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Treasures of Egypt & Turkey

Cairo to Istanbul

Trip Code: EGTT16
16 Days
31 Meals
2 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • 11 nights in premium accommodation
  • Four nights cruising the Nile River on the MS Royal Lily
  • Services of Travelmarvel Tour Directors and local guides
  • 30 meals -15 breakfasts, 6 lunch, 8 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 Egypt and Turkey

Travel & Accommodation

Ship cruising through the ocean

Cruising the River Nile

The perfect way to absorb the secrets of this historic waterway and its surroundings is aboard a River Nile cruise.

Gallipoli ANZAC Canakkle Martyrsa Memorial

A Tribute to the ANZACs

Discover World War I sites along the Gallipoli Peninsula which tell of the legendary story of the ANZACs.

Cappadocia in Turkey

Stay Among the Fairy Chimneys

In Cappadocia, stay at the Kapadokya Lodge, built to blend seamlessly with the enchanting rocky landscape.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itineraries and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include transfers, meals, tipping and flights as per itinerary
  • Internal flights in Turkey include 20kg of luggage
  • Please note, some restaurants and hotels do not serve alcohol
  • Prices are for land, cruise and flights as specified only
TM Egypt & Jordan 2020/2021 Map EGTT16
Cairo to Istanbul

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

Today marks the beginning of your incredible Egypt and Jordan adventure as you arrive in Cairo. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Reception and meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Stay: Three Nights, Marriott Cairo Hotel

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.

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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.

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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 Lily

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Karnak Temple Egypt - Statue of Ramesses

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.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Be escorted to the Temple of Edfu by stepping aboard a horse drawn carriage, a distinctly unique mode of transport.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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.

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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 Turkey’s capital, Istanbul. On arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel for a special dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Radisson Blu Istanbul Pera

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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.

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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 Hotel

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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 Izmir

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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.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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, Cappadocia

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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.

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Colorful hot air balloons flying over the rolling hills

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 Pera

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Your exciting Turkey adventure comes to an end after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.

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In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Travelmarvel to all who'll ask.