Explore Athens, the capital of Greece and the birthplace of the Olympics so rich in mythology and history. From the colorful markets to the ancient monuments, enjoy the fantastic scenery while visiting the ancient ruins. Start your tour with Constitution Square and the Parliament. Continue to the Acropolis which stands as the ultimate architectural and artistic expression of the ancient Athenian spirit. Visit the stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held. In the afternoon, drive along the scenic coastal road and enjoy a panoramic view of the Saronic Gulf. Once you arrive in Cape Sounion, visit the Temple of Poseidon - the highlight of the tour. Athens is a perfect destination for people seeking to discover the culture and history of this land.
Uncover myths, mysteries and ancient monuments so epic they are known around the world with this private guided tour through the land of the Pharaohs. Walk in the footsteps of the ancient kings and queens of Egypt as you discover the breathtaking remnants of their legendary civilization in Cairo and the former capital of the Egyptian Kingdom of Thebes, Luxor. Led by your own private Egyptologist and driver you’ll experience all the fascinating relics of ages past that Cairo has to offer. You’re sure to be awestruck at the sheer magnificence of ancient Memphis, Saqqara, the Sphinx and 1 of the 7 Wonders of the World –the Great Pyramids of Giza. Afterwards it’s a quick flight to Luxor, often referred to as “the world’s greatest open air museum.” Tour King Tut’s Burial place before traveling back to Cairo and seeing the spectacular treasures uncovered in his tomb Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. Spend your last evening dining at a traditional Egyptian restaurant and touring the lively night bazaars for souvenirs. Featuring elegant & exotic hotels in the finest locations, private Egyptologist guide, driver, traditional Egyptian cuisine, all internal flights, 24/7 Kensington support and much more.
NOTE; Travel in Egypt often involves early-morning starts, designed to avoid crowds and the hottest midday hours. It can be hot, especially in June, July and August, but there is virtually no humidity and evening temperatures cool off dramatically. Egypt is a moderate secular state, well used to hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. While you will want to avoid revealing clothing, loose shorts and short-sleeved shirts are fine for both genders.
An airport transfer with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, ferry tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure as you relax at your hotel or enjoy the city sites.
This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides take you to the city centre to see Constitution Square, the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, and the National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus Street, you will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis you will see Hadrian's Arch, visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and have a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. On the Acropolis you will visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens, the Propylaea , the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally the monument that 'puts order in mind', the Parthenon.
Enjoy a half day private tour to Sounion. Drive along the scenic coastal road which affords a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf, passing through some of Athens' most beautiful suburbs (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) to Cape Sounion where you will visit the 5th century B.C Temple of Poseidon with one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world (on a clear day you can see at least seven islands). This tour takes around 4 hours. Entrance fee to Cape Sounion is included.
You will be met in the tunnel by an airport representative who will in turn facilitate the visa process (included in tour cost), escort you through customs and immigration, off to baggage claim and finally to passenger pick up. It is here that you will connect with a representative associate who will arrange airport transfer to your hotel.
Transfer to/from Cairo Airport in private vehicle with English speaking driver.
Enjoy this tour which explores the relics of past ages, and includes visits to the ancient Memphis, Saqqara, the Solar Boat, Chephren Pyramid and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Already millennia old by the birth of Christ, the elaborate statues and astonishing scale of these sites will amaze all who visit. This tour also features the famous Sphinx, whose constructor still remains unknown, but its sheer beauty and allure has mystified the likes of Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte. This tour includes a private vehicle, a driver, a trained Egyptologist, and entry to either the Chephren (Khafre) or Menkaure (Mycerinus) pyramids, as well as the Solar Boat. Entrance to the Pyramids is not included. Be aware that a limited number of people are allowed inside the Pyramids daily.
Enjoy a buffet lunch at a great local restaurant.
Take your flight from Cairo to Luxor. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
Airport transfer with a private vehicle and English-speaking driver in Luxor.
Enjoy a private tour with a qualified Egyptologist guide exploring the East Bank of Luxor. Visit the most impressive temples of Karnak and Luxor, while learning about ancient Egyptian history from your own personal guide. Start your day with a visit to the Temples of Karnak. Walk along the Avenue of Sphinx to enter the complex as your guide explains how the massive facade was constructed. Continue to Luxor Temple which was once joined to the Temples of Karnak by a two-kilometre long Avenue of Sphinx, a portion of which marks the entrance to the temple. Your private guide will offer interpretation and guide you through the most important parts of the temples.
