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Northern Cyprus Quilting retreat

Join Karin Hellaby for a quilting retreat in Northern Cyprus. Spend the week at the boutique Olivia Palm Hotel with breakfast and dinner included each day. Enjoy 3 full day and 1 half-day workshops and then explore the local area on three included excursions, including a visit to a local handcraft organisation. ### With Karin Hellaby > *I am looking forward to escaping from the dreary UK weather to the blue skies and warmth of Cyprus.* > > *On this new tour, you will all have the use of your own Bernina sewing machine to create one or several projects. I will have new designs to teach from simple attic windows, to quick strip quilts and fun Christmas ideas. It is up to you to choose what you would like to make!* > > *Several additional sightseeing tours are included in this holiday to show us some of the history, culture and traditional handicrafts and embroidery of the island. This holiday is a wonderful mixture of sewing and exploring which I hope will tempt you to join me.*

Your Tour Includes

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Larnaca with 1 piece of hold luggage
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 nights in boutique 3* accommodation on a half board basis
  • Tea/coffee on workshop days
  • Welcome drink
  • Farewell dinner in a local restaurant
  • Coach travel as described in the itinerary including driver tips
  • Half day guided tour of Kyrenia (Girne)
  • Full day tour of Lefkosa
  • Full day tour of Güzelyurt and workshop with the Lefke handicraft organisation
  • 3 full day and 1 half day workshop with Karin Hellaby with use of Bernina sewing machines
  • The services of our experienced Tour Manager throughout
  • Enjoy inspirational machine-quilting workshops with Karin Hellaby
  • Stitch in our lovely workshop room, using Bernina sewing machines
  • Enjoy a half day tour of Kyrenia, the most beautiful town in Cyprus
  • Learn about local crafts at the lovingly restored trading station, Buyuk Han
  • Discover Lapta and Lefkara embroidery and take part in a workshop with the local experts
  • Visit the museum of Traditional Embroidery and Silversmith, in a traditional Lefkaran house
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Itinerary

Overview

Meet Karin and your Tour Manager at London Heathrow airport for your flight to Larnaca. Transfer by coach to the Hotel Olivia Palm.

Overview

This morning we’ll meet with our local guide and enjoy a half day tour of Girne, still widely known by its Greek name, Kyrenia. The town is said to be the most beautiful in Cyprus, owing to its harbour and mighty Venetian castle. After free time for lunch in one of the many cafes and restaurants we’ll return to the hotel for our first workshop with Karin.

Overview

Today we enjoy a full day tour to Lefkoşa, the capital city of Northern Cyprus and the last divided capital in the world. (Known as Nicosia until 1974). We’ll walk along the narrow streets within the city walls, discovering some old-fashioned craft shops and learning about local crafts at Büyük Han, a lovingly restored 16th Century trading station in the middle of the old town. We’ll also have a look at the market hall and Selimye Mosque. The afternoon will be free for you to have some lunch, do some shopping, visit one of the city’s many museums or stop in one of the many cafes and watch the world go by.

Overview

Today will be spent in workshop with Karin.

Overview

Our full day tour starts with a drive to the citrus growing area of the island, where we will be greeted with a sea of orange and lemon trees as far as the eye can see. In Güzelyurt we’ll visit St. Mamas Church with its intricately restored interior, as well as the Golden Leaves of Soli exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology and Nature, a display of beautiful recovered gold artefacts found by a local man whilst digging in 2005. This afternoon we’ll head towards Lefke village, where we’ll be welcomed by the local handcraft organisation in their small shop. We’ll learn about the traditional handcrafts of the region, including Lapta and Lefkara embroidery and beautiful pictures made with silk cocoons. We’ll also have the opportunity to buy some homemade produce to take home as a souvenir.

Overview

Today will be spent in workshop with Karin.

Overview

Today will be spent in workshop with Karin. This evening we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in nearby Bellapais. The village is synonymous with its medieval abbey, which is often illuminated at night.

Overview

Late morning we’ll check out and return south of the border for our return flight to London Heathrow airport. On route we’ll stop in Lefkara to visit the Museum of Traditional Embroidery and Silversmith, housed in a restored traditional Lefkaran house.

Accommodation

This 3-star boutique hotel is ideally located approximately 10 minutes' walk from the centre of Kyrenia. Hotel facilities include outdoor swimming pool, bar, terrace and free WIFI.

Travel Options

When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from

Meet us at the ship

Meet us at the ship

For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.

If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.

Meet your Coach at Dover

Meet your Coach at Dover

Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.

Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.

Travel by Eurostar

Travel by Eurostar

Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.

Travel by Air

Travel by Air

Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.

If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

More flexible travel options

Travelling by Eurostar?

Travelling by Eurostar?

Why not stay overnight in London?

For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.

Travelling by Eurostar?

Stay overnight near the port

For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?