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  • 8

    Interesting break, lots of downhill

    This was our first time to Cyprus, and it was a great experience. The walks were not challenging, but there was plenty of downhill. We had a great group which added to the trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We really enjoyed the views from Buffavento and Kantara Castles.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gulie (apologies for spelling) was very enthusiastic. It was a shame she wasn't at the airport or hotel to meet us on arrival, it made for a rather shaky start to the holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for downhill. Most days we drove out to a castle or sightseeing point up in the mountains, and then walked back towards the coast. Great scenery, but you'll feel it in your calf muscles. Also, take some Euros for the airport in Larnaca. Being in southern Cyprus, they don't accept Turkish Lira.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Exchange rates are better in the UK, so I'd advise to take cash with you. I managed to get 4.65 online in October, but the hotel were offering 4.21

  • 6

    Escape to Kyrenia.

    Tour got off to a bad start with no obvious Exodus rep in sight, this was compounded by the minibus developing an oil pressure failure before we left the airport which necessitated another hours delay to add to the delayed flight. Driver of second minibus had no idea where the hotel was and had to keep asking for directions which meant instead of arriving about 10.30 p.m. it was way past midnight. Hotel turned up trumps, providing us with soup, cheese roll and a complimentary beer. Unfortunately hotel not due for more praise as room was over main road and 2 rooms were over the very noisy casino. Staff at hotel were very pleasant and breakfasts exceeded expectations and swimming pools were a god send after a extremely hot day's walking. Kyrenia, just a 20 minute stroll or a £2.30 taxi was captivating with its impressive castle, wonderful waterfront and vibrant restaurants. Due to the 40+ degrees heat walks became a water swigging, sweat sodden endurance test which many fellow travellers avoided or stopped at convenient points. Most of the walks did not seem to have an objective as sightseeing was done prior to their start. In my view it would have been better to walk, in the cooler part of the day, to one of the many ruined castles and then to meander coastwards afterwards. Beaches we visited were not over-commercialised and very hospitable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A number of moments were interesting but not inspirational: Salamis was one but not on a par with Jerash from last year's trip: Vorusia was again interesting as I was reading the book by Victoria Hislop: Kyrenia Castle was by far the most interesting of the 4 castles visited.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Leader was organised if not 'inspirational'.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you visit in August or September be prepared for temperatures above 40 degrees and high humidity. Ask Exodus to ensure that you all have a room upgrade, do not suffer the casino!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is my 11th one week walking trip with Exodus and this is the only one I would not whole heartedly recommend.

  • 10

    An inspiring enjoyable holiday

    Staying in three good hotels in varied landscapes from the Trulli town of Alberello to a remote farmhouse in the midst of olive groves and finishing in the breathtaking Matera

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Waking up in the rock town of Matera, sun shining off the cave dwellings and kestrels swooping past our window

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Letizia was a good leader who managed the diverse group very well. She was very well organised and forfitted her day off to ensure the group trip to Lecce was a sucess.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The countryside and towns are breathtaking but not always beautiful in a traditional way. Also be prepared for the heat.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Highly recommended trip

  • 10

    Christmas walking in North Cyprus

    Having had a busy year with house renovations, we left our holiday booking rather late. We always plump for warmth, we like islands, exploring and walking. Two years ago we managed a brief border crossing in Cyprus when visiting the old walled city. That was a highlight and so I was delighted when John suggested joining a guided walk in North Cyprus this year. The booking was simple, making us wonder if we had completed everything necessary. A few days later following phone calls to let us know things were in hand, our booking was confirmed. We were able to join the group flight to Ergo, transfers and accommodation were complete. Everything fell into place, the hotel was excellent making an extra effort to give us a truly memorable Christmas. Our group of 16 fellow walkers gelled really well and our Austrian leader ensured each day went smoothly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The fact that we received brilliant service throughout making every moment memorable and enjoyable. The itinerary, the transporting and consideration given by the leader and his driver, the timings i.e. lengths of walks and visits to places of interest and relaxation before evening meals were much appreciated enabling us to maximise our time.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leaders commentaries were informed and interesting. The walking pace was good allowing time to take in the views, linger a little longer in the atmosphere of the many historic sites visited. Places to picnic were well chosen, picnics provided enjoyable. Attention to detail and to the group was excellent. On a day when we had the choice to please ourselves, the leader organised an extra trip and came with us each evening including Christmas day.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    For a pair who enjoy meeting people but like to do their own thing, this was a first and we really enjoyed every minute.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thanks for arranging everything.

