Small Group Tour to the highlights of Kyrenia from Nicosia

Small Group Tour to the highlights of Kyrenia from Nicosia
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$76.47
Duration: 8 hours
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Join this full-day small group tour to two of the most beautiful sights in Kyrenia: St. Hilarion Castle, rumored to be Walt Disney's inspiration for the castle in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Bellapais Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture in Cyprus. After you enjoy a light lunch you will visit the Kyrenia Castle and have some free time in the historic harbour. Your driver will collect you at 8:15 at the Ledra Palace checkpoint in Nicosia.

The tour begins at 8:15 at the checkpoint Ledra palace in Nicosia. From here we drive to pick up our guests in Kyrenia and we continue to St. Hilarion Castle, 2,395 feet (730 metres) above sea level in the Kyrenia mountain range. Saint Hilarion was originally a monastery, named after a monk who allegedly chose the site for his hermitage in the 10th century. The castle's walls and towers appear to sprout out of the rocks almost randomly, giving it a fairy-tale look. It's no surprise, then, that St. Hilarion Castle is rumored to have inspired Walt Disney when he was designing the castle in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

From the castle, your guide will drive you eight miles (14 kilometres) to Bellapais Monastery, the ruin of a monastery built by Canons Regular in the 13th century. Also known as 'The Abbey of Peace', Bellapais Monastery is a masterpiece of Gothic style architecture in Cyprus and stands 722 feet (220 metres) above sea level, with spectacular views of Kyrenia and the Mediterranean sea. The small village of Bellapais and the monastery were made famous by the book "Bitter Lemons of Cyprus", an autobiography by Lawrence Durrell on his three years living in Cyprus.

After a light lunch in the center of Kyrenia we invite you to visit the Kyrenia Castle at the ancient Venetian Harbour. After some free time for exploring the city we will bring you back to Nicosia, Ledra Palace check point. This is a small group tour, for 15 people or less.

Join this full-day small group tour to two of the most beautiful sights in Kyrenia: St. Hilarion Castle, rumored to be Walt Disney's inspiration for the castle in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Bellapais Monastery, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture in Cyprus. After you enjoy a light lunch you will visit the Kyrenia Castle and have some free time in the historic harbour. Your driver will collect you at 8:15 at the Ledra Palace checkpoint in Nicosia.