Cross Stitch Retreat in Cyprus

17 November 2020 - 24 November 2020

Cross Stitch Retreat in Cyprus

Join Jane and Bill Greenoff for a cross stitch retreat in Northern Cyprus. Spend the week at the 4-star Pia Bella with breakfast and dinner included each day. Enjoy 3 full day and 1 half-day workshops and then explore the local area on three included excursions, including a visit to a local handcraft organisation.


DAY 1: London - Larnaca
Meet Jane and Bill  Greenoff at a London airport for your flight to Larnaca. Transfer by coach to the Hotel Pia Bella.

DAY 2: Tour of Kyrenia & cross stitch workshop    
This morning we’ll meet with our local guide and enjoy a half day tour of Girne, still widely known by its Greek name, Kyrenia. The town is said to be the most beautiful in Cyprus, owing to its harbour and mighty Venetian castle. After free time for lunch in one of the many cafes and restaurants we’ll return to the hotel for our first workshop with Jane.

DAY 3: Tour of Lefkosa
Today we enjoy a full day tour to Lefkoşa, the capital city of Northern Cyprus and the last divided capital in the world. (Known as Nicosia until 1974). We’ll walk along the narrow streets within the city walls, discovering some old-fashioned craft shops and learning about local crafts at Büyük Han, a lovingly restored 16th Century trading station in the middle of the old town. We’ll also have a look at the market hall and Selimye Mosque. The afternoon will be free for you to have some lunch, do some shopping, visit one of the city’s many museums or stop in one of the many cafes and watch the world go by.

DAY 4: Cross stitch workshop with Jane.

DAY 5: Tour of Guzelyurt
Our full day tour starts with a drive to the citrus growing area of the island, where we will be greeted with a sea of orange and lemon trees as far as the eye can see. In Güzelyurt we’ll visit St. Mamas Church with its intricately restored interior, as well as the Golden Leaves of Soli exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology and Nature, a display of beautiful recovered gold artefacts found by a local man whilst digging in 2005. This afternoon we’ll head towards Lefke village, where we’ll be welcomed by the local handcraft organisation in their small shop. We’ll learn about the traditional handcrafts of the region, including Lapta and Lefkara embroidery and beautiful pictures made with silk cocoons. We’ll also have the opportunity to buy some homemade produce to take home as a souvenir

DAY 6: Cross stitch workshop with Jane.

DAY 7: Cross stitch workshop with Jane and farewell dinner
Today will be spent in workshop  This evening we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in nearby Bellapais. The village is synonymous with its medieval abbey, which is often illuminated at night.

DAY 8: Lefkara – Larnaca – London
Late morning we’ll check out and return south of the border for our return flight to Gatwick airport. On route we’ll stop in Lefkara to visit the Museum of Traditional Embroidery and Silversmith, housed in a restored traditional Lefkaran house.


Prices from £1599

Single Supplement £115.00

Deposit £250.00

Cross Stitch Guild Members are eligible for a discount so have your membership number handy when you call.

Please call Arena travel on 01473 660800 and not the CSG. Thank you