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17-Day Super Deluxe Package with a 4-Night Deluxe Aegean Greek Cruise
$7149 per person based on double occupancy

Accomodation Included
Air fare included
ground transportation included
Tour Highlights
Itinerary

4-night deluxe Aegean Greek
cruise based on a luxury liner
(World Renaissance Vessel based on an outside deluxe cabin / Ocean view)
Ports of call include:
Acropolis (Parthenon)
The Museum
Mykonos
Crete
Minoan Ruins, Santorini, Rhodes
Archeological Museum
Kusadasi, Ephesus, Patmos
Deluxe hotels as indicated
All entrance fees, guidance
cruise port charges, taxes
service charges and entrance
fees are included.
All Shore excursions are included. 

Round trip air from the U.S
Domestic flights in Egypt
All transfers and sightseeing provided
in Egypt operated by private cars and
guides (personalized service)
Pyramids and Sphinx
Solar Boat Museum
Memphis and Sakkara
Camel ride at the Pyramids area
Egyptian Museum
Citadel & Mohammed Ali Mosque
Ibn Tulun Mosque
Jewish Synagogue
Bazaar of Khan El Khalili
Sound and Light Show in Cairo
Gayer Anderson Museum
Manyal Palace
Coptic & Islamic Museum
Valley of the Kings and Queens
Sound and Light in Luxor
King Tut Tomb
Madinet Habu
Valley of the Nobles
Luxor Museum
Tomb of Nefertari

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Depart U.S.A. on a scheduled flight to Cairo. All meals and beverages served on board flight.

Arrive Cairo where you will be met by our tour manager who will help you with your immigration and customs formalities. Later you will be transferred to your hotel, the historical Mena House Oberoi Hotel for an overnight.

Breakfast, then drive to Memphis on the edge of the Western Desert, the capital of the Ancient Kingdom, and one of the most prominent cities throughout the history of ancient Egypt. From here we drive to Sakkara, the vast necropolis of Ancient Memphis. In the afternoon, drive to the Pyramids of Giza. Cheop's Pyramid, the largest of the three, was built in the 4th Dynasty about 2690 B.C., and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Enjoy a camel ride by the Pyramids area if you wish. In front of the Pyramid of Chephren (Khafre), we find the Sphinx carved from a single piece of stone. It is a lion with a Pharaoh's head thought to be a portrait of the Pharaoh Chephren (Khafre). Continue our tour to visit the Solar Boat Museum where a dismantled river barge of King Cheops (Khufu) was found and has been beautifully re-assembled. Return to your hotel. In the evening, you will be met and transferred by our tour escort to the Giza plateau to attend the magnificent sound and light show. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B)

Breakfast, then start your tour visiting the Gayer Anderson Museum (Bayt Al-Kiridlyyah): two houses, one from the 16th century, the other from the 17th, each comfortable by the standards of their time. They have been delightfully joined together, both filled with antique furniture from all over the Middle East. Continue our tour to visit the Manyal Palace, built in 1826. It conceals an Ottoman-Baroque fantasy within: an immense marble basin with a marble island in its center. The palace was built by Prince Mohammed Ali, the cousin of King Farouk and it includes a museum exhibiting King Farouk's trophies and the prince's own residence with its furnishings and a large collection of the family's memorabilia. From there we visit the Ibn Tulun Mosque which is one of the architectural glories of the Muslim world, completed in the year 879 and covers 8.5 acres of land. It was designed in the classical courtyard style. It is well known for its pointed arches, beautifully carved stucco, and Quranic inscriptions in sycamore wood. In the evening, visit the Islamic Museum which displays Islamic art from Egypt, Turkey and Persia dating from the 7th to 19th centuries. Then visit the Coptic Museum which is built on the site of the Roman fortress of Babylon, constructed about 30 B.C. Inside you will find some of the richest collections of Coptic art in the world. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B)

