Best of Egypt & Turkey

$1108/per person

A fantastic Egypt and Turkey tour providing the ancient wonders and essential sights. Stand in awe of the magnificent Philae Temple and experience the life of an Egyptian. Discover the wonders of Egypt, dig deep into the amazing history, barter your way through many Bazaars and visit its centuries old temples.

Embrace the culture and history of Istanbul & Gallipoli, ride through the magnificent Aegean Coast and in-land wonders of Anatolia. Commence your tour exploring the magnificent museums and mosques of Istanbul and then travel south along the Aegean Coast, capturing wonderful visions of ancient cities. After heading inland to experience the incredible natural marvels of fairy chimney formations in Cappadocia.

Duration
19 Day
Destination(s)
TurkeyTurkey
Starts in / Ends in
Cairo / Istanbul
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
5-4 Star
25-30 people

Sight Visited

  • Asklepion
    Asklepion

    The Asklepion is a famed ancient medical center built in honor of Asclepius, the god of healing. It was also the world's first psychiatric hospital.

  • Aswan
    Aswan

    Sunniest city of Egypt and a popular touristic stop for many cruises. The local market here is an excellent place to do some shopping and the best place to find Egyptian fresh spices.

  • Blue Mosque
    Blue Mosque

    The exterior features a beautiful cascade of domes and six minarets and blue Iznik tiles adorn the interior giving the building its unofficial but commonly used name.

  • Cairo
    Cairo

    With the Great Pyramids of Giza, ancient temples, magnificent monuments, and the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Cairo offers an experience of a lifetime.

  • Cappadocia
    Cappadocia

    A region of exceptional natural and man-made wonders. Take the chance to discover underground cities carved into rock, fairy chimneys and many more...

  • Dalyan
    Dalyan

    Home of the famous Caretta Caretta turtles. Take the most popular mud bath in Turkey, and then a fantastic boat trip is to take you to Iztuzu beach.

  • Edfu
    Edfu

    Edfu has the most complete and best-preserved temple in Egypt, the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus, which was constructed between 237 BC and 57 BC

  • Ephesus
    Ephesus

    The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus embarks you on a journey to ancient times while roaming the streets.

  • Gallipoli
    Gallipoli

    Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Anzac Cove, Johnston's Jolly, North Beach, Ari Burnu, Hell Spit, Brighton Beach, Shrapnel Valley, Artillery Raod, Quinn's Road and more…

  • Giza
    Giza

    The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only one still remaining to this day. An absolute must see.

  • Hagia Sophia
    Hagia Sophia

    The Hagia Sophia, among the Seven Wonders of the World, awaits you with all its magnificence. The hundreds of years old structure will fascinate you on sight.

  • High Dam
    High Dam

    The symbol of the New Era after the Revolution of 1952, the dam provided Egypt with water and electricity and protected huge areas against flooding.

  • Istanbul
    Istanbul

  • Komombo
    Komombo

    Kom Ombo means ‘hill of the gold’ crowned with Temple of Komombo. The temple is unusual as one side is dedicated to the god Haroesis and the other side to Sobek.

  • Luxor
    Luxor

    A top travel destination in Egypt with a wealth of historic monuments and buildings bringing Egypt’s fabled past to life. Luxor is called the world’s greatest open air museum.

  • Pamukkale
    Pamukkale

    Home of the world-famous travertines, the cotton castle. You will witness the unusual and beautiful scenery just near the ancient city of Hierapolis, the ancient cure center.

  • Philae Temple
    Philae Temple

    This beautiful temple complex is one of the most picturesque in all of Egypt. It sits on Aglika Island just south of the old Aswan Dam.

  • Saklikent
    Saklikent

    This huge canyon is a natural beauty where you can do trekking to reach to breathtaking sceneries and secret waterfalls.

  • Topkapi Palace
    Topkapi Palace

    Home of the Sultans, heart of the Ottoman Empire… Roam through the royal palace of the Ottomans and follow their footsteps to see their most valued treasures.

  • Troy
    Troy

    The legendary city where you can outline layers of ruins of cities built on top of each other and visit the famous Trojan horse, awaits you.

  • Unfinished Obelisk
    Unfinished Obelisk

    The 42m long obelisk was left unfinished when some cracks appeared, but had this obelisk been completed, it would have been the heaviest, weighing nearly 1100 tons!

