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Mediterranean Fantasies

Meteora Edition
Luxury Nile Cruise and The Greek Isle of Santorini
This 15 - day itinerary combines a Nile Cruise of Ancient Egypt with
Classical Athens, Meteora, Delphi and the romance of the Greek Isle of Santorini

 

Honeymoon Santorini, greek tour, honeymoon tour


Extend to the Red Sea and the Egyptian Riviera
Add Mykonos . Add Crete

 

 

 

DAY 1 - Athens- Monday
Arrive in Athens Weekly - Tuesday (subject to the Nile cruise availability in Egypt : March -Nov)

Our local rep will meet you at Athens Airport and assist with your transfer to your hotel.
If you arrive early morning from the USA on Olympic Airways then you'll have time on your own to explore the Greek capital, browse for treasures and curios, and venture to a terrace cafe or a fine meal in the old Plaka district. Private air-conditioned Vehicle . Private Chauffeur .
This tour is available with air fare from the USA . Please click here .

 

 

 

DAY 2 - Athens- Group Tour -Tuesday (BD)
A half-day morning guided city tour will orient you to the high points of Athens. Group Tour - Seat in a coach
This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister's residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts order in the mind", the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum . Dinner is included at the hotel .

 

 

 

DAY 3 - Delphi - Group Tour- Seat In A Coach - Wednesday (BD)
Leave for Delphi via Thebes, Levadia and the picturesque village of Arachova, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, arrive in Delphi and visit the Archaeological Site. After the visit depart for Kalambaka, passing through picturesque villages and towns of Central Greece. Dinner and overnight.

Tour Delphi, site of the famed oracle, at the foot of Mount Parnassus. During the Mycenaean period, the female deity of Earth was worshipped in the small settlement of Delphi. The development of the sanctuary and oracle though, began in the 8th century B.C. with the establishment of the cult of Apollo. Under the protection and administration of the Amphictyony, the sanctuary continued to be autonomous after the First Sacred War and, as a result, increased its panhellenic religious and political influence. The Pythian Games were re-organized, the sanctuary was enlarged and it was enriched with nice buildings, statues, and other offerings. In the 3rd century B.C. it came under the domination of the Aetolians and later, in 191 B.C., was conquered by the Romans. During the Roman occupation the site was sometimes plundered but was also favoured by some of the emperors. With the spread of Christianity, the sanctuary lost its religious meaning and was permanently closed down with a decree of emperor Theodosius the Great,we tour the ruins of Delphi and its oracle, sacred to Apollo and Dionysus .

 

 


DAY 4 - Meteora - Group Tour- Seat In A Coach - Thursday (BD)
Visit Meteora and enjoy a unique and most impressive scenery with ageless Monasteries, containing priceless historical and religious treasures, standing between earth and sky atop huge rocks. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (short stop to see across the road the Leonida's Monument), arrive in Athens early in the evening, where dinner and comfortable bed awaits us at the hotel .

 


 

 

DAY 5 - ATHENS- Friday (BL)
After breakfast at the hotel, we head back south and on to Athens via Trikala , Lamia , Thermopylae , visit the Leonidas Monument , and Kammena Vourla. Arrive Athens in the evening where a comfortable bed awaits you at the hotel . Lunch is included enroute .

 

 


DAY 6 - Santorini- Saturday
(B)

Fly to Santorini . Luxuriate on the
beach at Santorini , mecca for Honeymooners & the perfect romantic getaway. Remainder of the day at leisure , maybe visit on your own Thirassia Island ( enjoy lunch on you own at a local restaurant /tavern) and watch sunset in Oia. Usually you return to your hotel/villa early evening .Adding an extra night in Santorini ? Please click here . Or maybe extend to Mykonos ? Please click here

 

 

 


DAY 7 - Santorini- Sunday (B)

Enjoy your lovely hotel or venture out on your own ,to explore Akrotiri, reputedly the site of fabled Atlantis. Then maybe on to Athinios port to take a boat across to the dormant volcano, and ascend through a crater-pocked moonscape to the crater. You may have some free time to enjoy a swim in a hot spring !!.

 

 

 

 

DAY 8 - Cairo- Monday (B)
After breakfast, we escort you to the airport for your flight to Athens connecting same day to Cairo on Egyptair or Olympic Airways air fare in economy class is included in our rate with tax. In Cairo Our representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to your hotel. All transfers in Egypt and Greece are on a private basis. Private air conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur . Visa for Egypt may be secured upon arrival , please pay the $ 15 fee in cash at Cairo Airport , please pay in USD or Euro , this is available for a limited number of nationalities such as American , Australian, NZ , Canadian, EU , Singaporean, and Japanese Citizens , if in doubt about your eligibility , please contact the Egyptian Consulate nearest you . After exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you to the hotel, where a complimentary welcome fruit basket awaits you .

 

 

 

DAY 9 - CAIRO- Tuesday (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 .
Private air-conditioned Vehicle . Private Chauffeur . Private Egyptologist .

