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  1. Day 1
    Arrive Istanbul
    Welcome to Istanbul! Make your way to our centrally-located hotel & check-in any time after 2pm, then get ready for a cultural & historical experience like no other.
    This afternoon, take time to relax or maybe do some exploring, then this evening we’ll meet up with your Tour Manager & travel buddies for your pre-trip kick start meeting – where you’ll learn all about the adventure you’re about to start.
    Istanbul is literally a city where East meets West & such a great place to visit. From icons like the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar & the Hagia Sofia, there is so much to be discovered here. You’ll discover them all (& more) on day 4, on our return to Istanbul from Gallipoli.
    Tonight, if you feel like exploring you could head to the Grand Baazar for some shopping - it’s an unforgettable shopping experience. Your Tour Manager will give you plenty of pointers about where to head. With carpets, jewellery, spices, music, electronics & more, the place is buzzing, so make sure you’ve got your haggling hat on as there are some amazing bargains to be had.
    If you’re up for it, you could experience a bit of Istanbul’s nightlife! Try your hand at backgammon in a sidewalk cafe & watch the crowds go by as you sip on Turkish coffee. Chill out in a tea garden, or take to the time-honoured tradition of the hammam (steam bath house) get scrubbed down on heated marble stones.
    Accommodations: Hotel

    Day 2
    Istanbul to Gallipoli
    This morning, we’ll start on our pilgrimage to the site of the region’s bloody battle, Gallipoli, where your ANZAC adventure begins. Access may be restricted during the afternoon, but we’ll have you in prime position to access the site as soon as it opens. Tonight feel the buzzing atmosphere with many other travellers as we "camp out" under the stars at ANZAC Cove, where World War I troops landed & await the Dawn service tomorrow morning.
    Note: Camping out at Anzac Cove will get chilly, and could be wet, so make sure you bring warm clothes, a waterproof jacket & a sleeping bag to keep you snug. There’s also 8kms of walking involved so bring your comfy walking shoes.
    Accommodations: Sleep under stars
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 3
    ANZAC Day at Gallipoli
    We’ll wake up before sunrise to experience the magical & very moving ANZAC Dawn Service, before we walk in the footsteps of the soldiers up the very same cliffs as the ANZAC troops did in 1915. We’ll pay our respects to the thousands of fallen heros later today - at Lone Pine we participate in the Australian Memorial Service, followed by the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair. After this truly unforgettable experience, we’ll return to Istanbul for our last night of the trip.
    Accommodations: Hotel

    Day 4
    Depart Istanbul
    After breakfast, we’ll head out to explore the city on a guided tour. There is so much to see & experience here so get ready for an action packed morning. First up, show you one of the city’s major draw cards & one of its iconic buildings, the stunning Blue Mosque. It’s an amazing building with a series of domes & minarets dominating the skyline, complete with a breathtaking interior of tens of thousands of blue tiles.
    You’ll stop for a look at the Hippodrome of Constantinople – an outdoor square once the centre of sporting & social events during the Byzantine (Roman) Empire. After this we’ll take a look at the famous Hagia Sofia church (now a museum) to give you a feel for the ancient Constantinian empire. We’ll then head the Basilica Cistern for a look at the ancient underground cisterns that lie beneath the city.
    Entry’s not included to the sights you’ll see & learn about today, but there’s the opportunity to enter if you wish, at an additional cost. Your 4-day ANZAC adventure ends back at the hotel at 12.30pm.
    Accommodations:
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Gallipoli
    Journey along the Sea of Marmara
    Visit ANZAC Cove
    Only Contiki: Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove
    Visit Lone Pine Cemetery
    Visit Chunuk Bair
    Istanbul
    Only Contiki: Fully guided walking tour of "Old" Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Hippodrome (entry to sites not included)
    Only Contiki: The Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge, the Spice Markets - discover Istanbul with our expert local guide
    See the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and Suleymaniye Mosque
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  3. Day 1, Windhoek
    Upon arrival into Windhoek airport you will be met and transferred to your private aircraft. This plane is now solely yours for the next 8 days as your pilot flies you around some of Namibia's best sights. Your first flight takes you across the desert into Sesriem where you will spend your first night. This rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax by the pool and begin acclimatising to the Namibian weather.
    no breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 2, Sesriem
    This morning take a guided tour of Sossusvlei, quite possibly the most iconic area of Namibia due to its spectacular landscape. your knowledgable guide will show you the hidden treasures of the desert including Deadvlei and the Sesriem Canyon. This afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy some optional activities or to just relax and enjoy your incredible surroundings.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 3, Swakopmund
    After breakfast take a scenic flight over the orange desert towards Swakopmund - Namibia's adrenalin capital! You will head to the coast passing over the many diamond camps, the inhospitable rugged coastline containing a number of shipwrecks before flying over Sandwich Harbour.

