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9 Days 8 Nights Incredible Great Central India Tour Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Khajuraho – Varanasi
Tour to the six well-known cities including Delhi, Jaipur and Agra (the Golden Triangle), Orchha, Khajuraho and Varanasi. On Golden Triangle route, you will see huge forts, magnificent palaces, beautiful monuments and more, including the World Wonder – Taj Mahal. Orchha was the capital city of the Bundela rulers. Khajuraho is a heritage town famous for its stunning Hindu and Jain temples adorned by erotic and sensuous sculptures and artistic carvings. Varanasi, the holiest of the seven sacred cities of India where you will enjoy a boat ride and experience a stunning sunrise on the holy Ganges River.
Day 1: Arrival in Delhi (No Meal)
Welcome To Delhi
Arrive in New Delhi airport, welcome and assist by our local representative for your transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: Delhi – Jaipur (Breakfast)
Visit The Tower Of Victory
Start your day with a visit to Qutab Minar, a 73-metre-high minaret built in 1193. It is the tallest brick minaret in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India. A 7m high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it, your wish will be fulfilled. Thereafter, you will set off to Jaipur, the capital of India’s Rajasthan state. Jaipur is also known as the “Pink City” due the color of its buildings. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. Enjoy the local atmosphere at your own leisure.
Day 3: Jaipur (Breakfast)
Explore The Romantic Pink City
Today, you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jaipur, which starts with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, also known as “Palace of Breeze”. It is the most well-known landmark of Jaipur city, built by Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. This five-storey building overlooking the busy street is a fascinating example of Rajput architecture. It has 953 windows on the outside walls. The honeycomb shaped and beautifully carved windows allow breeze to blow through the palace and makes it a perfect summer palace. The construction of Hawa Mahal allows the royal ladies to observe everyday life and festivals celebrated in the street below without being seen, as they had to obey the strict rules of "purdah”. Continue tour to Amber Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site that sits atop a picturesque and rugged hill. This magnificent fort is an extensive palace complex that has been built with pale yellow and pink sandstone, and with white marble. Enjoy a wonderful Elephant Ride up to Amber Fort like the royalty of Rajasthan used to do. Next, you will visit the City Palace of Jaipur and the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observation site constructed between 1724 and 1730, before return to the hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur – Agra (Breakfast)
Tour Seven Wonders of the World
This morning, you will head to Agra, an ancient city once the capital of the Mughal empire in the 16th and 17th century. On arrival, proceed to visit the most visited world wonder Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, an essential sight for all visitors to India. Standing majestically on the banks of Yamuna River, Taj Mahal is a monument of immeasurable beauty and a magnificent symbol of enduring love. This stunning white marble mausoleum was built in the 17th century by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took approximately 22 years and an estimated 20,000 workers to build this masterpiece that reflects different colours under the canopy of sun. The purity of the white marble, the exquisite ornamentation, precious gemstones used and its picturesque location, make Taj Mahal ranks among the most popular tourist attractions in the world. Note: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays. Thereafter, you will visit the red sandstone Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site with its incredible maze of courtyards, mosques and lavish private chambers reflecting the grandeur of the Mughal Empire. Evening is free to explore at leisure.
Day 5: Agra – Jhansi – Orchha – Khajuraho (Breakfast)
Discover the Hidden Town of Orchha
Early this morning, transfer to the railway station to board the Bhopal Shatabdi Express Train to Jhansi. Upon arrival, head to Orchha, a town in Niwari district of Madhya Pradesh state founded by Rudra Pratap Singh Bundela in the 16th century. The main attraction of Orchha is the Orchha Fort complex, located on an island on Betwa River, houses many ancient monuments consisting of the fort, palaces, temple and other edifices. A four-arched bridge leads to the fort complex on the island. The Jahangir Mahal, which was built by Bir Singh Deo in the early part pf the 17th century to mark the visit of the Mughal Emperor, is an important monument of this fort. It is known for its delicate work on one hand and balanced with strong masonry on the other. Raj Mahal, the second palace in this fort complex is well known for its murals, depicting religious themes. The Rai Parveen Mahal, dedicated to the 17th-century poetess-musician, is the third palace within this complex and is set amongst well-laid gardens. Another attraction is the Chaturbhuj Temple, situated right opposite the Raja Mahal. This beautiful temple dominates the town of Orchha with its shikharas (spires) soaring into the sky. Thereafter, drive to Khajuraho, known for its group of Hindu temples and Jain temples. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.
Day 6: Khajuraho – Varanasi (Breakfast)
Visit the Famous Khajuraho Group of Monuments
The day begins with a tour of Khajuraho temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site, built over an amazing span of 100 years, from 950 AD to 1050 AD during the Chandela dynasty. Today, of the original 85, only 22 temples survived. These temples are different from any other temples in other cities of India. It is not about religion and worshipping and deities. They are instead famous for the eroticism etched on its walls in the form of sculptures. You will first visit the Eastern Group of Temples, where you will see three Jain temples – Parshvanatha Temple, Adinatha Temple and Shantinatha Temple. The temples are ornately carved on the outside with beautiful figures of Hindu gods and goddesses. You will also visit the Western Group of Temples, which consist of a group of artistic (erotic) temples built in sandstone. The sculptures of Hindu deities, dancers and musicians appear to be so natural as if they would come alive any time. In the afternoon, transfer to airport for your domestic flight to Varanasi. Situated between Varuna River and Assi River in Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi derives its name from its location. This revered and ancient city is the religious centre of the world of Hindus. It is the holiest of the seven sacred cities of India and is one of the oldest living cities in the world. A city of thousand temples, it is also known as Kashi which stands for “the city of light”. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel.
