Istanbul Athens and Cairo Explorer

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10 Days
Istanbul, Athens, Cairo

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.


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  • 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 at Cairo International Airport, you'll be greeted by your private driver who will transport you to your chosen accommodation, a journey of approximately 35 minutes. The rest of the day is yours to relax and explore at your leisure.




Immerse yourself in the captivating history of Egypt with a tour to the ancient capital. Step back in time as you visit Memphis, which served as Egypt's capital during the 1st Dynasty, marking the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under King Menes. Here, you'll encounter remarkable landmarks and artifacts that showcase the grandeur of this bygone era. Explore the remarkable Alabaster Sphinx, a revered symbol of strength and wisdom. Its majestic presence and exquisite craftsmanship are sure to leave you in awe. Marvel at the magnificently carved statue of Ramses II, a testament to the artistic prowess of ancient Egyptian artisans. Next, journey to Sakkara, where history unfolds before your eyes. Behold the awe-inspiring Step Pyramid of Djoser, the first monumental stone structure in history. Its unique design and architectural significance make it a remarkable sight to behold, offering a glimpse into the innovative spirit of ancient Egypt. Continue your expedition to the Three Pyramids of Giza, an iconic ensemble that has captured the imaginations of travelers for centuries. To culminate your day of exploration, treat yourself to a delightful dinner aboard a Nile cruise boat. As you glide along the water, you'll witness Cairo's illuminated skyline, creating a picturesque backdrop for an unforgettable dining experience.




Start your day with a visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, home to a treasure trove of historical artifacts, including the legendary treasures of King Tutankhamun. Next, visit the Citadel of Saladin, an imposing fortress that offers panoramic views of the city. Afterwards, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Khan El Khalili, Cairo's bustling Old Bazaar. This lively market is perfect for shopping and soaking in the local culture.



Cairo - Departure

After checking out of your hotel, meet your private driver for the approximately 35-minute transfer back to Cairo International Airport. Here, you'll check in for your onward flight, taking with you unforgettable memories.

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