The tour is available only on 24th of March 2020
please contact us if you are interested in joining a tour
Orchid walk through the majestic Alevkaya Forest
The orchid season has started with a bang! After a warm and rainy winter, North Cyprus’ orchids and wildflowers have burst forth early this year – hopefully meaning that there will be more time for us to enjoy the island’s beautiful spring-time.
Come and join us on a great day out exploring the mountain forests of Northern Cyprus with their hidden orchid and wildflower treasures. By the end of the tour, you will not only have found out some fascinating facts about the nature of North Cyprus but will also be confident in identifying several of the intricately beautiful orchids that can be found throughout the Kyrenia Mountain Range.
Price per person: 35 Euro
Dates available: 24.3.2020
please contact us if you are interested in joining a tour.
Day Tour - Orchid and Wildflowers of North Cyprus
Our walk starts near the impressing Five Finger Mountain before leading away in an eastern direction towards the Alevkaya Forest Station and North Cyprus Herbarium. Next to the road and trails orchids and wildflowers can be found in abundance. You will see species such as the Anatolian Orchid, the Green-winged Orchid, the Dull Orchid (it’s not really!) and many more. Your expert guide will identify many species and provide a wealth of knowledge on the natural history of the island.
We will continue by bus to the northern hillsides of the Alevkaya Forest. From here we will start a second walk to the lovely Byzantine Antiphonitis Monastery. Here you will get to experience some of the cultural histories of the island as you will see the remains of frescoes that date all the way back to the 12th and 15th Century AD. Continuing along the path from the monastery more orchids and wildflowers can be seen along with Arbutus Trees, Cypresses and aromatic shrubs like wild thyme and sage. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the forest in the monastery courtyard with a Cypriot picnic (drinks are not included).
Throughout the day’s tour, there will be plenty of time to take photographs and our expert guides are more than happy to answer any questions you have related to the island and its beautiful nature.
Included in the day’s tour package:
Pick up from central Kyrenia (Girne) at 09:00 Details will be followed
Guided walk with an expert who provides a wealth of information on orchids, wildflowers and the history and nature of Cyprus
Guided visit to the Antiphonitis Monastery
Entrance ticket to the Antiphonitis Monastery
Cypriot picnic in the Antiphonitis Monastery
Drop off back to central Kyrenia (Girne) in front at approx. 17:00
Refreshments and snacks during the walk and drinks at the picnic
You are welcome to bring your own packed snacks and refreshments during the way.
Do not forget good walking shoes, sun-cream, a rucksack, rain protection, water and snacks for the way