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Private Tour of Saint Barnabas Monastery, Salamis, Othello Castle and Varosha from Nicosia

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Visit some of Cyprus's most beautiful historic attractions with this small, private tour from Nicosia. You'll start your day with a visit to Saint Barnabas Monastery, before continuing to Salamis, home to the largest Roman amphitheate on the island. From here you'll walk to the Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque. Your tour will finish with a glimpse of the ghost town of Varosha, a thriving resort town until the 1974 occupation.
    What to Expect
    Begin with 9am pickup at your hotel, then enjoy views of the mountains and the Mesaria Plain as you travel to Saint Barnabas Monastery. Upon arrival, visit the historic church’s icon museum, and learn the story of Saint Barnabas, who saw Jesus’ miracles firsthand and became the patron saint of Cyprus after his martyrdom.

    Keep driving to the ancient city of Salamis, where you’ll find the largest Roman Amphitheater in Cyprus, as well as a gymnasium, stadium, and public baths. Loop back into the walled city of Famagusta, and explore Othello Castle, a 14th-century landmark that’s rumored to be the setting of Shakespeare’s Othello.

    From the castle, continue on foot to Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque, whose soaring medieval architecture was originally built as Saint Nicholas Cathedral—you’ll find a fascinating church-like structure topped with a Gothic-style minaret. After visiting the cathedral, enjoy some free time in Famagusta’s old town to browse some of the local boutiques, or visit a café for lunch (own expense).

    Make the final stop of the day in the ghost town of Varosha, a once-thriving tourist city that was abandoned after the 1974 occupation, leaving more than 100 hotels standing empty at the edge of the sea. This tour concludes with return transfer to your hotel in Nicosia.

    Please note: This private tour is priced per-group, and accommodates up to six people.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hotels in Nicosia
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Private driver/guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - Salamis
    • Entry/Admission - Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque
    • Entry/Admission - St Barnabas Monastery and Icon Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Othello Castle
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Small group tour limited to 6 people
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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    By: North Cyprus Tours
    Peter Williams
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Dreadful place
    Never Turkey or Cyprus again. The surly and arrogant nature of Turkish people only surpassed by their greed.
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    Jon M
    London, United Kingdom
    Fantastic day out
    I was more than surprised with the abbey, the history and abbey itself was brilliant, it is a shame over the years
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    Rebekah H
    Great tour
    This was a great tour. I cannot say one bad thing. My 10 and 13 y/o said the castle was one of best places they’ve
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    Diogo FS
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Really good!
    Cemaliye was very helpful and approachable. You can tell she knows a lot about Cyprus and its history. Will
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    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    Highlife hotel. North Cyprus
    This hotel is absolutely lovely. Over looking the sea. Lovely accommodation. Great food. Staff are lovely. Very
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    Bridget R
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    Great Medieval Ruins
    It is a fantastic guide up to St Hillarion Castle and if it is fine there are great views. We went on a day when
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    Jimmy P
    Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
    My wife and I took this tour with ( I forget her name, but she talked very fast with a light English accent). The
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    Island of Malta, Malta
    Perfect Holiday !
    my third time in Cyprus , and it was a Perfect one ! Hotel Castelli is the Place you should stay for a complete
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 6h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Hotel Pickup
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