Coastal and mountain daywalks in North Cyprus

Walking in North Cyprus

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$1,249 USD
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4.4 / 5 from 43 reviews
Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
TEU
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
4–16
Ages:
16+

Enjoy coastal and mountain daywalks

North Cyprus remains a hidden gem of the Mediterranean with an abundance of archaeological remains from many civilisations that inhabited the island over the centuries. With superb walking through areas teeming with flowers and wildlife, and the relaxed local Turkish Cypriot culture, this is a walking and sightseeing tour not to be missed.

Highlights

  • Discover dramatic vistas and fascinating archaeology
  • See beautiful flora and fauna
  • Explore crusader castles

Key information

  • 7 nights 4-star Hotel Pia Bella, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days centre-based walking
  • Reasonable fitness required
  • Low altitude throughout
  • Countries visited: North Cyprus

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Leisurely: 3-4km/2-3miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths

Day by day breakdown
Day 25.0km/3.0miles
Day 314.0km/8.0miles
Day 48.0km/4.0miles
Day 616.0km/9.0miles
Day 710.0km/6.0miles

Responsible Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

As much as possible, we try to use accommodations that are locally owned or at least employs local staff and uses local produce. This ensures that the income generated is reinvested into the community, providing them with employment opportunities.

As a walking holiday, it allows easy access and flexibility for clients to interact with locals, visit local cafes and bars, support local produce and craft and to experience what life is really like in Northern Cyprus. Water is especially important and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital to not cause too much waste from single use plastic bottles. Hence, we strongly encourage clients to bring their own refillable bottles on the trip. At the start of each day, we ask clients to refill their bottles from the water machine in the hotel and throughout the day we try to have water stops wherever possible.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Kyrenia

    The group flight usually arrives into Lanarca in the early evening and the group will be met and transferred to the start hotel. The transfer takes approximately 1.5 hrs and includes crossing the border to North Cyprus. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon. In the evening our guide will hold a short meeting to discuss the plan for the following day, to give advice on the local area and to answer any questions.

    Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella (or similar)

  • Day 2

    Transfer to Catalkoy; walk to Bellapais and visit the monastery; afternoon Kyrenia Castle visit

    After the Welcome Briefing, we will have a short 20-minute transfer to Bellapais village and the beautiful 12th century Bellapais Abbey, set in the mountains to the south. There will be some free time to explore the beautiful village and the abbey before starting our short walk to Cattalkoy village where we get the transfer back to Kyrenia. The walk today is mainly along an old dirt track; it is fairly undulating, with views out towards the coast along the way.

    Kyrenia is a pretty harbour town and a great base from which to explore North Cyprus. Archaeological excavations show the area was first settled as far back as the 10th century BC, and today historic buildings and winding lanes offer a glimpse of the past, sitting side by side with more modern additions. Our tour also takes in a visit to Kyrenia's Crusader Castle, which features in English history as far back as the third crusade, when it was taken by Richard the Lionheart. Since then, the castle has been updated and used by civilizations as diverse as the Ottomans, the Venetians and the British. As well as glorious views and fascinating architecture, the castle also houses the Shipwreck Museum, home to a 4th century Greek merchant vessel and its cargo.

    Walk: Distance 5 km Ascent 153 m Descent 145 m Max Altitude 350 m Time: 2 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    Transfer to the ancient hermitage site of St Hilarion Castle; visit the site and walk to Malatya village via Karaman

    Today we transfer approximately 25 minutes to the Saint Hilarion Castle, a former stronghold of the Kyrenia mountains. Originally a hermitage site, the monastery and church were built in the 10th century and later fortified. The site consists of three main parts, linked by steep staircases; the lower section was for the stables and men of arms, the middle section was home to the church and the upper section was for use by only royalty. The stunning views from the upper level are well worth the climb!

    We will spend some time exploring the castle and enjoying the magnificent views of Kyrenia, before starting our walk through the hills to Malatya village. The first part of our walk is through the forest, following an old riverbed with some loose rocks underfoot. We then reach an old dirt track which we follow into the village, with stunning views of the coast ahead of us and the impressive Saint Hilarion Castle up on the hills behind us. We will walk through several small villages today, getting a good sense of local life along the way. We’ll stop for lunch in a square in one of these villages.

