Egypt, Israel & Jordan

  • days: 23
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Countries Visited:

  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan

Description

Uncover thousands of years of history in three of the world’s oldest and most interesting countries. Tour the wonders of ancient Egypt, explore the sacred sites of Israel, marvel at amazing desert landscapes and discover the incredible Lost City of Petra.

Experience the wonders of ancient Egypt

Our Middle East tour starts in ancient Egypt where we visit all the must-see sights as well as enjoy a 4-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.

Tour Israel a land of amazing diversity and beauty

From Egypt our Middle East tour continues to Israel, a land of amazing diversity and beauty. Our touring in Israel starts with a day exploring the old city of Jerusalem. We also visit the inspirational mountain fortress of King Herod at Masada before continuing to the Dead Sea. At 400m below sea level it is the lowest place on earth! Here there is a chance to swim or float in the buoyant salty waters.

Be amazed by the incredible lost city of Petra

As our Middle East tour continues we depart Israel and cross the border in to Jordan. Our touring starts in Amman with a visit to the beautifully preserved Roman cities of Um Qais and Jerash. From Amman we continue to Petra. The incredible lost city of Petra is a real highlight of this tour and is one of the world’s greatest treasures - to see what Petra is really like clcik on the video link opposite. Before we depart Jordan there is time to enjoy an unforgettable day exploring the stunning scenery of the unique desert landscape of Wadi Rum by both camel and 4WD.

Itinerary

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

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive in Cairo

Welcome to Cairo, the sprawling capital of Egypt. 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 incredible Step Pyramid of Sakkara. [B]

Day 4. 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. Famous for its handmade crafts, it’s also the perfect place to enjoy a traditional Arabic coffee. This afternoon we’ll visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun’s priceless treasures. [B]

Day 5. Cairo - Luxor - Nile Cruise

This morning we fly to Luxor in Upper Egypt. Here we’ll explore the fascinating Karnak Temple, dedicated to the Pharaoh Amun, once linked to Luxor Temple by an Avenue of Sphinxes. [B,L,D]

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

Day 6. Nile Cruise

Our first stop today is the Valley of the Kings. We’ll be able to descend into some of the tombs to see examples of the elaborate and astonishingly well-preserved hieroglyphic paintings. We’ll then discover the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. [B,L,D]

Day 7. 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, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Haroeris, before continuing to Aswan. Tonight we’ll experience a traditional galabeya party on board. [B,L,D]

Day 8. 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.

This afternoon we’ll relax on a cruise along the Nile on board a traditional felucca. [B,L,D]

Day 9. Nile Cruise - Aswan - Cairo

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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. We’ll then return to Cairo and enjoy a group dinner to farewell Egypt. [B,D]

Day 10. Cairo - Tel Aviv - Haifa

We depart Egypt and fly to Israel. In Tel Aviv we’ll visit the Diaspora Museum before heading along the coastal plain to the ancient city of Caesarea. Here we’ll see the excavations of the Crusader city and Roman port, and the restored amphitheatre. [B]

Day 11. Haifa - Tel Aviv

This morning we discover Haifa on a city tour, beginning with a visit to the summit of Mount Carmel which affords a breathtaking panoramic view over Haifa Bay and western Galilee. [B]

Day 12. Tel Aviv

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore cosmopolitan Tel Aviv. [B]

Day 13. Tel Aviv - Jerusalem

Today we’ll discover Jerusalem on a full day of sightseeing.

Special Experience: We enter the Old City to wander through the Armenian and Jewish Quarters and visit the restored Cardo.

