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ITINERARY

Day 1: APR 27, 2023 - Departure from the USA on your overnight flight to Egypt

Day 2: APR 28, 2023 - Welcome to Cairo!  Upon arrival, proceed through customs and collect your luggage. A Jet Vacations professional guide will personally greet you. Departure by deluxe coach before drop off at the hotel.  Check in at the hotel and rest of the day at leisure.  Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with the other group members. Overnight in Cairo. (D).

Day 3: APR 29, 2023 - After breakfast, meet your Egyptologist guide at the hotel and set off for your guided tour of the Pyramids & the Sphinx on the Giza Plateau. The ancient Greeks considered the great Pyramid to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. As you stand beside these incredible Egyptian monuments, you will marvel at the size of the Giza pyramids and the magnitude that went into their construction. View the inscrutable Sphinx with the body of a lion and the face of a man.  Evening is at your leisure.  (B). 


Day 4: APR 30, 2023 – Travel to Aswan (Optional Tour Abu Simbel.  Breakfast. Check out. Transfer to Cairo Airport for flight to Aswan.  AM Flight Cairo / Aswan or Abu Simbel. You also have the possibility to join an optional excursion to Abu Simbel.  Depart on your flight to Abu Simbel.  Visit millennia-old monuments with a visit to Abu Simbel! After your flight, travel to the temples of Ramses II and his favorite wife, Nefertari. New Kingdom rulers extended Egypt’s borders to the Fourth Cataract, and Ramses II, in a gesture of piety and self-aggrandizement, ordered two sun temples carved from the limestone mountains at Abu Simbel dating between 1290-1124 BC. Here, on the face of the cliffs, stonemasons hewed giant figures of the king that radiated power, dominated the landscape, and with their ceaseless stares subjugated all who dared to enter Egypt. In modern times, the two temples of Abu Simbel were threatened by the waters that would rise with the completion of the High Dam. The temples were cut into blocks, raised piece by piece, then reassembled in their new position. At the Great Temple of Ra-Harakhte, the four famous colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically over 20 meters high, staring out across the desert. Through the entrance to the temple is an impressive hypostyle hall, flanked with statues of Ramses II which leads to the vestibule and finally to the innermost Sacred Sanctuary. The temple of Hathor, dedicated to the cow-headed goddess of love and built in honor of Ramses’ favorite wife, Queen Nefertari is fronted by six massive standing statues, each 10 meters high.  Fly back to Aswan meet up with group members who did not join the Abu Simbel optional tour.  Dinner is included this evening at the hotel restaurant.   Overnight at your hotel in Aswan (B,D)

Day 5: May 1, 2023– Tour Aswan and Board our Nile Cruise –This morning met your local guide.  Visit the High Dam Egypt’s contemporary example of building on a monumental scale contains 18 times the amount of material used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The controversial Sadd al-Ali, the High dam, is 3600 meters across and 111 meters high at its highest point. The water contained by the dam has backed up nearly 500 Km, taking it well into the Sudan and creating Lake Nasser, the world’s largest artificial lake.  Then proceed to visit Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. The romantic and majestic aura surrounding the temple complex of Isis on the island of Philae has been luring pilgrims for thousands of years; during the 19th century the ruins were one of Egypt’s most legendary tourist attraction Even when it seemed that they were destined to be lost forever beneath the rising water of the Nile, travelers still cameToday, enjoy a free day exploring Aswan.  Then transfer to your cruise ship for lunch on board.  

Day 6: May 2 2023 - Full Day tour of Kom Ombo – Edfu.  Buffet breakfast on board. Sailing to Kom Ombo.  Visit the Temple shared by two gods Sobel & Haeroris in Kom Ombo, standing on a promontory at a bend in the Nile, where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the river bank. Although substantially ruined by the changing ties of the river and by later builders who used many of its stones for new buildings, Kom Ombo is nevertheless a stunning site.  Sail to Edfu. Lunch and dinner on board.  Sail to Luxor via Esna.  Overnight on-board cruise. (B,L,D)

