Away in the Mediterranean
Grand 15-day Dream Vacation : The Greek Isles
Santorini , Crete and off to The Nile Kingdom with Cairo and Nile cruise
We have even included all the tips . No hidden charges . No additional
Santorini and Crete and
Egypt in 8 Days
treasures of Athens . . . the romance of the Greek isles. What's better
than a journey with a cherished companion to one of these prized destination?
This is a trip tailored to make the most of that special company and
unique occasion, be it an anniversary, a honeymoon, or a singular
chance to be alone and away. We have selected superior and deluxe
hotels notable for their charm, atmosphere, and, of course, fine service.
Tour starts Daily in Athens , subject to availability and the Nile cruise
sailings . Tour operates : April- Oct
1 - ARRIVAL IN ATHENS
Our Athens-based personnel meets you at the international airport, assists
you with the formalities, and sees you to your charming and comfortable
four-star hotel, your base for the next two nights. Check in, relax,
then take a stroll through the lively streets. Browse for treasures
and curios, savor a coffee or aperitif at a terrace café, or enjoy a
fine meal in the old Plaka district. All transfers in Greece and Egypt
are always on a private basis. Private air-conditioned vehicle, private
2 - ATHENS- Private Tour (BL)
Enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of the Greek capital, today we
have included a private half day tour of Syntagma Square, and the towering
Acropolis. Lunch is included in a charming local restaurant . In the
evening : your guide will call on you for a private leisurely walk thru
the plaka district with tea or coffee in one of the local cafes.
3 - Cairo (BD)
After breakfast, we escort you to the airport
for your flight to Cairo on Egyptair or Olympic Airways. Air fare is
included in our rate , business class, tax included
In Cairo , our representative greets you
at the airport and whisks you to your hotel. Visa fee is payable
in cash upon arrival $15 USD , exact change please, only in cash. Visa
will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for : EU , American,
Australian, NZ , Canadian, Singaporean & Japanese citizens. You
are responsible for having your passport in order valid at least for
6 month beyond the date of your arrival in Cairo.
Dinner is included at the hotel, if the flight is delayed and the restaurant
is closed, then room service will be provided at no extra charge , pre-set
. After exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you
(private vehicle) to the hotel. All
transfers in Greece and Egypt are always on a private basis. Private
air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur .
4 - CAIRO (BLD)
On your first full day in Egypt we show you the Egyptian Museum,
the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Citadel of Saladin,
and the Mohammed Ali Mosque, made of alabaster. Lunch is included
at the Mena House, dinner is included at La Bodega restaurant . All
tours in Cairo are always on a private basis. Private air-conditioned
vehicle, private chauffeur and private guide .
5 - Cairo / Abu Simbel / ASWAN, Board your Nile Cruise : Camel Caravan!
Board the Nile Cruise in Aswan or Luxor and board our Nile cruiser
in time for a delicious lunch.
Early morning flight to Aswan , then after a brief stop , we take a
short flight to Abu Simbel. There we'll marvel at the temples
dedicated to Ramses the Great and Queen Neferatri, saved from rising
waters of the Nile when the High Dam was built,in
the larger temple, colossal figures of Ramses are seated with the
gods and attended by his queen and daughters.
The smaller temple is dedicated to Queen Nefertari, who appears
as Hathor, the goddess of love, joy and fertility, symbolized by the
back to Aswan and your Nile Cruise :
Complimentary welcome fruit basket awaits you in your cabin.
In the afternoon we enjoy a leisurely sail by graceful felucca on the
Nile. Only for those who are interested: a short camel caravan
and ride for almost half an hour to visit a local Nubian Village. Cabin
amenity: Local sweets platter. 2 large bottles of water.
6 - ASWAN - KOM OMBO - on board your Nile cruise
First we tour new Nubian Museum then the awesome Aswan dams,
and next an ancient granite quarry complete with an unfinished obelisk.
Then we go by motor launch to the island temples of Philae. Re-embarking
on our Nile cruiser, we sail downstream to Kom Ombo to visit
its twin temples. Cabin amenity: Galabya. In the evening : your guide
will call on you for a horse-drawn carriage ride throughout the local
souks and waterfront.
