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Fly to Istanbul where the world’s best tour guides will escort you through the country’s amazing sites. Pay your respects at the Anzac Cemetery in Gallipoli, tour the 4000 year-old city of Troy and view Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its sacred hot springs.
In Egypt the thrills continue as you visit Cairo and the Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. Discover the many wonders of Aswan and enjoy a 5-star cruise on the River Nile to explore the Temple of Kom-Ombo, stunning Luxor and astounding Valley of the Kings. There’s also time to relax at a fully-inclusive Red Sea resort.
This incredible journey culminates with a tour of Jordan that includes the chance to float in the Dead Sea, stand atop of Mount Nebo where Moses is believed to have climbed to see the Promised Land and take an optional (but must-see) day tour to Petra and the extraordinary Treasury building!
- At Gallipoli, visit the Anzac Cemetery, a memorial to the casualties of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
- Tour the classical 4000-year-old city of Troy immortalised in Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad
- Visit Pergamum, a kingdom dating back to the 4th century, home to the Roman centre of Asklepion
- View Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its sacred hot springs
- Visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic
- Visit the Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza
- Visit the pyramid of Zoser, Sakkara
- Visit the Philae Temple of High Dam, Aswan
- Spend the evening in Aswan at your leisure
- Sail the River Nile on a 5-star cruise ship
- Visit the Temple of Kom-Ombo
- Visit temples of Karnak & Luxor, East Bank Luxor
- Visit Valley of the Kings
- Visit Temple of Hatshepsut
- Visit Colossi of Memnon
- Enjoy an all-inclusive evening at a resort
- Float in the buoyant, salty waters of the Dead Sea in Jordan
- Visit Bethany, the site of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist
- Stand atop Mount Nebo, where Moses climbed to see the Promised Land
- At Madaba, see the vivid 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land
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Depart for Turkey
Arrive at the airport with ample time to check-in and board your flight to Istanbul, Turkey.
Arrive in Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone. This evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travellers for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting at approximately 7 PM at your hotel
Istanbul City Tour
Embark on a half day morning tour of Istanbul, the only city that straddles two continents. Your tour includes a short briefing and a picture stop at the courtyard of the Blue Mosque, a 17th century Ottoman Mosque famous with its six minarets and magnificent interior with blue tiles. Continue to the Hippodrome, the place where chariot races and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period. You will also visit St. Sophia - the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, which remained the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years, it was later converted to a mosque and now serves as a museum. Then, onto the lively Spice Market with its unforgettable aromas.
Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, exploring this city that blurs the line between East and West, with incredible architecture that is rivalled only by its spectacular natural setting on the Bosphorus Strait. Alternatively, choose to partake in the optional tour to the Topkapi Palace residence of Ottoman Sultans and the Grand Bazaar, where bargaining is an art. This evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner together
Optional: Half Day Istanbul with Topkapi Palace & Grand Bazaar (PM)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Anzac Cemetery, Drive to Canakkale
This morning, drive to the town of Gallipoli, site of the famous Ottoman victory against the Allies during World War I. Visit the Anzac Cemetery, a memorial to the casualties of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose fame grew back home as word of their heroic efforts spread. Afterwards, cross the Dardanelles by ferry and continue to the Canakkale province, located in northwest Turkey, where you will arrive in the early evening
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Visit Troy, Pergamum, Drive to Kusadasi
This morning, proceed to the classical city of Troy. Tour this 4000-year-old city and legendary center of the Trojan War, made immortal by Homer's epic poem The Iliad. Then, drive to Pergamum, a powerful kingdom during the ancient Hellenistic period, and visit the Asclepion, the ancient Roman spa centre. Continue to Kusadasi, a city believed to be the birthplace of Homer, where you will arrive in the early evening
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Full day in Kusadasi
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Kusadasi. Or, join the optional tour to Ancient Ephesus where the Temple of Artemis, one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World," once stood. Walk along the 2000 year old marble streets; see the Great Theatre, the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian, and the Library of Celsus. Visit the peaceful House of the Virgin Mary, believed to be her last residence and the Basilica of St. John. Following the tour, participate in an optional leather factory visit to shop or return to the hotel.
