TTT, Turkey, Tel Aviv & Tanzania

Product Code: F-3059

Trip Duration

16 Days / 15 Nights

Price From

8,652

Istanbul | Cappadocia | Tel Aviv | Jerusalem | Arusha | Serentegi Natl Park | Ngorongoro

Highlights and Experiences:

  • Comprehensive sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with licensed, English speaking guides
  • Hotels as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Private transfers and touring as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

 

Full Itinerary

Welcome to Istanbul and the
first leg of “Turkey, Tanzania & Tel Aviv!”When you arrive in
Istanbul you’ll be met by your driver transferred to your hotel.  The
balance of the day is yours to explore the city. Overnight.

Arrive in Istanbul

Your first day of touring, with your private guide,  will focus on the
Old City as it was in the days of Justinian and the other Roman Emperors.
First up is the site of the famous Hippodrome. Walk to Sultan Ahmet Camii, better
known to us as The Blue Mosque. Then visit Aya Sophia, the great church built
by the Emperor Justinian. After a private and instructive tour, you’ll be
taken to the impressive Underground Cistern created by the Romans (fans of
the James Bond movie “From Russia with Love” will recall that Bond
paddled across the cistern to spy on the Russian Embassy.) Visit the
legendary Topkapi Sarayi,  begun by Mehmet the Conqueror, a supreme
example of Ottoman architecture. Return to your hotel at the end of your
tour. Overnight. (B)Istanbul

This morning your personal guide will meet you at your hotel for your next
tour. The day starts with the impressive 5th century Theodosian Walls and the
nearby Kariye Museum, once a church dating back to the reign of Constantine
the Great in the 4th century. Now it’s a museum famous for its superb
mosaics. Continue your morning sightseeing with a visit to the grand
Suleymaniye Mosque.  Conclude with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, a unique
covered market with over 4,000 shops nearly everything under the sun!
This afternoon you’re off to Asia! Cross the Bosphorus Bridge from the
European side of Istanbul to Asia where you’ll visit the Beylerbeyi Palace,
built in the late 19th-century as a summer residence for the sultan.
Return to the Hotel for the evening. (B)
Istanbul

Transfer to the Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your flight from Istanbul

to Kayseri and  drive to the land of wonders that is Cappadocia
.
The region’s unique landscape of
multicolored pinnacles and lunar rock formations known as “Fairy
Chimneys

are hollowed out with Byzantine
churches, monasteries and entire subterranean “cave towns.” Your first stop
will be Devrent Valley with a famous animal-shaped fairy chimney. Here
there are streets lined with handsome stone-built 18th-century Ottoman
mansions. Continue to Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting
mushroom-shaped pinnacles followed by the rock-carved churches of Göreme
National Park, like an open-air museum. Check in at your hotel.
Overnight.(B)

Istanbul / Cappadocia

This might be your favorite day while in Turkey!  Start your day early
for a thrilling hot air balloon ride!  Depart from the hotel at
09.30-10.00 (depending on the arrival time of the balloon ride) for a tour
including a hike through the Rose Valley along one of the most breathtakingly
and mysteriously beautiful valleys in the region. Afterwards visit the old
Christian village of Cavusin. Continue to the village of Avanos at the banks
of the Red River “Kizilirmak”, the center of handmade pottery made from clay
obtained from the river next to the village. These potters have been
practicing their craft for more than 4,000 years! This afternoon drive to see
the Kaymakli Underground City of Kaymakli and visit the Ortahisar natural
rock castle. Return to your hotel. Overnight.(B)Cappadocia

Breakfast at the hotel, free day at leisure till flight
time.  Transfer to Kayseri Airport for your flight to Tel Aviv via
Istanbul.Tel Aviv
The second leg of your journey brings you to one of the world’s most
exciting cities, Tel Aviv. Rich with history, Tel Aviv is also a modern city
with cafes, museums, art galleries and a pulsating nightlife!  Your
visit here also includes time in ancient Jerusalem.Upon arrival in Tel Aviv,
you will be met and transferred to the Carlton Tel Aviv Hotel. Overnight.
(B)Cappadocia/ Tel Aviv

After breakfast, you’ll begin a walking tour of Tel Aviv, center of
business, arts and entertainment of Israel. Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO
World Heritage site for its many Bauhaus style buildings which are famous
around the world for setting the architectural tone of the city. You’ll
stroll down Rothschild Boulevard, admire the unique buildings that surround
the boulevard that led to Tel Aviv’s nickname of the ‘White City’. A stop at
Rabin Square marking the place where Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was killed.
From here you will drive to Old Jaffa, one of the oldest port cities in the
world where you’ll visit the ancient ruins and walk through the Artist’s
Quarter. You’ll return to Tel Aviv for an overnight. (B)Tel Aviv

This morning it’s off one of the most famous cities in Israel, Caesarea.
Once the Roman capital of the region, you’ll have time to explore the ancient
excavations including the aqueduct and amphitheater as well as the city of
the Crusaders. At the end of your tour, you’ll return to Tel Aviv with time
to explore the city on your own. Overnight. (B)Tel Aviv / Caesarea / Tel
Aviv

Today, transfer from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Upon arrival, check in at the
American Colony Hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to walk Jerusalem’s
ancient streets, shop in the markets or unwind at the hotel. Overnight.
(B)Tel Aviv / Jerusalem

Begin the day with a drive to the Mount of Olives for a stunning panoramic
view of the city. You’ll visit the Church of All Nations as well as King
David’s Tomb and the room of the Last Supper.   Returning to the
city, you will enter Jerusalem’s Old City via the Cardo, the ancient Roman
road. Visit the Jewish and Christian quarters, view Temple Mount and walk
along the Via Dolorosa. You’ll also have time to stroll the oriental bazaar
and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Yad Vashem, the Jewish
Holocaust Memorial Museum. Overnight.(B)
Jerusalem

Today, transfer from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv for your flight to
Tanzania.Tanzania
The third and final leg your program brings you to Tanzania, home of
Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, the Serengeti and the Big Five!Welcome to Tanzania!
Upon arrival, you will be met by your driver and transferred to Arusha for
dinner and overnight at the Arumeru River Lodge. (B,D)
Jerusalem / Tel Aviv / Arusha – Tanzania

This morning fly from Arusha to the world-famous Serengeti National Park.
Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in
the world, unequaled for its natural beauty and scientific value, it has the
greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. Established in 1952, the
park is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the great
migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah,
elephant, giraffe, zebras, Nile Crocodiles and birds is also among the best
in the world.The park covers 5,700 sq miles, (it’s larger than Connecticut,
with at most a couple of hundred vehicles driving around at any given time as
access is tightly controlled.Your stay here includes two days game drives,
with picnic lunch. Dinners will be served at your hotel, Grumeti Hills.
(B,L,D)Arusha / Serengeti National Park Safari 2 Days – 1 Night

Today you’ll experience a full day game drive in Ngorongoro Conservation
area with a picnic lunch. Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania
is home to the volcanic Ngorongoro Crater and of course, the “Big 5”
(elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino). Huge herds of wildlife traverse
its plains where the Maasai Tribe lives side by side on the land. In the
evening, you’ll enjoy a very special moment when a member of the Maasai Tribe
walks with you to see the sunset. Dinner will be served at your hotel, the
Oluvai Camp. (B,L,D)
Serengeti / Ngorongoro

Another exciting day in Tanzania as you continue your exploration by
Ngorongoro Crater with another fabulous picnic lunch and dinner at the hotel.
The Ngorongoro Crater and the highlands that surround it create one of the
most breathtaking vistas in all of Africa. Volcanic craters form stunning
backdrops to some of the richest grazing grounds in Africa.  The most
famous is Ngorongoro, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and home to
the highest density of big game in Africa – including of course the Big 5
making Ngorongoro one of the continent’s most sought after safari
destinations. (B,L,D)Ngorongoro

Today you head back to Arusha where you will enjoy lunch at Rivertrees
before being transferred to the Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home or
possibility to extend your stay. (B)Ngorongoro / Arusha Departure