This beautiful island has been beguiling visitors for centuries, but its politically strategic position also invited invaders. Roman and Persian, Ottoman and Venetian empires, along with Crusader campaigns, all left their legacy on the landscape of Cyprus; the country’s most recent incursion, the 1974 Turkish invasion, splitting the island and leaving Nicosia as ‘the world’s last divided capital’.
In the Turkish-occupied north, Kyrenia’s castle dominates the harbour, and St Barnabas Monastery is now a museum of icons and artefacts; while, in the hills behind the city, Bellapais village, lauded by Lawrence Durrell, is little changed since he lived there in the 1950s, its abbey ruins steeped in an air of serenity.
Famagusta, a ghost town since 1974, has re-opened to visitors, its medieval citadel surrounded by sturdy fortress walls, its historic St. Nicholas Cathedral now a mosque. Nearby, overlooking the sea, the ancient city of Salamis dates back to the 11thcentury BC, with an amphitheatre, statuary, and colonnades.
Cyprus is also teamed with Israel on a luxury cruise, combining the island’s medieval sites with highlights of the Holy Land, from biblical Cana and Capernaum to Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth, the Crusader city of Acre, the Sea of Galilee, and the salt-dense Dead Sea.
Singles, couples and friends will enjoy the variety of aspects and attractions on our small-group tours, and Jules Verne offers ‘No Single Supplement’ dates and exclusively Solo departures for single travellers.
With 45 years’ experience and a passion for creating extraordinary adventures, Jules Verne takes you to iconic landmarks and lesser-known sites, with expert tour guides who share their local knowledge, and show you hidden gems. Leisurely interludes on our journeys in North Cyprus include a lunch by the beach in Famagusta, dinner in idyllic Bellapais, and time for you to enjoy the island’s ubiquitous tavernas and delicious food.
All our guided tours to Cyprus are ABTA and ATOL-protected, and we offer a 100% price guarantee so that you can book with complete confidence.