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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 Paphos: Nicosia The Last Divided Capital

From Paphos: Nicosia The Last Divided Capital

Explore the captivating narrative of Nicosia, the captivating capital of Cyprus, which stands as one of the last cities in the world that remains divided. As you embark on this journey, your guide will accompany you through the southern part of Nicosia, sharing intriguing insights about the city. Prepare to be enchanted as you discover Nicosia's Old Town, where notable landmarks like the Monument to Liberty and St. John's Cathedral reside. Despite its unassuming exterior, the interior of St. John's Cathedral will amaze you. Immerse yourself in a delightful walking tour of the historic old town, enclosed within the Venetian Walls and primarily designated as a car-free zone. Venture towards the Leventis Museum before crossing the green line, where you'll explore the fascinating St. Sophia Cathedral. Ample leisure time will be offered for shopping or enjoying a delicious lunch at your own pace.

From Ayia Napa/Protaras: Kyrenia and Nicosia Highlights Tour

From Ayia Napa/Protaras: Kyrenia and Nicosia Highlights Tour

The occupied north of Cyprus oozes history and culture at every turn, with evocative landscapes in between. Highlights on this late morning departure tour include the pretty harbour town of Kyrenia, Bellapais Abbey and the northern and southern sectors of the capital, Nicosia. Andreas, one of our expert local guides, says, ‘Bellapais means “beautiful peace” – and this Gothic abbey lives up to the hype. The views are truly fantastic. It was here in Bellapais that Lawrence Durrell was inspired to write his book, Bitter Lemons.' Kick off by crossing over the ‘green line' border to reach Kyrenia. Picturesque stone houses curl around the harbour, which is dominated by the ancient fortress of Kyrenia Castle. Take an optional castle tour or choose free time to soak up the views at the harbour. Next, it's on to the 13th century Bellapais Abbey. Stroll around its ruined Gothic cloister and take in the panoramic views over the Med. There's then free time in the village, where novelist Lawrence Durrell lived in the 1950s. Next, head to Nicosia, where you'll cross the UN buffer zone into the southern sector at Ledra Street. You'll have free time to embrace the city under your own steam. Ledra Street is one of the main shopping streets in Nicosia, with a mix of local and international brands, cafés and restaurants. Laiki Yeitonia, on the other hand, is a historic quarter in the old town. The area is known for its traditional architecture, narrow streets and abundant charm.

Nicosia: Inside the Buffer Zone, the last divided Capital

Nicosia: Inside the Buffer Zone, the last divided Capital

You will experience an insight into the current situation of the Buffer Zone “Green Line”, on streets that are hard to discover without the experience of a local guide. You will see the Venetian walls and how they form a border around the old city, so unusual that once seen on a map will never be forgotten as a design synonymous with the unique shape of this ancient fortification. Our meeting point is located in a central location to the West of Nicosia and close to the old city. We will meet at a convenient parking lot where facilities are available, just before the Ledra Palace Hotel Checkpoint. The main bus station is an 8-minute walk from our meeting point. We shall commence our walk inside the buffer zone and then explore the south side of the city and follow the infamous “Green line” that cuts through the center, separating the city into southern and northern sections. This division has kept the two major communities, of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots apart for more than four decades. Our journey begins at the Ledra Palace Hotel known in its era as the largest and most majestic hotel in the capital. You will witness life having evolved along either side of this schism, something once impossible to do until recent agreements between the two sides to open border crossings. We will explore Ledra Street located at the heart of the aforementioned walled city now once again rekindled to one of the most popular pedestrian commercial streets accented by abandoned buildings reclaimed by nature through decades of lost time scarred by bullet holes, military outposts, and barricades. We end our walk in the old quarter of the City by the Ledra Street checkpoint, where I will guide you if you want to explore the North side of Lefkosia.

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.

From Paphos: Nicosia Tour in German

From Paphos: Nicosia Tour in German

Nicosia ist seit dem 11. Jahrhundert die Hauptstadt Zyperns, sie besitzt ihre eigene interessante Geschichte mit der Stadtmauer aus venezianischer Zeit und der seit 1974 geteilten Altstadt. Schlendern Sie durch die engen Gassen mit ihren überhängenden Balkonen und die restaurierte, turbulente Fußgängerzone, vorbei an den Läden der Handwerker, Tavernen und Kaffeehäusern. Neben dem Erzbischofpalast besichtigen Sie auch die St. Johannes-Kathedrale mit ihren interessanten Fresken aus dem 17. Jahrhundert. Ein „Muss“ ist der Besuch des archäologischen Museums oder Leventis Museum, das die bedeutendste Sammlung der Insel von zypriotischen Schätzen des Altertums zeigt. Anschliessend Freizeit in der Fussgängerzone. Er wird Sie auf einen Spaziergang über die Demarkationslinie in den besetzten Teil der Stadt zur Kirche Agia Sofia (jetzt Selimiye Moschee) und den großen Markt begleiten. (Kirchen dürfen nicht mit kurzen Hosen und kurzen Röcken betreten werden).

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.

From Limassol: Nicosia The Last Divided Capital

From Limassol: Nicosia The Last Divided Capital

Explore the captivating narrative of Nicosia, the captivating capital of Cyprus, which stands as one of the last cities in the world that remains divided. As you embark on this journey, your guide will accompany you through the southern part of Nicosia, sharing intriguing insights about the city. Prepare to be enchanted as you discover Nicosia's Old Town, where notable landmarks like the Monument to Liberty and St. John's Cathedral reside. Despite its unassuming exterior, the interior of St. John's Cathedral will amaze you. Immerse yourself in a delightful walking tour of the historic old town, enclosed within the Venetian Walls and primarily designated as a car-free zone. Venture towards the Leventis Museum before crossing the green line, where you'll explore the fascinating St. Sophia Cathedral. Ample leisure time will be offered for shopping or enjoying a delicious lunch at your own pace.

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: Old Town Walking Tour with a Guide

Nicosia: Old Town Walking Tour with a Guide

Cyprus, with its lovely capital of Nicosia, is one of the many islands in the Mediterranean. You may turn it over to see either the Greek or Turkish side. How well-known is it that Nicosia is Europe's last formally divided city? Among the many pedestrians who use Ledra Street, which checkpoints are the most frequently visited? Incredible Venetian buildings may be found in Nicosia. And if you find yourself in one of the Old Town pubs, you must sample one of the daily home-cooked, traditional dinners. Explore Laika Geitonia, Ledra Street, and the great St. John's Cathedral and Archbishop's Palace with an engaging local guide and learn the little-known history of this religiously diverse island.

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What people are saying about Ledra Street

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4.3
(16 reviews)

Nothing can be improved as it was more than we could ask for! We were treated with an authentic, insightful, lovely conversation and full experience. Eleni is a local, extremely knowledgeable guide, knows it all about the the Turkish invasion, the current situation and very keen to share what she knows. She talks history of Nicosia with passion and respect. We loved the tips and ideas she shared about all the local places to see, places to eat, local cuisine and music. She was also so kind to take us for the best local coffee and pastries. Eleni, we love you and we feel like we earned a great friend. Thank you millions, you’re the best guide we ever had! Xxxx

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.

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 :(

It was such an amazing tour through the buffer zone today! Evening was an amazing tour guide with heaps of knowledge.

A very efficient and interesting trip. Great guide. A lot of knowledge and impressions :)