Days
13
Price from
3495USD
Map of Discover Cyprus North & South including Cyprus

Discover the Mediterranean’s best-kept secret

Discover the wonders of North and South Cyprus on this 13-day tour of the Mediterranean’s best-kept secret. Travel from Famagusta in Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus to Nicosia, a lively city that is Europe’s last divided capital. Explore ancient ruins, cathedrals converted to mosques, untouched coast and rugged mountains on this immersive adventure. Along the way, be humbled by Cypriot hospitality, stunned by charming villages and satisfied by hearty meals of fresh produce and regional delicacies.


Start
Famagusta, Cyprus
Finish
Nicosia, Cyprus
Destination
Cyprus
Style
Peregrine
Code
PECY
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Discover both sides of this tiny, divided island and learn the ancient and contemporary history that has shaped its villages and cities.

  • Explore the abandoned churches of the Karpass Peninsula, then spend an afternoon making bread and cheese with some local friends of Peregrine.

  • Devour a feast of local specialties like Anari cheese, bulguri (wheat-based cereal) and rabbit during dinner in a Maronite village called Kormakitis.

  • Venture into the Troodos Mountains to explore an 11th-century monastery and spend the evening in a village home converted into boutique lodging.

  • Ramble through crumbling ruins at the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, then watch the sunset over the sea stack where legend says Aphrodite was born.  

Is this trip right for you?

  • As this trip explores both North and South Cyprus there are border crossings included in the itinerary. If you hold an EU passport it is possible to fly into one side of the island and out from the other. If you are not an EU passport holder you must arrive and depart from the same side of the island.

  • Accommodation as been selected to immerse you in Cypriot life while remaining comfortable. It ranges from resort-style in the major cities to small guesthouses in local villages.

  • There are a few opportunities to hike on this trip, all optional but highly recommended. Please consider this when packing footwear and clothing.

  • Cyprus boast over 300 sunny days a year, so pack your sunscreen and be prepared for some warm days – especially if you’re travelling in July and August.

Itinerary

Merhaba! Welcome to Northern Cyprus. Enjoy an included transfer from the airport to the accommodation at any time today. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you arrive with time to spare before the meeting, perhaps explore a little on your own. If you’d prefer to ease into your tour, perhaps avail yourself of the resort’s private beach.
Accommodation
  • Concorde Luxury Resort - Vokolida / Bafra or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

A complimentary arrival transfer is available from Ercan Airport in Northern Cyprus to the accommodation. In order to arrange this transfer, please contact your agent or Peregrine representative and advise them of your flight details at least 15 days prior to departure.

If you are flying into Larnaca Airport we suggest pre-booking a private transfer or choosing one of the many shared transfers available online. It is not advised to take a taxi as the border crossing involved in the transfer must be done in a specially licensed vehicle.

Private airport transfers are available for pre-booking through Peregrine Adventures. Contact your agent or Peregrine represent
Begin your day with a morning visit to the ancient city of Salamis. Once a thriving port city, Salamis served many dominant groups over the course of history including the Assyrians, Persians, Egyptians and Romans. Continue on to St Barnabas’ Monastery, dedicated to St Paul’s good Cypriot friend Varnavas (Barnabas) who carried out missionary work on the island. Return to your accommodation for a short time before venturing out in the late afternoon to the old walled part of Famagusta. Take a guided walking tour of the city, beginning with the Lala Mustafa Pasa Mosque, a 14th-century structure originally constructed as a cathedral. Converted to a mosque after the fall of the city to the Ottoman Empire in 1571, it makes a fascinating and appropriate place to begin our tour. Explore the antiquates of this colourful city and learn both its medieval and Silk Road history as well as events around the 1974 coup that split the island in half. Following the tour, you may either return to your accommodation or choose to stay in town for an optional dinner at a local eatery.
Accommodation
  • Concorde Luxury Resort - Vokolida / Bafra or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Famagusta- Salamis Ancient Site
  • Famagusta - Church of Apostolos Barnabas
  • Famagusta - Old City Walking Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Rise and shine for a journey to the tip of the island, the rugged Karpass Peninsula. Covered with abandoned churches, many of which have been repurposed as barns, Karpass is both beautiful and another place where the region’s political land religious struggles are visible in the ruins. Visit the Apostolos Andreas Monastery, which is believed to have stood since Byzantine times and according to legend was founded by a shipwrecked Saint Andrew. Continue to Buyukkonuk, a traditional Cypriot village where residents have been working together to preserve local culture and heritage. Meet with some local friends of Peregrine to learn some traditional bread and cheese making skills, including a cheeky tasting afterwards. Stay for dinner at a local tavern, where meals are prepared using fresh produce like carob pekmez and zivania – a local firewater made from grape skins. If you have the energy, talk to your leader about an optional sunset hike, arguably the best way to see the peninsula is on foot. Return to Famagusta.
Accommodation
  • Concorde Luxury Resort - Vokolida / Bafra or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Buyukkonuk - Bread & Cheese making
  • Karpas - Apostolos Andreas Monastery
  • Karpas - Hike and Golden Beach Panorama
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Enjoy a leisurely start to you day, with a mid-morning departure for Kyrenia. On the way, stop for a short hike and picnic lunch at the 12-century Church of Christ Antiphonitis. After a short walk through a wooded mountain area, arrive at a picturesque spot and enjoy a meal with a view over the harbour. Continue and arrive in Kyrenia in the afternoon. Check into your hotel and then enjoy an evening at your leisure. If you’d like to sea the city from the water, ask you leader about an optional sunset cruise. Or maybe settle in at a taverna for a seafood dinner and a snifter of Cypriot brandy.
Accommodation
  • Lords Place or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Karpas - Antiphonitis Monastery Visit and Picnic
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Hit the streets on a walking tour of Kyrenia’s Old Town this morning. The winding alleyways reveal a quaint mix of old stone buildings with colourfully restored architecture along with the spectacular remains of the abandoned 16th-century Chrysopolitissa Church. Take a visit to the Venetian Castle that guards the city, taking in the sea views from the top of the fortifications.