Other highlights include the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, as well as the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. [B]

Day 14. Bethlehem Excursion

We explore Bethlehem and delve into its incredible history on a half-day tour that includes Rachel’s Tomb, the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. [B]

Day 15. Jerusalem - Aqaba

Heading south past the Dead Sea to Eilat, we cross the border into Jordan and meet our new guide. We’ll arrive in the picturesque resort town of Aqaba on the Red Sea, historically a key trading point between Africa, Europe and Asia. [B,D]

Day 16. Aqaba - Wadi Rum

Today we drive north to stunning Wadi Rum and arrive at our desert campsite. We’ll head out for an exciting jeep tour, guided by local Bedouin tribesmen, and then take a camel ride through the uniquely shaped landscape carved by nature. We’ll spend the night in a typical Bedouin desert camp underneath a blanket of stars. [B,L,D]

Day 17. Wadi Rum - Petra

On our way to Petra we’ll stop to visit “Little Petra”. With a history dating back some 9,000 years, it is one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Middle East. [B,D]

Special Experience (for departures August 2017 onwards): 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. Note: for departures prior to August, this option can be added for a small fee.

Day 18. Petra

Today we revisit the famous Lost City of Petra. Carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans more than 2,000 years ago, it was an important junction for the silk and spice trade routes. We’ll enter Petra through the Siq, an 800-metre long gorge flanked by soaring cliffs, before we reach the incredible Treasury, hewn into the cliff face. [B,D]

Day 19. Petra - Dead Sea

This morning we continue north and visit Shobak Castle and the Crusader fortress of Kerak, then the biblical site of Mt Nebo. We’ll then make our way to the lowest point on Earth - the Dead Sea. The salt content of the water here is four times that of most oceans, so you can float without even trying. [B,L,D]

Day 20. Dead Sea - Amman

Late this morning we travel to Amman, Jordan’s capital. [B,D]

Day 21. Jerash Excursion

Today we visit the beautifully preserved Roman cities of Umm Qais and Jerash, as well as the impressive Ajloun Castle. This evening we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 22. Depart Amman

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 23. Arrive in Australia

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, $240pp prepaid (Egypt & Jordan only)

Accommodation & Meals

  • 15 nights in good quality hotels (3-5 star)
  • 4 nights in an outside cabin on board a luxury Nile River cruise (5-star Egyptian standard)
  • 1 night at a typical Bedouin desert camp with shared facilities
  • 20 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 13 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking Egyptologist guides in Egypt
  • English-speaking locally based guides in Israel & Jordan (for 2016/17 program)
  • English-speaking local guides and drivers in Israel & Jordan (English-speaking driver/guide and local guides for group sizes below 5 passengers) (for 2017/18 program)

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 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
  • Unwind on a four-night luxury cruise on the Nile from Luxor to Aswan
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Galabaya Party while cruising the Nile (for 2017/18 program)
  • Relax on a traditional felucca sailboat in Aswan as you cruise around Kitchener’s Island
  • Explore Aswan including the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and the beautiful Temple of Isis on Philae Island.

Discover the sacred sites of Israel

  • Learn about the history and culture of the Jewish People throughout the world in a truly special experience at the Diaspora Museum
  • Visit the fascinating ancient remains of the Crusader City and the Roman Theatre in Caesarea
  • Be rewarded with breathtaking views of the beautiful city of Haifa Bay from the summit of Mount Carmel
  • Travel to Acre and visit the Oriental Market, Arab Mosque and the Old Port (for 2017/18 program)
  • Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Tel Aviv (for 2017/18 program)
  • Spend a full day exploring Jerusalem – a one of a kind destination with an intriguing history that stretches back thousands of years
  • Visit the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane and explore the Armenian and Jewish Quarters of the Old City (for 2017/18 program)
  • Visit the Wailing Wall, a section of the ancient wall of Herod's Temple and a Jewish place for pilgrimage and prayer (for 2017/18 program)
  • Tour Yad Vashem, museum and memorial to the victims of the Holocaust
  • Visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus and King David. Today it is a bustling city and a major area of culture and tourism

Jewels of Jordan

  • Enjoy Aqaba with its fusion of history, nature and city life. Surrounded by picturesque mountains and blue sea, it is Jordan’s only coastal city
  • 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
  • Discover fascinating Little Petra with a history dating back 9,000 years - one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Middle East (for 2017/18 program)
  • 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!
  • 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 (for 2017/18 program)
  • Visit the impressive Shobak Crusader Castle ruins (for 2017/18 program)
  • Marvel at the largest and best preserved Crusader Castle of Kerak, which to this date dominates the fortified town
  • 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 (for 2017/18 program)
  • Visit Mt Nebo for fantastic views of the Jordan Valley
  • Swim or float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and enjoy the therapeutic mud! (for 2016/17 program)
  • Tour the sites of Amman including the Citadel and the Roman Theatre (for 2017/18 program)
  • Visit the beautifully preserved Roman Cities of Uum 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

