|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||26 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: year-round 2014 (except Jul and Aug)|
|Start city:||Salamis, Cyprus|
|End city:||Kyrenia, Cyprus|
The Karpaz peninsula of North Cyprus, since British times also called 'the panhandle’, is the most unspoilt and most beautiful part of the island of Cyprus. You cycle through traditional villages with churches and mosques standing side by side, passing almond, carob and olive groves.
Hibiscus, jasmin, bougainvillea and oleander blossoms, orange and lemon trees accompany your tour. Beautiful unspoilt sandy beaches invite you every day for a swim or a walk! Millions of migrating birds can be seen, turtles come out of the sea and lay their eggs in the sand; maybe you will see a group of shy wild donkeys playing on the shore.
In spring time North Cyprus is famous for its wildflowers, especially for its orchids. Further highlights are ancient Salamis, the world famous kings tombs, the Saint Barnabas monastery, medieval Famagusta, the genuine cypriote hospitality with its delicious food and last not least 320 days of sunshine!
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Day 1: Arrival to Salmis
Arrive Ercan (North Cyprus) or Larnaca (South Cyprus) airport, where you can be picked up and transported to your hotel near Salamis (Transfer not included).
Day 2: Salamis – Bogaz (28-32 miles/45-52km)
Explore by bicycle the Roman town of Salamis. Very attractive is the combination of ruins, sandy dunes and sea panorama. In spring time the area is covered by the yellow blossoms of the acacia bushes the British planted in the old times. The ancient harbour invites you for a swim. Afterwards cycle to the kings’ tombs and Saint Barnabas monastery. (You may also visit the crusader town of Famagusta (busy road).) Cycle further on to Bogaz, a small fishing village with excellent fish restaurants. One night in a hotel next to the beach.
Day 3: Bogaz - Dipkarpaz (35-40 miles/55-65km)
Today you cycle across the Karpas peninsula. Olive, carob and fig trees edge the wayside. The traditional villages are adorned with bougainvilleas, hibiscus and jasmin. Shady coffee houses invite you for a rest. You cycle along the north coast then further on to Dipkarpaz, the last village on the panhandle. The ethical mixed village consists of many little farms with little gardens, lemon and orange orchards, spread around. Two nights in a converted village house.
Day 4: Golden Beach and Cape Andreas (25-31 miles/40-50km)
Today you cycle along the south coast. Our first destination is the long sandy beach. It is one of the very few areas in the Mediterranean where the Caretta-Caretta and the Green Turtle can lay their eggs. You may also see wild donkeys playing at the shore. Cycle to Apostolos Andreas monasteries, a famous pilgrimage place for the Greeks coming from the South. You may also cycle further on to Cape Andreas where once an Aphrodite temple greeted the seafarers. From here itis only a stone’s throw to Syria.
Day 5: Dipkarpaz - Kumyali (23 miles/35km)
Today you cycle through an idyllic landscape to the south coast of the ‘panhandle’. On their way you may make detours to lonely beaches. The pretty hotel at the end of your cycling tour today in Kumyali (with small pool) is well known for its excellent Cypriote specialities. The sandy beach is 2 km away.
Day 6: Kumyali - Tatlisu (25 miles/40km)
Today you cycle over the Kyrenia Mountains to the North coast. You have to ascend to the pass (+400m), but you will compensated by the great views over the coast and sea. Your isolated accommodation is on the beach again.
Day 7: Tatlisu - Kyrenia (31 miles/50km)
Cycle along the North coast to Girne/Kyrenia, one of the most beautiful harbour towns of the Mediterrenean. Maybe you have a detour to the abbey of Bellapais, made famous by Lawrence Durrell. Overnight in a hotel in the harbour area.
Day 8: Departure or extra night
Daily: year-round 2014 (except Jul and Aug)
|Low season:||Jan 1-Apr 30; Nov 1-Dec 31, 2014|
|High season:||May 1-Jun 30; Sep 1-Oct 31, 2014|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1 and 2: Mimoza Beach Hotel, Salamis
Day 3: Bogaz Hotel, Bogaz
Day 4: Balci Plaza Hotel, Iskele
Day 5 and 6: Karpaz Arch Houses, Dipkarpaz
Day 7: Nitovikla Garden Hotel, Kumyali
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
The bikes and equipment on this tour are:
You cycle mainly on quiet and flat roads. Every second day you will meet one or two smaller hills, but you will be rewarded with wonderful sea views at the top.
Approximately 85% of the tour is on quiet roads, 10% on roads shared with traffic and 5% on dirt or gravel roads. The maximum daily elevation gain for the tour is 328 feet (100 m), with a 5% maximum percentage grade for any climb. The tour is appropriate for hybrid touring bikes.
"Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our tour. The contact on the ground was Mehmet Yakus who worked hard to ensure that everything went smoothly as well as being friendly and informative. The hotel accommodation was of an acceptable to good standard – our favorite two are Exotic Hotel and Balci Plaza.
"There are some hills along the way but we always find it rewarding to push ourselves a little to be rewarded with gaining the top and enjoying the view. This is a trip we can highly recommend to people who don’t mind putting in an effort to get out of the cities and see the country side, people, animals and rural towns in a situation where the locals can actually come up to you and converse.
"Great experience - we are already talking about where we think we should go next year."
-Chris and Di
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Ercan (North Cyprus) or Larnaca (Republic of Cyprus)
To get from/to the airports from the hotels, it is best to take a taxi (can be reserved when booking tour).
Approximate prices for the taxis:
- Ercan airport - Salamis: 35 Euros/per taxi
- Kumyali - Ercan airport: 50 Euros/per taxi
- Larnaca airport - Salamis: 60 Euros/per taxi
- Kumyali - Larnaca airport: 75 Euros/per taxi
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Vividus Reisen is a German registered company specialized in walking and cycling self guided and guided holidays in Europe. They cooperate with tour operators and agencies from different European countries, Canada and the US. They have their own agencies and teams in Romania and Cyprus.
Located in Horb am Neckar, Germany, they offer tours in Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom. Their strengths include very good organization and support service; carefully researched routes; well-maintained bicycles and detailed travel documentation.
Booking Terms and Conditions
The travel tours are operated by ‘VIVIDUS REISEN.’
1. COMPLETION OF TRAVEL CONTRACT
1.1 With his booking the client legally agrees to the conclusion of a travel contract with the tour operator.
1.2 The booking can be done in writing, orally, by telephone or by e-mail. It is done by the client also on behalf of all other participants listed in the booking.
1.3 The travel contract comes into being upon the acceptance of the tour operator. Acceptance does not require a pre-set form. On or immediately after the conclusion of the contract, the tour operator will hand out a tour confirmation to the client.
2.1 Payments towards the tour price before the end of the tour are effected on issue of a risk coverage certificate to insure against insolvency of the tour operator. Upon completion of the contract a deposit of 20% of the travel price will be due. The deposit will be deducted from the total tour price. The remaining amount must be paid 28 days before commencement of the journey without further reminder.
2.2 The travel documents will be made out 2 weeks before commencement of the journey. Vouchers, hotel list and directions will be forwarded without delay upon receipt of payment. Route descriptions and maps will be send or left for the guest with the first accommodation.
3.1 We recommend that the client take out travel cancellation insurance and/or buy an insurance contract package including travel cancellation insurance together with his booking.
3.2 We recommend the option of buying international travel health insurance as well as luggage insurance for all journeys.
4.1 The scope of the contractually agreed services is laid out in the description of services on the Internet and in the relevant details given in the tour confirmation. Details which appear on the Internet are binding for the tour operator.
4.2 The details given in the travel information on the respective tour and forwarded together with the tour confirmation are made to the best of the tour operator's knowledge and belief.
5. CHANGES IN SERVICES
5.1 Any changes in or deviations of individual travel services from the agreed content which become necessary after completion of the travel contract, are only permitted where the changes and deviations are not extensive and do not substantially prejudice the overall concept of the tour booked.
5.2 Any warranty claims are not affected in so far as the changes in arrangements have faults.
5.3 The tour operator is obliged to inform the client immediately of any changes in or deviations from services. Where appropriate the tour operator will offer the client a charge-free change in reservation or a charge-free withdrawal.
5.4 In the case of a substantial change in a key tour service the traveller is entitled to withdraw from the travel contract at no cost or to request a transfer to another tour of at least equal value, as long as the tour operator is in a position to offer such a tour from his range without an increase in price to the traveller. The latter is required to assert these rights immediately upon notification of a change in any tour service by the tour operator.
6. CANCELLATION BY TRAVELLER
6.1 The client may cancel his or her participation in the tour at any time before it commences. The point of withdrawal is taken to be the point at which ‘VIVIDUS REISEN’ receives the notification. It is recommended that the client declare his withdrawal in writing.
6.2 If the client withdraws from the travel contract or does not begin the tour, then the tour operator may request payment of damages to cover tour arrangements made and expenses incurred by him.
