- Highlights were the beautiful views from the 3 castles (Buffavento, Kantara and St Hilarion) - well worth the climbs up to each of them. Some of the trails were more strenuous than "easy to moderate" but this was largely due to the large amount of rain that had fallen the previous week.
Tour leader, Cemaliye, was pleasant and efficient. She usually led from the front but was always aware of where the back markers were. Our driver, Kemal, worked into the evening and provided transport (foc) to the various restaurants. Be prepared for mezes every evening and large quantities of food.
Hotel very pleasant. It was too cold to use the outdoor pool but if you asked the staff would uncover the indoor pool (which was jacuzzi temperature) and heat up the sauna and steam room.
An earlier start to Famagusta would allow more time to explore both the town itself and the excellent ruins at Salamis.
Our transfer from Ercan to the hotel was by a taxi driver who had no form of identification, didn't have a list of names of who he was expecting and was waiting outside of the terminal building - not ideal at 0230 when instructions are to look in the arrivals area for someone with an Explore sign.
Tour itinerary says that tour starts at 1900 in reception - no-one there until the following morning and no notice anywhere to let you know this
Published on: 06 January 2017