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Best of Egypt & Turkey

2 countries
13 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
5 October 2019 will experience the Sun Festival in Abu Simbel
Sun Festival, Special Departure
Our October 5, 2019 departure will experience this unique event. Ramses II built his temple at Abu Simbel so that the internal chamber would light up two times a year: once on the anniversary of his ascension to the throne (in February), and once on his birthday (in October). Every year on the Sun Festival, crowds gather before sunrise to observe the stream of light gradually sneaking through the stone and enlightening the statuettes of Ramses, Ra and Amun in the central chamber.
Immerse yourself in the incredible history of Turkey and Egypt. Discover the ancient civilisations and priceless treasures of bygone eras, indulge your senses in colourful market bazaars and explore the beautiful contrasting landscapes of these two unique countries.Turkish delightsOur tour of Turkey starts in Istanbul, where we explore this fascinating city. We'll visit the Topkapi Palace, the unique Blue Mosque, the famous Hippodrome, and the magnificent Basilica of St Sophia. Other highlights include Troy, where we'll visit the Trojan horse, and Ephesus, the largest ancient city ever uncovered.Natural wondersOur Turkish tour continues onto Pamukkale where, over the years, nature's hot springs have created many wonderful pools in the limestone cliff. We then travel on to Cappadocia to explore the surreal lunar-like landscape. It's full of 'fairy chimneys', or strange rock formations that have formed naturally after hundreds of years of erosion.Exciting EgyptFrom here our tour continues to Egypt. Beginning our tour of Egypt in Cairo, we see the Great Pyramids of Giza and the iconic Sphinx. We'll also take a Nile cruise, enjoying highlights along the way such as the temples of Karnak and Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, and Abu Simbel.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe & the Middle East. Taxes included
  • 4 economy-class flights within Europe & the Middle East
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Nile River cruise
  • Tipping Made Easy, $345pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 16 nights in good quality hotels (4-5 star)
  • 4 nights in an outside cabin on board a luxury Nile River cruise (5 star Egyptian standard)
  • 20 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 11 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based Tour Director in Turkey
  • English-speaking Egyptologist guides in Egypt

Sightseeing

Turkish Delights

  • Tour Istanbul's magnificent Topkapi Palace, once home to the great Sultans and their families.
  • Admire the interior walls of the unique Blue Mosque in Istanbul which are covered with twenty thousand blue Iznik tiles.
  • Walk across the Hippodrome, once the heart of Istanbul's political and sporting life.
  • Visit the Underground Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, the largest surviving Byzantium Cistern.
  • Enjoy some tastings of Turkey's unique flavours including coffee, turkish delights and baklava.
  • Browse at will through the stalls, with the scents of hundreds of spices permeating the air of the Istanbul Spice Bazaar.
  • Explore Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar. Built in 1457, it is one of the largest covered markets in the world.
  • Visit the World War I battlefields famous for the ANZAC involvement in the Gallipoli Campaign.
  • Stop in the town of Troy, one of the oldest discovered sites in Asia Minor.
  • Tour the ancient city of Pergamum, a small settlement during the Archaic Period which developed in to the capital of the Hellenistic Attalid Dynasty.
  • Watch a traditional turkish pide-making demonstration and taste this local treat!
  • Explore Ephesus, the largest Roman city ever uncovered.
  • Visit the House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed the Virgin Mary visited in her last days.
  • See the beautiful city of Aphrodisias, one of the finest archaeological sites in Turkey.
  • Visit the site of Hierapolis, meaning 'Sacred City', in Pamukkale.
  • See the unique natural site of Pamukkale - white calcareous castles are formed by limestone-laden thermal springs, creating the unbelievable formation of stalactites, potholes and cataracts.
  • See Catalh y k, the largest and best-preserved Neolithic site with spectacular artworks and wall paintings, dating back to approximately 5,700 BC.
  • Visit the Mevlana Museum and learn about the mystical religious order known as the Whirling Dervishes.
  • Visit the hidden monastic valley of Pasabagi, with a large number of carved rock houses and churches.
  • Travel to the fascinating G reme Valley, with its amazing moon-like setting. Over thousands of years, the rain has eroded this landscape to give rise to strange rock formations known as 'Fairy Chimneys'.
  • Visit one of Cappadocia's underground cities where, during the sixth century, the Christian inhabitants of this region began to tunnel into the large soft volcanic rock hills.
  • Explore the village of Avanos, famous for hand-made pottery.
  • Tour Istanbul's domed Basilica of St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia), which has inspired architects and religious leaders for almost 1,500 years.

Unlock the mysteries of Egypt's ancient civilisation

  • Spend two full days exploring Cairo, including the Great Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Mohammed Ali Mosque, Saladin Citadel of Cairo, the centuries-old Khan El Khalili bazaar and the Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun's priceless treasures.
  • Visit Memphis and the unique Step Pyramid of Sakkara.
  • Discover the amazing temples of Karnak and Luxor which were once linked by a 3kilometre long Avenue of Sphinxes.
  • Spend 4 nights on board a luxury cruise ship and travel down the majestic Nile River.
  • Tour the wonderfully preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu, Kom Ombo's beautiful riverside temples, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon and the Valley of the Kings.
  • Visit the stunning temples of Ramses ll and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel.
  • Experience a traditional galabeya party on board the Nile cruise.
  • Explore Aswan on a half-day tour, including the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Isis on Philae Island.
  • Spend a relaxing afternoon on a traditional felucca sail boat.
  • Visit Dahshur to see the 'Bent' and 'Red' pyramids.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
23
Price From
AUD $10,895
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
4 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
02 Feb 201924 Feb 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,170
02 Mar 201924 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,170
30 Mar 201921 Apr 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,470
08 Jun 201930 Jun 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,170
13 Jul 201904 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $9,920
24 Aug 201915 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $9,720
14 Sep 201906 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $9,920
05 Oct 201927 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $9,920
04 Jan 202026 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $10,420
01 Feb 202023 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $10,420
29 Feb 202022 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $10,420
28 Mar 202019 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,920
06 Jun 202028 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $10,120
ItineraryExpand
Best of Egypt & Turkey