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Early breakfast, then you will be met and transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival at Luxor Airport, you will be met and transferred to your deluxe hotel, the Luxor Sheraton, the Movenpick Luxor or the Sonesta St. George Hotel for check-in. Later start your tour by taking a ferry to the West Bank of the Nile and visit the Valley of the Queens which lies hidden in the foothills of the Mountains of Gourma. See the dramatic Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, a masterpiece of graceful proportions. Then visit the famous Valley of the Kings where the royal tombs are located. See the elaborate reliefs and wall paintings depicting events of the past, and marvel at the exquisite colors, excellently preserved for thousands of years. Return to your hotel for an overnight. (B)

Breakfast, then you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to visit the Valley of the Nobles and the Workers' Village. Continue our tour to visit Medinet Habu which contains Ramses III (1194 - 1163 B.C.). This is the largest building in a complex surrounded by a massive mudbrick girdle wall. Proceed afterwards to visit the Luxor Museum. Later transfer back to your hotel. In the evening, you will be met and transferred to attend the magnificent Sound and Light show at the Karnak Temple. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B)

Early breakfast and a special visit to the newly-opened Tomb of "Nefertari", a fabulous tomb for the beloved Queen of King Ramses II. It is a major highlight of your trip. Continue your tour to visit the Temple of Karnak with its awesome and gigantic columns. The ruins of Greece and Rome dwarf bedside them. Then visit the Temple of Luxor which was started by Amenhotep III and completed by Ramses II. In the evening, you will be met by our representative and transferred to Luxor Airport for your flight back to Cairo. Upon arrival to Cairo Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the Ramses Hilton Hotel for an overnight. (B)

Breakfast, then start your tour visiting the Egyptian Museum famous for its antiquities from Egypt's Pharaonic period which dates back some 50 centuries and includes the fabulous treasures of King Tut-Ankh-Amon. Afternoon excursion to Old Cairo, visiting the old Coptic Churches and the oldest Jewish Synagogue of Beni Ezra. Continue your tour to visit the Citadel of Salah El-Din, the Mohammed Ali Mosque and the Medieval Bazaars of Khan-El-Khalili, where you can bargain for your jewelry and hand-tooled leather items. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Breakfast, then you will be met by your tour manager and transferred to Cairo Airport where you will be helped with your check-in and immigration formalities for your flight to Athens. Arrive Athens where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel Grand Bretagne. Balance of day at leisure. Overnight. (B)

Breakfast followed by a half-day Athens sightseeing tour. This tour gives you the opportunity to explore the striking contrasts that make Athens a fascinating city. See the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Royal Palace. Among the many points of interest are the world renowned Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Acropolis Museum. Later transfer back to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure. Overnight. (B)

Breakfast and a free day to explore Athens on your own or we recommend a visit to the Plaka area, with ceramic tiled roofs, whitewashed or pastel colored walls, neoclassic buildings and ornate wrought-iron balconies. This Plaka village has been extensively renovated over a 25-year period and is still not totally completed. There, you will find many quaint cafes, restaurants and shops. This is a pedestrian zone. Overnight. (B)

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Breakfast and you will be met and transferred to the Port of Piraeus to embark on your World Renaissance Vessel, a 4-Night Aegean Venture Cruise. All meals, all shore excursions, port taxes and charges are included in your package. Your accommodation is based on a superior outside deluxe (Ocean View) cabin. The ship sails from Piraeus at 11:00 A.M. Arrive the island of Mykonos at 5:30 P.M. This jet-set island offers beautiful sandy beaches, winding streets and chic boutiques. Stroll at leisure through the white-washed, flower-decked alleyways to the sculpture-like Church of Paraportiani. Visit the windmills for which Mykonos is famous. At the foot of the windmills is the section known as "Little Venice" which is a replica of Venice in Italy. Enjoy the sunset while sipping a cocktail at one of the cafes here. Set sail for Heraklion, Crete at 9:30 P.M. Overnight at sea. (B,L,D)