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart (excludes Qatar Airways), Launceston (excludes Qatar Airways) & Perth
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Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $240pp prepaid (Egypt & Jordan only)
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes of $865pp (for 2016/17 program) and air taxes of $755pp (for 2017/18 program)
Single supplement: $1,950 (subject to seasonality)
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

Optional Excursions

EGYPT

FROM CAIRO:

Islamic Cairo - 3hrs - $45pp US
Visit the Gayer Anderson Museum, which consists of two houses from the 16th and 17th century built with a unique architectural style and filled with antique furniture from all over the Middle East. Nearby is the Ibn Toulon Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Cairo built in the 8th century with strong Persian influences to the design. The final stop is the El Sultan Hassab 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.

The Pyramids of Dahshur - 2hrs - $55pp US
Dahshur forms the southernmost area of the Memphis Necropolis and contains a number of pyramid complexes and 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, and the 'Red Pyramid' named for the red limestone used in its construction. Why not enter? The Red Pyramid is one of the few pyramids where it is possible to go inside.

FROM LUXOR:

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) - $140pp US
SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY
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.

FROM ASWAN:

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. In Egypt the currency is fluctuating every day and can be different for each bank you opt to exchange. In most of our Hotels there are offices and ATM’s in most cases these are of MISR the official Egyptian Bank.This change is likely to impact on your Optional Tours when you pay by Credit Card as this will be in Local Currency charged to your card. Also if you wish to pay in local Egyptian Pounds the amount is likely to be higher. Bunnik Tours therefore suggest that it is in your interest as well as to your advantage to take approximately US250 in cash to pay for these optional tours. Payment must be made to your Tour Director by cash only.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

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 Lotus, Nile Cruise

The Royal Lotus cruiser has 60 cabins of approximately 22 sqm and 2 Royal Suites. You can sit and relax in comfort at the Crescent Lounge and Bar which is located on the Salon Deck and features a semi-circular bar, dance area and panoramic windows. Alternatively, the Observation Bar offers breathtaking views and is the perfect place for a sunset cocktail or mid-morning coffee and cookies. The Lotus restaurant offers many dishes from Egypt and from around the world. The Deluxe cabins are tastefully furnished and include an en-suite shower room, individually controlled air-conditioning, TV, minibar, climate control, hairdryer and telephone. There is a plunge pool linked to a jacuzzi located on the Sun Deck with sun lounges and a choice of Bedouin style low seating or large, comfortable lounges. On the third deck is a fully equipped gym which also has a Nile view. Also don't forget to sample some ice-cream from the Movenpick ice-cream bar, delicious!

Movenpick MS Royal Lily, Nile Cruise

The Royal Lily flagship cruiser comprises 56 cabins of approximately 22 sqm and 4 Royal Suites. The Deluxe cabins are tastefully decorated and include an en-suite shower room, individually controlled air-conditioning, TV, minibar, climate control and telephones. The expansive restaurant is located under the main deck and offers mouth-watering buffets featuring authentic Egyptian, international and vegetarian dishes accompanied by a selection of local and imported wines, spirits and liqueurs. The Salon Deck has large panoramic windows and a relaxing lounge which serves afternoon tea and other refreshments. There is a pool on the sundeck and a fully equipped gym and massage room. Also don't forget to sample some ice-cream from the Movenpick ice-cream bar, delicious!

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

Bay Club Hotel, Haifa

Located midway between Haifa Bay and the peak of Mount Carmel, the Bay Club is a luxurious boutique hotel offering spacious guestrooms. Breakfast is served in the spacious lounge overlooking the garden. In the afternoons (weekdays only) enjoy free drinks and appetizers in the lounge.

