Istanbul Cappadocia Cairo, A perfect combination. Admire the famous Istanbul monuments, the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk in Ankara and the famous Cappadocia area and then Cairo and the Pyramids of Egypt.
DAY 1: ISTANBUL
Arrival in Istanbul, welcome & assistance at the airport and transfer to hotel. Free day.
After breakfast full day visit 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 principle 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 6th century. It is an early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Agia Sophia which was applied here the first time in the history.
In the morning, transfer to airport for flight to Ankara. Arrival in Ankara, the Turkish capital and then to town to visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which has a rich collection of finds from Asia Minor, mainly Hittites.
Then we will visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk (founder of modern Turkey). Lunch and Continuation of the trip to Cappadocia passing by the Salt Lake. Dinner and overnight.
Full day visit of the spectacular Cappadocia region, unique for its fascinating and unique landscape formed by the lava thrown out by volcanoes Erciyes and Hasan, 3 million years ago.
Visit the many monasteries and chapels in Goreme, World Heritage Site by UNESCO, dug into the rocks and decorated with frescoes of the tenth century (some of them very well preserved).
Pass by and admire a panoramic view of the castle of Uchisar on top of a mound of volcanic rock crossed by tunnels and windows and Avcilar Valley. Lunch and in the afternoon, visit the village of Avanos, famous for its handicrafts and valleys and Gόvercinlik Valley (Pigeon Valley).
Visit the underground city of Kaymakli or Serhatli, one of 36 underground cities of Cappadocia served as a refuge for Christians.
Return to hotel and dinner. Dinner and accommodation.
DAY 5: CAPPADOCIA – KAYSERI – ISTANBUL
After breakfast departure to Kayseri airport for return flight to Istanbul. Arrival & transfer to hotel.
DAY 6: ISTANBUL – CAIRO
At the time indicated, will be transferred to the airport for flight to Cairo. Arrival, welcome & assistance at the airport and transfer to hotel. Free day.
Full day tour in Cairo to visit the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus. Then proceed to visit the Great Sphinx, which dates from the time of Chephren. The tour also includes a visit to the Valley Temple.
You will have your lunch at local restaurant and continue to visit the Egyptian Museum, which features artefacts from the Pharaonic period. The museum displays a rare collection of 5000 years of art which is considered the largest most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world.
Over 250,000 genuine artefacts are presented, including an exhibit dedicated to Tutankhamen collection of treasure, gold and jewellery which was enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years before it was discovered in the 1920s when his tomb was discovered.
Half day visit to Memphis the first capital of ancient Egypt, founded by King Menes This was considered to be a centre of rule and culture for over 3000 years. Here you will see the Statue of Ramses II and the alabaster Sphinx of Memphis.
Following this, you will visit the Step Pyramid of Zoser, the world’s oldest major stone structure. It was built in the 3rd Dynasty for King Djoser.
Morning at leisure in Cairo for personal activities, shopping or participating in an optional tour.
For the evening you are invited to dinner on the Nile cruising restaurant for two hours sailing on the Nile with belly dancer, folklore show, Oriental music and dinner.
All the time, you’ll be delighted in our Chef’s menu along with a selection of Egyptian specialities, made with the freshest ingredients, and prepared to make it a memorable dining experience.
DAY 10: CAIRO – AIRPORT
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
STARTING POINT: Istanbul, Every Friday January to December
10 DAYS / 09 NIGHTS
• What’s Included
* 3 nights accommodation in Istanbul
* Full day Istanbul tour with lunch
* 2 nights/ 3 days tour to Cappadocia on full board basis in 4* or 5* hotels
* Air ticket Istanbul – Ankara + Kayseri – Istanbul
* 4 nights accommodation in Cairo
* Full day city tour of Cairo with lunch
* Half-day visit to Memphis and Sakkara
* Dinner with traditional show on a boat on the Nile
* Entrances to historical sites during guided excursions
* All transfers, depending on the itinerary
* Daily breakfast
* Hotel Taxes
* Air ticket Istanbul -Cairo not included