Synonymous with ancient civilisations, travellers have been marvelling at Egypt’s wondrous antiquities, pyramids and temples for thousands of years. Today, a tour in Egypt is more than an immersion into past glories – mud-brick villages sprout TV antennae, stone and glass high-rises stand alongside ancient monuments and friendly locals welcome visitors with open arms. Discover the iconic Great Pyramids of Giza, relax on a luxury cruise along the Nile River , relish in Egyptian culture as you stroll the local markets and be mesmerised by the intriguing history in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Ready to experience all the best attractions that Egypt has to offer? Book an Egypt tour online today or get in touch with one of our friendly Travel Specialists.

Small Group Tours

Egypt & Jordan Discovery

Take an in-depth journey back in time to the ageless and ancient worlds of Egypt & Jordan.

Airfares included

Days 24
From (Per person / Twin share) $14,795

Egyptian Discovery

Immerse yourself in a time of great wealth and power, of magnificent temples, elaborate ceremonies and incredible pyramids.

Airfares included

Days 16
From (Per person / Twin share) $10,595

Egypt In-Style

Embark on a five-star journey through age-old Egypt, discovering the hidden treasures of this fascinating country.

Airfares included

Days 13
From (Per person / Twin share) $13,595

Egypt & Jordan In-Style

Set off on an opulent five-star journey through the Egypt and Jordan, uncovering ancient treasures with every turn.

Airfares included

Days 21
From (Per person / Twin share) $19,995

Egypt, Kenya & Zanzibar

The best of Africa awaits you on this one-of-a-kind tour, venturing through three unique countries. Immerse yourself in the ancient wonders of Egypt, spot endless wildlife in Kenya and relax on the beaches of Zanzibar.

Airfares included

Days 23
From (Per person / Twin share) $19,595

Highlights of Egypt

Experience the historical and architectural wonders of Ancient Egypt. See the magnificent Great Pyramids, the Great Sphinx, and the treasures of Tutankhamun.

Airfares included

Days 12
From (Per person / Twin share) $9,195



Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria thrived as the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt and is now the second-largest city in Egypt.

Days 2
From (Per person / Twin share) $1,085

Alexandria & El Alamein

Alexandria is the second-largest city in Egypt, otherwise known as the "Pearl of the Mediterranean", and has an atmosphere more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern.

Days 3
From (Per person / Twin share) $1,645

Egypt Facts & Tips

Capital — Cairo
Population — 112 million
Language — Arabic
Religion — Islam
Time Zone
Time Zone — 7 hours behind AEST (depending on daylight savings)
Currency — Egyptian Pound
  • The scars on the face of the Sphinx are not due solely to erosion – the monument was used for target practice by conquering Ottoman soldiers, French troops or both – depending on whose story you believe!
  • Egypt’s best-kept secret is janzabil, the hot, spicy ginger drink that the Quran calls ‘the promise of paradise.’ It’s the perfect lung and food tract cleanser for murky urban air and unfamiliar food. All the sidewalk coffee and shisha (tobacco) shops have it and you will be surprised and delighted when you order it.
  • Expect to see security checks at government buildings and museums. You will often be asked to leave your camera at the security desk.
  • Bluish crosses tattooed on the hands or wrists of Egyptians indicate that they are Christians.
  • Friday is the day of worship, when most things are closed at least in the morning (shops in tourist areas may be open). Many stores are closed during prayer hours or all day on Friday, and most Coptic stores are closed on Sunday.
  • The cat was a symbol of fertility and sexuality, which is why Ancient Egyptians painted their eyes to mimic those of cats.
  • The Ancient Egyptians were the first to invent paper, using papyrus which once grew wild in the Nile Valley.

Australian passport holders travelling to Egypt need a visa at this time. Please visit the Passports and Visas page for more information.

We require that your passport is valid for travel for at least six months from the date you are planning to return to Australia. Your passport must be valid to travel internationally and must be machine-readable. You also need to carry a valid return ticket on you.

Whether travelling on an Australian passport or the passport of another country, all travellers require visas for a number of countries, and it is your responsibility to secure what may be required before departing Australia. You can consult with your travel agent, but it is also recommended that you check the foreign embassy website for your respective destination as it can also provide you with useful information.

Australian Embassy in Egypt:

World Trade Centre, 11th Floor
1191 Corniche el Nil
Boulac, Cairo
Ph. +20 2 2770 6600
Fax. +20 2 2770 6650

The official currency of Egypt is the Egyptian Pound. Notes are in denominations of £200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1.

The recommended currency to take to Egypt is the Egyptian Pound or US Dollars. Ensure you change a small amount into small denominations.

