Istanbul: The Grand City of the Sultans
Cairo – Giza – Alexandria:
The Grand Cities of the Pharaohs and Sultans
Private Tour-Private Guide – Private Air Conditioned Deluxe Vehicle. An 11- Day Tour of Turkey and Egypt: Istanbul, Ephesus and Kusadasi. Cairo, Giza and Alexandria. If you have only a short time this is the perfect getaway for these two gems of the Eastern Mediterranean. Your stay is filled with enough exotic sights, sounds, scenes and scents to make it seem like weeks. Daily Arrival. Arrive ANY DAY! Choose your own date, year round. Compare with the 9-day Group departure version- Fully escorted
DAY 1 – ISTANBUL- Daily – Year Round
Our local representative will meet your flight, or cruise port – arrive on any cruise line (Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Crystal Cruises or other Mediterranean cruises) – and escort you to your hotel.
The representative will answer 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. Welcome fruit basket in your room awaits you with our compliments.
DAY 2 – ISTANBUL (B)
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. We conclude our day with a tour of “SALT GALATA” and the Ottoman Bank most charming Museum and Building, the Ottoman Bank as inaugurated in 1892. The building is a landmark unique to Istanbul with surprisingly distinct architectural styles—neoclassical and oriental.
Smooth Tricks of a Turkish Ice Cream Parlor. Video by Tom Henry.
DAY 3 – BOSPHORUS Cruise (B)
Istanbul’s history was formed by the Bosphorus, the winding strait that separates Europe and Asia, connecting the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. Now, as in ancient times, it is a maritime vital link between the countries bordering the Black Sea and those in the rest of the world. Today we take a leisurely cruise northward along this historic waterway. Along its shores are ranged palaces great and small-Topkapi, Dolmabahçe, Beylerbeyi, Küçüksu, Hünkar Iskelesi. Four great fortresses rise on the hills, reminding us that to control the Bosphorus was to control the destinies of nations. Our afternoon cruise (morning cruise for Oct-Apr season) of two continents, crossing from Europe to Asia and back, includes visits to Çamlica Hill lookout, and stupendous Dolmabahçe Palace. Return to your hotel or explore Istanbul further on your own.
Day 4 – “Imperial Constantinople in the Belle Epoque” (late 19th century), the exotic romance of the “Paris of the East:” (B)
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 the Çicek Pasaji (Flower Passage); then walk up to Taksim Square and be picked up for the afternoon tour. In the afternoon the tour visits Yildiz Palace Park and the Ihlamur Kasri, a mini-palace south of Yildiz.
Day 5 – Istanbul – Kusadasi (B)
Transfers are always on a private basis. Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur. Fly to Izmir (airfare is always included in economy class, tax included), after landing in Izmir, your first stop on this fascinating tour is at the House of the Virgin Mary. Then, you will continue on to visit ancient Ephesus, one of the most magnificent and best-preserved ancient sites in the world.
See the Terrace Houses, the Odeon, the Market Basilica, Curetes Street, Bath, Celsus Library, Marble Street and the Great Theatre with a seating capacity of 25,000 people. See the Terrace Houses, the newly excavated site in Ephesus, excavation site for the ancient homes of richest ephesians.
In the afternoon, we visit the Ephesus Museum in Selçuk and see the Temple of Artemis, one of the wonders of the ancient world. View Basilica of St John and Isabey Mosque. En-route to Kusadasi enjoy the scenery and the local arts, enjoy possible shopping opportunity if you wish, then on to Sirince Village. This old Orthodox Village, 30 kilometers from Kusadasi, was once “Cirkince”(ugly). Indeed, the inhabitants gave this name on purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners nor to share the beauty of their village. Still, after years, visitors understood that the village was not ugly and called it “Sirince” (pretty). Today the village is a perfect synthesis of Turkish-Greek culture as of the 1920’s; after the Turkish Independence War, people exchange between Greek and Turks has occurred and all the typical Greek houses, though they kept their original outside characteristics, have received the local layout inside. At Sirince Village you will have a chance of seeing the local life at a village and purchasing some small local souvenirs and handicrafts. The village is also famous for its local grape and other fruit wines. During the lunch mingle with the local people of the village, as you will be a guest in their village, for a simple cup of traditional Turkish coffee at the main coffee house of the village. Depending on the number of guests, a gypsy woman may read your fortune after you finish your coffee.
DAY 6 – Kusadasi (B)
Full day at leisure in this Mediterranean paradise. The city stands on a bay in the Aegean with the peninsula of Guvercin Ada sticking out into the sea at one end, and the mountain of Kaz Dagi behind. Explore the town or take a day gulet cruise, or just simply enjoy the beach, the choice is yours.