Day 7: May 3, 2023 - Full Day tour of Luxor.  Buffet breakfast on board.  Visit Horus Temple in Edfu the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic, albeit Greek-built, temple in Egypt, the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Construction of this huge complex began under Ptolmey III Euergetes I in 237 BC and was completed nearly 200 years later during the reign of Ptolmey XIII in the 1st century BC. Dedicated to Horus the falcon-headed son of Osiris, who avenged his father’s murder by slaying his uncle Seth, the temple was built on the site where, according to legend, the two gods met in deadly combat.  Lunch on board.  Visit the East Bank including Luxor Temple Built over several centuries by Amenhopis III, Tutankhamun, Ramses II, and Alexander the Great. The temple is a graceful piece of architecture preceded by an avenue of sphinxes, containing impressive statuary of Ramses II, the Great Court of Ramses II, the colonnade and court of Amenhopis III, the hypostyle hall, and the temple of Amun. & Karnak Temples in the New Kingdom, Amun-Ra was worshipped as the most important state god and the immense wealth of Thebes was spent embellishing and building temples in his honor.  Dinner on board.  Overnight on-board cruise. (B,L,D)

Day 8: May 4, 2023 - Full Day tour of Valley of the Kings & Queens.  Buffet breakfast on board. Disembarkation.  Visit the West Bank including "Valley of the Kings: the famous Valley of the Kings, where 62 Pharaohs are entombed Gorgeously adorned with gold and jewels and surrounded with treasures and replicas of all they would need in the afterlife, the pharaohs were buried in rock-cut tombs. Frustrated by the pillage of earlier more visible tombs, they cut their tombs deep into the sandstone, away from the public view and separated from their mortuary temples.  Valley of the Queens: The Valley of the Queens where royal wives and royal princes are buried. There are at least 75 tombs in Biban al-Harim, the Valley of the Queens.  Temple of Queen Hatchepsut: rising out of the desert plain, in a series of terraces, the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut merges with the sheer limestone cliffs of the eastern face of the Theban Mountain as if the nature herself had built this extraordinary monument.  Transfer to Sonesta St. George hotel.  Check in.  Evening free at leisure.  Overnight in Luxor. (B)

Day 9: May 5, 2023 - Tour of the Cairo National Museum and Khan El-Khalili bazaar.  Breakfast.  Check out.  Transfer to Luxor Airport for flight to Cairo.  AM flight Luxor / Cairo.  Arrive at Cairo Airport and start your tour by visiting the Egyptian Museum Although located in the heart of Cairo, it has a pleasing atmosphere of the ancient time of the Pharaohs. There is a beautiful contrast between the well-trimmed garden and the facade of the museum & Khan El-Khalili Bazaars Is considered as the largest and oldest Bazaar in Cairo, built in 1382 by Sultan Barquq’s Master Garkas El Khalili it became known as the Turkish Bazaar during the Ottoman period. Khan El Khalili extends in part over the site of the now vanished Fatimid Palaces, which covered an area of 400,000 sq. m. and used to house 12,000 domestics.  Farewell Dinner in Cairo with direct transfer to the airport for early AM flight to USA arrival back home on Day 10 (B, L)

Day 10: May 6, 2023 – Departure Day.  Early morning Check out.  Transfer to Luxor Airport for flight to Cairo. 



3 NIGHT – 4 DAYS PRE-ISTANBUL TOUR

Day 1: APR 24, 2023 – DEPART THE U.S. FOR ISTANBUL, TURKEY:  Overnight flight from the U.S to Istanbul, Turkey.

Day 2: APR 25, 2023 – WELCOME TO ISTANBUL, TURKEY Welcome to Turkey!  Upon arrival, proceed through customs and collect your luggage. A Jet Vacations professional guide will personally greet you, meet the group at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Before dinner a short walk around the hotel for orientation & Welcome dinner at Flower Market (çiçek pasajı) (walking distance to the hotel).  Overnight in Istanbul (B, D)

