Famagusta and Salamis Full Day Tour with Lunch
Excursions & day trips

Famagusta and Salamis Full Day Tour with Lunch

4.5/5
Excellent
Based on 72 reviews
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£51.00
Free cancellation
language
Language: English
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Mobile voucher accepted
duration
Duration: more than 8 hours
Do this because
  • Explore Salamis, an ancient Greek city-state on the east coast of Cyprus
  • Visit the 5th century Monastery of St Barnabas, a notable pilgrimage site
  • Discover Famagusta old town with some impressive remains of the past
  • Visit the ‘ghost town' of Varosha, once a popular resort, for a guided tour
  • Expert local guide with an unrivalled knowledge of Cyprus and its history
What to expect

This tour to the occupied northern part of Cyprus flits through multiple layers of history – ancient, medieval and the 1970s. The stars of the show are the ruins of the classical city of Salamis and the old town of Famagusta, plus the ‘ghost town' of Varosha. Stavroula, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘The Famagusta area is rich in treasures from antiquity to the Middle Ages and beyond. According to local lore, people were so wealthy in medieval times that they built 365 churches to praise God each day for their lifestyle of ease and plenty.'

Your adventure starts in Salamis, a city founded in classical times that served as the capital of Cyprus for over a thousand years. Here, you'll explore the ancient roads and ruined temples that once thronged with people in this busy metropolis. The partially restored amphitheatre is a must-see, providing a glimpse into the past when performances and festivals were held here. Next, you'll head to the 5th century Monastery of St Barnabas, where you'll visit its icon museum with examples dating back to the Byzantine period.

Next, there's a short guided walk through the haunting former seaside town of Varosha where time has stood still for decades. This once popular beach resort has lain abandoned since the Turkish invasion nearly 50 years ago. After lunch, you'll explore Famagusta, a city that was once one of the wealthiest in the Mediterranean. Your guide will show you sights such as the Venetian castle and the Gothic cathedral-turned mosque.

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What's included
  • check Transport
  • check Guide
  • check Entrance and border fees
  • check Lunch
  • check Full insurance cover for travelling in the occupied area
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

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4.5/5

Based on 72 reviews from verified customers

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  • Anne

    From United States of America - July 2024

    Solo traveller

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    This was a fascinating day out to discover more about Cyprus and both ancient and recent history. It was a good way to get across the border with no ...

  • John

    From United States of America - July 2024

    Travelled as a couple

     

    45 - 54 years old

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    The was an interesting and informative trip and the guide was passionate about his heritage and the Islands history. The places we visited helped give ...

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - June 2024

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

  • Flossy

    From United States of America - June 2024

    Travelled with family

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    4/5

  • Best

    From United States of America - June 2024

    Travelled with a group of friends

     

    45 - 54 years old

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    4/5

  • Travellers

    From United Kingdom - May 2024

    Travelled as a couple

     

    45 - 54 years old

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    4/5

    Guide was very informative and knowledgeable

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