In the afternoon, visit St Hilarion Castle, where crumbling remains of towers rise from rough rock. Exlore the castle and then continue to Bellapais to explore its beautiful Gothic monastery. Bellapais and its monastery gained some international renown after Lawrence Durrell published his memoir Bitter Lemons about his time there. Mentioned frequently in this memoir is the Tree of Idleness, where locals gather to sip coffee and chat. Two local trees vie for this title and the true location of the tree is unknown.
Accommodation
  • Lords Place or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kyrenia - Bellapais Monastery
  • Kyrenia- St. Hilarion Castle
  • Kyrenia - Sunset Boat Cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy some free time this morning to explore or relax at your own pace. Please note you must comply with hotel check out times, so perhaps check out and then grab lunch before taking your private transfer to Kormakitis at 2 pm. Arrive in Kormakitis (Turkish name Kormacit), where locals speak Greek and Aramaic, and most belong to the Catholic Maronite Church. Begin exploring with a visit to St George Cathedral Church and a small ethnographic museum to get a better understanding of the village and its sui iuris church. Check into your charming local guesthouse and spend a few hours at your leisure. As night falls, come together with the local community for a dinner of soft Anari cheese, bulguri (wheat-based cereal) and rabbit.
Accommodation
  • Payt Tel Ruso Guesthouse or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kyrenia - Venetian Castle
  • Kormakitis - Traditional Maronite Dinner
  • Kormakitis - Old and New St Georges Churches
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Accommodation this evening is small, locally owned guesthouses. All rooms have private en suites, however the group may be spread across multiple houses.
Get ready for an entire day of guided exploration around the wild west of Cyprus. Begin with the 18th-century Church of St Mamas and its attached archaeological and icon museums. Visit the ancient Greek city of Soli, which dates back to the 11th century. Explore the amphitheatre and gaze at the remarkable mosaics that remain in the Basilica of Saint Auxibius. After working up an appetite today with all the rambling through ruins, enjoy dinner in Baglikoy eco village. Feast on Cypriot classics in this charming village, then return to Kormakitis for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Payt Tel Ruso Guesthouse or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kormakitis - Baglikoy Eco Village Dinner
  • Morphou/Guzelyurt - St Mamas Monastery
  • Lefka - Soli Basilica and Theater
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Make sure you have your passport ready for the border crossing today to the south of the island. Cross the Astromeritis checkpoint and continue into the Troodos Mountains, the largest range in Cyprus. Stop for a strong coffee and a stroll in the village of Kakopetria then continue to the elaborate Kykkos Monastery. Spend some time exploring the grounds of the monastery, which was founded at the end of the 11th century by the Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos. In the late afternoon, arrive at your feature stay in Lofou, which will be in old houses converted to boutique lodgings. On arrival your afternoon and evening are free, so perhaps head out to explore the tranquil cobblestone streets.
Accommodation
  • AgroTourism Troodos Mountains (Feature Stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Marathasa Valley Troodos - Agios Ioannis Lambadistis Monastery
  • Marathasa Valley Troodos - Kykkos Monastery
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Your accommodation this evening is an initiative of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. Through governmental subsidies and incentives, local villages have been encouraged to renovate old houses (100—300 years old) and convert them into boutique-style lodgings.

