East Mediterranean a La Indiana Jones
Turkey, Egypt and Jordan A true Grand Tour
Starts in Istanbul Weekly - Year Round : March - Nov
28 -day Grand Tour of the East Mediterranean shows you all of
Turkey's best cities, Egypt ancient treasures, and the lost city of
here for Turkey Private Touring including King Midas Extension
Compare with Turkey 16-Day Grand Tour
1- USA /Istanbul - Sunday - Weekly : March - Nov
Start in JFK ( air fare add-on available form other major cities), board
Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM, Air France or other IATAN airlines
, across the Atlantic to Istanbul
2 - ISTANBUL - Saturday
Our staff meets your plane and escorts you to your hotel. Hyatt, Conrad
or similar .
2 - ISTANBUL- Sunday (BL)
We tour historic Istanbul, including the Hippodrome, Museum of
Turkish and Islamic Arts, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Süleymaniye
Mosque, and the 4000-shop Grand Bazaar.
3 - ISTANBUL- Monday (BLD)
After a visit to the aromatic Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar on the Golden
Horn, we board a ferryboat and cruise northward along the Bosphorus,
the strait which separates Europe and Asia. Sipping Turkish coffee or
tea, we pass waterside palaces, mansions, forests and parks. Disembarking
at a fishing village, we have a seafood lunch at a local restaurant,
then drive south to tour fabled Topkapi Palace, where we will stroll
through the palace gardens to see the Treasury and Chinese porcelains.
In the evening, we go out for dinner with live music and belly dancing.
4 - DARDANELLES & TROY- Tuesday (BLD)
We drive through Thrace (European Turkey) to Gallipoli, scene
of famous battles in WWI. After lunch we cross the Dardanelles
(Hellespont) and drive to legendary Troy to see the famous walls
and a replica of the Trojan Horse before settling in at our hotel in
Hotel , Kolin Hotel , Tusan Hotel or similar (local 4 star)
5 - PERGAMON & IZMIR - Wednesday (BLD)
Driving south through the fields and olive groves along the Aegean shore,
we come to Bergama, ancient Pergamon. Ascending its lofty acropolis,
we see the Altar of Zeus, Temple of Dionysus and the remains of the
200,000-volume library which was surpassed only by Alexandria's. A few
miles away, we tour the asclepion, the early medical center where Galen
was a physician, before continuing to Izmir for the night. Hilton
Izmir Hotel , Crowne Plaza Hotel, or similar
6 - EPHESUS & KUSADASI - Thursday (BLD)
In the morning light we ascend Kadifekale, Izmir's hill crowned
by a fortress built by Alexander the Great, to enjoy the view. Then
it's off to biblical Ephesus to see the Basilica of St John the
Evangelist, who came here with the Virgin Mary. Passing the ruins of
the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient
world, we reach Ephesus, the most impressive ancient city on
the Mediterranean. After our tour, we continue to the fine Ephesus Museum
and the hilltop House of the Virgin Mary, said to be her last home on
earth. We spend the night in the Aegean resort of Kusadasi. Charisma
Hotel , Fantasia Hotel or similar
7 - PRIENE, MILETUS & DIDYMA - Friday (BLD)
A short drive brings us to the well-preserved ruins of Priene,
a very ancient city perched above the aptly-named Meander River. We
next tour Miletus, where the philosopher Thales was born. Finally,
we tour the gigantic oracular temple at Didyma, which challenged
the primacy of Delphi, before returning to our hotel in Kusadasi.
8 - APHRODISIAS & PAMUKKALE - Saturday (BLD)
Driving east along fertile river valleys crowded with fields and fruit
orchards, we reach Aphrodisias, the City of Aphrodite, goddess
of love. After our visit, we continue to Pamukkale, the "Cotton
Fortress," where cascades of gleaming white calcium cover a hillside.
The warm mineral-laden waters attracted the Romans, who
built the spa-city of Hierapolis here. We tour its ruins, and enjoy
the swimming pool at our hotel here in the evening. Pamukkale
Lycus River Hotel or similar (local 4 star)
9 - ANTALYA- Sunday (BLD)
We drive back to Izmir Fly to Antalya, "capital" of the
Mediterranean Turquoise Coast. After settling in at our hotel, there's
time for a swim. Antalya Voyager Sheraton Hotel or similar hotel
10 - PERGE, ASPENDOS & SIDE - Monday (BLD)
We tour three ancient cities close to Antalya, including Perge,
with its great gates and colonnaded street; Aspendos, with its
perfectly-preserved theater; and Side, with its creamy marble
temples of Athena and Apollo, where Cleopatra once met Marc Anthony
for a romantic tryst.
