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Egypt & Jordan in Depth 2018/19

Sun Festival, Special Departure
Our February 2 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.
Take an in-depth journey back in time to the ancient worlds of Egypt & Jordan. Explore bustling Cairo, cruise down the Nile, float in the Dead Sea and discover the wonders of Petra. Discover a whole world of incredible pyramids, magnificent monuments, beautiful temples, and a rich and fascinating history.Discover the Lost CityOur Egypt and Jordan tour starts in Amman, the capital of Jordan. We'll journey to Petra, an 800m-long gorge before reaching the awe-inspiring Treasury, hewn into the rose-coloured sandstone cliff face. Along the way, spend a night under the stars in a Bedouin-style desert camp. We also spend time at the Dead Sea, where we enjoy swimming or (floating!) in the sea and indulging in Dead Sea mud treatments known for their purifying qualities. From Jordan we fly to Egypt and begin our Egypt tour in Cairo, standing in front of the awe-inspiring Great Pyramids of Giza before continuing on to Luxor and the impressive open-air museum, the Valley of the Kings.Exploring EgyptThe next part of our Egypt tour is a cruise along Egypt's Nile River. On the way we stop to enjoy more famous sights of Egypt including the riverside temple of Kom Ombo, the wonderful Edfu temple, and much more. Next stop is Egypt's beautiful temples of Abu Simbel, where the 4 imposing statues at the entrance stand the height of a 5 storey building. We end this wonderful tour back in Cairo with a visit to the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun's priceless treasures, the Citadel of Cairo and the Mohammed Ali Mosque, before a trip to the lively Khan El Khalili bazaar.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to the Middle East. Taxes included
  • 3 economy-class flights within the Middle East
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding basic jeep in Wadi Rum)
  • Nile River cruise
  • Tipping Made Easy, $325pp prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 17 nights in good quality hotels (4-5 star)
  • 1 night at a basic Bedouin desert camp with shared facilities
  • 4 nights in an outside cabin on board a luxury Nile River cruise (5 star Egyptian standard)
  • 22 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking local guide and driver in Jordan (English-speaking driver and local specialist guides at Jerash, Ajloun Castle, Umm Qais, Mt Nebo & Petra for group sizes below 5 passengers)
  • English-speaking Egyptologist guides in Egypt

Sightseeing

Jewels of Jordan

  • Enjoy the sites on Amman including the Citadel and the Roman Theatre.
  • View the Royal Family's priceless collection at the Royal Automobile Museum.
  • Visit the beautifully preserved Roman Cities of Uum Qais and Jerash.
  • Admire the views from the impressive Islamic Ajloun Castle which was built in the 12th century and served as a military fort to protect the region from invading Crusader forces.
  • See the spectacular Byzantine and Umayyed mosaics in Madaba, one of the most memorable places in the Holy Land.
  • Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George.
  • Visit Mt Nebo for fantastic views of the Jordan Valley.
  • Explore the Islamic art and architecture found within Jordan's Desert Castles.
  • Explore the unique desert landscape of Wadi Rum by camel safari as well as an exciting jeep tour.
  • Enjoy an unforgettable night under a sky of a million stars at a desert camp in Wadi Rum.
  • Marvel at the largest and best preserved Crusader Castle of Kerak, which to this date dominates the fortified town.
  • Enjoy a city tour of Aqaba, Jordan's Red Sea playground.
  • Discover fascinating Little Petra with a history dating back 9,000 years - one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Middle East.
  • Visit one of the world's greatest treasures the lost city of Petra! An awe-inspiring experience and one that has to be seen to be believed!
  • Have the option to return Petra for some further exploration.
  • Swim or float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and enjoy the therapeutic mud!

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 Coptic Monastery's of Wadi El Natroun.
  • Be fascinated by Alexandria, the 'Pearl of the Mediterranean' with its mix of history and modernity.
  • Visit the sites of Alexandria including the National Museum, Pompey's Pillar, the Catacombs of Kom El Shogafa, New Biblioteca, Montazah Palace and see the Citadel of Qaitbey.
  • Pay homage to the fallen soldiers at the Battlefield Cemetery and Military Museum of El Alamein.
  • Visit the world-renowned Egyptian Museum whose priceless artefacts 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.
  • 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!
  • Enjoy a Galabeya Party whist crusing the Nile.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy a day a leisure to further explore life on the Nile.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
25
Price From
AUD $10,295
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
2 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Festival, Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
24 Nov 201818 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $9,760 
08 Dec 201801 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $10,560 
29 Dec 201822 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $10,360 
05 Jan 201929 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $10,260 
12 Jan 201905 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $10,260 
19 Jan 201912 Feb 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $9,560
26 Jan 201919 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $9,560 
02 Feb 201926 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $9,560 
09 Feb 201905 Mar 2019Limited SeatsAUD $9,560
16 Feb 201912 Mar 2019Limited SeatsAUD $9,560
23 Feb 201919 Mar 2019Fully BookedAUD $9,560 
02 Mar 201926 Mar 2019Fully BookedAUD $9,760 
09 Mar 201902 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $9,760
16 Mar 201909 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $9,760
23 Mar 201916 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $9,860
30 Mar 201923 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $10,260
06 Apr 201930 Apr 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $11,060
13 Apr 201907 May 2019Fully BookedAUD $10,260 
08 Jun 201902 Jul 2019Fully BookedAUD $9,560 
ItineraryExpand
Itinerary

