Istanbul and Ancient Egypt Tour 15 Days 14 Nights
Experience Egypt & Turkey
15 Days/ 14 Nights
The ultimate tour of Egypt and Turkey. Experience 15 days of touring up and down the Nile Valley and in and around Istanbul. Tour Cairo and Alexandria. Take a Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan. Spend 5 days in Istanbul and visit Bursa, the original capital of the Ottoman Empire.
Day 1: Arrival Cairo
Arrival to Egypt. Sun East Tours Representative will meet you at the airport, assist you through customs and will be with you to help you check into your hotel, review your itinerary, answer questions and most of all, help to make sure that your trip will be of the best experiences you’ve ever had.
Overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
Day 2: Pyramids Tour
Breakfast. Then Meet with your Egyptologist tour guide to enjoy your tour visiting to:
– Great Pyramids – Cheops, Chephren & Mykerions. Cheops is the most colossal ever built. It is the last of the seven Wonders of the ancient world that still standing. Next is a close-up look at Sphinx – a huge funeral complex guarded by the legendary lion body with the face of king Chephren
At the end of the day we will transfer you back to your hotel.
Overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
Day 3: Cairo/ Luxor Cruise Tour
Check out from hotel in the morning then transfer to Cairo Airport for a flight to Luxor where you will be met and assisted, then taken by an air-conditioned vehicle to board your 5 star Egypt Nile cruise to check in. After lunch on board, enjoy a visit to the impressive Karnak Temples and Luxor Temple. Dinner and overnight on board Nile cruise.
Day 4: Luxor West Bank
After breakfast on your Nile cruise, take an excursion to the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs, Valley of the Kings, then to mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which was built by the architects of the New Kingdom Pharaoh Hatshepsut approximately in the 15th century BC. Proceeding to the Colossi of Memnon. After lunch, you will sail to Edfu enjoying a leisurely dinner on board. Overnight on board Nile Cruise.
Day 5: Edfu / Kom Ombo
After breakfast on Nile Cruise, visit the well-preserved Ptolemaic Temple dedicated to Horus at Edfu. Sail toKom Ombo to see the unique Temple of Sobek, dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god. Lunch on board. Continue sailing to Aswan. Dinner and overnight on board you deluxe Nile Cruise.
Day 6: Aswan Sightseeing
After breakfast on Nile cruise, enjoy a day’s sightseeing in Aswan. Start with the High Dam and the largest known ancient obelisk, located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt, theUnfinished Obelisk, then on to the beautiful Temple of Philae, which is devoted to the two goddesses Isis and Hathor. Sail and move around Elephantine Island by a local felucca boat. Dinner and overnight on board deluxe Nile Cruise.
Day 7: Back to Cairo
Disembark from your Nile cruise after breakfast, then transfer to Aswan Airport for your return to Cairowhere you will be met and assisted at the airport then taken to your hotel. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 8: Cairo Tours
After breakfast, Proceed to visit the Egyptian Museum to see the treasures of Tutankhamun, among many other fascinating pharaonic artifacts. Lunch at a good quality local restaurant. Then trip to see theHanging Church and Abu Sirga Church at Coptic Cairo. Back to the hotel and overnight.
Day 9: Optional Alexandria
(Optional) Tour To Alexandria. Transportation Cairo-Alexandria-Cairo (by air conditioned bus) Start your over day Tour to Alexandria Visiting:
Back to Cairo by A / C car, transfer you back to your Hotel.
The Cost is 90 Euro Per Person
Overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
Day 10: Fly to Turkey
Breakfast, transfer to Cairo International Airport for departure to Turkey. Upon your arrival at Istanbul Airport, you will be met and assisted, then transferred to your hotel in Turkey and overnight.
Day 11: Bosphorus Cruise/ Rumeli Fortress
Breakfast at your hotel in Istanbul, then transfer to a morning scenic cruise on the Bosphorus, the strait connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. The ferry stops on both the Asian and European sides for several times during the one-hour cruise. Then move on to visit the Rumeli Fortress, a waterfront Ottoman castle built in 1452 to prevent enemy naval reinforcements and protect the city (Mehmet the Conqueror succeeded in taking Istanbul in 1453.) Today it is a museum. Return to old city by taxi to visit thespice market where a multitude of herbs have been sold since the 15th century. drive back to your hotel.
Day 12: TopKapi/ Hagia Sophia/ Blue Mosque
After breakfast, enjoy a day of sightseeing with a tour of Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman Sultans for about 400 years, with its fabulous collections of jewels and other artifacts. Also visit the Harem section, another palace inside the Topkapi, here you will hear of the history of eunuchs and the high education of the concubines. Continue the tour with a visit to Hagia Sophia, originally built as a church by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and used as a mosque during the Ottoman era until 1935 (today it’s a museum encompassing both Christianity and Islam). Next visit the Blue Mosque, famous for its beautiful blue tiles decorating the interior walls. Built in the 17th century and both it and Hagia Sophia are considered masterpieces of their period. Continue to the Basilica cistern, the best known and the largest of the closed cisterns built under the Justinian basilica in the 6th century. Later on you will move to discover the highlights of the ancient hippodrome, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, and others. Back to your hotel and overnight. The duration of that day is about 07 hours.
Day 13: Bursa Tour
After breakfast, transfer by a modern coach to the marine in Istanbul taking the ferry-boat Yalova about 45 minutes. Upon arrival transfer to Bursa about an hour and half. Bursa is the first capital of the Ottoman Empire in the 14th century, and a major spa center. Climb up to the mountain of Uludag, which is known as the legendary Mount Olympos, by teleferik (cable-car) afterwards visit to Grand Mosque and the Old Silk Market in city center. Late evening return to Istanbul and transfer to Hotel. The duration for that tour is about 14 hours.
Day 14: Islamic Art Museum/ Covered Bazaar
After breakfast, you will be guided to visit the Islamic Art Museum, where major pieces of Islamic art and ethnographic textiles are gathered from all over the country. After, walk to the Covered Bazaar, a labyrinth of streets filled with all sorts of tempting items to purchase: harem bracelets, colorful carpets, hand-painted ceramics, and more (it’s said there are 3,000 shops!). A visit to Dolmabace Palace is included. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour through the old streets and trade areas to the mosque complex ofSuleiman the Magnificent, the most famous piece of Islamic art of the Ottoman Renaissance and built by the great architect Sinan. Back to your hotel and overnight. The duration of that day is about 06 hours.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 15:Final Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul International Airport for final departure.
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