Arrive Heraklion, Crete at 7:00 A.M. You may choose to visit the famous site Knossos. Knossos is the ancient city of the Minoan Civilization. Visit the Labyrinth, where the legendary Minotaur was said to be kept and the Minoan relics displayed in the Heraklion Museum. Depart Crete for the island of Santorini at 11:30 A.M. Be sure to be on deck as you approach Santorini, one of the highlights of the itinerary. Arrive Santorini at 4:30 P.M. Santorini is thought by many to be the lost city of Atlantis. You may choose to reach the city of Fira by donkey or cable car. Stroll through the narrow streets of this white-washed village and enjoy the breathtaking view of the caldera and the volcano while sipping a glass of the famous Santorini wine at an outdoor cafe. The island also boasts archaeological sites that are similar to that of Pompeii - Akrotiri, a lost city that was covered in pumice and ash when the volcano erupted. This city also dates back to Minoan times. Depart Santorini at 9:00 P.M. Overnight at sea. (B,L,D)

At 8:00 A.M. you will arrive at the island of Rhodes, known as the "Island of Roses". The capital of Rhodes has modern and medieval overtones. Upon entering the yacht harbor (Mandraki), the most picturesque of the three ports of the city, one is welcomed by two bronze deer, which have become the modern emblem of the town. Visit the New Market (Nea Agora), a polygonal building with an internal courtyard, the Archbishop's Palace and the Evangelismos (Annunciation) Church. Look out for the famous Rhodian umbrellas, available in a variety of shapes and colors in most of the souvenir shops.  The medieval section is fortified within the walls that once protected the city. It is fascinating to walk along the cobblestone lanes and through the arches and vaults of the 15th century buildings. Visit the Archaeological Museum, which is housed in the building of the Knight's Hospital. On display are collections of coins, pots and sculptures from the Mycenaean up to the Roman eras. In addition, follow the Knight's Road, which is the official road of the old city, to the Palace of the Grand Masters (the Knights' Palace), the fortress which dominates the old town. Within the old city is a shopper's paradise where one can find leather goods, unique jewelry and a wide variety of souvenirs. Also, a variety of cafes and restaurants can be found within this town which seems lost in time. Set sail from Rhodes at 7:00 P.M. Overnight at sea. (B,L,D)

Arrive Kusadasi, Turkey at 7:00 A.M. Kusadasi is the seaport for ancient Ephesus, one of the world's greatest archaeological sites, where Marc Antony and Cleopatra strolled. View architectural masterpieces such as the great Amphitheater, the Magnesian Gate, the Library of Celsus and the Thermal Baths of Scolastika. Set sail for Patmos at noon. Arrive Patmos at 3:30 P.M. Patmos, known as the Jerusalem of the Aegean, is a beautiful austere, rocky island. It was here in a cave that the exiled St. John the Divine received the mystical Revelation which forms the last book of the New Testament. Visit the Monastery dedicated to the memory of St. John. View priceless religious relics, rare manuscripts, icons, jewelry and embroidery. View the murals and the wonderful temple of the church within the monastery as well as the murals in the chapel of the Madonna. Depart Patmos at 6:30 P.M. Overnight at sea. (B,L,D)

Arrive at the Port of Piraeus at 6:00 A.M. Disembark your cruise ship and clear customs and then you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel, the Grand Bretagne or the Plaza hotel for an overnight. (B)

Breakfast, then you will be met by our representative and transferred to Athens Airport for your departure flight. (B)

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Also Included: International Airfare from New York/ Cairo/ Athens/ New York on a scheduled airliner. All taxes, service charges, port charges, entrance fees to sights mentioned, all transfers, meeting and assistance and baggage handling.

Not included: Items of personal nature, such as phone calls, wine, tips, etc.

Departure from other gateway cities is available as follows: Departure out of Boston, please add $169. Departure out of Washington, D.C., add $189. Departure out of Chicago, add $259. Departure out of Los Angeles, add $369, or call for your city.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single occupancy in hotels and on board your Mediterranean cruise ship, please add $1084.

Please add a peak season supplement of $329 per person if traveling between Dec. 09th to Jan. 14th or from Mar. 19th to Apr. 23rd.

EXTENSIONS & OPTIONAL TOURS: Extra days and optional tours to additional sites are available upon request.

If airfare from the U.S.A. is not required, please deduct $1030 from posted rate.

If you need a different tour package of Egypt and Greece, we will customize it for you.

A Greek boy in traditional costume

Odysseus

The luxurious World Renaissance Cruise Ship

Rhodes

Rhodes

Parthenon

The Parthenon

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