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

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Amman

Welcome to Jordan! This afternoon we'll take a short city-sightseeing tour, including some free time to explore the souq of Old Amman, before a group welcome dinner this evening. [D]

Day 3. Jerash Excursion

Today we visit the beautifully preserved Roman cities of Umm Qais and Jerash, as well as the impressive Ajloun Castle. [B,D]

Day 4. Madaba & Desert Castles Excursion

Heading out of Amman, we make our way to Madaba and visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St George and the biblical site of Mt Nebo. [B]

Special Experience: Drive a bit further into the desert and discover the famous desert castles of Qasr A-Kharrana, Quseir Amra, and the black basalt fort at Azraq.

Day 5. Amman - Wadi Rum

We make the journey to Wadi Rum. Arriving in one of the most stunning desertscapes in the world, we'll take an exciting jeep tour through the uniquely shaped landscape carved by nature, guided by local Bedouin tribesmen, then enjoy a late afternoon camel ride. We'll spend the night in a Bedouin style desert camp. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Wadi Rum - Aqaba (Red Sea)

This morning we'll continue south to picturesque Aqaba on the Red Sea and enjoy a cruise through the crystal-clear waters of the Aqaba Marine Park. [B,L]

Day 7. Aqaba (Red Sea) - Petra

As we make our way towards incredible Petra, we'll stop to visit "Little Petra", also known as Siq al-Barid, a Nabatean site characterised by buildings carved into the sandstone canyon walls. [B,D]

Day 8. Petra

Today we visit the famous Lost City of Petra. Carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans more than 2,000 years ago, it was an important junction for the silk and spice trade routes. [B,D]

Special Experience: We'll enter Petra through the Siq, a narrow, 800-metre-long gorge flanked on either side by soaring 80-metre-high cliffs, before we reach the incredible Treasury, hewn into the sandstone cliff face.

Day 9. Petra - Dead Sea

This morning we venture south to the lowest point on Earth - the Dead Sea. Along the way we'll stop at the 12th century Crusader castle of Shobak. [B,D]

Special Experience: Take a dip in the Dead Sea and cover your body in the therapeutic mud, said to have amazing benefits for your skin.

Day 10. Dead Sea - Amman - Giza

Today we transfer to the airport for our flight to Cairo. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before a group dinner to welcome us to Egypt. [B,D]

Day 11. 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 and also discover the ancient capital of Memphis and the Step Pyramid of Sakkara. [B]

Day 12. Giza - Alexandria

After breakfast we travel to Wadi el Natroun, home to some of the earliest Christian monasteries. Originally there were 50 monasteries here but only four have survived to modern times. [B,L]

Special Experience: In the Nitrian Desert visit the self-sufficient Coptic Monastery of St Bishoy, the 'Star of the Desert'.

Day 13. Alexandria

Today we explore Alexandria. Highlights include the National Museum, Pompey's Pillar, the Catacombs, the New Bibliotheca, Montazah Palace and the Citadel of Qaitbay. [B,L]

Day 14. Alexandria - El Alamein - Cairo

Our journey takes us westward through the dunes along the Mediterranean coast, following the route of Field Marshal Montgomery to El Alamein. [B]

Special Experience: We visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery, where the fallen from the Battle of El Alamein lay at rest.

Day 15. Cairo

Today begins in the heart of lively Cairo with a visit to the world-famous Egyptian Museum. We'll then visit the 12th century Saladin Citadel of Cairo and the Mohammed Ali Mosque. Our last stop is the 14th century Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. [B]

Day 16. Cairo - Luxor

This morning we fly to Luxor in Upper Egypt. Here we'll explore the fascinating Karnak Temple, once linked to Luxor Temple by an Avenue of Sphinxes. [B]

Day 17. Luxor - Nile Cruise

Our first stop today is the Valley of the Kings. We'll be able to descend into some of the tombs to see the elaborate hieroglyphic paintings. We'll then discover the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. [B,L,D]

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

Day 18. Nile Cruise

We set sail for Edfu this morning, crossing the lock at Esna and continuing south. [B,L,D]

Day 19. Nile Cruise

This morning we visit the magnificent Temple of Horus, dedicated to the Falcon God. Tonight we'll experience a traditional galabeya party on board. [B,L,D]

Day 20. Nile Cruise

Special Experience: An early start this morning to cross the desert. Our destination is the incredible twin temples of Abu Simbel, originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II.

[B,L,D]

Day 21. Nile Cruise - Aswan

Disembark Cruise: We disembark the cruise.

Today we 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 22. Aswan

Enjoy the day at leisure. [B]

Day 23. Aswan - Cairo

We fly back to Cairo, where tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 24. Depart Cairo

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 25. Arrive Australia