3 Countries 3 Civilizations Istanbul Cairo Athens
Get a good taste of Istanbul and Cairo with full day sightseeing visiting the most important sites of both cities. Visit the Acropolis and its museum and the rest of the important sites with the option of some tours out of Athens.
DAY 1: ISTANBUL
3 Countries 3 Civilizations vacation package starts at the Istanbul International airport. Arrival, meeting and assistance and then transfer to your selected hotel in Istanbul. Balance of the day at leisure.
After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. We begin our tour from the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul at Agia Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses (closed on Mondays).
Next, we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial Mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100.000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.
The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4.000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons and leather goods (Closed on Sundays).
Lunch in a local restaurant and continuation of our tour. Our afternoon will begin at Topkapi Palace which, from the 15th to 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans (closed on Tuesdays).
Little Agia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to the 6th century. It is an early domed-basilica architectural plan of the famous Agia Sophia which was applied here for the first time in history.
Half-day cruise through Bosporus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosporus wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and Rumeli Hisari, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19thcentury mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges Disembarkation at the European part of Turkey and transfer to your hotel.
Early departure for the intercontinental bridge of Bosporus, to continue to the Camlica hill at the Asiatic part of Turkey which affords panoramic views of Istanbul, Marmara Sea, Princes’ Islands and magnificent Istanbul. Then visit the Beylerbeyi Palace on the shore of the Bosphorus, one of the most elegant of the late Ottoman palaces and boasts six sumptuously furnished reception halls. and a typical fish village along the coast of Bosporus with time at leisure for shopping.
DAY 5: ISTANBUL – CAIRO
At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo. Arrival meeting, assistance & transfer to your hotel in Cairo. Balance of the day at leisure.
Full day Cairo sightseeing starts with the Egyptian Museum, where we can see the treasure of Tut Ankh Amoun and other Old Egyptian treasures. Visit the local bazaar and some free time for your sopping.
Lunch in a local restaurant and we continue to Giza where the three Pyramids of Keops, Kephren and Mikyreenos are located. Visit the Sphinx and Valley of the Temple.
DAY 7: CAIRO – MEMPHIS – SAKKARA
Half-day tour to Memphis, the first capital of ancient Egypt with the famous statue of the Ramsees II. We continue to Sakkara considered to be the Necropolis of Memphis where there is the Step Pyramid.
Morning free in Cairo to explore the city with so many contradictions, do your shopping and bargain at the local markets and shops.
In the evening we will take you to a small cruise in the Nile river with dinner and a traditional show.
DAY 9: CAIRO – ATHENS
At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Athens. Arrival and transfer to your selected hotel in Athens. Balance of the day at leisure.
This tour allows you to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (shortstop).
Continue and pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colourful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, theNational Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts the order in the mind”, the Parthenon.
Tour will end by visiting the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content.
Afternoon free to visit Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns.
Full day excursion to the Archaeological site of Delphi, once known as the centre of Earth. This tour will show you the ruins of ancient Delphi and also a big part of mainland Greece full of green places and beautiful villages. Ancient Greece was full of religious places like Delphi, also connected with athletics and medical services.
Delphi was the centre of the Ancient World – the “Omphalos” (Navel of Earth) – whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World.
On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios.
Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias.
You will have your lunch at a local restaurant and will return to Athens in the evening.
Free day in Athens to stroll around the city and know better the sites and the people. Good opportunity to visit one of the famous museums like the National Archaeological Museum or the Benaki Museum.
Use the metro not only for your transportation but also to visit the different stations to admire pieces of ancient and modern art. Not to miss the visit to Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns.
3 Countries 3 Civilizations vacation package ends today. If you have time get the last view of Athens and promise to come back in the future for a longer time. At the indicated time according to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.
STARTING POINT: Istanbul, daily January to December
TRAVEL PLAN: 13 DAYS/ 12nights
* 4 nights accommodation in Istanbul
* Full day Istanbul sightseeing tour with lunch
* Half day Bosporus Cruise
* Half day 2 continents tour
* 4 nights accommodation in Cairo
* Full day Cairo sightseeing tour with lunch
* Half day Memphis – Sakkara tour
* Nile evening cruise with dinner and traditional show
* 4 nights accommodation in Athens
* Half day Athens sightseeing tour
* Full day bus tour to Delphi with lunch
* Entrance fees to the sites during guided sightseeing in Turkey and Egypt
* All transfers as mentioned
* Daily breakfast
* Hotel taxes in Turkey and Egypt
* Government hotel taxes in Greece
* Air tickets Istanbul – Cairo – Athens not included
* Special overnight tax of €4 for 5* hotels, €3 for 4* hotels, €1,5 for 3* hotels and €0,5 for 2* hotels per person per night to be paid by clients directly to the hotels in Greece.
* This program could also start in Athens.