Cyprus Tours & Holidays
Welcome to the best-kept secret of the Eastern Mediterranean.
Not all that long ago, Cyprus was a place you’d think twice before travelling to. But although this island country remains divided after a military coup in 1974, the beauty of the land and the hospitality of the people stand unfettered as the country edges towards unification. The south is well-established in tourism, but the Turkish-controlled northern part combines adventure, local interaction, history and cultural immersion with an understated flair rarely found elsewhere in the Mediterranean. Join us, on our way to stunning mountains and beaches, as we strike up a conversation with the locals over a sip of fiery zivania.
Cyprus at a glance
Greek (south); Turkish (north); English (widely spoken)
+357 (south) +90 (north)
Type C (European 2-pin) North Type G (British 3-pin)
Learn more about Cyprus
Local culture of Cyprus
Geography & environment
Shopping guide to Cyprus
Cyprus festival calendar
Food and drink in Cyprus
Cyprus travel FAQs
Residents of most western countries can enter Cyprus visa-free provided they are visiting for less than 90 days. Note that visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller, and entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.
Tipping is not expected in most situations in Cyprus, but it’s often appreciated. In restaurants, however, tipping is quite common. Servers will often add a 10% service charge to a bill; if they don’t, a similar amount is often expected as a tip.
Reliable internet access is increasingly common in Cyprus, especially in the major towns. Internet cafes tend to be more prevalent in the north. Wi-Fi is free in many hotels and cafes in both the north and south. Internet access will be more scarce in remote and rural areas.
International roaming is possible in Cyprus in the South. For European travellers, as of 2017 this will no longer incur a fee. Travelling in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus roaming may not be available and if so it may be expensive, better to check with your provider before travelling. If you’re staying for longer than a few days, inexpensive SIM cards with data are easy to purchase.
Toilets in Cyprus block easily when paper goes into them, hence the separate wastebaskets you’ll see for paper disposal. This is the norm throughout Cyprus.
The below prices refer to Southern Cyprus. For the cost of items in the north where Turkish currency is used, you can deduct 30%:
- Snack (souvlaki or felafel wrap) = €3–4
- Glass of beer = €3–4 (north and south)
- Lunch in a cafe = €8–12
- Dinner of meze dishes to share = €15–20
The tap water in the south of Cyprus is fine to drink, but in the north it’s best to stick to filtered (or, when it’s the only option, bottled) water. The high mineral content can upset your stomach if you’re not used to it.
Most major credit cards are widely accepted in Cyprus. Dinners and Amex may not be accepted.
ATMs are widely available in Cyprus. However, it’s best to carry ample cash with you if you’re travelling to more remote areas in the north.
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 6 January Epiphany
- 19 February Clean Monday
- 25 March Greek Independence Day
- 1 April Greek Cypriot National Day
- 22 April Greek Orthodox Good Friday
- 25 April Greek Orthodox Easter Monday
- 1 May Labour Day
- 13 June Kataklysmos (Pentecost)
- 15 August Assumption
- 1 October Independence Day
- 28 October Greek National Day (Ochi Day)
- 25 December Christmas Day
- In the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the National Religious Holidays of Ramazan Bayram 2-4 May 2022 and Kurban Bayram (Sacrifice Feast) 8-14th July may be observed.
Please note these dates are for 2022.
Homosexuality is legal in Cyprus, and the country is quite a popular destination among gay travellers. In the north, however, homosexuality was only decriminalised as recently as 2010. LGBTQI travellers should exercise caution when travelling, and be aware that conservative attitudes may still prevail in many areas.
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
Go to: Smart Traveller
Go to: Canada Travel Information
From the UK?
Go to: UK Foreign Travel Advice
From New Zealand?
Go to: Safe Travel
From the US?
Go to: US Department of State
The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. Trips to this country directly support our global Intrepid Foundation partners Eden Reforestation Projects and World Bicycle Relief. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.
Eden Reforestation Projects
Eden Reforestation Projects are helping to mitigate climate change by restoring forests worldwide; they also hire locally and create job opportunities within vulnerable communities. Donations from our trips support restoration across planting sites in 10 countries around the globe.
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World Bicycle Relief
World Bicycle Relief provides people in low-income communities with bicycles to mobilise school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas – giving them access to vital education, healthcare, and income. Donations help provide Buffalo Bicycles – specifically designed to withstand the rugged terrain and harsh environment of rural regions – to those who need them most.
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