DAY 7 – ISTANBUL- Cairo (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, head back to Izmir Airport and fly back to Istanbul. Please proceed on your own to connect to the onward flight to Cairo, Egypt (air fare is included in our rate in economy class, tax included).
At Cairo Airport:
Our local representative will greet you at the airport and whisk you to your hotel. Visa may be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport. VIP Meet & Greet Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, visa issued locally in Cairo (for a limited number of nationalities) no photos required.
Our representative will greet you at the airport and whisk you to your hotel. Visa will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for a limited number of citizens such as: American, Australian, NZ, EU, Canadian, EU Singaporean and Japanese citizens. You are responsible for having your passport in order, valid at least for 6 months beyond the date of your arrival in Cairo. Our local rep. will meet you with a sign that carries your name, and will be waiting for you with the prepaid visa stamps to proceed to the passports control to stamp your passports and then you claim your luggage. After you clear the passport and customs formalities and exit the terminal, our local representative will escort you (private vehicle) to the hotel. Welcome fruit basket & Egyptian pastry awaits you in your room with our compliments.
DAY 8 – CAIRO (BL)
We plunge into Cairo: the treasure-filled Egyptian Museum including the “Mummies Room”, the Citadel of Saladin, perched high above the city, and Mohammed Ali’s Alabaster Mosque. After lunch at Hadaik el-Azhar or Naguib Mahfouz, we explore Old Cairo: first a Roman fort, then the Jewish Quarter, then the Coptic Christian Quarter. We visit the Coptic churches of Abu Serghius and Al Molaka, the Coptic Museum, and Ben Ezra synagogue. Finally, we wander through the alleys of Khan el-Khalili bazaar in search of magic carpets and other traditional souvenirs.
DAY 9– Cairo – Alexandria (BL)
After breakfast, our local rep. will assist with your transfer to the Railway Station to board your first class reserved seats, air-conditioned Express train to Alexandria. Upon arrival in Alexandria, your private guide, and private air-conditioned vehicle will be waiting for you.
Today, we’ll get to known Alexandria in depth, as we visit the Roman Amphitheater, the Koum El Shougafa Tombs and Qayet Bey Fortress.
Qayet Bey Fort was built on the same site of the ancient wonder of the world: the famous Alexandria Light House. A brief stop at “El Selsela” the site of the underwater reserves where Cleopatra Place was discovered, as well as Caesar Kiosk. Lunch at a local restaurant, and then it’s off to the new site for the Alexandria Library. Time permitting we’ll visit the new museum in Alexandria. The building was originally built in 1926 for the US consulate in Alexandria and is a masterpiece in 1920’s architecture and Mediterranean style buildings. In the afternoon we tour: Zanket El-Setat and the local souks, el-Raml district and downtown area with coffee and tea served at one of the local cafes, then on to the railway station and back to Cairo, where our local rep. will be waiting for you at Cairo Station for your transfer to the hotel.
DAY 10 – CAIRO (BLD)
We drive to Giza to see the Pyramids, the Sphinx, Cheops Royal Barge Museum and the Valley Temple. If you’re physically fit, you may scramble deep within the Great Pyramid to the king’s chamber. After lunch at a local restaurant, we tour some of Egypt’s most ancient sites: the ruins of Memphis, the step pyramid of Sakkara, and the “bent” pyramid at Dahshour, open to visitors after a half-century of seclusion: A grand pyramid field south of Cairo. We visit the great pyramid of Senfru, father of Cheops, and other structure:
The “Discovery” of Dahshour:
For almost half a century, the great field of huge pyramids near the desert village of Dahshour, 25 miles south of Cairo, has been off limits to the public. Confined within the perimeter of a military base were many pyramids, including the great 4500-year-old pyramid built by Senfru, father of Cheops. Senfru’s pyramid, the largest in Egypt until his son built Giza’s Great Pyramid, is rhomboidal in shape: it tapers more distinctly on its upper half. All the pyramids were coated in thick plaster at one time. Most have lost these protective, decorative sheaths, but Senfru’s–miraculously–is still in place.
Lunch is included at the Mena House. In the evening, we host you on a Nile dinner cruise complete with exotic Egyptian entertainment.
