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Day 2: Athens. Arrive today in Athens, the birthplace of western civilization. You'll be met by our representative and then escorted to your hotel, centrally located near Constitution Square and the famous Plaka (Old Town). Divani Palace Acropolis
Day 3: Athens. Enjoy a full day to explore Athens. Your hotel is ideally located near many of the city's many major attractions, as well as the best shopping and dining. Our Athens representatives will be glad to make suggestions if you prefer to explore independently.
To make the most of your visit, our representatives will offer you some exclusive excursions to the city's highlights, including a half-day tour of Athens in the morning and a tour of Cape Sounion in the evening. See descriptions and special discounted prices below. Divani Palace Acropolis
Day 4: Athens/Piraeus. Transfer to Piraeus this morning to board your cruise ship. Spend the afternoon enjoying the sun, sea breezes, pool and shipboard facilities as we set sail to Istanbul, Turkey. Louis Cruise Lines Cristal Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 5: Istanbul, Turkey. Arrive today in Istanbul, a city at the meeting point of two continents—Europe and Asia. Istanbul boasts some of the world's most magnificent architecture such as Agia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Topkapi Palace with its treasures of the Ottoman Empire. Take the day to explore on your own or chose one of four optional shore excursions to enhance your experiences. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 6: Mykonos, Greece. Enjoy your morning at leisure onboard. Arrive at the gorgeous island of Mykonos later this afternoon. Chic crowds flock to the island's beautiful beaches by day and to the trendy restaurants and discos each night. You can too, or just sit seaside and unwind, sipping ouzo and watching the sunset while listening to traditional Greek music.
Before heading back to the ship, enjoy a stroll through Mykonos town with its labyrinth of winding alleys and whitewashed buildings, basket-laden donkeys, cascading geraniums and upscale shops and cafés. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 7: At sea. Enjoy today's relaxing day at sea by checking out all that this beautiful ship has to offer. Visit the wellness center, take a dip in the pool, try your luck at the casino, check your email, spend some time at one of the bar/lounges, dance the night away at the disco or just sit back and soak up the sun. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 8: Ashdod, Israel. This morning arrive in Ashdod, Israel's largest port. This cosmopolitan city offers a very good combination of ancient history, cosmopolitan port life, beautiful beaches and is said to be the oldest city in the world. Enjoy this wondrous city on your own or expand your travels with an optional shore excursion to Jerusalem & Bethlehem or Nazareth & Galilee. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 9: Port Said & Alexandria, Egypt. Arrive early this morning in the bustling city of Port Said, Egypt. Today offers an opportunity unlike any other as you have the ability to join one of two optional shore excursions that commence in our next port of call or you may explore briefly on your own before setting sail to Alexandria.
On today's optional excursions you can venture into Cairo, Africa's largest city where you'll visit the National Archaeological Museum. Then set sail on the Nile River and enjoy lunch onboard as you glide past Cairo's waterfront landmarks. End this excursion with a stop at the Pyramids of Giza.
Arrive this evening in Alexandria, Egypt, which was considered one of the greatest cities in the ancient world. Build on the Mediterranean shores and the Nile River Delta, Alexandria is said to be a gateway to one of the world's most mysterious and intriguing regions. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 10: Crete, Greece. Arrive late this afternoon in Agios Nikolaos, on the Greek island of Crete. The landmark of the town is the small lake of Voulismeni at the foot of the cliffs in the city center. According to the ancient mythology, the goddess Athena would bathe in this lake. Explore on your own, stop at one of the many picturesque open-air cafes and restaurants along the banks of the land. oin an optional shore excursion to Elounda Bay, and a working local Olive Oil Farm and learn about early 20th century life on Crete. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 11: Piraeus/Athens. Disembark from your ship at Piraeus and check into your ideally located hotel in the heart of the city. Your hotel is within short distance of many major attractions, as well as the best shopping and dining. Take advantage of a full day at leisure. Our Athens representatives will be glad to make suggestions. Divani Palace Acropolis or Elektra Palace Breakfast provided.
Classical Greece Extension! Breakfast provided.
Why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare and visit the classical cities of Corinth, Mycenae, Olympia, and Delphi? Your extension includes superior hotels, most meals and guided touring of the most fascinating of the classical cities of Greece including entrance fees to places visited.