Day 3: APR 26, 2023 – ISTANBUL:  After Breakfast, start your Full day sightseeing. In the morning visit Byzantine Hippodrome, in which stand the obelisk brought from Egypt by Theodosius and the Serpent Column taken from Delphi by Constantine. The Blue Mosque, which has six minarets and a middle dome of 109 feet, is the next stop before St. Sophia, an originally Christian Basilica, conceived by Constantine and rebuilt by Justinian, then turned into a mosque. In the afternoon visit Topkapi Palace (Harem section is not included) which served as the home of Ottoman Sultans for 400 years and now serves as a museum with a exquisite collection of Chinese porcelain and Ottoman treasury. Before returning to your hotel visit the Grand Covered Bazaar dating back to XVth century, which has over 2,000 shops under one roof. Overnight at hotel. (B,L)

Day 4: APR 27, 2023 – ISTANBUL:  After breakfast depart for the sightseeing tour, a short stop to the Spice Market; the famous  exotic food market selling spices, dried fruits as well as towels, slippers, baskets and some jewellery. And then Bosphorus Cruise along the Bosphorus by a private boat, the winding strait separating Europe & Asia. Bosphorus coastline is a delightful mixture of the past and the present where one can enjoy the grand splendour and quaint beauty of the ancient wooden mansions, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. Rumeli Fortress (from the boat, no interior visit) and Leander’s Tower (from the boat, no interior visit). Disembark in the Asian side and visit Beylerbeyi Palace and Camlica Hill for a panoramic view of Istanbul. Dinner is evening is at the Hamdi restaurant. Overnight at hotel (B, D)

Day 5: APR 28, 2023 – ISTANBUL - DEPARTURE.  After breakfast, check out from your hotel and set out to ISTANBUL AIRPORT for your flight to Cairo. (B)



3 NIGHT – 4 DAYS POST RED SEA EXTENSION

Extend you trip to Egypt along the country’s beautiful beaches.  Situated at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm el-Sheikh boasts long beaches of soft sand and stunning underwater scenery. The finest seaside resort in Sinai offers beach-goers an ideal spot to sunbathe and relax under the Egyptian rays, while divers are treated to famous up-close views of the Red Sea’s most beautiful coral reefs. This 4-day, 3-night Egypt vacation extension to your Egypt travel package will allow the chance to rest on the beach and enjoy the local nightlife.

Day 10: MAY 06, 2023 – DEPART CAIRO TO SHARM EL SHEIKH:   This morning from Luxor, we continue to Sharm Sheik and our Red Sea.  Enjoy some free time upon arrival.  Tonight, enjoy a group dinner at your hotel.  Overnight in Sharm El Sheikh (B ,D)

Day 11: MAY 07, 2023 – SHARM EL SHEIKH: A day of sun and sea to plan as you like. Sign up for an optional snorkeling or Scuba Diving tour in Ras Mohammed underwater nature reserve or for a trek to a Bedouin Camp in the desert. (B, L, D)

Day 12: MAY 08, 2023 – SHARM EL SHEIKH: A full day Boat excursion to include the ultimate Dolphin experience.  Lunch and some refreshments included during you excursion.  Duration approx. 7hrs.  (B, L, D). 

Day 13: May 09, 2023 – RETURN TO CAIRO and Egyptian Museum at Tahrir & Khan El-Khalili Bazaars
After breakfast, take a short flight to Cairo.  Upon arrival, meet your  guide at the hotel and set off for your guided tour of the s Egyptian Museum at Tahrir & Khan El-Khalili Bazaars. Tonight, enjoy a group Farewell Dinner.  Overnight in Cairo (B, L, D)

Day 14: MAY 10, 2023 – CAIRO – Depart USA: After breakfast, you will be assisted by our representative and transferred aboard your private vehicle to Sharm El Sheikh Airport for your flight back to the U.S. (B)

EGYPT, LAND OF GODS

CAIRO, ASWAN, ABU SIMBEL, NILE CRUISE, KOM OMBO, EDFU, LUXOR, VALLEY OF THE KINGS & QUEENS. 

