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Egypt, Israel & Jordan 2018/19

Uncover thousands of years of history in three of the world's oldest and most interesting countries. Tour the wonders of ancient Egypt, explore the sacred sites of Israel, marvel at amazing desert landscapes and discover the incredible Lost City of Petra.Experience the wonders of ancient EgyptOur Middle East tour starts in ancient Egypt where we visit all the must-see sights as well as enjoy a 4-night Nile cruise. Highlights of this part of the tour 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, the stunning temples of Abu Simbel and the riverside temples of Kom Ombo.Tour Israel a land of amazing diversity and beautyFrom Egypt our Middle East tour continues to Israel, a land of amazing diversity and beauty. Our touring in Israel starts with a day exploring the old city of Jerusalem. We also visit the inspirational mountain fortress of King Herod at Masada before continuing to the Dead Sea. At 400m below sea level it is the lowest place on earth! Here there is a chance to swim or float in the buoyant salty waters.Be amazed by the incredible lost city of PetraAs our Middle East tour continues we depart Israel and cross the border in to Jordan. Our touring starts in Amman with a visit to the beautifully preserved Roman cities of Um Qais and Jerash. From Amman we continue to Petra. The incredible lost city of Petra is a real highlight of this tour and is one of the world's greatest treasures. Before we depart Jordan there is time to enjoy an unforgettable day exploring the stunning scenery of the unique desert landscape of Wadi Rum by both camel and 4WD.

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, $255pp prepaid (Egypt & Jordan only)

Accommodation & Meals

  • 15 nights in good quality hotels (3-5 star)
  • 4 nights in an outside cabin on board a luxury Nile River cruise (5 star Egyptian standard)
  • 1 night at a basic Bedouin desert camp with shared facilities
  • 20 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking Egyptologist guides in Egypt
  • 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)

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 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.
  • Unwind on a four-night luxury cruise on the Nile from Luxor to Aswan.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Galabeya Party while cruising the Nile.
  • Relax on a traditional felucca sailboat in Aswan as you cruise around Kitchener's Island.
  • Explore Aswan including the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and the beautiful Temple of Isis on Philae Island.

Discover the sacred sites of Israel

  • Learn about the history and culture of the Jewish People throughout the world in a truly special experience at the Diaspora Museum.
  • Visit the fascinating ancient remains of the Crusader City and the Roman Theatre in Caesarea.
  • Be rewarded with breathtaking views of the beautiful city of Haifa Bay from the summit of Mount Carmel.
  • Travel to Acre and visit the Oriental Market, Arab Mosque and the Old Port.
  • Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Tel Aviv.
  • Spend a full day exploring Jerusalem a one of a kind destination with an intriguing history that stretches back thousands of years.
  • Visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane and explore the Armenian and Jewish Quarters of the Old City.
  • Visit the Wailing Wall, a section of the ancient wall of Herod's Temple and a Jewish place for pilgrimage and prayer.
  • Tour Yad Vashem, museum and memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.
  • Visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and King David. Today it is a bustling city and a major area of culture and tourism.

Jewels of Jordan

  • Enjoy Aqaba with its fusion of history, nature and city life. Surrounded by picturesque mountains and blue sea, it is Jordan's only coastal city.
  • 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.
  • Discover fascinating Little Petra with a history dating back 9,000 years - one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Middle East.
  • Experience Petra by Night - See the city at night the way the ancient spice caravan travelers must have seen it. Make your way through a candle-lit siq to the magnificent Treasury and enjoy an evening of Bedouin music and storytelling.
  • 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!
  • Visit the impressive Shobak Crusader Castle ruins.
  • Marvel at the largest and best preserved Crusader Castle of Kerak, which to this date dominates the fortified town.
  • 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.
  • Tour the sites of Amman including the Citadel and the Roman Theatre.
  • 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.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
23
Price From
AUD $11,495
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
01 Jan 201923 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $11,735 
22 Jan 201913 Feb 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $10,935
05 Feb 201927 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $10,935 
19 Feb 201913 Mar 2019Fully BookedAUD $11,035 
05 Mar 201927 Mar 2019Fully BookedAUD $11,035 
19 Mar 201910 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $11,035 
02 Apr 201924 Apr 2019Fully BookedAUD $11,035 
04 Jun 201926 Jun 2019Limited SeatsAUD $10,835
ItineraryExpand
Egypt, Israel & Jordan 2018/19

