A wonderful tour of the Island of Cyprus

With the Very Revd James Atwell, Tour Leader

Saturday 14th - Saturday 21st September 2019

‘Returning and Rest in Cyprus’ 1 is picking up on a previous expedition to Cyprus in 2018. The time spent in the north of the Island introduced us to an exceptional hotel with its own sandy cove and a really caring guide. This new opportunity is restricted to the North with deliberately one venue and more time offered to enjoy the hotel with its beach and pool. An itinerary of interesting and less visited places has been carefully put together with two full-day, but otherwise half-day expeditions. There will be opportunity for relaxation and some spiritual refreshment, too. There will be an optional daily Eucharist, and separately I will offer a short reflection on the parables of Jesus each morning before we depart.

There should be enough stimulation to make each day different, time for rest and relaxation with sea and sunshine, as well as a dimension of ‘retreat’ for those who want to use the visit that way. Returnees and new travellers are equally welcome.

This is your invitation to be part of the venture.

James Atwell

Saturday: Outward Journey
We depart from London Heathrow on our flight to Larnaca. On arrival we will be met and transferred to Denizkizi hotel for dinner and overnight.
 
Sunday: Service in Anglican Cathedral in Nicosea
Breakfast at hotel, lunch not included.
Pick up from hotel and drive to Ledra Palace Crossing, then walk to the Anglican Cathedral in South Nicosia for the Morning Eucharist.
Return drive to hotel for free afternoon, dinner and overnight.
 
Monday (half day - morning): Buffavento Castle
Breakfast at hotel, lunch not included. 
Optional (half hour) Bible Study - Introduction to the Parables of Jesus.
Visit of Buffavento Castle. 
Drive & walk through village to Bellapais Monastery.
Time for Eucharist + visit of Bellapais Monastery.
Opportunity for lunch at Bellapais at own cost. 
Return drive to hotel, dropping off any who would like to spend the afternoon in Kyrenia (who would make their own way back independently).
Free afternoon, dinner and overnight at hotel.
 
Tuesday (full day): Nicosea/Lefkosa. 
Breakfast at hotel, lunch box included.
Optional Bible Study - The Unforgiving Servant (Matthew 18: 21-35).
Walking tour of Lekoşa (northern side) including house of whirling Dervishes “Mevlevi Tekkı”, Dervish Pasha Mansion, Selimiye Mosque (St. Sofia Cathedral), Bedesten, shopping in the historic Caravansarai.
Time for Eucharist.
Return drive to hotel for dinner and overnight.
 
Wednesday (half day - morning): Korucam - Maronite Village. 
Breakfast at hotel, lunch not included.
Optional Bible Study - The Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37). 
Walking tour of the traditional Maronite village.
The Maronites of Kormakitis traditionally speak their own variety of Arabic called Cypriot Maronite Arabic (CMA) in addition to Greek and recently Turkish. Originally from Lebanon and Syria, today’s Maronite community in Cyprus was shaped by four successive waves of emigration that started in the 8th century.
In the village we find the only Catholic church “St. George” offering a service on every other Sunday. Another interesting fact is that the village is being restored with the help of the Vatican.
Time for Eucharist.
On our return trip we will stop at the “Blue House”, once the residence of Byron Pavlides an eccentric, flamboyant man around whom a variety of myths have grown.
Free afternoon, dinner and overnight at hotel.

Thursday (full day): Guzelyurt, Soli, Vouni 
Breakfast at hotel, lunch box included.
Optional Bible Study - The Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 11-32).
Visit of St.Mamas Church & Archaeological Museum.
Visit of the ruins of Soli with its famous swan mosaic and Basilica remains.
Time for Eucharist.
Visit of Vuni Palace, archeological remains.
Return drive to hotel for dinner and overnight.
 
Friday (half day): Lapta
Breakfast at hotel, light lunch included. 
Optional Bible Study - The Wicked Husbandmen (Matthew 21: 33-46).
Drive to Lapta, then we will walk to the remains of the city kingdom of Lamboussa, founded in 1000 BC, one of 9 city kingdoms in 4 Century BC. Paul, Barnabas and Mark passed by when coming from Taurus. We can see the remains of Roman stone fish ponds and some simple 
rock tombs. After our return to the village, we will watch the preparation of some traditional food which in turn we will enjoy in a nice garden setting or indoors (depending on weather).
Time for Eucharist.
Free afternoon, dinner and overnight at hotel.
Drinks reception before dinner on the hotel terrace.
 
Saturday: Return Journey.
Check out from hotel and transfer to Larnaca airport for return flight to London Heathrow.

Itinerary subject to change

Price £1,250 per person

What the price includes

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Larnaca
  • Accommodation in a good 4* hotel in twin bedded rooms with private facilities on half board basis
  • Lunch on day 7 and a lunch box on days 4 & 6
  • Services of fully qualified English speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers in deluxe air-conditioned coaches
  • Entrance fees, service charges and porterage
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers and hotels
  • Airport taxes
  • ATOL Protection Contribution*

Not included in the price

  • Personal items, drinks with meals and extras at the hotels
  • Single supplement - £231 per person
  • Lunches - except the three mentioned above
  • Travel insurance (see back page)

* APC (ATOL Protection Contribution) provides passenger protection via the ATTF (Air Travel Trust Fund). For further information visit www.caa.co.uk

HOW TO BOOK

Either click 'Book' at the bottom of this page or download, complete and return the booking form to:

Worldwide Christian Travel 36 Coldharbour Road, Bristol, BS6 7NA UK

Tel: 0845 458 8308

Worldwide Christian Travel has been organising Christian holidays and tours, mainly to the Holy Land, for over 50 years. We cover all aspects of travel and are one of the most comprehensive Christian travel organisers in the country. Worldwide Christian Travel is a trading name of Hadler Tours Limited.

General Information

Fitness
People of all ages are welcome, but, whatever your age, we must insist on a reasonable level of fitness. A number of sites involve rough walking.

Your protection
Hadler Tours Limited is a member of ABTA with membership numbers 93522 & V2096. ABTA and ABTA Members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you or if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 68-71 Newman Street London W1T 3AH Tel: 020 7637 2444 or visit www.abta.com.

All monies paid by you for the air holiday package shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 3078. For more information see our booking terms and conditions.

Passports, Visas and Vaccinations
Travellers are responsible for ensuring that they have a valid passport for travel to the relevant countries and that it is valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visas are not required for British Passport holders visiting the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus or Southern Cyprus. At the time this brochure went to press no vaccinations or inoculations are required for travel but you may wish to consult your own doctor for advice concerning this. If you have any queries regarding the above, we will be happy to help.

Travel Advice
For the latest travel advice please visit www.fco.gov.uk or call 0870 606 0290.

Further Information And Paying The Balance
Further information will be sent to you regarding any action that may be required approximately 10 weeks before departure. A final invoice will also be sent at this time and the balance for the tour must be paid at least 8 weeks before departure.

Travel Information
Full travel information, including details of meeting points, flight times, accommodation and travel information, will be sent to you approximately 2 weeks before departure. Normally, tickets are not issued but are handed to you at the airport or departure point by our representative who will be there to ensure that you depart without a hitch and to deal with any last minute difficulties.

Travel Insurance
It is compulsory to have travel insurance for your booking. Holiday Extras have a range of policies available at very competitive prices. You can obtain a quote online by clicking here or alternatively you can call 0871 360 2742 and quote ABTA number 93522.

Gratuities
Our normal procedure is to deal with tips on a group basis and these are included in the price. The tour leader will distribute them to the guide, driver and hotels on your behalf. Individual tipping is not recommended unless the circumstances are exceptional.

Room Check In and Check Out Times
The standard international practice is to let rooms from midday to midday. However times do vary. Check-in times are usually between 2pm and 3pm, check-out times between 11am and 12 noon on the day of departure. Therefore, if you check-in immediately after a night flight this would normally count as one night’s accommodation. Similarly if your return flight is at night you will normally be required to vacate your room at 12 noon prior to leaving for the airport. Day rooms are subject to availability/cost and should be arranged locally with the accommodation management.

Page published Jan 2019



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