 

 

 

DAY 10 - ASWAN ( or Luxor ) , Board your Nile Cruise : Camel Caravan! - Wednesday (BLD)
We fly to Aswan ( or Luxor ) and board our Nile cruiser in time for a delicious lunch. Complimentary welcome fruit basket awaits you in your cabin. Morning Tour of the Nubian Museum . 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 boat ride to visit a local Nubian Village. Cabin amenity: Local sweets platter. 2 large bottles of water.In the evening your guide will call on you for a private horse-drawn carriage ride to explore Aswan souks and water front.

 


 

 

 

DAY 11 - ASWAN - KOM OMBO- Thursday (BLD)
First we tour 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.

 

 

 

DAY 12 - EDFU - ESNA- Friday (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 , pass through the locks ( we have arranged for a private ride to tour the The great Esna temple dedicated to Khnum, the creator-god. Evening finds us in Luxor. Cabin amenity: Fruit basket- 2 large bottles of water

 

 

 

DAY 13 - LUXOR- Saturday (BLD)
Today's tour includes : 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.

Deir 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.

Here 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.

Today's 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. Evening Sound and Light show at Karnak, please bring a jacket with you.

 

 

 

DAY 14 - LUXOR - CAIRO- Sunday (B)
After breakfast , we fly back to Cairo. In the afternoon, wander through the city on your own, or do your last-minute shopping.
Complimentary Dinner is included at a local home:
Meet the locals
,
you may wish to bring token gifts to exchange with the host family ( T shirt , small souvenirs of your home town): This evening we'll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread . . . right into the homes of some of the people of Cairo l! You'll be invited to a family dinner, and while you enjoy wholesome home-cooked specialties, you'll learn about and appreciate the outlook, aspirations, and way of life of your hosts. Be assured, as curious as you may be about your new friends, they're sure to have questions about your own background. Once the ice is broken, you'll enjoy a lively evening, and find that you have more in common than you ever suspected. Of course, you may enjoy a quiet evening with your travel companions, by letting us know your preferences. Add an extra night in Cairo ? Please click here

 

 

 

DAY 15 - CAIRO/DEPARTURE-Monday (B)
Our representative escorts you to the airport for your homeward flight.
If you wish to fly back to Athens , please add $ 300 in economy class, tax included. Compare with the 18-day version.

 

 

RATES per person in USD

 

Per person Sharing in :
Deluxe Hotel
Deluxe Nile Cruise
First Class
Triple Occupancy
US$ 4770
US$ 4460
Double
US$ 4805
US$ 4520
Single
US$ 6470
US$ 6140

 

 

 

 

 

This tour is available with air fare from the USA . Please click here .

 


All tour rates are subject to change without notice.

 


 

 

For the Ultra Deluxe : Nile Cruise :
Movenpick Royal Lotus , M/S Amarco, M/S Moon Goddess , M/S Tuya , M/S TiYi :
Please add 20 % to the deluxe rate

 

The tour includes ...

 

 

  • Airfare Athens Cairo, business class, with tax
  • Airfare Athens Santorini Athens in economy " Y " class, with tax
  • As well as domestic air between Cairo & the Nile Cruise in business class , with tax.
  • All transfers in Greece and Egypt always on a private basis , private air -conditioned car/driver .

  • Private touring in Cairo and Athens , private air-conditioned air-conditioned car, private chauffeur .
  • Hotel accommodations , including all taxes and service charges, based on the rate category you choose.
  • Nile cruise, including all meals , afternoon tea served on deck daily , and shore excursions.
  • One 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
  • Tea or coffee and water with each & every meal while you are on board the Nile cruise.
  • Complimentary welcome drink upon arrival on board the Nile Cruise.
  • Complimentary welcome fruit basket on board the Nile Cruise.
  • Pre-set menu meals as shown including B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
  • Guided, escorted sightseeing tours in Athens, the Nile Cruise and Cairo as indicated in the itinerary, including all entry fees

 

 

Not included:

  • Trip Cancellation/travel insurance.
  • Tips
  • International air fare from/to USA, please ask for information on these fares or use your own free air miles.
  • Visa for Egypt may be secured upon arrival , please pay the $ 15 fee in cash at Cairo Airport , please pay in USD or Euro , this is available for a limited number of nationalities such as American , Australian, NZ , Canadian, EU , Singaporean, and Japanese Citizens , if in doubt about your eligibility , please contact the Egyptian Consulate nearest you . After exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you to the hotel


 

 

Sample Hotels:

 

 

 

  • Sample hotels in Athens :
    Deluxe: Divani Palace Acropolis. First : Titania , Stanley

 

  • Sample hotels in Cairo :
    Deluxe: Hilton. Sheraton. Hyatt . First :Helnan Shepheard's . Oases l

 

 

 

 

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What other guests say about our services :
Adrian and Melina

Adrian and  Melina in Athens

 

 

 

-------- Original Message --------
From: "Adrian"
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2007 2:04 PM
To: omar@travelinstyle.com>, > Subject: We're Back!

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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