Northern Cyprus Quilting Retreat

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27 Nov 2020 - 4 Dec 2020
Duration: 7 nights
Ref: 20079
With: Karin Hellaby


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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.


I am looking forward to escaping from the dreary UK November 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.

DAY 1: London - Larnaca

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

DAY 2: Girne

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.

DAY 3: Lefkosa

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.

DAY 4: Stitching workshop

Today will be spent in workshop with Karin.

DAY 5: Güzelyurt

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.

DAY 6: Stitching workshop

Today will be spent in workshop with Karin.

DAY 7: Stitching workshop

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.

DAY 8: Lefkara – Larnaca – London

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


Twin/double share: £1799 per person
Double room for sole use: £1958
Sea view upgrade: £69 per room - Please call to book
Deposit: £250 per person


  • Return international 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 Girne
  • Full day tour of Lefkoşa
  • 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


Why not bring a non-crafting partner with you?
If a non-crafting family member or friend wishes to accompany you on any of our holidays, and is sharing a room with you, then the following reductions will apply to the price the non-crafter pays:
Europe - £50


Stitchtopia Holidays are designed with all crafters in mind, wherever you live in the world! If you would like to make your own flight arrangements and meet us at our first hotel, please let us know - we would love to tell you more about our “meet us there” holiday discounts.


For single travellers who are interested in our trips, but don’t have a friend able to come with them why not join our "Stitch Together" programme to help with the costs of a single occupancy room? We have designed a way for you to find someone to share a room with on any of our Stitchtopia Holidays.

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Olivia Palm Hotel ★★★

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.