Tour Egypt and Turkey
The Two Gems of the East Mediterranean
All in a 12-day Honeymoon Wishes Tour
DAY 1 – ISTANBUL- Thursday – Weekly in Istanbul – Year Round (B)
Upon arrival at Istanbul, you’re met at the airport by our representative, who sees you to your hotel, and answers any questions you may have about getting to know the city. As you ride into the great metropolis from the airport, two thousand years of history are revealed: towering Roman walls, ancient Byzantine churches, slender minarets framing the bulbous domes of graceful mosques. These ancient monuments float on the skyline of a bustling modern metropolis of ten million people. Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur for all your transfers in Turkey and Egypt.
DAY 2 – ISTANBUL- Friday (BL)
The center of ancient Constantinople and Istanbul was on Seraglio Point, framed by the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. We visit the Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet III to challenge the architectural primacy of neighboring Sancta Sophia. We then walk next door to compare achievements in Justinian’s great Sancta Sophia. Right behind Sancta Sophia is our next stop, sumptuous Topkapi Palace, the sultans’ seraglio for centuries, filled with breathtaking exhibits of priceless jewels, golden thrones, delicate colored tiles, and lavish court costumes. We finish up in the bustling Grand Bazaar, where you can find jewelry, carpets, goat-hair rugs, hand-painted ceramics, copper and brass in labyrinthine streets holding nearly 4000 shops. Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur and private guide
DAY 3 – ISTANBUL- Saturday (BL)
ISTANBUL- “Imperial Constantinople in the Belle Epoque”
(late 19th century), the exotic romance of the “Paris of the East:”
Morning walking tour: We start with our guide in Karaköy where the foreign bankers and shipping companies had their headquarters, then take the Tünel up to istiklal Caddesi; stop in the whirling dervish tekke, and walk past the various old embassy buildings (now consulates), and point out the architecture. Stop for tea (included) at the famous Pera Palace Hotel. Walk at least as far as Galatasaray Square, and have lunch in the Çicek Pasaji (Flower Passage); then walk up to Taksim Square and be picked up for the afternoon tour.
In the afternoon the tour visit Yildiz Palace Park and the Ihlamur Kasri, a mini-palace south of Yildiz, and finish up with a visit to the Military History Museum in Harbiye in time to hear the “Mehter,” or Ottoman military band (mid-afternoon).
Then go on a shopping spree at the labyrinth of the Grand Bazaar. Breakfast, Lunch. Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur and private guide.
DAY 4- ISTANBUL- Sunday (B)
Full day on your own in Istanbul, one last chance for shopping spree in the legendary covered Bazaar. Istanbul is all yours, any way you like it. Grab your Lonely Planet guidebook and stroll along the restored 19th-century thoroughfare of Istiklal Caddesi, once known as the Grand Rue, DE Péra. Search for spices and folk remedies in the Egyptian Bazaar. Admire the medieval mosaics in the city’s many Byzantine churches. Shop in the chic boutiques around Taksim Square. Climb the Galata Tower, built by the Genoese six centuries ago, for a panoramic view of Old Istanbul. If you prefer to spend more time in Cairo rather than Istanbul, please click here.
DAY 5- ISTANBUL, CAIRO- Monday (B)
Air fare is included between Istanbul and Cairo in economy class, tax included. After breakfast our local representative will take you to the airport to catch your flight for Cairo, where our local rep. whisks you through the excitement and hubbub of the terminal, and onward to your hotel.
VIP Meet & Greet Service at Cairo Airport
Our local representative will greet you at the airport and whisk you to your hotel. Visa fee is included and will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for: Australian, NZ, American, EU, Canadian & Japanese citizens. You are responsible for having your passport in order and valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival in Cairo.
Visa will be issued upon arrival. As you exit the gate, you will pass through a door or two, down some stairs, then walk for 2-5 minutes, until you pass the duty free shops. At the end of a wide corridor, you will see the security officers. There you will be met by a local representative, who will be holding a sign with your name. Our local representative will then take your passport to obtain a stamp from the cashier / bank window and escort you to speak with the passport officer. He will escort you through another last check on your passport as you exit the passport control into the customs area. He will assist you in collecting your luggage and clearing customs. After exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you (private vehicle) to the hotel.
DAY 6 – CAIRO- Tuesday (BL)
Today, you’ll explore the wonders of the Egyptian Museum, with its treasures of the ancient pharaohs: mummies, statuary, precious stones and metals. Travellers have long come to Cairo just to gaze on these sights, but your day has just started. You’ll also see the Citadel of Saladin and the alabaster mosque of Mohammed Ali. In Giza, on the edge of the desert, you’ll gaze in awe at the mysterious Sphinx and the Pyramids. Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur and private guide.
DAY 7 – Wednesday – ASWAN – Nile Cruise (BLD)
Enjoy an breakfast before you fly to Aswan (or Luxor) in Upper Egypt. You’ll arrive in time to take lunch aboard your Nile cruiser. We’ll have the opportunity to experience Egypt at its most authentic, as we sail the Nile in a graceful felucca. If you wish, try your hand at camel riding! We’ll take a traditional caravan to enjoy tea with Nubian villagers.
DAY 8 – Onboard Your Nile Cruise – ASWAN, KOM OMBO- Thursday (BLD)
First we tour new Nubian Museum then the dams at Aswan, including the High Dam, a modern wonder in this ancient land, and next an ancient granite quarry complete with an unfinished obelisk. Then we go by motor launch to the the Island temple of Philae, rescued from rising waters it was moved to this island after building the High Dam. dedicated to the Ancient Goddess ISIS.
