Unlock the mysteries of Egypt's ancient civilisation
Get a taste of the Mediterranean
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
4 to 20
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
|30 Sep 2019||20 Oct 2019||Available||AUD $11,260|
|11 Nov 2019||01 Dec 2019||Available||AUD $11,260|
|24 Feb 2020||15 Mar 2020||Available||AUD $11,060|
|23 Mar 2020||12 Apr 2020||Available||AUD $11,260|
|25 May 2020||14 Jun 2020||Available||AUD $11,260|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Cairo, the sprawling capital of Egypt. This evening we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner in Giza. [D]
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]
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]
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]
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]
We set 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. 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]
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.
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]
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]
Enjoy the morning at leisure before our afternoon flight back to Cairo. [B]
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]
Enjoy the morning at leisure before our afternoon flight to Cyprus. [B]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Special Experience: Today we’ll experience a breathtaking Mediterranean yacht cruise and enjoy lunch, drinks and music.
The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy this beautiful town at your own pace. [B,L]
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. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before our group farewell dinner this evening.[B,L,D]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]