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Turkey & Egypt in 16 Days

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Aswan
Cairo
Giza
Luxor
Nile River
Cappadocia
Ephesus
Istanbul
Kusadasi
Pamukkale
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Discover Turkey, from the labyrinthine bazaars of Istanbul to the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Cruise along the Bosphorus and discover the cave-dwellings of the Goreme Valley. Visit Kusadasi and uncover the ruins of Ephesus. Head to Egypt to see the Great Pyramids in Cairo and enjoy a 4-night Full-Board Nile Cruise through iconic Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan.

1st Day: US - Night on board

Arrive at your US departure airport ready to catch a flight to Istanbul.* Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Istanbul

Arrive in the bustling melting-pot of Istanbul, once the capital of Turkey and a city of immense history, wonderful culture and delicious cuisine. Transfer to your hotel, get settled and, if time allows, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure exploring this historic, lively city. Dinner and overnight stay in Istanbul.

3rd Day: Istanbul

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, set off on a half-day tour of Istanbul to discover it's most emblematic sights and monuments. Begin at the Hippodrome of Constantine, to explore the relics of what was once the centre of mighty Constantinople during Byzantine times, including the Obelisk of Theodosius, brought from Egypt to Constantinople in the 4th-century. Afterwards, it's time to visit the magnificent Hagia Sophia Museum, which has served as both a Greek Orthodox Cathedral and an imperial mosque over the centuries. End the tour at Istanbul's most iconic landmark: the Blue Mosque, dating from the 17th-century and well-known for the hand-painted blue tiles of its interior. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Istanbul.

4th Day: Istanbul - Cappadocia

Breakfast at the hotel. Head to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar this morning to enjoy the diverse aromas before enjoying a laid-back Bosphorus Cruise, where you can admire the eclectic architecture of the city as you travel between Europe and Asia, watching the palaces of the Ottomans, Dolmabachce and Beylerbeyi pass by you. Back on dry land, transfer to the airport for a flight to Cappadocia, famed for its unique geological formations and 'fairy chimneys'. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, soaking up the breathtaking sunset views across the magical landscapes of Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia.

5th Day: Cappadocia

Breakfast at the hotel. We recommend starting the day with an unforgettable Hot Air Balloon flight over the landscapes of Cappadocia.* Later in the morning, visit the beautiful Dervent Valley where you'll see a large concentration of small fairy-chimneys and many unique rock formations, some of which resemble animals and human figures, hence the area has been nicknamed 'Imagination Valley'. Continue to Pasabagi to see the mushroom-shaped pinnacles and learn about the hermits who once lived here. In the afternoon, explore the Open-Air Museum of Goreme, where rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back as far as the 10th-century. Inside the cave churches, you'll find amazing frescoes and wall paintings. It's clear to see why this unique destination is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. After an action-packed day, return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight: Float over Cappadocia's fairy chimneys, tuff valleys and rock-cut churches and experience the sunrise from a unique viewpoint on a 1-hour hot air balloon flight. Enjoy panoramic sunrise views from up to 1,000 feet above the ground, and celebrate your safe landing with a champagne toast and a personalised flight certificate. Duration: from 5:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Minimum age limit for children: 6 years old. Price per person: Approx. $320 to be paid at the destination.

Please note: the availability of the Hot Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia depends on the weather conditions. The activity will be confirmed the day before.

6th Day: Cappadocia - Izmir - Kusadasi

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a leisurely hike through the Rose Valley to visit the rock-churches and appreciate the natural beauty of the landscape. Continue to Cavusin, an ancient Christian village and in the afternoon, explore Kaymakli Underground City, an amazing place, carved deep into the rocks and dating back as far as the 8th-century. This underground complex was greatly extended during the Byzantine period, when it was used for protection against enemy raids, and is composed of many different levels and floors which reveal fascinating secrets about daily life in Byzantium. Emerge from the caves and transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir and transfer to Kusadasi, on Turkey’s western Aegean coast. Arrive and get settled at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Kusadasi.

7th Day: Kusadasi - Ephesus - Kusadasi

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, set off for Ephesus, the best-preserved ancient city in Asia Minor. Explore its excavated collonaded streets and discover the ruins of the Temple of Hadrian and the Roman Baths. In the afternoon, visit the mysterious House of Virgin Mary, situated on Mount Koressos. This Catholic shrine and pilgrimage site is believed, by some, to be the home of Jesus's mother, who, after Jesus's crucifixion, lived the remainder of her earthly life on the site. Return to Kusadasi and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring or relaxing at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Kusadasi.