    We will transfer back to the hotel this afternoon, stopping en route to enjoy a drink on the seafront if time allows.

    Walk: Distance 14 km Ascent 205 m Descent 400 m Max Altitude 900 m Time: 4 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Head to the Karpas peninsula; visit the Incirli caves and crusader castle at Kantara; walk to beautiful Kaplica beach

    We head east approximately 1.5 hrs today, towards the Karpas peninsula. In the morning, we will visit Incirli cave, the largest on the island, which contains an amazing collection of stalactites and stalagmites, before heading to the crusader castle at Kantara. Kantara Castle is one of three mountain fortresses built by the Byzantines along the Kyrenia Mountains along with Saint Hilarion Castle and Buffavento Castle. It was used as a beacon station, communicating with Buffavento Castle with the use of fires. The castle boasts an incredible 360-degree view of the region. On a clear day you can see not only both coasts of the Karpaz Peninsula but also the mountains of Turkey! After a picnic lunch near the castle, we will walk down the slopes of Five Finger Mountains to the beautiful Kaplica beach. If time allows, there will be a chance to swim at Kaplica beach after our walk, before we transfer (approximately 1 hr) back to Kyrenia.

    Walk: Distance 8 km Ascent 50 m Descent 450 m Max Altitude 740 m Time: 3.5 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Free day to relax or take an excursion to Famagusta

    Today has been left free for further exploration of the island. Of the many options available, of particular interest is a trip to the ancient city of Salamis and the historical city of Famagusta. This trip starts with a visit to St. Barnabas Monastery, followed by a tour of the Ancient city of Salamis, which remains the biggest Roman site on the whole island of Cyprus. There will be a lunch break by the sea before the tour continues to the ghost town of Varosha, which is closed to the civil life since 1974. The trip finishes with visiting the old walled city of Famagusta, where the St. Nicholas Cathedral is located. This tour can be arranged locally (please note that you may be joining a larger group on this tour). Of course, you could choose to spend the day relaxing, or explore under your own steam.

    Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Visit Buffavento Castle for magnificent views; walk to Bellapais village

    We start our day with a 45-minute transfer to the magnificent Buffavento Castle. Standing at 970m, it is the highest Crusader castle on the island and a highlight of the week. Buffavento was built in the 11th century as a part of the island's defences against the Arabs, and also controlled an important mountain pass. The dramatic location offers glorious views over Kyrenia and the Five Finger Mountains.

    This afternoon we will walk from the castle taking the footpath which leads us down to Bellapais village. We will have our lunch at the top of the mountain where you will see both sides of the Five Finger Mountain. Our route takes us along a narrow path, which is a bit rocky underfoot, passing between the mountains, and offering us stunning views in both directions. The vehicle meets us in Bellapais village, and we will transfer about 10 minutes back to Kyrenia.

    Walk: Distance 16 km Ascent 300 m Descent 350 m Max Altitude 970 m Time: 4 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Spend a day in the Five Finger Mountains; walk includes visiting Kyrenia Rock and Sourp Magyar Armenian monastery

    Today we transfer approximately 30 minutes to the start of our last walk, the Five Finger Mountains. The walk takes us on a path up towards the Herbarium of Alevkaya (currently closed for renovation), where we will stop for lunch. This afternoon we will walk to Sourp Magyar, the only Armenian Monastery in the mountains, and on to Kyrenia rock, which offers excellent photo opportunities.

    Walk: Distance 10 km Ascent 100 m Descent 120 m Max Altitude 650 m Time: 4 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    End Kyrenia

    Our adventure ends after breakfast in Kyrenia. Those on the group flights will be transferred back to Larnaca for the flight to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

North Cyprus

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Hepatitis A.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 5 picnic lunches are included.

Buffet style Cypriot breakfast is provided with bread/toast, butter, jam, fresh juice, milk, local yoghurt, eggs and honey, and coffee/tea.

Cypriot food includes: locally caught fish and seafood by the Kyrenia fishing fleet, excellent local meat dishes, stuffed vegetables, fruit - particularly figs, oranges, nectarines, grapes, olives and pomegranates - and breads and cheeses.

Picnic lunches using locally sourced food are provided where specified. On other days we will stop at a suitable local café or restaurant.