Day 7: Varanasi (Breakfast)
Aarti Ceremony On Holy Water
An exciting day awaits you today. For you to appreciate this remarkable city, you will be up early and get ready to be transferred to the banks of Ganges River before the sun rises. Get to experience the life of this ancient city in the early morning, admire the beauty of the rising sun and see Varanasi come alive along the banks of the river. Enjoy a Boat Ride on the sacred Ganges River and witness the early morning rituals of the Hindus being performed. Thousands of faithful devotees come daily to the banks to bath and pray in the holy water of Ganges River. It is also interesting to see the pilgrims offering sweets, flowers and holy water to the Sun God. Return to the hotel for breakfast and later proceed for a sightseeing tour of Varanasi, visiting the Banaras Hindu University, built in 1917 and considered as one of the oldest educational university in India. The Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum located inside the university has a fine collection of miniature paintings, sculptures from first to fifteenth centuries, old photographs of Varanasi and brocade textiles. Next, you will visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, also known as the Golden Temple, one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The last stop is the Sarnath Museum, an archaeological museum, which exhibits a large collection of figures and sculptures from the Mauryan, Kushana and Gupta periods, discovered during the excavations at Sarnath. You can have a look at the earliest Buddha image found at Sarnath and many images of Hindu Gods, dating from the 9th to 12th century. Note: Sarnath Museum is closed on Fridays. In the evening, you will get to witness the traditional Evening Aarti Ceremony that is performed daily at dusk. Varanasi is a sacred place where every evening a ritual is performed on the banks of Ganga River known as “Aarti”. It is a very auspicious Hindu ritual in which prayers are offered (traditional Hindi song) to God. The Guru or the Master with his devotees, sing the prayers along with the lighting of the small lamps.
Day 8: Varanasi – Delhi (Breakfast)
Heartbeat Tour Of New Delhi
In the morning, transfer to Varanasi airport for your return domestic flight to New Delhi. Upon arrival, you will proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Delhi, which begins with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Humayun’s Tomb. This magnificent garden tomb is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India, built in 1565. Next, enjoy photo stop at India Gate, a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, built to commemorate the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country during World War I. You will later drive past the Parliament House and the Rashtrapati Bhavan (once the Viceroy’s residence), now the official residence of the President of India, before heading to the hotel. Evening at leisure.
Day 9: Departure from Delhi (Breakfast)
Free And Easy
Free at own leisure till departure transfer to New Delhi airport for homebound flight.
张掖大佛寺Zhangye Great Buddha Temple：大佛寺景区是丝绸之路上的一处重要名胜古迹群，也是历史文化名城金张掖的标志性建筑。这里保存有全国最大的西夏佛教殿堂——大佛殿、最大的室内木胎泥塑卧佛和最完整的初刻初印本《永乐北藏》，是集建筑、雕塑、壁画、雕刻、经籍和文物为一体的佛教艺术博物馆。 嘉峪关城楼Jiayu Pass Tower（含电瓶车）：嘉峪关，号称“天下第一雄关”，位于甘肃省嘉峪关市西5千米处最狭窄的山谷中部，城关两侧的城墙横穿沙漠戈壁，北连黑山悬壁长城，南接天下第一墩，是明长城最西端的关口，历史上曾被称为河西咽喉，因地势险要，建筑雄伟，有连陲锁钥之称。嘉峪关是古代“丝绸之路”的交通要塞，中国长城三大奇观之一（东有山海关、中有镇北台、西有嘉峪关）。
鸣沙山，月牙泉Mingsha Mountainand Crescent Lake（单程电瓶车，单程骑骆驼）：鸣沙山和月牙泉是大漠戈壁中一对孪生姐妹，“山以灵而故鸣，水以神而益秀”。确有“鸣沙山怡性，月牙泉洗心”之感。随着旅游事业的蓬勃发展，当地政府地对风景区采取了各种建设和保护措施，使其面貌大为改观，同时还开展了沙疗、涌滑沙、滑翔跳伞，骑驼遨游等沙漠娱乐项目，使游人趣味盎然，络绎不绝。 乘坐动车赴吐鲁番 Travel on a Train to Turpan（含动车二等票）
第七天: 吐鲁番 (早,午,晚餐) Day 7: Turpan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
火焰山Flaming Mountains：新疆火焰山是吐鲁番最著名的景点。其位于吐鲁番盆地的北缘，古丝绸之路北道，主要由中生代的侏罗纪、白垩纪和第三纪的赤红色砂、砾岩和泥岩组成。当地人称它为“克孜勒塔格”，意即“红山”。 交河故城Ancient City of Jiaohe(UNESCO)（含电瓶车）：交河故城是世界上最大最古老、保存得最完好的生土建筑城市，也是我国保存两千多年最完整的都市遗迹，唐西域最高军政机构安西都护府最早就设在交河故城。1961年被列为国家重点文物保护单位。 坎儿井Karez Wells：坎儿井，是"井穴"的意思，早在《史记》中便有记载，时称"井渠"，而新疆维吾尔语则称之为"坎儿孜"。坎儿井是荒漠地区一特殊灌溉系统，普遍于中国新疆吐鲁番地区。坎儿井与万里长城、京杭大运河并称为中国古代三大工程。吐鲁番的坎儿井总数达1100多条，全长约5000公里。