Travel Dates: APRIL 27 – MAY 6, 2023

ITINERARY

Day 1: OCT 16, 2023 - Departure from the USA. on your overnight flight to Sicily

Day 2:  OCT 17, 2023 - Welcome to Palermo!  Upon arrival, proceed through customs and collect your luggage. A Jet Vacations professional guide will personally greet you. Departure for a Panoramic tour of Palermo by deluxe coach before drop off at the hotel.  Check in followed by some free time for lunch while the rooms are getting ready.  Your Tour Manager will escort you through town, discovering the little shops selling delicious street food. Rest of the day at leisure.  Tonight, enjoy a welcome diner with the other group members in a traditional Sicilian restaurant. Overnight in Palermo. (Dinner)

Day 3:  OCT 18, 2023 - Palermo /Cefalù.  After our daily breakfast, meet our local guide for a guided tour of Palermo city center.  Explore old avenues and Arabic neighborhoods, iconic cathedrals, as well as the Teatro Massimo Palermo’s elegant Opera House (from outside). Your guided tour will include also a visit of the Palatine Chapel located inside the Norman Palace. Continue your visit with your tour manager discovering the picturesque local market featuring colored fruit vegetables and delicious street food. Late in the afternoon, drive to Cefalù which was founded on a hillside facing the sea near Palermo and which offers amazing view on the coast.  It retains its medieval appearance with the center of the town located around a Norman cathedral which was built by Roger II in the 12th century.  As a leading bishopric, there are many churches and the homes in the town feature interesting architectural detail and the many shops offer an array of local crafts.  Discover the beautiful long beach with fine sand right in the town.  In the evening, enjoy dinner at local restaurant facing the blue sea. Return to Palermo after dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner) 

Day 4:  OCT 19, 2023: Palermo / Erice / Country Lunch & Salt Road / Palermo
After breakfast, set out on a full day excursion, with a first stop to the hilltop town of Erice, a medieval town, built on the top of Monte San Giuliano.  It was an ancient settlement, predating the Middle Ages, but little remains from this period. The town features incredible city walls, fine paved streets, stone houses with decorated doorways, and open spaces with churches, all dating from the Middle Ages. Then we proceed to an Oil Mill and Farmhouse, locally called Baglio, Baglio Fontanasalsa, to experience the Sicilian traditions and have a country style lunch with simple and delicious Sicilian products that have passed from generation to generation.  Visit the oil mill and learn about the oil production and be greeted by a traditional Sicilian singer and enjoy some folk music and songs before lunch. In the afternoon, drive along saltpans and Sicilian windmills, and marvel at the dazzlingly white mountains shimmering in the sun. These are not snow-capped mountains but hills of salt, creating an unreal scenario of salt flats, which form a sort of immense colored chessboard that ranges from off-green to pink.  Visit the salt museum owned by private family producing salt for generations.  Enjoy welcome by one of the family member with explanation on how they estracted salt since years
Return to Palermo in the afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 5:  OCT 20, 2023: Palermo/  Winery / Piazza Armerina  / Siracusa
After breakfast and check out from your hotel. Depart by private motor coach towards Siracusa who will host us for the rest of the stay. Along the way stop at the Regareali Estate and visit the winery and taste their exquisite wines.  Enjoy lunch in the noble villa still used by the family.  In the afternoon, stop in Piazza Armerina and visit the Roman Villa Villa del Casale to admire the mosaics a UNESCO heritage site of extraordinary beauty
Arrival in Siracusa, check into your hotel and spend your evening at leisure.

Day 6:  OCT 21, 2023: Siracusa
Today after breakfast, set out on a full day tour of Siracusa which was founded by the Greeks from Corinth, and once the most important city in the Western World.  In the unique “Parco Archeologico”, marvel at the impressive ruins and the magnificent Greek Theatre.   Situated adjacent to a large Roman Coliseum and an ancient quarry, the Theatre is one of the biggest and best preserved in the entire Mediterranean, and it possesses such a remarkable acoustics that Caravaggio called it the “Orecchio de Dionisiso” (the ear of Dionysius).  Following lunch on your own, visit the beautiful island of Ortygia.  Here, amid the artistic vestiges of over 2500 years of history, you will walk streets once trod by Pindar, Aeschylus, Plato, Cicero and Archimedes.  Explore the Piazza Archimede, the legendary Fonte Aretusa (Fountain of Arethusa), and Siracusa’s historically unique Duomo. Your Tour Manager will also escort you to the traditional fish market, a feast for the eyes, one of the most spectacular fish market in Sicily.  Evening at leisure. (Breakfast)