8th Day: Kusadasi - Pamukkale - Istanbul

Breakfast at the hotel. Your adventure continues today as you set off for Pamukkale, where the high calcareous concentration of its waters has created one of the most spectacular land formations in the world, consisting of gigantic white waterfalls, stalactites and natural pools formed over centuries. Afterwards, transfer to Cardak airport in Denizli to catch a flight back to Istanbul. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and enjoy a final evening at your leisure in Turkey, bargaining in the Grand Bazaar and dining on delicious Turkish cuisine. Dinner and overnight stay in Istanbul.

9th Day: Istanbul - Cairo

Breakfast at the hotel. Continue your adventure today as you head to Egypt! At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo. Touch down in Cairo and transfer to the hotel. Once you've settled in the remainder of the day is free at your leisure to get to know the sights and sounds of Cairo, in the shadow of the Great Pyramids! Go shopping at the local souk or sample the national cuisine. Overnight stay in Cairo.

10th Day: Cairo

Breakfast at the hotel. Get to know the Egyptian capital today with a tour of Cairo's most emblematic sights. Begin at the Giza plateau, home of the three Great Pyramids, built over 4,500 years ago and one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Explore the pyramids and learn about their fascinating history as you walk in the footsteps of the pharaohs. Continue to the Great Sphinx to unearth more secrets of Ancient Egypt. The remainder of the day is free to explore Cairo at your leisure. We recommend an optional Pyramids Sound and Light Show.* Overnight stay in Cairo.

Optional Pyramids Sound and Light Show: Experience the iconic Great Pyramids at night, as they are lit with dancing lasers and visuals, accompanied by atmospheric music. The perfect way to kick-start your Egyptian adventure!

Important: The order of the optional excursions may vary depending on your departure day. Optional excursions can only be reserved at the time of booking or up to four days after booking.

11th Day: Cairo - Luxor

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Luxor On arrival, transfer to the port to board your Nile Cruise Boat, your home for the next four nights. Get settled in your cabin and enjoy lunch and the views of the river Nile. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Karnak, a huge complex of decayed temples, columns and other buildings. On the way back to the ship, stop at the impressive Temple of Luxor, dedicated to Amun-Ra, Mut and Khonu and built by Amenophis III and Ramses II. Back on the ship, enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure. Dinner and overnight on board.

12th Day: Luxor - Edfu

Full-board on board. Begin the day with a visit to the legendary Valley of the Kings, the burial site of the pharaohs between the 18th and 20th ancient Egyptian dynasties and the famous site of the tomb of Tutankhamun. After exploring the valley, head to the Valley of the Queens, where women of royal blood were laid to rest, and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set on large terraces beneath the cliffs at Deir el-Bahari. Continue to the Colossi of Memnon, two imposing stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, before returning to the ship as it navigates towards Edfu. Overnight on board.

13th Day: Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan

Full-board on board. Disembark the ship in Edfu and take a buggy ride to the magnificent Temple of Horus, the famous, falcon-headed Egyptian god. Explore the atmospheric temple ruins as you trace the footsteps of the pharaohs. Return to the ship and continue sailing south to Kom Ombo. Upon arrival explore the twin Temples of Haroeris and Sobek and see the amazing Nilometer, used to measure the rising and falling levels of the Nile, an important life source in Egypt. Return to the ship and relax onboard as you continue towards Aswan. Overnight on board.

14th Day: Aswan

Full-board on board. This morning, we recommend an optional visit to the amazing temples of Abu Simbel.* Today, enjoy a tour of Aswan to uncover the sights of this fascinating city. Explore the famous granite quarry, where the building blocks of many of ancient Egypt's monuments were produced and visit both the old and new Aswan Dams, monumental engineering works built in the 19th and 20th centuries respectively to control the flooding on the banks of the Nile. End the day with a peaceful ride in a felucca, a typical fishing boat, on the river Nile. Overnight on board.

Optional Excursion to Abu Simbel: Visit these amazing temples, carved on the western cliff of the desert by Ramses II in the Xl century BC. See the iconic 20-metre high statues, dedicated to the god Amon Ra, and the Temple of Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor.

Important: The order of the optional excursions may vary depending on your departure day. Optional excursions can only be reserved at the time of booking or up to four days after booking.

