Overview

A journey through Turkey and Egypt offers you a wide array of impressive cultural and historical experiences. From Istanbul journey through Cappadocia, Ephesus & Pamukkale on to Cairo and a cruise down the Nile from Aswan and Luxor. A chance to explore the ancient & modern heritage of these two amazing countries, enjoy tasty local cuisine, take in the beauty of the valleys in Cappadocia and the temple studded Nile River. Can be easily customized based on your travel dates and requirements.

Tour itinerary

DAY 01 : Arrival to Istanbul
Meet on arrival to Istanbul Airport and transfer on to the hotel. Remainder of the day/evening is then free for you to relax or begin to explore your surroundings. Overnight in Istanbul
meals: none

DAY 02 : Guided Sultanahmet Tour
After breakfast meet in hotel lobby to begin exploring some of the most amazing sights that the historical area has to offer. Guided tour includes the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Hippodrome and Obelisk, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (excluding optional extra entrance to Harem room). Evening free at leisure to stroll around and enjoy dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Istanbul.
meals: breakfast & lunch included.

DAY 03 : Bosphorous / flight to Cappadocia
This morning enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorous during which you have views from the vessel of various historical sights that line its shores. The guided tour also includes a visit to the famous Spice Bazaar & Rustempasha Mosque. Then some free time at leisure until transfer to airport for departure on domestic flight to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia
meals: breakfast included

DAY 04 : Goreme & Cappadocia Tour
*Optional: early morning 1hr hot air balloon ride, a special moment in the sky
Today emmerse yourself in the beautiful natural setting of Cappadocia. Explore Devrent Valley and Monk's Valley (Pasabagi); break for lunch in Avanos; visit Goreme Open-Air Museum and explore the numerous churches and monasteries with their frescoes; view Uchisar Natural rock castle. Overnight in Cappadocia.
meals: breakfast & lunch included

DAY 05 : Kaymakli Underground City & Valleys
After breakfast join on another full day tour this time starting with a 4km (medium grade) hike in Red Valley exploring rock-cut churches and colorful fairy chimneys along the way. Visit Cavusin (old Greek village) then Kaymakli Underground City. Along the way you have 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 : Travertens of Pamukkale
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 Day Tour
Last but definately not least, depart on full day tour visiting the Ancient City of Ephesus. Here you have the chance to walk down marble streets, view the magnificent Celsius Library and the Grand Theatre, just a few of the many buildings and fountains that can be found in this open air museum. Also visit the House of Virgin Mary & remains of Artemis Temple. Overnight in Kusadasi.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 08 : Izmir to Cairo flight
Breakfast, check-out and transfer to Izmir Airport for departure on domestic flight to Istanbul then onwards international flight to Cairo. Arrive Cairo Airport and meet for transfer to hotel, overnight in Cairo.
meals: breakfast included (dinner optional)

DAY 09 : Pyramids Tour / train to Aswan
Today your local guide will take you to visit the Pyramids & Sphinx, a must for any first time traveller to Egypt. Also visit the ancient Capital of Egypt, Memphis, dating from 3100BC along with the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest known of Egypt's 107 Pyramids, located in Sakkara. End of day with departure on overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
meals: breakfast & dinner included (lunch optional)
**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 10 : Nile Cruise (Aswan Sightseeing)
Breakfast on train, arrival to Aswan and begin your 03-night cruising adventure on the Nile. Today the cruise tour guide will take you to visit the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk in the granite quarries and the magnificent Philae Temple which was dedicated to goddess Isis. *Optional extra tours such as "Abu Simbel" and/or "felucca ride" can be added, please note your prefernces in the enquiry form.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 11 : Nile Cruise (Kom Ombo & Edfu)
Cruise to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple of Sobek & Haroeris, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. Continue to Edfu and here explore the Temple of Horus, the largest and most complete preserved Temple combining Pharaonic and Greek architectures. 
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 12 : Nile Cruise (Luxor)
Cross the local from Esna to Luxor and on arrival your cruise guide takes you to the West Bank to visit the Valley of Kings & Queens, a vast City of the dead where magnificent tombs were filled with treasures by generations of Pharaohs. Also visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman who ruled Egypt in Pharaonic History & Colossi of Memnon.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 13 : Luxor to Cairo
No visit to Luxor would be complete without a guided visit to the magnificent Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple. Then time to disembark with some free time before departure on overnight sleeper train back to Cairo. Overnight in Cairo
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included
**Flights from Cairo to Aswan are also available, please note your preference in the enquiry form.

DAY 14 : Tour Old Cairo & Egyptian Museum
On arrival back in Cairo meet for transfer to begin a tour visiting the Egyptian Museum with its trove of treasures on display. Also visit the Citadel of Saladin and the Old Cairo area offering a mix of Islamic and Christian Monuments. No visit to Cairo would be complete without trying your haggling skills in the Khan El-Khalily Bazaar. Overnight in Cairo.
meals: breakfast included (lunch/dinner optional)

DAY 15 - Departure:
Breakfast, check-out and as per your international flight departure time meet for transfer to Cairo Airport.

A Customer Review

The trip was absolutely wonderful. Everything that was listed on the itinerary occurred right on target just as you said it would. The trip was planned with a lot of fore thought for shopping, eating, watching, travelling and good leisure time. We did not feel rushed at all. I wish now that we had left some time for Turkey, but I didn't want to bite off too much and I certainly would not have left anything off our trip. I would like to thank you for attending to our trip as if it were your own. I would be happy to give positive testimonials to anyone that asks for your credibility and ability. We are very happy with the results of our travelling and will get in touch with you when we are in that area again. I would happily return- Greece has so much history and so much to see and do as I am sure Turkey does as well.

-Adele

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What's included?

  • 08 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)
  • Private guided day tours in Cairo/Giza
  • Guided sightseeing during Nile Cruise
  • Main entrances fees to sights visited
  • Lunches during full day tours in Turkey, drinks extra
  • 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 reverse order, start Cairo end Istanbul
  • 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".
  • Cappadocia offers many adventure style excursions such as horse riding, hot air balloon rides, atv safaris, bicycle safaris, canoeing & hiking. If you are interested in any of these please note which when completing "get quote" form.

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