Magical Morocco, Egypt, Jordan & Turkey
Casablanca to Istanbul
Travel & Accommodation
Map & Itinerary
- 25 nights in premium accommodation
- Four nights cruising the Nile River on the MS Royal Lily
- Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and local guides
- 51 meals – 29 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 14 dinners and 1 light supper
- Daily bottled water, as well as soft drinks, beer or wine with dinner on board the MS Royal Lily
- Transfers, port charges, tipping, visas and entrance fees
- All flights within Morocco, Egypt, Jordan and Turkey
Travel & Accommodation
Forgotten for centuries, hidden within the deserts of Jordan, enjoy a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder.
Sample a variety of Turkish Delight flavours during a tour through a spice market.
Cruising the River Nile
The perfect way to absorb the secrets of this historic waterway and its surroundings is aboard a River Nile cruise.
Map & Itinerary
- Itineraries and inclusions are subject to change
- Prices include transfers, meals, tipping and flights as per itinerary
- On all departures, extra charges apply to enter the Pyramids, the Mummies Room in the Egyptian Museum and certain tombs at the Valley of the Kings and Queens
- Limited water bottles are provided on a daily basis and limited soft drink or alcohol is provided on the cruise with dinner
- Please note, some restaurants and hotels do not serve alcohol
- Prices are for land, cruise and flights as specified only
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Today you will arrive in the legendary city of Casablanca. We’ll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Here, during a Welcome Reception, you’ll meet your fellow guests and Tour Director.
Stay: Mövenpick Casablanca or similar
Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fez
This morning, set off on a city tour of Casablanca. Your first stop is Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Africa with its impressive 210-metre-tall minaret. A visit to the League of Arab States Park and the Mohammed V Square rounds off your city tour. Continue on to the nearby city of Rabat, Morocco’s capital, and after some free time to enjoy lunch along the river front, set off on an exploration of the city. Hop back onto your coach for the drive to Meknes. Here, discover the iconic gateway of Bab Mansour, which is adorned with green and white zellij tiles as well as panels engraved with passages from the Koran. You'll also enjoy a visit to the Hari Souani Granary before continuing on to Fez.
Stay: Two Nights, Fez, Barceló Fès or similarDaily :
Indulge your taste buds with a tasting of Moroccan coffee and sweets.
Fez was founded more than 1,200 years ago and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited medieval settlements in the world. Fez is divided into distinct parts: the typical old walled city (Fez-el-Bali) and a French-built new town area (Ville Nouvelle). The old town enjoys World Heritage status and has an entirely car-free centre, as the twisting streets and alleys are too narrow for cars. Walking through this area you’ll pass spice markets, food stalls, tanneries, guilds and souks. During your time in Fez, you’ll visit the University of al-Qarawiyyin, the oldest existing, continually operating university in the world. Afterwards, stop in at Bou Inania, an educational institute which also doubles as a mosque.Daily :
Today, you'll head through the desert towards Marrakesh. En route, stop at the Swiss-style village of Ifrane. With its picturesque chalet-houses with red pointed roofs, carefully manicured parks and alpine-resort atmosphere, Ifrane is now known as the Switzerland of Morocco. Enjoy some time here to take some photos and stretch your legs. After time back on the road, stop at Beni Mellal, a town nestled at the foothills of the Middle Atlas Mountains. Here, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Pass by an array of Berber villages as you close in on Marrakesh, an oasis city boasting a heady mix of ancient ramparts, secret tombs, lush gardens and colourful souks.
