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Egypt in Depth

1 country
4 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
4-night Nile River cruise
Sun Festival, Special Departure
Our February 10 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.
Immerse yourself in a time of great wealth and power, of magnificent temples, elaborate ceremonies and incredible pyramids. Cruise the Nile and descend into ancient tombs. Discover the contrasts and history of the country's north and explore bustling Cairo.See history come aliveEgypt has a rich and fascinating history and on our Egypt tour you'll have an expert Egyptologist guide to bring the past alive. So not only will you visit all of Egypt's must-see sites but you'll discover the mystery and intrigue of the legends of Egypt too. On our Egypt tour we'll discover many highlights in Cairo such as the incredible Step Pyramid of Sakkara and the world-famous Egyptian museum whose priceless treasures include those of Tutankhamun, one of Egypt's most famous pharaohs. To see some of these highlights click the video link opposite.Discover the Valley of the KingsAs part of our Egypt tours we also spend 4 nights on a luxury Nile Cruise. Travelling along Egypt's famous Nile we stop to visit the Valley of the Kings and the beautiful Temple of Horus in Edfu, one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. As part of this Egypt tour we also visit the magnificent Abu Simbel no photo can do this amazing structure justice. Built from sandstone the temple stands the height of a five storey building.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Egypt. Taxes included
  • 2 economy-class flights within Egypt
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Nile River Cruise
  • Tipping Made Easy, $215pp prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 10 nights in good quality hotels (4-5 star)
  • 4 nights in an outside cabin on board a luxury Nile River cruise (5 star Egyptian standard)
  • 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking Egyptologist guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

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 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
17
Price From
AUD $7,495
Start Location
Egypt
End Location
Egypt
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
2 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Festival, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
02 Dec 201818 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $7,135 
16 Dec 201801 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,635 
06 Jan 201922 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $7,335 
13 Jan 201929 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $7,035 
20 Jan 201905 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $7,035 
27 Jan 201912 Feb 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $7,035
03 Feb 201919 Feb 2019Limited SeatsAUD $7,035
10 Feb 201926 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $7,035 
17 Feb 201905 Mar 2019Limited SeatsAUD $7,035
24 Feb 201912 Mar 2019Limited SeatsAUD $7,035
03 Mar 201919 Mar 2019Fully BookedAUD $7,035 
10 Mar 201926 Mar 2019Fully BookedAUD $7,035 
17 Mar 201902 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $7,035
24 Mar 201909 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $7,035
31 Mar 201916 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $7,135
07 Apr 201923 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $7,535
14 Apr 201930 Apr 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $8,235
21 Apr 201907 May 2019Limited SeatsAUD $7,535
16 Jun 201902 Jul 2019Fully BookedAUD $6,635 
21 Jul 201906 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $7,085
04 Aug 201920 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $7,085
18 Aug 201903 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $6,985
01 Sep 201917 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $6,985
15 Sep 201901 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,985
22 Sep 201908 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $7,385
29 Sep 201915 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $7,385
06 Oct 201922 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $7,385
13 Oct 201929 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $7,385
20 Oct 201905 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $7,385
27 Oct 201912 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $7,385
03 Nov 201919 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $7,385
10 Nov 201926 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $7,385
17 Nov 201903 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $7,385
24 Nov 201910 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $7,385
01 Dec 201917 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $7,385
15 Dec 201931 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $8,985
22 Dec 201907 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $9,485
29 Dec 201914 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $8,585
05 Jan 202021 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $7,485
12 Jan 202028 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $7,485
19 Jan 202004 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $7,385
26 Jan 202011 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $7,385
02 Feb 202018 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $7,385
09 Feb 202025 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $7,385
16 Feb 202003 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $7,385
23 Feb 202010 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $7,385
01 Mar 202017 Mar 2020Guaranteed DepartureAUD $7,385
08 Mar 202024 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $7,385
15 Mar 202031 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $7,385
22 Mar 202007 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $7,385
29 Mar 202014 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $7,885
05 Apr 202021 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $8,085
31 May 202016 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $7,485
07 Jun 202023 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $7,485
21 Jun 202007 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $7,485
ItineraryExpand
Itinerary 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 and the largest city in Africa. 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 Step Pyramid of Sakkara, believed to have been designed by the vizier of King Zoser, Imhotep. [B]

Day 4. Giza - Alexandria

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

Special Experience: In the Nitrian Desert visit the self-sufficient Coptic Monastery of St Bishoy, the 'Star of the Desert'. Born in 320 AD, St Bishoy's body is said to be preserved to this day inside the monastery.