天山天池Heavenly Lake of Tianshan(UNESCO)（含游船+区间车）：天山天池古称“瑶池”，地处新疆维吾尔自治区昌吉回族自治州阜康市境内，博格达峰北坡山腰，是以高山湖泊为中心的自然风景区，距乌鲁木齐市97公里。景区规划面积548平方公里，分8大景区，15个景群，38个景点，是我国西北干旱地区典型的山岳型自然景观。天山天池以完整的垂直自然景观带和雪山冰川、高山湖泊为主要特征，以远古瑶池西王母神话以及宗教和独特的民族民俗风情为文化内涵，是游览观光、科普考察、探险揽胜、休闲健身和民族风情游赏的最佳去处。 漫步九龙潭瀑布栈道、远眺博格达峰雪景、国际大巴扎 Stroll along the Jiulongtan Waterfall Pathway, view Bogda Peak from a distance and visit the International Grand Bazaar：新疆国际大巴扎位于新疆维吾尔自治区首府乌鲁木齐市天山区，于2003年6月26日落成，是世界规模最大的大巴扎（维吾尔语，意为集市、农贸市场），集伊斯兰文化、建筑、民族商贸、娱乐、餐饮于一体，是新疆旅游业产品的汇集地和展示中心，是“新疆之窗”、“中亚之窗”和“世界之窗”。 新疆国际大巴扎于2004年入选乌鲁木齐市“十佳建筑”，具有浓郁的伊斯兰建筑风格，在涵盖了建筑的功能性和时代感的基础上，重现了古丝绸之路的繁华，集中体现了浓郁西域民族特色和地域文化。2018年4月13日，入围“神奇西北100景”。
第九天: 乌市 - 告别西安 (早,午,晚餐) Day 9: Urumqi – Departure from Xi’an (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
乘搭早班机返西安（不含机票及税）Domestic Flight from Urumqi to Xi’an(exclude airfare) 陕西历史博物馆Shaanxi History Museum：陕西历史博物馆位于西安大雁塔的西北侧，筹建于1983年，1991年6月20日落成开放，是中国第一座大型现代化国家级博物馆，它的建成标志着中国博物馆事业迈入了新的发展里程。这座馆舍为“中央殿堂、四隅崇楼”的唐风建筑群，主次井然有序，高低错落有致，气势雄浑庄重，融民族传统、地方特色和时代精神于一体。陕西历史博物馆周一闭馆。 大雁塔、雁塔广场Big Wild Goose Pagoda(UNESCO) and Wild Goose Pagoda Square：大雁塔作为现存最早、规模最大的唐代四方楼阁式砖塔，是佛塔这种古印度佛寺的建筑形式随佛教传入中原地区，并融入华夏文化的典型物证，是凝聚了中国古代劳动人民智慧结晶的标志性建筑。 钟鼓楼广场Bell and Drum Tower Square：西安钟鼓楼广场位于东西南北四条大街的交汇处，广场东侧屹立着已有六百多年历史的钟楼，西侧屹立目前所存在全国最大的鼓楼。钟鼓楼广场建于上世纪90年代末期，始建之初将建于两楼之间的杂乱建筑拆除，使从前很难相见的钟楼和鼓楼“相见尽欢颜”，成为了西安市一大景观，钟鼓楼广场是一项古迹保护与旧城更新的综合性工程。环境艺术设计沿着“晨钟暮鼓”这一主题向古今双向延伸，在空间处理上吸取中国传统空间组景经验，与现代城市外部空间的理论相结合，为古城西安提供了一个“城市客厅”。 回民一条街Muslim Street：1990年代末，部分回民在此街租房经营餐饮，莲湖区遂改向餐饮街方向，北院门遂成为回民街。走在街区内，随处可见具有中国传统建筑风格和穆斯林建筑风格相融合的商业网点，民族服饰、工艺品、清真副食、餐饮店和回民小吃店扑面而来。 晚餐后前往西安机场，结束此次的旅程。希望您与五洲旅行社共度一个愉快的假期！
After dinner, transfer to Xi’an airport for homebound flight.
第六天: 拉萨 - 羊卓雍错 - 拉萨 (早,午,晚餐) Day 6: Lhasa – Yamdrok Lake – Lhasa (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
岗巴拉雪山、羊卓雍湖、拉萨Gangbala Snow Mountain, Yamdrok Lake and Lhasa：站在岗巴拉山上可以很好的观赏羊卓雍湖，很多西藏旅游者就在此观赏羊湖之后再返回拉萨。岗巴拉山口海拔4990米，像西藏所有著名的山口一样，有着巨大的玛尼堆，扯着重重叠叠的风马旗（即彩色经幡），在风中呼啦啦地飘扬。这里是俯瞰羊卓雍湖的最佳地点：山顶上有云层覆盖，在湖面投下巨大的不规则阴影。蔚蓝的天空与湖水相映。纯净的湖水在阳光下呈现深浅不同的蓝色：浅蓝、深蓝、孔雀蓝，还有一些是绿色的。平静的湖面皱起鱼鳞般的细小波浪，那一汪碧水是如此地深邃，夺人魂魄。湖南岸边小块不规则的农田里，青绿的是小麦，金黄的是菜花，更增添湖光山色。如果你运气好，小雨过后，甚至能看到一边乌云密布，一边挂着彩虹，还有一边霞光灿烂的奇景。
沿途火车上欣赏（含火车硬卧票）- 昆仑山、玉珠玉虚雪山、可可西里无人区、长江源、唐古拉山口、错那圣湖、念青唐古拉山、桑丹康桑学草原、拉萨河等，景色惹人醉。 Admire the scenery on the train to Xining(include sleeper ticket)– Kunlun Mountain, Yuzhu Yuxu Snow Mountain, Hoh Xil No Man's Land, Yangtze River Source, Tanggula Pass, Cona Lake, Nyainqentanglha Mountain, Sangdan Kangsangxue Grassland, Lhasa River and more.
第八天: 西宁 (早,午,晚餐) Day 8: Xining (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
抵达西宁 Arrive in Xining 西宁塔尔寺Kumbum Monastery（含景区往返环保车）：塔尔寺是中国西北地区藏传佛教的活动中心，在中国及东南亚享有盛名，历代中央政府都十分推崇塔尔寺的宗教地位。明朝对寺内上层宗教人物多次封授名号，清康熙帝赐有“净上津梁”匾额，乾隆帝赐“梵宗寺”称号，并为大金瓦寺赐有“梵教法幢”匾额。三世达赖、四世达赖、五世达赖、七世达赖、十三世达赖、十四世达赖及六世班禅、九世班禅和十世班禅，都曾在塔尔寺进行过宗教活动。 青海博物馆Qinghai Museum：青海省博物馆最早筹建于1957年，1986年9月正式建立并对外开放。2001年5月1日，青海省博物馆新馆建成开放，2017年1月被中国博物馆协会评为国家一级博物馆。青海博物馆周一闭馆。
第九天: 西宁 - 告别西安 (早,午,晚餐) Day 9: Xining – Departure from Xi’an (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
乘坐高速动车返西安 Return to Xi’an by High-Speed Train（含高速动车二等票） 西安博物院，小雁塔 Xi’an Museumand photo stop at Small Wild Goose Pagoda（不登塔）：小雁塔和西安博物院连在一起，一个是静静矗立1400年的唐代古塔，一个是盛放长安物华天宝的现代建筑。它们没有大雁塔与陕西博物馆的人气热闹，喜欢这样平心静气地边走边看。 永兴坊Yongxingfang（舌尖上的中国）：永兴坊，原地为唐朝魏征府邸旧址，是西安市为了继续完善顺城巷历史风貌，充分彰显古城历史底蕴，扩大西安知名度和影响力在2007年在原址上建造的，为古城再添了一个“坊”式的精品项目。主要以关中牌坊和具有民间传统的建筑群组合，形成古里坊式布局，展示古长安城的街坊式形态和历史生活气息，以及传统民俗生活空间。 钟鼓楼广场Bell and Drum Tower Square：西安钟鼓楼广场位于东西南北四条大街的交汇处，广场东侧屹立着已有六百多年历史的钟楼，西侧屹立目前所存在全国最大的鼓楼。钟鼓楼广场建于上世纪90年代末期，始建之初将建于两楼之间的杂乱建筑拆除，使从前很难相见的钟楼和鼓楼“相见尽欢颜”，成为了西安市一大景观，钟鼓楼广场是一项古迹保护与旧城更新的综合性工程。环境艺术设计沿着“晨钟暮鼓”这一主题向古今双向延伸，在空间处理上吸取中国传统空间组景经验，与现代城市外部空间的理论相结合，为古城西安提供了一个“城市客厅”。 回民一条街Muslim Street：1990年代末，部分回民在此街租房经营餐饮，莲湖区遂改向餐饮街方向，北院门遂成为回民街。走在街区内，随处可见具有中国传统建筑风格和穆斯林建筑风格相融合的商业网点，民族服饰、工艺品、清真副食、餐饮店和回民小吃店扑面而来。 前往西安机场，结束此次的旅程。希望您与五洲旅行社共度一个愉快的假期！
Transfer to Xi’an airport for homebound flight.