11 - LAKE DISTRICT & KONYA - Tuesday (BLD)
Climbing up onto the Anatolian plateau, we drive through Turkey's lake
district on our way to Konya, the capital of the 11th-century
Seljuk Turkish Empire and the home of the mystical whirling dervishes.
We visit the Mevlana Museum, with the tomb of Jelaleddin Rumi, founder
of the Whirling Dervish order, and also the Karatay Museum, a 13th-century
theological seminary. Konya
Ozkaymak Hotel , Dundar Hotel or similar (local 4 star)
12 - KONYA & CAPPADOCIA- Wednesday (BLD)
We travel eastwards along the ancient Silk Road, stopping at the camel
caravanserai of Sultanhan for a look at this "caravan motel."
Entering biblical Cappadocia, we descend into the ground at Derinkuyu
or Kaymakli to explore an entire city carved from the soft volcanic
rock by ancient Christians.
Perissia Hotel or similar, if/when possible : Cappadocia
Cave Suite hotel ( subject to availability - very small hotel, limited
13 - CAPPADOCIA - Thursday (BLD)
Continuing our explorations of Cappadocia, we tour the Göreme
Valley, filled with brightly-painted cave-churches hollowed from
the rock. Next is the monastic Zelve Valley, and then the farming
towns of Avanos and UÇhisar.
14 - ANKARA- Friday (BLD)
Driving north, we come to Ankara, known to the Romans as Angora,
and now the modern capital of the Turkish Republic. We visit the renowned
Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the monumental mausoleum of AtatÜrk,
founder of the republic, before flying to Istanbul.
15 - ISTANBUL - Saturday (BLD)
" Imperial Constantinople in the Belle Epoque" (late 19th century),
the exotic romance of the "Paris of the East:"
Morning walking tour : We start with our guide in Karaköy where
the foreign bankers and shipping companies had their headquarters, then
take the Tünel up to istiklal Caddesi; stop in the whirling dervish
tekke, and walk past the various old embassy buildings (now consulates),
and point out the architecture. Stop for tea (included) at the
famous Pera Palace Hotel.
Walk at least as far as Galatasaray Square, and have lunch in
the Çicek Pasaji (Flower Passage); then walk up to Taksim Square and
be picked up for the afternoon tour.
In the afternoon the tour visit Yildiz Palace Park and the Ihlamur Kasri,
a mini-palace south of Yildiz, and finish up with a visit to the Military
History Museum in Harbiye in time to hear the "Mehter," or Ottoman military
band (mid-afternoon) . Return to the hotel for a leisurely dinner.
16 - Cairo - Sunday (B)
We escort you to the airport for your flight to Cairo , Egypt, air fare
is included in business class , tax included .
In Cairo. Our representative greets you at Cairo airport and whisks
you to your hotel. Hyatt or Conrad Hotel, or similar.
Complimentary Egyptian visa fee (valid for American, Australian, NZ,
Canadian, EU , & Japanese citizens. Passports must be valid for
at least 6 month upon arrival).
will be issued upon arrival.
As you exit the gate, you will pass through a door or two , down some
stairs , then walk for 2-5 minutes , until you pass the duty free shops,
at the end of a wide corridor , you will see the security officers.
There you will be met by a local representative, who will be holding
a sign with the name you prefer to use for the sign .
Our local representative will then take your passport to obtain a stamp
from the cashier / bank window and escort you to speak with the passport
officer. He will escort you through another last check on your passport
as you exit the passport control, into customs area, he will assist
you in collecting your luggage and clearing customs . After exiting
the terminal, our local representative will escort you (private vehicle)
to the hotel
17 - Mon. CAIRO (B,L)
Full day tour of the Egyptian Museum, the Pyramids of Giza, the
Sphinx, the Citadel of Saladin and the alabaster mosque of Mohammed
Ali. Lunch at a charming local restaurant .
18 - Tue. LUXOR / NILE CRUISE (B,L,D)
Early morning flight to Luxor, air fare is included in our rate
, in Luxor you will be escorted to board your Nile Cruiser. Breakfast
will be served on board the cruise. Today we visit: The gigantic Great
Temple of Amon at Karnak and the mighty Temple of LUXOR.
For Honeymooners and Anniversary guests: You may enjoy your lunches
or dinners in the privacy of your cabin at no additional charge. Guests
must request this " special " at the time of booking
19 - Wed. LUXOR (BLD)
Visit the West Bank: Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens &
the great temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Evening sailing for EDFU passing
thru Esna Locks.
