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Discover Northern Cyprus

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Blend history and culture with blue skies and crystal clear seas on this 7 night holiday to Northern Cyprus.   With its strategic location in the Eastern Mediterranean, Northern Cyprus has a rich and varied history with periods spent under Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and British rule. Now divided between Cyprus and Turkey, you will travel to the Turkish northern part of the island to experience the cultural wealth of this unique part of Europe.    

Enjoy Cyprus’ beautiful sunshine from the comfort of your beachside hotel, and then discover castles and churches, mosques and markets on three included excursions around this fascinating region. Stroll through the ruins of the ancient city of Salamis, wander the twisting alleys and bustling streets of the old towns of Kyrenia and Famagusta, and visit Europe’s last divided capital, Nicosia.

Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Chichester Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates. 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency

Turkish Lira (TL)     

Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +2 hours
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy. 
Airport
Ercan International Airport is the primary airport for North Cyprus and is located 13km east of Nicosia. The drive to your hotel will take approximately 35-40 minutes. 
Climate

Situated in one of the warmest zones in the Mediterranean, Cyprus experiences long dry summers and short mild winters with an average of 320 sunny days annually. October is a good time for those who prefer to avoid the very hot summer months, with pleasant temperatures in the mid-20s.

Food & Drink

Cypriot cuisine is largely similar to that of the Greeks, and you’ll find familiar dishes such as moussaka, calamari, kebabs and stuffed vine leaves, as well as dips like hummus, tzatziki and tahini in most restaurants. The island’s most famous export is Haloumi, a soft cheese made from goat or sheep milk, usually grilled. Be sure to try the local deserts and cakes, including baklava, finikia (walnut cakes) and loukoumi, known to us as Turkish Delight. A number of beers and wines are produced locally. You can also try a Cypriot coffee, a frothy beverage served in a small cup and accompanied with a glass of cold water.  

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €2.00
  • Beer: €3.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €15.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.50
  • Bottled Water: €0.75
Packing List

We advise you to bring:

    • Your valid passport
    • Sun cream
    • A continental plug adaptor
    • A small backpack
    • A sun hat
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Camera
Recommended Reading

Bitter Lemons of Cyprusby Lawrence Durrell

Othello by William Shakespeare

The People in Between: A Cypress Odysseyby Gregory S. Lamb

Small Wars by Sadie Jones

Holiday highlights

Salamis

Salamis is the ancient capital city of Cyprus, dating back as far as 1100BC. The many Byzantine and Roman ruins include a gymnasium pool and baths, marble columns, a restored Roman amphitheatre and intricate tile mosaics.

Mediterranean setting 
Cyprus is situated in the Eastern Mediterranean and benefits from some of the sunniest, driest weather in the region. Northern Cyprus offers some wonderful beaches with warm aquamarine waters, as well as panoramic views of its stunning coastline from the Kyrenia Mountains. 
Kyrenia Old Town 
The old town of Kyrenia is full of charming alleyways and narrow winding streets, but is most notable for its harbour area. This is where you’ll find Kyrenia Castle as well a great selection of cafés and restaurants along the quays.
Nicosia 

Nicosia is the last divided capital in Europe and a melting pot of history and culture. See its impressive Ottoman architecture and visit its unique mosques, bustling shops and markets.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency

Turkish Lira (TL)     

Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +2 hours
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy. 
Airport
Ercan International Airport is the primary airport for North Cyprus and is located 13km east of Nicosia. The drive to your hotel will take approximately 35-40 minutes. 
Climate

Situated in one of the warmest zones in the Mediterranean, Cyprus experiences long dry summers and short mild winters with an average of 320 sunny days annually. October is a good time for those who prefer to avoid the very hot summer months, with pleasant temperatures in the mid-20s.

Food & Drink

Cypriot cuisine is largely similar to that of the Greeks, and you’ll find familiar dishes such as moussaka, calamari, kebabs and stuffed vine leaves, as well as dips like hummus, tzatziki and tahini in most restaurants. The island’s most famous export is Haloumi, a soft cheese made from goat or sheep milk, usually grilled. Be sure to try the local deserts and cakes, including baklava, finikia (walnut cakes) and loukoumi, known to us as Turkish Delight. A number of beers and wines are produced locally. You can also try a Cypriot coffee, a frothy beverage served in a small cup and accompanied with a glass of cold water.  

Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €2.00
  • Beer: €3.00
  • Glass of wine: €3.50
  • Main course: €15.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.50
  • Bottled Water: €0.75
Packing List

We advise you to bring:

    • Your valid passport
    • Sun cream
    • A continental plug adaptor
    • A small backpack
    • A sun hat
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Camera
Recommended Reading

Bitter Lemons of Cyprusby Lawrence Durrell

Othello by William Shakespeare

The People in Between: A Cypress Odysseyby Gregory S. Lamb

Small Wars by Sadie Jones

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Northern Cyprus

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Travel to Northern Cyprus

You will fly via Istanbul to Ercan Airport in Norther Cyprus where you will be met by your friendly local guide who will assist you in the transfer to your hotel, just outside the town of Kyrenia.

Day 2 - Sightseeing tour of Kyrenia

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Morning

St. Hilarion Castle & Bellapais Abbey

The first stop on a full day sightseeing tour around Kyrenia is St. Hilarion Castle in the Kyrenia Mountains. Originally a monastery, the castle is the largest fortress on the island and was captured by Richard the Lionheart on his way to the Third Crusade. Rumoured to be the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s Snow White, its elevated position offers panoramic views out towards the coastline. Next, travel on to the ruin of Bellapais Abbey in the small scenic village of the same name. Dating back to the 13th century, “The Abbey of Peace” is an impressive example of French Gothic architecture, consisting of a church, a cloister and a number of monastic buildings. 

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Afternoon

Kyrenia Old Town

In the afternoon, discover the charming Old Town of Kyrenia, most notably its British-built harbour and quay. Here you will pay a visit to the sea fortress of Kyrenia Castle and it Shipwreck Museum, where you can see the well-preserved wreck of a Greek merchant ship from the 4th century BC.  You will then have some free time to explore Kyrenia at your own pace. Wander by old stone buildings down its narrow alleyways, stop off in one of the harbour-side cafés, or pay a visit to the local Icon Museum.

Day 3 - At Leisure

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At Leisure

Today you will have a free day to enjoy the delights of Northern Cyprus at your leisure. Take advantage of the warm, sunny weather and exquisite Mediterranean waters at the beach beside your hotel, or just relax by the pool. Your guide will be happy suggest activities to suit your interests.

Day 4 - Excursion to Nicosia

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Excursion to Nicosia

Today, you will have a full day to sightsee in Nicosia, Europe’s last divided capital. Visit the 16th century Arab Ahmet Mosque, and Selimiye Mosque, which is housed in St. Sophia Cathedral, the oldest surviving gothic church in Cyprus.  See the Dervish Pasha Mansion, one of the finest examples of Ottoman architecture on the island and stop into the Büyük Han, or Great Inn, and browse its galleries, cafes and souvenir shops.  **Depending on your tour operator, it may not be possible to cross into Southern part of Nicosia.

Day 5 - At Leisure

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At Leisure

Today is free to pass at your leisure. A courtesy train service is available from your hotel to Kyrenia town if you wish to spend more time exploring its winding streets or shopping for souvenirs.  Sample the local cuisine, which blends Greek and Turkish influences, with specialities such as Halloumi cheese and Baklava.  

Day 6 - Excursion to Salamis & Famagusta

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Morning

Salamis

Today’s full day excursion begins with a visit to St. Barnabas Monastery and the Icon Museum housed in the church above the tomb of Apostle Barnabus, the patron saint of Cyprus. Continue to the ancient city of Salamis, the old capital of the island which is thought to date back as far as 1100BC. Many Byzantine and Roman ruins can be seen at the site, including the gymnasium pool and baths surrounded by vast marble columns, a restored Roman amphitheatre and intricate tile mosaics. 

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Afternoon

Famagusta

After lunch, visit the old town of Famagusta and explore its warren of small shops, selling local produce, from silver and copper ware to ceramics, fruit and vegetables. Nicknamed “The City of 365 Churches”, the old town is home to many historic buildings and is surrounded by impressive medieval city walls. 

Day 7 - At Leisure

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At Leisure

Spend your final day soaking up the blue skies and convivial atmosphere of Northern Cyprus at your leisure. 

Day 8 - Return Home

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Morning

Return Home

Your guide will assist with your transfer to the airport for your morning flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Customer reviews

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Oscar Resort Hotel 4

Oscar Resort Hotel is located directly on the coast, 1.5 km from the historic harbour town of Kyrenia. A courtesy train service operates to and from the town centre 3 times daily, Monday-Saturday. With a choice of leisure and relaxation pursuits and an attractive seaside setting,... read more read more read more

Oscar Resort Hotel is located directly on the coast, 1.5 km from the historic harbour town of Kyrenia. A courtesy train service operates to and from the town centre 3 times daily, Monday-Saturday. With a choice of leisure and relaxation pursuits and an attractive seaside setting, this resort-style hotel is the perfect base from which to discover the delights of Northern Cyprus. 

Hotel address
Oscar Resort Hotel
16 Hasan Esat Işık Sk
Kyrenia/Girne
North Cyprus
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