Best of Egypt & Turkey

Immerse yourself in the incredible history of Turkey and Egypt. Discover the ancient civilisations and priceless treasures of bygone eras, indulge your senses in colourful market bazaars and explore the beautiful contrasting landscapes of these two unique countries.

Turkish delights

Our tour of Turkey starts in Istanbul, where we explore this fascinating city. We’ll visit the Topkapi Palace, the unique Blue Mosque, the famous Hippodrome, and the magnificent Basilica of St Sophia. Other highlights include Troy, where we’ll visit the Trojan horse, and Ephesus, the largest ancient city ever uncovered.

Natural wonders

Our Turkish tour continues onto Pamukkale where, over the years, nature’s hot springs have created many wonderful pools in the limestone cliff. We then travel on to Cappadocia to explore the surreal lunar-like landscape. It’s full of ‘fairy chimneys’, or strange rock formations that have formed naturally after hundreds of years of erosion.

Exciting Egypt

From here our tour continues to Egypt. Beginning our tour of Egypt in Cairo, we see the Great Pyramids of Giza and the iconic Sphinx. We’ll also take a Nile cruise, enjoying highlights along the way such as the temples of Karnak and Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, and Abu Simbel.

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

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Istanbul

Welcome to magical Istanbul, the city where East meets West, at the border of Asia and Europe. Meet your fellow travellers and tour director tonight for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Istanbul

After breakfast we explore the opulent Topkapi Palace, once home to the great sultans. We’ll also visit the iconic Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and Hippodrome, test our bargaining skills at the aromatic Spice Bazaar and browse the ornate stalls of the famous Grand Bazaar. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

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Special Experience: Taste some Turkish delicacies. Think baklava and Turkish coffee, and of course, Turkish delight!

Day 4. Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

A day close to the hearts of many Australians. We make our way to Gallipoli to pay homage to the spirit of the Anzacs at Anzac Cove, the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, and Johnston’s Jolly. [B,D]

Day 5. Çanakkale – Troy – Kuşadasi

This morning we visit Troy, where the legend of the wooden horse was born, before continuing to the ancient city of Pergamum, once ruled by Alexander the Great. [B,L]

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Special Experience: For lunch we’ll watch a traditional Turkish pide-making demonstration and taste this local delicacy fresh from the oven.

Day 6. Ephesus Excursion

Step back in time as we visit Ephesus, the largest Roman city ever uncovered. We’ll walk through the streets, passing by the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Artemis and the Sacred House of the Virgin Mary, where she is reputed to have spent her last days. [B]

Day 7. Kuşadasi – Pamukkale

We travel to Pamukkale via Aphrodisias and its famed Sculpture School. It’s also home to the largest stadium in the Classical world. [B,D]

Day 8. Pamukkale – Konya

Today we explore the amazing landscape of Hierapolis, an ancient Greek city sitting on top of the site of Pamukkale. Over a period of 14,000 years, nature has created a unique grouping of hot springs that cascade over a cliff, forming calcium-rich pools. [B]

Day 9. Konya – Cappadocia

Today we’ll see Catalhöyük, the largest and best-preserved Neolithic site, with its spectacular wall paintings. We also visit the Mevlana Museum and learn about the mystical religious sect known as the Whirling Dervishes. [B,D]

Day 10. Cappadocia

Greet the day in enchanting Cappadocia. Today we visit the hidden monastic valley of Paşabaği and a traditional carpet factory to learn about the beautiful Turkish carpets. This afternoon we explore the Göreme Valley, situated amongst the ‘fairy chimney’ rock formations. [B,D]

Day 11. Cappadocia – Istanbul

This morning we explore one of the many underground cities for which Cappadocia is famous. We’ll then visit the village of Avanos, known for its ceramic art dating back to the 12th century BC, before our flight back to Istanbul. [B]

Day 12. Istanbul – Cairo – Giza

After breakfast we visit the magnificent Basilica of Hagia Sophia, built in 532 AD by Constantine the Great. This afternoon we fly to Egypt and its sprawling capital, Cairo. [B,D]

Day 13. 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 incredible Step Pyramid of Sakkara. [B]

Day 14. Cairo

Today we visit the 12th century Saladin Citadel of Cairo and the Mohammed Ali Mosque. We’ll then discover the 14th century souk, Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. This afternoon we’ll visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun’s priceless treasures. [B]

Day 15. Cairo – Luxor – Nile Cruise

This morning we fly to Luxor in Upper Egypt. Here we’ll explore the fascinating Karnak Temple, once linked to Luxor Temple by a 3km-long Avenue of Sphinxes. [B,L,D]

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Embark Cruise: This afternoon we board our Nile River cruise ship.

