The Splendors of Egypt with Colleen Alsberg

October 5, 2020 to October 17, 2020

Join Colleen Alsberg 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. Egypt’s vast wealth of antiquities take center stage here. Marvel at Karnak, the Pyramids and Sphinx, Tutankhamun’s treasure, and the ubiquitous hieroglyphics.  A trip of a lifetime!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino (or similar)

Meet your Tour Director this morning for a detailed briefing. Then ascend to the Citadel, for breathtaking views over the city and a visit to the Alabaster Mosque. Continue to Tahrir Square, the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, and the Egyptian Museum. Among the many exhibits are the fabulous artefacts recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun. In the evening, get to know your Travel Director, a professionally trained Egyptologist, and fellow guests over a Welcome Drink at the hotel. Later, drive to the pyramids to witness the magical Sound & Light Show - an unforgettable introduction to the world of Ancient Egypt.

Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino (or similar)

Meals: 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 Medea (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.

Cruising: MS Medea (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 Medea (or similar)

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Medea (or similar)

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Medea (or similar)

Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

With the morning free, perhaps join the optional experience of travelling to the temples of Abu Simbel, by air? Later, sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple of Egypt, dedicated to the two gods the crocodile-headed Sobek and falcon-headed Horus the Elder.

Cruising: MS Medea (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.

Cruising: MS Medea (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 & Omar Khayyam Casino or similar.

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, drive to Memphis, the famous capital of the ancient world. See the colossal statue of Ramses II and the Great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara, to see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest pyramid in
the world, dating back to 2,700 BC. In the afternoon, it's on to Giza with your Egyptologist to explore the magnificent pyramids and come face-to-face with the enigmatic Sphinx. During your visit, venture inside one of these ancient wonders to see the chambers where the pharaohs were sent to meet their Gods in the afterlife.

Hotel: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino or similar.

Meals: Breakfast

Your wonderful journey ends with transfers to Cairo Airport and your flight home

Meals: Breakfast


Transportation Included in 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

Hotel Accommodations

Stay at the luxurious Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar El Khayyam Casino*, which is conveniently located on Gezira Island in downtown Cairo. The central section was once the Gezirah Palace, built for the Khedive Isma’il Pasha in 1869.

  • Pre-Cruise: Two nights in Cairo
  • Post-Cruise: Two nights in Cairo

Includes hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling.

Cruise Accommodations

Cruise the Nile in style for seven nights on MS Medea (or similar).  Enjoy your traditional Nile cruiser with its spacious cabins, bars, shops, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool.

Included Dining

  • Daily Buffet Breakfasts
  • Seven Lunches
  • Seven Dinners
  • Bottled water, tea or coffee while cruising

Tour Services

  • Inter-Egypt air travel Cairo/Luxor and Luxor/Cairo
  • Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Escorted by a professional, local Tour Director
  • Professional tour manager, Colleen Alsberg from Fox World Travel *
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Included Signature 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
  • Philae Island: Board a motorboat to the temple complex and see the Temple of Isis
  • Aswan: On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor 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 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

* 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.

*Itinerary, hotels and ship subject to change.

Tour-Only

Tour Only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Includes round-trip airfare from Chicago O'Hare
Motorcoach to Chicago from select pick-up points
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $922.00
Initial Deposit: $500.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
No later than July 1, 2020

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy.  All air taxes and fees of $657.82 per person are included and subject to change.

Not Included:  Airline flights on land-only packages, air-imposed baggage fees, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package); optional excursions that may be offered, and any items of a personal nature. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.

Early Booking Discount: Book and pay in full no later than December 30, 2019 and receive a $350.00 discount per person

Insight Past Passenger Discount:  $175.00  per person

*Must have traveled with Insight Vacations, Uniworld, Brendan Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki within the last five years to qualify. Discounts are subject to change at any time

*Discounts subject to change at any time.

About Your Host, Colleen Alsberg

Colleen began her career with Fox World Travel in 1995. After escorting her first tour, a motorcoach group to Canada, she fell in love with the job and hasn’t stopped since.  In her 20+ years of being a tour manager, her travels have taken her throughout the Americas & Europe.  She has met wonderful people and shared a multitude of experiences with them in destinations like Alaska, Hawaii, Italy, Ireland, France, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean & Mexico and so many more!

Her personal travels have extended throughout the world including Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Scandinavia, Russia, South America, the South Pacific and the Middle East.  Her travel list is never-ending!  She’s been truly blessed and hopes to continue exploring new destinations throughout our amazing world!

*Flights from Chicago are pending: The air-inclusive package includes air that has not yet been assigned, the identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date. 
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. 

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 July  1, 2020: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  •  July 2 to August 1, 2020: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 2 to September 5, 2020: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • September 6 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.