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Unspoilt Beaches

Stylish Seafront Hotel

4 Included Excursions

About the trip

New for Summer 2024, we’re heading to the stunning unspoilt region of Karpaz in North Cyprus. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the busier Mediterranean resorts, this quiet and quaint part of North Cyprus offers a much-needed dose of rest and relaxation. And whilst this area is peaceful, there are also hidden gems waiting to be found. So many in fact, that we’ve included four excursions in the package during our stay at the exclusive, Karpaz Marina boutique hotel.

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What's Included

  • Return flights & transfers (Larnaca)
  • Airport Taxes & Charges
  • Twin/Double Room for Sole Use
  • Half Board: Breakfast & Dinner daily
  • Welcome Drink & Information Meeting
  • Full Day Guided Tour to Kyrenia, Bellapais, St Hilarion Castle
  • Full day Guided Tour of the Karpaz Region
  • Evening visit to the Osman Aga Culture House including dinner
  • 4 hour Yacht Sailing
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leadder
  • Fully financially protected

Itinerary

  • Arrival Day
  • Karpaz Day Tour
  • Day at leisure - Evening at the Osman Aga Culture House
  • Day at leisure
  • Day at leisure
  • Kyrenia & Bellapais Day Tour
  • Afternoon Yacht Sailing
  • Departure Day

Extras

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What you'll be doing

DAY 1

Arrival Day

Upon arrival in to Larnaca, we will be transferred to our hotel in Karpaz, North Cyprus. This will involve crossing the border from the South to the North, with the journey taking approximately two hours.

After checking in at the Karpaz Gate Marina Hotel, we have time at leisure to familiarise ourselves with our beautiful new surroundings before meeting for our welcome drink and dinner in Hemingway’s, the hotel restaurant.

  • Dinner including wine tasting
DAY 2

Karpaz Day Tour

After a leisurely breakfast, we head out on our first day of touring in the Karpaz peninsular.

Our guide will take us through the history of the region as the coach travels through this wild and rugged natural reserve, passing through the joint Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot Village of Dipkarpaz (Rizokarpso). The first stop along the northern coast is Ayios Philon, where we’ll enjoy a short walk to see the 10th Century church, beautiful beach and ancient harbour.

The tour continues towards the tip of the island, passing the Golden Beach – the most impressive sandy, untouched beach in Cyprus. A short stop will be made for photos overlooking the beach.

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DAY 3

Day at leisure - Evening at the Osman Aga Culture House

Today can be enjoyed at our leisure to enjoy the resort’s Beach Club, swimming pools, hamam, spa or gym.

Early evening, we head to The Culture House which is an institution that researches and shares the Turkish Cypriot history and culture archives, photographs and documents.

At the Culture House, there is also the Sultan’s Kitchen which was established to present the best tastes of Turkish Cypriot Cuisine with traditional Cypriot dishes that feature in the region’s culture. We will enjoy a sumptuous Turkish-Cypriot meal.

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DAY 4

Day at leisure

Today allows us the opportunity to fully relax and take advantage of the hotel’s outstanding facilities. Sitting overlooking the sea and marina, this hotel has many spots that will provide great views, with optional activities.  Choose from the swimming pool, the Beach Club with water sports centre (non-motorised), a gym, and the Hamam and Spa centre (extra changes apply for some services).

In the evening, we will enjoy a three-course set menu accompanied by live piano music at the hotel’s Hemingway’s Resto Bar.

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
DAY 5

Day at leisure

Another day to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

In the evening, we come together for a BBQ dinner at at the hotel restaurant Hemingway’s or at the Beach Club (weather permitting).

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
DAY 6

Kyrenia & Bellapais Day Tour

This morning, we will be picked up from the hotel to drive to St. Hillarion Castle. It is the best preserved ruin of the three former strongholds in the Kyrenia mountains, dating back to the 11th Century, the other two being Kantara and Buffavento. It is widely thought that this castle provided the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty! If you would like to explore the castle further, there is the option to pay a small fee of approximately €5 to wander around the grounds.

We then drive on to Girne (Kyrenia) to visit the scenic old harbour and fortress.
Upon arrival, we can relax with a Turkish coffee and sample some local Turkish Delights.

After our coffee stop, we have free time to enjoy Kyrenia at our leisure. Perhaps to stroll around the old Harbour, lined with many restaurants and bars. Or to do a spot of shopping in one of the boutiques that sit in the twisting streets behind the harbour. Or for those that want to take in a little more history of the area, there is the Kyrenia Citadel and/or the Shipwreck Museum. The cost of entrance is approximately €5.

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DAY 7

Afternoon Yacht Sailing

Following a leisurely morning, we board our private yacht to enjoy a four hour sailing experience in the unspoilt, wonderful, crystal clear waters of Northern Cyprus.

Later on, after freshening up at the hotel, dinner will be at the hotel’s Hemingway’s restaurant for a Chef’s table.

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
DAY 8

Departure Day

After breakfast, we will be picked up from the hotel for the journey back to Larnaca Airport for our flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast Included

Accommodation

4.5* Karpaz Gate Marina Resort

Karpaz Gate Marina is a welcoming, one-of-a-kind resort, nestled in a beautiful bay on the northern shore of the unspoiled Karpaz peninsula in North Cyprus. These are exceptional standards of accommodation, dining and Beach Club facilities, as well as immaculate service and attention to detail all with a nautical theme, overlooking the Marina.

Facilities Include

Facilities at the hotel include Hemingway’s Restaurant & Bar, Hamam and a relaxing spa facility offering traditional Hamam, saunas and various treatment rooms, Gallery Leisure Centre which faces the promenade and the array of yachts and offers a 19.6m x 3.6m indoor pool, jacuzzi, and gym and the Beach Club which is a short walk from the main hotel building and gives access to private cabanas and a water sports centre with snorkelling gear, kayaks and other equipment.

Room Includes

All ensuite ‘Cabin’ rooms feature either a terrace or balcony with view of the lush gardens or partial Marina view, ensuite with luxury shower, air conditioning, 49″ TV, desk and armchair.

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
January - February 14 °C 5 °C
March 18 °C 7 °C
April 22 °C 9 °C
May 28 °C 14 °C
June 33 °C 19 °C
July 36 °C 21 °C
August 34 °C 21 °C
September 31 °C 18 °C
October 26 °C 14 °C
November 21 °C 10 °C
December 16 °C 7 °C

Our Reviews

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