Day 12: Athens, Mycenae & Olympia. After breakfast this morning, board your touring coach and begin a tour of the classical cities of Greece. Drive across the Corinth Canal, which connects the Ionian Sea with the Aegean, to the Peloponnesian Peninsula, where 4,000 years of history are more fully and comprehensibly illustrated than anywhere else in Europe.
Here we'll visit the famous theater of Epidaurus, the best preserved in Greece, which reached the height of its fame in the 5th & 4th centuries B.C. The acoustics are so perfect that even from the last of the 55 tiers, every word can be heard. Continue to ancient Mycenae, which, according to the poets, was founded by Perseus and built with the aid of the mythological Cyclops. Drive on to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic games, for dinner and overnight. Hotel Amalia Olympia or similar Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 13: Olympia, Nafpaktos & Delphi. This morning we'll tour the archeological site and museum at Olympia, where the Olympic games were conceived as a tribute to Hercules, son of Zeus. These games were the most important international event in the Hellenic world from 776 B.C. to 393 A.D. and continue today, with the lighting of the Olympic flame that is carried by runners throughout the world. Visit the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus and the Museum.
This afternoon we drive via Patras to Rion, Antirion and picturesque Nafpaktos, where according to mythology, Hercules slew the Erymanthine boar and where we'll view the lovely circular Venetian harbor. Continue our drive to Delphi for dinner and overnight. Hotel Amalia Delphi or similar Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 14: Delphi & Kalambaka. After breakfast we'll explore the ancient site of Delphi, located on the slopes of the breathtaking Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty. Here lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the museum, which contains masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture including the famous bronze Charioteer.The site had been sacred since at least the Bronze Age. According to legend, the shrine was originally guarded by the she-dragon Pytho. She was killed by Apollo who then took over the oracle. In antiquity, Delphi was regarded as the center of the world.
Later, we'll depart for the small town of Kalambaka, built at the foot of the majestic gray rocks, at the point where river Pinios leaves the Pindos Mountain. Hotel Amalia Kalambaka or similar Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 15: Meteora & Athens. This morning we will visit the spectacular Meteora monasteries, perched upon the summits of some precipitous and isolated rocky pinnacles, which rise above the almost flat valley of the Pinios river, 9 km beyond Kalambaka. The monastic history of Meteora goes back to the 11th century AD, when the monks constructed inaccessible eagle's nests in the crannies of these rocks and today, four are still occupied.
Later this afternoon we'll drive back to Athens, via Thermopylae, famous battleground from the Persian wars. Arrive in Athens and check in at our hotel. Divani Palace Acropolis or similar Breakfast provided.
Day 16: Athens/USA. Today you'll be escorted to the airport and bid farewell to Athens as you board your flight back home. Your exciting journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA later today. Breakfast provided.
To take full advantage of your visit to Greece, we offer a package of the most popular optional excursions featured on our tour. Our discounted optional excursions package includes both the Athens half-day & Cape Sounion excursions below. Get both for the special package price of $145/person if you book and prepay prior to departure. Or book these excursions individually when you arrive in Greece for a little more. We regret that we cannot accept bookings for the pre-paid optional tours package within 75 days from departure or after final payment has been received.
The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis,the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium(site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), the Tomb of the unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library. In contrast, conclude your tour with a visit to the new Acropolis museum, a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens.
Drive along the coastal road past countless coves and the beautiful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza to Cape Sounion. Dominated by the spectacular Temple of Poseidon, the sanctuary at Sounion is one of the most important archeological sites in Attica. Although evidence suggests that the site dates back to the prehistoric period, the sanctuary is first mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, as the place where Menelaos stopped during his return from Troy to bury his helmsman, Phrontes Onetorides. Learn about the rich history of this area as you take in stunning views of the Aegean on this fascinating optional excursion.
To help you take full advantage of your visit to the Mediterranean, exciting optional shore excursions are offered at each port-of-call. You may purchase shore excursions during your briefing upon arrival in Athens or once aboard your ship. We suggest pre-booking at the briefing to guarantee your spot and avoid lines and hassle during your vacation. Excursions are priced and paid for in Euros (you can pay with credit card or cash). For your convenience, we have also listed approximate conversions to U.S. dollars (accurate as of October 14, 2010).
