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Highlights of Egypt & Jordan 2019/20

2 countries
7 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
Bedouin-style desert campNile River cruise
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, $285pp 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, 5 lunches and 11 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

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Jewels of Jordan

  • Enjoy the sites of 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 Umm 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 Aswan to Luxor.
  • 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 $9,645
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
2 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
14 Jul 201901 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $8,950
18 Aug 201905 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $8,950
15 Sep 201903 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $8,950
22 Sep 201910 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $9,550
29 Sep 201917 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $9,450
06 Oct 201924 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $9,450
13 Oct 201931 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $9,450
20 Oct 201931 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $9,450
27 Oct 201914 Nov 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $9,450
03 Nov 201921 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $9,450
10 Nov 201928 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $9,450
17 Nov 201905 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $9,450
24 Nov 201912 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $9,450
01 Dec 201919 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $9,450
08 Dec 201926 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $9,850
15 Dec 201902 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $10,950
22 Dec 201909 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $10,950
29 Dec 201916 Jan 2020Guaranteed DepartureAUD $9,950
05 Jan 202023 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $9,650
12 Jan 202030 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $9,650
19 Jan 202006 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $9,450
26 Jan 202013 Feb 2020Guaranteed DepartureAUD $9,450
02 Feb 202020 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $9,450
09 Feb 202027 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $9,450
16 Feb 202005 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $9,450
23 Feb 202012 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $9,450
01 Mar 202019 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $9,450
08 Mar 202026 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $9,450
15 Mar 202002 Apr 2020Guaranteed DepartureAUD $9,450
22 Mar 202009 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $9,650
29 Mar 202016 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,150
05 Apr 202023 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,150
24 May 202011 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $9,450
07 Jun 202025 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $9,250
ItineraryExpand
Highlights of Egypt & Jordan 2019/20

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

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Amman

Welcome to Jordan! Home to magnificent desert landscapes. This afternoon we'll take a short city-sightseeing tour, including the Citadel and the Roman Theatre before enjoying a welcome drink with your fellow travellers this evening.

Day 3. Jerash Excursion

Today we visit the beautifully preserved Roman cities of Umm Qais and Jerash, as well as the impressive Ajloun Castle. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner. [B,L,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 - Madaba - 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 dating back some 9,000 years. [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 rockface 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 head to Wadi Rum. We'll enjoy an exciting jeep tour, through the stunning desertscapes before a night in a Bedouin-style desert camp underneath a blanket of stars. [B,D]

Day 8. Wadi Rum - Amman

Today we'll take a camel ride and see traces of ancient civilisations in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the area before making our way back to Amman via the Crusader fortress of Kerak. [B,D]

Special Experience: Tonight we take a cooking class and enjoy our culinary creations for dinner.

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 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 we leave our cruise 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 ancient 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