9 Days 8 Nights Egypt Tour + Hurghada All Inclusive
This 9 day package is an extended itinerary of our 7D 6N Egypt Tour with an additional 3 days in the beach resort town of Hurghada. You will explore all the amazing monuments located in the magnificent city of Cairo and a fascinating 3-night cruise along the Nile River, visiting Kom Ombo, Edfu and disembark at Luxor. Tours continue to Hurghada, where you can relax on the mesmerizing beach of the red sea and enjoy a 2 night all inclusive beach resort holiday. Depart from Hurghada airport.
Day 1: Arrival in Cairo (No Meal)
Welcome to Cairo
Arrive in Cairo airport, welcome and assist by our local representative for your transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Cairo (Breakfast)
Visit A Seven Wonder Of The World
Start your day with a tour to witness one of the most iconic sights in the world – the Ancient Egyptian Pyramids of Giza. Marvel at the breathtaking monument of the world-famous Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was tallest man-made structure in the world for almost 4,000 years. Then move on to the well-known Great Sphinx of Giza, a statue of a mythical creature with a body of a lion and a human head, which stands proudly guarding the tombs of the Pharaohs. Next, you will proceed to the Egyptian Museum and be enchanted by the splendid treasures recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamun, including his golden mask. Take this chance to meet the Egyptian mummies in the Royal Mummies Hall and have a good idea of what he or she looked like in life 3,000 years ago, with a small fee. Continue tour to Islamic Cairo, the historic core of the city, where you will explore the Khan el-Khalili, Cairo’s old bazaar.
Day 3: Cairo – Aswan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Magical City of Aswan Sightseeing
In the morning, transfer to Cairo airport for your domestic flight to Aswan. Upon arrival, you will proceed for a tour of Aswan. Visit the Aswan High Dam, which was constructed to control the annual floods of the Nile River, generate hydroelectricity and provide increased water storage for irrigation. See the impressive gigantic structure of the Unfinished Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, then take a motorboat to the beautiful Temple of Philae, dedicated to Goddess Isis. Thereafter, check-in to your 5-star Nile Cruise Ship, which will be your lodging throughout your cruise down the Nile. After lunch, you will disembark the ship and begin your afternoon river adventure. Hop on the traditional Felucca Boat and sail around Aswan Nile River, passing by the Elephantine Island, Botanical Garden and Mausoleum of Aga Khan. Return back to the ship for dinner and overnight onboard the cruise ship in Aswan.
Day 4: Aswan – Kom Ombo – Edfu (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Excursion Tour in Kom Ombo
Enjoy your breakfast and lunch onboard as the cruise sails towards Kom Ombo. Upon arrival, head ashore to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, a unique double temple with courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, while the northern half to the falcon god Haroeris. After the excursion, return to your ship and continue sailing to Edfu. You will enjoy dinner and spend the night onboard the cruise ship in Edfu.
Day 5: Edfu – Esna – Luxor (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Excursion Tour in Edfu
This morning, you will disembark your cruise and proceed for a tour to the Temple of Edfu, also known as the Temple of Horus (the falcon-headed god). It is the most beautiful and well-preserved of all the Egyptian temples. The temple is an excellent example of traditional Egyptian elements with Greek influences mixed in. After the excursion, head back onboard to enjoy lunch. The cruise continues to sail towards Luxor, passing through the Esna Lock, which is one of the major tourist attractions in Egypt and a wonderful photo spot for tourists. Dinner and overnight onboard the cruise ship in Luxor.
Day 6: Luxor – Hurghada (Breakfast, Dinner)
Discover Luxor – the Ancient City of Thebes
After breakfast, check out of your cruise and start your tour to visit some of the top attractions in Luxor, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will first proceed to the West Bank of Luxor to see the Colossi of Memnon, two gigantic sitting stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned ancient Egypt. Next, visit the stunning Queen Hatshepsut Temple, one of the most striking architectural masterpieces in the world, set against the backdrop of the mountainous rocky cliff. After that, explore the Valley of the Kings, a royal burial ground for the pharaohs and powerful nobles of the Egyptian New Kingdom. Continue tour to the East Bank of Luxor to visit the Karnak Temple, a cult temple that was once dedicated to Amun and his family. It is the largest religious building ever constructed. Then, head to the Luxor Temple, an elegant example of Pharaonic temple architecture that provides an introduction of ancient Egypt. Thereafter, depart for Hurghada, a beach resort town by the Red Sea. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day 7: Hurghada (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Free & Easy
Free day to explore, have fun and relax on the coastal beach of Hurghada, while enjoying your three main meals at the hotel. Hurghada is one of the most popular spots to spend a wonderful holiday on the Red Sea coast. Take advantage of the marvelous warm weather in Hurghada to enjoy the variety of water sports activities, including scuba-diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, parasailing and jet ski. Alternatively, you can ride a glass bottom boat to see the amazing coral reefs, hundreds of varieties of tropical fish and underwater scenery without getting wet. You can also climb aboard a quad bike and feel the thrill as you zoom across the desert of Hurghada on an exciting safari trip.