Day 7:  OCT 22, 2023: Taormina.  After breakfast, board your coach and travel to Taormina.  Standing high on Monte Tauro and dominating the two grand sweeping bays below, Taormina is Sicily’s best-known resort and it is a strong contender for the title of most beautiful place on earth!  Taormina forms a balcony overlooking the sea, facing Mount Etna.  This climactic resort of worldwide reputation has a peaceful atmosphere, beautiful monuments, spectacular views and lovely gardens that invite exploration on foot.  Our walking tour of Taormina includes Via Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, located on the site of the Roman Forum, the Palazzo Corvala, the recently unearthed remains of an imperial Roman bath, and the magnificent Teatro Greco, a Roman reconstruction of an earlier Greek theatre.  From a distance, you may see Taormina to the right, Mt. Etna directly ahead and the Sicilian coast, the Ionian Sea and Calabria to the left - all in one spectacular sweeping view.  In the afternoon we are free to explore the treasures of this extraordinary town on our own. Going back to Siracusa, enjoy a very special and unique Farewell Dinner hosted by a Contessa who will personally welcome the group for a refined dinner in her home. (Breakfast, Dinner).  

Day 8:  OCT 23, 2023:  Free day or Optional Tour:  Vendicari Natural Reserve-Marzamemi & Portopalo. We will visit the natural reserve of Vendicari, one of the most important nature reserves in Sicily, A natural paradise. Visit to the tonnara and the adjacent museum, beautiful description of the “mattanza”, the ancient tuna fishing.  Stop for lunch in a charming location by the sea with tasting of local products. We visit a small charming village of Arabic origin: Marzamemi, one of the prettiest seaside fishing villages which until today has been keeping its original colors and shapes. If we follow the road south we will end up at the very southeast corner of Sicily, Portopalo di Capopassero . Capo Passero, on Sicily’s southernmost tip, is one of those outposts of Europe on the border with the Mediterranean and Africa.  (Breakfast).
Day 09:  Oct 24, 2023: Depart Catania.  After breakfast we depart by private motor coach to the Catania airport for our flight to US. (B) End of our services.




PRE-TOUR TO THE TUSCIA REGION

Day 1:  OCT 13, 2023 - Departure from the USA. on your overnight flight to Italy

Day 2:  OCT 14, 2023 - Welcome to Italy!  Upon arrival, proceed through customs and collect your luggage. A Jet Vacations professional guide will personally greet you.  Welcome for your discovery of La Tuscia region.  'La Tuscia' occupies the northern part of Lazio and is the old name for the present-day province of Viterbo, right in between the two prime destinations of Tuscany and Rome.  This is the homeland of the great Etruscan civilization.  Check in followed by some free time while the rooms are getting ready.  Tonight, enjoy a welcome diner with the other group members. Overnight in the Viterbo area. (Dinner)

Day 3:  OCT 15, 2023:  Bolsena Lake – Civita di Bagnoregio – Montefiascone.  Enjoy breakfast at the Hotel. This morning, meet your guide and depart on a full day tour. Start your day visiting Civita di Bagnoregio, a secluded village accessible only by a footbridge built in 1965. Due to its isolation, the gradual erosion of the hill and the surrounding valley is threatening to wipe out the fraction of the so-called "dying city." The urban structure of the entire town is of Etruscan origin, consisting of thistles, while the entire architectural coating is of the medieval and renaissance era. Then proceed to explore lake Bolsena where you will stop for a traditional lunch to try the local gentle “olive oil” on traditional dishes. Transfer to Montefiascone, a city situated on top of a hill on the side of the crater of Lake Bolsena. Walk in the village and enjoy a guided tour of the Roman-Gothic Cathedral of St. Flaviano. Enjoy a wine tasting, in this winery town prior to returning to the Hotel and evening at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 4:  OCT 16, 2023:  Caprarola & Villa Lante 16th Century Gardens and Villa.  Enjoy breakfast at the Hotel. Experience on today’s tour, some of the most incredible jewels of Italian 16th century architecture. Visit Palazzo Farnese at Caprarola, the incredible wonder of an aristocratic fortified villa/retreat. Then sample some of the best regional recipes at a local farm house. In the afternoon, proceed and visit the Villa Lante in Bagnaia, featuring the incredible 16th century gardens of Villa Lante which are featured among the most significant in all of Italy. The venue, studded with fountains and waterworks, such as the famous stepping cascade which at the time was a status symbol for powerful Italian cardinals. Evening at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 5:  OCT 17, 2023: Tarquinia & flight to Palermo.  Breakfast and check out from your hotel.  One cannot leave this region without visiting the most important remains of the Etruscan era.  Reach the Necropolis of Tarquinia. the Etruscan capital known for its intense cultural life. Visit the amazing Necropolis covering more than 4 km of rough terrain. Thousands of tombs have been discovered here, and the bright colored paintings on the tombs have helped historian to discover secrets of Etruscan life. Enjoy a light lunch before proceeding to Rome airport for your short flight to Palermo to continue with your authentic discovery of Sicily. (Breakfast, Lunch)




