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PRIVATE KYRENIA & NICOSIA TOUR

€250
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7.30 Hours
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This tour is a combination of two cities of Kyrenia and Nicosia. We’ll start the day by driving through Kyrenia Mountains. The mountain range is 177 km long and starts from Kormacits’ and goes all the way to the Karpaz peninsula. Our first stop of the day will be at ‘Bellapais Monastery’. We’ll have a short walk on the beautiful narrow village roads, pass through the house of ‘Lawrence Durell’ and have time to take photos. We’  ll hop in the car and drive to the city center to visit 'Kyrenia Castle'. There are many rooms that we’ll visit while you get to learn about its history but the most important is the 'Shipwreck Museum'. When the Cyprus Republic was established in 1960 the currency of the island was Cyprus pounds. The biggest banknote of 20CYP had a photo of this shipwreck on it. So a lot to be told while visiting the historical sight. We'll have a short walk in the Kyrenia harbor which was built as a horseshoe shape during the Venetian period. After the short walk,  we’ll drive to Nicosia. Nicosia is the English name, Lefkosa is the Turkish name and Lefkosia is the Greek name given to the same place which is the capital of the island. In the old days  ‘Ledra ‘was one of the names given to this city.  The old city is surrounded by high walls and ‘Kyrenia Gate’ is where we enter the old city which has been the capital since the 11th Century. The best way to visit the old part of the city is on foot. So we park our car and start to walk to ‘Samanbahçe Houses’,  ‘Venetian Column’,  ‘Arasta’,’Buyuk Han’, ‘St. Sophia Cathedral’,(Selimiye Mosque),’ St. Nicholas Church’, ‘Bandabuliya’ and some other places until we come to our last stop. 

If your time is limited in Cyprus this tour will be ideal for you so don't think twice carry on and book this tour to learn a lot more from a punctual, friendly, knowledgeable local guide.



Bellapais Abbey: The building is a masterpiece of the most beautiful gothic type which was built by Augustinians who ran away from Jerusalem after they fell to Salahaddin Eyyubi in 1187. It was in use until the 16th century when ottomans came to the island.
Laurence Durell: He is the writer of ‘Bitter Lemon’ book who lived in the village in the 1950s.
Kyrenia Castle: It’s on the harbor of Kyrenia Castle. Which was built by Byzantines and many additions were made thru the centuries by Lusignans, Venetians, Ottomans, and English.
Ship Wreck Museum: A shipwreck that dates from 300BC was discovered by the Cypriot sponge diver called Andreas in 1965. In the museum, you can see the shipwreck, amphoras, and almonds, olive seeds which are been exhibited from that time.
Kyrenia Gate: As Nicosia is surrounded by walls in the old days there were only 3 gates to enter Nicosia. This is one of the gates. All the gates had guards and when the
sunset the guards wood to lock the gate for the protection of the city.
Samanbahce Houses: These are 72 houses that were built in the early 1900s on the land of Saban Pasha. They were the first social houses and were given to the people in need. You’ll see a cistern in the centre with beautiful flowers on the side of the houses which are still in use.
Venetian Column: It is in the centre of N.Nicosia. It was brought here from Salamis by Venetians. There was a lion on the top of the pillar but later on removed by the English and replaced by a globe.
Arasta: Surrounded by small shops selling yarn, material, jewelry etc
St.Sophia Cathedral: It was built in 1208-1326 by Lusignans and were being crowned here. When Ottomans came in 1570 added minarets and converted in to a Mosque. Until 1956 it was named  Agia Sophia and later named  Selimiye Mosque.
St.Nicholas Church(Bedesten): Constructed on the 14th century Byzantine church. It was built as a cathedral Church by Lusignans and used as St. Nicholas Church and Archbishop building by Venetians. During the Ottoman period, it was used as Bedesten which was the textile and food market.
Bandabuliya: It's mainly a vegetable market wherein the old days' people who lived in the city would come and do their shopping. Today it’s a tourist attraction.

Included
Professional guidance
Private transportation
Parking tickets
A small bottle of water
Excluded
Tickets for historical sights
Lunch
Personal purchases
Gallery