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Turkey & Tutankhamen

16 days  |  Istanbul to Cairo  |  from USD $2,929  |   Guaranteed Departure 

From Ottoman Istanbul, the battlefields of Gallipoli, Roman ruins, the Aegean Coast and the stunning mineral pools of Pamukkale to the Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings and sailing in Egypt - the ultimate tour.

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Day 1

Saturday. Hello Turkey! Arrive Istanbul and transfer to our hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure consider heading out to explore the city.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Guided tour of the city that spans Europe and Asia. Tour the Hippodrome area, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Underground Cistern.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 3
Gallipoli

Istanbul – Gallipoli. Our first destination is Gallipoli where we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the historical battlefields, carefully tended cemeteries, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, and of course – ANZAC Cove.
Overnight: Canakkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4
Troy and Coastal Kusadasi

Gallipoli – Kusadasi. Heading south, we enjoy a guided tour of Homer’s Troy, famed for the Trojan wooden horse and fabled Helen. Continuing to the Roman acropolis of Pergamum - the cultural and political capital of its time, we tour the impressive temple ruins, library and medical facilities. Afterwards we visit a local leather emporium for a spot of shopping, en route to coastal Kusadasi. Enjoy the hotel facilities.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5
Legendary Ephesus

Today, we explore legendary Ephesus and see the ruins of the great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. Afterward, we stop by a local carpet manufacturing house.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast

Day 6
Pamukkale Travertines

Kusadasi - Pamukkale - Istanbul. Tour the ancient town of Hierapolis and the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale. You can walk barefoot along the terraces allowing the mineral rich waters to wash over your feet or opt for a dip in the hot springs renowned for their therapeutic powers since roman times. At approx 10pm this evening, we bid farewell to our guide and travel by overnight bus to Istanbul.
Overnight: Public bus  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Friday. Arrive to Istanbul early this morning (approx 6am), where our representative will be waiting to meet you upon your arrival. Transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day and evening are free time. Consider heading out to one of the local cafes for a hearty breakfast followed by a visit to the legendary, if cavernous Grand Bazaar or the exotic Egyptian Spice Market. Just the ticket for souvenir, clothing and handbag purchases!

Please note: The flight from Istanbul to Cairo is not included in the cost of this tour. Turkish Airlines and Egyptair offer flights between Istanbul and Cairo, check the THY or Egyptair websites for more details.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 8
Goodbye Turkey, Hello Egypt

Saturday! Departure transfers to Ataturk Airport offered at 11am and 1.30pm for your flight to Egypt (flight not included in our tour price). Arrive Cairo Airport and included transfer to hotel. Free time, consider taking some R&R by the hotel swimming pool
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

    Cairo
Day 9

Cairo - Aswan. This morning we visit the famous pyramids and huge Sphinx at the Giza Plateau, before continuing on to Saqqara to explore its myriad of tombs and temples. Later there is a chance to have dinner before the overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper train  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Arrive Aswan and check into our hotel. Today, we visit the High Dam and travel by boat to the Temple of Philae. Then there is free time to shop in the colourful souqs or sit back and watch an amazing sunset.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Days 11-12
Felucca sailing

Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Optional early morning drive to Abu Simbel, the famous the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night cruise downstream to Edfu. Relax, top up your tan and chat with new friends as the felucca gently plies its route. A stop will also be made at the Temple of Kom Ombo. If sailing by felucca is not your style, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise with our Nile Cruise Upgrade.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 13

Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Visits to Kom Ombo Temple and the Temple of Horus at Edfu. This evening opt to view the wonderfully illuminated Luxor Temple by night, (book/pay locally).
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Luxor - Cairo. This morning you have the option to rise early and take an optional hot air balloon ride over Luxor. Today, we tour the Colossi of Memnon, Valleys of the Kings and the colonnaded Temple of Hatshepsut. After time for lunch, we explore the giant Temple of Karnak - a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons, chapels, halls and obelisks, all dedicated to the Theban gods and to the greater glory of Egypt’s Middle and New Kingdom rulers. Tonight we return to Cairo by sleeper train.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Cairo. Arrival and hotel check-in. Later, we visit the famous Egyptian Museum, famed for the treasures of King Tutankhamen and his famous solid gold funerary mask. This afternoon is free - perhaps spend the remainder of the day exploring Cairo your way.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 16

Sunday - Cairo. Hotel check out and included onward departure transfer to airport.
Breakfast

Flights

Please note: The flight from Istanbul to Cairo is not included in the cost of this tour. Turkish Airlines and Egyptair offer flights between Istanbul and Cairo, check their websites for more details.

There is the option to upgrade from the unescorted, overnight public bus journey from Pamukkale to Istanbul on day 6 to a short evening flight and enjoy the comfort of spending your final night in an Istanbul hotel.

Includes: Economy flight Pamukkale to Istanbul, airport transfers, 1 night 4* hotel in Istanbul with breakfast. Note: must be booked at least 45 days before travel.

Please see the supplementary prices on pricing tab.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Kent Hotel, Istanbul
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Renovated in 2009, the charming Kent Hotel offers is a great example of contemporary design and a friendly atmosphere. Guest rooms are superbly equipped with modern facilities including Wi-Fi connectivity, state of the art technology and bright marbled bathrooms. Enjoying a delicious Turkish meal at the in house Calcedoine Restaurant after a hard days sightseeing is highly recommended. Fantastically located within 10 minutes walk of the Grand Bazaar and Old Town in the Bayazit area in the European side of Istanbul.

