22 DAYS ULTIMATE GREECE TURKEY AND EGYPT TOUR ITINERARY:
Day 1 - Athens - Arrival Day
Upon arrival in Athens, you will meet with our local representative at the
airport and be transfered to your hotel. Once you settle in, you are free to
stroll in the old Plaka district. Overnight in Athens.
Day 2 - Athens - Half Day City Tour
After breakfast, we will pick you up from the hotel and start our morning
sightseeing tour, including visit Acropolis. Acropolis is the Acropolis of
Athens or Citadel of Athens is the best known acropolis in the world. It is the
significance of the Acropolis of Athens, such as that it is commonly known as
The Acropolis without qualification. The Acropolis was formally proclaimed as
the pre-eminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage list of monuments on
26 March 2007. The Acropolis is a flat-topped rock that rises 150 m (490 ft)
above sea level in the city of Athens, with a surface area of about 3 hectares.
It was also known as Cecropia, after the legendary serpent-man, Cecrops, the
first Athenian king. At the end of the tour, we will transfer you back to hotel
and the rest of the day is yours to have a walk in Athens. Overnight in Athens.
Day 3 - Athens - Daily Saronic Cruise
(Breakfast and lunch included)
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the
pier to enjoy the day cruise to the Saronic Islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra.
Aegina is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf, 17.
Tradition derives the name from Aegina, the mother of Aeacus, who was born in
and ruled the island. During ancient times, Aegina was a rival to Athens, the
great sea power of the era. The island, along with offshore islets, comprises
the Municipality of Aegina in Piraeus Prefecture, a part of the Attica region.
The capital is the town of Aegina situated at the northwestern end of the
island. Due to its proximity to Athens, it is a popular quick getaway during the
summer months, with quite a few Athenians owning second houses on the island.
Poros is a small Greek island-pair in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf, at
a distance about 58 km south from Piraeus and separated from the Peloponnese by
a 200-metre wide sea channel, with the town of Galatas on the mainland across
the strait. Its surface is about 31 square kilometres. The town of Poros has
4,102 of these inhabitants. The only other inhabited settlement is Agios. The
ancient name of Poros was Pogon. Like other ports in the Saronic, it is a
popular weekend destination for Athenian travellers. It is an island with rich
vegetation as well. Much of the northern and far eastern/western sides of the
island are bushy, whereas large areas of old pine forest are found in the south
and center of the island. Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located
in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. It is separated
from the Peloponnese by narrow strip of water. In ancient times, the island was
known as Hydrea which was a reference to the springs on the island. Hydra is
also a municipality and one of the few provinces in Greece to have two
municipalities - which includes the island of Dokos - yet fewer than five
communes. However, there are no municipal boundaries on the island and its
smaller islands. Overnight in Athens.
Day 4 - Athens - Olympia - 4 Days Classical Tour
After breakfast, we will depart for 4 Days Classical Tour. We drive towards the
Corinth Canal where we will make our first stop. We will visit The Theatre of
Epidaurus which was constructed in the late 4th century BC. Originally it had 34
rows and was used for dramatic performances. The Romans added another 21 rows.
Even in ancient times, the theater was considered to have great acoustics. The
actors can be perfectly heard by all 15,000 spectators without the sound having
to be amplified. The limestone rows filter the low-frequency sounds - such as
the murmur of the crowd - but amplify the sounds from the stage. It still is one
of the most beautiful open-air theaters. The view behind the scene was and still
is an integrated part of the theater. The theatre was discovered in 1970 and the
excavation began in 1972. Supplementary excavations were needed to bring the
entire theatre to light and to consolidate the building. Restoration work has
been carried out so that the theatre can still be used safely. And then we keep
passing through the town of Nafplio, it is a seaport town in the Peloponnese in
Greece that has expanded up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic
Gulf. The town was the first capital of modern Greece, from 1829 to 1834.
Mycenae, where we can discover the prehistoric Acropolis with the Lion Gate and
Agamemnon's tomb. The Lion Gate of Mycenae was the entrance to the city. Atop
the gate, two lions rampant are carved in stone relief. Similar bas-reliefs of
two lions rampant facing each other are found in a number of places in Phrygia
in Asia Minor. At last we will keep on driving to Olympia. Overnight in Olympia.
