Unlock the mysteries of Egypt's ancient civilisation.
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
2 to 20
Marine/Cruise, Slow paced
|25 Sep 2018||11 Oct 2018||Fully Booked||AUD $9,350|
|09 Oct 2018||25 Oct 2018||Fully Booked||AUD $9,350|
|20 Nov 2018||06 Dec 2018||Fully Booked||AUD $9,350|
|18 Dec 2018||03 Jan 2019||Available||AUD $11,350|
|15 Jan 2019||31 Jan 2019||Available||AUD $9,350|
|05 Feb 2019||21 Feb 2019||Available||AUD $9,350|
|19 Feb 2019||07 Mar 2019||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $9,350|
|12 Mar 2019||28 Mar 2019||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $9,350|
|19 Mar 2019||04 Apr 2019||Available||AUD $9,350|
|09 Apr 2019||25 Apr 2019||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $10,350|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Cairo, the sprawling capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa. This evening meet your fellow travellers for an Egyptian welcome dinner. [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. This morning we'll also discover the ancient capital of Memphis and the incredible Step Pyramid of Sakkara, believed to have been designed by the famous vizier of King Zoser, Imhotep. [B]
Today we venture 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 afternoon 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. [B]
Today we take a short flight to Aswan, gateway to the incredible history, temples and monuments of Upper Egypt. [B]
Deluxe Experience: We'll indulge in a decadent high tea of delicate sandwiches and freshly baked scones with clotted cream whilst enjoying spectacular views over the Nile at the Old Cataract Hotel.
Our sightseeing in Aswan today includes the High Dam - an engineering miracle built in 1960, which still provides irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt. We'll also see the Unfinished Obelisk and visit the magnificent Temple of Isis on Philae Island.[B]
Special Experience: Tonight we'll enjoy the incredible Philae Island Sound & Light Show which brings the myth of Isis and Osiris to life.
Enjoy the morning at leisure before we embark our Lake Nasser cruise ship.
Deluxe Experience, Embark Cruise: Spend four nights cruising majestic Lake Nasser in luxury.
This afternoon we'll relax on board a traditional felucca sailboat as we sail around Kitchener's Island and the Agha Khan Mausoleum. [B,L,D]
This morning we visit the Kalabsha Temple. Construction of this temple started at the end of the Ptolomaic Dynasty and was completed under the rule of the Roman Emperor Augustus. The result is an interesting combination of imagery that includes Egyptian and Roman themes. Today we'll also see Beit El Wali and the Kiosk of Kertassi, then return to our cruise ship for the evening. [B,L,D]
We begin our day with a visit to the temples of Wadi El Seboua. Considered to be some of the oldest in Egypt, they were dedicated by Ramses II to two gods: Amon Ra and Ra Harmakis. This afternoon we continue to Amada and visit its ancient temples including Derr and the Tomb of Pennut. [B,L,D]
Cruising the majestic waters of Lake Nasser, we see Kasr Ibrim. As entrance is not permitted, our guide will provide a commentary while we observe the citadel from our sundeck. In the afternoon we'll arrive at 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. [B,L,D]
Special Experience: Tonight's enchanting Sound & Light Show at Abu Simbel will transport you back to the time of the pharaohs.
Disembark Cruise: This morning we disembark and transfer to Abu Simbel airport for a short flight back to Aswan.
Embark Cruise: In Aswan we'll embark our Nile cruise ship that will take us on the scenic journey to Luxor. [B,L,D]
After breakfast we set sail for the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Harsis. We'll then cruise onward to Edfu where we'll 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. Continuing our journey, we cross the lock at Esna and sail onwards towards Luxor. Tonight we'll experience a traditional galabeya party on board. [B,L,D]
We'll arrive in Luxor after breakfast and explore the fascinating Karnak Temple, dedicated to the Pharaoh Amun. Approximately 30 pharaohs contributed to the temple's structure over time, which explains its monumental size! We'll then visit Luxor Temple, once connected to Karnak Temple by a 3-kilometre-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,L,D]
Disembark Cruise: This morning we disembark and cross the Nile to the West Bank and the Valley of the Kings.
Special Experience: Carved deep into the limestone rock, each tomb has a similar pattern of three corridors, an antechamber and a sarcophagus chamber. We'll be able to descend into some of the tombs to see examples of the elaborate and well-preserved hieroglyphic paintings.
Our next destination is the Temple of Hatshepsut. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. [B]
Enjoy the morning at leisure to relax before our afternoon flight back to Cairo. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]