Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Turkey & Tutankhamun

16 days  |  Istanbul to Cairo  |  from USD $2,335  |   Guaranteed Departures 

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.
Countries Visited: Egypt, Turkey

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1

Istanbul

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

The Old City

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

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

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

Day 7

Istanbul

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

Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara

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

Aswan

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

The Temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu

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

Valley of the Kings

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

Egyptian Museum

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

Cairo

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.

Prices & Dates

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.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $2425
USD $1480
2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $2565
USD $1480
USD $2565
USD $1480
USD $2565
USD $1480
USD $2565
USD $1480
USD $2565
USD $1480
USD $2565
USD $1480
USD $2565
USD $1480
USD $2425
USD $1480
USD $2565
USD $1480
2018
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $2335
USD $1480
USD $2335
USD $1480
USD $2565
USD $1480
USD $2565
USD $1480
USD $2565
USD $1480
USD $2565
USD $1480
USD $2565
USD $1480
USD $2565
USD $1480
USD $2565
USD $1480
USD $2565
USD $1480
USD $2425
USD $1480
USD $2565
USD $1480

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Pre-Tour Accommodation
USD $160
USD $110

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.

Hotels

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.

Kent Hotel, Istanbul

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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.

Parion Hotel, Canakkale

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Parion is an elegant property situated in the heart of Canakkale on the southern coast of the Dardanelles in Turkey. The hotel features 162 guest rooms and suites with en suit facilities, air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV and a fully stocked minibar. Those looking for a bite to eat can check out the hotel restaurant, which serves a breakfast buffet and a la carte menus at lunch and dinner. There is also a hotel bar and room service is available.

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. 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.

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 are 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: 3 star cruise boat

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.

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.

Le Meridien Heliopolis, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Just a short drive from Cairo’s Old Town and international airport, the 5-star Le Meridien Heliopolis combines comfort with convenience. The guest rooms are spacious and equipped with air-conditioning, satellite television and a minibar, plus there’s complimentary WiFi throughout the property. Dining options include a choice of four on-site restaurants, serving Egyptian and international cuisine. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment and cocktails at The 51 Bar. During the warmer months hotel guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool or relax on a sun lounger on the terrace. There’s also a fitness centre and tennis courts for those who like to stay active whilst on holiday.

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - Sultanahmet, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia and Basilica Underground Cistern
Roman ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus
Carpet weaving demonstration 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 and 2 lunches, 2 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: USD$190-210, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guides in Turkey and Egypt. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per person, per day. For your driver in Turkey we recommend $2 USD per person per day. Tipping of these persons mentioned above is an entirely personal gesture.
Tipping Kitty: USD$120-140, paid in local currency
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: 2

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