Kyrenia has a large number of restaurants to choose from for evening meals.

Weather

February and March are the coolest months, with daytime temperatures ranging from 12-19ºC and night time temperatures dropping to 2-9ºC.  There is a chance of rain at this time.

In April and from October through December, it should be quite warm, with daytime temperatures reaching up to 27ºC. Night time temperatures will be cooler and pleasant, usually between 10-16ºC. At these times it is generally dry but there is a chance of a shower.

May and September are the hottest months and usually very dry. Daytime temperatures can reach up to 33ºC, and the night time temperatures will usually range from 12-17ºC.

Kyrenia, North Cyprus

Is this trip for you?

Grade: 2 (Leisurely/ Moderate)
Most days involve some driving and sightseeing in addition to the walks. Strong but lightweight 2/3 season boots with good ankle support are recommended, as there are descents each day that, although not technical, may be steep.
The walking is seldom too demanding, although some of the terrain is a bit rocky underfoot. Some of the paths are quite narrow and fairly undulating, and there some sections which involve some scrambling over larger rocks and boulders. There are plenty of opportunity for exploration in and around some of the area's ruins and castles. A pair of comfortable shoes or trainers will also be very handy for the evenings and journeys to/from the start/end points.

Please see our COVID Travel Guides for more information on current guidelines for travel in North Cyprus.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotel Pia Bella

We usually stay at the 4-star Hotel Pia Bella, a short walk to the bars and restaurants of atmospheric Kyrenia harbour. All rooms are en suite with satellite tv, telephone and air conditioning and Wi-Fi access in communal areas. The property boasts two swimming pools, a Jacuzzi and tranquil gardens.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed June 2022

    Northern Cyprus

    Everything about it - the good contrast about walks/history/flora and fauna I think I have done a review already?

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I dont have one The variety of Famagousta Town, with all the typoes of castle, some sea, the food. The hotle was great.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    First class

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you understand about walking. If you are not part of the group due to knees or anything, then you have to find your own excursions.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I love the wasy exodus takes care of the gluten free Coeliac :-)
  • Reviewed May 2022

    Mr

    Scenic walks (apart from the introductory one on Sunday which was a bit of a walk to nowhere) with great views from the top of the hills. It was a bit hot but all the walkers coped with the permanent sunshine. Gizer, the leader, is a very good organiser, with perfect timing and good knowledge of the history of the places we visited – Girne, Bellapais Abbey, Saint Hilarion, Kantara and Buffavento Castle (the walk up to it recompense the walker with breath-taking views). He also organised the optional but very informative excursions to Famagusta and Nicosia which offered us the chance to find out a lot of facts about places we knew only from the news. I would also like to commend Omar, the driver, very efficient as well, helpful and funny; he helped me learn more Turkish language than I knew before 😉. The food was good, and the best dinners we had were at Niazi’s and Eminem (no connection with the rapper 😉). The best lunch was at the Caravan Serai in Nicosia – thank you Gizer! Pia Bella Hotel was clean with good sized rooms, very professional, polite, and friendly service, good range of food items at the breakfast. Al in all, a very rewarding holiday – Thanks to Exodus, Gizer, and everybody else who made it happen.
  • Reviewed May 2022

    Excellent walking holiday

    A very enjoyable walking holiday, mixing walks with interesting visits to a cave, ruined castles, an abbey and an Armenian monastery. The walks themselves are varied - pine forests, mountains, beach, some tracks and just a little on the almost-deserted roads. An excellent trip to Famagusta was offered on the Day Off and this not only took us to interesting sites (St Barnabas monastery, roman Salamis, Varosha ghost town & the old walled city, but also gave us th chance to learn more about the history if the island. A bonus was the trip to Nicosia on our last day, whcih meant we didn't have to hang around the hotel waiting for the transfer to the airport. This also gave us the opportunity to walk across the border into South Cyprus.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Day 6 - Buffavento Castle and the Five Finger Mountains. Although it is over 600 steps up and the same down, the castle is situated right on the ridge of the Five Finger Mountains, so you can see both sides of the island (and the coast of Turkey on a clear day). Because of the steps, it is quiet with no/few other tourists, so we had the castle to ourselves! The lunch stop is further along the ridge, so more spectacular views across both sides of the island.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Geser is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable, patient and very helpful. His english is amazing and he has a good sense of humour. He spent a lot of his time with us and nothing was too much trouble for him. He really made the holiday very special and I hope that Exodus will continue to use Geser as a guide for future trips.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Our flight was delayed, so we arrived very late but Exodus/the hotel had unexpectedly arranged for a snack of soup and a filled roll, which was very well received. It is a long flight and transfer, so would recommend taking a packed lunch to have on the plane. Make sure you have high factor sun screen as the sun is strong, even on cloudy days.
  • Reviewed April 2022

