Taste of Cairo and Istanbul
Discover Egypt and Turkey for 8 days. Enjoy the beauty of nature and history of Istanbul together with the Egyptian dawn of history with it's different cultures.
- Meet and greet service by English speaking driver at airport in Turkey
- Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports in Egypt
- All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
- Accommodation for 3 nights in Istanbul based on bed and breakfast
- Accommodation in Cairo for 4 nights based on bed and breakfast
- All sightseeing tours as mentioned in Istanbul sharing Group
- All sightseeing tours as mentioned in Cairo is Private
- Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary
- English-speaking tour guide during the tour
- Meals as mentioned in the above itinerary
- Portage when needed
- All service charges and taxes
- International Airfare.
- Entry visas to Turkey and Egypt.
- Any optional tours.
- Personal spending.
Day 1: Arrival Cairo
Welcome to Cairo, Egypt ,your tour manager will meet and assist you at Cairo International Airport (Arrival procedures) and then he will escort you to the hotel by exclusive air-conditioned deluxe vehicle. At hotel the tour manager will assist with a smooth check-in and review your holiday itinerary with you to establish and confirm pick-up times for each tour. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 2: Pyramids Tour
Breakfast at your hotel in Cairo and then met by your personal guide who will accompany you to Giza Plateau to visit the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren and Mykerinus - Famous Sphinx and Valley temple facing the great statue. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant, then proceed to Saqqara area to visit Saqqara Complex and first pyramid ever built (Djoser Pyramid). Move on to Memphis; Old kingdom's capital and famous Necropolis. Back to your hotel and overnight in Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3: Cairo Sightseeing
Breakfast at the hotel in Cairo and then you will be escorted by your private tour guide to visit: Egyptian Museum where you will see many fascinating artifacts. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Cairo, then moving to visit Salah El Din Citadel including Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque inside. Continue to Coptic Cairo to visit the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. Continue driving to Islamic Cairo, where you will be able to explore Khan El Khalili, Cairo’s old bazaar. Back to hotel and overnight in Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4:Optional Tour to Alexandria
Breakfast at your hotel, and today you have the choice of having a free day in Cairo or join our most valuable optional tour to the second capital of Egypt, Alexandria visiting one of the most important defensive strongholds, not only in Egypt, but also along the Mediterranean Sea coast, Qaitbay Citadel, built in the 15th century by Sultan Qaitbay on the spot where Alexandria's ancient lighthouse once stood, then move on to the new and much acclaimed Alexandria Library. Also visit the Roman cemetery cut out of the rock, the Catacombs. Return to your hotel in Cairo.
Day 5: Fly to Turkey
Breakfast, transfer to Cairo International Airport for departure to Turkey. Your English-speaking driver will meet and assist you at Istanbul Airport and then escort you to your hotel. Check in to your room and enjoy the afternoon free to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 6:Full Day Istanbul City Tour
After your breakfast at hotel, enjoy a full day tour of the Sultanahmet area which is the UNESCO recognized heart of old Istanbul and enjoy your lunch. Our local guide takes us to Hagia Sophia. Built in 537 AD as world's first large dome building it was the religious focal point of the Orthodox Church before its conversion in a Muslim Mosque. We have a look at its many unique decoration from Byzantine and Turkish periods. Then we enjoy a short walk to Blue Mosque. Built in 17th century it owes its fame to the exquisite blue Iznik Tiles on its walls. Next, you will see the German Fountain which was a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm 2. We then go to Grand Bazaar. Following introduction by our guide at a recommended store we will have some free time to browse its 1 200 spice and gold shops. Then we visit the amazing Topkapi Palace. Our guide gives a tour at the gardens halls where we view staggering collection of imperial and religious treasury golden thrones and emerald crowns. Next place to see is Hagia Irene Church (from outside). Our final place of interest is Church of Sergius and Bacchus today known as “Petit Hagia Sophia Mosque”, later back to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: Morning Bosphorus Cruise - Spice Market
After your breakfast at hotel, our driver will pick you up from your hotel and short drive brings us to the Eminonu Pier where we embark on a Bosphorus ferry for a 1,5 hours long breathtaking cruise along the Bosphorus strait which runs right through Istanbul city and also between Asia and Europe continents. Our expert local guide explains us about several Ottoman palaces ancient fortresses suspension continental bridges and wealthy shore villages with typical Ottoman architecture that we view along the shore. Then have a guided visit at the colorful Spice Market from the 17th century where we can smell and taste various kinds of herbs and Turkish delights. If time permits we have a short stop at an Istanbul leather wholesaler firm. later back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 8: Istanbul- Fly Back Home
After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul International Airport for final departure.