6.3 The tour operator may establish this claim for compensation in a lump sum as a percentage of the tour price in consideration of the arrangement given below. The following cancellation fees apply:
8. LIABILITY OF TOUR OPERATOR
8.1 Within the scope of due diligence of a prudent businessman, the tour operator is responsible for:
a) careful preparation of the tour,
b) careful selection and supervision of the providers of services,
c) accurate description of all travel services indicated in the catalogues or on the Internet,
d) proper provision of the travel services as contractually agreed.
8.2 The tour operator shall be liable for any faults of the person entrusted with the provision of services.
9.1 Redress If a travel service is not rendered in accordance with the contract, the traveller may seek redress.The tour operator may also offer redress in a manner providing replacement of the same value. The tour operator may refuse redress should it entail disproportionate expense.
9.2 Reduction in the Travel Price The traveller can request a reduction in the travel price for the duration of a travel service not rendered as stipulated in the contract (reduction in price). However, said reduction in price fails if the traveller negligently or purposely refrains from advising the tour operator.
9.3 Termination of Travel Contract If a tour is to a significant degree adversely affected by a fault or defect, and the tour operator fails to provide redress within an appropriate time period, the traveller may terminate the travel contract within the framework of the legal provisions of the travel contract – in his or her own interest expediently by a written declaration. The same applies if, due to a fault or defect for an important reason which is discernible by the tour operator, the traveller cannot reasonably be expected to undertake the tour. Determination of a time-limit for redress is not required only where such redress is impossible or is refused by the tour operator. The traveller owes the tour operator that part of the travel price relating to the services utilised.
10. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
10.1 Contractual liability of the tour operator for damage other than physical injury is limited to a total of three times the tour price,
a) if damage suffered by the traveller was not caused with intent or by gross negligence or,
b) if the tour operator is responsible for damage suffered by the traveller solely through the fault of a provider of services.
10.2 The tour operator shall be liable for all compensation claims against him due to tort which are not due to intent or gross negligence in the event of property damage up to €4,100; if three times the amount of the tour price exceeds this amount, liability for property damage shall be limited to three times the tour price. The maximum liability amounts apply to one client and one tour.
10.3 A claim for damages against the tour operator is limited or excluded in so far as due to international agreements or statutory regulations based thereupon, which are to be applied to the services to be rendered by a provider of services, a claim for damages against the provider of services can be claimed or excluded only under certain conditions or limitations.
11. DUTY OF COOPERATION
11.1 Should disruption to services occur the traveller is obliged within the framework of the legal provisions to cooperate in avoiding and reducing as far are as possible any damage.
11.2 In particular, the traveller is obliged to present his complaints immediately to ‘VIVIDUS REISEN’ at their place of business. The tour operator is obliged to take corrective action, if possible. Should the traveller refrain from reporting a fault, then his/her entitlement to a reduction in price is lost.
12. EXCLUSION OF CLAIMS AND STATUTE OF LIMITATION
12.1 Claims on account of non-contractual travel performance are to be asserted by the traveller against the tour operator within one month after termination of the journey specified in the contract. Claims as a result of tort are subject to the statutory period of limitation. In the traveller's own interest, such claims should be made in writing.
12.2 Any claims of traveller pursuant become statute-barred after one year, beginning with the day on which the tour was scheduled to end under the contract. Where negotiations regarding the claim or the circumstances substantiating the claim are pending between the traveller and the tour operator, then the limitation period is suspended until the traveller or the tour operator reject continuation of the negotiations. The limitation period can take effect no earlier than 3 months after this suspension.
13. PASSPORT, VISA AND HEALTH PROVISIONS
13.1 The traveller is personally responsible for obtaining information on entering the destination countries. In case of doubt, information is available from the local consulates.
13.2 The tour operator is not liable for the timely issue and receipt of necessary visa by the relevant diplomatic authorities.
13.3 The traveller is personally responsible for complying with all important regulations relating to the organisation of the tour. Any disadvantages, in particular payment of cancellation costs, due to traveller's failure to comply with such regulations, are borne by him or her except when caused by the tour operator's negligence due to incorrect information.
14. INVALIDITY OF INDIVIDUAL CONDITIONS
The invalidity of individual provisions of the travel contract does not entail the invalidity of the whole travel contract.
Any information on physical requirements during hiking and trekking tours is generally given according to the tour operator's best knowledge and belief, however, without guarantee, since such information is not only subject to subjective assessment but is also influenced by external circumstances such as weather conditions in particular.
16. PLACE OF JURISDICTION
16.1 The traveller can only take legal action against the tour operator at their principal place of business. The place of jurisdiction for travels organised by ‘VIVIDUS REISEN’ is Horb am Neckar.
‘VIVIDUS REISEN’ is located in Neckarstr. 45, 72160 Horb a.N., Germany. Tel.: 0049 7451 6279296, 0049 0174 7045412.