Depart the USA -
Arrive in Turkey to be met by our tour guide and transferred to the
BODRUM: We will visit a Turkish village and have lunch
there. We will go to a night club with a live show in the evening..
BODRUM: We will go on an all day boat trip and have lunch
on board. (Dinner included)
BODRUM: A free day in Bodrum for sightseeing shopping and
going to a Turkish bath. (Dinner included)
EPHESUS - ISTANBUL: We will depart early in the
morning to Ephesus which is the best preserved and the most often
visited of all sites in Turkey. The visits will continue with the
House of the Virgin Mary. We will have lunch in Selcuk and the drive
to Izmir and fly to Istanbul.
ISTANBUL: After breakfast, a day of discovering
Byzantine and Ottoman treasures in Istanbul will begin. We will
visit Saint Sophia. This church - turned mosque - turned museum
takes your breath away with the sheer architectural size of its
interior and magnificent dome. Next we will visit the spectacular
15th century Grand Bazaar, a covered market with 4,000 shops.
ISTANBUL: Today we will visit the Topkapi Palace
(Imperial Residence of Ottoman Sultans between 15th and 19th
Centuries, with its priceless world-class collection of jewelry and
rare porcelain), Built on one of the seven hills of Istanbul, this
huge complex commands views of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus and
the Golden Horn. Following lunch It is free time in Istanbul.
ISTANBUL: We will visit the Blue Mosque "Sultan
Ahmet Mosque", famous for its delicate blue ceramic tiles and
it's 6 minarets. After lunch we will enjoy a leisurely Bosporus boat
tour crossing under the Bosporus Bridges viewing the mosques,
palaces, old wooden villas and the beauty of the Asian side. After
dinner we will have a party with live music and belly dancing.
ISTANBUL - CAPPADOCIA: We will travel to Cappadocia.
Dinner at hotel (included).
CAPPADOCIA: Breakfast will be served at the hotel and the
full day tour of Cappadocia begins. The natural Citadel of Uchisar
will enable you to get a panoramic view of the region. Goreme valley
houses the Goreme Open Air Museum, with its churches hewn out of
rock and the colorful frescoes which decorate them. Zelve and the
caves of this ancient village, the underground city of Kaymakli or
Derinkuyu which were carved as refuge from persecutors during the
early Christian era. (Dinner included)
CAPPADOCIA - KONYA - ANKARA: Departure will be early in
the morning from Cappadocia. The next stop will be in Konya, which
was the capital of the Seljuk Turks in the 13th century. This city,
which hosts the Mevlana Museum is also known for its theological
school of whirling dervishes. We will travel to Ankara in the
afternoon. Overnight stay will be in Ankara..
ANKARA - ISTANBUL: After breakfast we will visit The
Museum of Anatolian Civilizations (which displays artifacts from
many civilizations including unique collections of Paleolithic,
Neolithic, Phrygian, Urartian, Roman and Lydian treasures) and we
will fly to Istanbul.
ISTANBUL - CAIRO: Fly to Egypt. Arrive at Cairo
airport to be met by our tour guide and transferred to the Hotel.
Relax for the evening.
Depart the USA
Arrive in Cairo to be met by our tour guide and transferred to the
Hotel. Relax for the evening.
Tour Cairo! Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the
Sphinx. Optional camel ride. Visit Salaheddin Citadel and Mohamad
Ali Mosque. Evening in Khan El Khalili bazaar.
Visit the step pyramid of Sakkara in Memphis. Visit the
Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. Dinner aboard a Nile cruise boat
with a dance show and Tannoura (whirling dervish).
Visit Coptic Cairo (historic churches, the Coptic
Musuem) and Cairo Synagogues. Visit El Hussein and Khan El Khalili
bazaar in the evening.
Take bus from Cairo to the Northern Shore. Day at leisure.
Swim, snorkel, relax.
Two full day excursions to Alexandria.
Visit Montaza, Alexandria Library, Fort of Quit Bay, Anfushi Tombs,
Pompei's pillar, the Graeco-Roman Museum and much more. This is
Hala's home town, so we'll go to town, literally :-).
Back to Cairo. Check in hotel and get ready for
"Ahlan wa Sahlan"!!
"Ahlan wa Sahlan" Dance
Festival at Mena House Oberoi. Musicians take private or
semi-private classes at the College of Arabic Music.
Check out and transfer to the airport for a flight
back to the USA.