  • 10

    Walking in Northern Cyprus

    A varied and interesting trip. Spectacular views. Lovely people. Hotel Pia Bella was a very good base.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational moments were Visiting the castles high on the cliffs and imagining what they might have been like when people lived there and what kind of people they were.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was excellent. His English was superb and he had a great degree of knowledge about history, flora and fauna. He was a very warm person and didn't mind answering all our questions patiently. The pace of the walks was good, it was still quite hot.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It was interesting to see fruits and seeds on the trees, but spring flowers would have looked lovely.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I wasn't impressed with exodus. Our first flight was delayed, meaning we missed our scheduled flight into Cyprus. I know it says if delayed find your own way to the hotel, but I was surprised that there was no contact at all, no message at the airport, no email, no one to meet us. The one other person on the trip was on time and was just met by a taxi, couldn't we have been sent a taxi too as no representative from exodus was involved in Cyprus. It was about 1 am and we had to find our own taxi and pay £30.

  • 8

    WALKING IN NORTH CYPRUS

    A variety of walking and sightseeing with some quite tough walks.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Laurence Durrell's house in Bellapais, the crusader castles of Buffavento and St Hilarion, Kyrenia harbour.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our walk leader Tugberk Emirzade was excellent. His knowledge and love of the island made the holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Expect some toughish climbs to the Crusader castles - worth it for the views if you don't suffer from vertigo!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I really liked the Onar Village hotel. It was wonderful to be able to see over the bay from the outside pool and the restaurant. Thank you Exodus for our Christmas Dinner - a nice and unexpected extra. The chefs at the hotel laid on a great meal that night.

  • 10

    WALKING IN NORTH CYPRUS

    An excellent week, with a fun group (from different places), an excellent local guide and great weather. The hotel was just fine too!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Beautiful views at altitude, looking along the North Cyprus coast

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.....knowledgeable, supportive, informative (and with us most eves.....and when he couldn't be, he recommended very good restaurants)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We did two great 10 mile walks on successive days, then much less the rest of the week (we only walked on 4 of 6 days, with two half day walks). For some this wasn't enough. For me, I ccould have done with a lighter day between the two long ones!

  • 10

    WALKING IN NORTH CYPRUS

    An excellent spring break lead by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. Some very pleasant walks, none too taxing. The mountains were greener than I expected and plenty of wild flowers to see. The views from the castles in the mountains are spectacular. Good evening meals are available in local restaurants, particularly in Bellapais.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views from Buffavento castle and on the walk down.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ros was excellent. Friendly and helpful. Thorough local knowledge, she seemed to be known by many of the local people.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes should make clearer that payment for the optional group trip/meals is better paid in sterling not Turkish lira, otherwise the exchange rate will be poor. It is a long drive to the Karpaz peninsular and if you are not a beach enthusiast, it may be better to make other arrangements for that day. The Apostolos Andreas monastery, included in the Karpaz day, is unfortunately (owing to its state of disrepair) not worth a visit. The optional trip to Salamis and Famagusta is well worth taking. You could easily spend more time in both. The group flight with Pegasus goes via Istanbul and passengers to/from N Cyprus have to stay on the plane for about 1 hour at Istanbul. This is a budget airline and no food or drink is included in the ticket and prices on board are very high. Legroom is poor. Check-in at Stansted was very slow. I would strongly advise on-line check-in for the outward flight. Seats were though allocated.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel in Onar village was pleasant, with helpful staff and good views over Kyrenia. Some on the trip had problems with noise from air-conditioning units used all night in adjoining rooms. The breakfasts were good but I would not recommend it for an evening meal. Main issue is that you cannot walk to and from Kyrenia town to the hotel, which is some distance out of town and on the wrong side of the Kyrenia bypass which has no pedestrian route across. Taxis are though readily available.

  • 8

    WALKING IN NORTH CYPRUS

    This is a short trip which packs a lot in, but there is plenty of time to relax. The watchword is choice - there are plenty of options every day. Keep walking or hitch a ride? Relax by the pool or take another trip? The walking itself is not particularly demanding... but in almost 40 degree heat, we worked hard to earn the magnificent views! Even 3 months after returning, my memories are rich with blue and green.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I don't know if it is inspirational as such, but amidst the beautiful scenery and exceptionally varied history, the thing which struck me the most was the modern history, particularly the no-man's-land visible in Famagusta. It's a shame that such a beautiful country is tinged with division and sadness, with the ongoing political and diplomatic struggles trapping the local people in the middle. Struggles and change throughout history are evident across the island, showcased by the visits to the castles, mosques, abbeys, monasteries and both ancient and modern ruins, in which the influence of Roman, Crusader, Arab and Turk can be seen. Not to mention the British... The natural landscape of the Karpaz is a fantastic contrast. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Roz was friendly, knowledgeable and very funny. I hadn't realised from reading previous reviews that she was British and so I was doubly impressed by her spoken Turkish language skills! She was able to advise on just about everything, including suggesting places to eat and drink and even passing on a list of North Cyprus-related literature for anyone interested in learning a bit more. With her at the head and a great group of fellow travellers, I spent a hearty proportion of every day laughing.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Say "yes" to everything! Say yes to the optional day trip to Famagusta, say yes to the evening dinner cruise, say yes to the chance to swim in the sea, say yes to the delicious barbecue... However, in amongst saying "yes" to everything... Consider packing a snack or two (ensuring it is not something that melts) in case the lunch food is not to your taste (it's freshly-prepared local food and I thought it was delicious!). Also, be prepared for a scratch or two on the leg on the forest walk. I loved the walk but some of the shrubs are hardy and unforgiving! The only definite thing which should be remembered? If flying with Pegasus from Stansted via Istanbul to Ercan, take food onto the plane for your journey!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you are a hardy, mountaineering fitness nut then the trip may be too gentle for you. But if you want a mix of walking and bathing, eating and drinking, sightseeing and chilling out, this is one for you.

