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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. 

Full day Nicosia & Kyrenia Tour: Private Tour from Limassol

2. Full day Nicosia & Kyrenia Tour: Private Tour from Limassol

Join this tour to explore St. Hilarion fairytale castle spending 1.5-hours here before you move onto the gorgeous Bellapais Abbey, a ruined 13th-century abbey in the Five Fingers Mountains. Have a 30 minute coffee break, then carry on driving to the town center of Kyrenia, where you will be given a chance to spend time in the harbor town of Kyrenia, which is regarded as the jewel of northern Cyprus. 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. Great tour for history and culture buffs. Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping in the lively lanes and streets. 

From Nicosia: Half-Day St. Hilarion Castle & Bellapais Tour

3. From Nicosia: Half-Day St. Hilarion Castle & Bellapais Tour

You'll visit St. Hillarion Castle reminiscent of Walt Disney's fairytale film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which was inspired by this castle. Spend around 1.5-hours to climb all the way to the top.  Then, continue through the craggy Five Fingers (Pentadaktylos) Mountains to Bellapais Abbey, a French Gothic styled monastery spectacularly set on a mountain terrace for incredible views. Discover the ruins of this 13th-century Augustinian Abbey with a licensed guide and a great view of Kyrenia's epic seascape far below. Another 30 minutes will be given to relax with a coffee break in a peaceful atmosphere.

From Ayia Napa & Protaras: Nicosia Guided Tour

4. From Ayia Napa & Protaras: Nicosia Guided 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 Sightseeing Tour

5. From Nicosia: Nicosia and Kyrenia Full-Day Sightseeing 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. 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. 

Grape Escape: Troodos Mountain Wine Tour with a Local

6. Grape Escape: Troodos Mountain Wine Tour with a Local

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation. Meet your local guide and learn about the local food and wine offerings. Drive to a Troodos mountain village and visit a family-owned boutique winery. Take a tour of the facility and enjoy a wine tasting. Continue to a quaint village where you’ll have a chance to wander the cobbled streets and take in the picturesque scenery. Visit the local church, monastery, and local craft shops. As you explore the village, stop for a food tasting. After exploring the village, sit down for coffee and a traditional snack. Relax and watch the world go by.

Cyprus: Mountain Towns and Cheesemaking Day Trip with Brunch

7. Cyprus: Mountain Towns and Cheesemaking Day Trip with Brunch

Travel through the Troodos region for a traditional cheese-making workshop in a local village on this full-day trip. Make some additional stops to taste some local products along the way. Choose from pickup in Ayia Napa, Protaras, Limassol, Nicosia, Paphos, and Larnaca. Be picked up from your accommodation and sit back and relax on the scenic trip into the Troodos villages. Stop at a local village for a hands-on workshop in cheesemaking. Listen as you learn about Cypriot food and history from locals.  Taste fresh cheeses and have a delicious traditional brunch. Continue your journey with a trip into the Troodos countryside. Enjoy the mountain scenery as you explore with 3 bonus stops along the way. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour. 

Cyprus: Troodos Mountain Food & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

8. Cyprus: Troodos Mountain Food & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

A guide will pick you up from a location of your choice and you’ll be driven around carefully selected villages to visit locals making traditional products and taste Cypriot delicacies. One of these stops will be an award-winning winery where you'll try a selection of wines and discover a variety of indigenous grape varieties. You’ll learn about the ingredients, the making process, and the traditions linked to the products. Part of the touring will be visiting villages where you’ll have time to explore and see the sites. Along the way, the group will stop at a local tavern to feast on a selection of Cypriot dishes with a full meze lunch. We keep our tours authentic by visiting true locals and because these local villagers are busy with every day life – we cannot guarantee which stops we’ll be including… However, here’s an example list of products which are likely to be included – Halloumi Cheese, Honey, Olive Oil, Village Breads, Traditional Sweets, Wine etc. We guarantee a great day out and you can be sure that you’ll visit 5 fantastic places within the Troodos mountain villages and experience a foodie day tour like no other!

Welcome to Nicosia: Private Tour with a Local

9. Welcome to Nicosia: Private Tour with a Local

Discover Nicosia through the eyes of a local on an exclusive walking tour with a private guide. Transform the way you travel and make a new friend along the way! Get a meet and greet at your hotel or a landmark location selected by you, and then explore the city on an itinerary that can be customized to your interests and requirements all the way. Your friendly local is passionate about where they live and eager to share tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Familiarize yourself with your local neighborhood, and learn where the best places to eat and buy groceries are. Hear about the easiest ways to get around, and what are the top things to see and do.  By the end of the tour you will feel more comfortable navigating on your own and confident that you have all the information you need for a memorable stay.

Cyprus: Guided Agia Napa Sea Caves Snorkeling Day Trip

10. Cyprus: Guided Agia Napa Sea Caves Snorkeling Day Trip

Discover some of the best snorkeling spots on Cyprus with this guided tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Larnaca, Ayia Napa, Nicosia, or Protaras. Enjoy the convenience of a private tour that can be customized to suit your needs. Visit snorkeling hotspots like Agia Napa and Cape Greko. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and sit back and relax on the airconditioned drive in a spacious car. Feel confident as you snorkel as you guide will put out rips buoys to ensure that you are visible to passing boats. Uncover the secret world beneath of the waves in the turquoise waters near Agia Napa where their are azure sea caves that you can swim into, if the water is calm. Swim under the Lovers' Bridge natural arch as you make your way along a kilometer-long route. Continue to the the northern end of Cape Greko to Konnos beach which is well-known for its prevalence of green sea turtles and its white sand beach. Return to your accommodation at the end of your day trip.

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What people are saying about Nicosia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 122 reviews

Our guide, Myra, gave us a very nice day. She is a very good driver, very friendly and taught us a lot about Cyprus. We visited 3 wineries, a monastery and had a nice lunch with a nice view. The wineries were well chosen. You tasted very different wines, you also got the chance to buy something, but nothing was forced on you. The owners of the first 2 wineries were real connoisseurs and did their job with passion. In the last winery we had some bad luck: the owner was not present and the nephew and niece ran the business that day and did so with little dedication. We had a super fun day! Well worth it for wine tasters! The promise “in a small group” is certainly fulfilled. We were only 3 of us private tour!

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.

Very great private customized tour. The guide is very nice and tells a lot about the island. Can just be recommended!

Stop looking — AND BOOK THIS. Honestly, this one of the best tours I’ve ever taken. Anna is a 5 star tour guide.

We love it. Totally recommend for those who like hiking and amazing views.