Stay: Three Nights, Marrakesh, Radisson Blu or similarDaily :
This morning, we will set off on a tour of two of Marrakesh’s most iconic attractions - the Bahia Palace and Majorelle Gardens. It is clear why Bahia Palace is translated from Arabic to mean 'brilliance'. The palace and gardens showcase the finest examples of Moroccan and Islamic architecture. Admire stained-glass windows, zellij mosaics, painted wooden ceilings and marble-paved courtyards. Moving on to the Majorelle Gardens, wander through gardens which took French artist Jacques Majorelle over 40 years to create. Plants from across the world, collected during his travels, make up this eclectic garden. The afternoon is yours, so enjoy your time on your own terms. Perhaps explore the medina, or sit back with a refreshing cup of mint tea and watch local life unfold.Daily :
Today is free to relax or set off on a select experience. You might like to join a Moroccan cooking class, or enjoy a guided discovery of the riads hidden away in Marrakesh's medina. This evening, we will celebrate our Moroccan adventure with a Farewell Dinner accompanied by traditional entertainment in the form of belly dancers and live music.Daily :
Farewell Morocco as you board your flight to Cairo where, upon arrival, you’ll enjoy free time.
Stay: Four Nights, Marriott Cairo HotelDaily :
This evening, meet your Egypt Tour Director at a Welcome Reception.Daily :
This morning we’ll visit Giza where we’ll see the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. With the head of a human and body of a lion, the mythical Sphinx is the most recognisable statue associated with ancient Egypt. Walk through the emerald green gardens of Al Azhar Park before enjoying lunch overlooking the views of Cairo. This afternoon, the choice is yours, with a range of select experiences on offer. Perhaps take in a tour of Coptic Cairo, including the Church of St. Sergius – believed to be built upon a shelter the Holy Family used during their time in Egypt. Or, choose to dine like a local at a traditional restaurant, from falafel, to Mahshi (vegetables stuffed with rice), and shawarma.Daily :
This morning is yours to continue your discovery of Cairo. Perhaps explore Memphis and Sakkara. Later, set off on a Cairo city tour which includes admission to the Egyptian Museum. Home to the world’s most extensive collection of pharaonic artefacts, with more than 160,000 pieces on display, come face-to-face with genuine Tutankhamen treasures and antiquities. Later, take a stroll through the colourful Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, where you may stumble upon memorable keepsakes.Daily :
After breakfast this morning, be transferred to the airport to take an included flight from Cairo to Luxor. Once in Luxor, head for the water where you will embark the MS Royal Lily. Enhancing the sights of your Nile River cruise, delight in an intimate experience with great service. After settling in and enjoying lunch, this afternoon you will discover Karnak Temple, the largest religious building ever constructed. You’ll also explore the impressive Luxor Temple. Built in approximately 1400 BC and once the capital of Egypt, Luxor Temple was dedicated to the veneration of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu and held Egypt’s most important religious festival – the annual Opet Festival. Tonight, indulge in a Captain’s Welcome Reception on board.
Stay: Four Nights, MS Royal LilyDaily :
Today, enjoy the chance to visit the monumental Colossi of Memnon twin statues before taking in the West Bank of the Nile, the world’s largest open-air museum. Here, you’ll journey to the Valley of the Kings and Queens, and the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Also known as the 'Gateway to the Afterlife', the Valley of the Kings and Queens was once a royal burial ground for pharaohs, queens, priests, and chosen elects. Relax in comfort, with afternoon tea, as you sail to Edfu via Esna.Daily :
Be escorted to the Temple of Edfu by stepping aboard a horse drawn carriage, a distinctly unique mode of transport.
Tonight, you’ll attend a Galabeya party. Popular in the Egyptian culture, you’ll enjoy authentic music and food while perhaps wearing traditional pharaonic attire.
On the banks of the Nile this morning, visit Edfu temple. A sandstone temple dedicated to the falcon god Horus, this temple is fabled to be the site of historic festivals and celebrations. You’ll then cruise onwards to Kom Ombo, where you’ll enjoy lunch on board. Afterwards, visit the Kom Ombo Temple, an unusual double temple dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god and Horus, the falcon god. Back on board, enjoy afternoon tea en route to Aswan.Daily :
Aswan, Abu Simbel
Sail around Kitchener’s Island by felucca.