Leaving Agios Nikolaos, capital city of Eastern Crete, and its cosmopolitan atmosphere your bus will drive you to Elounda, located in a gorgeous natural bay. Elounda is famous not only on the island of Crete but also in the entire Aegean Sea, much acclaimed for its outstanding hotels and tourist establishment in a magnificent natural environment. The combination of the landscape and the sea it is something you will never forget! Driving to Kritsa, you will enjoy a wonderful view of both Mirabelo and Elounda Bay. Free time will be given at Kritsa to browse in the streets with the splendid displays of blooming flowers, fruit trees and plants in the yards, terraces and balconies of the houses. Kritsa is a delightful mixture of sights, sounds, and smells. Your tour continue to a local Olive Oil Farm. In a marvellously designed space of 2,000 m², the facility has endeavoured to embrace traditional Cretan everyday life in its entirety. The production of olive oil, wine & raki takes place using the most traditional of methods and giving you the opportunity to experience Cretan life is the early 20th century. On arrival you will be welcomed with a Raki the traditional drink of Crete and "meze". Here you will have the chance also to enjoy Cretan traditional music and dance with local performers. After visiting the Farm you continue your journey to Agios Nikolaos. The landmark of the city is a small lake, known as "Voulismeni" that is located in the centre of the city, at the foot of the cliffs. According to the mythology, the goddess Athena used to take her bath in this lake. It is an especially picturesque site with many open-air cafes and restaurants along the bank. Here you will be given free time to browse in this beautiful town before returning to your ship.
In April and October, the refreshment (raki and "meze") and the traditional Cretan dances will take place at a local tavern in Kritsa.
Jerusalem & Bethlehem Full day with lunch (ASH – 01)
Adult € 101 ( $144) Child € ( $72)
Duration: 10.5 hrs
A panoramic drive of approx. 1 hour and half will bring you to Jerusalem, giving you the chance of catching a glimpse of Israel, old and new. Upon your arrival in town, your motor coach will drive through West Jerusalem, passing by the Knesset - Israel Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Museum of Israel with the Shrine of the Book. You will be amazed by the heartbreaking panorama from the Mount of Olives, where you will have a photo stop. The second visit will be the Gethsemane Garden and the Church of all Nation. Gethsemane garden is at the foot of the Mount of Olives, famous as the place where Jesus and his disciples prayed the night before Jesus' crucifixion. According to Orthodox tradition, Gethsemane is the garden where the Apostles buried the Virgin Mary. The Church of All Nations, also known as the Church or Basilica of the Agony is a Roman Catholic church which enshrines a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest. Afterwards you will have a guided tour in the old city of Jerusalem starting with a stroll through the famous quarters of the old city. Until the 1860s this area constituted the entire city of Jerusalem. The Old City is home to several sites of key religious importance: the Temple Mount and its Western Wall for Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for Christians, and the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims. Traditionally, the Old City has been divided into four quarters, although the current designations were introduced only in the 19th century. Today, the Old City is roughly divided into the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter, the Jewish Quarter and the Armenian Quarter. The Jewish Quarter of the Old City was largely destroyed by Jordan following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. In 1980, Jordan proposed the Old City to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. It was added to the List in 1981. The Wailing Wall, sometimes referred to as the Kotel and as al-Buraaq Wall by Muslims, is one of the most important Jewish religious sites. Just over half the wall, including its 17 courses located below street level, dates from the end of the Second Temple period, being constructed around 19 B.C. by Herod the Great, while the remaining layers were added from the 7th century onwards. The tour will continue to Bethlehem, where you will have lunch in an oriental restaurant, followed by free time to stroll around and get some souvenirs from the Holy Land. The main site you will visit in will be the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. The structure is built over the cave that tradition marks as the birthplace of Christ, and it is considered sacred by followers of both Christianity and Islam.
Includes visit to religious sites where knees and shoulders must be covered.
Nazareth Galilee Full day with lunch (ASH – 03)
Adult € 101 ($144) Child € 51 ($72)
Duration: 11.5 hrs
A pleasant drive will bring you from the port to the picturesque hills of Nazareth by highway. Upon your arrival to Nazareth, you will Visit St. Gabriel Church and Mary’s Spring. The church, also known as St. Gabriel's Greek Orthodox Church or the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, is located over an underground spring that according to Eastern Orthodox belief is where the Virgin Mary was drawing water at the time of the Annunciation. Water from the spring still runs inside the apse of the church and also feeds the adjacent site of Mary's Well, located 140 m away. The spring was the village of Nazareth's only water supply at the time the church was constructed, and served as a local watering hole for some three thousand years. The spring inside the church is located at the end of a low vaulted cavern built by the Crusaders in the 12th century. Ancient Armenian tile work decorates the walls of the cavern and there is a small recess with a shaft leading down to the spring where one can lower a metal cup to draw water. Free time for shopping and souvenirs. Your second stop will be Jardenit, place of baptizing of the first Christians, where you will have a guided visit. Lunch break in a typical restaurant. A panoramic drive through ancient Tiberias with its modern hotels and restaurants will bring you to Capernaum, a settlement on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The site is a ruin today, but was inhabited from 150 B.C. to about A.D. 750. Here where you will see the ancient synagogue and the House of St. Peter. Following site will be Tabgha, with the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes. You will visit the interior of the church with the mosaic of the fish and loaves laid next to a large rock, which has caused some New Testament scholars to speculate that the builders of the original church believed that Jesus stood on this rock when he blessed the fish and loaves just before the feeding of the crowd who had come to hear him. The Mount of the Beatitudes will be your next stop with the Byzantine church which was erected near the current site in the 4th century, and it was used until the 7th century. Remains of a cistern and a monastery are still visible. The current Roman Catholic Franciscan chapel was built in 1938. Return back to the vessel.
Please note that the journey from Ashdod to Nazareth is approx. 2 hours while the way back from Galilee to Ashdod is approx. 3 hours. Includes visit to religious sites where knees and shoulders must be covered.
Highlights of Istanbul Full day with lunch (IST – 03)
Adult € 106 ($151), Child € 53 ($75)
Duration: 9 hrs
Begin the excursion with a drive through the business centre of the modern city, across the Galata Bridge, along the banks of the Golden Horn and under the Byzantine Aqueduct of Valens. On the way, you can see the Süleymaniye Mosque, dedicated to Sultan Süleyman The Magnificent. Continue around the mighty city walls, which once protected Constantinople from the many invasions and attacks it suffered over the centuries. In the Old City, the first visit will be to the Byzantine Hippodrome, which was once one of the largest chariot race arenas in the Byzantine Empire. Visit the Sultanahmet Mosque, where large groups of pilgrims start their pilgrimage to Mecca. It is decorated with 21,000 blue Iznik tiles from where it gets its name, the "Blue Mosque". Walk to the famous Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine Church of Divine Wisdom, where you can admire the superb mosaics and the marble decorations. Walk through the large gardens to Konyali Restaurant and experience typical Turkish cuisine. After lunch, the tour continues with a visit to the magnificent Topkapi Palace, the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans. See the famous treasury and the "Spoonmaker’s Diamond", the 7th biggest diamond in the world. During the tour you will also have the opportunity to get a cultural taste of Turkey by enjoying an exhibition of oriental carpets, jewelery or leather goods.
The restaurant venue may be substituted with another one of the same level. Shoulders and knees must be covered while visiting the Mosque and shoes must be removed.
Scenic Bosphorus Cruise Half day (IST – 04)
Adult € 56 ($80) Child €26 ($37)
Duration: 4.5 hrs
Start the tour with a short drive through the modern city of Istanbul, crossing the Galata Bridge en route to the Golden Horn. The impressive Süleymaniye Mosque, built by Turkish architect Sinan and dedicated to Sultan Süleyman The Magnificent, can be seen on the way. At the Golden Horn, take a short walk to the Cruise Boat Station where your private boat will be waiting for your exciting trip on the Bosphorus. You will sail past Dolmabahce and Ciragan Palaces built on the European shore, glide under the Bosphorus Bridge and past Beylerbeyi Palace, Anatolian Fortress and Kanlica on the Asian shore. You will have the chance to take amazing photographs sailing between these two continents.