DAY 11 – DEPARTURE (cB)
After a full breakfast, our staff escorts you to the airport for your flight home. Bon Voyage.
|Rates per person in USD $
Private Touring, Private Transfers, Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle, Private Guide
Arena, Blue House or similar
Conrad Istanbul Hotel
or Ciragan Palace
|Triple||US$ 4050.||US$ 4550.||US$ 5280.|
|Double||US$ 4140.||US$ 4670.||US$ 5395.|
|Single||US$ 6050.||US$ 6560.||US$ 7470.|
- All transfer are on a private basis.
- Private guided sightseeing.
- All entrance fees.
- Meals as listed: B. L. D.: Preset menu continental breakfast, lunch, dinner.
- Hotel accommodation in the category of your choice, with tax included and service charges.
- Domestic air fare within Turkey in economy class as well as one way air fare Istanbul Cairo, tax included
- VIP Meet & Greet At Cairo Airport
Our representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to your hotel. Visa will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport (photos are not required).
- Egyptian Visa will be issued for a limited number of citizens such as: American, Australian, NZ, EU, Canadian, EU Singaporean and 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. Our local rep. will meet you with a sign that carries your name, and will be waiting for you with the prepaid visa stamps to proceed to the passports control to stamp your passports, then you claim your luggage. After you clear the passport and customs formalities and exit the terminal, our local representative will escort you (private vehicle) to the hotel. Welcome fruit basket & Egyptian pastry awaits you in your room in Cairo upon arrival with our compliments.
Rate doesn’t include:
- International air fare from/ to your home country..
- Visa Fee: (procure yours online in advance of travel at www.evisa.gov.tr/en/)
- Trip/travel insurance, highly recommended.
Conquerors, emperors, ancient travelers and traders have all approached Alexandria from the sea . . . and so will you! Only Travel in Style makes it possible to experience the very essence of this ancient city as it should be experienced, as it was known by pharaohs, queens, and invaders from Marc Antony to Napoleon.
We’ll set sail into the great harbor, still the destination and port of call for ships from the far corners of the world. Landward, we’ll espy the great and throbbing maritime metropolis of Egypt. Our course will take us directly above statues that lie on the seabed, and stone slabs of the Lighthouse-one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World-toppled in an ancient earthquake. We’ll approach the great stone fortress of Qait Bey, reputedly constructed with some of those very stones.
Then we’ll set a course along the coast to the East Harbor, dropping anchor above the Royal City that was submerged by earthquakes and tidal waves in the fourth century A.D.
This underwater treasure house includes the palace of Cleopatra, the Timonium of Mark Antony, fallen columns and capitals, sphinxes, and statues and ceramics, much of it remarkably well preserved. Certified divers among our guests may book an optional excursion to explore this submarine Pompeii.
Along the way, we’ll view the spectacular Bibliotheca Alexandrina —the Library of Alexandria—as few are privileged to see it. Taking the stunning form of an inclined disk rising from the waters, it aptly captures the rebirth from the sea—in Pharaonic fashion—of the lost Alexandria Library of the ancient Greeks that held the works of the greatest scientists and philosophers of the ancient world. Like its namesake, the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina serves as a storehouse of knowledge and a beacon of culture and intellectual expression in this part of the world. Our maritime view is just a preview of our visit to the library itself.
Then we’ll set a course along the coast to the East Harbor, dropping anchor above the Royal City that was submerged by earthquakes and tidal waves in the fourth century A.D. This underwater treasure house includes the palace of Cleopatra, the Timonium of Mark Antony, fallen columns and capitals, sphinxes, and statues and ceramics, much of it remarkably well preserved. Certified divers among our guests may book an optional excursion to explore this submarine Pompeii.
Finally, we’ll conclude an unforgettable voyage through history by setting a course to Abu Qir, where the French fleet under Napoleon was destroyed by Admiral Horatio Nelson. The visit is a perfect counterpoint to a visit to the Qait Bey, where moving relics of the ill-fated fleet are on display.
Please note that this opportunity is limited to up to seven guests at a time. Two small cabins are available for changing and rest, as well as a bathroom, galley, dining salon, and sundeck. Our vessel is fully staffed by a crew of three, including captain. By prior arrangement, we can arrange for a sunset sailing, with cocktails and light music on your vessel’s sound system, or a full day of sport fishing.
We can also make arrangements for you to meet and share dinner as guests of a local family.
This is an extraordinary opportunity to go beyond the limits of the casual visitor, to share your aspirations, outlook, customs, and experiences with people who have a lot more in common with you than you might ever expect. If you’re interested, just let us know, and consider taking along something from your home town to leave with your hosts as a gesture of appreciation.
The recent discoveries join the New Library, opened just last year, among the top attractions in Alexandria. And the New Museum will shortly open in a historic palace that once housed the United States consulate