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Highlights of Egypt & Jordan 2018/19

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.
Discover the iconic wonders and mesmerising history of Egypt and Jordan. Marvel at ancient Roman cities, hallowed biblical landmarks and incredible feats of architectural engineering. Cruise the Nile and explore the amazing temples and tombs of Upper Egypt.Be amazed by incredible JordanOur Middle East tour starts in Amman, the capital of Jordan. We visit the beautifully preserved Roman cities of Um Qais and Jerash. From Amman we head to the Dead Sea where we enjoy a dip in the buoyant, salty waters, before continuing to to Petra. Petra is a real highlight of this tour and one of the world's greatest treasures with it's stunning temples carved into rock. We then enjoy a night under the stars in a Bedouin style dessert camp.Explore Cairo and ancient Egyptian sitesOur Middle East tour continues in ancient Egypt where we visit all the must-see sights as well as enjoy a 3-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.

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, $265pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 12 nights in good quality hotels (3-5 star)
  • 1 night at a Bedouin style desert camp with shared facilities
  • 3 nights in an outside cabin on board a luxury Nile River cruise (5 star Egyptian standard)
  • 16 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 12 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

Sightseeing

Jewels of Jordan

  • Enjoy the sites on Amman including the Citadel and the Roman Theatre.
  • View the Royal Family's priceless collection at the Royal Automobile Museum.
  • 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.
  • Swim or float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and enjoy the therapeutic mud!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Have the option to return Petra for some further exploration.
  • 4WD Jeep tour across the desert landscape of Wadi Rum.
  • 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.
  • Marvel at the largest and best preserved Crusader Castle of Kerak, which to this date dominates the fortified town.

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.
  • 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 world-renowned Egyptian Museum whose priceless artifacts include those of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Unwind on a three-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.
  • 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.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
19
Price From
AUD $8,995
Start Location
End Location
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 201820 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $8,320 
09 Dec 201827 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $9,120 
30 Dec 201817 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,820 
06 Jan 201924 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,820 
13 Jan 201931 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $8,520 
27 Jan 201914 Feb 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $8,320
03 Feb 201921 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $8,320
10 Feb 201928 Feb 2019Limited SeatsAUD $8,320
17 Feb 201907 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $8,320
24 Feb 201914 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $8,320
03 Mar 201921 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $8,420
10 Mar 201928 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $8,420
17 Mar 201904 Apr 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $8,420
24 Mar 201911 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $8,420
31 Mar 201918 Apr 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $8,720
07 Apr 201925 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $9,220
14 Apr 201902 May 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $9,120
09 Jun 201927 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $8,520
ItineraryExpand
Highlights of Egypt & Jordan 2018/19

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 some free time to explore the souq of Old Amman, before a group welcome dinner this evening. [D]

Day 3. Jerash Excursion

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

Day 4. Amman - Dead Sea

Heading out of Amman, we travel to the lowest point on Earth - the Dead Sea. [B,L,D]

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

Day 5. Dead Sea - Petra

This morning we make our way to Madaba and visit the Church of St George. We'll also stop at the biblical site of Mt Nebo. This afternoon we visit 'Little Petra', 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 6. 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 trade routes. [B,D]

Day 7. Petra - Wadi Rum

After a morning at leisure we'll venture south to Wadi Rum, one of the most stunning desertscapes in the world. We'll enjoy an exciting jeep tour, guided by local Bedouin tribesmen. Later we'll take a camel ride and see traces of ancient civilisations in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the area. We'll spend the night in a Bedouin style desert camp underneath a blanket of stars. [B,D]

Day 8. Wadi Rum - Amman

This morning we make our way back to Amman via the Crusader fortress of Kerak. [B,D]

Day 9. Amman - Cairo - Giza

Today we bid farewell to Jordan and take a short flight to Cairo, where we'll enjoy a group dinner to welcome us to Egypt. [B,D]

Day 10. Giza

Our touring in Egypt begins at the oldest structures in existence, the amazing Great Pyramids of Giza, where construction began approximately 4,500 years ago. We'll visit the nearby Great Sphinx, discover the ancient capital of Memphis and see the incredible Step Pyramid of Sakkara. [B]

Day 11. Cairo

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

Day 12. Giza - Aswan

Today we take a short flight to Aswan. Here we'll visit the High Dam, the magnificent 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 sailboat. [B]

Day 13. Aswan - Abu Simbel - 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]

Embark Cruise: Later this morning we'll return to Aswan and board our Nile River cruise ship.

Day 14. Nile Cruise

After breakfast we set sail for the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Harris. 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 in Luxor. Continuing our journey, we cross the lock at Esna and sail on towards Luxor. Tonight we'll experience a traditional galabeya party on board. [B,L,D]

Day 15. Nile Cruise

We'll arrive in Luxor after breakfast and explore the fascinating Karnak Temple, dedicated to the Pharaoh Amun. We'll then visit Luxor Temple, once connected to Karnak Temple by a 3-kilometre-long Avenue of Sphinxes. [B,L,D]

Day 16. Nile Cruise - Luxor

Disembark Cruise: We disembark and set off to explore the West Bank.

Special Experience: Our first stop 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 well-preserved hieroglyphic paintings.

Our next destination is the Temple of Hatshepsut, then the Colossi of Memnon. [B]

Day 17. Luxor - Cairo

The morning is at leisure for you to explore Luxor or simply relax before our flight back to Cairo. This evening we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 18. Depart Cairo

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

Day 19. Arrive Australia