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24 Day Egypt & Jordan Discovery Itinerary (Bunnik)
Countries Explored: Jordan Egypt
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Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Bunnik's 24 Day Egypt & Jordan Discovery. Take an in-depth journey back in time to the ageless and ancient worlds of Egypt & Jordan. Explore bustling Cairo, cruise down the Nile, float in the salt-drenched Dead Sea, and discover the wonders of Petra. Uncover a whole world of incredible pyramids, magnificent monuments, and beautiful temples, complete with a rich and fascinating history. Return international flights are included between Australia and the start & end point of your trip. Surcharges...read more may apply.


Welcome to Jordan, a country that is home to some of mankind's earliest settlements. We begin in Amman, Jordan's bustling and vibrant capital and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world. We'll enjoy some free time to relax and freshen up, before meeting our fellow travellers at a group welcome dinner this evening. (D)

This morning we will visit the magnificently restored Roman theatre, a highlight for most visitors to Amman and then continue to the impressive Ajloun Castle or ‘Qalaat Rabadh' (Arabic for ‘Hilltop Castle'). This Islamic castle was built in the 12th century and served as a military fort to protect the region from invading Crusader forces.

We'll continue to Jerash, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved Greco-Roman cities in the world. The ancient city was buried in sand before being gradually revealed through a series of excavations, starting in 1925 and continuing to this day. We'll tour through the colonnaded streets, amphitheatre, churches, temples and the vast Roman Forum before continuing to Beit Khayrat Souf.

Special Experience: Visit Beit Khayrat Souf, an organization deeply rooted in local history and known as the spot for tasting and experiencing authentic Jordanian culture.

Following our visit, we will enjoy lunch arranged by the local women using organic products.

We'll then return to Amman where the evening is at leisure. (B/L)

Dana is one of Jordan's hidden gems. The 15th century stone village of Dana is a wonderful place to enjoy some village atmosphere and spectacular scenery. En-route to Dana, we begin with a visit to the amazing Amman Citadel that is perched atop the Jabal Al Qal'a, one of the cities highest hills and one of the seven Jabals that originally made up the city. We will walk through this ancient ruin to gain insight into Jordan's history while also enjoying incredible panoramic views.

Next we'll stop in Madaba, known as 'The City of Mosaics', where underneath almost every house lies a fine Byzantine mosaic. We will visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St George, home to Madaba's main attraction, a wonderfully vivid, 6th century Byzantine mosaic map showing the entire region from Jordan and Palestine in the north, to Egypt in the south. We'll also stop at Mount Nebo, the centre for pilgrimages since the earliest Christian times. Mount Nebo is one of the most sacred holy sites of Jordan as it is said to be the place where Moses was buried.

Special Experience: We head to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage-listed Dana Biosphere Reserve where we walk a section of the Dana Village Trail. Dana Biosphere is Jordan's largest nature reserve and home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. (B/D)

Jordan's only coastal city, the picturesque Aqaba on the Red Sea is our destination for today. Aqaba is Jordan's major tourism resort and only seaport, with its Red Sea coastline, fascinating history and prime location attracting thousands of tourists each year. We will cruise through the crystal-clear waters of the Aqaba Marine Park on a glass boat and enjoy a delicious lunch. The evening is free to relax or explore more of Aqaba. (B/L)

Today we'll journey to the breathtaking Wadi Rum, a protected desert wilderness in southern Jordan. Traces of ancient civilisations exist in the many carved inscriptions to be found throughout the Wadi Rum area, from pictographs to Thamudic, Nabatean and Arabic texts. The most lasting monuments in Wadi Rum, however, are those carved by nature - the natural rock bridges, the towering rose-coloured sand dunes and vast peaks.

Special Experience: Enjoy an exclusive BBQ lunch in the heart of the Wadi Rum desert. In one of the most stunning desertscapes in the world, we'll take an exciting 4WD tour and spend an unforgettable night in a Bedouin-style desert camp. (B/L/D)

Today we make our way towards Petra, stopping to visit the fascinating 'Little Petra', also known as Siq al-Barid. Little Petra has a history dating back some 9,000 years and is one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Middle East. Famous for its ancient buildings sculpted out of solid red sandstone, Little Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site since 1985. Tonight, we'll enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant in Petra.

Optional Excursion: Camel Ride - Experience an iconic aspect of Bedouin life, taking a camel ride through Wadi Rum. Savour the views of uniquely shaped mountains that rise vertically out of the pink desert sand at a relaxed pace. 1 hour – from $25pp US. (B/D)

Located in Jordan's southwestern desert, Petra is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites. This morning we explore the famous lost city of Petra on a guided tour. 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. Attracting visitors from all over the world, much of Petra's appeal comes from its breathtaking setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge.

Our guide will explain the history of this great city and our tour will include a visit to Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury. We will also visit Pharaoh's Castle, the Triumphal Arch, the Amphitheatre situated near the top of a large hill and the stunning Monastery. The view from here is worth the climb! After our guided tour, enjoy the rest of the day free to explore this delightful city independently. (B/D)

If you're feeling adventurous and like to rise early you could take the option to re-visit Petra this morning. Driving along the Wadi Araba Road our first stop today is the Crusader fortress of Kerak. Built in 1142 by Payen le Bouteiller, Lord of Montreal, the fortress sits on the remains of earlier citadels which date back to Nabataean times.

Next, we venture to the lowest point on Earth - the Dead Sea. As its name evokes, the Dead Sea is devoid of life due to the extremely high content of salts and minerals that give its waters its renowned curative powers, therapeutic qualities and buoyancy. Because the salt content is four times that of most oceans, you can float in the Dead Sea without even trying. The rest of the day is at leisure. Why not take a dip in the Dead Sea and cover your body in the therapeutic mud, said to have amazing benefits for your skin? (B/D)

We will transfer to the airport today, for our flight to Cairo. Set on the Nile River, Cairo is the capital and largest city of Egypt. Home to many famous Egyptian landmarks, visitors will find it to be a fascinating and often bewildering mixture of old and new. Meet your guide and transfer to the hotel before a group dinner to welcome us to Egypt. (B/D)

Our touring in Egypt begins at the oldest structures in existence and one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, 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. Our tour will also take us to visit a weaving workshop, with an opportunity to purchase a locally made Egyptian carpet. 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.

Optional Excursion: Sound & Light Show at Giza - Taking place on the Giza plateau, you will hear the story of Egypt as seen through the eyes of the Sphinx over the ages and see the breathtaking sight of the floodlit pyramids lit up under the stars. Please Note: you may not be permitted to use video cameras during this performance. 1 hour – from $55pp US. (B)

After breakfast we will travel to the city of Alexandria on Egypt's north coast. The port city located on the Mediterranean Sea was founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great. Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt and is best known for the Lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos) one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

We will take a half day tour around Alexandria and visit the National Museum containing around 1,800 artifacts that narrate the story of Alexandria. Other highlights include 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)

Our journey takes us westward through the dunes along the Mediterranean coast, following the route of Field Marshal Montgomery to El Alamein. The coastal town was the site of two major battles between British and Axis forces during World War II.

Special Experience: Visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery and Military Museum associated with the Battle of El Alamein. The cemetery encompasses 7,367 tombs of war victims from Britain, New Zealand, Australia, France, India and Malta. We'll also stop to visit the El Alamein Military Museum including five main halls (representing the countries that participated in the battle) and view the unique paintings of the war scenes.

