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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. 

Nicosia: Guided Museums Walking Tour

2. Nicosia: Guided Museums Walking Tour

Enjoy an expert-guided tour of Nicosia. Discover the treasures and fascinating history of the last world capital to be divided militarily. Explore the incredible collection of artifacts at the Byzantine Museum and Archaeological Museum. Learn about traditional Cypriot life at the Ethnographic Museum of Cyprus. See history through national costumes, jewelry, utensils, pottery, and more from the 19th and 20th centuries. Journey back in time to learn about Nicosia's history at the Leventis Municipal Museum. See an extensive collection of Cypriot works including archaeological artifacts, costumes, photographs, medieval pottery, maps and engravings, jewels, and furniture.

Nicosia: Old Town Walking Tour with a Guide

3. Nicosia: Old Town Walking Tour with a Guide

Nicosia, the beautiful capital of Cyprus is one of the Mediterranean islands. It has two sides- Greek and Turkish. Do you know that Nicosia is the Last divided city of Europe? What are the most popular checkpoints in the pedestrian Ledra Street? Discovering medieval and byzantine monuments in this amazing city you must have half an hour Coffee break in one of so popular Cypriot coffee. Nicosia’s Venetian architecture is outstanding. And you will be really delighted if you will try daily home-cooked, traditional meals somewhere in the Old Town taverns. With the local charismatic guide you will visit Nicosia’s Green Line, OHI Farmer's Market, Ledra Street, the grand Phaneromeni Church, will hear secret stories about an island of mixed faith.

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

4. 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.

From Nicosia: Famagusta and Kyrenia Circle Day Trip

5. 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.

Nicosia: Face of the Old and the New Walking Tour

6. Nicosia: Face of the Old and the New Walking Tour

As the beautiful capital of Cyprus, Nicosia is the heart of the island. On this guided walking tour of the old and new parts of the city, experience Nicosia’s landmarks, museums, theaters, musical events, and galleries that guarantee to inspire and fascinate all visitors. Nicosia (Lefkosia in Greek) is the only divided capital city in Europe. With its melting pot of influences, the city has a unique, diverse image. With your local guide, experience the modern city center that will capture your imagination as well as the historic art and culture that lives in the old city. Travel back in time in old Nicosia and see the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia with finds from the Neolithic to Byzantine periods. Walk to Ermou Street, which is home to many old Cypriot craftspeople. Nicosia is very rich in art, so you will also have the opportunity to explore the A. G. Leventis Gallery, featuring European, Greek, and Cypriot art paintings. As you explore, learn about Phaneromeni Church, Hamam Omerye, and more local spots.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 10 reviews

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!

Knowledgeable, Interesting, and Friendly Tour

Our guide Sirin was amazing. She was a wealth of knowledge and very friendly. She was able to answer all of our questions about the history and current events in Cyprus. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and definitely recommend it to anyone in Cyprus.

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

Really wonderful!

The guide was excellent....she really knew her stuff! Loved it.