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Cycling North Cyprus tour

Cycling North Cyprus

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Rural cycling- Lemon and orange groves, old villages and fishing harbours.
  • Karpaz peninsula- Unspoilt and beautiful beaches
  • Ancient towns and sites - Salamis, Famagusta and Saint Barnabas monastery
  • Wildlife- Turtles, wild donkeys and migrating birds in spring and autumn

Short Description

The 'panhandle' Karpaz Peninsula of Northern Cyprus is the most unspoilt and beautiful part of the island. We cycle through traditional villages where churches and mosques stand side by side and hibiscus, jasmin, bougainvillea, orange and lemon trees line our path. Visit Ancient Greek Salamis and Saint Barnabas Monastery, medieval Famagusta and the beautiful harbour town of Kyrenia - the 'pearl of the Mediterranean'. On this trip we enjoy Turkish hospitality, delicious food and 340 days of sunshine a year.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Kyrenia

Travel Theme

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Destinations

Turkey

Cities & Attractions

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Activities

Cycling

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Trip Includes

Included Bike

26 gear Marlin Trek mountain bike

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Trip starts in Famagusta

Description

Arrive to Ercan (North Cyprus) or Larnaca (South Cyprus) airport, where you can be picked up and driven to your hotel in the historic centre of Famagusta. Famagusta was once one of the richest cities and most important trading ports in the world. The so-called 'City of 365 Churches' has been ravaged by severe wars and earthquakes throughout history, but still contains beautiful examples of medieval and gothic architecture. William Shakespeare is said to have used it as the setting for Othello and the Venetian Citadel, overlooking the harbour, is popularly known as Othello's Tower.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Explore Famagusta by bike

Description

Today we collect our bikes and try them out with an orientation ride round Famagusta. We will explore the old town with its Ottoman mosques, Gothic Crusader churches and Venetian fortifications before heading to Palm Beach. Palm Beach is overlooked by the ghost town which has been left uninhabited since 1974 when 40,000 residents of Famagusta fled as Turkish troops advanced, leaving the town as the emblem of a divided Cyprus. The once restort is cordened off from the public.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 12km.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 - Cycle to ancient Salamis and on to the fishing village of Bogaz

Description

Today we clyce out of Famagusta through the university campus, heading north to Saint Barnabas monastery then the ancient site of Salamis. Salamis with its significant collection of Mycenaean, Roman and Byzantine artefacts is the most important ancient city on the island, a local guide will show us round the site helping to bring the history to life. Explore the attractive combination of ruins, sandy dunes and sea panoramas. In spring the area is covered by the yellow blossoms of the acacia bushes. We stop here for lunch and a swim in the sea. Then we cycle on to our final destination for today Bogaz, a small fishing village with excellent fish restaurants.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 50km (total 173m ascent)

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 - Cycle across the Karpaz peninsula to Karpaz Gate Marina

Description

Cycle across the Karpas peninsula, olive, carob and fig trees edge the wayside. The traditional villages you cycle through are adorned with bougainvilleas, hibiscus and jasmin. Stop at one of the coffee houses for refreshment and a rest in the shade. Visit the early Christian Ag Trias Basilica with beautiful floor mosaics. Tonight we stay at Eleousa on the north coast. Here you can enjoy a sundowner with great views over the Med, maybe try Raki or the national drink Brandy Sour.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 52km (total 625m ascent)

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 5 - Follow the North coast then cycle inland to Dipkarpaz

Description

Cycle along the north coast then inland, to Dipkarpaz, the last village on the panhandle. Dipkarpaz is home to North Cyprus's largest community of Greek Cypriots, who chose to remain with their Turkish Cypriot neighbours after 1974, and their whitewashed Orthodox church rubs shoulders with the mosque overlooking the main square. Cycle to the ancient seafront ruins of Agios Philon and to Apendrika, said to have been one of the island's foremost cities, where you can see Cyprus's oldest surviving domed church. We spend two nights in Dipkarpaz.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 25km (total 321m ascent) with an optional extra 22km (total 224m ascent and 224m descent)

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 6 - Cycle through Karpaz National Park to Cape Andreas

Description

Pedal along the south coast to Golden Beach, the most famous and perhaps the most beautiful beach on Cyprus. The remote, idyllic beach has very few visitors and is the perfect place for a dip in the azure waters. This area is home to a large population of wild donkeys, you might see them playing at the shore. It is one of the very few areas in the Mediterranean where the endangered loggerhead and Green turtles lay their eggs on the beach. Loggerheads nest mainly from the middle of May to about the middle of August, while Green turtles start and finish about two weeks later. Next we cycle to Apostolos Andreas Monastery, a famous pilgrimage site for the Greeks coming from the South. Cycling further on to Cape Andreas, the north-easternmost point of the island where once an Aphrodite temple greeted the seafarers, also where many shipwrecked on the small islands in front of the Cape. You may see another important resident of the peninsula, the Mediterranean Monk Seal, extremely rare in this part of world. We then cycle back to Dipzarpaz.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 48km (total 612m ascent and 612m descent)

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 7 - Cycle then drive to harbour town of Kyrenia via Kantara

Description

Today you cycle through an idyllic landscape of quaint villages and fruit orchards to the south coast of the 'panhandle'. Once we reach Ziyamet we leave the bikes and drive via Kantara Castle to the harbour town of Kyrenia. Our last night is spent here where you can sample some excellent North Cyprus food and explore the town's beautiful and eclectic mix of Venetian facades, mosques and minarets. Kyrenia is particularly famous for its 'picture postcard' vista of its striking Crusader castle and old harbour set against the dramatic backdrop of the Besparmak Mountains.

Your total cycling distance today is approximately 38km (total 393m descent)

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 8 - Trip ends Kyrenia

Description

After breakfast, the organised part of your holiday comes to an end.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.

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Cycling Information

On this tour we cycle 177km over five days (an average of 35km per day), with the option of cycling a furthuer 70km over days 5 and 6. We generally cycle on quiet tarmac country roads with little or no traffic. The Karpaz penisisular is a relatively flat region but there are some hills the largest being on day 7 of around 350m. We have graded the route as easy to moderate.

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