Day 8: Hurghada (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Free & Easy
Enjoy this free day to discover the city of Hurghada on your own. You can visit Mosque El Mina Masjid, the largest mosque in Hurghada, and the Church of St. Mary. Stroll around in the beautiful surroundings of Hurghada Marina Boulevard, lined with shops, cafes, restaurants and stylish bars. Explore the bountiful bazaars at the old town of El Dahar and enjoy souvenir-shopping at the shops along Sekalla Shopping Street. Senzo Mall is home to many international and local brand stores, a diverse food court, hypermarket, indoor children’s amusement park with bouncy castles and carousels, as well as a cinema. Hurghada City Center is the newest shopping mall in Hurghada, with popular chain stores, Carrefour hypermarket, a food court, movie theatre, kids’ area and a small aquarium. Lunch and dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day 9: Departure from Hurghada (Breakfast)
Free & Easy
Free at own leisure till departure transfer to Hurghada airport for homebound flight via Cairo airport.
9 Days 8 Nights Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Phonsavanh, Xieng Khuang + Luang Prabang Tour (Cashmere Package)
Explore the laid-back capital of Vientiane, the exciting Vang Vieng, the mysterious Plain of Jars, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang. Over 9 days, create unforgettable moments by observing the morning alms giving, enjoying panoramic view from the peak of Phousi Hill, reveling in the leisure cruise ride on the mighty Mekong river, soaking in the amazing scenery at Vang Vieng and exploring the famous Kuang Si waterfalls.
Day 1: Arrival in Vientiane (Dinner) Welcome to Vientiane
Upon arrival at Vientiane airport, our local representative will meet and welcome you. After check-in at your hotel, you can spend some time at your own leisure, such as taking a stroll and explore the city center, watching the locals go about their life. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant with traditional dance and folk songs, the best way to experience Lao culture.
Day 2: Vientiane (Breakfast, Lunch) Vientiane's Highlights Tour
Start your day with a visit to Wat Si Muang, which is very famous for its supernatural power. Proceed to Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow, close to the Friendship Bridge. There are approximately 200 religious images dating back over 500 years, which were created by a mysterious monk spreading his philosophy on life and revealing his ideas about the universe. In the afternoon, see the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to Lao’s national icon, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, stop by to take pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well-known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. End the day with a spectacular sunset view over the Mekong River.
Day 3: Vientiane - Vang Vieng (Breakfast, Lunch) Vang Vieng Nature Experience
Marvel at the breathtaking scenery as you pass through spectacular countryside towards the mountainous region. En route, visit the busy and colorful market of KM52 where various hill tribes gather to trade goods and buy provisions. If time permits, make a short photo stop at Hin Heup bridge and the fish market in Ban Tha Heua. Upon arrival at Vang Vieng, nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River, be amazed at its stunning scenery with limestone outcrops remaining unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism. In the afternoon, pass through paddy field areas to head to Tham Phoukham caves, where you will be greeted by the most beautiful and famous limestone cavern, surrounded by natural forests. Along the way, explore the local cultures by greeting the villagers and learning about their lifestyle. You can take a refreshing swim in the natural pool in front of the caves or explore the nearby area, before transferring back to town via a leisurely boat ride along the Nam Song River while admiring the sun setting behind the mountains.
Day 4: Vang Vieng - Phonsavanh (Breakfast, Lunch) Vang Vieng Scenic Experience
Explore the cave of Tham Jang, which was used in the early 19th century in defense against the Chinese invaders, and now the most famous attraction in Vang Vieng. Cross the river to Ban Phathau, a pleasant village where you will discover the different local lifestyles. Start your expedition to Xieng Khuang, of which the roads are well-paved along the way for a smooth journey. Pass through stunning landscape with a mixture of steep terraced fields and hill villages and make a few photo stops at some small hill tribe villages en route. Each hill tribe village in Laos has a different vibe; some are more prosperous than others, but all have plenty of life. Along the way, stop by the peak of Phou Phiengpha to admire the panoramic view over the mountainous area. Take a drive a little further to the T-Junction in Phoukhoun, before taking the right turn onto Xieng Khuang province. From there, the road will get a bit harder as it includes zigzagging mountain paths. Make some stops along the way to visit the local hill tribe villages or to stretch your legs.
Day 5: Phonsavanh - Xieng Khuang (Breakfast, Lunch) Plain of Jars and Muang Khoun Experience
Explore Plain of Jars, a huge archaeological complex littered with 2000-year-old stone jars that are up to 3 or 4m tall. While it seems that they were carved into boulders, their true origin remains a mystery. Discover the 3 sites of Plain of Jars and some villages where you can observe village life. Close to Site 3 which is the most impressive with over 150 jars, you will visit Ban Xiengdi where there is a small monastery with Buddha images. On the way back, you will pass by areas that were important battlefields during the American secret war. Today, you can still see bomb craters from that time. Plain of Jars had been heavily bombed during the war, so you need to respect all the signs and stay along the defined trails due to bombs, UXO and landmines. In the afternoon, enjoy a half-day trip to Muang Khoun, one place in the old provincial capital that was not destroyed by the American bombings during the secret war. Muang Khoun is also home to the unique sitting giant Buddha as well of some old pagodas that lie in ruins. The foundation and columns of Wat Pia Wat are still standing and close to this site, there is also an old 30m stupa constructed in the Lan Xang/Lanna period.
Day 6: Xieng Khuang - Luang Prabang (Breakfast, Lunch) Xieng Khuang Village Experience
Rise early to visit the Central Market of Phonsavanh to watch the different hill tribe people barter and exchange merchandise. After breakfast at the hotel, take the direct transfer to Luang Prabang. Along the way, make numerous photo stops and enjoy the splendid scenery of mountains and forest. Drop by Tham Pra, which served as a hospital during the Indochina War before arriving in Phonsavanh. Visit Ban Phoudam village, where you can see the two hill tribe minorities of H’Mong and Khamu living in harmony, before driving to the photo stop at Ban Kiew Nya for the panoramic view prior to reaching Luang Prabang.
