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Famagusta City Tour with Salamis & 'Ghost Town' from Paphos
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Reviewed 15 May 2024

Very good tour,an eye opener. How can the Turkish be allowed to cash in on a town which they caused the destruction of and now cashing in by opening cafes etc on the beach. They are pushing their boundaries in my opinion.

Date of experience: August 2023
Thank Eric H
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Reviewed 13 May 2024 via mobile

Really interesting place - like nothing else. After parking (free) just outside the entrance to the old town, you walk through a checkpoint where there are toilets, cafe and bike rental.
We hired an electric scooter (£12 each for two hours) which was great fun and went off to explore the town. You can just walk or hire a normal bike if you prefer. There are toilets and beach cafes at either end of the area of the town that you are allowed in. Great fun and really interesting looking at the crumbling buildings and a relic of the 1970s.

Date of experience: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 April 2024

Wow just wow our tour guide Andrea was an absolute delight she went into so much detail about what happened on the day in 1974 and the knowledge that she possess in far better than any other tour I've done. The bus driver yannis was very professional and also made the effort to speak to every customer on the bus and also told us about the history of the town itself. Remember you passports as you will need them. Unfortunately the bus ride back was unpleasant due to a couple being very disrespectfull to not only the customers on the bus by swearing on shouting whilst there was young children there but also the tour guide. So please if you do decide to take this tour please ensure you show respect as alpt of these guides and there families had to witness this horrible act of history first hand.

Date of experience: March 2024
Thank garethbD3174RE
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Reviewed 22 March 2024 via mobile

We booked a TUI trip to include this area and it was quite emotional. To see the abandoned town from beach was quite appalling. Unfortunately the Turkish authorities are allowing electric bikes and golf buggies to be used by visitors which we felt was quite disrespectful.

Date of experience: March 2024
Thank SteveC33
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Reviewed 8 March 2024 via mobile

Fantastic !!

Having known a little about the history of varosha for a short while this tour was a must see for me.

It did not disappoint. The tour guide , atos was friendly & accommodating from the very start (collected at our hotel)

Prior to arrival at the border crossing we were taken to an information centre and shown a short video on the history of famagusta for context.

This is a poignant curiosity for us tourists - but an unresolved Chapter in the lives of many Cypriots & I feel this was highlighted well.

Afterwards Everything was streamlined & explained about the border crossings into the occupied territories.

Once in the city we were given all the info on the various buildings & the businesses that once resided within them all at a pace commensurate with the group.

Laterally once we’d been through varosha , we entered the outskirts of famagusta town & were able to dine or purchase gifts.

Our guide , atos also advised us on where to go for purchases & what to avoid as potential tourist honey traps.

In summary I would highly recommend this tour - there is so much to see & learn about this sad part of Cypriot history that YouTube videos & urbex articles fail to convey.

This was worth every penny & I wish the guide every success in future.

Scott.

Date of experience: March 2024
Thank scott c
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