Enjoy the highlights of Istanbul city which considered the most important city in Turkey and also the only city between two continents -Europe and Asia. Although it is a modern, developed city, it also has a rich history and cultural heritage. Everything is surrounded by water and sea, green hills, a lot of astonishing mosques, churches, fortresses, statues, palaces.
Day 01: Arrive Turkey ( Ataturk airport )
A Memphis Tours representative will meet & assist you at Ataturk Airport After that you will be transferred to your hotel in Istanbul by a private air-conditioned vehicle. Upon arrival at the hotel he will check you in your hotel and give detailed information concerning your tomorrow’s trip. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 02: Bosphorus Cruise / Rumeli Fortress
Breakfast at your hotel in Istanbul, then transfer to a morning scenic cruise on the Bosphorus, the strait connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. The ferry stops on both the Asian and European sides for several times during the one-hour cruise. Later, we visit the Rumeli Fortress. Fatih Sultan Mohammed had this fortress in the European part built during the preparations for the conquest in an incredibly short time in 1452. Also, visit the spice market where a multitude of herbs have been sold since the 15th century.
Day 03: Full Day Istanbul Sightseeing Tour
After breakfast, enjoy a day of sightseeing with a tour of Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman Sultans for about 400 years, with its fabulous collections of jewels and other artifacts. Also visit the Harem section, another palace inside the Topkapi, here you will hear of the history of eunuchs and the high education of the concubines. Continue the tour with a visit to Hagia Sophia, originally built as a church by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and used as a mosque during the Ottoman era until 1935 (today it's a museum encompassing both Christianity and Islam). Next visit the Blue Mosque, famous for its beautiful blue tiles decorating the interior walls. Built in the 17th century and both it and Hagia Sophia are considered masterpieces of their period. Continue to the Basilica cistern, the best known and the largest of the closed cisterns built under the Justinian basilica in the 6th century. Later, we will discover the highlights of the ancient hippodrome, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, and others. Back to hotel and overnight. The duration of that day is from 06 till 07 hours.
Day 04: Istanbul Sightseeing Tour
After breakfast, you will be guided to visit the Islamic Art Museum, where major pieces of Islamic art and ethnographic textiles are gathered from all over the country. After, walk to the Covered Bazaar, a labyrinth of streets filled with all sorts of tempting items to purchase: harem bracelets, colorful carpets, hand-painted ceramics, and more (it's said there are 3,000 shops!). A visit to Dolmabace Palace is included. This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour through the old streets and trade areas to the mosque complex of Suleiman the Magnificent, the most famous piece of Islamic art of the Ottoman Renaissance and built by the great architect Sinan. Back to Hotel and overnight. The duration of that day is about 06 hours.
Day 05: Final departure
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Istanbul International Airport for final departure.
- Meet & assist upon arrival and departure in Turkey
- All transfers to/from airport & hotel by a private air-conditioned vehicle
- Accommodation for 4 nights in Istanbul including breakfast
- All Tours in Istanbul, Turkey as mentioned above ( Private Tours )
- All Tours in Istanbul, Turkey as mentioned above
- Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary in Turkey
- All transfers by a modern air-conditioned vehicle
- Lunch during sightseeing tours in Istanbul
- Meals as mention in the above itinerary
- Portage when needed
- All service charges and taxes
- International Airfare
- Entry visa to Turkey
- Any optional tours
- Personal expenses
Accommodation Plan (A) - 4* Hotel:
- The Green Park Hotel Taksim
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Accommodation Plan (B) - 5* Hotel:
- Barceló Eresin Topkapi Hotel
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PricesPrices are quoted in US Dollars per person per trip and valid till September 30.2015, except during Christmas, New Year & Easter holidays. The price of Solo is valid for solo traveler who is travelling alone.
Children Policy0 - 01.99 Free of Charge
2 - 5.99 pay 25% of tour price
6 - 11.99 pay 50% of tour price
12+ pay full tour price as per adult person
If your tour package includes airfare then an extra charges for your children may apply.
Payment PolicyReservations should be made as early as possible to book the desired Egypt tour, spaces will be secured upon receive a deposit of 25 %, and during the Christmas and New Year holidays and tour packages the required deposit is 50%. This deposit forms part of your final payment. Deposits can only be made by credit cards, wire transfer and or Western Union
Egypt Entry VisaYou need to have a valid passport at least 6 months beyond your scheduled return date to enter Egypt and you can obtain a visa from the Egyptian Consulate before departure. Also, entry visa is available upon arrival Egypt airports against USD 25 per passport for specific nationalities and need to check before.
Sleeper Trains in EgyptSleeper trains are designed and equipped according to a satisfactory standard and quality that was set up by the Egyptian Railway Authority. Sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan is about 14 hours and sleeping train from Luxor to Cairo is about 11 hours.
Additional Entry TicketsAll our Egypt tour packages and programs don't include entrance fees to special archaeological sites such as entering one of the Pyramids inside, to visit the Mummies Room at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, to visit the Solar Boat Museum at the Pyramids area or to enter the Tomb of Tutankhamen at Valley of the Kings in Luxor.
TippingIt is a customary attitude for expressing ones satisfaction of good services rendered to him by staff on duty with him. We advise if you are willing to offer it, this would be great and if not, you are not obliged to do it.
Best Time to Visit Egypt
An all year round destination with winter season being the coolest with still good average temperatures between 21- 26 degrees in the Red Sea resorts and Upper Egypt (Luxor/ Aswan) between 23 - 29 degrees
Flying to Egypt
Cairo for comfort and quality - EgyptAir and Delta Airlines (Scheduled Airlines only)
11 hours 50 minutes direct from New York
Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival for non-restricted nationalities
No mandatory vaccinations
Respectful attire in Luxor, Cairo and Alexandria on tours - More relaxed clothing in the Red Sea areas like Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh