Unlock the mysteries of Egypt's ancient civilisation
Discover the sacred sites of Israel
Jewels of Jordan
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
4 to 20
Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
|02 Apr 2019||24 Apr 2019||Fully Booked||AUD $11,035|
|04 Jun 2019||26 Jun 2019||Limited Seats||AUD $10,835|
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 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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore cosmopolitan Tel Aviv. [B]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]