    A great week's walking and culture

    This trip was fantastic for me because of the combination of the walks and the culture. The walks were quite varied and the castles and monasteries added to the variety. It was a little warmer than I expected (mid 20s) but I know three weeks earlier there was snow so I think late March/early April is a great time to do this tour, it also being an ideal time for the wild flowers. The hotel is very nice and a well located base for the week's activities. Our tour leader Gizer was excellent in terms of both his organisation of the trip and his knowledge on the history and the flora and fauna. He joined us for three evening meals, the other evenings were on our own but all Gizer's suggested restaurants were very good. The optional trips to Famagusta and Nicosia (not currently on the itinerary but it seems usually an option on the final day) were both well worth doing. Our group got on with each other really well which added to a great trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I can't really pick out just one, for me the variety was what made the trip. The views on the walks, the castles, the Roman remains at Salamis, Kyrenia and its shipwreck were all fantastic.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gizer is a brilliant guide. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he really went out of his way to deal with any requests that we had. He knew and explained the history of the island and the sights very well, and pointed out various things in the castles and in Salamis that added to the experience. He obviously knew the walks very well as he could always tell us how far there was to go, and he was also an expert on the wild flowers - my favourite was a large group of "naked man orchids"!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't buy Turkish lira in the UK. There are plenty of places to change GB pounds into lira and the rates at the exchange bureaus are very good - there is one less than 100 yards from the hotel. Credit cards were accepted everywhere and the rates seemed good as well. Do the Famagusta/Salamis optional excursion and if possible the undocumented excursion to Nicosia on the final day. The Covid paperwork and regulations are now minimal so this should not now be a concern.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel staff are very friendly and accommodating, one of the managers visited us most days at breakfast and was able to move the two group members who had rooms overlooking the road to the quieter side of the hotel overlooking the pool and garden.
  • Reviewed March 2022

    Lovely Week's Walking Despite the Snow

    Firstly we did not expect snow on this holiday! Nonetheless we had a very enjoyable week and met some lovely people in our group of 16. Some parts of the itinerary had to be adapted and changed due to the weather conditions but this did not affect the overall enjoyment of the holiday. Walking on the first couple of days was a bit tricky due to the snow and ice, meaning walking poles were essential. In normal conditions none of the walks would have been especially challenging. Gizer was a great guide, very knowledgeable and mindful of the group. We appreciated the extra trips to Famagusta (on free day) and Nicosia (departure day). Hotel Pia Bella is a good base with friendly staff and the bonus of heating in the bedrooms. It has a lovely outside pool area (shame it was just too cold to enjoy). Worth noting that if you enjoy wine the house stuff is not good, instead ask the hotel for a bottle (affordable) and keep behind the bar. Organised restaurants were very good, especially the last evening one. The restaurant next to the hotel serves a nice pizza too. All in all a good holiday and so much history in Northern Cyprus

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting Salamis and Nicosia

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent, very knowledgeable on history, culture and flora and fauna

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take lots of warm layers. It does get cold. Also walking poles useful

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Take Turkish Lira
  • Reviewed March 2022

