Middle East Discovery Itinerary

Travel from Egypt to Turkey on this magical Middle East Discovery tour. See the pyramids and the Great Sphinx, float in the Dead Sea and wander through vibrant Istanbul.

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,680
      CAD $3,915
      AUD $4,070
      EUR €2,975
      GBP £2,435
      NZD $4,825
      ZAR R37,010
      CHF FR3,670
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Middle East Discovery.
Camel resting next to the Red Sea

Travellers on a felucca

Fish & coral, Red Sea


Camel sign, Jordan

Days 1-2 Cairo

Travel to Egypt and navigate the busy streets of Cairo city. Head out on camelback to behold the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza before discovering Tutankhamun's treasures at the Egyptian Museum.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 3-4 Aswan

Climb aboard an overnight train ride from Cairo to Aswan. Pick up a souvenir in the chaotic bazaar, visit a Nubian village and enjoy a home-cooked traditional meal with a local family.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 5 Nile Felucca

Cruise Egypt's iconic Nile River on a memorable felucca ride. Settle in on the deck and be rocked gently to sleep as the boat bobs under a starry night sky.
ACCOM: Felucca - 1

Days 6-7 Luxor

Take a donkey ride to the fields close to the Valley of the Kings near Luxor. In free time, explore the monumental Karnak temples before boarding an overnight train.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 8 Alexandria

Day 9 Cairo

ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 10 Amman

Day 11 Wadi Rum

Experience a memorable night with friendly Bedouin hosts. Tour through the breathtaking landscape of Wadi Rum desert in a jeep, admiring these ancient rock formations and towering sand dunes. Drift off to sleep counting stars in the night sky.
ACCOM: Desert camp - 1

Days 12-13 Petra

Located a short distance from the city of Aqaba, Petra is a true highlight of the trip. Ancient pink-hued buildings carved into the rock of the surrounding mountains make visiting this ancient city a unique experience.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 14 Dana Nature Reserve

Days 15-17 Madaba

Wander the crusader castle at Karak, float in the Dead Sea and travel to Madaba, a city where Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics evoke memories of lost empires.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 18-19 Istanbul

Placing a foot on two continents better than most people place one foot in front of the other, Istanbul encapsulates a fine brew of clashing cultures. Wander the streets and uncover the old and new with the help of a local guide, delve deeper into its Ottoman past on an architectural trail, visiting galleries or museums, or immerse yourself in soapsuds and warm water in a Turkish hamam.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 20 Gallipoli Peninsula

Learn about a tumultuous time in history at Gallipoli.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 21-22 Ayvalik (May-September)

Take an optional trip to Troy where a little imagination can make the history of the ruins come to life. Later, in Ayvalik, relax on an Aegean cruise across the azure waters.
ACCOM: Pension - 2

Days 23-24 Selcuk

Admire the pools at Pamukkale, which have been famed for their medicinal qualities since Roman times. Enjoy a warming dip at Hierapolis and, during winter, stop by Aphrodisias, a city dedicated to the Greek goddess of love and beauty.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 25-27 Antalya

Discover a bewitching mix of history, charm and modern sophistication in Antalya. Visit the ruined city of Termessos, one of the best preserved archaeological sites in the region. During free time, wander through Kaleici to see relics of Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman occupation, visit ancient Hadrian's Gate and Hıdırlık Tower or be lured by the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2