Day 16. Nile Cruise

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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 the tombs to see examples of the elaborate and well-preserved hieroglyphic paintings. [B,L,D]

Day 17. 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. We’ll then cruise to the riverside Temple of Kom Ombo. Tonight we’ll experience a traditional galabeya party on board. [B,L,D]

Day 18. Nile Cruise

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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 as a monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari. [B,L,D]

Day 19. Nile Cruise – Aswan

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Disembark Cruise: We disembark 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. [B]

Day 20. Aswan – Cairo

Today we fly back to Cairo and visit the Pyramids of Dahshur. Here we’ll see the ‘Bent’ and ‘Red’ pyramids built by King Senefru. [B]

Day 21. Cairo

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Cairo before our group farewell dinner this evening. [B,D]

Day 22. Depart Cairo

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 23. Arrive Australia

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe & the Middle East. Taxes included.
  • 4 economy-class flights within Europe & the Middle East
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Nile River cruise
  • Tipping Made Easy, $345pp prepaid 

Accommodation & Meals

  • 16 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)
  • 20 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 11 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based Tour Director in Turkey
  • English-speaking Egyptologist guides in Egypt

Sightseeing

Turkish Delights

  • Tour Istanbul’s magnificent Topkapi Palace, once home to the great Sultans and their families
  • Admire the interior walls of the unique Blue Mosque in Istanbul which are covered with twenty thousand blue Iznik tiles
  • Walk across the Hippodrome, once the heart of Istanbul’s political and sporting life
  • Visit the Underground Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, the largest surviving Byzantium Cistern
  • Enjoy some tastings of Turkey’s unique flavours including coffee, turkish delights and baklava
  • Browse at will through the stalls, with the scents of hundreds of spices permeating the air of the Istanbul Spice Bazaar
  • Explore Istanbul’s famous Grand Bazaar. Built in 1457, it is one of the largest covered markets in the world
  • Visit the World War I battlefields famous for the ANZAC involvement in the Gallipoli Campaign
  • Stop in the town of Troy, one of the oldest discovered sites in Asia Minor
  • Tour the ancient city of Pergamum, a small settlement during the Archaic Period which developed in to the capital of the Hellenistic Attalid Dynasty
  • Watch a traditional turkish pide-making demonstration and taste this local treat!
  • Explore Ephesus, the largest Roman city ever uncovered
  • Visit the House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed the Virgin Mary visited in her last days
  • See the beautiful city of Aphrodisias, one of the finest archaeological sites in Turkey
  • Visit the site of Hierapolis, meaning ‘Sacred City’, in Pamukkale
  • See the unique natural site of Pamukkale – white calcareous castles are formed by limestone-laden thermal springs, creating the unbelievable formation of stalactites, potholes and cataracts
  • See Catalhöyük, the largest and best-preserved Neolithic site with spectacular artworks and wall paintings, dating back to approximately 5,700 BC
  • Visit the Mevlana Museum and learn about the mystical religious order known as the Whirling Dervishes
  • Visit the hidden monastic valley of Paşabaği, with a large number of carved rock houses and churches
  • Travel to the fascinating Göreme Valley, with its amazing moon-like setting. Over thousands of years, the rain has eroded this landscape to give rise to strange rock formations known as ‘Fairy Chimneys’
  • Visit one of Cappadocia’s underground cities where, during the sixth century, the Christian inhabitants of this region began to tunnel into the large soft volcanic rock hills
  • Explore the village of Avanos, famous for hand-made pottery
  • Tour Istanbul’s domed Basilica of St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia), which has inspired architects and religious leaders for almost 1,500 years

