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On Foot In Northern Cyprus LNC

Visiting: North Cyprus
Trip Duration 8 Days

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On Foot In Northern CyprusScores 8.1 out of 10 based on 42 reviews
(3 out of 10)


After the Lycian way last year with a great guide I was very enthusiastic booking a walking holiday again with explore but I was so disappointed and angry. First of all the highly praised guide Engin Sah did not turn up but an other lady and I was not very impressed by her. She organized well and knew the way but not more. She did not know anything about nature and not much about the history and she was talking more to her phone then to us. She just has not the personalitiy and the knowledge to be a guide.
Most of the walks were very boring on wide dusty roads (not her fault I guess) but she walked too fast and the slower ones never had a rest. She was waiting for them and as soon as they came she walked on. I was in the middle but her speed also stressed me. No time to look at details and so on. I heard that Cyprus is very famous for hiking and I am sure there would be nicer walks then on the dusty roads. The accommodation was just OK, the food excellent and the staff except the reception very nice. I forgot my swimming suit in the hotel and when I called three days later they told me that they threw them in the bin. I was very disappointed. Disappointed altogether from the trip. Thank god we had a lovely bunch of people and that helped a lot.
Confirmed traveller: 13 November 2016
Published on: 03 December 2016
(6 out of 10)


Lovely scenery, mostly good walks although a couple involved several miles along broad tracks which I found a little monotonous; the narrow mountain tracks were more fun! All walks were in lovely scenery, interspersed with visits to historic sights and swimming opportunities. Our accommodation was excellent. Our guide was disappointing - a pleasant and well-organised lady but limited by her local knowledge of the historic sights and her skills as a walking leader.
Confirmed traveller: 13 November 2016
Published on: 15 November 2016
(7 out of 10)


Was not the best trip I have done with Explore. It was a good holiday and most of the traveling companions were excellent. The weather was perfect and the sea temperature was beautiful after the walks. Some of the walks were a bit dull with very similar scenery.
When we went to the castle on the last day we had to climb up 616 steps and 616 steps down, this could have been conveyed a bit more and some people could have opted out if they had known and then enjoyed the proper itinerary walk instead of sitting out exhausted and they missed out on the best walk of the week.
Made some good friends on the trip. I like the centre based trips as they are less tiring and make for a relaxing holiday.
Kemal our driver was excellent 10/10.
Confirmed traveller: 13 November 2016
Published on: 14 November 2016
(9 out of 10)


Beautiful scenery - high mountains, fragrant pine trees, castles and much more. A very interesting and varied trip made enjoyable by the excellent local guide.
Confirmed traveller: 13 November 2016
Published on: 14 November 2016
(7 out of 10)


No welcome. I expected to meet the tour leader when the trip was advertised to start ie 7pm Sunday but tour leader didn't come until 9.30 next morning. I was expecting a welcome from the tour leader and a group meal in Kyrenia for the first night.
The walking on 2 of the days was superb, on little mountain paths. 3 of the walks were on dirt roads and were nothing special (one of these did end at the seaside for a paddle and swim so it was worth it in the end). In the heat, these dirt road walks were a bit like route marches. Although she was good at giving us rest and water stops in the shade, she provided very little information about what we were seeing.
The 3 mountain castles were great.
Kyrenia castle was tacked on to the end of a long first day and we didn't see it all and we had no free time in kyrenia town. This was a source of frustration for most of the group. Tour leader was asked several times to offer a group meal in kyrenia town and/or time to just wander around but she seemed to have her list of restaurants elsewhere (some of them quite a long drive away) which she took us to in the evenings. Our tour bus passed through kyrenia at the end of several of the days and it should have been possible to let us have a free hour for a drink and a look around.
The driver (Mehmet) was great.
The tour leader Gemalia was often late when meeting up at start of day and for the evening meal.
The optional trip to Salamis and Famagusta was really good.
Confirmed traveller: 23 October 2016
Published on: 26 October 2016
(7 out of 10)


Some interesting walking with a variety of castles to see. My favourite day was the walk in the thunderstorm. Although we ate at different restaurants every night, the food was always the same and by the end of the week, I was all mezed out.
Confirmed traveller: 23 October 2016
Published on: 26 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


Excellent holiday well led good group of people weather very hot
Confirmed traveller: 09 October 2016
Published on: 13 October 2016
(8 out of 10)


The trip was a good mixture of varied walking and sightseeing. Our tour leader was lovely and very helpful both during the day and on all our evening trips.

The description of the walks could have been a bit clearer in terms of length and difficulty. Appointing a back marker might have been useful.

The accommodation was beyond expectations ìn all respects.

Overall it was a most enjoyable holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 09 October 2016
Published on: 13 October 2016
(8 out of 10)


Silver Spring
The hotel and location were great. I enjoyed seeing the sights and enjoyed our meals. Salamis and Famagusta were probably my favorites though more time would have been nice. However our guide was inexperienced and on at least two occasions lost the trail. On the worst of those two walks we walked for 2 1/2 hours to only be about a 20 minute walk from where we started instead of at the beach we were walking to. She also often walked well ahead of the group even though we had a member who was a slow walker and not always stable. And she did not tell us much about the country or the sites we were going to. As an example, we stopped at some kings' graves one day and when we went to a museum the next day, she never mentioned that there was an exhibit about finding those graves. Overall, I had a good time but I did not learn much about the country.
Confirmed traveller: 02 October 2016
Published on: 19 October 2016
(4 out of 10)


Leader was inexperienced and poor did not always follow itinerary , nor impart much local knowledge and got lost.

Explore "allowed" an unsuitable, in terms of walking experience, person on this trip.
Confirmed traveller: 02 October 2016
Published on: 06 October 2016

Thank you for your review, John. I'm sorry your leader's performance didn't meet all our expectations. While she is one of our approved leaders, she hadn’t had the benefit of shadowing a more experienced leader before taking her own group. We'll be monitoring the feedback we receive over the coming weeks and will ensure she receives additional support.
I also share your concern that one of the group struggled with the walks and that you feel they aren't suited to this type of trip. I can appreciate it’s upsetting when your fellow travellers have a level of fitness which holds the group back or causes an impact on the group as a whole. We are slightly hamstringed in this regards as we are obliged to take the customer’s word on their ability to participate if they’re under 80. However, I have taken steps to ensure we can specifically discuss a trip's suitability with this customer in future.