Advise your bank of your travel plans so that they can make a note of it, otherwise they may cancel your credit card as a safety measure due to the overseas transactions. Also make a note of the 24-hour emergency contact number of the bank or building society which issued your credit card in the unlikely event that your card is lost or stolen.

Whenever possible use ATMs when the banks are open (Mon – Fri) so that if a machine ‘eats’ your card you can then deal with it straight away. It is always advisable to carry a supply of cash in addition to your credit card.

If you don’t have Egyptian Pounds with you on arrival, we advise you to exchange some money into the local currency at the airport even if the exchange rate is not the best, this way you’ll have money to get a drink, snack or give a tip during those first few hours of arrival. Your guide will be able to advise you on the best places to exchange money.

Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many places outside of Australia.

  • The price of a cappuccino in Cairo is approximately £44
  • The price of an inexpensive lunch is approximately £100
  • The price dinner in a moderate restaurant is approximately £500
  • The price of a beer in a local pub is approximately £55

Arab food is quite tasty and most dishes are very well-seasoned. Egypt’s history includes occupations by the French, British and Turks, and its cuisine was influenced by all of them, as well as by regional neighbours such as Lebanon and Greece. Pita bread is common, but differs in taste from that in nearby countries. Shwarma, a sandwich similar to a yiros, is good fast food, but make sure the meat hasn’t been sitting out for too long. Also try fateer, an oven-baked pancake with either sweet or savoury combinations; mulokhaya, a soup with chard and lots of garlic; and koshari, a blend of rice, lentils, pasta and chickpeas, accompanied by a spicy tomato sauce and fried onions. Eating at local restaurants is generally fine and it can be a great, fun experience. Choose restaurants that are busy as the turnover of food is likely to be higher. Take care with seafood and avoid undercooked meat. Only eat fruit you have peeled yourself and give salads a miss. Eating or feasting, a popular pastime in this part of the world remains at the centre of cultural celebrations, and the daily cycle of life. Water should be drunk from bottles only, however please ensure that bottle top seals are not broken. Soft drinks and alcohol are not a problem but ice should be avoided.

Important: When dining at buffets (i.e. breakfast) please refrain from taking food away with you to ‘save’ for later! If you feel that you’ll need snacks between meals, pack some dried fruit, nuts, muesli bars etc.

 If you have specific food allergies and/or preferences, we highly recommend you take every precaution before your tour, including carrying a small card with your food allergy listed in each language of every country you are travelling to show to table staff when ordering. Whilst we take all dietary requirements seriously, due to the serious nature of potential allergic reactions, it is your responsibility to be as prepared as possible.


There are basically two seasons in Egypt: a relatively cool season that lasts November-April and a hot season of May-October. In the spring (especially late March to early April), sand and dust storms called khamsin blow in and can reduce visibility (sometimes even in Cairo) to less than 30 metres.

Want to get out and explore on your own?

In Egypt, traffic is chaotic at best – taxis are definitely the best way to get around. They are usually white and black and are metered taxis. Cairo also has an efficient public transport system, including a bus network and a local train network that has Africa’s first underground railway called the Metro.

When catching taxis, have small change on you and choose one with a meter, if it doesn’t have one then negotiate the price before getting in. Also, ask your guide or hotel staff the names of reputable taxi companies

So, you’d love to bring home a special souvenir from Egypt…

Among the interesting souvenirs that Egypt offers are mother-of-pearl inlaid wood, jewellery, brassware and leather. Other items include carpets, shisha water pipes, alabaster and soapstone carvings, paintings on papyrus, gold, silver and copper ware, perfumes and reproductions of antiquities. For the reproductions, the Egyptian Antiquities Museum is a good source. Elsewhere, if an item is presented to you as an antique, it’s probably a fake (and if it is genuine, it can’t be legally exported).  In fact, be very careful when buying something that may appear to authorities to be of historical importance – the police have detained tourists for days while determining that well-made reproductions were not authentic.

The Khan el-Khalili Bazaar in Cairo is a good spot to shop for many of these items, and it’s fun just to walk through - even if you’re not very interested in shopping. Bargaining is acceptable almost everywhere, even fine shops will consider bids on big-ticket items. The bargaining process may seem to be a waste of time to people used to just taking items to a cash register, but try to enjoy the process – the key is to try to keep the price low without being arrogant or insulting. Learn to fake astonishment at a suggested price or walk slowly out of a shop if necessary. But don’t bargain if you’re not truly interested in buying. 

In tourist areas you may be offered tea or a soft drink in larger shops, which is customary, and doesn’t oblige you to buy anything.  Above all, keep smiling and remember the aim of the game is to obtain a good deal for yourself as well as the shopkeeper.