  • 8

    WALKING IN NORTH CYPRUS

    A good mixture of trail walking and city exploration/sightseeing. The Cypriot food was excellent and copious. Top marks for the packed lunches on the day trips, made by the guide's brother's local bakery. The weather was fantastic on this trip which made a nice change from cold dreary England at this time of year.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The relaxed pace of life they have over there, and the happy mix of old and modern in their towns and cities, relatively untouched by the infiltration of global corporations.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He seemed to organise things well and was clearly passionate about his country and culture.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    1) Plan on going on a diet when you get back. 2) If you want long walks every day, this trip probably isn't for you. 3) Some of the descents on the hills are quite steep so if you have dodgy knees you might want to bring sticks.4) Be aware the hotel is set up on a hill above Kyrenia and it's not easy to get into the town on your own, if you had such a desire. 5) They don't give you free food on the plane so have a big breakfast or bring your own lunch.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Overall I enjoyed the trip very much.

  • 6

    WALKING IN NORTH CYPRUS

    An enjoyable holiday with a mixed group. An excellent guide made it interesting for us and was considerate about our needs.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I most enjoyed Salamis and swimming in the sea. I was also impressed with how productive the land is out on the peninsular.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes. Don't travel direct to Northern Cyprus because it means going via Istanbul. it is quicker to fly to Larnaca and take a taxi to the North.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Some of the walks were more strenuous than your preview suggested and I would not recommend your holidays to anyone who did not like steep climbs and scrambling.

  • 8

    WALKING IN NORTH CYPRUS

    North Cyprus was an interesting place to visit, so much history and an on-going political situation.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The historical sites built on mountain tops. St Hilarion Castle, Buffavento castle.  The views form the castles and along the mountain walks were amazing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Roz was a fantastic guide and good company. She had so much knowledge of the area and the history. She knew all of the routes very well and was able to measure the pace of the group very well. Gave great recommendations for places to eat.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The walks were probably not in the moderate range and I found them quiet easy but, the daily temperatures of 38 degrees made the walking much more difficult but not unbearable. There was a go0od balance between walking and time off and plenty of time to explore the various sites during the walks.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was my first time on an exodus trip and I’m glad I went. Maybe we were very lucky but Roz the guide was great and the group were good company and good fun. I would definitely go on another exodus trip.

  • 10

    WALKING IN NORTH CYPRUS

    Despite the intense heat, this was a very worthwhile walking holiday with excellent cultural highlights.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

     The Armenian Monastery and Buffavento.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ros was very friendly and knowledgeable.  She ensured that there was always plenty of back up for the group, and planned and led the walks bearing in mind the unseasonably high temperatures.  This meant that all of us could take part in at least one, if not more stages of each day, without concern that any day would prove too challenging. She recommended good restaurants for the non group nights. She was clearly well liked and respected by the locals which heightened our holiday experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Listen to the advice about how much you need to drink.  A 'camel' in your rucksack is a very worthwhile investment, since you can drink at any time and the rucksack keeps the sun off your back.  I found that apart from the sea walk, walking boots were worthwhile every day.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Travelling from Stansted and via Istanbul is too longwinded for a weeks break especially since it is possible to fly into South Cyprus and travel north by taxi/minibus.  The small minibus on the trip to the peninsula is not suitable. 

