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Nicosia Sightseeing on wheels

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From Nicosia: Famagusta and Ghost Town Tour

1. From Nicosia: Famagusta and Ghost Town Tour

Depart Nicosia and journey to St. Barnabas Monastery and Icon Museum next to the Royal Tombs. Continue to the ancient city of Salamis to see the largest Roman amphitheater in Cyprus. Go to Othello’s Tower where Shakespeare was inspired to write his famous play. Admire the largest medieval building in Famagusta at the Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, formerly known as St. Nicolas Cathedral and built in a French Gothic style. Get some free time in the old city to shop or explore on your own.  End with a visit to the ghost town of Famagusta, abandoned in 1974 due to the political issues between the 2 sides of Cyprus. 

From Nicosia: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour to Kyrenia

2. 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. Visit Kyrenia Castle, the Venetian built fortress that stands on the beautiful harbor. After Kyrenia, continue visiting Cyprus, the only divided capital city of Nicosia and have lunch in the Great Han built by the Ottoman empire. After lunch, experience both its Greek and Turkish areas. Walk into Nicosia's walled old city to visit Büyük Han and Selimiye Mosque, once St. Sophia Cathedral. Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping in the lively lanes and streets. 

Full day Nicosia & Kyrenia Tour: Private Tour from Limassol

3. 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. 

Troodos walking trip

4. Troodos walking trip

The itinerary of this tour is both flexible and customizable. It depends on the pick up place and on the combination of the chosen walks. The overall route will differ depending on the pick up location. Various stopping options include Kakopetria and the Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis painted church, accessible from Nicosia and listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From other locations the itinerary would possibly include one of the Limassol wine villages. This tour may be customized to include a meal and wine tasting at a traditional village restaurant (if time permits this). The Walks: • Artemis trail (8 km / 5 miles, flat and easy) is the highest elevated trail in Cyprus, and covered with unique flora. When the weather is clear it offers excellent vistas to many parts of the island Myllomeris Waterfalls Trail ( 2.4 km / 1.5 mile, - 1.2 km each way, rather easy ) at an elevation of up to 1,000 m, this trail offers a radically different environment. The combination of the two trails offers a rich experience over a high elevation range in Cyprus.

From Nicosia: Paphos Full-Day Private Tour with Guide

5. From Nicosia: Paphos Full-Day Private Tour with Guide

Explore the ancient sites of Paphos on this guided tour from Nicosia. Visit the area's most important historical attractions. Explore the villas of 4 Roman noblemen, the House of Dionysos, Theseus, Aion and Orpheus. Stop at the rock where Aphrodite allegedly emerged from the sea. Stop a few kilometers before Paphos to visit Petra tou Romiou or the Aphrodite Rock. Hear the legend of how the goddess of beauty and love emerged from the sea at the site of this rock. Visit the Archaeological Park of Kato Paphos, which has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list since 1980. Check out the Paphos Mosaics, considered among the finest in the eastern Mediterranean. Learn about Greek mythology from the intricate floor mosaics depicting Greco-Roman daily life. Experience the tranquil atmosphere made of historical ruins, tourist resorts, quiet countryside, and quaint harbor. Continue to other iconic sites and monuments from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages in the Park. See the Asklepieion, the Odeon, the Agora, the Saranta Kolones Castle, and the Limeniotissa ruins of an Early Christian Basilica. Retrace history as you marvel at the ruins in Paphos. Soak in the spectacular views of the mountains and the sea in this coastal town. Get lost in the legends of love, magnificent mosaics, archaeological wonders and captivating coasts.

