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Walking in North Cyprus - Exodus Travels
Walking in North Cyprus - Exodus Travels
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Larnaca
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Start and end in Larnaca! With the hiking & trekking tour Walking in North Cyprus, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Larnaca, Cyprus and 2 other destinations in Cyprus. Walking in North Cyprus includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
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Hotel
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16

23 Reviews

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  • Walking in North Cyprus reviewer 1
    Written on November 5, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent week, with a fun group (from different places), an excellent local guide and great weather. The hotel was just fine too!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Beautiful views at altitude, looking along the North Cyprus coastWhat did you think of your group leader?Excellent.....knowledgeable, supportive, informative (and with us most eves.....and when he couldn't be, he recommended very good restaurants)Is there anything else you would like to add?We did two great 10 mile walks on successive days, then much less the rest of the week (we only walked on 4 of 6 days, with two half day walks). For some this wasn't enough. For me, I ccould have done with a lighter day between the two long ones!

  • Walking in North Cyprus reviewer 2
    Written on April 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent spring break lead by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. Some very pleasant walks, none too taxing. The mountains were greener than I expected and plenty of wild flowers to see. The views from the castles in the mountains are spectacular. Good evening meals are available in local restaurants, particularly in Bellapais.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The views from Buffavento castle and on the walk down.What did you think of your group leader?Ros was excellent. Friendly and helpful. Thorough local knowledge, she seemed to be known by many of the local people.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The trip notes should make clearer that payment for the optional group trip/meals is better paid in sterling not Turkish lira, otherwise the exchange rate will be poor. It is a long drive to the Karpaz peninsular and if you are not a beach enthusiast, it may be better to make other arrangements for that day. The Apostolos Andreas monastery, included in the Karpaz day, is unfortunately (owing to its state of disrepair) not worth a visit. The optional trip to Salamis and Famagusta is well worth taking. You could easily spend more time in both.The group flight with Pegasus goes via Istanbul and passengers to/from N Cyprus have to stay on the plane for about 1 hour at Istanbul. This is a budget airline and no food or drink is included in the ticket and prices on board are very high. Legroom is poor. Check-in at Stansted was very slow. I would strongly advise on-line check-in for the outward flight. Seats were though allocated.Is there anything else you would like to add?The hotel in Onar village was pleasant, with helpful staff and good views over Kyrenia. Some on the trip had problems with noise from air-conditioning units used all night in adjoining rooms. The breakfasts were good but I would not recommend it for an evening meal. Main issue is that you cannot walk to and from Kyrenia town to the hotel, which is some distance out of town and on the wrong side of the Kyrenia bypass which has no pedestrian route across. Taxis are though readily available.

  • Walking in North Cyprus reviewer 3
    Written on April 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent spring break lead by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. Some very pleasant walks, none too taxing. The mountains were greener than I expected and plenty of wild flowers to see. The views from the castles in the mountains are spectacular. Good evening meals are available in local restaurants, particularly in Bellapais.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The views from Buffavento castle and on the walk down.What did you think of your group leader?Ros was excellent. Friendly and helpful. Thorough local knowledge, she seemed to be known by many of the local people.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The trip notes should make clearer that payment for the optional group trip/meals is better paid in sterling not Turkish lira, otherwise the exchange rate will be poor. It is a long drive to the Karpaz peninsular and if you are not a beach enthusiast, it may be better to make other arrangements for that day. The Apostolos Andreas monastery, included in the Karpaz day, is unfortunately (owing to its state of disrepair) not worth a visit. The optional trip to Salamis and Famagusta is well worth taking. You could easily spend more time in both.The group flight with Pegasus goes via Istanbul and passengers to/from N Cyprus have to stay on the plane for about 1 hour at Istanbul. This is a budget airline and no food or drink is included in the ticket and prices on board are very high. Legroom is poor. Check-in at Stansted was very slow. I would strongly advise on-line check-in for the outward flight. Seats were though allocated.Is there anything else you would like to add?The hotel in Onar village was pleasant, with helpful staff and good views over Kyrenia. Some on the trip had problems with noise from air-conditioning units used all night in adjoining rooms. The breakfasts were good but I would not recommend it for an evening meal. Main issue is that you cannot walk to and from Kyrenia town to the hotel, which is some distance out of town and on the wrong side of the Kyrenia bypass which has no pedestrian route across. Taxis are though readily available.

