Egypt Tours & Travel

EGYPT TOURS & TRAVEL OFFICE

8117 S. Lemont Rd, Suite #1 - Darien, IL 60561


37921 N. Dilleys Road - Wadsworth, IL 60083

GOLD PYRAMID HOUSE OFFICE

Enticing Egypt & Turkey
20 Days with a 5-Day Deluxe Nile Cruise
Only $5179 per person

based on double occupancy

Tour Highlights:

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Guaranteed Weekly Departure
Day Itinerary
1

Depart USA on a scheduled flight to Istanbul, all meals and beverages served on board flight.

2

Arrive Istanbul, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.  Balance of day at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul at the Divan Hotel.

Blue Mosque

Istanbul: Blue Mosque

3

Istanbul/Ankara
Breakfast and transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight to Ankara. Arrive Ankara where you will be met and transferred to check-in at your hotel, the Merit Altinel Hotel, then visit the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. This beautiful landmark is perched atop a hill with a panoramic view of the city. We will also visit the magnificent Museum of Anatolian civilizations. This particular museum contains relics from Catal Hoyuk, one of the earliest known human communities up through the Roman Classical period, covering 10,000 years. (B, D)

4

Cappadocia
Breakfast, then depart Ankara and turn our sights toward the Cappadocia region. During the 4-hour drive, we will stop frequently for breaks. While in Cappadocia, we will enjoy the unique landscapes of the wind and rain eroded volcanic formations. Carved directly into stone, Cappadocia's amazing subterranean cities include ancient underground churches hand-hewn from solid rock by Christians. We will visit handicraft shops as well as enjoy a folk dance and belly-dancing performance while we wine and dine in an underground cabaret.   Overnight at the town of Urgup. (B, D)

Cappadocia

Cappadocia

5

Cappadocia
Breakfast, then visit a Caravan-Saray, an ancient Carava motel. We will take wonderful strolls and go off the "tourist track" discovering the unknown Cappadocia. While in Cappadocia we will enjoy an excellent lecture and a demonstration on Turkish carpets and Kilims. (B, D)

6

Pamukkale
Breakfast and depart Cappadocia and head back towards the coast for today's destination, Pamukkale. Along the way we will stop briefly in Konya. While in Konya we will visit the Whirling Dervish Museum, a very holy place for Turkish Muslims. There are exhibits of dervish costumes, instruments, illuminated manuscripts and various ethnological artifacts. We will arrive in Pamukkale in the late afternoon. Check into your hotel, the Ergur Hotel, which has a hot mineral pool for your enjoyment. In the morning we will visit the snow-like travertines of calcium at Pamukkale. This is an area with strikingly beautiful mineral springs clinging to the hillsides that will amaze you. Hieropolis is the ancient name for the Greco-Roman city above the travertines. (B, D)

Pamukkale-Denizli

Pamukkale-Denizli

7

Kusadasi (Aphrodisias, Sardis)
Breakfast and drive for about one hour to Aphrodisias. Aphrodisias was constructed in honor of the Roman Goddess Aphrodite. It was also an ancient center of Roman art. We will visit a well-preserved stadium which used to seat 35,000 people.  In the height of the Roman Period, gladiators performed in this stadium.  We will drive through Philadelphia to Sardis, where money was first minted. We will see one of the world's oldest Synagogues in Sardis, as well as see the excavations, the gymnasium and the Artemis Temple. Overnight at the Fantasia Hotel. (B)

8

Kusadasi/Ephesus
Breakfast, then visit Ephesus and its colossal Greco-Roman Theater. This theater is still used for just a few things that we will be seeing. We will pay a visit to the Ephesus Archeological Museum. We will also visit the house where St. Mary lived her final days. Later in the evening we will take a flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the Eresin Topkapi hotel for an overnight. (B)

9

Breakfast and start our tour of Istanbul. Once called Byzantium in the 7th century BC, this ancient city was renamed Constantinople in 326 AD by Constantine the Great when he moved the capital of the Roman Empire to what is now Istanbul. The city received its current name from Mehmet II in 1453 and is the only city in the world that spans two continents. We will also visit several of Turkey's most famous museums and mosques, such as Topkapi Palace which was first built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453 and was the home of the Sultans until the 19th century. St. Sophia was built by Emperor Justinian of the Roman Empire and it was completed in 537 AD and ruled as the greatest Christian Church in the world for more than 1000 years. The Blue Mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet in 1603 and was constructed with the intention of rivaling St. Sophia. If time permits, visit the Military Museum and enjoy a concert performed in traditional costume by the world's first established military marching ensemble. Transfer back to your hotel for dinner which will include museum by a gypsy orchestra. Overnight. (B, D)

Grand Bazaar

Istanbul: The Grand Bazaar

10

Breakfast and a day at leisure for last minute shopping, sampling the different delicious cuisines of Turkey, or simply relaxing at your hotel. Overnight. (B)

11

Breakfast, then you will be met and transferred to Istanbul Airport for your flight to Cairo. Arrive Cairo where you will be met by our representative, who will help you with your immigration and customs formalities, then you will be transferred to your hotel. The luxurious Mena House Oberoi Hotel for an overnight. (B)

