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Egypt & Cyprus

2 countries7 game drives
6 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
4-night Nile River cruise
Combine the incredible wonders of ancient Egypt with the multilayered beauty, history and culture of Mediterranean Cyprus. See the Great Pyramids, cruise the Nile, taste traditional delicacies and discover both the North and South sides of fascinating Cyprus.Explore Cairo, cruise the NileOur tour starts in ancient Egypt where we visit all the must-see sights as well as enjoy a 4-night Nile cruise. Highlights include; the Great Pyramids of Giza, the iconic Sphinx, the unique step pyramid of Sakkara, the Khan El Khalili bazaar, the world-famous Egyptian Museum, the impressive Valley of the Kings and the stunning temples of Abu Simbel.Byzantine Castles & Olive Pies
Welcome to Cyprus, an island rich in history and culture, and one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean. We'll explore medieval Castles and fortresses dating back to the Byzantine era, travel to the spectacular TroodosMountains, and take a 4WD Jeep safari to discover the natural wonders of the Akamas Peninsula. Along the way savour the unique tastes of Cyprus including olive pie making, locally baked haloumi cheese pastries, traditional wines & liqueurs and dinner on a beautiful sunset yacht cruise of the Mediterranean.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to the Middle East and Europe. Taxes included
  • 3 economy-class flights within the Middle East & Europe
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding 4WD jeep in Akamas)
  • Nile River cruise
  • Tipping Made Easy, $295pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 14 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)
  • 18 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking Egyptologist guides in Egypt
  • English-speaking local driver and guide in Cyprus

Porterage

  • Porterage included 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 incredible Step Pyramid of Sakkara, the nearby giant statue of Ramses II and the old capital of Memphis.
  • Visit the beautiful Luxor and Karnak Temples, where each year elaborate festivals and ceremonies were performed to appease the gods.
  • 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.
  • Unwind on a four-night luxury cruise on the Nile from Luxor to Aswan.
  • Travel to the magnificent Temple of Horus (the Falcon God) in Edfu, the Temple of Kom Ombo which currently displays some of the crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity, the laidback town of Aswan where we visit the beautiful Temple of Isis on Philae Island, the Unfinished Obelisk and the High Dam.
  • 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!
  • Experience a traditional galabeya party on board the Nile cruise.
  • Explore Aswan including the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and the beautiful Temple of Isis on Philae Island.
  • Relax on a traditional felucca sailboat in Aswan as you cruise around Kitchener's Island.
  • Visit the world-renowned Egyptian Museum whose priceless artifacts include those of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen.
  • Get a fascinating insight into current Egyptian life as you visit the Mohammed Ali Mosque, the Saladin Citadel of Cairo and the centuries-old Khan El Khalili bazaar.

Get a taste of the Mediterranean

  • Discover the city of Limassol on a full day sightseeing tour including the medieval Castle of Kolossi and the ancient Kingdom of Kourion.
  • Visit the Olive Park and try some local dishes over tastings.
  • Witness a traditional Cypriot olive pie-baking demonstration. Help prepare the dough and taste it fresh from the fourni.
  • Explore the harbour and the medieval fortress of Kyrenia, which houses some of the world's oldest shipwrecks and dates back to the Byzantine era.
  • Tour the town of Nicosia including the 16th century Venetian Walls and the Famagusta Gate.
  • Enjoy some free time to stroll through the cobblestone streets of Laiki Geitonia.
  • Enjoy a full day tour to explore rural Cyprus, including Kykkos, the Troodos Mountains and Omodos.
  • View the monastery of Kykkos and visit the tomb of Archbishop Makarios III in Throni.
  • Try a selection of the local wines and liqueurs at a tasting in Omodos.
  • Explore the picturesque village of Omodos.
  • Enjoy a haloumi cheese pie baking demonstration at the famous Omodos Bakery.
  • Stop at the birthplace of goddess Aphrodite-Cypria, the beautiful beach of Petra tou Romiou.
  • Tour the heritage-listed town of Paphos including the Tombs of the Kings and the Paphos Archaeological Park, home to mosaics of the Roman period.
  • Stroll along Paphos' beautiful Limanaki (harbour).
  • Discover the natural beauty of Akamas, one of the most beautiful spots on the island, on a 4WD Jeep safari.
  • Farewell the Mediterranean on a sunset yacht cruise with dinner, drinks and music.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
21
Price From
AUD $11,165
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
04 Mar 201924 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $10,430
01 Apr 201921 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $10,430
03 Jun 201923 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $10,430
08 Jul 201928 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $10,710
19 Aug 201908 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $10,510
09 Sep 201929 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $10,710
30 Sep 201920 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $10,910
11 Nov 201901 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $10,910
24 Feb 202015 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $10,710
23 Mar 202012 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,910
25 May 202014 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $10,910
ItineraryExpand
Egypt & Cyprus

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

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Cairo - Giza

Welcome to Cairo, the sprawling capital of Egypt. This evening we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner in Giza. [D]

Day 3. Giza

Our touring in Egypt begins at the oldest structures in existence, the amazing Great Pyramids of Giza. We'll also visit the nearby Great Sphinx and discover the ancient capital of Memphis and the incredible Step Pyramid of Sakkara. [B]

Day 4. Giza - Luxor

This morning we fly to Luxor in Upper Egypt. Here we'll explore the fascinating Karnak Temple, dedicated to the Pharaoh Amun. We'll then visit Luxor Temple, once connected to Karnak Temple by a 3km-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]

Day 5. Luxor

Our first stop today is the Valley of the Kings. We'll be able to descend into some of the tombs to see examples of the elaborate and incredibly well-preserved hieroglyphic paintings. Our next destination is the Temple of Hatshepsut. Queen Hatshepsut was one of only a few women to be given the title of pharaoh. We'll then visit the Colossi of Memnon. [B]

Day 6. Luxor - Nile Cruise

Embark Cruise: This afternoon we board our Nile River cruise ship. Sit back, relax and watch day-to-day Egyptian life on the banks of the Nile as we cruise by. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Nile Cruise

We set 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. We'll then cruise to the riverside Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Harris, before continuing to Aswan this evening. Tonight we'll enjoy a traditional galabeya party on board. [B,L,D]

Day 9. 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 in the 13th century BC, as a monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari.

Later this morning we'll return to the sunny town of Aswan. [B,L,D]

Day 10. Nile Cruise - Aswan

Disembark Cruise: We disembark the cruise 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 sailboat. [B]

Day 11. Aswan - Cairo

Enjoy the morning at leisure before our afternoon flight back to Cairo. [B]

Day 12. Cairo

Today begins with a visit to the 12th century Saladin Citadel of Cairo and the Mohammed Ali Mosque. We'll then discover the 14th century souk, Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Famous for its handmade crafts, it's also the perfect place to enjoy a traditional Arabic coffee. This afternoon we'll continue into the lively heart of Cairo to visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun's priceless treasures and many other historic artefacts. This evening we'll enjoy a group dinner to farewell Egypt. [B,D]

Day 13. Cairo - Larnaca - Limassol

Enjoy the morning at leisure before our afternoon flight to Cyprus. [B]

Day 14. Limassol

Discover the city of Limassol on a full day of sightseeing today. Our day will begin at the medieval Castle of Kolossi and the ancient Kingdom of Kourion. We'll also visit the Olive Park and try some local dishes over lunch.

Special Experience: Witness a traditional Cypriot olive pie-baking demonstration. We'll help prepare the dough and taste it fresh from the fourni!

Tonight we'll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant to welcome us to Cyprus. [B,L,D]

Day 15. Nicosia & Kyrenia Excursion

Today we'll explore the harbour and medieval fortress of Kyrenia, dating back to the Byzantine era. This afternoon we'll visit the town of Nicosia and discover its 16th century Venetian walls, the Famagusta Gate, and have some free time to enjoy Laiki Geitonia. [B]

Day 16. Kykkos, Troodos & Omodos Excursion

We explore the picturesque Troodos Mountains this morning, beginning at the Byzantine Kykkos Monastery.

Special Experience: The village of Omodos has a long tradition in wine making, and we'll be able to try a selection of the local wines and liqueurs, including the famous Commandaria dessert wine and Zivania.

This afternoon we'll visit the local bakery to sample its famous haloumi cheese pastries. [B]

Day 17. Limassol - Paphos

This morning we'll make our way to the heritage-listed town of Paphos. Along the way we'll stop at Petra tou Romiou, a stunning beach and birthplace of the legendary goddess of beauty and love, Aphrodite. [B]

Day 18. Paphos

The day is at leisure for you to enjoy this beautiful town at your own pace. Why not head down to the Limanaki (harbour) area? It's home to quaint shops, restaurants, bars and traditional taverns. [B]

Day 19. Paphos

This morning we'll discover the natural beauty of Akamas on a 4WD jeep safari. One of the most beautiful spots on the island, it is also home to the Baths of Aphrodite. We'll then enjoy a traditional Cypriot lunch at a local tavern. [B,L,D]

Special Experience: This evening we'll experience a breathtaking Mediterranean sunset on a yacht cruise and enjoy dinner, drinks and music.

Day 20. Depart Paphos

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 21. Arrive Australia