We'll then return to Cairo and the evening is for you to explore at your leisure. (B)

This morning we will fly to Luxor in Upper Egypt. Located on the east bank of the Nile River, the city surrounds two huge, surviving ancient monuments. Upon arrival we'll meet our guide and transfer to the hotel before some sightseeing. Our sightseeing begins at 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-tall 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. We'll also visit a local gallery to appreciate the ancient artform of papyrus craft, with an opportunity to purchase the artwork to take home. (B)

Take a half-day tour to Dendera Temple complex and see one of the best-preserved temples and most important sites of ancient Egypt, the Temple of Hathor (the goddess of pleasure and love). Optional Excursion: Sound & Light Show at Karnak - Experience the beauty of Karnak Temple illuminated against the night as the pharaohs of the New Kingdom take you on a journey into Ancient Egypt. Please Note: you may not be permitted to use video cameras during this performance. 1.5 hours – from $55pp US. (B)

This morning we discover the sights of Luxor on a half day tour. Our first stop for the day is the Valley of the Kings, where we have entry to visit Tutankhamun's Tomb. 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 the tomb 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, a historic landmark consisting of two massive statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. We then stop at a nearby alabaster workshop, to learn how the locally quarried stone is carved and crafted and can purchase a souvenir piece to take home if so inclined. This afternoon we embark our Nile River cruise ship. Lunch is served on board and the rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy at leisure.

Optional Excursion: Hot Air Balloon Ride West Bank - Don't miss this opportunity for incomparable views of Luxor's famous temples! Enjoy a hot-air balloon ride directly of the Nile River's West Bank. Away from the crowds in the peaceful glow of dawn, your flight over Egypt's ancient monuments promises to be a highlight of your visit. Includes transport ex hotel. 1.5 hours – from $160pp US.

Optional Excursion: Deir El Medina, Medinet Habu & Nobles Tombs - Deir el-Medina is one of the most well-preserved ancient settlements in Egypt. It lies near Thebes and was once a highly skilled community of craftsmen and their families. Visit Medinet Habu, the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses II. Also see the Nobles tombs of the great dignitaries from the middle & new kingdom dynasties. 3 hours – from $75pp US - minimum 4 participants required. (B/L/D)

Today will be spent cruising along the Nile as we set sail for Edfu, crossing the lock at Esna and continuing south. (B/L/D)

Located on the west bank of the Nile River between Esna and Aswan you will find Edfu. The Egyptian city has a population of approximately sixty thousand people. It is famous for the Temple of Horus, dedicated to the Falcon God, the main attraction which we'll visit this morning. 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 Haroeris, before continuing to Aswan this evening. Tonight, we enjoy a traditional Galabeya party on board. (B/L/D)

An early start this morning as we cross the desert to Abu Simbel. Our destination is the incredible UNESCO listed 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. We will spend a few hours exploring the temples before returning to Aswan to embark the Nile cruise ship. We'll enjoy lunch on board and afternoon is at your leisure.

Optional Excursion: Sound & Light Show at Philae - A magical experience visiting Philae Temple at night for the Sound & Light Show. Walk through the dramatically lit temple as its history is narrated. Please Note: you may not be permitted to use video cameras during this performance. 1.5 hours – from $55pp US. (B/L/D)

Today, we disembark the Nile cruise ship and bid farewell to the crew. Today will be spent exploring the incredible sights of Aswan. On a half day tour, we visit the High Dam, the picturesque Philae Temple on Agilkia Island and the Unfinished Obelisk. We'll also visit a local store which produces an assortment of aromatic perfumes and oils, along with ornate accessories, all available for purchase.

Special Experience: Travel by felucca to a Nubian village, visit the local market and enjoy lunch with a Nubian family in their home. We'll return to our hotel by felucca where the evening is at leisure. (B/L)

We'll transfer to Aswan airport today, for our flight back to Cairo. Upon arrival we'll meet with our local guide and transfer to our hotel before an evening at leisure. (B)

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. We'll also visit a local jewelry shop, that specialises in customised gold and silver cartouches, which will be available for purchase. Tonight, we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. (B/D)

Today marks the completion of our incredible adventure across Egypt and Jordan. We bid farewell to Egypt and begin our journey home. We hope you leave with fantastic memories! Please note, in order to undertake the following optional tours additional post tour accommodation in Cairo may be required. Please check with your Travel Specialist for details.

