Pyramids majestic in the desert, churches cut into towering cliffs and ancient palaces as beautiful as they are imposing will be found across this tour to Egypt and Turkey. Consider some of the finest odes to ancient civilizations from Greek cities like Ephesus to King Tut’s tomb and temples that line the River Nile. Seek both the evocative and the enchanting on this handcrafted 13-day tour to explore the stunning highlights of both countries as your journey will include the history of the Egyptian...
Cairo – Ride out to the Pyramids and Enjoy a Traditional Dinner
Arrive in Cairo and the Great Pyramids of Giza rise out of the desert for an inspiring introduction to the ancient civilizations, best initially told through their mystique. You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to a hotel that overlooks the pyramids. You can take some time to freshen up before riding a camel or horse towards the ancient wonder of the world at sunset. Bands of red and yellow provide the backdrop as you pass the Great Sphinx and watch the sun bounce back off the pyramids’ facade. From your uninterrupted vantage point, you can watch the monuments turn to silhouette with so much mystery in the image that will strike your curiosity for the days to come. Complete your arrival with a traditional dinner at a nearby restaurant where ancient Egypt will be shared through multiple courses and an evening of entertainment.
Cairo – Treasures of the Egyptian Museum and the Pyramids
Nile Cruise – Highlights of Aswan and a Cruise Down the Nile
Nile Cruise – Majestic Temples and a Cruise to Luxor
Luxor – The Best of the Valley of the Kings
Luxor to Cairo – Hot Air Balloon Above the Sahara and the Temples of Luxor and Karnak
Istanbul – Free Afternoon in the Old City of the Ottomans
Istanbul – Sublime Bazaars, Mosques, and Palaces
Cappadocia – Rock-Cut Churches in a Fairy tale Landscape
Cappadocia – Soar Above Cappadocia and then Explore the Underground Cities
Izmir to Selcuk – An Aegean Port, a Greek City, a Roman Legacy
Selcuk – Explore the Ancient City of Ephesus
Izmir to Istanbul – Departure
- Watch as majestic landscapes come alive from the air as you enjoy hot air balloon flights over the Valley of the Kings and the fairy tale chimneys of Cappadocia
- Ride out to the Great Pyramids of Giza for an iconic experience as a desert sunset paints the sky
- Cruise down the River Nile for a wonderful immersion in Egypt’s old world, with excursions to the remarkable temples that stand proudly on the banks
- Explore the intricate treasures of Ancient Egypt with your private guide in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
- Journey through the Valley of the Kings and unwind the legacy of the ancient rulers, from King Tut’s hidden tomb to Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple
- Absorb the beauty of Istanbul’s old Sultanahmet district with the labyrinthine grand bazaar and the harmonious sound of the call to prayer emitted from the Blue Mosque
- Study 3,000 years of history in Ephesus, the expertly preserved Greek city that provides an intimate look at an ancient world
The mesmerizing history of ancient civilizations stretches from Thebes to Constantinople, now Luxor to Istanbul, and it is a history partially told through the world-famous monuments. The Great Pyramids of Giza, the 3,000-year-old city of Ephesus and King Tut’s tomb hiding beneath another king’s tomb weave compelling tales of ancient wonder. Across this landscape, you will find many of the ancient world’s most astonishing legacies, and these sights will demand your full attention as you wander through. The history remains alive as the call to prayer rings out from the Blue Mosque, and churches cut into the fairy tale chimneys and rocks of Cappadocia, while the grand temples of Karnak and Luxor showcase the scale of the old world. Explore Egypt and Turkey, and you will discover that the legacy of the civilizations brings an immersive experience that will envelop you in the beauty of these amazing ancient empires.
Your handcrafted 13-day tour will move between the major historical highlights of Egypt and Turkey, beginning with King Ramses II and Pharaoh Khufu of the ancient Egyptian dynasties, and then flitter through the Greeks, Romans, and Ottomans. These are two countries with an almost embarrassment of riches, so the focus of the tour is not an attempt to see everything, rather your private guides will help to provide a detailed focus on the monuments and narratives that made the ancient world before they began to shape the modern world. Almost all of your tours will be private, and you will be led by the countries’ best guides as they shape the story that goes beyond the sculpted figures and towering columns.
You will begin in Cairo and ride out to the pyramids at sunset to begin your adventure. Find the gems of the Egyptian Museum, including those from King Tut’s tomb and then wander inside the ancient wonder of the world to appreciate the rich detail of the design. Fly next to Aswan and spend time on a River Nile cruise for a relaxed way to explore the old world with stops at the seductive temples that dot the banks. Climb aboard in Luxor, and you will spend time immersed in the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, including a hot air balloon ride above the Valley of the Kings and a morning walk past the sphinxes to Luxor Temple.
Your brief overnight in Cairo the next day is followed by a direct morning flight to Istanbul, where a couple of full days will give you time to appreciate the stories behind the old city. Beautiful mosques welcome you, elaborate palaces glisten on the river, seductive bazaars emit their smells and sounds, and you will follow the story from Byzantine to Ottoman rule. Cappadocia’s history spans a similar time, but the landscape is very different, a fairy tale world of ineffable rock chimneys that are dotted with underground cities, surreal caves, and churches that hide in the valley. Look forward to a spectacular hot air balloon flight that will leave you speechless, and then you will complete your luxury tour in Ephesus, the great Greek city from the Ionian League. Like so many that have gone before, you will find yourself immersed in a story that can only be explained when you are actually there, walking across the rocks of history.
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$3,245 per person (excluding international flights)
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