Secret Treasures of Istanbul Full day with lunch (IST – 05)
Adult € 61 ($87) Child € 30 ($37)
Duration: 8.5 hrs
This tour is designed to give you a glimpse of the best and the most famous monuments in Istanbul remaining from the Byzantine Empire era. Depart from the pier for an interesting tour of Istanbul with a city sightseeing drive through the business centre of the modern city, across the Galata Bridge, along the banks of the Golden Horn and under the Byzantine Aqueduct of Valens. On the way, you can see the Süleymaniye Mosque dedicated to Sultan Süleyman The Magnificent, built by the famous Turkish Architect, Sinan. Arrive at Chora Museum. This 11th century church of St. Savior in Chora is the most important Byzantine monument in Istanbul after St. Sophia museum. There is a collection of fourteenth century frescoes, gold-inlaid mosaics and some of the World’s finest Byzantine paintings. Continue with a drive along the ancient Byzantine city walls to the Byzantine Hippodrome where the chariot races and celebrations in honour of the emperors, once took place during the Byzantine era. Visit the ancient church of St. Sergius and Bachus which belonged to the monastery of Hormisdas and was built as the result of a vow made by Justinian when he was on the point of being executed for conspiring against his predecessor. The tour continues with a visit to an Underground Cistern, consisting of a network of waterways built as far back as the third century B.C., to protect the city against long sieges. Continue to Balat area, another historical part of Istanbul, for lunch at the restaurant. After lunch, visit The Patriarchate which is located just 50 m away from the restaurant or just relax strolling along the Golden Horn. Drive to Rustem Pasha Mosque, located at Eminonu close to the Spice Market. This Mosque was built by Sinan in 1550 for Rustem Pasha, a grand vizier who married one of the daughters of Süleyman The Magnificent. Inside and on the façade you can see some beautiful Iznik faience. The Mihrab, completely covered with faience tiles and the Mimbar are particularly striking.
Includes visit to religious sites where knees and shoulders must be covered. Shoes are not permitted in the mosques.
Mykonos Walking Tour) Half day (MYK – 01)
Adult € 44 ($62) Child € 26 ($37)
Duration: 3 hrs
Mykonos is world famous. It is the most cosmopolitan of the Greek Islands and attracts many visitors from all over the globe, including large numbers of artists and intellectuals. Your coach will take you to "Hora" the island’s capital where you will enjoy a walking tour in the narrow cobbled streets of the town, passing by chic boutiques, elegant nightclubs and whitewashed houses until reaching Alefkandra. Alefkandra is a charming corner of Hora, known also as the "Venice" of Mykonos. The houses are built on the sea, with wooden balconies that evoke Venice. These were built from the mid. 18th century onward and were homes of wealthy merchants and captains. At Louis Theoxenia Hotel, you will enjoy the atmosphere while drinking your refreshment accompanied by Greek 'meze’. You will return then to Mykonos Town (Hora) from where you will take the ship’s shuttle service back to the port to meet your ship.
Delos Apollo Sanctuary Half day (MYK – 03)
Adult € 52 ($74) Child € 30 ($42)
Duration: 3.5 hrs
Delos, once a Sacred Island, is the legendary birthplace of the Sun God Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. For 500 years, tiny Delos was the religious & commercial hub of the entire Aegean. Today, the only remaining inhabitants are the keepers of its treasured ruins. Depart from the port of Mykonos by boat, and sail along the western coast of the island, through Diles & Rhenia Islands, to the ancient harbour of Delos where you begin the guided walking tour. First you see Agora and beyond it, the Sacred Way, which leads to the Temple of Apollo. Next, you see the remains of a Hellenistic Quarter with its harbour, water house and luxurious villas, such as the House of Cleopatra, the House of the Dolphins, the House of the Masks, the House of Dionysos, and many other interesting buildings. Note the architecture and the mosaic floors, which have survived over 2,500 years. Continue and admire the spectacular Avenue of the Lions, where five Naxian marble lions from the 7th century B.C. crouch, vigilantly guarding the now dry sacred lake. Re-board the boat for the return journey to Mykonos town. Here you will have the chance to walk along the cobblestone streets of this famous island with its numerous shops, cafés and restaurants before you return to the port to re-join the ship.
Please note that the cruise from Mykonos to Delos is approx. 45 minutes. Tour not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties.
