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From Ayia Napa/Protaras: Nicosia Old Town Walking Tour

1. 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 Ayia Napa/Protaras: Kyrenia and Nicosia Highlights Tour

2. 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: Old Town Walking Tour with a Guide

3. 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.

From Paphos: Nicosia The Last Divided Capital

4. From Paphos: Nicosia The Last Divided Capital

Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, finds out about the turbulent history of one of the world’s last divided cities. Arriving in the south part of Nicosia, your guide will show and give you all the interesting facts about this town. Discover the Liberty Monument and the Cathedral of St John located in the centre of the old town of Nicosia. Despite its modest exterior, the interior of The Cathedral of St John will take you by surprise. You'll be taken on a walking tour through the partially car-free old town within the Venetian Walls and visit Leventis Museum. Ample free time will be provided for shopping or for lunch.

Nicosia: Bordercrossing with lunch in eastern part

5. Nicosia: Bordercrossing with lunch in eastern 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.

Nicosia: Murder Mystery City Exploration Game

6. Nicosia: Murder Mystery City Exploration Game

ClueBreak is a big outdoor event that takes place centrally in your city and cities around the world. On your way around the inner city of Nicosia and you will visit many famous places like Liberty Monument, Church of Agios Antonios, Ledra Street and also see many famous places in city center along your way. First you download the app ClueBreak and with the code you receive by e-mail you will login and start your adventure. You will search for witnesses, find clues, test your knowledge and solve the murder mystery. One ticket is valid for 1-6 people. You will receive an exclusive code and further information that you need to log in to our app and start the game. In the app, you will find a map with marked places and witnesses. Visit the witnesses and answer the questions and riddles to get their testimonials. The testimonials are in the form of films and contain information that will allow you to eliminate suspects and weapons. In the end, you will hopefully have the right solution to the murder mystery! The Case: The game takes place in a fictional small town called Glenndale. A man named Carl Brown has been found murdered in his own home. Why did someone want to kill Carl? Who had the motive and opportunity? Your task is to find out who the guilty one is and which murder weapon was used. This is our first case and more will come. We estimate that it takes at least 2h to complete the assignment. It usually takes a longer time as you may want to watch the testimonials an extra time, stop for a cup of coffee, or go into a place so that the whole team keeps up. It is not the fastest team that wins, but the team with the most points! Is this suitable for children? Absolutely, the activity is fun to do together as a family but is not designed for children to manage on their own. We recommend an age from 12 years old and up if there is no accompanying adult. But remember that it’s all about a murder and all about it. You will have a fun day together!

Magical Christmas markets tour in Nicosia

7. Magical Christmas markets tour in Nicosia

The exclusive tour only in the Christmas period! This special times brings magic to Nicosia. What makes it so popular? What local products is must taste at Christmas? Fill your heart with the joy and experience magic of Nicosia. Together with the professional local guide, you will visit the most beautifully decorated places in Nicosia - Ledra Street, Pivo Microbrewery. You will feel spellbound with the charming atmosphere in the Mall of Cyprus, which you can feel only this time of the year! What is the story of the Christmas tree? Who was the first to decorate it in the world? What magical things can happen during the Christmas period? Have you heard about Christmas spells? You will hear miraculous Christmas legends about Nicosia. You will visit the old-fashioned Christmas Market in the Makarios Avenue called ‘Christmas Village’.

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4.3 / 5

based on 16 reviews

A great tour guide, who proceeded in a super structured manner throughout the day and always provided exciting information. Very personable! Great tour even at 40 degrees. We were thrilled

It was a very informativ trip to Nicosia. We enjoied it very much.

Really great guide! Safe driver. Full on day. Saw so much.

Interesting side of the divided capital city of cyprus