From Nicosia: Famagusta and Kyrenia Circle Day Trip

6. From Nicosia: Famagusta and Kyrenia Circle Day Trip

Following pick-up from your hotel, you will head out to the northern part of Cyprus. There you will get the chance to observe the Mesaria Plain, Kyrenia Mountain and numerous villages where the Greek and Turkish used to live together before 1974. Upon arrival, you will begin by exploring Varosha, a once vibrant tourist quarter of Famagusta, but now a ghost town due to conflicts in the 1970s. Afterwards, you will head to the Famagusta City Wall, where you'll see the Saint Nicolas Cathedral, now known as the Lala Mustafa Mosque. You will then have 40 minutes of free time to explore the area and enjoy some coffee. Your tour will resume with a visit to the ancient city-kingdom of Salamis. There, you will be taken on a guided tour around the archaeological site, which includes a beautiful ancient Greek theater, marble columns, Roman baths and a gymnasium. Afterwards, you'll have the option of stopping for 45 minutes to enjoy some lunch at a nearby restaurant. You will then head back out on a 75-minute drive to Kyrenia. You'll also have the chance to stop at Iskele/Bogaz fishing harbor village for a coffee break (depending on time). At Kyrenia, you will first stop at Bellapais to see the gorgeous Bellapais Abbey, a ruined 13th-century abbey in the Five Fingers Mountains. Finally, you will have 20 minutes to explore the harbor town of Kyrenia, which is regarded as the jewel of North Cyprus.

Kakopetria and Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis: Guided Tour

7. Kakopetria and Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis: Guided Tour

Visit an 11th century UNESCO World Heritage site at Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis painted church, a former monastery where only the chapel survives. The frescoes are superb, dating from the 11th century onward.  Meander inside the picturesque old part of Kakopetria village - visit old olive press, an old church and watermill. Take a short walk along a shaded stream opposite the old part of Kakopetria village. Cyprus coffee on a coffee shop veranda overlooking the stream is highly recommended, as is a fresh trout meal at a nearby restaurant. Enjoy a customisable route, choosing between Panagia tis Asinou Unesco World Heritage church and of Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis; having a meal in Kakopetria or taking an easy 7 kilometer Artemis walk on the top of Cyprus, or even Caledonia walking trail above Platres village. 

From Nicosia: Limassol, Kolossi & Kourion Full-Day Tour

8. From Nicosia: Limassol, Kolossi & Kourion Full-Day Tour

Being the island’s maritime capital, Limassol possesses the main commercial and business port as well as an exclusive, recently built, modern marina. This vibrant and lively city has something for every taste; significant archaeological treasures, interesting shopping spots and countless dining options. On the way to Kourion, Kolossi castle is a fine example of military architecture dating back to the 13th century. Kourion was one of the island’s most important city-kingdoms in antiquity. Significant remains that can be viewed at the site are the magnificent Greco-Roman theatre and the fine mosaic floors in the ‘House of Eustolios’, the ‘House of Achilles’ and the ‘House of the Gladiators’, as well as the remains of the Roman Agora, the sumptuous public baths and the imposing early Christian cathedral of the city.

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What people are saying about Nicosia

After the meeting point (quite simply in Nicosia directly after the border crossing in the old town) was agreed, we could start. During the trip, Cem first told a lot of interesting things about Cyprus and the division. First to the St. Barnabas monastery (quite nice, but not much different from other older monasteries) and here again interesting information about the origin. Then to Salamis (old Romans) - also quite nice. Then to visit the ghost town. Really strange atmosphere in such a large, completely empty and slowly decaying city (unique experience and difficult to describe). Finally Famagusta there the mosque (converted former church), on the city wall and free time to eat (good recommendation) and sightseeing on your own. Great day trip!

This was a shore excursion from Limassol, Cyprus. The company reached out with he driver's name and contact info and his contact number and then sent a picture of the vehicle on the morning of the tour. Our guide, Cemal was excellent. He knew how to navigate around the crazy traffic and knew lots of historical and cultural information about the country where he was born. He was always mindful of the schedule and managed to fit in all the sites even though our day was a short one! I would highly recommend this company and Cemal.

I had a great time with this Kykkos tour. I was planning to join with my friend, but he was feeling sick in the morning, and I had to participate alone. But I was never bored. Marina, the guide, explained a lot of the Cypriot history, culture, society, and politics, which was a great fun. The streets in the mountain villeges were incredibly narrow, but Ektras showed an excellent driving skill and I enjoyed the whole trip. The tomb of the first president Makarios is a must-see.

Some great scenery and history at St Hilarion and Old Nicosia - very enjoyable day and Gemma the guide was very knowledgeable

She was absolutely amazing!!! Great guide and super knowledgeable!!