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From Ayia Napa/Protaras: Nicosia Old Town Walking Tour

From Ayia Napa/Protaras: Nicosia Old Town Walking Tour

Visit Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, to find out about the turbulent history of one of the world’s last divided cities. Take a walking tour of the old town. Visit St. John's Cathedral and the Ottoman Buyuk Han. Bring your ID if you want to cross between the Greek and Turkish sides of the city. After hotel pickup, head to south Nicosia, where your guide will show and give you all the interesting facts about this town. Discover the Liberty Monument and St. John's Cathedral in the center of the old town. Despite its modest exterior, the interior of the cathedral will take you by surprise. Next, take a walking tour through the partially car-free old town within the Venetian Walls. Once in the occupied part of Nicosia, visit Buyuk Han and see the Ayia Sofia Church with its modern Byzantine architecture. Enjoy coffee and a pie. Ample free time will be provided for shopping or for lunch. For those interested in a visit to Leventis Museum, the guide will wait for you outside the museum at 3:00 PM. Finish your tour with drop-off back at your centrally located hotel in Ayia Napa or Protaras.

From Nicosia: Nicosia and Kyrenia Full-Day Small Group Tour

From Nicosia: Nicosia and Kyrenia Full-Day Small Group Tour

Visit the fairytale fortress of Saint Hilarion Castle in the Kyrenia mountain range of Cyprus and get 1.5 hours to explore the former monastery, named after a monk who chose the location for his hermitage in the 10th century. Move on to the ruins of 13th-century Bellapais Abbey in the Five Fingers Mountains region of Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus. Enjoy a 30-minute coffee break before driving to the harbor town of Kyrenia on the northern coast visitong Kyrenia Castle. Get some time to explore the town, founded by the Achaeans tribe after the Trojan War.  Next, explore the divided capital city of Nicosia and enjoy lunch in the Ottoman-era Great Han. Experience both the Greek and Turkish areas of the walled city at sites such as the large caravanserai of the Büyük Han and the amazing Selimiye Mosque, converted from a Catholic cathedral following the Ottoman siege of the city in 1570. 

From Nicosia: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour to Kyrenia

From Nicosia: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour to Kyrenia

Join this tour to explore St. Hilarion fairytale castle spending 1.5 hours here, before you move on to the gorgeous Bellapais Abbey, a ruined 13th century structure in the Five Fingers Mountains. Have a 30–minute coffee break, then carry on driving to the town center of Kyrenia for a chance to spend time in the harbor town, regarded as the jewel of northern Cyprus to visit Kyrenia castle. Enjoy the free time at Kyrenia city and the harbour after visiting the biggest castle in Cyprus.

Nicosia: Tour with Private Guide

Nicosia: Tour with Private Guide

Embark on a captivating private walking tour of Nicosia, Cyprus' vibrant capital. Your expert guide will meet you at your centrally located hotel, ushering you into a world of rich history and cultural wonders. Explore the ancient city walls, meander through the bustling Old City's narrow alleys, and discover hidden treasures in the vibrant Laiki Geitonia neighborhood. Marvel at the architectural splendor of Selimiye Mosque, witness the Venetian walls' grandeur, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of local markets. Engage in captivating narratives about the city's past and present, gaining a deep understanding of Nicosia's unique blend of traditions. As you stroll through the charming streets, absorb the city's vibrant energy and delve into its diverse cultural heritage. Your tour will culminate near the lively Ledra Street, leaving you with a profound appreciation for Nicosia's timeless allure. This immersive experience promises an unforgettable exploration of one of Europe's last divided capitals.

Full day Nicosia & Kyrenia Tour: Private Tour from Limassol

Full day Nicosia & Kyrenia Tour: Private Tour from Limassol

Join this tour to explore St. Hilarion fairytale castle for 1.5-hours before you move onto the gorgeous Bellapais Abbey, a ruined 13th-century abbey in the Five Fingers Mountain. Visit Nicosia, the only divided capital city of Cyprus, and have lunch in the Great Han built by the Ottoman empire. After lunch, experience both its Greek and Turkish areas on this half-day trip from Nicosia. Walk into Nicosia's walled old city to visit Büyük Han and Selimiye Mosque, once St. Sophia Cathedral. Embark on a great tour for history and culture buffs. Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping in the lively lanes and streets. 

