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Discover the Pharaohs

1 country
4 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
7-night dahabiya Nile River cruise
? NEW TOUR!Discover the authentic side of Egypt as you uncover the significant and historic sights of Cairo and Giza including the famous Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. Relax on a 7-night cruise along the Nile River on a luxuriously appointed dahabiya. Explore the stunning ancient temples of Luxor and Kom Ombo, and be amazed by the scale of Abu Simbel. Cairo's beating heartJoin an expert Egyptologist guide as you stand in awe of the iconic structure of Egypt, including the Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. Head to the energetic beating heart of Cairo to dig deeper into Egypt's history as we uncover the many priceless treasures and artefacts in the Egyptian Museum. Get a true taste of local culture as we discover Cairo's rich cuisine at a local cooking class and enjoy our culinary creations for lunch. Experience Egyptian eleganceWind down in boutique accommodation at a deluxe guest house away from the general tourist areas in Cairo. Board an opulent dahabiya in Luxor to spend 7 nights sailing the magnificent Nile. Take in the fascinating life here as we meander along, enjoying highlights along the way such as the Valley of the Kings and the temples of Karnak, Luxor, Horus and Kom Ombo. Disembark the cruise and head to the airport to fly to the spectacular Abu Simbel, before finishing the tour back in lively Cairo.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Egypt. Taxes included
  • 3 economy-class flights within Egypt
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Nile River cruise
  • Tipping Made Easy, $235pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 4 nights in a deluxe guesthouse (4-5 star)
  • 7 nights in an outside cabin on board a luxury dahabiya Nile River cruise (5 star Egyptian standard)
  • 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking Egyptologist guides

Porterage

  • Porterage include where available

Sightseeing

Unlock the mysteries of Egypt's ancient civilisation

  • Visit the awe-inspiring Great Pyramids of Giza. Our tour includes plenty of time to soak up the power of these magnificent structures before we visit a nearby vantage point and then continue on to the famous Sphinx.
  • Visit the world-renowned Egyptian Museum whose priceless artefacts include those of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen.
  • Unwind on a seven-night luxury dahabiya cruise on the Nile from Luxor to Aswan.
  • Explore the West Bank, including the Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of the Kings (where we enter some of the tombs of the pharaohs) and the massive Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
  • Visit the beautiful Luxor and Karnak Temples, where each year elaborate festivals and ceremonies were performed to appease the gods.
  • Travel to the magnificent Temple of Horus (the Falcon God) in Edfu.
  • Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo which currently displays some of the crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity.
  • Explore Aswan including the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and the beautiful Temple of Isis on Philae Island.
  • Visit the stunning temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel. This is a must-see while in Egypt, which most other companies offer only as an optional extra. We include it!
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
14
Price From
AUD $9,945
Start Location
Egypt
End Location
Egypt
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
2 to 12
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
05 Feb 201918 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $9,465
05 Mar 201918 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $9,465
02 Apr 201915 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $9,465
11 Jun 201924 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $9,165
09 Jul 201922 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $9,465
06 Aug 201919 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $9,465
10 Sep 201923 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $9,465
08 Oct 201921 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $9,765
05 Nov 201918 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $9,665
03 Dec 201916 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $9,665
07 Jan 202020 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $9,665
04 Feb 202017 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $9,665
10 Mar 202023 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $9,665
26 May 202008 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $9,465
09 Jun 202022 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $9,465
ItineraryExpand
Discover the Pharaohs

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

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Cairo

Welcome to Cairo, the sprawling capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa. This evening we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner to meet our fellow travellers. [D]

Day 3. Giza Excursion

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 then visit the Pyramids of Dahshur. Here we'll see the 'Bent' and 'Red' pyramids built by King Senefru. [B]

Day 4. Cairo

After breakfast we head to the lively heart of Cairo to visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun's priceless treasures and many other historic artefacts.

Special Experience: Delve into the magnificent cuisine of Cairo as we take a local cooking class and enjoy our culinary creations for lunch.

Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. [B,L]

Day 5. Cairo - Luxor - Nile Cruise

This morning we fly to Luxor in Upper Egypt.

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

Special Experience: We set off on our opulently appointed dahabiya, where we will spend the next week sailing in luxury.

We cross the Nile to the West Bank and Valley of the Kings and explore some of the tombs carved deep into the limestone rock. Each tomb is elaborately painted with rich colours and hieroglyphics, honouring the tomb's occupants. We next continue to the adjacent Valley of the Queens, the impressive necropolis for Egypt's ancient queens. We also visit the Temple of Medinet Habu, housing incredibe reliefs of the defeat of the Sea People during Ramses III reign. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Nile Cruise

Today we'll discover the fascinating Karnak Temple, dedicated to the Pharaoh Amun. Approximately 30 pharaohs contributed to the temple's structure over time, which explains its monumental size! We'll then visit Luxor Temple, once connected to Karnak Temple by a 3-kilometre-long Avenue of Sphinxes. Luxor Temple is also home to a 25-metre pink granite obelisk, which was part of a matching pair until the 1830s when one was given to France. It now stands in the centre of the Place de la Concorde in Paris. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Nile Cruise

SIt back and relax as our dahabiya sets sail for Edfu this morning, crossing the lock at Esna and continuing south. [B,L,D]

Day 8. 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 and the second-largest after Karnak Temple. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Nile Cruise

We cruise to the riverside Temple of Kom Ombo today, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Harris, before continuing to Aswan this evening. [B,L,D]

Day 10. Nile Cruise

Enjoy a day at leisure relaxing and taking in the landscape and local life as we cruise the Nile. [B,L,D]

Day 11. Nile Cruise

This morning we'll explore Aswan. Highlights of our sightseeing include the High Dam, the Old Dam and the picturesque Temple of Isis on Philae Island. This beautifully tranquil temple is the perfect spot to spend some time simply enjoying your surrounds. [B,L,D]

Day 12. Nile Cruise

Disembark Cruise: We farewell the crew ready for more incredible sightseeing.

Special Experience: This morning we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to visit the incredible twin temples of Abu Simbel. The temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari.

Later we return to Cairo and enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 13. Depart Cairo

Today we bid farewell to Egypt and begin our journey home. [B]

Day 14. Arrive Australia