Optional: Full Day Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary with Lunch
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Pamukkale Hot Springs, Necropolis, and Hierapolis
Depart Kusadasi and drive to Pamukkale, famous for its mineral-rich hot springs and white terraces. Visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hierapolis "Holy City," a UNESCO a World Heritage Site situated atop the Pamukkale hot springs. The Pamukkale hot springs have served as a therapeutic thermal spa since the 2nd century B.C. Tonight, gather together for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel to Konya
Today, travel from Pamukkale, the "Cotton Castle," to Konya, a city renowned for its Seljuk architecture and also as the home of the "Whirling Dervishes." Arrive in the afternoon and visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana with its distinctive fluted dome of turquoise tiles. View works of the 13th century leader Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, one of the greatest mystical poets of Islam. The Mevlevi Sufi order was founded to follow his teachings.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Visit Caravanserai of Sultanhan en route to Cappadocia
Depart for Cappadocia, visiting the magnificent Caravanserai of Sultanhan en route. Afterward, visit Guzelyurt, a fine example of cave dwellings and Greek influences in the Cappadocia region. Following a special home-hosted lunch, continue to Nevsehir in Cappadocia. Upon arrival in Cappadocia, visit a carpet atelier and have a demonstration of carpet weaving. After, check in to your hotel with free time before dinner. Tonight, attend the optional Whirling Dervish performance; their captivating mystical ritual connects one in infinite spinning to perfect harmony.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Morning Sightseeing in Cappadocia
Spend the morning exploring Cappadocia with your group to see Guvercinlik, Uchisar, Pasabag, and the Devrent Valley. Famed for temples and houses cut directly into the region's spectacular rock formations, Cappadocia has captivated travellers for centuries. Perhaps, opt to join the optional half day tour of Cappadocia* that includes the Open-Air Museum in Goreme Valley; see early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes. Explore the village of Avanos, famous for its beautiful old houses and onyx, and visit a local pottery shop. The tour ends at the fascinating Ozkonak Underground City, built on the northern slopes of Mt. Idis (sightseeing order is subject to change).
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Ankara, Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk
This morning, depart for Ankara, the capital and the second largest city of Turkey. Upon arrival, visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic. Leading up to the Mausoleum, also known as the Anitkabir, lies a vast brick courtyard and monumental avenue lined with NeoHittite stone statues and cenotaphs beneath its colonnades. The most noted cenotaphs within the complex are those of General Ismet Inonu, a close comrade of Ataturk's and his successor, and that of Ataturk himself, a large and highly decorative marble cenotaph, beneath which lies his tomb. Continue to the Anatolian Civilisations Museum - built in two Ottoman buildings located near Ankara Castle. The Museum, being among exceptional museums with its unique collection, exhibits Anatolian archaeological artefacts, as well as artefacts from the Paleolithic Age to the present.
Travel to Istanbul
Depart for Istanbul, arriving in the early afternoon. Leisure time to explore on your own on this last day in Turkey. Perhaps, embark on the optional cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. View humble fishing villages and suspension bridges set against the dramatic outline of the Strait. Tonight, attend a festive Farewell Dinner with your newfound friends and Tour Manager
Optional: Half Day Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise (PM)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Turkey to Egypt
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Cairo.
Upon your arrival at Cairo airport you will be met by our local representative, who will assist you through immigration and passport control and collecting your baggage. You will then be transferred to your hotel, where your Egyptologist tour guide, who will accompany you for the duration of the tour, will brief you about the tour package and the incredible experiences you will have over the following eight days. Overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
Giza Pyramids - Sphinx - Sakkara
This morning you will experience the icons of ancient Egypt! Your Egyptologist guide will accompany you to the Giza pyramid complex, where you can see the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, the Pyramid of Menkaure, and the Great Sphinx. We'll then visit Sakkara to see the unique step pyramid of Zoser (also known as Djoser), the first ever pyramid, constructed of six tombs built on top of each other.