Day 7: Luang Prabang (Breakfast, Lunch) Luang Prabang's Highlights Experience
Begin the day at the Royal Palace Museum, a royal palace that was the residence of the Laos royal family and now a museum that hosts a range of interesting artifacts. Take a leisurely cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, and head to Ban Xang Hai, a village famous for lao-lao, the traditional distilled rice whiskey. Continue to the mysteriousPak Ou Caves, two linked caves set high above the river and crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Upon return to the city, pay a visit to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, with its roofs sweeping low to the ground representing classical Laotian architecture. Learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures at Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center (closed on Mondays). Admire the sunset at the peaceful Wat Prabath before immersing in the bustling atmosphere of the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people.
Day 8: Luang Prabang (Breakfast, Lunch) Luang Prabang's Nature Experience
Join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning alm-giving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temples to gather their daily meal from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets. Following that, experience local life by visiting the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace. The locals gather to barter their day’s catch from rice and vegetable to fish and chicken. After breakfast at the hotel, ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River. If time permits, visit UXO Visitor Center (closed on Saturdays and Sundays) where you can find the documentation about the secret war in Laos. Transfer to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls, the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals. Spend the rest of the afternoon having a refreshing dip in the cool clear water or hiking to the top of the waterfalls. If time allows, walk to the nearby village of Ban Thapene, and explore the hidden waterfalls which are rarely visited by other tourists, and make a short visit to the Bear Rescue Center, which houses a couple of dozen animals rescued from the hands of poachers and traffickers. End your day at Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center to admire top-quality fabrics produced by weavers, spinners and batik makers, and hopefully catch the sunset as this is also one of the best spots to admire the sunset in Luang Prabang.
Day 9: Departure from Luang Prabang (Breakfast, Lunch) Elephant Experience
After breakfast at the hotel, your car and guide will take you to Elephant Village. On arrival, you will be welcome and greeting by the Camp Manager and participate in short briefing. After enjoying the impressive experience of approx. 30-minute elephant ride on the neck; take a return boat trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall and enjoy some time in the clear water. Have buffet lunch (served with coffee or tea and drinking water) at the Elephant Village Restaurant before proceeding to pay a visit to the tomb of the 19th century French explorer, Henri Mouhot; the first European to rediscover Angkor Wat and the Royal Kingdom of Luang Prabang. Take the departure transfer to Luang Prabang airport for homebound flight.
9 Days 8 Nights Yangon, Bagan, Salay, Mount Popa, Mandalay, Mingun, Inle Lake + Indein Tour (Flicker Package)
Get to know Inle Lake by discovering Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the Shan and Intha villages on the river banks, the endless floating gardens, houses and monasteries built on stilts, and a local cheroot factory and canoe carving at Nampan village via a boat tour.
Day 1: Arrival in Yangon (No meal) Yangon City Highlights
Upon arrival at Yangon airport, your tour guide will meet and welcome you. Start your downtown tour at the historic Post Office followed by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument. Visit the famous Chauk Htat Gyi, home to a 70-meter long reclining Buddha. Take photos at the picturesque Karaweik Hall royal floating barge. End your day with an amazing sunset view at Shwedagon Pagoda, noted for its glittering gold stupa.
Day 2: Yangon – Bagan (Breakfast) Beautiful Bagan
Morning domestic flight to Bagan and start your tour of the town. Immerse in the bustling market atmosphere of a local market. Explore the town’s architectural masterpieces by visiting the most important pagodas and temples. Climb to the top of the temple for magical sunset views.
Day 3: Bagan – Salay – Mount Popa – Bagan (Breakfast) Wondrous Mount Popa
Explore a colorful morning market at Chauk, en route to Salay. Upon arrival at Salay, learn more about monastic life, Burmese Buddhism and Salay’s unique architectural style. Among the sights you will visit is Yoke Sone Kyaung monastery, one of the oldest wooden halls in the area. Thereafter, head to Mount Popa, which is an extinct volcano standing 1518 meters high. Be treated to remarkable views as you have lunch at Popa Mountain Resort. Mount Popa’s shrine is dedicated to the worship of 37 Nats, the Burmese ancient animist spirits. Learn about nats and nat worship as you climb the stairs to the top and be rewarded with an impressive view over the Myingyan Plain from the volcanic peak.
Day 4: Bagan – Mandalay – Amarapura – Mandalay (Breakfast)
Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Mandalay. Visit Mahamuni Pagoda and local artisanal gold leaf making, wood carving and marble carving workshops. Admire Golden Palace Monastery famous for its intricate wood carvings. Continue to Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book due to the Buddhist scripture carved on 729 marble slabs. End your day with a visit to a 200-year-old teak bridge, the most photographic site in Myanmar.
Day 5: Mandalay – Irrawaddy River – Mingun – Sagaing – Mandalay (Breakfast) Glimpse of Irrawaddy
Take a boat trip up Irrawaddy River to Mingun, home to the impressive Mingun Bell and the unfinished Mingun Paya. Explore Ava and cross Ayeyawaddy River over Ava Bridge to visit Sagaing Hill where there are about six hundred monasteries. Stop by silverware and clay pot making village shops and a nunnery to learn the daily life of Buddhist nuns. Enjoy the sunset from the top of Sagaing Hill.
Day 6: Mandalay – Heho – Pindaya – Inle Lake (Breakfast) Stunning Inle Lake
Take a morning domestic flight to Heho. Proceed to Pindaya, most famous for its limestone caves. Visit a quaint village where you will discover friendly locals as well as skilled craftsmen and women either weaving cotton, bamboo mats or making brooms. Take a trip to the west part of Pindaya to visit the famous caves. Proceed to NyaungShwe where you will sample the local wine at Red Mountain Estate, one of Myanmar’s top vineyards. Tour the picturesque grounds and vines, complemented by the stunning backdrop of the Shan Mountains and Inle Lake.
Day 7: Inle Lake (Breakfast) Tranquil Inle Lake
Enjoy a private boat tour at Inle Lake. Visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State. Marvel at the local handicrafts, silk weaving, wooden handlooms and traditional blacksmith methods along the way. Discover the Shan and Intha villages on the river banks. Pass the endless floating gardens, houses and monasteries built on stilts. Proceed to Nampan village to visit a local cheroot factory (where Burmese cigars are made) and see canoe carving.
Day 8: Inle Lake – Heho – Yangon (Breakfast) Multi-cultural Yangon
Take a morning domestic flight to Yangon. Visit the sprawling Scott Market, where you will find interesting Burmese souvenirs, from lacquer ware to gems and jewelry. Drive through the city and observe the influences of other cultures through various religious sites such as St Mary's Cathedral, Sule Paya and Rangoon Synagogue, where you will meet with Trustee of the Synagogue to learn about the Jewish life in Myanmar. End your tour with a visit to Little India and Chinatown.
