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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      USD $4,850
      CAD $5,000
      AUD $4,905
      EUR €3,360
      GBP £2,855
      NZD $5,460
      ZAR R49,080
      CHF FR4,045
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Camel resting next to the Red Sea

Travellers on a felucca

Fish & coral, Red Sea

Petra

Camel sign, Jordan

Days 1-2 Cairo

Welcome to a city like no other. Be immersed in Cairo's chaos, colour and culture with a trip to Khan al-Khalili, Egypt's most famous bazaar. For a change of pace, climb aboard a camel and visit the impressive Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza for those iconic vistas. Take time to visit the fascinating Egyptian Museum, home to more than 120,000 antiquities and relics including the famous burial treasures recovered from King Tutankhamun's tomb. In the evening, take an overnight sleeper train bound south.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 3-5 Aswan/Nile Felucca

Join a local Nubian family for dinner to experience a slice of Nile culture firsthand. There is also time for an optional day trip to the fascinating temples of Abu Simbel. Later, set sail down the Nile on a magical overnight felucca journey, sleeping on deck under the starry sky.
ACCOM: Felucca - 1, Hotel - 2

Days 6-7 Luxor

Known as Thebes to the ancient Egyptians, Luxor conceals amazing treasures. Pay a visit to an Intrepid-supported animal care project and wander the amazing Temples of Karnak. Enjoy a donkey ride before heading to the Valley of the Kings to visit three of the best-preserved pharaonic tombs. Afterwards, join a local family for a traditional home-cooked lunch and enjoy free time before boarding an overnight sleeper train back to Cairo.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 8 Cairo

Return to Egypt's pulsating heart. Uncover peaceful Coptic Cairo before moving on to the vibrant spiritual heart of the Islamic Cairo district.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 9-10 Dahab

Slow things down in the relaxing beachside hangout of Dahab, on the edge of the Sinai desert. Or perhaps speed things up by making the most of its spectacular diving and trekking opportunities.
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Day 11 Red Sea Beach Camp

Head to the Red Sea coast. Golden sands, balmy beaches and simple beach huts provide the perfect backdrop for some quality relaxation time.

Day 12 Aqaba

Venture across the Gulf of Aqaba by ferry to the kingdom of Jordan. Spend the night in the seaside city of Aqaba, renowned for its abundant marine life and excellent diving.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 13 Wadi Rum

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

Days 14-15 Petra

Head north to Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site also known as the Rose City. 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 16 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 - 1

Days 17-19 Istanbul

Travel to Istanbul and discover a magical city of minarets, mosques and markets that will inspire and delight. Get to know Sultanahmet or bargain with cheeky vendors in the Grand Bazaar. Be dazzled by the exquisite architecture of the Blue Mosque, sniff out the spice markets or grab a strong Turkish coffee and watch the world go by.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 20 Gallipoli Peninsula

Reflect on a tragic moment in history amid the moving memorials and windswept scenery along this peninsula. Experience how the stunning natural beauty of Gallipoli makes it hard to believe that one of the most devastating and fiercely fought battles of WWI was fought here.
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

Day 23 Selcuk

See how Ephesus, once the heart of the great Eastern Roman Empire, still retains some of its past glory. Then, maybe delve deeper into the area’s fascinating history at the Ephesus Museum or visit the Basilica of St John in Selcuk.
ACCOM: Pension - 1

Day 24 Pamukkale

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 - 1

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