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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. 

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

2. 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

3. 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 Paphos: Taste of Cyprus Day Trip

4. From Paphos: Taste of Cyprus Day Trip

Experience the best sights and flavors of Cyprus in a single day on this multi-stop trip starting with pickup in Paphos. Snap photos in the picturesque village of Lania, join a wine tasting, visit the Agros Rose Factory, and experience the greenery at Troodos Mountain. First, go to Lania, the village of artists and one of the main wine-producing villages of the country. Walk through one of the most picturesque villages of Cyprus and leave with quite a few beautiful photos. Next, visit the famous Rose Factory in the village of Agros. Get acquainted with all kinds of products from damask rose petals. Head to the local smokehouse and traditional jam house, where residents make delicious smoked meats as well as unique jams from a variety of vegetables and fruits. At the foot of the Troodos Mountains, surrounded by green forest and streams, stop at the colorful village of Kakopetria. Go on a walk, relax, and have lunch (at your own expense). Visit a local tavern to try trout that’s found in mountain rivers. On the way back, drop into a winery to taste Cyprus wines and other strong drinks. 

Grape Escape: Troodos Mountain Wine Tour with a Local

5. 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.

Welcome to Nicosia: Private Tour with a Local

6. 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.

From Nicosia: Nicosia and Kyrenia Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

7. 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. 

Full day Nicosia & Kyrenia Tour: Private Tour from Limassol

8. 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. 

Cyprus: Troodos Mountain Food & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

9. 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!

Cyprus: Troodos Mountains Villages and Wineries Tour

10. Cyprus: Troodos Mountains Villages and Wineries Tour

Embark on a full-day food and wine adventure in the scenic Troodos Mountains designed to showcase Cypriot food and wine. With roundtrip transportation included, visit remote villages, taste regional products, and try delicious local wines. Begin with pickup from a location of your choice and head to the Troodos Mountains. Visit villages and carefully selected wineries, stopping for lunch to feast on a selection of Cypriot dishes and enjoy a full meze spread. At 3 family-owned wineries, learn all about the wine-making process and Cypriot indigenous grape varieties. There are many different wines for tasting including the world-famous Commanadaria.

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What people are saying about Nicosia District

A memorable day with Irini as our tour guide. Definitely recommend if you’re visiting cyprus. The views were excellent and there was a great variety of wines to try at the local winery. The village we visited was quaint and the locals were very friendly. Thanks for a great day!

If you want to experience something different from the typical tourist attractions, then this offer is for you. Thoroughly fantastic experiences with the locals, and an incredibly fantastic guide who knows a whole lot about the places, the wine and olives.

Theodora was our guide on this amazing trip! It has been an exciting trip with a lot of fantastic experiences that we won't soon forget. We can in every way recommend this trip!

Wonderful experience thanks to an exceptional guide like Nemo, a helpful and competent person who, luckily for us, speaks Italian. A dense, exciting and unforgettable day.

Great trip for unique locations that you can only find in Cyprus. The guide was a great lady, caring and have a good knowledge