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Famagusta - Departing from Protaras

This full day tour to Famagusta gives you a chance to view and understand the history of this abandoned town. The once thriving resort that became a symbol of the divided land since the Turkish invasion of 1974.

Not too long ago, Famagusta was the most glamorous resort in the Mediterranean. Miles of pale sand and clear turquoise sea combined with one of the finest examples of mediaeval architecture in the eastern Mediterranean made it a popular destination back in the seventies, attracting thousands of tourists.

Following a Greek military coup in July 1974, Turkish forces invaded and bombarded the then famous resort, forcing the population to flee the city. Today, the Famagusta is a ghost town full of history that still attracts many tourists each year.

Your guided half day trip starts with a pick-up from hotel and drive towards Strovilia check point. You will cross the UN Buffer Zone also called “Green Line” (valid passport is required) and continue your trip towards Famagusta old town. Your guide will tell you all the interesting facts and tales of this area.

This tour will give you the chance to step back in time, view the abandoned town but also discover some of Famagusta’s hidden treasures such as the impressive gothic Catholic Cathedral dedicated to St Nicholas; and Salamis, an ancient city one square mile spreading along the shore with an amazing amphitheatre and gymnasium.

Next stop is Constantia Beach overlooking Famagusta Ghost Town, where you will enjoy swimming in the warm Mediterranean Sea. Ample free time will be given for strolling around the old town of Famagusta.

Itinerary

  • 7.30am - 8.45am: Pick-up guests from Larnaca, Ayia Napa and Protaras resorts
  • 8.45am - 9.15am: Drive to Strovilia check point
  • 9.15am - 9.45am: Crossing the Green Line and drive to Salamis city ruins
  • 9.45am - 11.00am: Guiding and free time in Salamis
  • 11.00am - 11.40am: Drive and short stop at Constantia Beach
  • 11.40am - 12.40pm: Lunch
  • 12.40pm - 1.35pm: Visit Saint Nicholas Cathedral
  • 1.35pm - 2.35pm: Free time in the old town of Famagusta
  • 2.35pm - 2.45pm: Panoramic view of the ghost town of Famagusta
  • 2.45pm - 3.15pm: Drive to check point and cross the Green Line
  • 3.15pm - 4.20pm: Drive back to Protaras & Ayis Napa and Hotel drop off
  • 4.20pm - 5.00pm: Drive on to Larnaca and Hotel drop off

Departure Location:

Protaras.

Departs:

Tuesdays and Saturdays, from April to October.

Duration:

Around 10 hours.

Hotel Pick Up:

Starts from 7.30pm. Your exact pick-up time will be advised upon confirmation.

*Subject to change due to weather conditions.

Experience Includes

  • Return transfer from hotels in Protaras
  • Full day guided excursion to North Cyprus
  • All entrance fees
  • Cross the UN Buffer zone
  • Additional stops and free time
  • Fully insured and licensed vehicles to cross the UN Buffer Zone
  • Visit Salamis, Famagusta Town and Othello Tower

Experience Excludes

  • Lunch
  • Optional Gratuities

Terms & Conditions

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • You will be required to present a printed copy of your voucher at the time of tour departure.
  • Your exact pick-up time and location will be advised upon confirmation of your tour.
  • This tour is not recommended to guests with disabilities due to safety reasons.
  • You must be 16 years old to join this tour.
  • All indicated times are approximate and subject to change.
  • Itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions.
  • Please note that you MUST have a valid passport to cross the UN Buffer Zone (Green Line).