Back aboard our cruiser, we’ll sail northward down the Nile at a stately pace, disembarking for a visit to Kom Ombo, the twin temple dedicated to the crocodile river god, Sobek.
DAY 9 – Nile Cruising EDFU, ESNA- Friday (BLD)
Horse-drawn carriages or vans will meet us at the riverside to take us through Edfu to the Temple of Horus, best-preserved in all of Egypt. Later, we’ll cruise to Esna, and by evening, we’ll be in fabled Luxor.
DAY 10 – Cruising The Nile: LUXOR- Saturday (BLD)
We tour today as well the magnificent tombs in the Valley of the Kings, including Tutankaomn’s tomb, and the great temple of Queen Hatshepsut, we stop at the Colossi of Memnon on the way back to our cruise.
Afterward, we’ll continue on Luxor’s west bank to get a totally different perspective on ancient Egyptian life, at the ancient workers’ settlement of Deir el-Medinah. While most of the imposing stone monuments and sites of Egypt honor the lives and after-lives of royalty, Deir el-Medinah gives us unique and surprising insights into the ordinary citizens who constructed and decorated the tombs.
Here we’ll see the excavated homes shared by laborers with their domestic animals. These quarters were surprisingly large, with three good-sized rooms, courtyard, kitchen, and even storage cellars. While ancient Egypt might not have been a workers’ paradise, we’ll see that artisans and builders were highly regarded in their community. We are proud to be the only operator to offer regular visits to this singular ancient settlement in its tour and cruise programs.
DAY 11 – LUXOR, CAIRO- Sunday (BD)
We’ll visit the imposing Great Temple of Amon at Karnak and the great Temple of Luxor before heading to the airport to catch our flight to Cairo. After we settle you into your hotel, you’ll have your last opportunity to experience the excitement of this great city and, of course, do some last-minute shopping. Dinner is included this evening at a charming local restaurant.
DAY 12 – RETURN HOME- Monday (B)
Our Cairo-based local rep. escorts you to the airport for your flight home.
RATES per person in double occupancy in US$:
- All cabins on the Nile cruise are outside cabins with two lower beds, all with panoramic windows.
- For children: 2-10 years of age: 20 % discount will apply when sharing with parents in a double room
|Rates per person in US$: Minimum 2-3 Guests:|
|Triple||$ 4650.||$ 4339.||$ 3860.|
|Double||$ 4780.||$ 4460.||$ 3980.|
|Single||$ 5929.||$ 5650.||$ 4610.|
|For Dec 20 – Jan 5, Easter: Please add 20 % supplement to any of the rates|
|Rates per person in US$: Minimum 4-5 Guests:|
|Triple||$ 4445.||$ 4145.||$ 3795.|
|Double||$ 4575.||$ 4298.||$ 3899.|
|Single||$ 5691.||$ 5555.||$ 4341.|
|For Dec 20 – Jan 5, Easter: Please add 20 % supplement to any of the rates|
Sample Deluxe Nile Cruise:
Movenpick Nile Cruises: M/S Royal Lotus. M/S Royal Lily, M/S Mojito, M/S Monaco or M/S Monte Carlo Nile Cruise, M/S Adonis, M/S Beau Soleil, M/S Florence, M/S Lady Diana
Sample First Class Nile Cruise:
M/S Nile Dream, M/S Ruby
|Sample hotels, or similar:|
|Deluxe||First class Hotels|
|Istanbul||Marmara||The Arena, Armada, Blue House, Senator|
|Cairo||Hilton, Sheraton, Sonesta||Shepherds, Oases|
|Nile Cruise||M/S Monaco, M/S Mojito, M/S Queen of Hansa. M/S Royal Ruby, M/S Beau Soleil, M/S Lady Diana||M/S Nile Dream, M/S Ruby|
- Five day Nile cruise, including all meals and shore excursions..
- Guided tours as listed, including all entrance fees. Private Guide in Cairo, Istanbul & on board the cruise, for all the shore excursions.
- Private car/driver for all airport/hotel/cruise transfers.
- Hotel accommodation as mentioned, including tax and service charges, and breakfast daily.
- Meals as indicated, with preset menu (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
- Airport greeting and assistance. Transportation between airports, hotels, and port.
- One-way air transportation Istanbul and Cairo. Economy class with tax
- Domestic air flights within Egypt in economy class, tax included.
- VIP Meet & Greet Service @ Cairo Airport
Our local representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to your hotel. VIP Meet & Greet Service at Cairo Airport.
Visa fee is included and will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for: Australian, NZ, American, EU, Canadian & Japanese citizens. You are responsible for having your passport in order valid at least for 6 month beyond the date of your arrival in Cairo.
- Egyptian Visa will be issued upon arrival. As you exit the gate, you will pass through a door or two, down some stairs, then walk for 2-5 minutes, until you pass the duty free shops, at the end of a wide corridor, you will see the security officers. There you will be met by a local representative, who will be holding a sign with your name.
Our local representative will then take your passport to obtain a stamp from the cashier / bank window and escort you to speak with the passport officer. He will escort you through another last check on your passport as you exit the passport control, into customs area, he will assist you in collecting your luggage and clearing customs. After exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you (private vehicle) to the hotel.
- Trip interruption and cancellation insurance.
- Visa Fee: (procure yours online in advance of travel at www.evisa.gov.tr/en/)
- Additional personal expenses, beverages, and meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary