Jewels of Egypt & the Nile with Rose Gray

October 1, 2018 to October 12, 2018

Join Rose Gray as you tour and cruise fascinating Egypt!   The Great Pyramids of Giza and ancient temples, tombs and treasures that line the vast River Nile have been attracting visitors to Egypt for over 4,000 years. Although the pyramids have come to symbolize this exotic destination, they’re just a small portion of what this timeless land has to offer.

Once home to one of the oldest and most advanced ancient civilizations on the planet, Egypt is a vast treasure house of history waiting to be explored. Imagine standing at the foot of the colossal stone statues of Abu Simbel or smelling the musty air of the 3000 year-old tombs in the Valley of the Kings, some of which still look like they were painted with the infamous blue and gold scenes of the pharaohs just yesterday.

Watch feluccas sail the Nile, a scene hardly changed since the time of Cleopatra.  In Egypt’s capital, Cairo, immerse yourself in the ornate mosques, churches, and the Egyptian Museum.  Home to the priceless golden treasures recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

Board your overnight flight to Cairo.

Welcome to the timeless land of the Pharaohs. On arrival in Cairo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, get to know your Tour Director and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel.

Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel (or similar)
Welcome Reception

Morning Cairo and the Great Pyramids of Giza tour. A guided visit of Giza shows you the enigmatic Sphinx and magnificent pyramids, the last survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Included is a highlight visit inside one of these extraordinary creations! Then journey to Memphis, to view the colossal statue of Rameses II and Great Alabaster Sphinx. Nearby at Sakkara, view the Step Pyramid of Zoser; dating from 2,686 BC, it’s the oldest in the world.Afternoon The Citadel and Egyptian Museum tour. Visit to the Egyptian Museum, an unrivaled warehouse of pharaonic treasures, housing the golden treasure recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Next visit Tahrir Square - the sprawling urban space that became famous over 18 historic days of protests, leading to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. Continue to the Citadel for breathtaking views over the city and visit the Alabaster Mosque. Complete your sightseeing with a stop at the Khan El Khalili Bazaar.

Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel (or similar)
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Fly to Luxor and visit the huge temple complex of Karnak. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall before transferring to your cruise ship. After lunch on-board, visit Luxor Temple, which was unearthed by Mariette in the 1860s.

Cruising: MS Miriam (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the Temple of Hathor in Dendera, one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. It contains a rare depiction of Cleopatra and her son Caesarian, whose father was Julius Caesar. Return to your cruise boat and sail via the Esna Lock to Edfu.

Hotel: MS Miriam (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu, dedicated to the Falcon God. After exploring this magnificent site, your cruise continues to Aswan. In the evening, don your galabeyas (traditional Egyptian attire), for a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.

Cruising: MS Miriam (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Signature Evening

Sightseeing includes a visit to Aswan’s High Dam and Granite Quarries to see the enormous Unfinished Obelisk. Travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis, rising from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the facilities on your cruise boat.

Cruising: MS Miriam (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Signature Evening

On a traditional Nile Felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient craft. As the sun starts to fade, enjoy colonial-style high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, just like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie once did before you.

Cruising: MS Miriam (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Afternoon Tea

In the morning travel by air to the temples of Abu Simbel. Later, sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple of Egypt, dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and falcon-headed Horus the Elder.

Cruising: MS Miriam (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your cruise continues along the life-giving waters of the Nile. In the evening, arrive back in Luxor where there is time for shopping and sightseeing.

Hotel: MS Miriam (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Disembark from your cruise and travel by air-conditioned coach to the west bank of the Nile. See the Colossi of Memnon and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings, where many pharaohs were buried. Then, visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans making authentic Egyptian bread. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo.

Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel (or similar)
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Your wonderful journey ends with transfers to Cairo Airport.

Meal: Buffet Breakfast


Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round-trip motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare airport from select locations
  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Cairo, including current air taxes and fees
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Cairo

Tour Highlights

  • Inter-Egypt air travel: Cairo/Luxor, Kom Ombo/Abu Simbel and Luxor/Cairo
  • Luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Equivalent of $40USD per person in local currency to use as you wish
  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Escorted by a professional, local Tour Director
  • Professional tour manager, Rose Gray from Fox World Travel *
  • Customized, informative travel documents
  • Added Fox Tour Experience ~ To be announced

Meals

  • 10 Buffet Breakfasts
  • 1 High Tea
  • 7 Lunches
  • 5 Dinners
  • 2 Signature Evenings

Hotel Accommodations

  • Three nights in Cairo including hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling

Cruising

  • 7 night Nile cruise on MS Miriam
  • All boat gratuities included

Sightseeing Experiences

  • Giza: Meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the pharaohs went to meet their Gods in the afterlife
  • Cairo: Gaze upon the most recognizable symbols of ancient Egypt: the full-faced funeral mask, gold coffin, gilded throne and precious jewelry – Tutankhamun’s treasure
  • Abu Simbel: Visit to the Great Temple and be confronted by four towering statues of Rameses himself, carved out of a single slab of rock
  • Philae Island: Board a motorboat to the temple complex
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet the captain and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft. Enjoy the sunset and high tea in colonial English-style at Aswan’s famous Old Cataract Hotel.
  • West Bank: Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the Temple Hatshepsut and royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings
  • Karnak: Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man
  • Cruising: Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party
  • Luxor: Visit a working bakery and witness the local artisans creating authentic Egyptian bread

Not included: Travel Insurance, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, and any items of a personal nature.

* Minimum group required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination.

Tour-Only

Tour Only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Includes round-trip airfare from Chicago O'Hare
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $890.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
 June 27,2018

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $566.37 per person are included and subject to change.

About Rose Grayrose-gray

Rose Gray is the Manager of Business Development for Vacation Sales at Fox World Travel. She is also the host of the Fox World Travel Show heard on WTMJ on Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m. Rose has a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College and has completed the C T C program, a two-year management course offered by the Institute of Certified Travel Consultants. During her 30 years in the travel industry she has traveled as far north as Reykjavik, Iceland, as far south as Porto Montt, Chile, as far west as Vanuatu, and as far east as Singapore. And although she loves traveling the globe, her favorite vacation is Arizona in March for Brewers’ Spring Training. Rose is a blast to travel with and our clients LOVE traveling with her escorted tours and river cruises to new destinations, most recently Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Vietnam and Cambodia . Will you be next to join Rose?

Past Passenger Discount: $145.00 per person (Must have traveled with Insight Vacation or sister companies, Uniworld, Brendan Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki, within the last 5 years)

Departure from Chicago (October 1) to Frankfurt (October 2)

  • Depart from O’Hare International Airport on Lufthansa 431 at 4:00 p.m. and arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 7:15 a.m.

Flight from Frankfurt to Cairo (October 2)

  • Depart from Frankfurt Airport on Lufthansa 582 at 10:15 a.m. and arrive at Cairo International Airport at 2:15 p.m.

Flight from Cairo to Frankfurt (October 12)

  • Depart from Cairo International Airport on Lufthansa 585 at 4:25 a.m. and arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 8:45 a.m.

Return home from Frankfurt to Chicago (October 12)

  • Depart from Frankfurt Airport on Lufthansa 430 at 10:45 a.m. and arrive at O’Hare International Airport at 12:50 p.m.
Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From date of deposit to June 27, 2018: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • June 28 – August 2, 2018: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 3 – September 1, 2018: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • September 2, 2018 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.