15th Day: Aswan - Cairo

Breakfast on board. At the indicated time, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Cairo. Arrive in the capital and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to get to know Cairo. While away the day visiting the amazing Egyptian Museum, where it's worth spending some time to really get the most out of its unbeatable exhibitions or go shopping in the busy city souks to bag a bargain. We recommend an optional excursion to the Saladin Citadel.* Overnight stay in Cairo.

Optional Excursion to Saladin Citadel: Visit the Alabaster Mosque and medieval fortification of Saladin Citadel, perched atop a hill in central Cairo and dating back to the 12th-century. Learn about the importance of the site to Egypt's Islamic heritage before walking through the Coptic Neighborhood, home to various churches. 

Important: The order of the optional excursions may vary depending on your departure day. Optional excursions can only be reserved at the time of booking or up to four days after booking.

16th Day: Cairo - US

Breakfast at the hotel.* Sadly, it's time to bring your adventure through Turkey and Egypt to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.**

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

** Depending on the choice of flight, you may arrive back in the US the following day.

 

16 days trip including flights*

15 days and 14 nights in destination

1

NYC - IST

2

NYC - IST

Istanbul

3

Istanbul

4

Cappadocia

5

Cappadocia

6

Kusadasi

7

Kusadasi

8

Istanbul

9

Cairo

10

Cairo

11

Nile

12

Nile

13

Nile

14

Nile

15

Cairo

16

CAI - NYC

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

Accommodation: 14 Nights

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Optional

Ultimate Egypt Optional Excursions Package (Limited Offer) - 4 Excursions

Add 4 unforgettable experiences to your trip! See the Great Pyramids Sound and Light Show, discover medieval Cairo with an excursion to the Saladin Citadel, visit the ancient Island of Philae in Aswan and take an excursion to the temples of Abu Simbel.
Suggested activity for day 2
Optional

Experience Egypt Optional Excursions Package (Limited Offer) - 3 Excursions

Add 3 unforgettable experiences to your trip! See the Great Pyramids like never before with the Sound and Light Show, discover medieval Cairo with an excursion to the Saladin Citadel and visit the Island of Philae.
Suggested activity for day 2
Optional

Pyramids Sound and Light Show

Experience the iconic Great Pyramids at night, as they are lit with dancing lasers and visuals, accompanied by atmospheric music. The perfect way to kick-start your Egyptian adventure!
Suggested activity for day 10
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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Istanbul, Cairo - US.
  • Internal and international flights: Istanbul - Cappadocia, Cappadocia - Izmir, Denizli - Istanbul, Istanbul - Cairo, Cairo - Luxor, Aswan - Cairo.*
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  • 10 nights hotel accommodation in Superior and Luxury category hotels and 4 nights on board the Chateau Layfatte Nile Cruise Ship. **
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  • 10 breakfasts, 7 dinners and Full-Board on Chateau Layfatte Nile Cruise Ship. ***
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  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrances fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide. ****
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • 4-night Nile Cruise.
  • Cruise along the Bosphorus.
  • Cave hotel in Cappadocia.

Not included

Visa (required for Egypt) * drinks, tips**, entrance fees, and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Egypt Visa issued on arrival. Price approx. $25.

** Tips in Egypt are mandatory and must be paid on arrival at the destination. Approx. $50 per person.

Please note: tips in Egypt are mandatory and must be paid on arrival at the destination. Approx. $50 per person.

* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 7 days after you have made your booking or delivered to you on arrival at your destination.

** The allocated cruise ship may be changed due to routine maintenance, in which case you will be allocated a cruise of the same or higher category.

*** Upgrade to full-board in Turkey by adding 6 lunches in local restaurants in the next step of the booking process.

**** The order of the itinerary and visits in Turkey may vary, depending on the schedule of the internal flights. The planned visits will be carried out in any case.

**** The Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia depends on the weather conditions. The activity will be confirmed the day before.

**** The itinerary indicated in Egypt corresponds to the departures on Saturdays. Depending on the day of departure the order of the itinerary will be as follows:

Sunday departures: 1 night Cairo, 4 nights Nile Cruise, 2 nights Cairo.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of three months validity.
  • Visa
    Visa required. You can get an e-Visa online before you travel through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira
  • Language
    Turkish
  • Electricity
    230 V 50 Hz
  • Health
    Vaccines recommended: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/408/hepatitis-a-vaccine-recommendations-for-turkey-updated
  • Time zone
    UTC + 02:00.
  • Tourist Office website
    https://www.goturkeytourism.com/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

Children: 2 - 11 years.

Triple room: In general, triple rooms will have a double bed/ two single beds and a rollaway or sofa bed.

 

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40%
60 days before departure

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