Optional Excursion: The Pyramids of Dashur - Dahshur forms the southernmost area of the Memphis Necropolis & contains a number of pyramid complexes & monuments. This site was used as funerary grounds beginning in the time of the Fourth Dynasty, where King Senefru built two of his three pyramids: the 'Bent' pyramid, named for the angle of the sides, & the 'Red Pyramid' named for the red limestone used in its construction. 2 hours – from $63pp US.

Optional Excursion: Islamic Cairo - Visit the Gayer Anderson Museum - two houses from the 16th & 17th century built with a unique architectural style & filled with antiques from all over the Middle East. Nearby is the Ibn Toulon Mosque, one of Cairo's biggest mosques, built in the 8th century with strong Persian design influences. The final stop is the El Sultan Hassan Mosque, built in the 13th century & considered one of the best examples of Islamic architecture from that era. 3 hours – from $52pp US.

Optional Excursion: Coptic Cairo - Discover the ancient sites & culture of Coptic Christians throughout Old Cairo. Visit the Hanging Church, possibly the oldest Christian church in Egypt & Abu Serga, a place where the Holy Family rested after fleeing Israel from King Herod. See Ben Ezra Synagogue, one of the oldest synagogues in Egypt. 3 hours - from $52pp US. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Jewels of Jordan

  • Enjoy the sites of Amman including the Citadel and the Roman Theatre
  • Visit the beautifully preserved Roman city of Jerash
  • Admire the views from the impressive Islamic Ajloun Castle
  • Enjoy a visit to Beit Khayrat Souf, followed by lunch prepared using organic products
  • See the spectacular Byzantine and Umayyed mosaics in Madaba
  • Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St George
  • Visit Mt Nebo for fantastic views of the Jordan Valley
  • Walk a section of the Dana Village Trail
  • Discover Aqaba, Jordan's only coastal city
  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Red Sea
  • BBQ lunch in the heart of the Wadi Rum desert
  • Explore the unique desert landscape of Wadi Rum on a 4WD tour
  • Enjoy an unforgettable night at a desert camp in Wadi Rum
  • Discover fascinating Little Petra
  • Visit one of the world’s greatest treasures – the lost city of Petra!
  • Visit the impressive Kerak Castle
  • Swim or float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea

Unlock the mysteries of Egypt's ancient civilization

  • Discover the Great Pyramids of Giza and the famous Sphinx
  • Visit the incredible Step Pyramid of Sakkara, the statue of Ramses II and the old capital of Memphis
  • Be fascinated by Alexandria, the 'Pearl of the Mediterranean’
  • Visit Alexandria’s National Museum, Pompey's Pillar, the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, New Bibliotheca, Montazah Palace and see the Citadel of Qaitbey
  • Pay homage at the Battlefield Cemetery and Military Museum of El Alamein
  • Visit the beautiful Luxor and Karnak Temples
  • Half day tour of Dendera Temple complex
  • 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
  • Entry into Tutankhamun’s Tomb
  • 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
  • Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo
  • Enjoy a galabeya party whilst cruising the Nile
  • Visit the stunning temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel
  • Explore Aswan including the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and the beautiful Philae Temple on Agilkia Island
  • Travel by felucca to a Nubian village and enjoy lunch with a Nubian family in their home
  • Explore the world-renowned Egyptian Museum
  • Visit the Mohammed Ali Mosque, the Saladin Citadel of Cairo and the centuries-old Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

  • 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 4WD in Wadi Rum)
  • 4-night Nile River cruise
  • Tipping Made Easy, $430pp pre-paid