Itinerary

1
Day 1: Cairo
Welcome to Egypt! At the Cairo terminal keep your eyes open for the Travel Talk sign, we pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. Gather round in the hotel lobby at 6:00pm as we meet both the other tour members and the guide for an informal meeting. After the meeting you have free time to start exploring Cairo.
  • Included Activities; Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities ; Group Dinner on Cruise
  • Meals ; No
2
Day 2: Cairo City Tour, Luxor
After breakfast we visit the Giza Plateau to explore the world famous pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycrenos. The afternoon is left to sightseeing in Sakkara; the first capital of ancient Egypt, famous for its step pyramid, built by King Zoser in 2700 B.C. Later in the afternoon we board our bus to Luxor. In the evening we’ll check into our Premium hotel by the River of Nile...
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Pyramids & Sakkara
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast , Dinner
3
Day 3: Luxor
After our breakfast, we depart for the West Bank of the Nile where our donkey awaits to take us into the Valley of the Kings. Next is our discovery of the magnificent “city of the Dead” where tombs were carved into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the Pharaoh afterlife. Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is our next stop. Then we drive to Aswan for overnight stay.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Luxor & Valley of The Kings & Donkey Ride
  • Optional Activities ; Nubian Dinner
  • Meals ; Breakfast
4
Day 4: Aswan
Today, after breakfast we explore Aswan, the smallest of the three major tourist cities based on the Nile, famous for the amazing Philea Temple and High Dam, an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. After visiting the High Dam we head to Philea Temple and take a short motorboat ride to reach the island. Dedicated to the goddess Isis, Philae Temple has a beautiful setting on an island in the River of Nile. Its various shrines and sanctuaries celebrate the deities involved in the myth of Isis and Osiris. Early in the morning you can join the optional trip to Abu Simbel, one of the most impressive ancient sights of Egypt. Overnight stay in Aswan.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Aswan & Philea Temple & High Dam
  • Optional Activities ; Abu Simbel
  • Meals ; Breakfast
5
Day 5: Daily Felucca cruise on the Nile
Today we get back to basics and jump onboard a Felucca sail boat, bound for the Elephantine and Kitchener Islands on the River Nile. After our river excursion, the rest of the day is yours free to wander around Aswan as you wish.
  • Included Activities; Sailing on the Felucca & Kitchener Islands
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
6
Day 6: Edfu, Komombo, Luxor
After breakfast, on our way to Luxor where we will spend the night, we head to Edfu to visit the largest and best preserved temple in Egypt. The temple is dedicated to the falcon god Horus and was built over a 180-year period from 237 BC to 57 BC. Then we continue to visit Komombo Temple which was built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and god Horus.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Edfu & Komombo
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
7
Day 7: Luxor, Cairo
Today, it has much to offer the traveller, from vast temples, to ancient royal tombs, via spectacular desert and river scenery. we visit the temple of Luxor on the East Bank of the Nile which was dedicated to the great god Amun, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu (the mood god), representing the Theban triad. The temple was built on the site of a probably smaller structure for the god Amun, while the earliest parts of the temple seen today date from the 14th century BC and the time of Amenhotep III. In the afternoon we proceed to the Temple of Karnak, one of the most important religious centers of ancient Egypt. In the afternoon we drive to Cairo for overnight stay.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Karnak Temple & Luxor on the East Bank
  • Optional Activities ; Hot Air Balloning
  • Meals ; Breakfast
8
Day 8: Cairo City Tour, Flight to Istanbul
Our journey continues with a visit to one of the most important museums in the ancient world, the Egyptian Museum, that houses more than 100,000 relics of Egypt. Then we discover the Citadel of Saladin, Mosque of Mohamed Ali, the Hanging Church and the world famous Kahn El Khalili bazaar before flying to Istanbul.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Cairo & Citadel of Saladin & Mosque of Mohammed Ali & Hanging Church & Khan El Khalili Bazaar
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
9
Day 9: Istanbul City Tour
After breakfast we begin to experience the magnificence of Istanbul. We stroll through the old town visiting Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, majestic Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia Museum.
  • Included Activities; Istanbul Guided City Tour
  • Optional Activities ; Bosphorus Cruise
  • Meals ; Breakfast
10
Day 10: Gallipoli
Today we depart Istanbul for the shores of Gallipoli. We visit all the important memorial sites in the region including the Kabatepe War Museum, Anzac Cove, Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine.
  • Included Activities; Gallipoli Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
11
Day 11: Troy, Pergamum, Kusadasi
After breakfast we head to the ancient city of Troy, the setting of Homer's epic, Iliad, involving a giant wooden horse. We then continue to Pergamum and the remains of the Asklepion. In the evening we arrive in Kusadasi.
  • Included Activities; Troy & Pergamum/Asklepion Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
12
Day 12: Ephesus, Fethiye
The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus, will be our first stop. In the afternoon we depart for Fethiye where we can explore the buzzing tourist and resort town.
  • Included Activities; Ephesus Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
13
Day 13: Fethiye, Saklıkent, Oludeniz
After breakfast we make our way to huge canyon of Saklikent. We then make our way to Oludeniz. Besides its spectacular beaches, glittering waters and breathtaking natural scenery, Oludeniz is also popular for its water sport activities. Here you can relax on the exquisite beach or join one of the adventure activities including paragliding and microlighting. Late in the afternoon we depart for our overnight stay in Fethiye.
  • Included Activities; Saklikent Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; Rafting, Paragliding
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
14
Day 14: Fethiye, Dalyan, Fethiye
After breakfast we make our way to Dalyan, a small town in the south-western coast popular for its natural and unspoiled beauty. We join a boat trip to visit the most popular mud bath in Turkey, and we then continue to Iztuzu beach, homeland of world famous Caretta Caretta turtles. After a fantastic boat travel we reach Iztuzu sandbar with fine sand and turquoise sea. Than we return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
  • Included Activities; Dalyan Boat Trip, Mud Bath, Free time at the beach
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
15
Day 15: Fethiye, Pamukkale
Today we head to Pamukkale meaning cotton castle in Turkish, this is a natural site that contains hot springs and travertines, giving the appearance of terraces made by carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white castle and people have bathed in its pools for thousands of years.
  • Included Activities; Pamukkale Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
16
Day 16: Pamukkale, Cappadocia
Today we depart for Cappadocia where we visit the world famous Underground City. A region of exceptional natural and man-made wonders, characterized by fairy chimneys and unique historical and cultural heritage. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
  • Included Activities; Derinkuyu Underground City, Ihlara Valley Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; Turkish Bath
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
17
Day 17: Cappadocia
After breakfast we begin exploring all the important sights in Cappadocia including the Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Uchisar, Pigeon Valley. We will end the day with a visit to local handicraft manufacturers and learn about traditional art.
  • Included Activities; Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Uchisar, Pigeon Valley Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; Hot Air Ballooning, Turkish Night
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
18
Day 18: Cappadocia, Ihlara, Istanbul
This morning we visit the dramatically beautiful Ihlara Valley before departing for Istanbul where we arrive late in the evening.
  • Meals ; Breakfast
19
Day 19:
Our trip will end after we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast, bid you safe travels, and check-out of the hotel (11:00am).
  • Meals ; Breakfast
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Price ($)

