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  • Istanbul
  • 18 Days
  • Istanbul, Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Cappadocia, Kusadasi, Ankara, Pamukkale, Canakkale
Day Route
1 USA - Istanbul
2 Istanbul - Arrival
3 Istanbul
4 Istanbul - Ankara
5 Ankara - Cappodocia
6 Cappadocia
7 Cappadocia - Pamukkale
8 Pamukkale - Kusadasi
9 Ephesus & Virgin Mary's house - Kusadasi
10 Pergamum - Troy - Canakkale
11 Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Istanbul
12 Istanbul - Cairo - Luxor
13 Luxor - Edfu
14 Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan
15 Aswan - Cairo
16 Cairo
17 Cairo
18 Cairo - Returm
MULTI COUNTRY VACATION - Departs Thursdays - 18 days/16 nights escorted tour visiting Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pergamum, Troy, Canakkale, Gallipoli and an extention of 3 nights in Cairo and a 3-night Nile Cruise.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Cruising
  • Shore excursions
  • Airport taxes
  • Travel funds escrow protection program
  • Domestic flights (air & land only)
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities

Day

1

USA - Istanbul

(THU)- Enjoy a relaxing overnight flight to Istanbul.

Day

2

Istanbul - Arrival

(FRI)- You are greeted upon arrival and escorted to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. (Your arrival transfer is included only if you arrive on the actual day the tour commences. For customers arriving earlier an individual transfer can be organized at an additional cost.)

Day

3

Istanbul

(SAT)- Enjoy a full-day tour of Istanbul including Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Consider an optional dinner with belly-dancing entertainment. (B)

Day

4

Istanbul - Ankara

(SUN)- Consider an optional morning tour of St. Sophia and Bosphorus cruise. In the afternoon depart for Ankara. (B,D)

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Day

5

Ankara - Cappodocia

(MON)- Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, father of modern Turkey, and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with its Hittite treasures and artifacts from the world's oldest city. Continue to Cappadocia, famous for it's "moon-like" landscapes. En route visit the 13th century Caravan Inn. (B,D)

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Day

6

Cappadocia

(TUE)- Early Morning Optional Balloon Tour - experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves with the sunrise. After breakfast, visit Goreme with its 6th-10th century rock chapels decorated with Christian frescoes, Pasabagi, Red Valley, and Avanos. Have a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. (B,D)

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Day

7

Cappadocia - Pamukkale

(WED)- Depart for Pamukkale, en route you will see the famous mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana. (B,D)

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Day

8

Pamukkale - Kusadasi

(THU)- Today visit the unique Cotton Fortress, the white calcium cascades formed by mineral springs and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis. Continue to Kusadasi. (B,D)

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Day

9

Ephesus & Virgin Mary's house - Kusadasi

(FRI)- Today tour the ruins of Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's cottage, the 2,000 year old marble streets, a theater, the library of Celsius, and Hadrian's Temple. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)

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Day

10

Pergamum - Troy - Canakkale

(SAT)- Visit the ancient medical center Asklepion in Pergamum. Continue to a traditional village for lunch with locals. Then continue to Troy and tour its legendary walls and the replica of the famous wooden horse used during the Trojan War. Continue to Canakkale for an overnight. (B,L,D)

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Day

11

Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Istanbul

(SUN)- Morning departure to Gallipoli, visit Anzac Cove, the Lone Pine Cemetery, and Chunuk Bair battlefield. Cross the Dardanelles to Istanbul. (B)

Day

12

Istanbul - Cairo - Luxor

(MON)- You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Luxor via Cairo (not included in land only package). Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship. Dinner and overnight on board the cruise ship. (B,D)

Day

13

Luxor - Edfu

(TUE)- Cross the West Bank and visit the Colossi of Memnon, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El-Deir El-Bahari and the Valley of Kings. Continue sailing to Edfu. Overnight on board the cruise ship in Edfu. Tonight enjoy the entertainment Nubian evening. (B,L,D)

Day

14

Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan

(WED)- Tour the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Lunch on board while sailing to Kom Ombo. Visit the Temple shared by the two Gods Sobek and Haroeris. Continue sailing to Aswan. Overnight on board the cruise ship in Aswan. Tonight enjoy the entertainment show - belly dancing. (B,L,D)

Day

15

Aswan - Cairo

(THU)- Morning visit to Philae Temple and the High Dam. After lunch, disembark the boat. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cairo (not included in land only package). Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (B,L)

Day

16

Cairo

(FRI)- After breakfast, our Egyptologist Tour Guide will take you to visit the Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum. (B)

Day

17

Cairo

(SAT)- Enjoy a day at leisure in Cairo or consider taking one of the optional sightseeing tours. (B)

Day

18

Cairo - Returm

(SUN)- You will be transferred to Cairo airport for your flight home. (B)

Departure Date
Land Only