22 DAYS ULTIMATE GREECE TURKEY AND EGYPT COMBINED TOUR
Day 01 - 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 02 - 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 03 - Athens - Daily Saronic Cruise 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 04 - Athens - Olympia 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 05 - Olympia - Delphi 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 Delphi.
Day 06 - Delphi - Kalambaka 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 07 - Meteora - Athens 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 08 - 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 09 - 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 Kusadasi.
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 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 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 Cairo.
Day 17 - Egyptian Museum - Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque - Khan El Khalili Bazaars 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 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 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 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 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 Cairo.
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 COMBINED TOUR Photos
• 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
Tour Not Includes
• Turkey Visa
• Egypt Visa
• International flights
• Insurance: All types
• Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
• Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
What a better way to see and experience Greece, Turkey and Egypt than a full comprehensive and complete 22 days tour. Experience the nature, culture and millions of years of history throughout this tour. Greece, Turkey and Egypt Tour are the ultimate destinations for families, couples and singles of all ages, with a host of different and exciting activities to keep you busy, as well as a variety of cultures, histories, sights and experiences to tantalise even the youngest traveller.