Day 9: Departure from Yangon (Breakfast) Free and Easy
Free till departure transfer to Yangon airport for homebound flight.
9 Days 8 Nights Sri Lanka UNESCO Heritage Tour
Colombo – Negombo – Sigiriya – Kandy – Galle – Colombo
Bestselling Package I Private Tour I Half Board I Visit all 6 World Heritage sites of Sri Lanka in this tour package. We will take you to see the indigenous tribe of Sri Lanka – Vedda Village, discover nature and culture of Sigiriya Village, visit the UNESCO-listed cities of Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Kandy and Galle, as well as Mahiyangana, Kelaniya and Colombo. Highlights of this itinerary includes visit to Sigiriya Village, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sacred City of Anuradhapura, Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, Dambulla Cave Temple, Spice Garden in Matale, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Lankan Cultural Dance Show, Vedda Village in Dambana, Mahiyangana Raja Maha Vihara Temple, Galle Fort, Dutch Reformed Church, All Saints Church, Amangalla Hotel, Lighthouse, Bell Tower, Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara Temple, Independence Square, Old Parliament, Gangaramaya Temple and Shopping Tour in Colombo.
Day 1: Arrive in Colombo - Negombo (Dinner)
Free & Easy
Arrive in Colombo airport, welcome and assist by your personal chauffeur guide for your transfer to hotel in Negombo.
Day 2: Negombo - Sigiriya (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Sigiriya Village Tour with Traditional Cooking Demonstration and UNESCO World Heritage Tour
Get ready to proceed for Sigiriya Village Tour where you will experience the activities like a Boat Ride and a trip on a Bullock Cart. Visit the Chena Cultivation fields and be humbled by the farmer’s hospitality. Chena cultivation is a form of seasonal cultivation practiced by the locals to maximize the effects of the monsoon rains. You will later witness a Traditional Cooking Demonstration in a rural village house and enjoy the delicious authentic Sri Lankan lunch. Thereafter, proceed to explore the majestic 5th century “Fortress in the Sky”, which is the most visited historical sites in the country. Climb the UNESCO-listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress, approximately 1200 steps, rising 200 meters (660ft) high into the heaven. Also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. This rock climbing activity is recommended for most tourists as you get to see some beautiful engraved frescoes of the ancient era and also the remnants of a fortress at the top of the rock, not forgetting the tremendous view from the summit.
Day 3: Sigiriya - Anuradhapura - Sigiriya (Breakfast, Dinner)
UNESCO World Heritage Tour
Discover the wondrous historical grandeur of the first capital of Sri Lanka with a visit to the Sacred City of Anuradhapura. The ancient city of Anuradhapura, listed as UNESCO World Heritage in 1982, is famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sinhala civilization. It was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. A magnificent collection of architectural and archaeological wonders includes massive dagobas, crumbling temples, giant brick towers and archaic pools that were constructed during Anuradhapura Kingdom. Today, several of the sites remain in use as temples and holy places. The first stop is the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, a sacred fig tree, which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. It was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world. Continue to Ruwanwelisaya, a stupa and a hemispherical monument that houses various relics. Be amazed by the Jetavanaramaya, the world’s tallest stupa when it was constructed. After that, proceed to Abhayagiri Monasterybefore heading to Isurumuniya, a Buddhist temple renowned for its stone carvings of Isurumuniya Lovers, Elephant Pond and The Royal Family. Thereafter, visit Thuparama Temple, the first Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. And Ranmasu Uyana, an ancient royal garden with granite ponds, stone carvings built in the 3rd century.
Day 4: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya (Breakfast, Dinner)
UNESCO World Heritage Tour
Head on to the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, the second capital of Sri Lanka, from the 11th to 13th century. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982. Discover the ruins of Royal Palace, Audience Hall and Sacred Quadrangle. Admire the four beautiful Buddha statues that were carved out of rock at Gal Vihara Temple. Explore the impressive Lankatilaka Vihara Temple and Tivanka Image House – the largest brick-built shrine in Sri Lanka, famous for its wall paintings. You will also see the large well-preserved Rankoth Vehera Stupa and Kiri Vehera Stupa. Thereafter, head to Alahana Pirivena, one of the largest and most popular ancient pirivena complexes in Sri Lanka. Your last stop will be Ancient Bhikku Hospital.
Day 5: Sigiriya - Dambulla - Matale - Kandy (Breakfast, Dinner)
Twin UNESCO World Heritage Tours + Sri Lankan Cultural Dance Show
Start your day with a visit to Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. It is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka, consists of five cave shrines carved under a very large overhanging rock. The temples are filled with paintings, statues of Buddha and his faithful disciple Ananda, as well as Hindu deities. Next, visit Spice Garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. After that, head on to another UNESCO World Heritage site – Kandy, the last capital of the Sinhala Kings. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which houses the tooth of Buddha that was brought to Sri Lanka in the 4th century and is considered the country’s most prized possession. In the evening, enjoy a Sri Lankan Cultural Dance Show.
Day 6: Kandy - Dambana - Mahiyangana - Kandy (Breakfast, Dinner)
The Village of Vedda Tribe and Mahiyangana Raja Maha Vihara Temple
Today, you will immerse yourself in the Vedda culture by visiting the Vedda Village in Dambana. The term “Vedda” translates to “people of the forests”. A population close to 1000 individuals, the seclusion and protection of the forests is home to the indigenous Vedda community of Sri Lanka. You will be introduced to the community of incredibly traditional primitive tribe, see their rustic homes and lifestyles, and get to learn how they hunt and farm to sustain themselves. The hunters of the tribe will explain their innovative ways of catching prey such as rabbit, deer and wild boar from the forests that surround the area. After that, visit the famous Mahiyangana Raja Maha Vihara, an ancient Buddhist temple in Mahiyangana. It is believed to be the site of Gautama Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka.