  • Avoid public displays of affection.
  • Be respectful if you're visiting a mosque or other religious sites. Take off your shoes, and cover your head if you're a woman, before going into a mosque. Don't enter during prayers.
  • Learn the frequently used expression Insha'allah, which means ‘God willing’. It is used in connection with any event (or desired outcome) in the future. A request for a task to be performed will often be met with this response, rather than a definite yes or no.
  • Do not interrupt or pass in front of a Muslim praying in a public place.
  • Being drunk or intoxicated in public is illegal and you could end up being arrested.
  • Don’t take photos indiscriminately. Many people object to having their pictures taken, so ask permission first.  Use discretion, especially if taking photos of women or scenes that could be interpreted as showing poverty. Military installations, airports and bridges should never be photographed.
  • At various places on tour you will come across street hawkers – people selling things such as trinkets, postcards, drinks etc.  If you are not interested in purchasing anything simply keep walking. If you do show an interest, be prepared for a lengthy negotiation! At the end of the day these people are trying to make a living and it’s just another aspect of visiting a developing country. If you do find yourself surrounded by people trying to sell you things, remember to be aware of your bag and valuables.
  • Don't eat, drink or smoke in public during the day while travelling within the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is a time of fasting for the Islamic people. Each day during this month, Muslims all over the world abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, as well as participating in anything that is ill-natured or excessive; from dawn until the sun sets. Fasting is intended to educate the Muslim in spirituality, humility and patience.  The precise time of Ramadan will at times vary from place to place because some depend a great deal on moon sightings, while others rely on science.

Egypt has a wonderful variety of festivals and celebrations running throughout the year. The most important for Muslims (in fact, Muslims all over the world) is the holy month of Ramadan. Dates vary each year depending on the cycles of the moon. During this month, Muslims avoid food and drinking from sunrise to sunset, but after this time, the streets come alive with people celebrating with family and friends. Other festivals include the celebrations of Coptic Christmas; the Sun Festival, when the rays of the sun touch the inner sanctums of Abu Simbel in February and October; and Sham Al Naseem, or the ‘Sniffing of the Breeze’ festival to celebrate the arrival of spring.

Other national public holidays to be aware of include:

  • Coptic Christmas (January 7th)
  • Revolution Day (January 25th)
  • Coptic Easter Sunday & Monday
  • Labour Day (May 1st)
  • End of Ramadan (4 days – every year different)
  • Revolution Day (June 30th)
  • Revolution Day (July 23rd)
  • Eid Al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice – 3 days July 31 to August 2nd)
  • El Hijra (August 20th)
  • Armed Forces Day (October 6th)
  • Al-Mouled Al-Nabawy (October 29th)

Egypt Highlights

Egypt FAQs

The decision is ultimately up to you! If you want to visit only Egypt, Bunnik Tours offers two small group tours where you can see incredible pyramids, ancient Egyptian temples, fascinating culture and more! Choose between our 16 day Egyptian Discovery tour or our 12 day Highlights of Egypt tour.

If you want to visit neighbouring countries, then we recommend spending at least 9 days to experience all that Egypt has to offer! At Bunnik Tours we have a variety of Egypt & the Middle East small group tours where you can experience mesmerising history, magnificent wildlife and picturesque landscapes. Choose from our 24 day Egypt, Israel & Jordan tour, the 24 day Egypt & Jordan discovery tour or our 19 day Highlights of Egypt & Jordan holiday.

If you want more time to experience all the magnificent sights in Egypt, we offer a 2 day Egypt holiday package extension, where you will visit the city of Alexandria. We also have a 3 day extension where you will discover Alexandria and El Alamein.

Yes, Egypt is a safe place to travel with tourist police to be found at the main attractions. But, as we advise with all international travel please ensure that your personal possessions and valuables are kept secure. Like anywhere in the world, it is important to be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded places such as markets and to use common sense in the larger cities as you would in any city around the world. You should also avoid walking alone at night or in any deserted areas. Egyptians are friendly people and will try to make you feel welcome, so please ensure you’re respectful of their culture and customs for the best travel experience. 

Travelling to Egypt is affordable for tourists. At Bunnik Tours, we offer a range of Egypt small group tours, starting from $7,395 per person. Transport, tour guides, tipping and accommodation are all included on our Egypt tours. 

Yes you definitely can! You are allowed to enter the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khufu, Khafre’s Pyramid, Menkaure Pyramid, Mers Ankh Tomb, Step Pyramid of Sakkara and the Dahshur Pyramid.

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