20 - Thu EDFU & KOM OMBO (BLD)
In EDFU, we climb aboard horse-drawn carriages and clip-clop through
the town to the Temple of Horus, which is Egypt’s best-preserved. Re-embarking,
on our Nile cruiser, we sail downstream to Kom Ombo to visit its twin
temples. Reach Aswan late afternoon, for a sailing by Felucca to visit
the Botanical Garden
21 - Fri, KOM OMBO / ASWAN / Camel Caravan (BLD)
Early morning arrival in Aswan. Tour Philae Temple. Afternoon leisurely
sail on the Nile by Felucca to the other side of the Nile, short Camel
Caravan to a nearby Nubian Village for tea.
22- Sat, ASWAN (BLD)
Morning tour of Aswan Dams, the Unfinished Obelisk & the granite
ancient quarries. followed by a trip by motor launch to the Philae
temples. this Island temple , dedicated to the Ancient Goddess
fly back to Cairo or optional excursion by air to visit the mighty Abu
Simbel Temples. Then fly back to Cairo
23 - Sun , Cairo (B)
Full day at leisure. Enjoy a walking tour thru the 12th century
district of Khan El Khalili on your own or just rest & relax.
24 - Mon. Amman (B)
Our representative escorts you to the airport for your flight to
Amman. One way air ticket in 'Y" class is included in the rate.
Our staff will meet you upon arrival and help with the transfer to your
hotel in Amman. Complimentary Jordanian visa will be issued upon arrival
at Amman Airport , valid only for Americans, Canadian, Australian, NZ
, EU , & Japanese citizens. Passports must be valid for at least
6 month upon arrival).
25 - Tue MADABA, KERAK & PETRA (BD)
We drive to Jerash, among the best-preserved Roman cities in the
world, to tour its temples, theaters, churches and colonnaded streets.
From Jerash, we drive south along the King's Highway, an ancient caravan
route, to Madaba to visit the church containing the oldest known map
of the Holy Land. Continuing to Mount Nebo, we enjoy the panoramic view
of the Promised Land the way Moses saw it for the first time. Farther
on, at KERAK, we tour the ruins of its romantic Crusaders' castle of
Renaud DE Chatillon, one of a line which stretched from Aqaba to Turkey.
Finally, we arrive to PETRA
26 - Wed Oct 27 PETRA (BD)
Today the fabulous Nabatean City of Petra awaits us. Made famous
in the Indiana Jones movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark," its
ancient temples, tombs and striking Khazneh (Treasury) were hewn right
from the pink and violet sandstone. We spend a full day here, and another
27 - Thu WADI RUM & AMMAN (BD)
We board four-wheel-drive vehicles for an expedition to Wadi Rum,
the "Valley of the Moon" where T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence
of Arabia") organized Arab resistance to Ottoman rule during World
War I. After our visit, we return to Amman.
28 - Fri Departure (B)
Our local representative escorts you back to the airport fly back
person in USD $
on Saturday : Apr - Oct
airfare in economy class : JFK/Istanbul -----CAIRO/AMMAN/JFK, including
For most major West Coast cities , please add : $350 add-on. For HNL:
Please add $ 550.
For May through end of Sep, please add : $ 350 USD air fare peak season
supplement, this supplement doesn't apply when you handle your own
Please deduct $ 800 USD when you handle your own air fare.
airfares within Egypt and Turkey as per itinerary in economy, but
with a free upgrade to business class when the plane configuration
allows for business class, and space is available , tax included .
way business class air fare Istanbul Cairo
or coffee with each meal.
preset menu, as per itinerary: BLD = Breakfast/lunch/dinner.
accommodation , 5 and 4 star hotels with tax. as listed
transfers are provided on a private basis, private air-conditioned
vehicle , private chauffeur
listed guided sightseeing , all entrance fees.
Locally escorted in each of the countries .
Jordanian & Egyptian visa fee (valid only for Australian,
NZ, Canadian, American , EU , & Japanese citizens. Passports must
be valid for at least 6 month upon arrival).
Nile cruise , including all meals and shore excursions , as well
complimentary bottled water with each and every meal on board the
Nile cruise, as well as tea or coffle with each and every meal
Visa Fee payable in cash upon arrival at the airport in Istanbul,
or contact any of the Turkish Consulates near you .
shore excursion while cruising/sailing.
Insurance. Please ask us for the flyer
Gratuities (at your discretion)
of the Deluxe Nile Cruises we use with this Grand Tour :
M/S Mojito . M/S Monaco . M/S Moon Goddess , MS Movenpick Radamis II
or Royal Lotus , The Ultra Deluxe"
M/S Amarco :