Day 5 - Olympia - Delphi - 4 Days Classical Tour
In the morning we will visit the Olympic stadium, it was originally designed in
1979 and built in 1980-1982 it is a stadium which is part of the Athens Olympic
Sports Complex. It is also known as the Athens Olympic Stadium and Spiridon "Spiros"
Louis Stadium, named after the man to win the first (modern) Olympic marathon
race in 1896. Afterwards we will visit to the Museum of Olympia. It is one of
the great museums of Greece in Olympia, of the Elis Prefecture, and houses
artifacts found in the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia. It was officially
opened in 1982. One of the best known exhibits is the Nike of Paeonius, which is
featured on the medals awarded during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. We
will continue driving to Delphi afterwards. Upon arrival Delphi and check in to
your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to explore the city. Overnight in
Day 6 - Delphi - Kalambaka - 4 Days Classical Tour
Today we will visit the local museum The Delphi Archaeological Museum which is
well-known for The Charioteer of Delphi. The Charioteer of Delphi also known as
Heniokhos (the rein-holder), is one of the best-known statues surviving from
Ancient Greece, and is considered one of the finest examples of ancient bronze
statues. The life-size statue of a chariot driver was found in 1896 at the
Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi. Afterward we will depart for Kalambaka which is a
municipality in the Trikala Prefecture, Greece. Population 11,841 (2001). The
famous Meteora monasteries are located in the municipality. Kalambaka is the
northwestern terminal of the old Thessaly Railways, now part of OSE. Kalambaka
was voted as one of the most beautiful places in Greece by the show of Skai TV,
I LOVE GR. Overnight in Kalambaka.
Day 7 - Meteora - Athens - 4 Days Classical Tour
Today is the end of our 4 Days Classical Tour. In the morning we will drive and
visit Meteora. Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of
Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six
monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern
edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in
central Greece. We will visit the ageless monasteries and speciments of
Byzantine art in Meteora as well.
Early evening we will depart back to Athens. Upon arrival check in the hotel and
you will be given your room key. Overnight in Athens.
Day 8 - Athens - Istanbul
After your breakfast, check out from the hotel and we will arrange your transfer
to Athens International airport for flight to Turkey. Meet with TravelShop
Turkey staff and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 9 - Istanbul
Guided Istanbul walking old city tour visiting Topkapi Palace (closed on tuesdays)
Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia Museum (closed on mondays), Underground
Cistern, Covered Grand Bazaar (closed on sundays). Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 10 - Bosphorus and Two Continents
Pick up at 08:30 from the hotel for the tour of Bosphorus and the Asian part of
Istanbul. During the tour we will enjoy a Bosphorus Cruise, having lunch and
visiting the Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Asian side. Tonight we have an
evening flight to Kusadasi.
Day 11 - Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary
Todays is pick up time again at 08:30 for the tour of the ancient city of
Ephesus and Virgin Mary';s House. You will visit: The Temple of Diana, The Old
City of Ephesus, Temple of Hadrian and Serapis, Library of Celsus, lunch in
Selcuk, the Last Abode of Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis. Overnight in
Day 12 - Kusadasi and Cappadocia
The day is yours till your flight time. You will be picked up from your hotel
and transfer to airport fr your domestic flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival
transfer and check into your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 13 - Cappadocia
You will be picked up from your hotel at 09:30 for the second day tour of
Cappadocia. You will visit: Red valley (4 kms hiking), Rose valley (visiting the
churches), Cavusin (Old Christian village), Lunch in Pigeon valley, Kaymakli
(Underground City), and Ortahisar Castle. After the tour transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 14 - Cappadocia
Your day starts with a pick up at 9:30 and tour of the local highlights of
Cappadocia. You will visit: Devrent Valley, Monk's valley (Pasabag), Avanos
(lunch in Avanos), Goreme open air museum, Uchisar (Natural Castle). End of the
tour transfer to airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival
transfer and check into your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 15 - Istanbul - Cairo
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and depart by international flight to
Egypt. Upon arrival in Cairo International Airport, meet with your local
representative and we will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is
yours to explore the city, have a relax dinner in hotel and our tour will start
tomorrow. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 16 - Memphis - Sakkara - Pyramids of Giza
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
After your breakfast, pick up from your hotel and shall start our tour today.
Firstly we will drive to the countryside to visit the first Capital of Egypt,
Memphis. Memphis founded around 3,100 BC, is the legendary city of Menes, the
King who united Upper and Lower Egypt. Early on, Memphis was more likely a
fortress from which Menes controlled the land and water routes between Upper
Egypt and the Delta. Having probably originated in Upper Egypt, from Memphis he
could control the conquered people of Lower Egypt. However, by the Third
Dynasty, the building at Saqqara suggests that Memphis had become a sizable
city. Afterwards, we will go to Sakkara, the large necropolis of Memphis to
admire the step Pyramid of Zoser where the first Pyramid ever built. After a
short stop, we will have our lunch at a typical Egyptian Restaurant in the area.
After lunch, we shall continue our journey, we will visit the three Pyramids of
Giza. It is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis
bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt. Also it is the oldest of the Seven Wonders
of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. Below the
pyramids, you will visit the Mysterious Great sphinx and the valley temple of
Khephren. At the end of the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in
Day 17 - Egyptian Museum - Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque - Khan El Khalili
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
After breakfast, we will start our tour. Today we will visit the famous Egyptian
Museum of Antiquities, it is a home to an extensive collection of ancient
Egyptian antiquities. It has 120,000 items, with a representative amount on
display, the remainder in storerooms. Also it store housing the magnificent
treasures of Tutankhamen. Then we will have our lunch break in a typical
Egyptian Restaurant in the area before we continue our journey of today. After
the lunch break, Murti's Tour will lead you to visit Mohamed Ali Alabaster
mosque, it located in the summit of the citadel, this Ottoman mosque, the
largest to be built in the first half of the 19th century. With its animated
silhouette and twin minarets, the most visible mosque in Cairo. The mosque was
built in memory of Tusun Pasha, Muhammad Ali's oldest son, who died in 1816.
This mosque, along with the citadel, is one of the landmarks and tourist
attractions of Cairo and is one of the first features to be seen when
approaching the city from no matter which side. The last spots of today is the
famous Khan El Khalili Bazaars which is the one of the most interesting bazaar
in whole middle east. Lots of cafes, restaurants, shops, and large number of
vendors and buyers constitute a dynamic panorama of the place. Drinking
Hibiscus, Karakare, Helba, or any of the various typical Egyptian beverages, is
a pleasant experience for visitors and guests to get a real taste experience.
For smokers, there is the Shisha, or water pipe, to be tried.
At the end of the tour, transfer back to your hotel.
Day 18 - Cairo - Aswan - 3 nights Nile Cruise
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
After breakfast, we will transfer you to airport for your flight to Aswan. Upon
arrival Aswan Airport, we will arrange the transfer you to the port for
embarkation to the cruise ship before lunch. We will have a stop and visit
Philae Temple and High Dam. Philae Temple was dismantled and reassembled (on
Agilika Island about 550 meters from its original home on Philae Island) in the
wake of the High Dam. The temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, is in a
beautiful setting which has been landscaped to match its original site. Lunch
and dinner will be included on board. At last, the cruise ship will sail to Kom
Ombo. Overnight onboard the cruise ship.
Day 19 - Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor - 3 nights Nile Cruise
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today we will have a tour to visit Kom Ombo Temple, the building is unique
because its 'double' design meant that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and
rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. Then the cruise ship will be continue
sail to Edfu where is the site of the Ptolemaic. Lunch will be served on board.
Upon arrival Edfu, we will visit Horus Temple which is an ancient settlement.
Afterwards, we shall continue our sail to Luxor via Esna Lock. As the site of
the Ancient Egyptan city of Thebes, Luxor has frequently been characterized as
the "world's greatest open air museum", as the ruins of the temple complexes at
Karnak and Luxor stand within the modern city. During your day on cruise, there
is a "Galabia party", where you will be encouraged to get Egyptian outfits and
wear the local Galabia. Overnight onboard the cruise ship.