POST-TOUR TO MALTA

Day 9:  Oct 24, 2023 - Siracusa – Catania - Malta
After breakfast, check out and transfer to the Catania airport for your short flight to Malta.  Upon arrival, collect your luggage. A Jet Vacations professional guide will personally greet you and take you to the lively streets of the capital city of Valletta. Our first stop will be the Barracca Gardens which are built on top of the defensive bastions that surround this majestic city. These gardens, built by the Knights of St.John, boast breathtaking views of the Grand Harbour and the fortified Three Cities. Next, go to St John`s Co-Cathedral that brims in riches with its contrasting decorated interior and also holds an impressive display of Baroque art, including the acclaimed Caravaggio painting that is on display in the Oratory of this opulent Cathedral. Then proceed with an interesting walk where we can appreciate the capital`s buildings of historical importance including the Grand Master`s Palace. Reach your Hotel in St. Paul’s Bay. Check in and dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10:  Oct 25, 2023 – Malta Medina – Marsaxlokk.
After Breakfast at Hotel, set out on a truly relaxing excursion in and around the old capital of Malta to discover the Medieval Medina. Walk the streets of this medieval town known as the 'silent city' while your guide unravels its rich history. Discover the secretive narrow winding streets to discover its dwarfed doorways, till you reach the city's bastions from where a stunning almost 360 degrees panoramic view of the island can be seen.  The tour continues with a visit to the Dingli cliffs, known as the highest cliffs on the island. From here, you can look out to the island of Filfla.. We then proceed to the serene bay of Marsaxlokk, the main fishing village in Malta. One cannot miss all the “luzzus”, which are the typical Maltese fishing boats, lined across the bay in their traditional colors that complement the ever-popular open-air market that is held daily along the promenade. Evening at leisure (Breakfast)

Day 11:  Oct 26, 2023 - Malta at Leisure
After breakfast spend the day at leisure today to relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches. We recommend an excursion by boat to visit the amazing Blue Grotto. (Breakfast)

Day 12:  Oct 27, 2023 - Gozo
After breakfast, we depart today for a special excursion, a unique way to see Malta's sister island, the natural and serene island of Gozo. After a mere 20-minute ferry crossing, you set foot on Gozo and you will notice that, although the islands are very similar, you can feel a sense of tranquility and harmony that is hard to match anywhere else. Our day starts at the megalithic temples of Ggantijja, known to be the oldest freestanding temples in the world, followed by the ramparts of the capital Victoria, the fortified City that dominates the island. As we approach sunset, we drive down to Dwejra where we capture the last rays of light as the sun disappears beyond the horizon and the remaining dark blues of the seas turn to an inky black. Ferry back to Malta and enjoy a lovely farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 13:  Oct 28, 2023 – Departure Day
After buffet breakfast, depart from the hotel to the airport for the flight back home. (Breakfast)

SICILY

PALERMO, CELAFÙ, ERICE, SIRACUSA, TAORMINA.

Travel Dates: OCT 16 -Oct 24, 2023

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