Overview

A trip of true discovery, taking you from vibrant Istanbul through to mystic Cairo, you have the opportunity to explore many world famous historical sites, enjoy sparkling waters of the Aegean & experience the true warmth & hospitability of three diverse cultures. Captivating valleys in Cappadocia, ancient ruins in Ephesus, natural beauty of Pamukkale and spectacular sunsets of Santorini, philosophical Athens and the enchanting Nile - so many treasures to enjoy during this 3 week experience.
*This itinerary is very flexible and can be customized based on your travel dates and requirements.

Tour itinerary

DAY 01 - Arrival to Istanbul:
Meet on arrival to Istanbul Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul
meals: none

DAY 02 - Historical Sultanahmet Tour:
After breakfast meet in hotel lobby to join on tour visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Hippodrome and Obelisk, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (excluding optional entrance to Harem). Overnight in Istanbul.
meals: breakfast & lunch included.

DAY 03 - Bosphorous Cruise / fly to Cappadocia:
Join on half day morning tour taking you for cruise on the Bosphorous during which you have views from the vessel of various historical sights that line its shores & visits to the Spice Bazaar & Rustempasha Mosque. Then free time at leisure until transfer to airport for departure on domestic flight to Cappadocia & overnight stay.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 04 - Goreme Cappadocia Tour:
*Optional: very early morning 1 hour hot air balloon ride, offering amazing views
Todays tour takes you to visit Devrent Valley and Monk's Valley (Pasabagi) where you find the world famous fairy chimneys; lunch in Avanos village; visit the must see Goreme Open-Air Museum with its carved churches and monasteries with their frescoes; views of Uchisar Natural rock castle.
meals: breakfast & lunch included

DAY 05 - Red Valley & Underground City:
Start the day with a 4km (medium grade) hike in Red Valley and visit to Cavusin (old Greek village). Break for lunch then on to explore Kaymakli Underground City. Also includes panoramic views at Pigeon Valley with its famous dove cotes & Ortahisar. Then a little free time until transfer to bus station for departure on overnight intercity bus to Pamukkale.
meals: breakfast & lunch included
*If you do not wish to travel by overnight bus we can instead arrange by flight, please advise preference
*If you would prefer to visit Derinkuyu Underground City & hike in Ihlara Valley please advise preference

DAY 06 - Pamukkale & Hierapolis ruins:
Arrival early morning (if by overnight bus) to Pamukkale and meet for transfer to a small hotel where a day room is provided for you to have a shower and breakfast. Then meet up with tour visiting the natural formation of the travertens (cotton cliffs/cotton castle) in Pamukkale along with the ruins of Hierapolis. End of day with arrival to hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 07 - Ephesus Sightseeing Tour:
A major attraction of Turkey, today explore the Ancient City of Ephesus with its Grand Theatre, magnificent Celsius Library and various other buildings and fountains. Also visit the House of Virgin Mary & remains of Artemis Temple. Overnight in Kusadasi.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 08 - Kusadasi/Izmir to Mykonos:
Breakfast, check-out and as per schedules transfer to Izmir Airport for flight from Izmir, via Athens, to Mykonos. Arrive and meet for transfer to hotel with remainder of day and evening free at leisure to begin exploring this famous island. Overnight in Mykonos.
*Depending on your travel dates there might also be the option of using ferry combination Kusadasi-Samos & Samos-Mykonos. However the ferry between Samos & Mykonos does not operate on a daily basis and sometimes is only available mid-June to mid-September. Therefore 90% of the time we need to use the flight route as noted above. Let us know your preference when completing the enquiry form and we will advise accordingly.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 09 - Mykonos at leisure:
Breakfast at hotel and a full day free at leisure for you to explore Mykonos Town and other areas of the island. Dont forget about the famous nightlife which is on offer. Overnight in Mykonos.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 10 - Mykonos to Santorini:
Breakfast, check-out and as per selected time transfer to port for departure on seajet ferry to Santorini (ferry takes around 3hours). Arrive and meet for transfer to hotel with remainder of the day & evening free at leisure. Overnight in Santorini.
*Ferry between Mykonos & Santorini does not operate in winter season (November to March). So during winter season we give you the option to either exclude Mykonos or travel between these two islands using flight via Athens.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 11 - Santorini at leisure:
Today is free at leisure for you to explore this magical island - during the day you can relax on one of its many beaches, visit a few of its picturesque villages, stroll the scenic route from Fira to Oia. There are optional excursions available, on request. End the day watching the romantic sunset over the caldera either from your hotel or during dinner at a local taverna/restaurant. Overnight in Santorini.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 12 - Santorini to Athens:
Breakfast, check-out and as per selected time transfer to port for departure on ferry to Athens (ferry takes between 5hrs to 9hrs depending on vessel - if you prefer 1hr domestic flights are also available). Arrive and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Athens.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 13 - Athens City Tour with Acropolis:
Breakfast at hotel then join on one of the following regular group excursions (you get to choose):
a) 5hr Coach tour: visit Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum & panoramic drive through city center
b) 3hr Walking tour: visit Acropolis & stroll through the city centre
c) 5hr Walking tour: visit Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum & stroll through city centre
d) 3hr Athens Food walking tour: visiting specialty food shops with tastings & Varvakeios market
*Other alternatives available, like wine tasting etc, advise your preference in the enquiry form
Afternoon and evening free at leisure for you to further explore on your own. Overnight in Athens.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 14 - Flight Athens to Cairo:
Breakfast, check-out and as per chosen flight time transfer to airport for departure to Cairo. Meet on arrival for transfer to hotel with remainder of the day/evening then free at leisure. Overnight in Cairo
meals: none (dinner optional extra)