Day 20 - Luxor - 3 nights Nile Cruise
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today we will arrive Luxor and we will visit the West bank of Luxor. Valley of
the Kings was the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs. The only entrance to this
place was a long narrow winding path. This was a secret place, where sentries
were placed at the entrance of the Valley, as well as along the top of the
hills, in the hopes of discouraging tomb robbers, who had in the past plundered
all royal tombs, including the treasures of the Pyramids! Some thefts were
probably carefully planned, but others were spur of the moment, as when an
earlier tomb was accidentally discovered while cutting a new one and workmen
took advantage of the opportunity. This may have happened when KV 46 was found
during the cutting of KV 4 or KV 3 nearby. The tombs in the Valley range from a
simple pit, to a tomb with over 121 chambers and corridors. Hatshepsut temple at
Dier El Bahar is one of the most characteristic temples in the whole of Egypt,
due to its design and decorations. It was built of limestone, not sandstone like
most of the other funerary temples of the New Kingdom period. Colossi of Memnon
are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the past 3400 years
(since 1350 BC) they have stood in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile
from the modern city of Luxor. After lunch we shall visit the East bank of Luxor.
Karnak Temple is the largest Temple in the World! The complex contains a group
of Temples such as the Great Temple of Amon Ra, The Temple of Khonso, The Ipt
Temple, The Temple of Ptah, the Temple of Montho and the Temple of the God
Osiris. A 20m high, mud brick enclosure wall, surrounded all of these buildings.
Luxor Temple or The Temple of Luxor, is among the most beautiful Temples in
Egypt. It was known in the New Kingdom period as Ipt-Rsyt, which means the
southern shrine. This was to differentiate between this Temple and Karnak
Temple, which was the northern house of Amon Ra. After the tour, we will back to
the cruise ship and enjoy the dinner which is follow by belly dancer show.
Overnight onboard the cruise ship.
Day 21 - Luxor - Cairo
(Breakfast and dinner included)
After your breakfast which will be served on board, we will check out from the
cruise and we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Cairo.
Upon arrival in Cairo, transfer to your hotel and you will be given your room
key. The rest of the day is leisure for you. Enjoy your last day in Egypt, do
little shopping to buy some souvenirs for your friends and family. Overnight in
Day 22 - Cairo - End of the Tour
Today is the end of the tour, it's time to say goodbye with you. Regarding your
flight departure time, we will arrange your transfer to Cairo International
Airport for your international flight back home. We hope your tour was a
memorable one and we would like to see you in future in one of our tours again.
Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.
22 DAYS ULTIMATE GREECE TURKEY AND EGYPT TOUR INCLUDES:
22 DAYS ULTIMATE GREECE TURKEY AND EGYPT TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Arrival airport transfer from Athens Airport to hotel
- 4 nights hotel with breakfast in Athens
- 1 night hotel with breakfast and dinner in Olympia
- 1 night hotel with breakfast and dinner in Delphi
- 1 night hotel with breakfast and dinner in Kalambaka
- Guided half day Athens City tour
- Saronic cruise tour in Athens with lunch
- Guided 4 days classical tour
- Return airport transfer from hotel to Athens Airport
- Airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport
- Domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir
- Domestic flight from Izmir to Cappadocia
- Domestic flight from Izmir to Istanbul
- 3 nights hotel in Istanbul
- 2 nights hotel in Cappadocia
- 2 nights hotel in Kusadasi
- 7 breakfasts and 3 lunches
- 2 fully guided Istanbul City tours
- 2 fully guided Cappadocia tours
- 1 fully guided Ephesus tour
- Return transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport
- Arrival airport transfer from Cairo International Airport
- 4 nights hotel with breakfast and dinner in Cairo
- 3 nights hotel with breakfast, lunch and dinner on Nile Cruise
- All tours mentioned above during the Nile Cruise tour
- Guided full day Memphis, Sakkara, Pyramids tour including lunch
- Guided full day Museum, Citadel, Mosque and Bazaars including lunch
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
- Return airport transfer to Cairo International Airport
- International flights
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