A trip that gives you the chance to visit the beautiful coastal town of Famagusta and to go as near as possible to the fenced and sealed-off part of the town that is known all around the world as the ‘Ghost Town of Varosha’! The first stop is the Monastery of Saint Barnabas, the founder of the Cypriot Orthodox Church. There you will also have the chance to visit the Icon Museum of the Monastery as well as the tomb of Saint Barnabas who martyred in the area in 52AD. Our trip continues with a visit to the ancient city-kingdom of Salamis. Time will be given there for a guided tour around the archaeological site which includes a beautiful ancient Greek theater and marble columns, Roman Baths and a Gymnasium.
We then drive back to Famagusta Old Town Center, where free time will be given for lunch (optional extra) and sightseeing. During your free time there, we highly recommend a walk around the Venetian Walls that surround the old part of the town and a visit at the Gothic Church of Saint Nicolas and Othello Castle (optional extra) which is mentioned by William Shakespeare in his play ‘’Othello’’.
Your last stop will be the beach located right next to the ‘Ghost Town of Varosha’. There, you will have the chance to swim in the crystal clear blue waters of the beautiful golden sand beach of Famagusta, whilst taking in the eerie sight of the abandoned buildings which have been desolate since the Turkish invasion in 1974.
On our way back we drive right next to the ‘’Ghost Town of Varosha’’, where you can see exactly how the area, that was once the best tourist resort of the island, now looks like!
*Adult ticket: 24 €
*Kid ticket: 12 €
*Children from 2 to 12 years old – 50% discount
*Infants up to 24 months old – free
* Clients that do not wish to visit Saint Barnabas and Salamis can have extra free time in Famagusta Old Town Center.
*Visit Salamis & St.Barnabas is an optional extra – entrance fees are not included in the price
*Passport or European Union ID card is needed for trips to Kerynia and\or Famagusta
*Entrance fees for all excursions are included in the prices (except entrance fees at the House of Dionysus mosaics, Salamis, and Saint Barnabas)
*Meals are not included in the prices
- Pick up from hotels in Protaras 08:00 – 08:30
- Pick up from hotels in Ayia Napa 08:35 – 08:55
- Pick up from hotels in Larnaca 08:00 – 08:25
***(For this excursion, clients staying in Larnaca area are transferred to and back from the excursion bus in Ayia Napa with mini bus or local bus service)
- Enter the border through Strovilia (Vrysoulles) checkpoint
- Free time in Famagusta Old Town Center for sightseeing and lunch (optional extra not included in the price) (approx. 4 hours free time for clients that do not want to visit Salamis & Saint Barnabas)
– Visit at the archeological site of Salamis (approx. 40 mins) and visit at Saint Barnabas church
and tomb (approx. 40 mins).
– Entrance fees for the above two sites (€5 for adults and free for children up to 12 years old) are
not included in the excursion price. Entrance fees are paid by clients on the day of the excursion! – Clients that want to visit Salamis & Saint Barnabas will only have approximately 2 hours free time in Famagusta
- Free time for swimming at the “Golden Beach” of Famagusta (approx. 1 hour)
- Short drive close to the “Ghost Town” (the fenced sealed-off area of Famagusta)
- Exit the border through Strovilia (Vrysoulles) checkpoint
- Return in Larnaca around 17.30, Ayia Napa around 16.30 and Protaras around 17.00
Notes: PLEASE ADVISE CLIENTS THAT ON THE DAY OF THE FAMAGUSTA & SALAMIS EXCURSION THEY MUST HAVE WITH THEM THEIR PASSPORTS OR NATIONAL ID CARDS. ONLY EUROPEAN UNION CITIZENS ARE ALLOWED TO USE THEIR NATIONAL ID CARDS. ONLY ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE CHECKPOINT – NO PHOTOCOPIES ALLOWED!
*** Entrance fees to Salamis & Saint Barnabas are not included in the excursion price (entrance ticket for the above two sites is €5 for adults and free for children up to 12 years old)
*** Please advise clients to bring their swimwear with them for swimming at the “Golden Beach”!