All rooms have an en suite, TV, heating and air-conditioning, but the group may be spread across several guest homes.
Spend a relaxing day exploring the mountain villages of the Troodos. Though the exact schedule will vary today, expect to taste local produce and wine, visit markets and enjoy a picnic lunch. Explore the adorable village of Omodos, a beautiful place to while away a few hours by wandering winding alleyways and shop for traditional arts and crafts in converted rural homes. Return to Lofou for an evening at your leisure.
Accommodation
  • AgroTourism Troodos Mountains (Feature Stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Marathasa Valley Troodos - Winery Visit and Tasting
  • Marathasa Valley Troodos - Local Produce Tasting and Picnic
Optional Activities
  • Marathasa Valley Troodos -Hiking - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Journey from mountains to Paphos, a city on the southwest coast. Inhabited for more than 10,000 years, Paphos is home to an impressive array of ruins. Waste no time and begin exploring with a visit to the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, where relics dating from the Middle Ages stand in among incredible scenery. See the remarkably well-preserved murals of the House of Dionysos, the tall columns of the House of Theseus and a crumbling fourth-century BC theatre. Spend some time exploring, then check in to your hotel. The rest of your afternoon and evening are as clear as a Cypriot summer sky. If the season is right, maybe ask your leader about an optional turtle watching tour.
Accommodation
  • Paphos,Capital Coast or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Paphos - Archaeological Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Make the 30-minute drive to Polis, a historic town where legend say Aphrodite enjoyed rendezvous with her lover Adonis. Visit the natural grotto of the Baths of Aphrodite, and its botanical garden, shaded by an old fig tree, amidst lush greenery, legend tells that the Ancient Greek Goddess Aphrodite used to bathe in the waters. Return to Paphos and enjoy a free afternoon and evening. Perhaps use the rest of the daylight hours to visit the Tombs of the King, a nearby ancient necropolis used by local nobility that you can explore for a tiny fee. Ask your leader about how best to spend your time this afternoon and evening.
Accommodation
  • Paphos,Capital Coast or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Akamas - Aphrodite Bath
Optional Activities
  • Paphos - Swimming - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel to Nicosia, the last divided capital city in Europe. Known as Lefkosa to the Turkish locals and Nicosia to the Greek locals, the city is a fascinating mixture of cultures and architectural styles. Visit the Selimiye Mosque, another former cathedral converted with the addition of minarets after the Ottoman takeover. Marvel upon the interior’s whitewashed walls and examine traces of Gothic architecture that remain among the Ottoman-style refurbishment. Enjoy a tasting of zivania, a traditional pomace brandy. This evening maybe gather your group and head out for a dinner of succulent souvlaki or sheftalia (lamb and pork sausages).
Accommodation
  • Merit Hotel and Resort North Nicosia or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lefkosa - Nicosia Walking Tour
  • Lefkosa - Nicosia - Zivaniya Tasting (Peregrine Moment)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your tour of Cyprus comes to end today after breakfast.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Private Transport

Accommodation

8 nights (Hotel Resort Style) 2 nights (Guest House) 2 nights (Guest House Troodos - Feature Stay)

Included Activities

  • Famagusta- Salamis Ancient Site
  • Famagusta - Church of Apostolos Barnabas
  • Famagusta - Old City Walking Tour
  • Buyukkonuk - Bread & Cheese making
  • Karpas - Apostolos Andreas Monastery
  • Karpas - Hike and Golden Beach Panorama
  • Karpas - Antiphonitis Monastery Visit and Picnic
  • Kyrenia - Bellapais Monastery
  • Kyrenia- St. Hilarion Castle
  • Kyrenia - Sunset Boat Cruise
  • Kyrenia - Venetian Castle
  • Kormakitis - Traditional Maronite Dinner
  • Kormakitis - Old and New St Georges Churches
  • Kormakitis - Baglikoy Eco Village Dinner
  • Morphou/Guzelyurt - St Mamas Monastery
  • Lefka - Soli Basilica and Theater
  • Marathasa Valley Troodos - Agios Ioannis Lambadistis Monastery
  • Marathasa Valley Troodos - Kykkos Monastery
  • Marathasa Valley Troodos - Winery Visit and Tasting
  • Marathasa Valley Troodos - Local Produce Tasting and Picnic
  • Paphos - Archaeological Park
  • Akamas - Aphrodite Bath
  • Lefkosa - Nicosia Walking Tour
  • Lefkosa - Nicosia - Zivaniya Tasting (Peregrine Moment)

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

ARRIVAL TRANSFER
A complimentary airport arrival transfer may be included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel. This transfer is only available if you are arriving into Ercan Airport (TRNC). If arriving to Larnaca Airport (ROC) arrival transfers are available for pre-booking with Peregrine Adventures, please contact your booking agent for further information.

ACCOMMODATION
Accommodations on this trip range from resort style with casino facilities in the cities in the north to boutique style village stays, including your feature stay in the Troodos Mountains.  In the village accommodations the group may be spread across two or three guesthouses but within walking distance.

INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS and BORDER CROSSING
This trips starts and finishes in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.  A complementary arrival transfer is included from Ercan International Airport to your hotel, please check with your booking agent.  It is possible to fly into Lanarca International Airport and join this trip.  Lanarca International Airport in the south (ROC) is 95km from the starting point hotel, private transfers are available through your Peregrine booking agent.

There will be Border Crossings on this trip from North to South and South to North. 

We recommend that you plan your arrival and departure flights from the same airport.  Please refer to the visa section of this Essential Trip Information document for further information

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