Triangle of Ancient Lands
A 12-Day Private Tour
of Egypt, Palestine, Israel and Greece
Come with us on a grand 12-day triangle tour of these three awe-inspiring lands of antiquity... all in 12 Days.
DAY 1 - CAIRO - Thursday Weekly - Year Round
VIP Meet & Greet Service at Cairo Airport
Our local representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to your hotel. VIP Meet & Greet Service at Cairo Airport.
Visa fee is included and will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for: Australian, NZ, American, EU, Canadian & 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.
Visa 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 your name.
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.
Welcome fruit basket & Egyptian pastry awaits you in your room with our compliments. Sample Deluxe Hotels or similar: Cairo Marriott, Hilton, Cairo Conrad, InterContinental Hotels or similar
DAY 2 - CAIRO - Friday (BLD)
Private car, private driver, private Egyptologist. Welcome to the City of the pharaohs and sultans! We visit the top sights in an all-day tour. Our first stop is the Egyptian Museum, filled with the wealth of the pharaohs. Following lunch at a local restaurant, we head for the Khan El-Khalil Bazaar district then off to the old Coptic and Jewish quarter and the Coptic museum as well as al-Moalaka Church. In the evening, we host you for dinner on a Nile cruise complete with exotic Egyptian entertainment. All meals today are included.
DAY 3 - Giza Pyramids: DAHSOUR - HOME HOSTED MEAL - Saturday (BL)
Private car, private driver, private Egyptologist. After breakfast, we'll motor to the edge of Cairo, to the mysterious Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza. The museum of the Royal Barge of Cheops The museum is built over the rectangular pit that housed the Royal Barge for thousands of years, the wooden boat was readied for the king's daily journey with the sun god, Ra. Discovered in 1954, in a completely dismantled state, the 43-metre (140-foot) cedar boat is a rare window on the Royal boats used by the kings of Ancient Egypt.
Those who are fit and adventurous enough may wish to penetrate into the heart of the Great Pyramid, to the King's Chamber your ticket is included with our compliments (or the interior of Kephren Pyramid). Taking a camel ride (included) is entirely your own choice!
Continue to Dahshour, the newly-opened pyramid field south of Cairo. We visit the great pyramid of Senfru, father of Cheops, and other structure:
The "Discovery" of Dahshour
For almost half a century, the great field of huge pyramids near the desert village of Dahshour, 25 miles south of Cairo, has been off limits to the public. Confined within the perimeter of a military base were many pyramids, including the great 4500-year-old pyramid built by Senfru, father of Cheops. Senfru's pyramid, the largest in Egypt until his son built Giza's Great Pyramid, is rhomboidal in shape: it tapers more distinctly on its upper half. All the pyramids were coated in thick plaster at one time. Most have lost these protective, decorative sheaths, but Senfru's--miraculously--is still in place. Lunch is included at the Mena House.
DAY 4 - CAIRO TO JERUSALEM - Sunday (B)
Today we board your flight across the Sinai peninsula to Israel. Air fare is included in economy class. Tax included. Upon arrival We drive up into the Judean Hills to Jerusalem, where our local representative meets you at the airport and assist with your private transfer to your hotel in Jerusalem.
DAY 5 - JERUSALEM and BETHLEHEM - Monday (B)
Private car, private driver, private guide. The Holy City is at our feet. We visit the Western Wall, Temple Mount, the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Roman Cardo, fabled Mount Zion, and King David's Tomb, then drive to biblical Bethlehem to visit Rachel's Tomb and the Church of the Nativity, returning to our Jerusalem hotel in the evening.
DAY 6 - JERUSALEM Tuesday (B)
Today fabled Jerusalem is yours to explore as you like, guidebook in hand.
DAY 7 - THE DEAD SEA Wednesday (B)
We drive down below sea level to the Dead Sea for a visit to one of its mineral spas. Try a swim in the Dead Sea's saline waters, where you'll be as buoyant as a cork! Private car, private driver, private guide.
DAY 8 - ATHENS Thursday - Private Transfers (B)
Our staff escorts you to Tel Aviv's airport for your flight to Athens (airfare is included in tour rate in economy class, tax included). Upon arrival in Athens, our staff meets you and escorts you to your hotel in the Greek capital private transfer. The rest of the day is yours: Athens awaits you!
DAY 9 - ATHENS - Group Tour - Friday (B)
A half-day group city tour shows you this great city's layout: we visit Syntagma Square, the heart of modern Athens, drive by the parliament, and climb up to the Acropolis then visit the Acropolis Museum. Now that you know the layout, the city is yours to explore as you like. Visit a museum, take in some shopping, or relax at a real Athenian taverna in the Plaka.
DAY 10 - GREEK ISLANDS CRUISE Saturday (BL)
We drive to the Marina Trocadero and board a boat for a tour of the Saronic Gulf and its islands: Aegina, Poros and Hydra. After our delightful day at sea, the evening brings us traditional Greek dancing and entertainment, a fitting celebration of our three-country Triangle Tour, after which we return to our Athens hotel.
DAY 11 - ATHENS MARKETS Sunday (BL)
Ride the new Athens Subway alongside the locals today! We take pride in affording you this experience, entirely by public transportation, with orientation by our English-speaking representative. You'll get to tour Athens fascinating vegetable & fruit markets by subway and/or taxi. Enjoy lunch at a charming local restaurant before we head back to the hotel. Private Guide.
DAY 12 - DEPARTURE -Monday (B)
If you have chosen not to take advantage of our Santorini Extension (see below), our staff escorts you to Athens airport for your flight home.
Rates in USD $ (per person)
Modest Tourist Class
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