  • 8

    WALKING IN NORTH CYPRUS

    A really good trip in terms of combining sightseeing and walking. Some great scenery and a genuinely beautiful country.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many to choose from, but particular highlights for me included St Hilarion Castle and Kyrenia Castle as well as a look around Kyrenia itself, which is a picturesque harbour town, and Buffavento Castle. The ancient city of Salamis and historical city of Famagusta also made for a good day out and I enjoyed a trip over to the Karpaz Peninsula and its unspoilt expanse of beach with great views of the ocean.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Ros was excellent. Very knowledgeable of the history of the area and gave us plenty of time to take in the scenery and look around many of the historical sights included on this tour. Good at communicating the options available to us and co-ordinating other matters such as assisting with restaurant bookings etc.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A definite one to consider if you are looking for relatively undemanding walking (in the main, with a few ascents up to castles/monuments which require some light exertion) combined with plenty of good sightseeing and historical interest. If on the other hand you want a trip where you come back each evening feeling that you have pushed yourself physically (not in a bad way, but you know you have been on a long trek) then this trip will not fit the bill.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The walking is graded as moderate but I think easy to moderate might be a more accurate reflection of the reality. Not a major problem but the trip notes are a bit out of kilter with the actual itinerary. E.G. Ros does the Karpaz Peninsula trip on Day 6 and not Day 7 as indicated in the trip notes. The switch makes sense as the trip to the Karpaz Peninsula involves a three hour drive, which would not be appealing on the last day ahead of the return to the UK (and early departurure from the Onar Village Hotel, in the week I travelled).

  • 8

    WALKING IN NORTH CYPRUS

    Yet another brilliant Exodus holiday. I would thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone thinking of discovering the stunning scenery & history of the North Cyprus region.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many to mention however the views from the top of Kyrenia Castle were simply breathtaking! Also - sitting enjoying an Al Fresco beer in the beach side bar at the end of the Karpaz Peninsula was amazing! The Al Fresco meals we had down at Kyrenia Harbour were also great - sitting having dinner with boats bobbing about in the water beside you takes some beating!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had a different group leader for the first couple of days however our leader for the majority of the holiday, Ghisa(apologies if that's the incorrect spelling!) was excellent in every way - highly organised, very sociable & above all his knowledge of the area and it's history was amazing.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The main piece of advice would be, if you're thinking about this trip then go for it!! It was VERY hot, even in September when I was there, so take plenty of sunscreen(although I'm a fair skinned Scottish chap!) 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Have to add that the hotel we stayed in, Onor Village, was excellent. It's set on a hillside and my bedroom balcony provided stunning views towards Kyrenia town and the Med beyond. The staff at the hotel were very welcoming and made us feel very relaxed(I got well aquainted with the bar man!) 

  • 8

    WALKING IN NORTH CYPRUS

    I had a great week in North Cyprus ... loved the place, loved the people, loved the trees, loved the sea, loved the food. It was my first trip of this kind... and it was a good start.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking along that long-long shore barefooted on the sand and in the sea. Adoring the trees in the woods.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ros is great.  She knew everything about everything. And she is very good company.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't worry, be happy!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was a pity that I was not able to walk down from the hotel to have a stroll on the seaside or on the streets of Kyrenia, because of that stupid highway.

  • 6

    WALKING IN NORTH CYPRUS

    A beautiful place worth exploring & best on foot. The local people were extremely friendly and makes you feel at home and very welcome. Another plus point is that they charge in Turkish Lira which means you can really stretch your dollar!  

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The selected hotel ; Onar Village Resort was wonderful. Especially all the serving crew. Customer service was 5-star and they do their daily task with so much personal pride & always with a smile! Service requests/response were very quick, be it for extra towels, fresh eggs/coffee...Exodus could not have choosen a better hotel. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    She tried her best considering she was not feeling well. We did not get enough time to simply chill & soak in the atmosphere as her walking pace was quite fast. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Fly into Ercan (ECN) from Istanbul (IST) instead of via Larnaca (LCA). More convenient and the flight on TK is very pleasant. Simply pre-book a taxi from Ercan Taxi Service online & someone will meet you directly upon arrival. Safe & hassle-free.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Explore Northern Cyprus with Exodus! They manage the itinerary very well & the choosen hotel; Onar Village Resort is superb!

  • 8

    TEU - Walking in North Cyprus

    Just back from a wonderful trip, highly recommended!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking where the Crusaders walked while visiting their castles at St Hilarion & Buffavento. Then there were the restaurants on the quayside at Kyrenia harbour.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    It ended up being around 40C for our walks, which could have been very unpleasant. Hoosain kept us well-supplied with water & stopped in the shade at regular intervals. He changed our program to keep away from the hottest areas and really looked after us brilliantly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The walks are really not strenuous, even if they were long on some days. This is a beautiful, and relatively unspoiled part of the Mediterranean.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I didnt enjoy our day out on the Karpas peninsula, thinking it was a lot of driving to see very little. But other people in the group did enjoy the day, so this was probably more down to personal preference. On all other days, drives were quite short. Our hotel was great, although far from the town & restaurants. But it was possible to get taxis easily and some local restaurants do offer a pick-up & return service. I was a bit apprehensive about how things would be, with the Turkish army being in North Cyprus. This didnt turn out to be an issue, and I felt very safe the whole trip.  Overall, a wonderful trip!

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