Wonders of Turkey and Egypt 8 days
Travel to Cairo and Istanbul
8 days – 7 nights
Discover Egypt and Turkey for 8 days. Enjoy the beauty of nature and history of Istanbul together with the Egyptian dawn of history with it’s different cultures.
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.
Day 3:Cairo Sightseeing
Breakfast. Then Meet with your Egyptologist tour guide at the lobby to enjoy your tour visiting to:
Overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
Day 4: Fly to Turkey
Breakfast, transfer to Cairo International Airport for departure to Turkey. Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul, Turkey and overnight.
Day 5: Istanbul Tours
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. Later, we visit the Rumeli Fortress. Fatih Sultan Mohammed had this fortress in the European part built during the preparations for the conquest in an incredibly short time in 1452. Also, visit the spice market where a multitude of herbs have been sold since the 15th century.
Day 6: Istanbul Tours
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). Continue to 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, we will discover the highlights of the ancient hippodrome, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, and others. Back to hotel and overnight. The duration of that day is approximately 07 hours.
Day 7: Istanbul Tours
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 of Suleiman the Magnificent, the most famous piece of Islamic art of the Ottoman Renaissance and built by the great architect Sinan. Back to Hotel and overnight. The duration of that day is approximately 06 hours.
Day 8: Final Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul International Airport for final departure.
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