital, Nicosia. Andreas, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘Bellapais means “beautiful peace” – and this Gothic abbey lives up to the hype. The views are truly fantastic. It was here in Bellapais that Lawrence Durrell was inspired to write his book, Bitter Lemons.'

Kick off by crossing over the ‘green line' border to reach Kyrenia. Picturesque stone houses curl around the harbour, which is dominated by the ancient fortress of Kyrenia Castle. Take an optional castle tour or choose free time to soak up the views at the harbour. Next, it's on to the 13th century Bellapais Abbey. Stroll around its ruined Gothic cloister and take in the panoramic views over the Med. There's then free time in the village, where novelist Lawrence Durrell lived in the 1950s.

Next, head to Nicosia, where you'll cross the UN buffer zone into the southern sector at Ledra Street. You'll have free time to embrace the city under your own steam. Ledra Street is one of the main shopping streets in Nicosia, with a mix of local and international brands, cafés and restaurants. Laiki Yeitonia, on the other hand, is a historic quarter in the old town. The area is known for its traditional architecture, narrow streets and abundant charm.

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What's included
  • check Transport
  • check Guide
  • check Entrance and border fees
  • check Full insurance cover
What to remember
  • You'll need your passport / ID card to cross the border into the occupied northern part of Cyprus
  • Just so you know, because of local restrictions at Strovillia checkpoint, only passport holders from EU member states, the UK, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland can travel to and from the occupied northern part of Cyprus
  • Please note, single parent families or those travelling without both parents need to provide extra documentation for anyone under the age of 18 when travelling into the occupied north of Cyprus. This includes a 'letter of authorisation' from the missing parent, as well as supporting documents including birth certificate of the child, passport copy of the missing parent or a copy of a court order. Templates of these letters are readily available on search engines however we recommend you consult a lawyer prior to travelling on holiday
  • This experience doesn't follow our general cancellation policy. If you need to cancel, you must do so at least 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
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Provider
TUI CYPRUS LTD
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the experience begins.

What people say about this experience

Excellent

4.2/5

Based on 16 reviews from verified customers

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Safety

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Service

4.3/5

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Value for money

4.2/5

  • Jayne

    From United States of America - July 2024

    Travelled as a couple

     

    35 - 44 years old

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    A wonderful experience. Our guide, Stelios, was extremely informative and knowledgeable. Outstanding scenery and beautiful places. On booking through ...

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - May 2024

    Great

    Overall rated

    4/5

    Knowledgeable friendly guide. Only downside was tour being too long. Tasty food in restaurant and overall a tour which I would recommend to others.

  • Maura Brady

    From United States of America - November 2023

    Travelled as a couple

     

    45 - 54 years old

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

  • Manx Big Bob

    From United States of America - September 2023

    Travelled as a couple

     

    55 - 64 years old

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    4/5

    The toilets Bellapais abbey car park were locked, why, managed to hang on to next stop. I would have preferred that the waking tour in Nicosia had bee ...

  • Susan

    From United Kingdom - October 2022

    Travelled with family

     

    35 - 44 years old

    Great

    Overall rated

    4/5

    There was a lot of walking uphill not good when you take an 81year old. The tour guide Maria was wonderful and helpful

  • Zofey

    From United Kingdom - October 2022

    Travelled with a group of friends

     

    45 - 54 years old

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Cris, the guide, was very knowledgeable. I thought I knew a lot about the history of the Island but he gave us facts that were new to me. This was the ...

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