7 - EDFU - ESNA - on board your Nile cruise (BLD)
We moor in Edfu, climb aboard horse-drawn carriages, and clip-clop
through the town to the Temple of Horus, Egypt's best-preserved
temple. Re-embarking, we cruise to Esna and its great temple
dedicated to Khnum ( we included a tour of Esna Temple) , the
creator-god. Evening finds us in Luxor. Cabin amenity: Fruit
basket- 2 large bottles of water
8 - LUXOR - on board your Nile cruise (BLD)
we 'll be touring instead : Ancient Workers Village at Deir El Medineh,
the first known "Workers Village" these were the true creative
heroes who built the temples & tombs for the mighty Pharaohs of
the Nile Kingdom.
El Medinah is on Luxor's west bank you get a totally different
perspective on ancient Egyptian life, at the ancient workers' settlement
of Deir el-Medinah. While most of the imposing stone monuments and sites
of Egypt honor the lives and after-lives of royalty, Deir el-Medinah
gives us unique and surprising insights into the ordinary citizens who
constructed and decorated the tombs.
we'll see the excavated homes shared by laborers with their domestic
animals. These quarters were surprisingly large, with three good-sized
rooms, courtyard, kitchen, and even storage cellars. While ancient Egypt
might not have been a workers' paradise, we'll see that artisans and
builders were highly regarded in their community. We are proud to be
the only operator to offer regular visits to this singular ancient settlement
in its tour and cruise programs.
tour include as well a visit to the Valley of the Kings including
Tut-Ank-Amon's tomb , temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari,
and Colossi of Memnon, returning to our Nile cruiser for lunch.
Following lunch aboard, we visit the great Temple of Luxor, and
the gigantic Great Temple of Amon at Karnak, returning to our
vessel in time for tea. Complimentary welcome fruit basket in your cabin.
In the evening your guide will call on you for a horse-drawn carriage
ride throughout Luxor souks and waterfront, before we head back to Karnak
Temple for the Sound and Light show ( please bring a jacket with you).
9 - LUXOR - CAIRO (BD)
Breakfast, check-out, tour Luxor Museum then head to the airport to
board a return flight to Cairo. In the afternoon, wander through
the city on your own, or do your last-minute shopping, dinner is included
tonight at Zeitouni at the Four Seasons . Add an extra night in Cairo
10 - CAIRO
, ATHENS , SANTORINI (B)
We'll call for you and see you to the airport for your flight over the
blue Mediterranean to Athens , air fare is included ( economy class
, tax included , then connect and fly over the Aegean to Santorini (Air
fare included as well ) , Isle of Ancient " Atlantis ?!",
where you'll find a room waiting in a beach hotel. Or a cliff -side
11 - Santorini (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your lovely hotel (or Villa),or venture out,to explore
ON YOUR OWN.
Some suggestion that you may wish to consider (on your own):
Akrotiri,reputedly the site of fabled Atlantis. Then on to Athinios
port to take a boat across to eh dormant volcano, and ascend through
a crater-pocked moonscape to the crater. Visit Thirassia Island and
watch sunset in Oia. Return to your hotel/villa early evening, the decision
is totally yours.
12 - Santorini- Own activities(B)
To stay in your lovely hotel and enjoy the beach, the service, and the
amenities, or to venture out to explore some of the dramatic cliffs,
coves, and villages . . . that is the question! No doubt, you'll mix
a bit of both; Relax, and revisit a favorite café or shop ,sip an ouzo
or retsina at a waterside café, discover a beach or two, pick up a loaf
of fresh bread and cheese and olives, and picnic on a hillside as you
look out to sailboats at sea. Your days will be filled.
13 - SANTORINI, CRETE (B)
We'll rendezvous in time to take you to your flight to Crete, Heraklion&
your hotel. Flights operate only on Thursday & Saturday , on
other days, it will be the fast ferry which is 2 hours ( business
class ) , or flights via Athens (Supplement applies$ $182).
14 - CRETE (B)
Enjoy your stay at the hotel or explore one of the beaches. Or explore
on your own the Venetian part of the old town , see below more details
on tours in Crete.
15 - DEPARTURE (B)
Do your last-minute shopping this morning, or just linger deliciously
in bed. Then we'll call for you and see you to the airport to begin
your journey home.