Tusan Hotel, Canakkale
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The family run Tusan Hotel offers modern facilities in a tranquil setting. Rooms are comfortable and well equipped and offer guests beautiful forest or sea views. The hotel benefits from a private beach and an indoor and outdoor restaurant. A refreshing pint of beer in the English Pub whilst challenging the bar staff to a game of pool is a great way to spend the evening. Set within a beautiful pine forest looking across the Dardanelles with a private beach exclusively for guests.

Marina Hotel, Kusadasi
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Marina hotel is a modern hotel with a sea view and balcony from nearly every spacious room. It has recently been renovated and features an indoor and outdoor pool and you may also use the facilities and beach of 5-Star Pine Bay.

Titanic City Hotel, Istanbul
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

One of Istanbul’s most popular hotels, Titanic City offers modern accommodation in a central location. Rooms are bright and comfortable offering state of the art technology and luxurious walk in rain showers. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available and the views from the trendy Compass Bar and Restaurant are simply stunning. Sipping a refreshing beverage overlooking the mighty Bosphorus is a great way to unwind at the end of the day. Perfectly located in Taksim, the beating heart of Istanbul with lots of great shops, restaurants and bars.

Oasis Hotel, Cairo
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a stone's throw from the Pyramids, the Oasis Hotel is a classic Egyptian hotel with beautiful expansive gardens. Rooms are very spacious with comfortable beds and fantastic en suite facilities. Wi-Fi is available and the buffet breakfast offers a good spread. In the evening the outdoor pool and fountains are lit up making the restaurant and bar the perfect place to spend an evening sipping on a cold glass of beer. Well located in Giza on the Cairo-Alexandria Road. The pyramids and Sphinx are all close by.

Sleeper Train, Cairo
Our Category:    |   Regional Category:

When taking the train in Egypt, the most comfortable way to go is in a sleeper carriage. Cabins are equipped with 2 beds (one above the other), a sink, electric points and air conditioning. Each carriage has toilets at each end and there is a club car as well. In the early evening an attendant will come round and make up your beds for you. Cabins also come with interconnecting doors so perfect for families and groups of 4.

Helnan Aswan, Aswan
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Set in manicured gardens, the Helnan Aswan is an elegant hotel with impressive views of the Nile. Guest rooms are spacious with modern interiors and located next to the beautiful pool. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and by the pool. There is also two restaurants and bars, a bowling alley, a swimming pool and a cinema. Why not relax by the pool before exploring the rest of Aswan. The hotel has an excellent location on the Corniche in the heart of Aswan, just a few minutes from the Nile.

Felucca Cruise, Felucca Cruise
Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category:

Feluccas are simple, traditional Egyptian sailboats that have plied the Nile since ancient times. Feluccas carry between 8 - 12 passengers comfortably. The boat’s deck is draped with soft colourful cushions that serve as your lounging area during the day and as your sleeping area at night. A support boat travels alongside your felucca and is on hand if you need to use the toilet or wash. It is also where your meals are prepared and eaten. You'll need to bring a sleeping bag/sheet and a towel with you. The crew, as well as being experienced sailors, are responsible for the preparation of the included meals, though they welcome helpers!

Sonesta St. George Hotel, Luxor
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

A grand and classical hotel, the Sonesta is luxurious, ensuring you a comfortable stay. The hotel has a sweeping terrace with fantastic views of the Nile, a grand entrance of polished marble and handsomely appointed furnishings with exquisite detail and a beautiful health spa.

Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx, Cairo
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

In a great location for the Pyramids, the Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx is a contemporary hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms are well furnished with modern interiors and en suite facilities. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and there is a beautiful outdoor pool perfect for relaxing by. Why not head to the restaurant on the roof for a delicious meal and impressive views of the Pyramids. Perfectly located across from the Pyramids and also close to Cairo University and the Hanging Church.

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - Sultanahmet, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia and Basilica Underground Cistern
Roman ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus
Carpet weaving demomstration and leather house visit
Aswan - High Dam, Philae Temple, River Nile
Temple of Kom Ombo & Edfu - Temple of Horus
Gallipoli - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine & Chunuk Bair memorials and trenches
Pamukkale Thermal Pools and Roman Hierapolis
Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Necropolis of Saqqara, Egyptian Museum
Nile felucca cruising - islands en route
Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

Included

14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
2 nights aboard a felucca (open deck)
Airport arrival transfer in Turkey day 1 and departure shuttle on day 8 at 11am & 9pm to Ataturk International airport
Touring of Istanbul, Gallipoli, Ephesus, Pergamum, Pamukkale Hierapolis
Escorted by degree qualified tour guides in Turkey and Egypt
1 overnight public bus journey from Pammukale - Istanbul (option to upgrade to a flight available)
6 nights 4 star and special class hotels in Turkey, 4 nights 4 - 5 star hotels in Egypt
2 nights overnight trains: Cairo - Aswan and Luxor - Cairo (1st class, 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Cairo - Airport arrival transfer on day 8 and departure transfer on day 16
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Edfu and Luxor
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights (including the flight from Istanbul to Cairo on day 8, visas and tipping
Entrance Fees: $200-210 USD
Tip for your tour guides in Turkey and Egypt. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller. Tip for your driver in Turkey $20 USD and Felucca Crew/ Nile Cruise staff in Egypt, we recommend you allow $10 USD for each. Tipping of these persons mentioned above is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $75 USD

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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Please note that the connecting flight between Istanbul-Cairo or vice versa. is not included in the cost of the tour and will need to be arranged independently. Alterntively you can contact us we'll be happy to arrange it for you.

Tour Details
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 and 5 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 5
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Princes Islands
USD $179 / 1 day
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