North Cyprus walking vacation

“Having been annexed in 1974, North Cyprus has been relatively cut off - which has preserved its bucolic landscapes, fascinating archaeological sites & Turkish Cypriot hospitality. This walking vacation introduces you to the best of each.”

Highlights

Bellapais village & monastery | Kyrenia Castle | Karpas Peninsula | St Hilarion Castle | Incirli Caves | Kantara crusader castle | Kaplica Beach | Buffavento Castle | Walking in the Five Finger Mountains Optional: excursion to Famagusta

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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
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Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour does encourage clients to have a positive effect by engaging with locals, using cafes and restaurants, and investing in traditional gifts and local produce. By visiting a number of places of interest and offering additional optional excursions, we also support the upkeep of churches, castles and museums whilst also creating local employment.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Accommodation and Meals:
On this trip we spend 7 nights in comfortable hotel with beautiful views of the coast. The accommodation is locally staffed, meaning that many people in the area benefit from employment opportunities. This also ensures that income generated is reinvested into the community and that clients have more interaction with locals. Where meals are provided, fresh, locally sourced ingredients will be used as much as possible. Free mealtimes can be used to explore authentic Northern Cypriot cuisine and support some off-the-beaten-track eateries. Regional specialties include: dolmasi (stuffed squash blossoms), seftali kebabi (minced lamb kebabs), borek (fried pockets of halloumi or meat) and, of course, locally produced olives, hummus and yoghurt.

Local Craft and Culture:
Our tour takes us to Kyrenia’s Crusader Castle, which is home to the Shipwreck Museum containing a 4th Century Greek merchant vessel and its cargo. St. Hilarion Castle, Buffavento Castle and Kantara Castle are also on the itinerary, whilst the free day offers opportunities to visit ancient city of Salamis or Famagusta with Othello's Tower, St Sophia Cathedral and the Venetian Palace. There is a large amount of history and culture to be discovered here and all guides will be able to facilitate this with briefings that include education about local community and environment.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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Reviewed on 20 Mar 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The scenery and historical sites.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take every opportunity to visit all places on offer.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The vacation will have supported local businesses.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


An excellent trip overall. Good walking, comfortable accommodation, good
food. The local guide Gizer was very good. He obviously enjoys his work and
makes every effort to ensure that his group members have the best time
possible.

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Scenery

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Single rooms did not have tea or coffee facilities so take small kettle & beverages

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Good hotel food walks , but guide could of had better people skills

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Historical sights.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be reasonably fit.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?



Reviewed on 18 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


I loved the village setting and the quiet hotel. The night sky was lovely and the walks very enjoyable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


I found my lightweight binoculars very useful. Bring a light towel and swimsuit if you want to swim. If you need snacks then it is a good idea to pack a few things like nuts and energy bars.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes as we used local transport and frequented the local bars and cafes. The hotel used local produce apparently too. We also shopped at the village bakery.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent and enjoyable.

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The landscape - the mountains are breathtaking! We also saw goats in trees!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring wipes, a roll of toilet paper and candy or alcohol to share (if you want to.)

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The trip employs local men and they always gave empty water jugs to the villagers. It would be nice if we could help with the litter issue in some of the remote areas...

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was a memorable, challenging and fabulous trip.

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