Unlock the mysteries of Egypt’s ancient civilisation

  • Spend two full days exploring Cairo, including the Great Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Mohammed Ali Mosque, Saladin Citadel of Cairo, the centuries-old Khan El Khalili bazaar and the Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun’s priceless treasures
  • Visit Memphis and the unique Step Pyramid of Sakkara
  • Discover the amazing temples of Karnak and Luxor which were once linked by a 3kilometre long Avenue of Sphinxes
  • Spend 4 nights on board a luxury cruise ship and travel down the majestic Nile River
  • Tour the wonderfully preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu, Kom Ombo’s beautiful riverside temples, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon and the Valley of the Kings
  • Visit the stunning temples of Ramses ll and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel
  • Experience a traditional galabeya party on board the Nile cruise.
  • Explore Aswan on a half-day tour, including the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Isis on Philae Island
  • Spend a relaxing afternoon on a traditional felucca sail boat
  • Visit Dhashur to see the ‘Bent’ and ‘Red’ pyramids

Starts

Ends

Price

Status

2018-08-25

2018-09-16

9310

Available

2018-09-15

2018-10-07

9510

Available

2018-10-06

2018-10-28

9810

Available

2019-01-05

2019-01-27

9810

Available

2019-02-02

2019-02-24

9810

Available

2019-03-02

2019-03-24

9810

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2019-03-30

2019-04-21

10110

Available

2019-06-08

2019-06-30

9610

Available

Amethyst Hotel, Istanbul

Located at the heart of the historical peninsula and the shopping centre of Istanbul, the Amethyst Hotel provides top quality 4-star hospitality. It is within the Old Town of Istanbul and walking distance to the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern which are among the world’s most important historical and cultural places. Features include an incredible indoor swimming pool, Turkish Bath, sauna, massage rooms and vitamin bar!

Facilities: air-conditioner; free wifi; fridge/minibar; tea and coffee making facilities; in-room safe

Kolin Hotel, Canakkale

The Kolin Hotel is set by the Sea of Marmara, located on 86,000 square metres of land and with 650 metres of coastline. Gardens overlook the Strait and there are views of the sea, Gallipoli National Park and a stunning garden. Guests are able to use the hotel’s bicycle and trekking courses, soccer, volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, outdoor and indoor (heated) pools, sauna, Turkish bath, Finnish bath, Jacuzzi, fitness centre and spa.

Facilities: air-conditioner; free wifi; safe; fridge/minibar; indoor and outdoor pools

Charisma De Luxe Hotel, Kusadasi

Located waterside in the heart of Kusadasi’s city centre, this luxury hotel boasts a full-service spa, traditional Turkish bath, restaurant, multiple pools and poolside bars. The property is just a 15-minute walk from the Kusadasi Marina and the city’s main beach.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; indoor & outdoor swimming pools

Hotel Doga Thermal Health & Spa, Pamukkale

Dedeman Konya Hotel

Kapadokya Lodge Hotel, Cappadocia

Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel, Cairo

Le Meridien Pyramids comprises elegantly decorated guestrooms. Enjoy incredible views of the majestic Pyramids of Giza from your sun lounge beside the pool. There are a variety of restaurants to choose from offering Mediterranean, International, Egyptian and Mexican food as well as 2 cafes, including a traditional Shisha cafe. Hotel amenities include dry cleaning, currency exchange, laundry, gift shops and spa services.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi (public areas); fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Movenpick MS Royal Lily, Nile Cruise

Movenpick MS Royal Lotus, Nile Cruise

Movenpick Hotel, Aswan

Mövenpick Resort Aswan is located on Elephantine Island in the middle of the River Nile, within walking distance of the historical Island, touristic sites, central station and cultural hotspots. Mövenpick Resort Aswan offers luxurious accommodation with countless services including a swimming pool, tennis court, and gymnasium. The well-appointed rooms are spacious and stylish. All of them offer private balconies or terraces, and many enjoy panoramic views across the river.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo

The Cairo Marriott Hotel is located in Cairo’s Zamalek district and is a 20 minute walk to the Egyptian Museum. It features an outdoor swimming pool, beautifully manicured gardens, a casino and 14 food and beverage outlets offering a range of cuisine including Japanese, Italian, French and Middle Eastern. Guests can relax at the sauna or enjoy a range of massages at the spa.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Istanbul

The most popular months to visit Turkey range from April to October. However, the spring months of April and May and autumnal months of September and October do see slightly less visitors than the peak summer months of June, July and August.