The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:

Flight

International flight from Cairo to Istanbul

Accommodation

5 and 4 star hotels

Airport Transfer

From Cairo Airport to the Cairo hotel on day one and from Istanbul Airport to the Istanbul hotel.

Meals

18 Breakfasts | 9 Dinner

Transportation

Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus

Guide

Services of experienced Eqyptologist guides in Egypt and experienced local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

What is not included in the tour price and local payment?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

THE OASIS HOTEL PYRAMIDS - CAIRO


The hotel is located very close to Pyramids of Giza, The Egyptian Museum and Great Sphinx. Hotel offers a sundeck, swimming pool, tennis court, gym and fitness center.

STEIGENBERGER HOTEL - LUXOR


This 5 star hotel, located in the heart of Luxor by the Nile River, provides an outdoor pool, fitness centre and sauna. All rooms feature air-conditioning and satellite TV.

HELNAN HOTEL - ASWAN


This 5 star hotel overlooking the river, offers a pool, nightclub and spa centre. Air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a minibar and a satellite TV.

OTTOMAN HOTEL IMPERIAL - ISTANBUL


Ottoman Hotel Imperial is situated on the truly premium location in town, on an elevated position, surrounded by all the major historic and cultural sights in the heart of the old town, Sultanahmet, viewing the impressive Hagia Sophia (St.Sophia, Aya Sofya) Museum.

KOLIN HOTEL - CANAKKALE


The 5-star hotel in Gallipoli is a perfect place to relax and prepare for the upcoming big tour. The large swimming pool and the delicious open buffet add up to the comfortable rooms they offer.

MARINA HOTEL - KUSADASI


This hotel has a seafront location in the Aegean coast, only 250 metres from the beach. The hotel offers an outdoor pool and a terrace with panoramic views of the sea and Kusadasi Marina. The air-conditioned rooms of Marina Hotel Kusadasi include a minibar and an LCD TV with satellite channels.

MONTANA PINE RESORT HOTEL - FETHIYE


This hotel is located in heart of pine forest where it’s peaceful, calm. And this hotel has a large swimming pool to offer, close to Oludeniz beach.

DOGA THERMAL HOTEL - PAMUKKALE


Doga Thermal Hotel offers hot spring water swimming pool, great foods, and quality services of accommodation.

BURCU KAYA HOTEL - CAPPADOCIA


There is no better place to stay in Cappadocia than a real stone-carved room. With its world widely unique geography, you can experience staying in cozy authentic stone rooms like locals of ancient times and receive the good quality service of today.

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