This morning you will meet up with your guide and explore some of the most incredible sites of the country. You will visit the Valley of the Kings where you will have the chance to explore three tombs. For a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the kings and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, opposite modern Luxor. Then it's off to the nearby Valley of the Queens and also the recently renovated mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut was the second pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Ancient Egypt. She is generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty. The tour includes a visit to the huge Colossi of Memnon which are all that remain of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III.
Done in conjunction with the West Bank private tour. Enter the famous tomb of King Tutankhamen.
Take your early morning flight from Luxor to Cairo. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
Delve into the historical background of Egypt on a half day private tour with a trained Egyptologist guide through the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and its Mummy Room, which houses a priceless treasure of archaeological finds. This location holds the tomb of the King Tut, Egypt's most famous teenage King! Entrance to the mummies room is included.
Learn more about Egypt’s modern history today with a private guided tour of Tahrir Square; the largest square in Modern Cairo. Adjacent to some of the major attractions including the Egyptian Museum, as well as other important institutions. The square was originally called Midan Ismailia Square, after the 19th-century ruler Khedive Ismail, who commissioned the new downtown district's 'Paris on the Nile' design. After the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 the square became widely known as Tahrir (Liberation) Square. Traditionally, it is the site for numerous major protests and demonstrations over the years, including the 1977 Egyptian Bread Riots, the March 2003 protest against the War in Iraq and the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution against former president Hosni Mubarak in Cairo. Your expert local guide will share stories with you about the people and what Cairo was like during their recent uprising.
During this evening tour, enjoy a delicious Egyptian dinner at Naguib Mafouz, located in the heart of the Khan Khalili bazaar in Cairo. Stroll down the newly opened Al Moaz Street and view the largest concentration of medieval architectural treasures from the Islamic world. Also included in this tour is entrance to Beit El Seheimy. Normally, this location would be closed to the public during the evening, but this exclusive tour allows for entrance inside. This tour includes a private vehicle, driver and english speaking guide.
Philippos Hotel (3*) Athens offers peaceful surroundings along with modern services to give you the feeling of a luxurious holiday. It is the most ideally located hotel in the heart of the old city district, only a two minute walk from the Acropolis, the Plaka, the Herodus Atticus ancient theatre and the new museum of the Acropolis. The 50 guestrooms and suites are fine, luminous, decorated in a modern style, softened by elegant fabrics and ambient lighting. Breakfast is being served at the coffee shop, as well as drinks and beverages, all day long. Moreover, the lounge is a perfect place to enjoy a book, a friendly chat, with a cup of cappuccino from the coffee shop.
Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa is beautifully set in its own landscaped gardens with an unrivaled and time-honored location, less than one kilometer from the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids, one of the seven ancient wonders of the World and only twenty minutes from Cairo's city center. With optimum taste and comfort in mind, the state of the art rooms and suites are generously sized, offering the latest in-room facilities and services. Non-smoking rooms and rooms modified for disabled guests are also available. Recreation and entertainment facilities include a health and fitness center, a heated outdoor pool (seasonal), tanning beds and live entertainment.
The Steigenberger Nile Palace lies on the banks of the Nile, not far from the Temple of Luxor. Here, amid ancient sites and archaeologically significant finds, you can enjoy the special atmosphere and comfort of a top quality modern hotel. Stay at the Steigenberger Nile Palace while exploring the cultural diversity of the region. Enjoy the hotel’s many leisure activities including a health club and tennis courts, or take a gentle stroll along the main boulevard. The culinary variety in the four hotel restaurants leaves nothing to be desired: international buffets, Italian and Thai cuisines, Lebanese dishes and grill specialties.
The Marriott Hotel Cairo is located in the heart of Cairo with an exotic garden setting built around a 19th century palace on an island in the Nile River in downtown Cairo. The hotel is surrounded by the sights and sounds that makes Cairo the most popular destination in the Middle East for leisure travelers and is a perfect base for exploring historic Cairo. The rooms are well appointed, with splendid views of the city and the Nile. The city of Cairo is a bustling source of amusement and history, including the Pyramids, but you may also enjoy staying on the hotel grounds and making use of the fitness center or swimming pools.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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