Depart from the city of Port Said in luxury a/c motor coaches en route to Africa’s largest city, the teeming metropolis of Cairo. Your first stop will be at Tahrir (Liberty) Square, the heart of down town Cairo. Visit the National Archaeological Museum and acquaint yourself with Egypt’s ancient history, spanning a period of over 50 centuries. The Museum is the repository of the world’s largest and richest collection of Egyptian Antiquities amongst them the priceless collection of King Tutankhamen. At the banks of the River Nile downtown a luxurious cruise boat awaits to sail you on the same timeless waterway traversed by Pharaohs, Queens and Nobles thousands of years ago. Sit back, relax and enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch in elaborate interiors as you glide past Cairo’s waterfront landmarks. For your entertainment, a folkloric presentation and belly dancing will take place during lunch. After lunch drive to the Giza Plateau, where the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza still stand. Visit the Pyramids and enjoy panoramic views from the Western Plateau. Your coach will park at the base of Chephren’s pyramid and time will be allocated to explore the site on your own. Continue down the valley where the guardian of this mortuary complex, the mighty Sphinx lies watching the passage of time and men in eons of silence its expression an enigma yet to be unravelled. Visit a Papyrus Institute where the art of paper making from reeds discovered by the Ancient Egyptians will be demonstrated for you. Limited time for souvenir shopping will also be allocated before you commence the return drive to Alexandria.
The journey from Port Said to Cairo is approx. 3 hours. At the museum passengers go through 2 security checks before they enter. No cameras and videos allowed in the museum. The museum is not air conditioned, but natural ventilation produces cooling breezes. Only the hall of the Tutankhamen collection and the Royal Mummies are air conditioned. Entering the hall of Mummies requires an extra fee of 100 L.E. and it is not part of the guided tour. Ticket purchasable within the museum at the entrance to the mummies. No video, camera or guiding allowed inside. The mummies are viewed as you walk past them and it does not take longer than 10 minutes. There is an elevator in the museum but at times is not in operation. However, museum personnel help carry confined and assistance requiring visitors upstairs. Visit inside a Pyramid is not included in the program neither recommended for persons suffering from claustrophobia, breathing, knee or back problems. Only 15 people each time are allowed inside the Pyramid of Cheops, maximum 150 for the day on a first come basis. The corridor is dark and low and at most of the time visitors have to stoop or bend their knees while they walk. The main chamber is totally empty. Very humid and dark inside. Cameras and videos not allowed inside.
Depart Port Said in a convoy of luxury air conditioned motor coaches for Africa’s largest city, the teeming metropolis of Cairo. Your first stop will be at the Citadel of Saladin and the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali. Admire the exquisite interiors of the Mosque and view the fascinating skyline of Old Cairo from the top of the hill. Drive southwards to Egypt’s first capital Memphis with its ancient cemetery of Sakkara. Here, the world’s first monumental stone building, the Step Pyramid of King Zoser built by the engineer Imhotep almost 5,000 years ago still stands. After visiting the complex continue to one of the Mastabas (funerary chambers) built nearby, such as those of Ptah-Hotep, Mereruca, Idut or Ti for an inside visit. Enjoy a set menu lunch at the restaurant. Visit a Papyrus Institute where the process of paper making from reeds, an art discovered by the Ancient Egyptians will be demonstrated. The exotic and colourful Khan El Khalili Bazaar is a shopper’s paradise and a photographer’s dream come true. Bargaining is an art and expected when you are negotiating a purchase. Gold and silver, precious stones and gems, bronze and copper, the smell of exotic spices, leather goods, the aroma of brewed coffee sifting through elaborately carved wooden doors and coffee shops, the captivating sound of music and a plethora of an unbelievable display of merchandise, together with a multitude of colourfully dressed crowds bring to life scenes from "A Thousand And One Arabian Nights". Enjoy free time to purchase souvenirs before you commence the return drive to Alexandria.
Tour not suitable for passengers in wheelchairs. The journey from Port Said to Cairo is approx. 3 hours. Shoulders and knees must be covered and shoes must be removed while visiting the Mosque. We supply each person with a plastic bag to store and carry their shoes. A flight of 30 stone stairs lead to the entrance grounds of the mosque at the citadel. No cameras or video fees at the Citadel but no professional videos allowed. No camera or video fees for Step Pyramid and Mastabas. No flash inside the Mastabas.
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