DAY 15 - Giza Sightseeing - train to Aswan:
Today, with your private tour guide, you have the opportunity to visit the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest known of Egypt's 107 Pyramids, located in Sakkara. Then on to Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt dating from 3100BC. Continue to Giza and visit the world famous Pyramids and Sphinx. End with transfer to rail station for departure on overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
meals: breakfast & dinner included (lunch optional extra)
*Flights from Cairo to Aswan are also available, please note your preference in the enquiry form.
*Sleeper trains offer 2 person private cabins, however bathroom is shared with other cabins in same wagon

DAY 16 - Nile Cruise (Aswan Sightseeing):
Breakfast onboard train, arrival to Aswan and meet for transfer to board on 03-night Nile Cruise. Embarkation before lunch. Then depart with the cruise guide to visit the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk & Philae Temple. Overnight onboard Nile Cruise.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included
*Optional extra "Abu Simbel" excursion and/or "felucca ride" can be added, please note your prefernces in the enquiry form

DAY 17 - Nile Cruise (Kom Ombo & Edfu):
Cruise to Kom Ombo &  visit Temple of Sobek & Haroeris. Continue on to Edfu and visit the Temple of Horus, the largest and most complete preserved Temple combining Pharaonic and Greek architectures.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 18 - Nile Cruise (Luxor):
Sail to Esna and Luxor. Upon arrival to Luxor, move to the West Bank of the Nile to visit the Valley of Kings & Queens, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut & the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn. Overnight onboard cruise.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 19 - Luxor to Cairo:
Breakfast onboard then time to disembark. Meet with guide for a morning tour to visit Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple after which the remainder of the day is at leisure until transfer to rail station for overnight sleeper train back to Cairo, dinner onboard train.
meals: breakfast & dinner included
*Flights from Cairo to Aswan are also available, please note your preference in the enquiry form.
*Sleeper trains offer 2 person private cabins, however bathroom is shared with other cabins in same wagon

DAY 20 - Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Old Cairo:
Breakfast on train, arrival and meet for transfer. Then begin full day tour visiting the Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Saladin (with its Alabaster Mosque and Tomb of Ottoman ruler Mohamed Ali), Old Cairo area (with mix of Islamic and Christian Monuments) and Khan El-Khalily Bazaar. Overnight in Cairo.
meals: breakfast included (lunch / dinner optional extra)

DAY 21 - Departure
Breakfast, check-out and as per your international flight departure time meet for transfer to Cairo Airport.

A Customer Review

We wish to thank you once more for arranging our tour of Turkey, Greece and Egypt: everything went well, and we were very satisfied with the trip. We would like to visit more of Turkey next year (and perhaps some former soviet Union countries), will contact you at the appropriate moment to see if other tours can be arranged. With warm regards, Ralph and Sonia

-Sonia

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What's included?

  • 14 nights hotel accommodation in category of your choice
  • 03 nights onboard Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor
  • 02 nights on overnight trains, sleeper cabin
    *we can also arrange by flight instead of train
  • Regular group day tours in Turkey (private basis on request)
  • Half day regular group Athens Tour (private basis on request)
  • Private guided day tours in Cairo/Giza
  • Guided sightseeing during Nile Cruise
  • Main entrances fees to sights visited
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Noted transport from arrival in Istanbul at start till departure from Cairo at end
  • Arr/dept transfers throughout itinerary
  • Taxes & handling fees

Notes

  • Available in any order, example Egypt-Greece-Turkey or Egypt-Turkey-Greece etc
  • Flexible, can be customized to suit preferences
  • Available on daily basis, year round
  • Suitable for individuals and groups
  • Please note that this is not a set departure tour with the same persons all travelling together from start to end. What we do is arrange all accommodation & transport per your travel dates and then combine this with the noted sightseeing day tours in each area. This gives you the flexibility to tailor the itinerary to better suit your dates & "wish list".

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