Istanbul Athens and Cairo Explorer
Step back in time to visit three of the world's ancient cities. You will learn about the complex history, culture, and society of Istanbul, Athens, and Cairo and their influence on today's modern world as you tour iconic sites such as the Hagia Sophia, the Acropolis, and the Three Pyramids. Enjoy dinners accompanied by belly dancing and cultural entertainment, cruise through beautiful Mediterranean waters, and shop in vibrant and colorful bazaars and markets.
This 10-days/9-nights package features Istanbul, Athens and Cairo. Includes accommodation at a hotel of your choice, private arrival and departure transfers, and suggested sightseeing tours of your choice. Flights from Istanbul to Athens and from Athens to Cairo are on request.**Please note that this itinerary is flexible, and you can adjust it based on your interests, available time, and any specific attractions or sites you would like to prioritize.
- Keytours 24-hour emergency assistance telephone line
- Private arrival and departure transfers as per itinerary
- Accommodations of your choice
- Sightseeing tours and/or activites of your choice
- Items of a personal nature
- All other items not mentioned as included
- Select local taxes where applicable
- Travel insurance; please inquire with your Keytours travel consultant
Arrival - Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul! Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport, you will be met by your private driver and will be driven approximately 50 minutes to the accommodation of your choice. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Today, choose between private and small group sightseeing options and explore Istanbul’s Ottoman Heritage. During its 500-year presence in Istanbul, the formidable Ottoman Empire constructed magnificent mosques and palaces, many of which still stand today. Explore Topkapi Palace and its Harem, with imperial family quarters as well as government sections. Visit the Blue Mosque to witness the elegant tile work, and the Museum of Islamic Arts, which was once home to the Grand Ottoman Vizier in the 16th century. You may also want to visit the Underground Cistern, St. Sophia and shop in the Grand or Spice Bazaars.
Weather permitting, we recommend taking a Bosphorus cruise today. Cruise along the Bosphorus waterway and view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus' wooded shores: mosques, mansions of the Ottoman elite, the Sultan's fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges, and a fortress built by Fatih the Conqueror. In the evening, you may want to enjoy an optional Turkish dinner including a belly dancing show and an Anatolian cultural performance.
Istanbul - Athens
You will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Athens (flight are available on request). Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this historical city.
Today, explore the city on your own or take one of the recommended private or small group optional tours. Get acquainted with the ancient heart of Athens and its most iconic archeological landmark. The Acropolis, the ancient citadel located on a high, rocky outcrop above the city, contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historical significance. Other major attractions include the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Presidential Palace, Hadrian's Arch, the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, the University, the National Library and the Temple of Nike. Consider joining an optional tour to Cape Sounion in the afternoon.
Enjoy this day at your own pace to explore this fascinating city of history or consider joining an optional cruise to the three Saronic Islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina, or an optional full-day tour to Delphi.
Athens - Cairo
You will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Cairo (flights are available on request). Upon arrival, meet your driver for a private transfer to accomomdation of your choice. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Explore Egypt's enthralling history with a tour to its ancient capital. Begin in Memphis, the 1st Dynasty capital where Upper and Lower Egypt united under King Menes. Encounter landmarks like the Alabaster Sphinx and the impressive statue of Ramses II. Journey to Sakkara to witness the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the first monumental stone structure. Marvel at the iconic Three Pyramids, a timeless ensemble. Consider capping off your day with a delightful dinner on a Nile cruise, enjoying Cairo's illuminated skyline for an unforgettable experience.
Today consider visiting the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, a treasure trove of historical artifacts and home to the legendary treasures of King Tutankhamun. In the afternoon, you have the option to take a captivating tour of Cairo's iconic landmarks. Start by visiting the Citadel of Saladin, an imposing fortress that offers panoramic views of the city. Afterward, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Old Bazaar, also known as Khan El Khalili.
Cairo - Departure
Check out of your hotel and meet your private driver for the approximate 35-minute transfer to Cairo International Airport where you will check-in for your onward flight.