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Expert: James & Jane Tullett James & Jane Tullett

Play and Explore in Northern Cyprus

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.

8 days from £775pp Departure Dates

Your Tour Includes

  • Return airport transfers
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in superior mountain view room on a half board basis
  • Varied bridge sessions with Masterpoints and prizes awarded
  • Services of our friendly bridge hosts and EBU qualified director
  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Larnaca
Experts
James & Jane Tullett

James & Jane Tullett

James has been playing bridge for over 30 years and is regularly picked for his county. He also enjoys playing in congresses around the country (when his less competitive wife Jane lets him!)

James has run his own furnishing business for over 30 years from his base in Norfolk and recently, with his good friend and fellow First for Bridge host, John Barker, has established the Norfolk Bridge Academy. Between them, they have over 100 pupils learning to play and enjoying the wonderful game of bridge.

Jane has worked as a manager for over 12 years at her local university and then the NHS. She brings her organisational and interpersonal skills to the forefront to make an excellent hosting team with her husband James.

Jane and James have travelled extensively in recent years to explore exotic parts of the world, such as Peru, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. They both enjoy meeting new people, with the emphasis on fun and laughter, which may possibly include a drink or two.

Itinerary

Overview

Meet us at the airport and fly from London to Larnaca.

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Northern Cyprus

Overview

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.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Bridge

Overview

Fly from Northern Cyprus to London

Includes Breakfast

Accommodation

You will stay for seven nights in the 4-star, family-run, Hotel Pia Bella,


Hotel Pia Bella

The friendly family run 4-star Hotel Pia Bella has just 146 bedrooms and is delightfully set around well-maintained gardens and its swimming pool and terraces. It occupies an enviable location in Kyrenia, just a brief walk from the historic harbour with its wide range of shops, bars and restaurants. Set on a 15000 square meter site amid spacious, tranquil gardens, the Pia Bella prides itself on its highly professional staff and exceptional standards of service.

Hotel Facilities

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Room
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe Box
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fridge
  • Telephone
  • Free Wifi
General
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (Seasonal)
Accessibility
  • Lift
Hotel
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available