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Egypt & Jordan in Depth 2019/20

2 countries
6 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
Bedouin-style campNile River cruise
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, $345pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 18 nights in good quality hotels (4-5 star)
  • 1 night at a Bedouin-style desert camp with shared facilities
  • 4 nights in an outside cabin on board a luxury Nile River cruise (5 star Egyptian standard)
  • 23 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 13 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

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Jewels of Jordan

  • Enjoy the sites on Amman including the Citadel and the Roman Theatre.
  • Visit the beautifully preserved Roman Cities of Umm 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.
  • Walk a section of the Dana Village trail.
  • View the Royal Family's priceless collection at the Royal Automobile Museum.
  • 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.
  • Visit picturesque Aqaba on the Red Sea, and enjoy a cruise through the Aqua Marine Park.
  • 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.
  • Visit the impressive Shobak Crusader Castle ruins.
  • 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 Bibliotecha, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
26
Price From
AUD $11,145
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
2 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
12 Jul 201906 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $10,390
26 Jul 201920 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $10,390
09 Aug 201903 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $10,390
23 Aug 201917 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $10,390
06 Sep 201901 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,390
13 Sep 201908 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $10,590
20 Sep 201915 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,690
27 Sep 201922 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,690
04 Oct 201929 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,690
11 Oct 201905 Nov 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,690
18 Oct 201912 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $10,690
25 Oct 201919 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $10,690
01 Nov 201926 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $10,690
08 Nov 201903 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $10,690
15 Nov 201910 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $10,690
22 Nov 201917 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $10,690
06 Dec 201931 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $11,390
13 Dec 201907 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $12,590
20 Dec 201914 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $12,590
27 Dec 201921 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $11,390
03 Jan 202028 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $10,790
10 Jan 202004 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $10,790
17 Jan 202011 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $10,690
24 Jan 202018 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $10,690
31 Jan 202025 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $10,690
07 Feb 202003 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $10,690
14 Feb 202010 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $10,690
21 Feb 202017 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $10,690
28 Feb 202024 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $10,690
06 Mar 202031 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $10,690
13 Mar 202007 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,690
20 Mar 202014 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $11,290
27 Mar 202021 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $11,490
22 May 202016 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $10,890
29 May 202023 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $10,890
12 Jun 202007 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $10,890
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 the Citadel and the Roman Theatre before enjoying a welcome drink with your fellow travellers this evening.

Day 3. Jerash Excursion

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

Day 4. Amman - Madaba - Dana

We head to Madaba this morning, visiting the Greek Orthodox Church of St George and the biblical site of Mt Nebo. [B,D]

Special Experience: Next we head to the spectacular Dana Natural Reserve where we walk a section of the Dana Village trail.

Day 5. Dana - Petra

Our first stop today is the 12th century Crusader castle of Shobak. Then, 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 6. Petra

Today we visit the famous Lost City of Petra. Carved into the sheer rockface 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: Discover the magic of Petra by night as the rock city is lit by more than 1,000 candles. Enjoy Jordanian music and Bedouin mint tea whilst admiring the spectacular view.

Day 7. Petra - 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, guided by local Bedouin tribesmen. We'll spend the night in a Bedouin-style desert camp. [B,L,D]

Day 8. Wadi Rum - Aqaba (Red Sea)

This morning we'll enjoy a camel ride then 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 9. Aqaba (Red Sea) - Dead Sea

Today we venture north to the lowest point on Earth - the Dead Sea. [B,D]

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

Day 10. Dead Sea - Amman

Enjoy the morning at leisure to relax or take another dip in the Dead Sea before heading back to Amman this afternoon. [B,D]

Special Experience: Tonight we take a cooking class and enjoy our culinary creations for dinner.

Day 11. 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 12. Giza

We begin our tour 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 13. 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 14. 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 15. 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 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

Enjoy the day at leisure. [B]

Cay 18. 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 19. Nile Cruise

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

Day 20. 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 21. Nile 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,L,D]

Day 22. Nile Cruise - Aswan

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

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.

Day 23. Aswan - Cairo

This morning we'll transfer to the airport for our flight back to Cairo. [B]

Day 24. Cairo

Our day 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. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 25. Depart Cairo

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 26. Arrive Australia