Day 7: Kandy - Galle (Breakfast, Dinner)
UNESCO World Heritage Tour
Bid farewell to Kandy and head towards Galle, situated on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, is Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting town. Visit the well-known Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988, originally built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. In 1640, the Dutch moved in and began fortifying the town by constructing an 89-acre (36-hectare) fort on the town’s promontory, surrounded on three sides by the Bay of Galle. The Dutch also developed what was then an innovative tide-based sewage-system within the Fort. A maze of narrow roads lined with small houses and shops with Dutch names still remain. Explore the Dutch Reformed Church, All Saints Church, Amangalla Hotel (formerly the New Oriental Hotel), Lighthouse and Bell Tower. After dinner, you may want to hang-out in popular pubs located in the town.
Day 8: Galle - Kelaniya - Colombo (Breakfast, Dinner)
Kelaniya Temple, Colombo City and Shopping Tour
Begin your tour with a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, also known as Kelaniya Temple, is a Buddhist temple in Kelaniya. It is a site made hallowed by visits of Lord Buddha and is one of the most sacred worshipping places of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. The temple is famous for its image of the reclining Gautama Buddha and paintings which depict important events in the life of the Buddha. After that, make your way to the bustling city of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. The heritage is reflected in its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. Visit the Independence Square, Old Parliament and Gangaramaya Temple. It is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Colombo, being a mix of modern architecture and cultural essence. Thereafter, enjoy a Shopping Tour at popular shops in Colombo. For nightlife lovers, Colombo has a lively and extravagant nightlife. You can visit the entertaining casinos, the swanky night clubs or the fantastic bars.
Day 9: Departure from Colombo (Breakfast)
Free & Easy
Free at own leisure till departure transfer to Colombo airport for homebound flight.
9 Days 8 Nights Istanbul, Cappadocia + Kusadasi Tour (Ceramic Package)
Small Group Tour I Enjoy the highlights of Turkey on this 9-day itinerary without long hours of travelling time. Visit the top 4 UNESCO-listed destinations in Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus and Pamukkale-Hierapolis. Istanbul is the only city in the world that lies on two continents. You will be visiting both the Asian side and European side of Istanbul in this tour, as well as enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus. Highlights of this itinerary includes visit to Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise, Beylerbeyi Palace, Camlica Hill, Goreme Open-Air Museum, Uchisar Castle, Devrent Valley, 7 Wonders of the Ancient World– Temple of Artemis, Ephesus, Sirince Village and Pamukkale-Hierapolis.
Arrive in Istanbul airport, welcome and assist by our local representative for your transfer to hotel. Free at own leisure.
Day 2: Istanbul (Breakfast, Lunch)
European Istanbul City Tour
Start your tour with a visit to Topkapi Palace (close on Tuesdays), which was the residence of Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years and is Istanbul's premier must-see attraction. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985, the palace features many fine examples of Ottoman and Islamic architectural sensibilities where a series of pavilions, kitchens, audience chambers and kiosks are built around a series of garden courtyards. Proceed to visit the Blue Mosque, also known as Mosque of Sultan Ahmed, famous for the interior decoration, distinctive blue tiles and unique feature of 6 minarets. Continue to visit Roman Hippodrome, an ancient racetrack where ancient horse races, chariot races and events were held. Thereafter, visit the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, which was formerly a museum, and was recently converted into a mosque in July 2020. Our last stop will be visiting one of the world’s largest covered markets – Grand Bazaar (close on Sundays) with more than 58 streets and 4000 shops, teahouses and cafes.
Day 3: Istanbul (Breakfast, Lunch)
Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar and Asian side of Istanbul City Tour
Begin your tour with a visit to Spice Bazaar– One of the largest bazaars in the city that offers numerous spices, Turkish delights, caviar, dried fruits, dried nuts, jewelry, souvenirs and many more. Take Bosphorus Cruise to enjoy the unique experience of cruising between the 2 continents of Asia and Europe. Numerous summer palaces and palatial homes can be seen on either side. After lunch, visit the Asian side of Istanbul. Proceed to Beylerbeyi Palace, a summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans, was also used to house foreign heads of state visiting the Ottoman Empire. Continue to visit Camlica Hill. You will enjoy the panoramic view of Istanbul.
Day 4: Istanbul - Cappadocia (Breakfast)
Free & Easy
Get ready for the transfer to Istanbul airport for your domestic flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel. Free at own leisure.
Day 5: Cappadocia (Breakfast, Lunch)
UNESCO World Heritage Tour
Enjoy a full–day tour of UNESCO-listed Cappadocia, best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks. Its bizarrely shaped pillars, cones and “fairy chimneys” make fantastic spots for snapshots. Explore UNESCO World Heritage site – Goreme Open-Air Museum, where you will see fascinating rock-cut churches with impressive frescoes (wall paintings) dating from as early as the 10th century. Next, visit Uchisar Castle – an old village consists of small dwellings carved into a massive rock. Continue to visit Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley, where you can see unique rock formations that resemble animals and human shapes, and the famous camel figure Fairy Chimney of Cappadocia is also in this region.
Day 6: Cappadocia - Kusadasi (Breakfast, Lunch)
Free & Easy
Get yourself prepared for the transfer to Cappadocia airport for your domestic flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel in Kusadasi. Free at own leisure.
Day 7: Kusadasi - Ephesus - Kusadasi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
UNESCO World Heritage Tour
Absorb yourself in history today to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – Temple of Artemis and the ancient city of Ephesus. Ephesus, an UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world and was once the commercial center of the ancient world. You will find awesome structures such as the impressive Library of Celsus, Great Theatre, Temple of Hadrian, Odeon and many more. The ruins also include public toilets and even a brothel. Next, visit the local Handicraft Villages before making your way over to Sirince Village, a beautiful hillside town famous for its grape and fruit wines. Visit the Sirince wine shops to taste the different fruit liqueurs and wines.
Day 8: Kusadasi - Pamukkale - Kusadasi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
UNESCO World Heritage Tour
Discover the UNESCO-listed wonders of Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis. Explore the unique white travertine terraces of Pamukkale, meaning “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, created by calcareous hot spring water flowing down the mountain. Hierapolis, a well-preserved ancient Greco-Roman city, was built on top of the “Cotton Castles”. You can see the impressive Roman Theatre, Necropolis, Temple of Apollo, Thermal Bath, The Martyrium of St Philip at the site. Thereafter, you may wish to take a dip in the therapeutic hot spring.
Day 9: Kusadasi - Departure from Izmir (Breakfast)
Free & Easy
Free at own leisure till departure transfer to Izmir airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul to connect your homebound flight.