    A great little break

    This was our first group holiday since Covid and first walking group holiday - we've been more into cycling but are now converted! The walking was very comfortable - nice distances and nothing too taxing although there was the odd boulder to scramble over or around on one walk. Everybody coped fine. The walks were generally high up in the mountains and the views were great. Each walk had something of interest linked to it, e.g. an abbey, a castle, a monastery. The sight-seeing day going to Famagusta was great. On every day there was plenty to interest keen photographers. We had a nice group of 13 people. The hotel was great - in this trip, because the distances are small, once you're there, there's no repacking until the end. The staff were friendly. Breakfast was pretty good once you've worked out what everything is and what you like. The only disappointing thing is the coffee - nescafe rather than a decent machine or good local coffee. The hotel is about 10 mins walk to the harbour. There are plenty of restaurants near by for the three evenings when we don't eat as a group. Our trip was in late February. It was a bit like April here in the UK. Warm during the day, cold at night. A couple of hardy people did swim in the hotel pool and in the sea - but that wasn't for us. Bring a good jump for the evenings!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Up at the St Hilarion Castle in the mountains - super views. Also visiting the 'ghost town' of Varosha. I was reading 'The Sunrise' by Victoria Hislop, a great novel about Cyprus in 1974. It's set there and everything came even more to life.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gizer is great. He's very experienced and professional, good fun and informative. He coped and helped well with the issues thrown up by some lost luggage and flight disruption. Everything in his control went pretty smoothly! One of the drivers on the journey from the airport to the hotel was poor and my wife ended up with car sickness - Gizer ensured that he wasn't one of our regulars and there was no recurrence of any nausea on our trips. We learnt a lot about Cyprus and the north from him. He made a good choice of restaurants and there was a nice mix between 'group time' and 'individual time'. The final day could be a bit of a let down as the flight home is late afternoon and there's nothing in the Exodus itinerary. But Gizer arranges an optional / additional trip to the Turkish side of Nicosia which is pretty interesting and if you do that you're already part of the way to Larnaca airport.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    - Once we cross into North Cyprus, Gizer stops at an ATM. There are plenty of them in Kyrenia. We lost money by buying Turkish lira at LHR - it was a very poor rate and there was no need to buy there. - Read 'The Sunnise' by Victora Hislop on or before the trip - see above

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Cyprus is actually quite a long way away and over four hours flight time. We therefore delayed our return for a week. We booked a hire a car from the airport, organised our hotels and toured the south. Having a week in the north and a week in the south gave us a super blend of Turkish and Greek Cyprus. Highlights in the south were the medieval churches, walking in the Troodos mountains and the mosaics at Pafos. They very much complement what you see in the north.
  • Reviewed February 2022

    Walking in North Cyprus

    After great deliberation on whether to venture out on holiday again, we are glad we did. This was an excellent trip & very well organised. Exodus provided excellent advice & details of all the requirements necessary in view of COVID regulations. We met with a sociable & lovely group of people and at 12 I think this was an ideal number. This is our 3rd or 4th group holiday & after years of independent travel it is relaxing to just go with the flow & not have to be responsible for anything! The walking was superb - challenging in places but well worth the effort of some steep climbs. The views were fantastic & we visited Crusader castles & monasteries. Our guide Gizer was a great host & very knowledgeable about the history & culture of his country. t .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walk up to St Hilarion castle was a real highlight. It was tremendous when back at the foot of the mountain, to look back up and know that we had climbed up there. It looks so inaccessible so was a sense of achievement. My favourite moment was on our last day, en-route to the airport, we visited Nicosia the divided city, and after seeing the old market, we walked though an entrance to the caravanserai where it opened up into a square with arches & little shops.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gizer is a superb guide & ambassador for his country and a great asset to Exodus. He is a charming man, kind, thoughtful & very knowledgeable & an expert at diplomacy and was always aware of each persons needs. Nothing was too much trouble and he was always ready to answer our many questions. He has a great sense of humour too. His recommendations for restaurants were welcome.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't worry too much about the rules & endless form filling. (Says someone who was very stressed about it before we went) It is worth all the faff. North Cyprus is a beautiful country and the history - both ancient and recent - is fascinating. You do need to have a certain level of fitness as it is a full on active holiday. If you've never been on a group holiday before, don't hesitate, it's great fun!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel was nice. Very quiet so always felt safe re covid rules. It would be nice to return in warmer months to take advantage of the lovely outside areas & pool. Also a mention for the couple of drivers who took us to the start of our walks. They were both very nice & friendly.
  • Reviewed February 2022

    Chilling out in Cyprus.

