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Egypt in Depth

Sun Festival, Special Departure
Our February 14 2018 & February 10 2019 departures 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

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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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 $7,205
Start Location
Egypt
End Location
Egypt
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
2 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Festival, Relaxing
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
02 May 201818 May 2018Fully BookedAUD $6,555 
27 Jun 201813 Jul 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,755
15 Jul 201831 Jul 2018AvailableAUD $6,495
19 Aug 201804 Sep 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $5,895
02 Sep 201818 Sep 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $5,895
16 Sep 201802 Oct 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $5,895
23 Sep 201809 Oct 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,095
30 Sep 201816 Oct 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,295
14 Oct 201830 Oct 2018Limited SeatsAUD $6,295
21 Oct 201806 Nov 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,295
28 Oct 201813 Nov 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,295
04 Nov 201820 Nov 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,295
11 Nov 201827 Nov 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,295
18 Nov 201804 Dec 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,295
25 Nov 201811 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $6,295
02 Dec 201818 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $6,595
16 Dec 201801 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $8,095
06 Jan 201922 Jan 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,795
13 Jan 201929 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $6,495
20 Jan 201905 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $6,495
27 Jan 201912 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $6,495
03 Feb 201919 Feb 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,495
10 Feb 201926 Feb 2019Limited SeatsAUD $6,495
17 Feb 201905 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,495
24 Feb 201912 Mar 2019AvailableAUD $6,495
03 Mar 201919 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,495
10 Mar 201926 Mar 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,495
17 Mar 201902 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $6,495
24 Mar 201909 Apr 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,495
31 Mar 201916 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $6,595
07 Apr 201923 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $6,995
14 Apr 201930 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $7,695
21 Apr 201907 May 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,995
16 Jun 201902 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $6,095
Itinerary
Itinerary 2018/19

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

For departures from 15 July 2018

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

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 - Aswan

Disembark Cruise: We disembark the 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.

This afternoon we'll relax on a cruise along the Nile on board a traditional felucca sailboat. [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 2017/18

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

For departures to 27 June 2018

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive in Cairo

Welcome to Cairo, the sprawling capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa. This evening we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. [D]

Day 3. Cairo

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. 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 5. Luxor

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 is in fact one of only a few women to be given the title of pharaoh. We'll then visit the Colossi of Memnon. [B]

Day 6. Luxor - Nile Cruise

Embark Cruise: This afternoon we board our Nile River cruise ship. Sit back, relax and watch day-to-day Egyptian life on the banks of the Nile as we cruise by. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Nile Cruise

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

Day 8. 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 traditional galabeya party on board. [B,L,D]

Day 9. 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.

Later this morning we'll return to Aswan. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. [B,L,D]

Day 10. Nile Cruise - Aswan

Disembark Cruise: We disembark the cruise and explore Aswan.

Highlights of our sightseeing include the High Dam, the picturesque 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 11. Aswan - Cairo

Enjoy the morning at leisure before our afternoon flight back to Cairo. [B]

Day 12. Cairo - 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 13. 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 today is the Citadel of Qaitbay, a spectacular 15th century defensive fortress overlooking the Mediterranean. [B,L]

Day 14. 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 15. 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. This evening 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 in Australia


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