  • Walking in North Cyprus reviewer 4
    Written on January 25, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    This is a short trip which packs a lot in, but there is plenty of time to relax. The watchword is choice - there are plenty of options every day. Keep walking or hitch a ride? Relax by the pool or take another trip? The walking itself is not particularly demanding... but in almost 40 degree heat, we worked hard to earn the magnificent views! Even 3 months after returning, my memories are rich with blue and green.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I don't know if it is inspirational as such, but amidst the beautiful scenery and exceptionally varied history, the thing which struck me the most was the modern history, particularly the no-man's-land visible in Famagusta. It's a shame that such a beautiful country is tinged with division and sadness, with the ongoing political and diplomatic struggles trapping the local people in the middle. Struggles and change throughout history are evident across the island, showcased by the visits to the castles, mosques, abbeys, monasteries and both ancient and modern ruins, in which the influence of Roman, Crusader, Arab and Turk can be seen. Not to mention the British...The natural landscape of the Karpaz is a fantastic contrast. What did you think of your group leader?Roz was friendly, knowledgeable and very funny. I hadn't realised from reading previous reviews that she was British and so I was doubly impressed by her spoken Turkish language skills! She was able to advise on just about everything, including suggesting places to eat and drink and even passing on a list of North Cyprus-related literature for anyone interested in learning a bit more.With her at the head and a great group of fellow travellers, I spent a hearty proportion of every day laughing.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Say "yes" to everything! Say yes to the optional day trip to Famagusta, say yes to the evening dinner cruise, say yes to the chance to swim in the sea, say yes to the delicious barbecue...However, in amongst saying "yes" to everything... Consider packing a snack or two (ensuring it is not something that melts) in case the lunch food is not to your taste (it's freshly-prepared local food and I thought it was delicious!). Also, be prepared for a scratch or two on the leg on the forest walk. I loved the walk but some of the shrubs are hardy and unforgiving!The only definite thing which should be remembered? If flying with Pegasus from Stansted via Istanbul to Ercan, take food onto the plane for your journey!Is there anything else you would like to add?If you are a hardy, mountaineering fitness nut then the trip may be too gentle for you. But if you want a mix of walking and bathing, eating and drinking, sightseeing and chilling out, this is one for you.

  • Walking in North Cyprus reviewer 5
    Written on January 25, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    This is a short trip which packs a lot in, but there is plenty of time to relax. The watchword is choice - there are plenty of options every day. Keep walking or hitch a ride? Relax by the pool or take another trip? The walking itself is not particularly demanding... but in almost 40 degree heat, we worked hard to earn the magnificent views! Even 3 months after returning, my memories are rich with blue and green.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I don't know if it is inspirational as such, but amidst the beautiful scenery and exceptionally varied history, the thing which struck me the most was the modern history, particularly the no-man's-land visible in Famagusta. It's a shame that such a beautiful country is tinged with division and sadness, with the ongoing political and diplomatic struggles trapping the local people in the middle. Struggles and change throughout history are evident across the island, showcased by the visits to the castles, mosques, abbeys, monasteries and both ancient and modern ruins, in which the influence of Roman, Crusader, Arab and Turk can be seen. Not to mention the British...The natural landscape of the Karpaz is a fantastic contrast. What did you think of your group leader?Roz was friendly, knowledgeable and very funny. I hadn't realised from reading previous reviews that she was British and so I was doubly impressed by her spoken Turkish language skills! She was able to advise on just about everything, including suggesting places to eat and drink and even passing on a list of North Cyprus-related literature for anyone interested in learning a bit more.With her at the head and a great group of fellow travellers, I spent a hearty proportion of every day laughing.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Say "yes" to everything! Say yes to the optional day trip to Famagusta, say yes to the evening dinner cruise, say yes to the chance to swim in the sea, say yes to the delicious barbecue...However, in amongst saying "yes" to everything... Consider packing a snack or two (ensuring it is not something that melts) in case the lunch food is not to your taste (it's freshly-prepared local food and I thought it was delicious!). Also, be prepared for a scratch or two on the leg on the forest walk. I loved the walk but some of the shrubs are hardy and unforgiving!The only definite thing which should be remembered? If flying with Pegasus from Stansted via Istanbul to Ercan, take food onto the plane for your journey!Is there anything else you would like to add?If you are a hardy, mountaineering fitness nut then the trip may be too gentle for you. But if you want a mix of walking and bathing, eating and drinking, sightseeing and chilling out, this is one for you.

