3 countries 3 continents 2 cruises vacation package, Athens Cairo Greek Islands. With this tour you visit Athens and Cairo, you take a Nile cruise to famous places in Egypt and a cruise to Greek Islands and Turkey with visit to Ephesus and 5 Greek Islands.
Upon your arrival in Athens you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel in Athens. Balance of the day at leisure.
This tour gives you an opportunity 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 (short stop).
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 an 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.
SUNDAY: ATHENS – CAIRO
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo. Arrival meeting, assistance & transfer to your hotel in Cairo. Balance of the day at leisure.
MONDAY: CAIRO – LUXOR
Early in the morning, transfer to the airport and departure to Lυχoe. Arrival and transfer to the port, to board the cruise. Visit later the eastern bank of the Nile river where we can see the Temple of Karnak, rebuilt in the year 2000 A.C. and dedicated to Αmon Ra. This is the largest temple in Egypt, consisting of 22 temples in its interior.
Then we continue towards the Temple of Lυχor, built in the modern dynasty In the year 1450 BC, by Amenofis and Ramses II.
We will cross the river by a raft to the shore to visit the Valley of the Kings where we will see the tombs of the Kings of the dynasty
Modern [1550 – 830 BC]. We then proceeded towards The royal temple of Queen Hatchepsut who was Trussed in the year 1450 BC, built in a different from the style of the other temples.
We continue with the visit of the Colossus of Memnon, the Statues of King Amenhotep and arrive at Edfu
WEDNESDAY: EDFU – KOM OBO – ASWAN
Visit of the Temple of the Horous God, established between 237-557 AC, Which is considered as the most perfect of those of the ancient Egyptian civilization.
We continue to Kom Ombo to Visit of the temple of God Sobek and God Horaris. Towards Aswan.
Sailing in feluca we visit the Botanic Garden, Elephantine Island
Mausoleum of Agha Khan.
Visit of the High Dam, Ancient Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple Of Philae.
FRIDAY: ASWAN – CAIRO
Disembark in the morning. Free time with the possibility to carry out an optional tour via air to visit the temples of Abu Simbel.
Transfer to the airport and departure to Cairo.
Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
Tour to visit “ΕΙ Giza”, where the pyramids of Keops, Kefren and Micerinos, built more than 4500 years ago, the impressive Sphinx and the Valley of the Temple.
Lunch and visit the archaeological Egyptian Museum where we can see, among other wonders, the treasure of Tutankhamon and much more of the monuments of ancient Egypt.
Then we will head towards ancient Cairo to visit the Mosque of Mohamed Αly in the Citadel of Saladin.
SUNDAY: 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.
Morning transfer to Piraeus port to embark your selected cruise ship. Our cruise ship will leave the port of Piraeus at 11:00 for a 3 full days of fun and experiences. We go along the Athens Riviera in the Saronic Golf to the south end of Attica passing close to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. This afternoon is a good opportunity to get around and know your ship and the services we provide.
In the afternoon we arrive in Mykonos, known around the world as the Ibiza of the Aegean, the most popular destination of the Mediterranean. An international “jet-set” known for its beautiful sandy beaches, hundreds of tiny white chapels and incredible night life. Stroll around the streets of the capital that are considered the most beautiful of the Greek islands and enjoy the great night life. It’s easy to get lost in its maze of gleaming white walls dotted with blue domes and windows and balconies full of flowers. Have a coffee or a cocktail in one of the famous bars and promise to return for longer stay and more experiences.
In the evening return to the ship for overnight travel to our next destination
Kusadası a resort town on Turkey’s Aegean coast. In ancient time settlers include the Aeolians in the 11th century BC and Ionians in the 9th century who made Kusadasi a centre of art and culture. In the early years of Christianity. St John the Evangelist and (according to Roman Catholic sacred tradition) Mary (mother of Jesus) both came to live in the area.
The included tour gives you the opportunity to visit Ephesus, an ancient Greek city and later a major Roman city, on the coast of Ionia. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
You can also visit the House of the Virgin Mary, purported to have been the last home of Virgin Mary, based on the visions of Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich. It is a popular place of Catholic pilgrimage which has been visited by three recent popes.
Then on to the island of Patmos, a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Patmos is a destination for Christian pilgrimage. Participating in the optional tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery & the Grotto (the Cave of the Apocalypse) of St. John, where he lived and recorded the Book of Revelation.
Today we visit the magnificent island of the roses, Knights and Butterflies. Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
The included tour will take you to visit the old medieval city and the famous Acropolis of Lindos. If you want to be on your own you can swim in one of the many beaches of the island or just stroll in the old city and imagine being one of its inhabitants of the ancient times.
We will spend this morning to explore this beautiful city, the capital of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. Archaeological treasures, magnificent ruins and museums, glorious beaches and fabulous restaurants make Crete a complete vacation spot.
With the optional tour you will visit the ruins of Knossos, which in Minoan times was the largest centre of population on Crete and are located within close proximity or the archaeological Museum of the city, one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete.
One of the jewels of small volcanic archipelagos five islands is undoubtedly Santorini. Santorini was created due to a volcanic eruption culminated in the explosion of a volcano caldera, therefore, its rugged landscapes dotted with huge cliffs. Santorini’s capital, Fira, with white-washed houses, narrow streets and open air cafes that cling to a steep cliff, is at the top of the beautiful island where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the bay. Discover Santorini villages that retain their authenticity, with beautiful blue and white buildings and barren volcanic rocks. It is a very fascinating and picturesque island. A magical place that has nothing to do with the rest of the Greek islands, a place to spread the peaceful and hospitable nature of its people.
FRIDAY: PIRAEUS – AIRPORT
Early morning return to Piraeus port. After breakfast, disembarkation and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
STARTING POINT: Athens, Friday March to October
TRAVEL PLAN: 12 DAYS/ 11 nights
* 3 nights accommodation in Athens
* 3 nights accommodation in Cairo
* 4 nights cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey on full board basis (based on the minimum inside category)
* 2 Shore excursions during the cruise as per itinerary in the Greek Islands
* Unlimited drinks package during the cruise in the Greek Islands
* 4 nights Nile cruise on full board basis (based on outside cabin)
* Half day Athens sightseeing tour
* Full day Cairo sightseeing tour with lunch
* All excursions during Nile cruise
* Air ticket Athens/Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo/Athens
* Entrance fees during guided sightseeing tours
* All transfers as mentioned
* Daily breakfast
* All meals during the cruises.
* Government hotel taxes
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