Later we'll continue to the city of Alexandria on Egypt's north coast. [B,L]

Day 5. Alexandria

Today we explore Alexandria. Highlights include the National Museum, Pompey's Pillar, the Catacombs, the New Bibliotheca and the Montazah Palace. Our last stop for a photo at the Citadel of Qaitbay, a spectacular 15th century fortress overlooking the Mediterranean. [B,L]

Day 6. 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 associated with the Battle of El Alamein.

Day 7. Cairo

Today begins with a visit to 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 continue into the lively heart of Cairo to visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun's priceless treasures and many other historic artefacts. [B]

Day 8. Cairo - Luxor

This morning we fly to Luxor in Upper Egypt. Here we'll 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]

Day 9. Luxor - Nile Cruise

Our first stop today is the Valley of the Kings. 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 incredibly well-preserved hieroglyphic paintings. Our next destination is the Temple of Hatshepsut. Queen Hatshepsut was one of only a few women to be given the title of pharaoh. We'll then visit the Colossi of Memnon. [B,L,D]

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

Day 10. Nile Cruise

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

Day 11. 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 and the second-largest after Karnak Temple. We'll then cruise to the riverside Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Harris, before continuing to Aswan this evening. Tonight we enjoy a traditional galabeya party on board. [B,L,D]

Day 12. 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.

[B,L,D]

Day 13. Nile Cruise - Aswan

Disembark Cruise: We disembark the cruise.

This morning we'll explore Aswan. Highlights of our sightseeing include the High Dam, the picturesque Temple of Isis on Philae Island, and the Unfinished Obelisk. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. [B]

Day 14. Aswan

Enjoy the day at leisure to explore this sunny and relaxed city at your own pace and discover its distinctive African atmosphere. [B]

Day 15. Aswan - Cairo

This morning we'll transfer to the airport for our flight back to Cairo. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 16. Depart Cairo

Today we bid farewell to Egypt and begin our journey home. [B]

Day 17. Arrive Australia

Itinerary 2019/20

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

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Cairo - Giza

Welcome to Cairo, the sprawling capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa. 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 Step Pyramid of Sakkara, believed to have been designed by the vizier of King Zoser, Imhotep. [B]

Day 4. Giza - Alexandria

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

Special Experience: In the Nitrian Desert visit the self-sufficient Coptic Monastery of St Bishoy, the 'Star of the Desert'. Born in 320 AD, St Bishoy's body is said to be preserved to this day inside the monastery.

Later we'll continue to the city of Alexandria on Egypt's north coast. [B,L]

Day 5. Alexandria

Today we explore Alexandria. Highlights include the National Museum, Pompey's Pillar, the Catacombs, the New Bibliotheca and the Montazah Palace. Our last stop is for a photo at the Citadel of Qaitbay, a spectacular 15th century fortress overlooking the Mediterranean. [B,L]

Day 6. 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 associated with the Battle of El Alamein.

Day 7. Cairo - Luxor

This morning we fly to Luxor in Upper Egypt. Here we'll 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]

Day 8. Luxor

Enjoy the day at leisure to relax or explore at your own pace. [B]

Day 9. Luxor - Nile Cruise

Our first stop today is the Valley of the Kings. 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 incredibly well-preserved hieroglyphic paintings. Our next destination is the Temple of Hatshepsut. Queen Hatshepsut was one of only a few women to be given the title of pharaoh. We'll then visit the Colossi of Memnon. [B,L,D]]

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

Day 10. Nile Cruise

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

Day 11. 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 and the second-largest after Karnak Temple. We'll then cruise to the riverside Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Harris, before continuing to Aswan this evening. Tonight we enjoy a traditional galabeya party on board. [B,L,D]

Day 12. Nile Cruise

This morning we'll explore Aswan. Highlights of our sightseeing include the High Dam, the picturesque Temple of Isis on Philae Island, and the Unfinished Obelisk. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. [B,L,D]

Day 13. Nile Cruise - Abu Simbel - Aswan

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

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.

Day 14. Aswan - Cairo

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

Day 15. Cairo

We begin today 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 16. Depart Cairo

Today we bid farewell to Egypt and begin our journey home. [B]

Day 17. Arrive Australia