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Food

  • All breakfasts and 5 picnic lunches are included. Buffet style Cypriot breakfast is provided with bread/toast, butter, jam, fresh juice, milk, local yoghurt, eggs and honey, and coffee/tea. Cypriot food includes: locally caught fish and seafood by the Kyrenia fishing fleet, excellent local meat dishes, stuffed vegetables, fruit - particularly figs, oranges, nectarines, grapes, olives and pomegranates - and breads and cheeses. Picnic lunches using locally sourced food are provided where specified. On other days we will stop at a suitable local café or restaurant. Kyrenia has a large number of restaurants to choose from for evening meals.
  • All breakfasts and 5 picnic lunches are included Buffet style Cypriot breakfast is provided with bread/toast, butter, jam, fresh juice, milk, local yoghurt, eggs and honey, and coffee/tea. Cypriot food includes: locally caught fish and seafood by the Kyrenia fishing fleet, excellent local meat dishes, stuffed vegetables, fruit - particularly figs, oranges, nectarines, grapes, olives and pomegranates - and breads and cheeses. Picnic lunches using locally sourced food are provided where specified. On other days we will stop at a suitable local café or restaurant. Kyrenia has a large number of restaurants to choose from for evening meals.

Activities

  • Accom: hotel/lodge
  • Accom: premium
  • Culture & Discovery
  • Walking & Trekking
  • Walking centre-based
  • Guided Group
  • 1

    Start Kyrenia.

    The group flight usually arrives into Kyrenia in the early evening and will be met and transferred to the start hotel. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice on the local area and answer any questions. Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella or similar

  • 2

    Transfer to Catalkoy; walk to Bellapais and visit the monastery; afternoon Kyrenia Castle visit.

    Today begins with a 20 minute transfer to Bellapais village and the beautiful 12th century abbey set in the mountains to the south, before heading to town for lunch. There will be some free time to explore the beautiful village of Bellapais before starting our short walk to Cattalkoy village where we get the transfer back to Kyrenia. Kyrenia is a pretty harbour town and a great base from which to explore North Cyprus. Archaeological excavations show the area was first settled as far back as the 10th century BC, and today historic buildings and winding lanes offer a glimpse of the past, sitting side by side with more modern additions. Our tour also takes in a visit to Kyrenia's Crusader Castle, which features in English history as far back as the third crusade, when it was taken by Richard the Lionheart. Since then the castle has been updated and used by civilizations as diverse as the Ottomans, the Venetians and the British. As well as glorious views and fascinating architecture, the castle also houses the Shipwreck Museum, home to a 4th century Greek merchant vessel and its cargo. Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella or similar

  • 3

    Transfer to the ancient hermitage site of St Hilarion Castle; visit the site and walk to Malatya village via Karaman.

    Today we transfer approximately 25 minutes to the Saint Hilarion Castle, a former stronghold of the Kyrenia mountains. Originally a hermitage site, the monastery and church were built in the 10th century and later fortified. We will spend some time exploring the castle and enjoying the magnificent views of Kyrenia, before our walk through the hills to Malatya village. We will transfer back to the hotel this afternoon. Total walk approx. 11 km Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella or similar

  • 4

    Head to the Karpas peninsula; visit the Incirli caves and crusader castle at Kantara; walk to beautiful Kaplica beach.

    We head east towards the Karpas peninsula today (transfer approx. 1.5hrs). We will visit the crusader castle at Kantara and Incirli cave, the largest on the island, containing an amazing collection of stalactites and stalagmites before lunch. In the afternoon we will walk approx. 10kms to the beautiful Kaplica beach, where, time permitting, there will be a chance to swim, before we transfer back to Kyrenia (approx. 1 hr). Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella or similar

  • 5

    Free day to relax or take an excursion to Famagusta.

    Today has been left free for further exploration of the island. Of the many options available, of particular interest is a trip to the ancient city of Salamis and the historical city of Famagusta with Othello's Tower, St Sophia Cathedral and the Venetian Palace. Tours can be arranged locally (please note that you may be joining a larger group for these optional tours). Of course you could choose to spend the day relaxing, or explore under your own steam. Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella or similar

  • 6

    Visit Buffavento Castle for magnificent views; walk to Bellapais village.

    We start our day with a 45 minute transfer to the magnificent Buffavento Castle. Standing at 970m, it is the highest Crusader castle on the island and a highlight of the week. Buffavento was built in the 11th century as a part of the island's defences against the Arabs, and also controlled an important mountain pass. The dramatic location offers glorious views over Kyrenia and the Five Finger Mountains. This afternoon we will walk from the castle down to Bellapais village. Total walk approx. 10 km Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella or similar

  • 7

    Spend a day in the Five Finger Mountains; walks include Kyrenia Rock, Sourp Magyar Armenian monastery, the Herbarium of Alevkaya and Antifonitis ancient church.

    Today we transfer approximately 30 minutes to the start of our last daywalk, the Five Finger Mountains. The walk takes us on a path up towards the Herbarium of Alevkaya, where we break for lunch and may have time to visit the butterfly museum. This afternoon we will walk to Sourp Magyar, the only Armenian Monastery in the mountains, and on to Kyrenia rock, which offers excellent photo opportunities. Total walk approx. 12 km Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella or similar

  • 8

    End Kyrenia.

    Our adventure ends after breakfast in Kyrenia. Those on the group flights will be transferred back to Larnaca for the flight to London.

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