  • 16 nights in 3-5 star hotels
  • 1 night at a Bedouin-style desert camp with private facilities in magnificent Wadi Rum
  • 4 nights in an outside cabin on board a 5-star (Egyptian standard) luxury Nile River cruise
  • InterContinental Jordan , Amman
  • Dana Guest House, Dana
  • Al Manara Hotel, Aqaba
  • Rahayeb Desert Camp, Wadi Rum
  • Petra Guest House, Petra
  • Crowne Plaza Resort & Spa, Dead Sea
  • Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino, Cairo
  • Helnan Palestine Hotel, Alexandria
  • Le Meridien Cairo Airport, Cairo
  • Steigenberger Nile Palace, Luxor
  • Movenpick Royal Lily, Nile Cruise
  • Movenpick Resort, Aswan

  • 21 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

  • English-speaking locally based driver and guide in Jordan (English-speaking driver and local specialist guides at Jerash, Ajloun Castle, Mt Nebo & Petra for group sizes below 5 passengers)
  • English-speaking, university-qualified Egyptologist guides

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.
  • Ramadan is observed from 10 March to 08 April 2024.
  • Due to local laws and regulations, the only mode of transport available to visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu is by horse and carriage. You are welcome to explore Edfu independently or stay on board the cruise to enjoy the ship’s facilities if you would prefer.
  • The luxury Nile cruise is not a private charter, and is shared with non-Bunnik passengers. Due to the limited space for docking along the Nile, ships bank together when stopped. Therefore in some cases, you may need to walk through as many as six ships to enter and exit our cruise ship. The Nile Cruises featured on all tourist itineraries to Egypt operate between the cities of Luxor and Aswan. These cities lie only 240 kilometres apart which means this distance could easily be covered in only 1 or 2 days without stops. However, due to logistical and scheduling reasons the cruises are offered only as 3, 4 and 7 night packages. This allows for extensive sightseeing along the way and, as such, much of the time is spent in port in Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo or Aswan. Each cruise itinerary will however, have an element of day-time cruising allowing us to relax and see life along the river.
  • Please note that due to the high volume of river traffic all cruise itineraries are subject to change without notice. The order and timing of sightseeing may therefore change however all inclusions will remain the same.
  • Travel through the Esna Lock is subject to river traffic and local conditions which means we may pass through the lock during the night or have an extended wait prior to entering the lock.
  • Timing & practicability of optional excursions are subject to several external factors, such as internal flight timings, weather & traffic conditions. For optional excursions ex Cairo, post-tour accommodation is recommended to allow sufficient time. Further optional excursions not listed may be offered by your guide throughout the tour.
  • All optional tours are based on a minimum of 2 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised is an approximate only. Tours can be booked on tour directly with your Tour Director or guide. We recommend arranging the booking at the beginning of the tour to avoid disappointment. Please note some optional tours may also be available on multiple or alternate days. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without prior notice. Payment by cash is preferred as there are no guarantees that credit card facilities will be available. Please check with your Tour Director or guide locally for information relating to this. Credit card fees and exchange rates are at the discretion of your bank.

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Wonderful Tour to Jordan and Egypt   0 , VIC, Australia, Oct 2022
The tour was well organized and efficiently run. The hotels were good to very good except the one at the Dana Biosphere which was not a finished hotel and many issues involved. Food was generally ok, except that many meals did not cater for a Vegan diet. I’ve not travelled with Bunnik before and for the price we payed I would’ve expected more. In any ...read more case, the trip was on my bucket list and I was happy to see all that I set out to see. Guide in Jordan was very good, guide in Egypt was good.
Excellent holiday 4 , NSW, Australia, Oct 2016
The local tour guides we have for Jordan and Egypt were excellent, especially Mofid of Cairo. His knowledge of Egypt is exceptional and that made a lot of difference to the trip which became very interesting and informative. The tour coach were not very good, as the air conditioning was not working most of the time and the seats not very comfortabl ...read moree.
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