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Istanbul

Welcome to magical Istanbul, the city where East meets West, at the border of Asia and Europe. Meet your fellow travellers and tour director tonight for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Istanbul

After breakfast we explore the opulent Topkapi Palace, once home to the great sultans. We'll also visit the iconic Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and Hippodrome, test our bargaining skills at the aromatic Spice Bazaar and browse the ornate stalls of the famous Grand Bazaar. Tonight we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Special Experience: Taste some Turkish delicacies. Think baklava and Turkish coffee, and of course, Turkish delight!

Please note: The Basilica Cistern is currently under renovations and may partly be without water.

Please note: The Blue Mosque is currently undergoing renovations and therefore will be partly covered in scaffolding

Day 4. Istanbul - Gallipoli - anakkale

A day close to the hearts of many Australians. We make our way to Gallipoli to pay homage to the spirit of the Anzacs at Anzac Cove, the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, and Johnston's Jolly. [B,D]

Day 5. anakkale - Troy - Kusadasi

This morning we visit Troy, where the legend of the wooden horse was born, before continuing to the ancient temple of Asclepion. [B,L]

Special Experience: For lunch we'll watch a traditional Turkish pide-making demonstration and taste this local delicacy fresh from the oven.

Day 6. Ephesus Excursion

Step back in time as we visit Ephesus, the largest Roman city ever uncovered. We'll walk through the streets, passing by the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Artemis and the Sacred House of the Virgin Mary, where she is reputed to have spent her last days. [B]

Day 7. Kusadasi - Pamukkale

We travel to Pamukkale via Aphrodisias and its famed Sculpture School. It's also home to the largest stadium in the Classical world. [B,D]

Day 8. Pamukkale - Konya

Today we explore the amazing landscape of Hierapolis, an ancient Greek city sitting on top of the site of Pamukkale. Over a period of 14,000 years, nature has created a unique grouping of hot springs that cascade over a cliff, forming calcium-rich pools. [B]

Day 9. Konya - Cappadocia

Today we'll see Catalh y k, the largest and best-preserved Neolithic site, with its spectacular wall paintings. We also visit the Mevlana Museum and learn about the mystical religious sect known as the Whirling Dervishes. [B,D]

Day 10. Cappadocia

Greet the day in enchanting Cappadocia. Today we visit the hidden monastic valley of Pasabagi and a traditional carpet factory to learn about the region's beautiful Turkish carpets. This afternoon we explore the G reme Valley, situated amongst the 'fairy chimney' rock formations. [B,D]

Day 11. Cappadocia - Istanbul

This morning we visit the village of Avanos, known for its ceramic art dating back to the 12th century BC.

Special Experience: For lunch we will take a cooking class with a local family.

We then explore one of the underground cities for which Cappadocia is famous, before our flight back to Istanbul. [B,L]

Day 12. Istanbul - Cairo - Giza

After breakfast we visit the magnificent Basilica of Hagia Sophia, built in 532 AD by Constantine the Great. This afternoon we fly to Egypt and its sprawling capital, Cairo. [B,D]

Day 13. Giza

Our touring in Egypt begins at the oldest structures in existence, the amazing Great Pyramids of Giza. We'll visit the nearby Great Sphinx, with the body of a lion and the head of a king, often referred to as the national symbol of Egypt. We'll also discover the ancient capital of Memphis and the incredible Step Pyramid of Sakkara. [B]

Day 14. Cairo Excursion

Today we visit the 12th century Saladin Citadel of Cairo and the Mohammed Ali Mosque. We'll then discover the 14th century souk, Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. This afternoon we'll visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun's priceless treasures. [B]

Day 15. Cairo - Luxor - Nile Cruise

This morning we fly to Luxor in Upper Egypt. Here we'll explore the fascinating Karnak Temple, once linked to Luxor Temple by a 3km-long Avenue of Sphinxes. [B,L,D]

Embark Cruise: This afternoon we board our Nile River cruise ship.

Day 16. Nile Cruise

Special Experience: Our first stop is the Valley of the Kings. Carved deep into the limestone rock, each tomb has a similar pattern of three corridors, an antechamber and a sarcophagus chamber. We'll be able to descend into the tombs to see examples of the elaborate and well-preserved hieroglyphic paintings. [B,L,D]

Day 17. Nile Cruise

This morning we visit the magnificent Temple of Horus, dedicated to the Falcon God. This beautiful ancient temple is one of the best-preserved in Egypt. We'll then cruise to the riverside Temple of Kom Ombo. Tonight we'll experience a traditional galabeya party on board. [B,L,D]

Day 18. Abu Simbel Excursion

Special Experience: An early start this morning to cross the desert. Our destination is the incredible twin temples of Abu Simbel. The temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II as a monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari. [B,L,D]

Day 19. Nile Cruise - Aswan

Disembark Cruise: We disembark and explore Aswan.

Highlights of our sightseeing include the High Dam, the picturesque Temple of Isis on Philae Island, and the Unfinished Obelisk. This afternoon we'll relax on a cruise along the Nile on board a traditional felucca. [B]

Day 20. Aswan - Cairo

Today we fly back to Cairo and visit the Pyramids of Dahshur. Here we'll see the 'Bent' and 'Red' pyramids built by King Senefru. [B]

Day 21. Cairo

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cairo before our group farewell dinner this evening. [B,D]

Day 22. Depart Cairo

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 23. Arrive Australia