The Karpas Peninsula

 

8 days

 

With 320 days of sunshine each year, the island of Cyprus is a wonderful place to visit in spring or autumn, for a holiday guaranteed to increase your sense of well-being.

This area, commonly known as Turkish Cyprus (officially the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) has not yet been discovered by mass tourism and remains a splendid location for walking in unspoilt countryside.

 

We are specialists in walking holidays and invite you to take part in a stay of 8, 11 or 15 days, as part of a small group, staying in simple hotels by the sea, visiting historic sites (such as Salamis, Kyrenia, Belle la Paix and Soli), walking on well-established footpaths (you will even see wild donkeys), and swimming from the most beautiful beaches on the island, which are still deserted.  Discover a superb, little known part of the world.  Exercise in clean air, cultural visits, sunbathing and swimming, a change of scenery guaranteed to revitalise: all at a very acceptable price.

 

We cater for small groups of 6 to 16 people, with a guide speaking your language who will help you discover the wonders of this magnificent island.  From your arrival at Ercan airport (in Nicosia or Lefkoşa in Turkish) right up to your departure at the end of the programme, you will be accompanied by your guide whose services are included in the price of the holiday.

 

Note on extensions to standard programmes.  Unfortunately it is no longer possible for tourists to cross from northern Cyprus into southern (or Greek) Cyprus.  Hopefully one day this will change but, whilst we wait for the politicians to reach agreement, you should visit the magnificent area that is the northern (or Turkish) part of the island.

 

Three walks in the unspoilt Karpas Peninsula (eastern Cyprus).  Visits to Famagusta, Salamis (on the southern coast) and Nicosia.

 

ITINERARY: 8 DAYS

 

Day 1

Fly to Istanbul, from your departure airport of choice, and then on to Nicosia/ Lefkoşa (Ercan airport) where you will be met and receive the Insurance Certificate to cover your stay in Northern Cyprus (included in the price of the holiday). Transfer by minibus to your hotel by the sea at Famagusta (Gazimağusa). If time permits we will arrange a visit to the Bank to change money. Free evening – dinner at your restaurant of choice.

 

Day 2

Visit to Bank (if not made previous evening) then a tour around Famagusta to see numerous remains from its day as the Lusignan capital in the 13th century.  Lunch. In the afternoon we drive to Salamis, the ancient Greco-Roman capital of the island.  We will visit the ruins and then swim. Return to the hotel for dinner and a second night in Famagusta.

 

Day 3

Transfer to Kaplica(1h30) on the north east coast. The start of the trekking, among Kaplica Yedikoruk and on the south coast. Picnic lunch. Drive to Dipkarpaz (1h30) almost at the end of this wild peninsula and settle in to the pension where we will stay for the next 4 nights. Half-hour walk to the beach, swimming and a visit to the 5th century ruins of the Monastery of St. Philion. Return to pension by minibus. Dinner in the peaceful surroundings of this unspoilt area.

 

Day 4

Drive to APHENDRIKA (20 minute) on the north coast close to the ruins visited on Day 3, from where we start a 6-hour walk which will take us to the end of the peninsula on good paths.  We follow the coastline until we reach the Monastery of St. Andre sited on a headline known as Zafer Burnu. Picnic lunch during the walk. Our minibus will collect us from the monastery and take us to the most beautiful beach on the island called Nangomi or Golden Beach - (Hasan’s Tortle Beach)..  Swimming. Return by minibus to the pension in Dipkarpaz for dinner.

 

Day 5

Drive to Zafer Burnu, the most easterly point on the island, for a new walk which will cross the whole peninsula from north to south. 5 hours of walking along good paths. This is a National Park where wild animals can still be found: donkeys, interesting birds… Picnic lunch during walk. We will arrive at an isolated beach on the south coast where there will be time for a swim before the minibus takes us back to the pension at Dipkarpaz for dinner.

 

Day 6

A 15-minute drive by minibus takes us to the start of today’s 6-hour walk which will cover the centre of the peninsula from west to east.  Superb landscape and wild valleys in the nature park. Picnic lunch during walk. We will end at the Red Rock and walk down to another deserted beach on the south coast where there will be time for a swim. Return to Dipkarpaz by minibus for dinner and your final night at the pension.

 

Day 7

Transfer by minibus to Nicosia (Lefkoşa).  During the drive there will be stops to visit more Byzantine sites (Ayias Trias, Ayios Thyrsos (Sipahi) and Kanakarian where there are interesting mosaics). There will be a stop for lunch. On arrival there will be time to see the historic quarter of Nicosia. Dinner at restaurant of your choice and stay the night at the hotel in Nicosia.

 

Day 8

Transfer to the airport three hours before the departure of your flight from Ercan to Istanbul, where you will catch your flight home.

 

Proposed Extensions

 

A : You will have visited Famagusta on the south coast and seen all of the most eastern end of the island, we think you should seriously consider extending your stay for 3 further days in Kyrenia (Girne) an amazing ancient port on the north coast of the island.  It is well worth visiting and is a fitting conclusion to your holiday.  Transfers from Nicosia-Kyrenia and back, plus three days half board in a hotel, are included in the price of this extension.

 

B : Another interesting possibility for extending your holiday is three days in Istanbul before you go home.  Your hotel is in a quiet corner of the historic part of the city and you can easily visit Haghia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the ancient Roman Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, the Spice Bazaar, the Golden Horn, the Grand Bazaar, etc…….. Return transfers to and from the airport to the hotel and three nights accommodation are included in the price of this extension.

 

PRICE

With extension A (transfers and 3 nights half-board in Kyrenia):

With extension B (transfers and 3 nights in Istanbul):

Land cost includes:

  • All transport and transportations
  • Fully escorted by local guide.
  • All meals except (1/8 and 7 dinner )

Land cost does not include:

  • Entrance fees into museum and historical monuments
  • All expence of personal nature
  • Drinks
  • Lunch and dinner ( first and last day.)
  • International and domestic flights

For price details and more information, please contact us

 

 

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