    This whole trip was a delight. I knew very little about Cypriot history but came away with a better understanding of the country, the conflicts and the people. The scenery is stunning; the walking is a delight and the hotel and food did not disappoint. It is relatively inexpensive to eat out and the food was delicious. Local wine washed down our meals and sunsets were enjoyed with the help of a Brandy Sour. If you want a stress free, walking holiday with some sunshine and blue skies head for Kyrenia. It was quite cool with brisk winds but there were enough heat in the midday to chase away any winter blues.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There are some spectacular Crusader Castles set high in the mountains; the ancient city of Salamis and a fabulous shipwreck to see.The buildings are fascinating but I most enjoyed the rocky limestone pinnacles and the lovely trails through pine forests carpeted with anemones and orchids with views to a sparkling blue sea.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gizer is a top notch guide. He is a very relaxed and friendly host with an excellent knowledge of his country. Nothing was too much trouble and he was very helpful with our Covid testing and getting us across the border.He also sourced a rather lovely cake to celebrate my birthday. Transport worked well and his recommendations for restaurants were excellent. He made sure everyone had a lovely time and made us feel very comfortable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Worry not about saving a tree. Bring paper copies of Covid tests and Passenger Locator forms. It makes life easier.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just go and enjoy this under-rated part of the world.
  • Reviewed January 2022

    Outstanding guide

    This was my first ever 'group' walking holiday. The whole trip was well planned and organized, and the group leader and guide (Gizer) was simply excellent. I found the group travel refreshingly sociable after the lockdowns and social distancing we have all been through.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The view out to the peninsula from the top of Kantara Castle.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Apart from knowing the ancient and modern history of the places we visited very well, Gizer catered for all tastes; whatever your diet or allergies; whenever you fancied a meal without the group. Not only was he most courteous, but he also has an excellent sense of humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The service in The Pia Bella was good. The rooms were spacious and clean. Breakfast, the bar, and the local food in particular were good. The pre-arranged Christmas dinner was the least interesting. But most evenings we ate out as a group anyway. It’s worth knowing that the only coffee worth drinking should be ordered at the bar, and you should ask the breakfast cook to make you your choice of eggs because the prepared scrambled eggs are not worth it. A decent cappuccino is very cheap at 20 Lire. This is the least expensive county where I have eaten out for longer than I care to look back. Angora Kavaklidere red wine is very cheap and reasonably drinkable. Cankaya (pronounced ‘Chankaya’) Kavaklidere at 13.5% is a strong white wine and tastes even better quality for the same low price. Make sure you leave the food you can’t eat, or you will make yourself sick. Its good, but there is far too much of it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    More experienced Exodus travel users noted we had a well-balanced group. I will book with Exodus again if this trip is any measure of their competency.
  • Reviewed January 2022

    A lovely Christmas in North Cyprus

    After nearly 2 years stuck in the UK, I was so desperate to get away that I was prepared to take all the stressful Covid tests/paperwork on the chin in order to travel. So I went Walking in North Cyprus over Christmas, and it was lovely. The Hotel Pia Bella in Kyrenia was lovely, and the staff were great - friendly and funny. Gizer was a great guide - very experienced and competent, with lots of historical knowledge. This was a leisurely/moderate grade holiday, and the walking was fairly easy most days, apart from a scrambly section on the St. Hilarion day - good boots necessary! The trip was a good mix of walking and culture - the 4 castles and the Armenian monastery were all very interesting. I did the 2 extra trips to Famagusta, and Nicosia. I liked them both, but the ancient city of Salamis (near Famagusta) was probably my highlight. The weather was bright and sunny, with only one wet afternoon. But it was a bit cooler than most of us had expected, with a chill wind at times. Hat and gloves recommended. No one was tempted by the hotel pool or the sea!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Salamis, which I'd never heard of before.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gizer was a very good leader - experienced and calm, approachable and knowledgeable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The paths are a little bit rough in places, so boots are essential, and you might want to use sticks. I did use my waterproof trousers once in the week. Late December can be cool - my swimming costume and sandals stayed in the suitcase. Eating out is pretty cheap, so you don't need loads of Turkish lira. Try to bring printouts of the various Covid documents you need - we had no wifi as we crossed the border into North Cyprus, so the TRNC app I'd uploaded things to didn't work. Printed is safer. But Gizer is around to help.

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