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Konya has a continental climate with cold, snowy winters and hot, dry summers.

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Cairo has an arid, desert climate which means that the day time temperatures are always warm and the nights are cool. Unlike other climates there are two distinct seasons, a long hot summer from May until October and a mild winter from November to April. This being said the most popular times for travel to Egypt are between the months of October and May as the temperature and humidity are the most comfortable.

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Aswan

Turkey, New Turkish Lira

Egypt, Egyptian Pound

Turkey

Bosphorus Cruise – 1hr 15mins – €40pp (minimum 10 people)
On this magical journey covering both European and Asian shores by our private boat you’ll see the marvellous monuments and districts like: Maiden Tower (Kiz Kulesi), Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy, Fethi Ahmet Pasa Mansion, Ortakoy Mosque, Beylerbeyi Palace, Kuleli Military School and Arnavutkoy, Bebek.

Balloon Ride – 1hr – €160pp
Live the dream to gently float over the countryside in complete harmony with the deep canyons and lush fertile valleys of Cappadocia. Gentle winds carry you over places that could never be reached except by balloon.

Turkish Night – 2-3hrs – €40pp (minimum 5 people)
This performance demonstrates the traditional way in which a girl gets married in Turkey. The bride dressed in a beautiful red dress dances in the middle and the groom tries to win her affections by performing different shows for her.  All the guests are then invited to join the dance floor with them.  The highlight of the night is the Belly Dancer! She performs her breath-taking dance making her way around the room sharing the secrets of belly-dancing with some basic figures. The night concludes with a demonstration of the Fire Dance, Caucasian Dance with knives and a drum show.  During the night the waiters will serve unlimited soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with appetizers.

Egypt

Coptic Cairo – 3hrs –  $45pp US
Discover the ancient sites and culture of Coptic Christians throughout Old Cairo. Visit the Hanging Church, possibly the oldest Christian church in Egypt and 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. Set in a shady garden, it was built on the site of a 4th-century Christian church.

Islamic Cairo – 3hrs – $45pp US 
Visit the Gayer Anderson Museum – two houses from the 16th and 17th century built with a unique architectural style and 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 and considered one of the best examples of Islamic architecture from that era.

Sound & Light Show at Giza – 1hr – $50pp US
The Sound and Light Show at the Great Pyramids takes 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.

Luxor Museum – 1.5hrs – $45pp US 
Experience one of the best displays of antiquities in Egypt at the Luxor Museum, including artefacts from King Tutankhamen’s Tomb.
Includes: Egyptologist tour guide, private car and driver, museum representative & entrance fees.

Sound & Light Show Karnak – 1.5hrs – $50pp US
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. 

Hot Air Balloon Ride West Bank – 1.5hrs (includes transport ex hotel) – $150pp US
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.

City Tour in Aswan – 1.5hrs – $35pp US
Witness local life in Aswan, highlights include a visit to the Grand mosque in Aswan, “Tabbia Mosque” and the Grand Coptic Church.

Nubian Village – 3hrs – $35pp US (including camel ride); $38pp US (without camel ride)
Travel by motorboat to a local village, visit a Nubian family and enjoy tea in their home, discovering their simple and natural way of life. The Nubian language is solely a spoken language, and is the common feature that characterises Nubian of today and is the centre of their identity.

Sound & Light Show Philae – 1.5hrs – $50pp US
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.

Please Note: All tours are based on minimum 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. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change. Payment must be made to your Tour Director by cash only.

Levels of Fitness

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To get the most from your Bunnik tour you will need a good level of fitness and mobility and an open mind. Many of the best sights can only be accessed on foot. You should be able to walk at least 3.5km or for 2-3 hours on uneven ground without a walking aid, climb several flights of stairs and be prepared to board small boats.

You should also be able to carry your own bags as porter services may not always be available.

Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

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