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We stay at the friendly family-run Pia Bella Hotel, a city hotel with lovely gardens, mountain views, and a warm atmosphere. We include three unique excursions to allow you to experience the culture, history and beauty of this region. Each tour will be accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide. **Included excursions** On our first excursion, experience a full-day tour of Kyrenia and its surrounding area. The next stop is Abbey De La Bellepaix, a romantic abbey and a stunning piece of Gothic architecture. Before our visit to Kyrenia Harbour Castle, enjoy some free time shopping or take a lunch break at the harbourside. Our second half-day excursion brings us across the border point into Nicosia, the only divided capital in Europe. Our walking tour takes us from the old Girne city gate, past the Venetian Column and to the Selimiye Mosque. There will be time to shop in old Caravserai, which is brimming with arts and craft shops and markets filled with spices, Turkish delights, lace, and other traditional souvenirs. Our third excursion takes us through the modern part of Famagusta to visit the wonderfully preserved ancient walled city, that dates back to Venetian times. Inside the 3.5km city walls you will see many church ruins, the Othello Castle, and the Gothic style St Nicholas Cathedral, which is nowadays Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque. After time at leisure to explore the old city, we drive out to view "Varosha", known as the ghost town, and once the most famous holiday destination in the world, where Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman used to holiday before the island divided in 1974.
Your duplicate bridge will be available every evening between 7.45pm and 11.15 pm, when we will play pairs. Masterpoints and prizes will be awarded.
There will also be some interactive seminars and bridge sessions on some days, and these will be arranged to compliment the included excursion programme.
During your Bridge holiday nothing is obligatory, and you can play in as many, or as few, Bridge sessions as you wish. We don’t forget you are on holiday and our Bridge programmes also allow time to relax and the opportunity for you to explore the surrounding area.
Experience a full-day tour of Kyrenia and its surrounding area where we visit St. Hilarion Castle, which in-spired Walt Disney in the creation of the famous Snow White castle. The next stop is Abbey De La Bellepaix, a romantic abbey which is truly a stunning piece of Gothic architecture.
Our second half-day excursion takes us across the border point into Nicosia – the only divided capital in Eu-rope. Our walking tour takes us from the old Girne city gate, past the Venetian Column and to the Selimiye Mosque. There will be time to shop in old Caravserai which is brimming with arts and craft shops and markets filled with spices, Turkish delights, lace, and other traditional souvenirs.
Our third excursion takes us through breath taking scenery as we explore the Karpaz Peninsula (Panhandle). This remote part of this beautiful island features traditional villages; herds of goats; flocks of sheep; natural sandy beaches; migrating birds; wild flowers; and feral donkeys. A must see if you spend a holiday in the north.
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You will stay for seven nights in the 4-star, family-run, Hotel Pia Bella,