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

Melody Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overlooking the Tel Aviv beach and Independence Park, this hotel is located within walking distance of nearly all the main attractions of Tel Aviv. The hotel lobby lounge is open all day, with complimentary evening snacks and beverages (Sun-Thurs). Other amenities include a library, rooftop terrace, fitness centre and laundry service.

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

Harmony Hotel, Jerusalem

The Harmony Hotel is located just a 10-minute walk from Jerusalem's Old City and 5 minutes from the Nahalat Shiva neighborhood. This district was one of the first to be built more than 100 years ago outside the walls of the Old City. Since then, Nahalat Shiva, with its gourmet restaurants, upscale boutiques and its proximity to the many religious and historic sites of Jerusalem, has become one of the most charming parts of downtown Jerusalem.

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

Double Tree Hilton, Aquaba

This 5 star hotel is centrally located in the heart of the business district, a 5 minute drive from Aqaba city centre’s restaurants and shops. All guests are welcomes with a Doubletree Chocolate chip & walnut cookie. Featuring contemporary Italian design the spacious guest rooms offer deluxe bedding, air conditioning, work desk, flat screen TV, safe, tea & coffee making facilities and private balcony. The hotel offers a range of dining experiences as well as an edgeless pool, 2 whirlpools, a sauna and a well-equipped fitness centre.

Al Hillawi Camp, Wadi Rum

The camp features 200 double tents and offers Bedouin-style food, folklore, hospitality and accommodation. Here you can relax under the stars like a real Bedouin - except with a lot more comfort. It’s also a chance to meet some of the last remaining fully nomadic Berbers in the area perhaps over a cup of steaming hot sweet tea. The camp offers shared bathroom and shower facilities.

Petra Moon Hotel, Petra

Just 100m from the entrance gate to Petra, the Petra Moon hotel features spacious rooms with private balconies. It also boasts a roof garden with a seasonal outdoor pool. Local and international meals are available for lunch and dinner and breakfast is served buffet-style in the restaurant.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities (public areas)

Mövenpick Resort & Spa, Dead Sea

This beautiful resort is set on the northern shores of the Dead Sea, at the lowest point on earth. Offering world-class facilities on 6,000 square metres, you can be sure to experience ultimate luxury. The property boasts 4 restaurants and a full-service spa. Each of the guestrooms features a balcony or patio to relax on. A unique revitalising and therapeutic experience awaits you.

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

Amman International Hotel, Amman

Stepping into the hotel lobby at the Amman International Hotel you will be embraced by warm smiles and friendly greetings, welcoming you to a pleasant and enjoyable stay. The hotel is as intimate and enchanting as Amman itself, it presents itself as an ideal mix of palatial luxury and tradition. Its excellent location gives easy access to all main city attractions such as The Citadel, National Archaeological Museum and Roman Amphitheatre and many other modern shopping centres are all just minutes away. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Weather

Weather

Cairo

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 has a subtropical desert low latitude arid hot climate. The annual average temperature is above 30 degrees Celsius and the seasons are split into two distinct categories, summer and winter. The summer months tend to be the hottest and most arid whilst the winter months are much cooler. Rain is extremely rare in Aswan with only 1mm falling on average in the city in the course of the year and generally falls in May.

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Haifa has a Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and mild winters.The most popular time to travel is from the months of May to November. These months are the driest but at the height of the summer in July and August it can get quite hot.

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Jerusalem has a hot Mediterranean/dry summer subtropical climate that is mild with moderate seasonality. Summers are dry and hot due to the domination of subtropical high pressure systems while winters experience moderate temperatures and changeable, rainy weather due to the polar front.

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For a small country Jordan experiences a range of climates, with the most popular seasons for travel being Spring (March - May) and Autumn (September - November) as the climate is generally a bit cooler.

