Pack airy attire, composed sneakers, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen with passports and acceptable monetary forms as the North Cyprus Tour from Antalya will last from the crack of dawn well into the late hours of the night. An all-day multi-stop tour includes several site seeing spots that begins at 5 a.m., and the tour group can expect to be back at the hotel at 2 a.m. Although children are welcome to attend, this tour thoroughly compliments a get-away all-inclusive retreat for couples, retirees, and students..
All travel arrangements are included in the one-day package which includes a complimentary breakfast and buffet lunch during the tour and two short 45-minute plane rides to start and end the journey. Continuous direction and information will be provided by a tenured tour guide while travelers explore and view with amazement the ancient city of Sali, Salamis, and Enkomi, but more importantly, Famagusta that houses a gothic-styled monastery, mosque, and palace ranging from the Bronze Age to start of Christianity in the region.
From an exclusively world renown beach in Nicosia to a historical Shakespearian inspiration in Othello and the Bellapias Abbey from the 12th century, more extraordinary sights await those who choose this tour option! Before a late-night stroll in Kyrenia for an unforgettable cultural experience to bring back memorabilia, tourists will plunge into the northern costal sea off a yacht ride near the Castle of Saint Hilarion. Then, the excursion ends with a bus ride is back toAntaylafrom Ercan airport for all tour members to safely arrive back at their hotel.
Be prepared to board the bus to department from Antalya airport to begin the adventure after a quick 45-minute flight between Antalya and Nicosia. Informative and professional tour guides will accompany the travel group once arriving in Nicosia. Tour guides will help everyone regroup to ride another free bus ride, but this time, free breakfast will be served en-route!
Pick-Up:Wake up and board the bus to get to the 45-minute flight between Antalya and Nicosia to begin the excursion.
Educational Guides:Landing in Nicosia and back on the bus, professional guides will help serve a free breakfast en-route. These regionally well-informed guides will be with the tour group inform and point out to tourists the fascinating historical features during the journey.
Nicosia-Famagusta-Varosha:A Bronze Age city built with copper awaits tourists in the ancient city of Enokomi. Other ancient wonders include the gothic Venetian Palace and Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, plus the classical Christian monastery and museum built by St. Barnabas.
Visiting Spots: After the fleeing of the previous Cypriot government, travelers will see the ruins that remain in Maras, which includes the moving Othello Castle that even Shakespeare noted in one of his plays.The tour group will also be taken back to see the Namik Kemal dungeon from the Ottoman Empire that lies below the now-established shopping square.
A Green Lining: Olive groves and pine forestry flourish before the mountains and beaches in Nicosia where the tour group will walk through the only capital in the world that is shared between two counties, Turkey and Greece. In Nicosia, the towering Ledra Palace Hoteland the Presidential Palace are two stops with the long-stretching opportunity to peekat current Cyprus president before the free buffet lunch at the Holiday Village Santoria that overlooks nearby mountain and beach views filled with olive groves and pine forestry.
Holiday Village Santoria and Bellapasi Abbey: Walk freely into the free buffet lunch at the Holiday VillageSantoria and find an outdoor seat to see the most awe-inspiring views of the entire tour while eating. Another monastery beckons tourists after lunch at the Bellapasi Abbey on the mountain terrace’s courtyard for an engaging lecture on its history stemming from the 13th century.
Splash, Sip, and Shop inKyrenia:Beyond the Kyrenia’s castle and harbor, the yacht is docked to board and cast off to the scheduled open-water swimming along the northern coastline, or rest witha purchasable alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to have in hand before shopping in an expansive Kyrenia cultural centerfor two hours after redocking.
Departure:Regroup to board the bus for one last 45-minute flight to land back in Antalya to the final bus ride back to the hotel.