Kyrenia, North Cyprus
Ancient Roman cities, Crusader castles, Byzantine churches and atmospheric abbeys
7 nights from £775
Key VJV Features
• VJV Special Events • VJV Sightseeing Programme • No Single Supplement (ltd. dates/availability) • Half Board and 2 Lunches • Extension Option • Upgraded Flight Option
• Regional Flight Option • Walking Content: 2*
• Group Size: 5 – 25
Far away from the main tourist trails of the island, North Cyprus offers a spectrum of sites for the discerning traveller. Throughout the millennia the island of Cyprus has been of great political importance and was invaded many times. Romans, Persians, Crusaders and Venetians all left their legacy on the island. The principal site of ancient Cyprus is the Roman port and archaeological site of Salamis, a fascinating town with a wealth of history and excavations which have taken place.
Medieval Cyprus is represented by Crusader castles, a Venetian castle picturesquely situated at the end of the harbour such as St. Hilarion is supposedly where Richard the Lionheart spent his honeymoon, with its many imposing towers and set in a spectacular location this fairy-tale castle has found its way into many legends over the years.
The pretty Bellapais Abbey is a must-see for any visitor to the area and are a well-loved spot for artists and painters due to its charming iconic arches and peaceful surroundings. An included excursion programme visits many of the main sites and optional excursions include a visit to the stunningly located Crusader castle of Kantara and the ancient sites of the Persian palace of Vouni and Greek Soli, visiting Güzelyurt en route.
*On day 2 & 6 visits to the castles involve steep climbs with many steps and uneven ground.
VJV Special Event - Local Restaurants
A lunch and dinner at Kyrenia Harbour, a special dinner at Bellapais Abbey and a lunch by the beach at Salamis.