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 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 incredible Step Pyramid of Sakkara. [B]

Day 4. Cairo

Today we visit 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 visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun's priceless treasures. [B]

Day 5. Giza - Luxor - Nile Cruise

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

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

Day 6. 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 examples of the elaborate and astonishingly well-preserved hieroglyphic paintings. We'll then discover the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. [B,L,D]

Day 7. 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. We'll then cruise to the riverside Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Harris, before continuing to Aswan. Tonight we'll experience a traditional galabeya party on board. [B,L,D]

Day 8. Nile Cruise

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.

This afternoon we'll relax on a cruise along the Nile on board a traditional felucca. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Nile Cruise - Aswan - Cairo

Disembark Cruise: We disembark and explore Aswan.

Highlights of our sightseeing include the High Dam, the picturesque Temple of Isis on Philae Island, and the Unfinished Obelisk. We'll then return to Cairo and enjoy a group dinner to farewell Egypt. [B,D]

Day 10. Cairo - Tel Aviv - Haifa

We depart Egypt and fly to Israel. In Tel Aviv we'll visit the Diaspora Museum before heading along the coastal plain to the ancient city of Caesarea. Here we'll see the excavations of the Crusader city and Roman port, and the restored amphitheatre. [B]

Day 11. Haifa - Tel Aviv

This morning we discover Haifa on a city tour, beginning with a visit to the summit of Mount Carmel which affords a breathtaking panoramic view over Haifa Bay and the western Galilee. [B]

Day 12. Tel Aviv

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore cosmopolitan Tel Aviv. [B]

Day 13. Tel Aviv - Jerusalem

Today we'll discover Jerusalem.

Special Experience: We enter the Old City to wander through the Armenian and Jewish Quarters and visit the restored Cardo.

Other highlights include the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, as well as the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. [B]

Day 14. Bethlehem Excursion

We explore Bethlehem and delve into its incredible history on a half-day tour that includes Rachel's Tomb, the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. [B]

Day 15. Jerusalem - Aqaba (Red Sea)

Heading south past the Dead Sea, we stop to visit the fortification ruins of Masada. At Eilat we cross the border into Jordan and meet our new guide. We'll arrive in the picturesque resort town of Aqaba on the Red Sea. [B]

Day 16. Aqaba (Red Sea) - Wadi Rum

Today we drive north to stunning Wadi Rum. We'll head out for an exciting jeep tour, guided by local Bedouin tribesmen, and then take a camel ride through the uniquely shaped landscape. We'll spend the night in a Bedouin style desert camp under a blanket of stars. [B,L,D]

Day 17. Wadi Rum - Petra

On our way to Petra we'll stop to visit "Little Petra". With a history dating back some 9,000 years, it is one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Middle East. [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 18. Petra

Today we revisit 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. We'll enter Petra through the Siq, an 800-metre-long gorge flanked by soaring cliffs, before we reach the incredible Treasury, hewn into the cliff face. [B,D]

Day 19. Petra - Dead Sea

This morning we continue north and visit Shobak Castle and the Crusader fortress of Kerak. We'll then make our way to the lowest point on Earth - the Dead Sea. The salt content of the water here is four times that of most oceans, so you can float without even trying. [B,D]

Day 20. Dead Sea - Amman

We travel to Madaba and see the Greek Orthodox church of St George and the biblical site of Mt Nebo. This afternoon we'll arrive in Amman, Jordan's capital, and take a short city-sightseeing tour. [B,L,D]

Day 21. Jerash Excursion

Today we visit the beautifully preserved Roman cities of Umm Qais and Jerash, as well as the impressive Ajloun Castle. This evening we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 22. Depart Amman

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 23. Arrive Australia