Today is sure to be a highlight as you fly to Abu Simbel and visit the imposing temples. Once buried under centuries of sand, lost to the world until 1813, marvel at the two awe-inspiring temples considered masterpieces of ancient Egypt. Later, board a traditional wooden sailing boat and drift alongside this island home, turned botanical garden. Keep an eye out for the beautiful trees and luscious plants native to Aswan. This evening, enjoy dinner followed by a Nubian folkloric show. Popular in Egypt, Nubian music is performed in Arabic and relies on drum beats, clapping, fiddles, lutes and various other percussion instruments.Daily :
Aswan, Abu Simbel
Today in Aswan, bid farewell to the MS Royal Lily before taking in the High Dam, Philae Temple and the unfinished Obelisk. Later, board your included flight back to Cairo. From Cairo Airport you will board an included flight to Jordan’s capital, Amman. On arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel for a Jordanian Welcome Reception.
Stay: Amman, Rotana HotelDaily :
Amman, Jerash, Dead Sea
Visit a popular spot to sample the Jordanian sweet kanafeh, a delicious cheese pastry soaked in a sugar syrup.
Today starts with a guided tour of Amman. Discover the historic legacy of the city at the Roman Theatre and Nymphaeum, before taking in the enchanting Citadel. You’ll then take a stroll via a traditional souk, where the sights and smells of spices and gold are sure to delight. Afterwards, drive to the ruined city of Jerash. A once great Roman city, here you will transport some 6,500 years back in time to the ‘Pompeii of the Middle East’. Continue to the Dead Sea this afternoon where you will check-in to your hotel.
Stay: Dead Sea, Crowne PlazaDaily :
Dead Sea, Bethabara, Aqaba
Spend the morning at leisure, perhaps floating on the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Later travel to Bethabara, the Baptismal Site of Jesus Christ. Arrive in Aqaba this afternoon, a picturesque port set on the Red Sea. This evening is yours to spend as you wish.
Stay: Intercontinental AqabaDaily :
Aqaba, Wadi Rum
In Wadi Rum, take an exciting 4WD tour across the lunar-like desert landscapes. As the sun goes down, toast the day with a glass of champagne.
This morning is yours to spend at leisure. Perhaps take advantage of the hotel facilities, go for a dip in the Red Sea or enjoy a glass-bottom boat tour. Travel to Wadi Rum this afternoon where you’ll join an Insider Experience. Continue on to your desert camp and savour a unique Bedouin dinner this evening.
Stay: Wadi Rum, Captain’s Desert CampDaily :
Wadi Rum, Petra
Tonight, enjoy an evening of learning and fun, as you partake in a Jordanian hands-on dining experience at Petra Kitchen.
This morning, perhaps enhance your experience in the desert with a desert trek. Afterwards, a short drive from Petra brings you to Little Petra, an archaeological site where magnificent buildings have been carved into sandstone canyons.
Stay: Two Nights, Petra, The Old Village Hotel and ResortDaily :
Following breakfast at your hotel, spend the morning exploring Petra. Famous for its rock-cut architecture, stone colours and formations, Petra is also known as the Rose City. Wander through a narrow gorge called the Siq and emerge to witness Petra’s most elaborate ruin, Al Khazneh, also known as the Treasury. A little farther along lies the Ad-Deir Monastery. This evening, perhaps witness Petra by Night as you wander through the lit-up complex of temples.Daily :
Petra, Shobak, Madaba, Nebo, Amman
After breakfast, travel to Shobak and visit the earliest crusader castle in the region. Set within the walls of the old city, the fortified castle dominates the town and has been the setting for a number of battles. Continue to Madaba, best known as the ‘City of Mosaics’, for its beautiful Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. Madaba is most famous for the 6th-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Covering the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, witness over two million pieces of coloured stone depicting the hills and valleys, villages and towns. Afterwards, head to the mountaintop Memorial of Moses at Mount Nebo. It is here, that the Bible states, Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land that he could never enter. Atop the mountain, enjoy captivating views of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and River Jordan. Continue to Amman this afternoon. Tonight, feast at a Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Amman, Rotana HotelDaily :
Bid Jordan farewell today as you fly to Turkey. On arrival in Istanbul be met at the airport, transfer you to your hotel and enjoy a special dinner
Stay: Two Nights, Radisson Blu Istanbul PeraDaily :
Delight in a tasting of Turkey's famous dessert. Lemon, rosewater and bergamot orange are among the many traditional Turkish Delight flavours you can sample.
