Unlock the mysteries of Egypt's ancient civilisation
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
4 to 12
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
|06 Aug 2019||19 Aug 2019||Fully Booked||AUD $9,815|
|10 Sep 2019||23 Sep 2019||Fully Booked||AUD $9,815|
|08 Oct 2019||21 Oct 2019||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $9,315|
|05 Nov 2019||18 Nov 2019||Available||AUD $9,315|
|03 Dec 2019||16 Dec 2019||Available||AUD $9,315|
|07 Jan 2020||20 Jan 2020||Available||AUD $9,315|
|04 Feb 2020||17 Feb 2020||Available||AUD $9,315|
|10 Mar 2020||23 Mar 2020||Available||AUD $9,315|
|26 May 2020||08 Jun 2020||Available||AUD $9,115|
|09 Jun 2020||22 Jun 2020||Available||AUD $9,115|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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]
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 Step Pyramid of Sakkara, believed to have been designed by the vizier of King Zoser, Imhotep. We'll then visit the Pyramids of Dahshur. Here we'll see the 'Bent' and 'Red' pyramids built by King Senefru. [B]
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]
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]
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]
SIt back and relax as our dahabiya sets sail for Edfu this morning, crossing the lock at Esna and continuing south. [B,L,D]
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]
Please note: Due to local laws and regulations, the only mode of transport available to visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu is by horse and carriage. Unfortunately, some neglectful owners cruelly mistreat their animals. While our guides always endeavour to arrange healthy, well-treated horses with responsible owners for our transport in Edfu, ultimately it is your decision if you wish to partake in the included sightseeing. If you do not wish to participate, you are welcome to explore Edfu independently, or stay on board the cruise to enjoy the ship’s facilities.
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]
Enjoy a day at leisure relaxing and taking in the landscape and local life as we cruise the Nile. [B,L,D]
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]
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]
Today we bid farewell to Egypt and begin our journey home. [B]