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Look forward to a fascinating cultural tour 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 in Ercan and transfer to the hotel

We will land in Ercan on the wonderful northern half of the island. Our friendly and competent English-speaking guide will meet us at the airport and accompany us to our modern travel coach. Direct transfer to our star hotel, where we will spend the first three nights.

Day 2: Nicosia, Ancient Salamis & St. Barnabas’ Monastery

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. We will continue on foot across the “border”, the so-called Green Line, to the southern section of the city. Immerse yourself in the exciting bustle of the picturesque alleys and walk along the Venetian Wall. We will then travel to the wonderful Roman city of Salamis, by the sea (admission included). There we will marvel at the ruins of the gymnasium, the forum and the thermal baths. To finish our eventful day, we will visit the nearby St. Barnabas’ Monastery (admission included) to stand quietly in front of the sarcophagus of St. Barnabas’ the Apostle, martyr and patron saint of Cyprus.

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

Today, we undertake a panoramic trip to the untouched part of Northern Cyprus towards Karpaz. We first pass by the picturesque fishing village Dipkarpaz and continue on to the fascinating St. Andrew’s Monastery (admission 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 (admission included), which an EU cultural project has restored.

Day 4: Famagusta, St. Nicholas’ Cathedral & Miniature Park

The next highlight of today’s discovery tour: the majestic St. Nicholas’ Cathedral (admission included), now known as Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque. Then, in the port of Famagusta, we will encounter a fascinating, centuries-old handicraft in a modern rug production business. 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. We will spend the next 4 nights in the peaceful Kyrenia region.

Day 5: Bellapais‘ Monastery, Kyrenia seaport, castle & ship museum

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. We will enjoy a breath-taking panorama view of the coastal town of Kyrenia, which once inspired the author Lawrence Durrel to write his famous book titled “Bitter Lemons”. After that 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 craftsman tradition will shortly afterwards take us to a jewellery and leather gallery. While we are there, you will also have the opportunity to purchase a personal souvenir of your holiday. We round off the evening in the hotel.

Day 6 – 7: Kyrenia

There will now be plenty of time for relaxation and new discoveries. Some might relax by the pool, take a restorative walk along the beach or visit a traditional steam bath. The picturesque cafés in the port town of Kyrenia also offer the perfect opportunity to linger and enjoy. Other people might explore natural and cultural treasures in the surrounding area on their own: the Gecitköy dam and the ancient city of Soli are well worth a visit. The impressive Church of St. Mamas with its fantastic frescoes will delight you.

Day 8 – 15: FREE extended holiday in an exclusive 5-star luxury hotel right on the beach

Relax over the next 8 days in your modern, 5-star luxury hotel right on the beach. The comfortable rooms are luxurious and modern. Relax in the hotel‘s stunning spa area, complete with sauna. Take time out down by the pool or go for a leisurely stroll along the beach. On the 15th day, we will be transferred directly to the airport for the return flight.

Package includes:

  • Return flights with a reputable airline3 to and from Ercan,
    incl. hotel transfers, airport and security fees
  • 7 days – one of Europe’s most popular cultural tours of Cyprus
    – 7 nights in a double room in selected 4- and 5-star hotels (nat. category)
    – 7× sumptous breakfast buffet
    – Round trip in our modern and air-conditioned travel coach
    – Spectacular range of excursions + admissions (as per itinerary), incl. the most famous highlights:
    • Nicosia
    • Ancient Salamis
    • St. Barnabas’ Monastery
    • St. Andrew’s Monastery
    • Golden Beach
    • Agios Afksentios Church
    • Famagusta
    • St. Nicholas‘ Cathedral
    • Miniature Park
    • Bellapais‘ Monastery
    • Kyrenia
    • Ship museum
  • 8 days of relaxation in a 5-star luxury hotel right on the beach
    – 7 nights in a double room in an exclusive 5-star luxury hotel (nat. category)
    – 7× sumptous breakfast buffet
    – Attractive outdoor pool, heated indoor pool, own beach and wonderful spa area, including sauna
  • Qualified, English-speaking guide

3 e.g. charter flights with Freebird Airlines (well-known charter airline company) or Turkish Airlines (Best European Airline 2011 – 2016 according to the Sky Trax World Airline Award) with change in Antalya.



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

Gourmet package:

The package includes half-board, i.e. sumptuous buffet every evening with international specialties during the 7-day cultural tour: only € 169.00 per person

Single room surcharge

€ 249.00 per person (subject to availability)

Including a spectacular range of excursions  !

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8 days of relaxation in an exclusive 5-star luxury hotel !

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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 € 0.50 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 € 2.00 per person per day, while for bus drivers the appropriate tip is around € 1.00 – 2.00 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 Ireland 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. For telephone calls to Ireland, please dial the country code 00353 first.

Entry requirements for Irish citizens:

On arrival at the border, a 90-day visa is automatically issued free of charge. A valid passport is required and must be valid for the entire duration of your stay. You are recommended to ensure that your passport is valid for another 6 months after entry. Additional information available at: http://mfa.gov.ct.tr/ consular-info/visa-regulations/. Nationals of other countries are advised to inquire at the Turkish Embassy about the entry requirements applicable to them. Regulations in respect of passport and visa requirements for Cyprus are the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (“MFA”) whose Web site is http://mfa.gov.ct.tr/consular-info/visaregulations/. 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. Flights from the EU must stop over on the Turkish mainland.
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 expert 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. 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. We recommend booking the following packages:
Gourmet package:
The package includes half-board, i.e. sumptuous buffet every evening with international specialties during the 7-day cultural tour.
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.

Currency:

Since 1 January 2009, the currency has once again been called the Turkish lira (TRY). Exchange rate (as at November 2019): 1 EUR = 6,31 TRY; 1 TRY = 0,16 EUR.

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:

The following regulations apply for tourists: import of foreign currency is unlimited. As for exporting currency, a total amount of 5000.00 US dollars or the equivalent in TRY is permitted.
Travellers may import and export personal jewellery to a total value of 15000.00 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 € 300.00.
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. € 9000.00) 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.
The customs regulations for Ireland can be obtained from the website of the Irish Revenue at https://www.revenue.ie/en/Home.aspx.
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 Irish 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 2019

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