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Highlights of Egypt

1 country
4 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
3-night Nile River cruise
Sun Festival, Special Departure
Our February 17, 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.
Experience the historical and architectural wonders of Ancient Egypt. See the magnificent pyramids, the Sphinx, and the treasures of Tutankhamun. Visit the stunning temples of Abu Simbel, Karnak and Luxor, explore the Valley of the Kings and cruise the famous Nile River.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 tour we also spend 3 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 magnificent 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, $195pp pre-paid (from July 2019)

Accommodation & Meals

  • 6 nights in good quality hotels (4-5 star)
  • 3 nights in an outside cabin on board a luxury Nile River cruise (5 star Egyptian standard)
  • 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 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.
  • 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 artefacts 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
12
Price From
AUD $6,495
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
25 Nov 201806 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $6,055 
02 Dec 201813 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $6,055 
09 Dec 201820 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $6,055 
16 Dec 201827 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $7,355 
06 Jan 201917 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $6,455 
13 Jan 201924 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $6,055 
20 Jan 201931 Jan 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,055
03 Feb 201914 Feb 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,055
10 Feb 201921 Feb 2019Fully BookedAUD $6,055 
17 Feb 201928 Feb 2019Limited SeatsAUD $6,055
24 Feb 201907 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,055
03 Mar 201914 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,055
10 Mar 201921 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,055
17 Mar 201928 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,055
24 Mar 201904 Apr 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,055
31 Mar 201911 Apr 2019Limited SeatsAUD $6,055
07 Apr 201918 Apr 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,255
14 Apr 201925 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $6,755
21 Apr 201902 May 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,455
16 Jun 201927 Jun 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,255
21 Jul 201901 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $6,005
25 Aug 201905 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $6,005
22 Sep 201903 Oct 2019Limited SeatsAUD $6,205
29 Sep 201910 Oct 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,705
06 Oct 201917 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $6,605
13 Oct 201924 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $6,605
20 Oct 201931 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $6,605
27 Oct 201907 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $6,605
03 Nov 201914 Nov 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,605
10 Nov 201921 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $6,605
17 Nov 201928 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $6,605
24 Nov 201905 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $6,605
01 Dec 201912 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $6,605
08 Dec 201919 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $6,705
15 Dec 201926 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $7,505
22 Dec 201902 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $8,205
29 Dec 201909 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $7,705
05 Jan 202016 Jan 2020Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,705
12 Jan 202023 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $6,705
19 Jan 202030 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $6,505
26 Jan 202006 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $6,505
02 Feb 202013 Feb 2020Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,505
09 Feb 202020 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $6,505
16 Feb 202027 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $6,505
23 Feb 202005 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $6,505
01 Mar 202012 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $6,505
08 Mar 202019 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $6,505
15 Mar 202026 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $6,505
22 Mar 202002 Apr 2020Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,505
29 Mar 202009 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $6,705
05 Apr 202016 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $7,205
12 Apr 202023 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $7,205
31 May 202011 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $6,205
14 Jun 202025 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $6,205
ItineraryExpand
Highlights of Egypt

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, where construction began approximately 4,500 years ago. 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, believed to have been designed by the famous vizier of King Zoser, Imhotep. [B]

Day 4. Cairo Excursion

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. There will also be time for an optional visit to the "Mummy Room". We'll then visit the 12th century Saladin Citadel of Cairo and the Mohammed Ali Mosque. Built in classic Turkish style, it resembles the great mosques of Istanbul. Our last stop is the 14th century Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, a major souk in Cairo's Islamic District. Famous for its handmade crafts, it's also the perfect place to enjoy a traditional Arabic coffee. There are no fixed prices here, so make sure you practice your haggling skills! [B]

Day 5. Giza - Aswan

Today we take a short flight to Aswan, gateway to the incredible history, temples and monuments of Upper Egypt. 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, observing life along the banks of the river as our boat takes advantage of the gentle winds and currents. [B]

Day 6. 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.

Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to discover Aswan further or relax on board.

Day 7. 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. 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 8. Nile Cruise

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]

Day 9. Nile Cruise - Luxor

Disembark Cruise: We disembark the cruise after breakfast and set off to explore the West Bank - the world's largest open-air museum!

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. Regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, 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]

Day 10. 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 11. Depart Cairo

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

Day 12. Arrive Australia