Begin your explorations at Topkapı Palace, which once served as the main residence of the Ottoman sultans, now a museum housing relics from the Ottoman Empire. Next up, head to the Basilica of St Sophia to see ancient mosaics and Byzantine art. After stopping for lunch at leisure, visit the iconic Blue Mosque. Make sure to have your cameras at the ready; this mosque is one of Istanbul's most photographed buildings. Inside is even more beautiful, the thousands of blue Iznik tiles cover the interior of the mosque, which lend to its name. The rest of the afternoon is spent in the Spice Market. Here, enjoy an Insider Experience. Tonight, perhaps join an optional Bosporus cruise.Daily :
Istanbul, Gallipoli, ANZAC Cove, Çanakkale
Board your coach this morning on the road to Gallipoli. En route, stop at Tekirdağ, a small town that overlooks the Sea of Marmara. In Gallipoli, enjoy time for lunch at leisure. It's then onto the sites of Gallipoli. Start at ANZAC Cove, the landing site of the ANZACs on 25th April 1915. Continue to Lone Pine Memorial and finish at Chunuk Bair Memorial, when you can pay tribute to fallen New Zealand soldiers. Afterwards, at the port of Eceabat, a ferry awaits to take you to Çanakkale where dinner will be served in your hotel.
Stay: Çanakkale, Kolin HotelDaily :
Today, dive head first into history with a visit to the ancient city of Troy. See the World Heritage archaeological site and hear the legends surrounding the city's ruins. Moving on to the village of Bergama, discover the ruins of Pergamon. Within this ancient city, you'll encounter the Acropolis, the Temple of Athena and the Library of Pergamon. After time to wander around these historic sites, continue to Izmir, a city on the brink of the Aegean Sea. Tonight, fresh seafood is on the menu for dinner at a local restaurant.
Stay: Two Nights, Renaissance IzmirDaily :
Literally translated from Turkish to 'cotton castle', you'll head to Pamukkale today. The crisp, white travertine stone terraces slope down a steep hillside, holding pools of mineral-rich water. This really is a sight to behold. Nearby, the World Heritage Roman city of Hierapolis is made up of temples, bath houses and a theatre. Return to Izmir in the late afternoon and enjoy leisure time.Daily :
Feel at one with your surrounds with a stay at the Kapadokya Lodge in Cappadocia, famous for its unique location and enchanting landscape.
Following breakfast, make your way to Ephesus, a World Heritage ancient Greek city. Take a wander through the crumbling marble streets before checking out the Ephesus Archaeological Museum. Lunch is enjoyed at a local restaurant before you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Arrive at your unique hotel which blends into its surrounds, the Kapadokya Lodge, where you'll enjoy a light supper.
Stay: Two Nights, Kapadokya Lodge, CappadociaDaily :
There's a chance to make today truly special with an optional hot air balloon ride at sunrise over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. This morning, see the formations from ground level at Pigeon Valley, and be sure to take plenty of photos while you're here. Next up, head to Göreme Open-Air Museum. Here, see the churches and monasteries carved into rock faces. Spend time wandering Göreme town at your leisure. Back aboard your coach, it's onwards to Avanos, a town famous for pottery. We can see examples of pottery from as early as the second millennium BC at a traditional ceramic facility. Perhaps spend the evening on an optional activity.Daily :
Enjoy a leisurely start to your morning before venturing to Kaymaklı Underground City. Descend below ground level and discover over one hundred tunnels leading to rooms which once were family homes, stables, cellars and churches since the 7th century BC. This afternoon, be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul. On arrival at your hotel, come together once more for a Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Radisson Blu Istanbul PeraDaily :
Your exciting adventure comes to an end after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.Daily :
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Treasures of Egypt, Hidden Jordan and Israel
Cairo to Amman
Treasures of Egypt, Hidden Jordan and Israel
Cairo to Amman