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Currency

Currency

Egypt, Egyptian Pound

The official currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (EGP; symbol £)

  • 1 Egyptian Pound = 100 Piastre (Pt)
  • Notes are in denominations of £200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 and Pt50, 25,10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of £1 and Pt50, 25, 20, 10, 5 and 1

Please Note:  It's best to build up a supply of the small bills because you'll need them for baksheesh (a request for a tip for services rendered) and small purchases, and many shopkeepers and cabbies will not have - or claim they don't have - change

Israel, New Israeli Shekel/Sheqel

The official currency in Israel is the Israeli Shekel (ILS; symbol ₪)

  • 1 Israeli Shekel = 100 Agorat
  • Notes are in denominations of ₪200, 100, 50 and 20
  • Coins are in denominations of ₪10, 5, 2, 1 and 0.50 and 10 Agorat 

Please note: Money can be exchanged at any of the street exchange bureau, ATM’s or any of Israel’s major banks. When exchanging money at a bank, you will be charged a fixed exchange fee, and if you choose to use an exchange place on the street, you will not be charged for the transaction, but will receive a lower rate than the banks supply.

Jordan, Jordanian Dinar

The official currency in Jordan is the Jordanian dinar (JOD or unofficially JD)

  • 1 Jordanian Dinar = 100 qirsh. For example, a price of 3.750 means 3 dinars and 750 qirsh
  • Notes are in the denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 dinars
  • Coins are in the denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50 qirsh

Please Note: Major credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, upmarket shops and restaurants. It is best to carry local currency in smaller notes or coins, as vendors never seem to have change. It is also very handy when you want to give a tip. Also, Jordanian currency should be left in the country, therefore exchange your currency prior to leaving.

Levels of Fitness

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.

Tour Extensions

These optional extras can be included in your tour.

Reviews for Egypt, Israel & Jordan

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 6 reviews.

Here's what others have had to say about this tour.

Egypt, Israel & Jordan Amazing locations in a once in a lifetime holiday 5
Highlights were the people of Egypt amidst the Pyramids and Abu Simbel. The history and beauty of Israel plus the magnificence of Petra. James McMahon - April 2016
Egypt, Israel & Jordan Loved the places that we visited. 5
Highlights were Karnak in Egypt, Haifa in Israel and Petra in Jordan, All our guides and sightseeing were excellent. Another terrific group and we were only 6. Aileen Wilton - March 2016
Egypt, Israel & Jordan The planning & execution worked perfectly 5
Loved Everything - pyramids, Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum etc. Pam Sullivan - September 2014
Egypt, Israel & Jordan The whole trip was memorable 5
The days were filled with multiple activities which kept the momentum and interest going. This coupled with the expertise and personalities of the guides and drivers made it a truly memorable and fun trip. I would like to congratulate Bunnik on being such a wonderfully organised and efficient travel company. Looking forward to further travels with you. Margaret Vesey - April 2012
Egypt, Israel & Jordan Extremely enjoyable and interesting 4
As I sift through about 5000 photos, I realise how utterly amazing it all was, and how much we saw. We followed the guides clambering over Crusader castle walls, into tunnels and on to ramparts. We marched along Roman roads, sat in acoustically perfect amphitheatres and saw Byzantine churches. Thank you for your excellent tours. Jean McPhee - October 2012
Egypt, Israel & Jordan Egypt was marvellous 5
I liked the size of our small group - only 6 of us. Our small bus could always find a park near the sites. The pyramids were the highlight of our trip. Margaret Senior - October 2013

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Special Experiences!

  • Explore the incredible twin temples of Abu Simbel, carved out of the mountainside as a monument to Pharaoh Ramses II and his queen, Nefertari.
  • Enter the Old City of Jerusalem, to wander through the Armenian and Jewish Quarters and visit the restored Cardo. 
  • Discover the magic of Petra by night as the rock city is lit by more than 1,000 candles. (Night visit August 2017 onwards)

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, plane, Nile River cruise, felucca sailboat, jeep & camel

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $240pp prepaid (Egypt & Jordan only)

Tour Highlights

• Witness the incredible Great Pyramids of Giza and the iconic Sphinx • Explore the tombs and temples of Upper Egypt • Visit the stunning temples of Abu Simbel • Tour the fascinating Old City of Jerusalem • Delve into Catholic history in Bethlehem • Tour breathtaking Wadi Rum by jeep and camel • Discover the incredible Lost City of Petra • Swim in the Dead Sea

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Bunnik Tours Reviews for Egypt, Israel & Jordan

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 6 reviews.