Aswan - Philae Temple - Nile Cruise
Early this morning you will be transferred to the airport for a short internal flight down to Aswan. Upon arrival you will be transferred to our 5-star Nile cruise ship. After some time to freshen up we'll begin our Nile quest by visiting the High Dam of Aswan, where your guide will explain to you how the construction of the dam and subsequent creation of Lake Nasser required the relocation of the Nubian people and several important historical monuments, including Abu Simbel, which you have the opportunity to visit tomorrow. We'll then take a short boat ride to Agilkia Island to explore the Temple of Isis at Philae. Built during the Ptolemaic Kingdom (305 BC to 30 BC), the temple is dedicated to Isis, one of the oldest goddesses of ancient Egypt and worshipped as the paragon of motherly virtues. It is believed that the last Egyptian hieroglyph was written on the island of Philae in the late fourth century.
Kom-Ombo - Nile Cruise
This morning you will have the opportunity to join our optional excursion to the temples of Abu Simbel, two massive temples in southern Egypt. Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments", these iconic temples were carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BC, during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II. The tour then continues with a visit to the Temple of Kom-Ombo, a unique 'double' temple dedicated to both the crocodile god Sobek, and the falcon god Haroeris (Horus). After some time to explore the temple, we'll then continue on to Luxor, where we'll spend the night on board the 5-star cruise ship.
Luxor - Karnak Temple - Nile Cruise
After breakfast, we will arrive in Luxor and tour the East Bank of Luxor. Experience the incredible Karnak temple complex, part of the ancient city of Thebes. Dedicated to the powerful ram-headed god Amun, it offers a vast mix of temples, chapels, statues and obelisks. We'll then explore Luxor temple, a place of worship that is dedicated to three gods: Amun, his wife Mut and his son Khons. Together these temples and gods are key players in the great Opet Festival which was held each year during the flood season.
Valley of the Kings - Hatshepsut - Hurghada
This morning we'll start our tour of the west bank with a visit to the World famous Valley of the Kings, where you can enter some of the incredible tombs of the New Kingdom Pharaohs, such as King Tutankhamen. We'll then get to experience the Temple of Hatshepsut (Deir El Bahary), the mortuary temple of the only Pharaoh Queen that ruled Egypt. The day will finish off with a visit to the great Colossi of Memnon, the last remains of Amenophis III’s temple. We'll then take our air-conditioned private bus to Hurghada on the Red Sea coast, where we'll be staying in an all-inclusive resort.
Hurghada Free Day
This is a free day for you to enjoy however you wish. The resort in Hurghada offers a large swimming pool complex, long sandy beaches and all-inclusive food and drink; total relaxation awaits! Alternatively, you can choose to take part in any number of water sport activities, including full-day snorkelling and scuba diving excursions. The seas around Hurghada offer some of the best coral reef dive spots in the world, giving the opportunity to see many colourful fish species, including the Red Sea Clownfish, Emperor Angelfish, Picasso Trigger Fish and Moray Eels. Overnight at the resort in Hurghada.
Hurghada - Cairo
This morning we'll take an air-conditioned private mini bus back to Cairo. After some time to freshen up at our hotel, we'll visit the Egyptian museum to learn more about the country's incredible ancient history, followed by the old city of Cairo where you can explore Khan El Khalili, a bazaar crammed with souvenir shops, cafés and shisha bars.
Egypt to Jordan
The tour ends after breakfast at our hotel in Cairo, with transfers included to take you to the airport for your flight to Amman, Jordan.
