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Postby Decker » Mon May 12, 2014 2:00 pm

Hello everybody

I would like to know whether someone can recommend me a travel organization in Cyprus which offers guided tours to northern cyprus.
This can be a "normal" tour with a bigger bus as well as "taylor made" tour in a smaller bus.

We are staying in Limassol end of May/beginning of June.

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Re: Guided Tours

Postby Tim Drayton » Tue May 13, 2014 12:03 pm

I do not know of any companies offering such tours, but I am fluent in English and Turkish, and speak pretty good German, too, and may be able to act as an individual guide - I also live in Limassol.

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Re: Guided Tours

Postby Flying Horse » Tue May 13, 2014 6:21 pm

Tim, as a matter of interest, which of the car crossing points can I purchase insurance?

Do they all sell the insurance to cover the car in the north, or is specific ones?
I need to travel through Astromeritis, and it's not criminal to view where your family came from.

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Re: Guided Tours

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Tue May 13, 2014 6:47 pm

Decker wrote:This can be a "normal" tour with a bigger bus as well as "taylor made" tour in a smaller bus.


If it's "taylor made" (I think you mean "tailor made" :wink: ) tours that you want, then you have to tell as the purpose of your visit and what you hope to gain from it. What is it that you want to be shown? For example, endangered wildlife, trashed churches, illegal Turkish-settlers, Turkish barracks housing 40,000 gun-happy killers, British criminals living in GCs' homes ...???? What??? What is it you want to go and marvel at in this illegally occupied corner of the EU?

Tell us and maybe we can make a recommendation .... :D
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Re: Guided Tours

Postby ttoli » Tue May 13, 2014 7:12 pm

In direct answer to your question , try http://www.redbuscyprus.com/FamagustaDayTrip.aspx or if you can make your own way to Nicosia http://www.cyprusbybus.com/RouteDetails.aspx?id=184
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Re: Guided Tours

Postby Decker » Tue May 13, 2014 8:38 pm

ttoli wrote:In direct answer to your question , try http://www.redbuscyprus.com/FamagustaDayTrip.aspx or if you can make your own way to Nicosia http://www.cyprusbybus.com/RouteDetails.aspx?id=184


Many thanks for your useful hints.

@all - Please note that I am well grounded in the Cyprus history because I am travelling to Cyprus since more than twenty years, always in the Greek part of the island. Due to the fact that I don't want to drive by myself, I like to take part in a tour by bus.

Maybe that I've caused (primitive) reflexes and maybe I can understand because I live in a country which was divided for many years..

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Re: Guided Tours

Postby repulsewarrior » Tue May 13, 2014 9:21 pm

welcome Decker, i am sure no one wants to offend, although for some their wounds fester, Cypriots as you must know are very loving people, and Cyprus very beautiful. may i suggest you take Tim up on his offer, few are as knowledgeable, and if not, i suggest that you seek individuals who see Cyprus as Cypriots; the north may be in Cyprus, avoid what is plainly a Turkish exploitation of this land and its people.

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Re: Guided Tours

Postby Tim Drayton » Wed May 14, 2014 11:01 am

Flying Horse wrote:Tim, as a matter of interest, which of the car crossing points can I purchase insurance?

Do they all sell the insurance to cover the car in the north, or is specific ones?
I need to travel through Astromeritis, and it's not criminal to view where your family came from.

Thanks


Based on the situation in force last time I crossed by car - which was about 5-6 years ago - there is a mandatory third-party insurance policy that you buy as you cross. It is available at all crossing points and cost 20 euro then. This is not comprehensive insurance but just third party. If you want comprehensive insurance cover for the north, you will not get it at the crossing points.
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Re: Guided Tours

Postby Tim Drayton » Wed May 14, 2014 11:18 am

As ttoli says, you can travel from Limassol to Nicosia on the public bus service, which uses air-conditioned buses, for a return fare of 9 euro. The main bus station in Nicosia is a stone's throw from Ledra Street and you just walk down Ledra Street to the crossing point and you will be in the northern part of Nicosia (you will need your passport to cross). All of the old buildings inside the walled city are in close proximity there.

From studying a street plan of Nicisoa, I would say that it is about 800 metres from the bus station to the crossing point.

Details of the bus service:

http://www.intercity-buses.com/?wp=rout ... A90F6CAFFC
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Re: Guided Tours

Postby Decker » Wed May 14, 2014 12:18 pm

Tim Drayton wrote:As ttoli says, you can travel from Limassol to Nicosia on the public bus service, which uses air-conditioned buses, for a return fare of 9 euro. The main bus station in Nicosia is a stone's throw from Ledra Street and you just walk down Ledra Street to the crossing point and you will be in the northern part of Nicosia (you will need your passport to cross). All of the old buildings inside the walled city are in close proximity there.

From studying a street plan of Nicisoa, I would say that it is about 800 metres from the bus station to the crossing point.

Details of the bus service:

http://www.intercity-buses.com/?wp=rout ... A90F6CAFFC


Thank you.

I've been in the northern part of Nicosia few times. I allways drive with my rent-a-car to Nicosia and go by feet to the crossing point at Leda Street.

What I want to know is whether a bus tour to Kyrenia and/or Bellapais can be recommended. It is to dangerous to drive by car because the car hire company doesn't allow that and the insurance doesn't cover own damage claims.

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