This tour package takes place on set dates in 2020
Professionally Guided 7 Night Trekking Tour of North Cyprus
- Do you want to reach crusader castles or hidden monasteries using little known goat paths and trails?
- Have you ever been walking through an old olive grove?
- Do you want to see real Cypriot life?
What you’ll see:
All the different landscapes of North Cyprus from the Five Finger Mountain range and the gentle lowlands through to the rolling hills and the prolific coastal strips.
The rich and beautiful spring wildflowers and orchids of North Cyprus.
During your daily walks and/or excursions a professional guide will be with you to explain the history and culture of the island, point out interesting flora and fauna and create a fun atmosphere with the other tour participants. Our professional guides are second to none and really go out of their way to make your holiday something quite special.
Day 1: Arrival and check-in to the hotel just outside of Kyrenia
Day 2: Depart to the western part of North Cyprus. Beyond the village of Kalkanlı the trail begins, leading through an old olive grove with monumental olive trees (some are around 600 years old), and overlooking an elevated plain with unique views over the bay of Güzelyurt. In the afternoon there is a visit to Kyrenia with its picturesque harbor. A guided tour of Kyrenia Castle and the shipwreck museum is included. Free time for coffee and a stroll around the town and harbor.
Day 3: Travel to the village of Taşkent. The big flags on the mountain mark the beginning of the trail that will wind its way to the picturesque village of Bellapais. In the early afternoon, there is a visit to the Abbey of Bellapais, which is said to be one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture in the Levant Region. Leisure time will be available for a coffee or tea next to the abbey.
Day 4: Today there will be a bus excursion to the St. Barnabas Monastery which includes an Icon and Archeological Museum. Then continue on to the ancient city of Salamis (Roman theater, baths, and palaestra). In the afternoon a visit of Famagusta (Gazi Mağosa ) with its stunning medieval city fortifications and the Lala Mustafa Paşa Mosque, the former St. Nikolaus Cathedral. Time again for a stroll and a coffee in one of the cafes in the square.
Day 5: Travel to the Beşparmak pass. Through beautifully scented pine forest the trail goes to the abandoned Armenian monastery of Sourp Magar and further on to popular picnic site of Alevkaya. In the afternoon sightseeing of the impressive crusader castle of St. Hilarion, situated high above Kyrenia.
Day 6: Head along the northern coast to the small village Kantara. The hike leads along the north and south slopes of the Kyrenia Mountain Range to the mighty stronghold castle of Kantara. The highest peak offers panoramic views along the North Cyprus coastline and the mountain range.
Day 7: Depart to the picnic area of Alevkaya. The trail then heads along with the mountain range to the hidden Byzantine Monastery of Antiphonitis and offers great views to the plain Mesaoria and the northern coastline. Here will enjoy a late picnic in the monastery garden. Afterward, visit the small church which still has frescoes from the 12th and 15th centuries.
Day 8: Departure from Cyprus or extension of holiday in Kyrenia or Famagusta
What's not included
All the walks are very carefully arranged. According to the season and weather conditions, the order of walks and excursions may be changed. For each walk and/or excursion a pickup from/to your hotel with a minibus to the beginning/end of the walking trails is provided. Average walking time is 4 hours, and all of the trails are considered to be an easy to moderate level. Sometimes trails are undulated and stony with some steep sections and steps in the castles.
We recommend proper walking boots, and walking poles can be helpful. A small rucksack for water and snacks is quite useful. According to the season do not forget sun or rain protection.