Arrive in Amman, capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; transfer directly to your hotel in the Dead Sea area. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to rest, relax and adjust to your new exotic surroundings
Overnight: Dead Sea
Full Day in the Dead Sea
The day is yours to enjoy all of the delights and countless pleasures of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Swim in the therapeutic waters and sample the Dead Sea’s renowned restorative powers. Pamper yourself with fabulous treatments, or just marvel at the beautiful surroundings and natural beauty of this area. Alternatively, you have the chance to take part in an optional Excursion to the Jordan Valley. Embark on a tour of Iraq Al-Amir, to view a mysterious Byzantine cave Church. Continue to the striking palace of Castle of the Slave and the Caves of the Prince. Afterward, visit the Handicraft Village and learn about the Women’s Cooperative Society. Enjoy lunch cooked by the women after your tour. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travellers
Overnight: Dead Sea
After breakfast, travel towards Petra. En route, stop at the village of Bethany, the site of Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist. This is also the area where the prophet Elijah ascended to heaven via a chariot of fire. The sites that make up Bethany were part of early Christian pilgrimages between Mt. Nebo and Jerusalem. Arrive in Petra and check in to your hotel. Your evening is at leisure.
Full Day in Petra
Today, spend your day at leisure or, join the optional Petra tour. Enter the "rose red" city hand-sculpted from a mountain range by the Nabateans in the 3rd century BC. Begin your walk through the "Siq", a winding canyon road. View Petra’s most extraordinary monument - the towering Treasury building rising over 140 feet. Discover soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a theatre, and burial champers - all remnants of a once great Nabatean culture. In the afternoon perhaps join the optional Wadi Rum Jeep Safari. Ride in a 4x4 vehicle to explore Wadi Rum, with its looming rock faces and huge red sand dunes. Enjoy a breathtaking sunset over Wadi Rum before driving back to Petra.
Optional: Petra & Treasury Building tour; Wadi Rum Jeep Safari
Madaba and Mount Nebo
After breakfast, travel to Amman. En route, stop at Kerak Castle, constructed during the Crusader era. Visit the mosaic city of Madaba, where an ancient map of the Holy Land is set into the floor of Saint George's Church. Continue with a visit to Mount Nebo, the reputed burial site of Moses, overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Afterward, arrive in Amman the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan. Often referred to as the "White City" because of the white stone used to build the houses, Amman is among the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world.
Full Day in Amman
Enjoy your last day in Jordan at leisure or, join the optional tour to Jerash. Travel north of Amman to the city of Jerash, the best-preserved example of Roman civilisation in Jordan. Jerash, was part of the Decapolis (the ten large Roman cities of the East) The city features theatres, churches, temples of Zeus and Artemis, a Nymphaeum and colonnaded street. In the afternoon you have the choice to attend an optional tour of Amman. Visit the Amman Citadel in the city centre, followed by a trip to the Archaeological Museum. Continue to the Roman Amphitheater, one of the largest in the Middle East. Then, experience the heart of the city centre by browsing in the downtown markets. Tonight, attend a Farewell Reception with your fellow travellers and Tour Manager.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Australia. Tour ends and treasured memories begin!
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More about Jordan
- On the highest hill in Amman you'll find the Citadel. The hill was a fortress for thousands of year and archaeologists have found artefacts from the Bronze Age. Two of the most impressive remains are the Temple of Hercules and the Ummayad Palace.
- Wadi Rum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern Jordan. The 74,000-hectare property is a rich and varied desert landscape of narrow gorges, dramatic cliffs, 20,000 rock carvings and a strong history of human occupation that dates back 12,000 years.
- The Dead Sea is actually a lake that's bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. The 'sea' sits 400 metres below sea level and the water is nearly 10 times more salty than most oceans. Aptly named because nothing can live in the water, that doesn't put off humans and bathing is must. The high salt levels make floating a breeze and the mineral-rich mud is believed to have therapeutic qualities that will make your skin shine!
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- Drink a real Turkish coffee. This isn't just a heart-starter in the morning, it's a ritual that should be savoured and appreciated in a local cafe.
- Try a Turkish bath, or hammam. You'll be steamed, scrubbed and pounded in the quest for wellness, but it will be worth it and it's one of those things you need to do at least once in your life!
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This tour is a firm favourite because it covers so much in just under 4 weeks and ticks off some of the world's most amazing historical sites. Expert tour managers are with you all the way, including Egyptologist guides in Egypt. Hotels have been carefully chosen for their comfort and location, there are many inclusions and meals, plus most importantly, safe travel protocols are in place.
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