Add an extra night in Crete ?
Please click here . Combine
with Italy ?
Bungalows with private pool in the Greek Isles are available upon request)
in USD $
Based on First class Hotels / Nile Cruise
( Sea view room in Crete)
in double occupancy
in USD $
Based on Deluxe Hotels / Nile Cruise
( Sea view room in Crete)
in double occupancy
in USD $
Based on Ultra Deluxe Hotels and Nile Cruise
( in Athens Grand Bretagne , Crete ( suite) , Santorini ( Suite)
Four Seasons in Cairo ( standard room ) and suite on the Nile cruise
with private balcony : Sonesta Star Goddess or similar )
in double occupancy
transportation from Athens to Cairo and return back to Athens , in
business class , tax included .
air fare in Greece as per itinerary , in economy class, tax included.
from Santorini to Crete by ferry or air based on the itinerary &
dates you choose.
transfers and transportation in Greece and Egypt between airport and
hotels/ Nile Cruise
sightseeing as indicated in ATHENS, including preset menu lunch as
All guided tours in Egypt as per itinerary
with breakfast (B) as indicated below, or
at comparable properties, according to availability.
cruise, including all meals , afternoon tea served on deck daily
, and shore excursions.
large bottled water per person delivered to your cabin daily while
you are on board the Nile Cruise . Plus a small bottle of water
with each & every meal on board the cruise
or coffee and water with each & every meal while you are on
board the Nile cruise.
welcome drink upon arrival on board the Nile Cruise.
welcome fruit basket on board the Nile Cruise.
for local personnel , all the tips to all your drivers, porters, guides
and the crew on board your cruise.
Divani Palace Acropolis : 5 Stars Moderate
Electra Palace (four stars).
Villas/ Apartments in Santorini:
Deluxe : Dana Villas with a view of the Caldera &
the sea ( Firostefani) .
Class accommodation: Sun Rocks ,
Astra Apartments, On The Rocks , Chromata
, or similar
Sample Hotel accommodation in
Heraklio / Hersonissos Area:
* Creta Maris ( 5 stars)
* Knossos Royal Village (5 stars)
* Royal Mare Village (5 Stars)
* Atlantis Hotel ( 5 stars - Town property)
* Aldemar Royal Mare (5 stars)
Candia Maris Hotel ( 5 stars)
Hotel Elounda Mare (5 stars):
Hotel Elounda Mare (5 stars) : PRIVATE
BUNGALOW with private pool: Supplement
$ 300 Per person per night.
- Star Properties:
* Sylva Maris Bungalows hotel ( 4 stars)
* Galaxy Iraklio Hotel ( Town property)
* Asotria Capsis Hotel ( Town Hotel)
* Marina Beach in Gouves area
Pantheon Palace in Gouves area
in Aghios Nikolaos
Hersonissos Maris - pool sharing ( 4 stars)
with the Triangle of Ancient Lands : Egypt Greece Palestine and Israel
Reviews: What other guests say about our services :
Adrian and Melina
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We just wanted to let you know we made it back home after our weeklong
detour through Italy. Athens was fantastic. The tours were very good,
and short of heading out to the islands, I can't think of a single thing
we would have rather done while there.
Although we had an excellent time in Athens, Egypt was by far the highlight
of our entire trip, including Italy. We just can't say enough
about Ahmed, Isis, Ashraf, and all our drivers. We simply could not
have done the trip without their help. Ahmed was very professional,
courteous, and helpful, and always went out of his way to make sure
we were where we needed to be at the right time. Our Egyptologist guides,
Isis and Ashraf, were both very knowledgeable and made our visit so
much better with their endless supply of information. We wore out both
days long before they did. We will definitely try to come back to Egypt
when we have more time to spend.
Thank you so much for arranging the trip, allowing us to customize what
we needed to, and putting us in touch with such good people. And please
find attached pictures of us enjoying a camel ride. :-)
Adrian & Melina
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Visa fee is payable in cash upon arrival $15 USD , exact change
please, only in cash. Visa will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport
for : EU , American, Australian, NZ , Canadian, Singaporean and
Japanese citizens. You are responsible for having your passport in
order valid at least for 6 month beyond the date of your arrival in
Santorini and Crete
and Egypt in 8 Days