12

Breakfast, then drive to Memphis at the edge of the Western Desert, the capital of the Ancient Kingdom, and one of the most important cities throughout the history of ancient Egypt. From here we drive to Sakkara, the vast Necropolis of Ancient Memphis. In the afternoon drive to the Pyramids of Giza. Cheop's Pyramid, the largest of the three, was built in the 3rd Dynasty about 2690 BC, and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Enjoy a camel ride by the Pyramids area if you wish. In front of the Pyramid of Chephren (Kafre), we find the Sphinx carved from a single piece of stone. It is a lion with a Pharaoh's head through to be a portrait of the Pharaoh Chephren (Khafre). Continue our tour to the Solar Boat Museum where a dismantled river barge of King Cheops (Khufu) was found and has been beautifully re-assembled. Return to your hotel. PM You will be met and transferred by our tour escort to the Giza Plateau to attend the magnificent sound and light show. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B)

13

Breakfast, then you will be met and transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Aswan. Upon arrival at Aswan Airport, you will be met and transferred to embark your cruise ship. Later you will visit by "Felucca" the Elephantine Island, the Mausoleum of Agha Khan, the Botanical Gardens and the Philae Temple. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board ship. (B, L, D)

14

Breakfast, then visit the Unfinished Obelisk at the Ancient Granite Quarries, and the High Dam. Lunch, then cruise to Kom-Ombo. Visit the Ptolemaic temple of Kom-Ombo, which was dedicated to two Gods: The Crocodile God Sobek and the Falcon-headed God Haroeris. Sail to Edfu. Dinner and overnight on board. (B, L, D)

15

Breakfast, then visit the temple of Horus (237 BC), the best preserved Egyptian temple in existence. Lunch. Sail to Esna and visit the temple of Khnum. Continue to Luxor. Dinner and overnight on board ship. (B, L, D)

16

Breakfast, then cross the Nile to visit the Necropolis of ancient Thebes. Explore the Valleys of the Kings and Queens where tombs of 64 Pharaohs and 57 Queens have been discovered, and enter some of the most important burials. Visit the temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch. Afternoon a visit to the temple of Karnak, which took over 1500 years to build and is considered the world's largest religious complex. Then visit the temple of Luxor, which was started y Amenhotep III, and completed by Ramses II.  Dinner on board ship. (B, L, D)

17

Breakfast, then disembark your cruise ship, where you will be met and transferred to Luxor airport for your flight back to Cairo. Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the Ramses Hilton Hotel, for an overnight. (B)

18 Breakfast, then start your tour by visiting the Egyptian Museum, famous for its Antiquities from Egypt's Pharaonic period, which dates back some 50 centuries and includes the fabulous treasures of King Tut-Ankh-Amon. Afternoon excursion to Old Cairo, visiting the very Old Coptic Churches and the oldest Jewish Synagogue of Beni Ezra. Continue your visit to the Mohammed Ali Mosque and the Citadel of Salah-El-Din and the Medieval Bazaars of Khan-El-Khalili, where you can bargain for your jewelry and hand-tooled leather items. Return to your hotel for an overnight. (B, L)
19 Breakfast, then start your tour by visiting the Gayer Anderson Museum (Bayt Al-Kiridlyyah): two houses, one from the 16th century, the other from the 17th, each comfortable by the standards of its time, have been delightfully joined together, filled with antique furniture from all over the Middle East. Continue our tour to visit the Manyal Palace, built in 1826, which conceals an ottoman-Baroque fantasy within: an immense marble basin with a marble island in its center. The Palace was built by Prince Mohammed Ali, the cousin of Kin Faruq and includes a museum exhibiting King Faruq's trophies and the prince's own residence with its furnishings and a large collection of the family memorabilia.  From there we visit the Ibn Tulun Mosque which is one of the architectural glories of the Muslim world completed in the year 879. Ibn Tulun Mosque covers 8.5 acres of land and is designed in the classical courtyard style. It is well-known for its pointed arches, beautifully carved stucco, and Koranic inscriptions in sycamore wood. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B, L)
20 Breakfast, then you will be met by our representative and transferred to Cairo airport, where you will be helped with your check-in and immigration formalities for your flight back home. Arrive USA the same day. (B)

Also Included: International Airfare from New York/Istanbul/Cairo/New York on a scheduled airliner. All taxes, service charges, port charges and entrance fees to sights mentioned included as well. All transfers, meeting and assistance and baggage handling is included.

Not included: Items of personal nature, such as phone calls, wine, tips, etc.

Departure from other gateway cities is available as follows: Departure out of Boston, please add $129. Departure out of Washington, D.C., add $149. Departure out of Chicago, please add $259. Departure out of Los Angeles, please add $369, or call for your city.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single occupancy in hotels and on board cruise, please add $540.

EXTENSIONS & OPTIONAL TOURS: Extra days and optional tours to sites are available upon request.

If airfare from the U.S.A. is not required, please deduct $1050 from posted rate.

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