    Swakopmund, on Namibia’s rugged Skeleton Coast is a popular coastal town with a distinct German feel, its beautiful colonial architecture, stands in stark contrast to the surrounding Namib Desert. As well as a pristine beach, Swakopmund has excellent restaurants, bars and shops, and has fast become the adventure capital of Namibia - quad biking, sky diving, deep sea fishing and dune boarding are just a few of the activities on offer.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 4-5, Walvis Bay & Damaraland
    The morning of day 4 transfer to Walvis Bay in time for a fun filled Marine Cruise. Here you will go on open ski boats into the Walvis Bay harbour area, visit the oyster platforms and the seal colony at pelican point. Experience wild seals being hand fed and maybe have the opportunity to see dolphins as well. A light lunch with fresh oysters and sparkling wine is served before you return to the harbour. Later on, return to the aircraft for a scenic flight to Damaraland. The rest of the day and the whole of day 5 is spent exploring the Twyfelfontein area famous for it's incredible bushman paintings and a possible sighting of the ever elusive desert elephant.

    Damaraland is wild and rugged with incredible geological formations, towering mountains and the incredible Petrified Forest with its ancient uprooted blackened trees. Northern Damaraland is wonderful for game viewing, with its unique desert adapted black rhinos and elephants. In the south, iconic Gross Spitzkoppe and Brandberg mountains are home to a wealth of ancient rock art, although it is Twyfelfontein which has the most extensive and impressive rock art collection in Africa, with approximately 2500 Bushmen rock engravings and paintings dating back to 1000 AD.
    2 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinner included.
    Day 6-7, Etosha N.P.
    On the morning of day 6 fly to a private game reserve that borders Etosha National Park where you will spend the next 2 days on game drives in Namibia's most famous park.

    Established in 1907, Etosha was Namibia’s first conservation area and it’s one of the world’s finest game parks, home to many rare and endangered species. The Etosha Pan dominates the park which is usually dry, but fills with water briefly in the summer months, attracting pelicans and flamingos in particular. Periannual springs attract a variety of game and birds throughout the year, including the endangered black rhino and the endemic black face impala. A San legend about the formation of the Etosha Pan tells of how a village was raided and everyone but the women slaughtered. One woman was so upset about the death of her family she cried until her tears formed a massive lake. When the lake dried up nothing was left apart from a huge white pan.

    In the evening the floodlit waterholes are always teeming with the park's diverse inhabitants from rhino and elephant to giraffe, oryx, springbok, warthog and zebra. You may even be lucky enough to catch sight of lions who sometimes come down to the waterholes to drink.
    2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 2 dinner included.
    Day 8, Windhoek
    Depending on your international flight time, enjoy a final morning game drive before your private flight to Windhoek International Airport where you bid goodbye to your guide.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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  5. Day 1, Cairo
    Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday. Included transfer from Cairo airport, hotel check in.
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Dive the Red Sea
    This morning we venture to the Giza Plateau to explore the great pyramids and Sphinx in all their ancient glory. Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus are the sole survivors of the Seven Ancient Wonders. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are long gone, but the enduring pyramids have been attracting and mesmerising the hungry eyes of travellers since ancient times. Cheops (Khufu) is the oldest and biggest. It stood 146.5m high when it was completed in 2600BC. After 46 centuries, its height has only reduced by 9m! For a real Arabian experience, consider haggling for a camel ride. This evening we transfer to the Cairo bus station for our overnight bus to Dahab.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 3-8, Dahab
    Arrive Dahab, transfer to your hotel and check in. Later today we head down to our dive centre for introductions and to plan our week of diving. Diving in Dahab is essentially shore diving. With a few exceptions you’ll be driven by jeep to ‘gear up’ at water’s edge to start your dive. Dahab offers around 30 dive sites. Some of the very best are located just a few miles north of Dahab. Consider The Bells, Blue Hole and the Canyon.
    No meals included.
    Day 9, Dahab - Cairo
    Dahab - Cairo. Early this morning, bid farewell to Dahab and travel back to Cairo by public bus, arriving early this afternoon. Enjoy the remains of the day independently shopping and exploring Cairo.
    No meals included.
    Day 10, Cairo
    Hotel check out and included departure transfer to Cairo airport.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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  7. Day 1, Cairo
    Friday. Welcome to Egypt, arrival and transfer to hotel. Spend the remains of the day at leisure.
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Pyramids of Giza
    This morning visit the three great pyramids and Sphinx at the Giza Plateau. Sole survivors of the ancient Greek-listed seven wonders of the world, the pyramids at Giza Plateau are the planet's oldest tourist attraction. Explore this area on foot and then on camel back! In front of the pyramids sits the immense Sphinx, a statue with the face of a man and the body of a lion, carved out of the surrounding limestone bedrock.

    Located just a stone's throw from Giza, is tomb-strewn Saqqara. Partially covered tombs, drifting sands and pyramids dotted across the horizon give way to the centre piece - that of King Zhoser's step pyramid. Enjoy a guided tour of the site before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 3, The Egyptian Museum
    See the treasures of King Tutankhamen, mummies and more at the Egyptian Museum this morning. The museum is home to the most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. Arguably the most famous exhibit is the stunning solid gold funerary mask of the boy-King Tutankhamen.