  • Walking in North Cyprus reviewer 6
    Written on January 2, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A good mixture of trail walking and city exploration/sightseeing. The Cypriot food was excellent and copious. Top marks for the packed lunches on the day trips, made by the guide's brother's local bakery. The weather was fantastic on this trip which made a nice change from cold dreary England at this time of year. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The relaxed pace of life they have over there, and the happy mix of old and modern in their towns and cities, relatively untouched by the infiltration of global corporations.What did you think of your group leader?He seemed to organise things well and was clearly passionate about his country and culture.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?1) Plan on going on a diet when you get back. 2) If you want long walks every day, this trip probably isn't for you. 3) Some of the descents on the hills are quite steep so if you have dodgy knees you might want to bring sticks.4) Be aware the hotel is set up on a hill above Kyrenia and it's not easy to get into the town on your own, if you had such a desire. 5) They don't give you free food on the plane so have a big breakfast or bring your own lunch.Is there anything else you would like to add?Overall I enjoyed the trip very much.

  • Walking in North Cyprus reviewer 7
    Written on January 2, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A good mixture of trail walking and city exploration/sightseeing. The Cypriot food was excellent and copious. Top marks for the packed lunches on the day trips, made by the guide's brother's local bakery. The weather was fantastic on this trip which made a nice change from cold dreary England at this time of year. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The relaxed pace of life they have over there, and the happy mix of old and modern in their towns and cities, relatively untouched by the infiltration of global corporations.What did you think of your group leader?He seemed to organise things well and was clearly passionate about his country and culture.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?1) Plan on going on a diet when you get back. 2) If you want long walks every day, this trip probably isn't for you. 3) Some of the descents on the hills are quite steep so if you have dodgy knees you might want to bring sticks.4) Be aware the hotel is set up on a hill above Kyrenia and it's not easy to get into the town on your own, if you had such a desire. 5) They don't give you free food on the plane so have a big breakfast or bring your own lunch.Is there anything else you would like to add?Overall I enjoyed the trip very much.

  • Walking in North Cyprus reviewer 8
    Written on October 23, 2012
    3.0 - Average

    An enjoyable holiday with a mixed group. An excellent guide made it interesting for us and was considerate about our needs.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I most enjoyed Salamis and swimming in the sea. I was also impressed with how productive the land is out on the peninsular.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Yes. Don't travel direct to Northern Cyprus because it means going via Istanbul. it is quicker to fly to Larnaca and take a taxi to the North.Is there anything else you would like to add?Some of the walks were more strenuous than your preview suggested and I would not recommend your holidays to anyone who did not like steep climbs and scrambling.

  • Walking in North Cyprus reviewer 9
    Written on October 23, 2012
    3.0 - Average

    An enjoyable holiday with a mixed group. An excellent guide made it interesting for us and was considerate about our needs.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I most enjoyed Salamis and swimming in the sea. I was also impressed with how productive the land is out on the peninsular.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Yes. Don't travel direct to Northern Cyprus because it means going via Istanbul. it is quicker to fly to Larnaca and take a taxi to the North.Is there anything else you would like to add?Some of the walks were more strenuous than your preview suggested and I would not recommend your holidays to anyone who did not like steep climbs and scrambling.

  • Walking in North Cyprus reviewer 10
    Written on September 17, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    North Cyprus was an interesting place to visit, so much history and an on-going political situation. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The historical sites built on mountain tops. St Hilarion Castle, Buffavento castle.  The views form the castles and along the mountain walks were amazing.What did you think of your group leader?Roz was a fantastic guide and good company. She had so much knowledge of the area and the history. She knew all of the routes very well and was able to measure the pace of the group very well. Gave great recommendations for places to eat.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The walks were probably not in the moderate range and I found them quiet easy but, the daily temperatures of 38 degrees made the walking much more difficult but not unbearable. There was a go0od balance between walking and time off and plenty of time to explore the various sites during the walks.Is there anything else you would like to add?This was my first time on an exodus trip and I’m glad I went. Maybe we were very lucky but Roz the guide was great and the group were good company and good fun. I would definitely go on another exodus trip.

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  1. Day 1: Start Kyrenia.
  2. Day 2: Transfer to Catalkoy; walk to Bellapais and visit the monastery; afternoon Kyrenia Castle visit.
  3. Day 3: Transfer to the ancient hermitage site of St Hilarion Castle; visit the site and walk to Malatya village via Karaman.
  4. Day 4: Head to the Karpas peninsula; visit the Incirli caves and crusader castle at Kantara; walk to beautiful Kaplica beach.
  5. Day 5: Free day to relax or take an excursion to Famagusta.
  6. Day 6: Visit Buffavento Castle for magnificent views; walk to Bellapais village.
  7. Day 7: Spend a day in the Five Finger Mountains; walk includes visiting Kyrenia Rock and Sourp Magyar Armenian monastery.
  8. Day 8: End Kyrenia.

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Covering a total distance of approx 227 km.
  • Larnaca (Cyprus)
  • 54 km
  • Kyrenia (Cyprus)
  • 60 km
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  • 60 km
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  • 54 km
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