Nicosia, Old Town + Bordercrossing + lunch in turkish part

Nicosia, Old Town + Bordercrossing + lunch in turkish part

Nicosia is the last bipartite capital in the world. It lies roughly in the middle of the island of Cyprus and is the capital of the independent Republic of Cyprus, while its northern part (tr. Lefkoşa) is the capital of the internationally unrecognised Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Whereas a few years ago it was extremely difficult to cross the border, nowadays it is easy to switch between the "Greek" (mainly Greek is spoken) southern part and the "Turkish" (mainly Turkish is spoken) northern part of the city. All you need is the entry document (passport, identity card) that you presented to the border authorities when you entered the island of Cyprus. Nicosia's Venetian Fortifications Totally impressive are the Venetian walls that enclose the old town. Although they have been the landmark of Nicosia for so many years and the city is now modern and full of life, much of the original three-kilometre length still remains. The Paphos Gate and the Roccas Bastion are famous for their role in modern history. Here the UN buffer zone between the Republic of Cyprus and Northern Cyprus is less than the usual 200 metres, and until 2003 this was the only place on the island where Greek and Turkish Cypriots could come close. Today, the flags of all four countries involved in the unresolved conflict (Greece, the Republic of Cyprus, Turkey and Northern Cyprus) flutter in the wind as a reminder of the island's unresolved problems. Ledra Street Ledra Street winds through the historic old town of Nicosia, divided into a Greek Cypriot southern part and a Turkish Cypriot northern part. In the larger Greek-Cypriot part, there is a lively shopping street with international chain stores. It ends in the south at the Platía Eleftherías, i.e. at the edge of the Venetian city wall. The 50-metre-wide Green Line separates the smaller Turkish northern part of the street from the southern part. Pedestrians can cross back and forth between the two parts of the street, as a border crossing has existed on Ledra Street since April 2008. The street, which was once a symbol of division, now connects (again) and is today the most popular promenade in Nicosia. Many large department stores have set up shop along it. Büyük Han A han (caravan station) was in ancient times accommodation and storage for traders passing through the city, often with stables for their horses (or camels) and sometimes with recreational facilities such as restaurants and hamams (Turkish baths). Büyük Han was built in 1572 and today is an excellently preserved and fully restored example of the architecture of the time and is one of the most beautiful historic buildings in the city. The Han is home to a variety of shops, cafés and craft studios and is perfect for a short shopping trip during our tour of Nicosia. Büyük Han is located in the north of Nicosia, but is only a short walk from the Ledra Street Green Line pedestrian crossing.

The Jewels of The North with a Polish-speaking Guide

The Jewels of The North with a Polish-speaking Guide

On the way to the northern part of the island, we will make a stop in the capital of Cyprus - Nicosia, where we will cross the border to the North part of Cyprus (obligatory documents, personal ID or passport). Here we will visit Buyuk Han - one of the best-preserved example of Ottoman caravanserai architecture and largest in Cyprus. After, we will drive to Kyrenia, the most beautiful port on the island in the Venetian style, dominated by a monumental Byzantine fortress. Enjoy optional visit to Kerynia Castle and free time for a walk around the harbour, lunch or shopping. Another wonderful place will be the Abbey of Bellapais from the 14th century, which is the best example of Gothic architecture in the eastern Mediterranean. English writer Lawrence Durell lived here and wrote a fantastic novel "The Bitter Lemons of Cyprus". Lunch is NOT included in the price. Entrance fees are included in the price.

Nicosia: Nicosia, Kyrenia& Famagusta-3 Cities in oneday Tour

Nicosia: Nicosia, Kyrenia& Famagusta-3 Cities in oneday Tour

Buyuk Han built during Ottoman period, Nicosia Cyprus, 40 minutes Famagusta Wall city where the st nicholas visited, Famagusta District, 30 minutes Ghost Town Famagusta abondened since 1974, 25 minutes Bellapais Monastery, Bellapais Village, Kyrenia Cyprus, 30 minutes Kyrenia Harbour, Kyrenia Cyprus, 30 minutes

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Overall rating

4.9
(10 reviews)

Our tour guide, Cemaliye (Jemma), kept in contact with us right up to loading into her car, so we knew who, what, and where to meet. She was very informative and shared knowledge about the Cyprus culture and differences of two separate societies on one island nation. Jemma made sure we covered all the desired sites we wanted to see, had some time for shopping, eating, and still made it back to the cruise ship well before final boarding. A suggestion: additional seat cushions for the back seaters would be helpful for comfort.

The tour of the old town with the guide was enriching in information, and the free time planned was well suited to the size of the old town. The refreshment break integrated into the excursion was welcome for all the participants.

A really good trip. Jürgen is a dedicated guide with great knowledge and a great desire to share his knowledge. We were all both wiser and happier to be in the company of Jürgen Vielsen, thank you

What I liked most are the surroundings, the monuments and the city. I'm sorry that we waited 20 minutes in the morning: it was supposed to be at 07:30 and the bus only arrived at 7:50 :(

the guide is very professional to explain the visiting points