    Continue your touring, visiting the Citadel, built by Salah-El-Din in the 12th century and the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar in the afternoon, where you can pick up some souvenirs.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 4, Dahabaya Cruising
    Monday. Cairo - Luxor. This morning take a short flight to the ancient city of Luxor. Short transfer to Esna and board the Dahabeya, your home for the next five nights, as you cruise the Nile in style. Meet your Captain, the crew and your fellow travellers for a welcome drink and introductory meeting with your Egyptologist guide.

    After lunch enjoy an afternoon tour to the East Bank. Sightseeing begins with a visit to Karnak Temple. Built over 4,000 years ago, Karnak’s immense Hypostyle Hall alone contains a phenomenal 134 towering columns of intricate stonework. Continue on to the magnificent Luxor Temple, a sumptuous monument, built over 4000 years ago for the worship of the God Amun.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 5, Luxor & the Valley of the Kings
    This morning there is the option of rising at dawn to take a hot air balloon flight over Luxor before starting your days touring. Today explore Luxor’s West Bank and the atmospheric Valley of the Kings, where the tombs of the once mighty pharaohs lie amongst the desert landscapes of the Nile Valley. The often highly decorated tombs, were constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the pharaohs awaiting their passage into the after-life. Some of the best known tombs are those of Ramses II, Seti I, Amenhotep II and of course, the tomb of King Tutankhamen. Also visit the Valley of the Queens and the magnificent mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, passing the imposing Colossi of Memnon en route. In the afternoon sail in direction of El Hagz Island and enjoy your dinner on board.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 6, The Temple of Horus
    At sunrise start sailing to Edfu where your private horse drawn carriage will take you from the boat to visit the legendary Temple of Horus, which is the largest and most completely preserved pharaonic, albeit Greek-built, temple in Egypt and one of the last monumental temples built on a large scale. the best preserved and second largest temple in Egypt. Return to the dahabeya and continue sailing to Farris Island.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 7, Kom Ombo
    This morning visit Kom Ombo - a masterpiece of Greco – Roman art in Egypt. This twin temple is dedicated to two distinct divinities, the falcon God and Sobek the crocodile God. Each of the two gods has their own entrance, court, chambers colonnade and sanctuary in this unusual double temple with its perfect symmetry. After your visit continue sailing toward Aswan. Relax on board and take in the sights along the Nile.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 8, Optional Abu Simbel & Aswan
    Early morning there is an opportunity to visit the spectacular temples of Abu Simbel by air – optional tour. Built by Ramses II, the setting of this magnificent structure, besides the shores of Lake Nasser makes it one of the most spectacular of Egypt’s ancient sites. This great Sun Temple was created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple (built between 1290 and 1224 BC) hewn into the side of a mountain are four famous colossal statues of the pharaoh himself. Please advise at the time of booking if you would like to take this excursion.

    Have lunch on the Dahabeya before visiting the High Dam - a modern feat in engineering, creating the world's largest artificial lake - Lake Nasser. Take a leisurely boat ride out to Agilika island for a guided tour of the the beautiful Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis.
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
    Day 9, Fly from Aswan to Cairo
    Aswan - Cairo. Today bid farewell to your fellow travellers and the crew and disembark the dahabeya after breakfast. Take an afternoon flight from Aswan back to Cairo. Transfer to your hotel and spend the remains of the day at leisure.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 10, Cairo
    Sunday. After breakfast transfer to Cairo airport for your ownward flight home.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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  9. Day 1, Tbilisi
    Upon arrival in Tiblisi you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of day free to enjoy at leisure.
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Tbilisi City Tour
    After breakfast you will embark on a city tour of Tiblisi taking in the Old Town. Starting with the 12th century Metekhi Temple and the 4th century Narikala fortress. You will also visit the Abanotubani bath houses, Sioni Cathedral and Anchiskhati Church, as well as the Georgian State Museum.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 3, Mtsheka - ancient capital of Georgia
    Tbilisi - Mtskheta. This morning you will be driven to Mtskheta, the ancient capital of Georgia and where Georgians first accepted Christianity in the early 4th century. The town and its architectural monuments are UNESCO-listed and today you will visit the Jvari Monastery that stands on a rocky hilltop, as well as the impressive Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and Samtavro Monastery.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 4, Armenia
    Mtskheta - Lake Sevan. Crossing the border this morning, continue to Lake Sevan, Armenia’s highest mountainous lake. Explore the remains of two churches on the peninsula before proceeding to the unique cave monastery of Geghard. Finish the day with a visit to the 1st century Roman Garni Temple.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 5, Khor Virap Monastery
    Today you’ll begin the day by visiting Khor Virap Monastery, a place of pilgrimage for Armenians all over the world. From here enjoy the stunning views of biblical Mt Ararat. Proceed to the Monastery of Noravank, one of the most splendid monuments of medieval Aremania, built in a naturally scenic spot of mountains. Later enjoy a tour of a brandy factory with three types of cognac on offer.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 6, Zvarnots Temple and Echmiadzon
    This morning you’ll visit the ruins of the Zvartnots Temple, which features a number of free-standing columns. Continuing on to Echmiadzin, considered one of Armenia’s holiest cities and home to the Supreme Catholics of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox faith.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 7, Yeravan
    Today marks the end of the tour with hotel check out and an airport departure transfer.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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