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  • Grape Escape: Troodos Mountain Wine Tour with a Local

    1. 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.

    Andrea was our guide and she was great. Good selection of wineries, very good wine and just a lovely day out. We included the optional picnic which was definitely worth it.

  • Welcome to Nicosia: Private Tour with a Local

    2. 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.

    Iliana is a very passionate and authentic person, she is a great guide. I had a memorable time discovering the hidden gems of the city with her. It felt like walking with a friend I knew before. I highly recommend a tour with her.

  • Nicosia and Kyrenia Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

    3. 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. 

  • Kakopetria and Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis 6–Hour Tour

    4. Kakopetria and Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis 6–Hour Tour

    Visit an 11th century UNESCO World Heritage site at Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis painted church, a former monastery where only the chapel survives. The frescoes are superb, dating from the 11th century onward.  Meander inside the picturesque old part of Kakopetria village - visit old olive and grape presses, an old church and watermill. Take a short walk along a shaded stream opposite the old part of Kakopetria village. Cyprus coffee on a coffee shop veranda overlooking the stream is highly recommended, as is a fresh trout meal at a nearby restaurant. Enjoy a customisable route, choosing between Panagia tis Asinou Unesco World Heritage church and of Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis; having a meal in Kakopetria or taking an easy 7 kilometer Artemis walk on the top of Cyprus, or even Caledonia walking trail above Platres village. 

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

    5. 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.

    The views were amazing. If I visited northern Cyprus again, I would definitely book northcypruswalk.

  • From Nicosia: Famagusta and Ghost Town Tour

    6. 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. 

    Our guide Sirin was amazing. She was a wealth of knowledge and very friendly. She was able to answer all of our questions about the history and current events in Cyprus. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and definitely recommend it to anyone in Cyprus.

  • Nicosia & Kyrenia: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

    7. Nicosia & Kyrenia: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

    Join this tour to explore St. Hilarion fairytale castle spending 1.5 hours here, before you move on to the gorgeous Bellapais Abbey, a ruined 13th century structure in the Five Fingers Mountains. Have a 30–minute coffee break, then carry on driving to the town center of Kyrenia for a chance to spend time in the harbor town, regarded as the jewel of northern Cyprus. Visit Kyrenia Castle, the Venetian built fortress that stands on the beautiful harbor. After Kyrenia, continue visiting Cyprus, the only divided capital city of Nicosia and have lunch in the Great Han built by the Ottoman empire. After lunch, experience both its Greek and Turkish areas. Walk into Nicosia's walled old city to visit Büyük Han and Selimiye Mosque, once St. Sophia Cathedral. Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping in the lively lanes and streets. 

  • Nicosia: Cyprus Walking Trip

    8. Nicosia: Cyprus Walking Trip

    The itinerary of this tour is both flexible and customizable, and the itinerary is therefore entirely dependent upon the length of the chosen walk and the remaining time available to visit other attractions, both natural and cultural. The overall itinerary will also differ depending on the pick up location. Various stopping options include Kakopetria and the Agios Nicolaos tis Stegis painted church, accessible from Nicosia and listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From Protaras it is possible to visit various attractions in Kamara tou Koraka in Cape Greko. This tour may also be customized to include a meal and wine tasting at a traditional village restaurant. The Walks: • Artemis trail (8 km / 5 miles, flat and easy) is the highest elevated trail in Cyprus, and covered with unique flora. When the weather is clear it offers excellent vistas to many parts of the island • Caledonia Water...

  • Nicosia: Traditional Food Tour

    9. Nicosia: Traditional Food Tour

    Taste local foods and traditional Turkish sweets as you visit four different local food locales. Your journey starts as you meet your local guide along one of the sides of the famed walls surrounding Nicosia. As you begin your walk you’ll see the French-Gothic and Ottoman style architecture of the buildings of the old town, including the Sophia Cathedral and Covered Market. Take in the culture and listen as your guide shares the sense of pride shared by the citizens of Cyprus (Cypriots) and the food of their region.

  • Private Transfer from Larnaca Airport to Nicosia

    10. Private Transfer from Larnaca Airport to Nicosia

    Get your Cypriot vacation off to the best possible start with a pre-arranged private airport transfer. Cyprus airport is a bewildering, bustling place at the best of times; why waste time standing in line and struggling with heavy baggage, when you can be greeted by a professional driver and whisked off straight to your hotel. There is a large modern fleet of reliable vehicles with ample space for all your luggage. Driven by courteous professional drivers who will assist with your luggage, the service operates round the clock seven days a week. All incoming flights are constantly monitored for early or late arrivals, so you can be sure your driver will be waiting as arranged. A seamless hassle-free start to the perfect Cyprus holiday!

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What people are saying about Nicosia

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 60 reviews

Excellent guide with strong personal association with modern history. Provided a balanced, detailed, personalised view of the crises that led to the division of this city and Cyprus. Provided many other interesting social anecdotes.

Iliana is a very passionate and authentic person, she is a great guide. I had a memorable time discovering the hidden gems of the city with her. It felt like walking with a friend I knew before. I highly recommend a tour with her.

Andrea was our guide and she was great. Good selection of wineries, very good wine and just a lovely day out. We included the optional picnic which was definitely worth it.

We did really enjoy the visit, 2 hours full of history, personal experiences from an engaged person who spent big part of her life in this city. Warmly recommended.

Perfect trip to select from all the possibilities. Totally worth it.