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About Sidetour
With our agency SIDETOUR we put our emphasis on showing our guest the more unknown side of the island off the beaten track, share the local´s lifestyle and support the small scale community and village businesses. As from my experience as a tourist guide, this kind of sustainable tourism is best to enjoy in small groups with quality guides. We are one of the rare agencies that serve Northern as well as Southern Cyprus. For active guests Northern Cyprus offers especially wonderful walking and biking trails. For walkers very interesting is the recently opened Besparmak Trail (Turkish: bes parmak = 5 finger) from western Cape Korucam to the eastern Cape Andreas. The Trail follows the Five Finger Mountains 260km in 18 days. The trail is very rich in unique sensations, from the Maronite village of Kormacit (Korucam) over the impressive castles of Saint Hilarion, Buffavento and Kantara, the magnificent church of the Antiphonitis Monastery to the villages and remote landscapes of the Karpaz peninsula. For bikers there is either demanding or relaxing dirt tracks or small village roads with almost no traffic. On this tracks, you can also travel from West to East on your bike like you do by walking on the Besparmak Trail. Best season for active travel is spring time when the island is lush green and you find millions of rock roses along the trails as well as more than 30 kinds of wild orchids.
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Maximize time in Cyprus with this full-day sightseeing tour. See top landmarks including the Karpaz peninsula, the historic cities of Nicosia and Famagusta, and the ruins of Salamis. Skip the hassle of a rental car and let your guide do the driving along scenic coastal roads. A traditional picnic lunch with local cheese and bread is included.
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10 to 11 hours
from $171.29

Private tour to the highlights of Kyrenia from Nicosia

Combine several historic landmarks in Cyprus with one small-group, full-day tour. Visit St. Hilarion Castle (an inspiration to Walt Disney), the Gothic Bellapais Monastery, and Kyrenia Castle. Skip the hassle of a rental car and let your guide do the driving between sights. Learn about the history and architecture of each from your guide.
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7 to 9 hours
from $122.35

Grand Tour 3 Days Northern Cyprus

This is the only tour you can see all of Northern Cyprus in only 3 days! There is no better way to get to know a country than travelling with a private local guide.
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3 days
from $734.09

FAMAGUSTA & NICOSIA Private Tour from Kyrenia

Take the opportunity to explore the historical city of Famagusta and the capital Nicosia in one day with this full-day sightseeing tour with a professional licensed guide. Explore one of the most important historical places of Northern Cyprus including Salamis Ancient City, Famagusta Walled City, Nicosia Historical Centre and learn their story from your expert local guide. Have an opportunity observe how the city has evolved from an ancient harbour town into its current vibrant state by claiming up to the walls of the old town that offers a panaromic view the old and the new parts. Visit Nicosia, the last divided capital and its gothic St. Sophia Cathedral.

• Explore 2 major cities in the northern part of Cyprus with a full-day sightseeing tour

• Private full-day trip with a professional licensed guide

• Learn and explore about local history and culture from you guide

• Skip the hassle of driving and enjoy the scenery on the tour
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8 to 9 hours
from $134.58
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Olga Thomson wrote a review Jan 2021
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...and in case you are incarcerated by the TRNC Ministry in a cell on the construction site on the pretext of keeping you under quarantine, you can have incessant welding and drilling, bedding wreaked with smoke and everything else you are keen on as your idea of 10-day healthy stay in Nicosia quarters. I can't believe this is happening and it is all on the mandatory pre-paid quarantine package organized by the Ministry of Health.
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Date of experience: January 2021
Dawn Lancaster wrote a review Mar 2020
Carlisle, United Kingdom34 contributions18 helpful votes
Because of the Corona virus the museum's etc were closed. Our guide was very considerate and said that we could cancel the trip and get a full refund or he could show us the northern cyprus that he knew. We decided to go with the latter and we were not disappointed. He was very knowledgeable and his historic knowledge was amazing. We saw and visited some amazing sights. He took photos of us, at our request, and was extremely patient. We did alot of shopping and he helped us with the conversion and made sure that we were not overcharged. He also took us for an amazing lunch in an amazing setting. I thought the lunch was going to be sandwiches, but it was in a restaurant. My friend and I had a wonderful day. Thankyou.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from OzgurTahiroglu, Owner at Sidetour
Responded Apr 8, 2020
Dear Dawn, Thank you very much for taking time to leave us a review! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed on this full day tour of Northern Cyprus. In fact, it was also a different experience for me to carry out this tour while all museums and monuments were closed, but it was really enjoyable. Thank you for supporting our services. Stay safe during Covid-19 pandemic. Yours sincerely, Özgür Tahiroğlu
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moritura wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution
We just finished our Northern Cyprus All-in-one tour and want to say a big thank you to Özgür, who made the biggest effort to show us all the beautiful main sights in Northern Cyprus. Next to his great knowledge in history, architecture and religion he was super open in answering all our questions related to the island and its people and did not hesitate to show us hidden gems for food and drinks. He drove very carefully and equipped us with water and even an umbrella when it started to rain - so there’s nothing more to wish for ;)
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Response from 419_zg_rt, Owner at Sidetour
Responded Feb 25, 2020
Dear Nalah, Thank you very much for taking time to leave us a review! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed on this full day tour of Northern Cyprus. It was a great pleasure for me to show you main highlights of the island, as well as to share my own experience with you. Likewise, I'm pleased that you enjoyed the Cypriot cuisine. Next time, I can recommend the mixture of pomegranate and orange juice to you :) Hoping to see you again in Cyprus! Sincerely, Özgür Tahiroğlu
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Fay M wrote a review Jan 2020
4 contributions
Our tour guide Ozgur was a Turkish Cypriot, he was very knowledgeable and informed about the whole island. He highlighted many specific details and went over and above to provide us with a full day of North Cyprus information. I would highly recommend the tour specially if you have limited time, it will be a great sampler. We were so impressed we will go back and ask him to provide us with other private tours in futures.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Response from Özgür T, Owner at Sidetour
Responded Jan 7, 2020
Dear Faezeh, Thank you very much for taking time to leave us a review! I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed this full day tour. It was a great pleasure to introduce you to the main highlights of Northern Cyprus . I'll be happy to provide other private tours in the future. Looking forward to see you again in Cyprus! Sincerely, Özgür Tahiroğlu
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AmmanB wrote a review Nov 2019
London, United Kingdom3 contributions4 helpful votes
We did 5 different 1 day trips whilst based in Kyrenia taking in the many sights of Northern Cyprus. They were all very varied and guided by Ozghur. All our trips were well organised with good hospitality inclusive of the tour prices. He had a great knowledge of all the historical sites we visited and introduced to some excellent local cuisine. Ozghur was flexible accommodating various requests. Definitely will book trips with Sidetour iin the future.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from Özgür T, Owner at Sidetour
Responded Nov 11, 2019
Dear Amman, Thank you very much for taking time to leave us a review! I am glad that you are pleased with the organization of our tours. It was a great pleasure to introduce you the Northern Cyprus and guide you through all the tours. Hoping to see you again in Cyprus! Sincerely, Özgür Tahiroğlu
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