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Holy Family Pilgrim in Egypt - 10 Days

Holy Family Pilgrim in Egypt

Egypt · Private Tour · 10 Days
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culture
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In this 10 days tour of Egypt, you will be taken to the places believed to have been travelled by the Holy Family. Explore Coptic Orthodox churches in Old Cairo, Tell Basta, Al Minya, Sakha and Samannoud, and spend the whole day retreat in Wadi Natron. Following the steps of the Holy family with this tour, enhance your understanding of your Biblical or Christian heritage within the context of a relaxing vacation.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Cairo
Day 2 - Old Cairo & Matariya
Day 3 - Cairo → Tell Basta → Cairo
Day 4 - Cairo: Coptic Communities
Day 5 - Cairo → Samannoud → Wadi Natrun
Day 6 - Wadi Natrun
Day 7 - Wadi Natrun → Al Minya
Day 8 - Al Minya
Day 9 - Al Minya → Cairo
Day 10 - Cairo

What is included

  • All transfers and transports by private air conditioning vehicles
  • Meet and greet services by our representatives at airports
  • 9 nights accommodation at 4* hotels and farm with daily breakfasts
  • 7 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Excursions and private English speaking local guide
  • Entrance fees to all sites
  • Tipping of guide and drivers

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Visa (can be bought upon arrival for USD 25)
  • Anything else not mentioned above
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Cairo

Arrival to Cairo International Airport, our representative will meet and assist you through passport formalities. Transfer to the hotel where our representative will arrange for your check in and provide you all information for the next couple of days.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Oasis Hotel

Cairo

day
2
Old Cairo & Matariya

After breakfast, visit to Old Cairo where some of the oldest and most famous churches are situated, mainly Coptic but also Greek Orthodox.

Visit the Hanging Church, St. Sergius and the Fortress of Babylon in which the Holy Family passed by.

Next visit the Holy Well and Holy Mary tree in Matariya in the outskirts of Cairo, a well-attested resting place of the Holy Family and a popular destination among medieval pilgrims.

Lunch at local restaurant in Cairo. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Oasis Hotel

Cairo

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3
Cairo → Tell Basta → Cairo

After breakfast, we will drive to the town of Tell Basta, the city that was blessed with the visit of the Holy Family.

The prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus Christ entered the big temple in Tell Basta. We will also see St George’s church. Lunch at local restaurant and back to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Cairo → Tell Basta80 km 1h 40min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Oasis Hotel

Cairo

day
4
Cairo: Coptic Communities

After breakfast, visit one of the Coptic communities in Cairo.

Visit to the Cave Church in the Moqattam mountains, or to the Coptic Cathedral or to one of the smaller churches in and around Cairo. You tell us what you are interested in and we will tell you what we think would be the best visit for you.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Oasis Hotel

Cairo

day
5
Cairo → Samannoud → Wadi Natrun

After breakfast, transfer to Sakha about 140 km North of Cairo. Visit Virgin Mary Church, a place renowned for its Christian community in the middle ages, where you will see the foot print of Jesus Christ.

Transfer to Samanoud where the holy family crossed the River Nile and they were received by its people in a pleasant way, and so the people were blessed by Jesus Christ. Visit the Saint Abanoub Church.

Have lunch and then we drive westwards to Anafora, a Christian retreat center close to Wadi Natrun. We arrive in the late afternoon and are checked into our simple but clean accommodation.

Overnight at the retreat farm.

Q
Cairo → Sakha140 km 2h 30min
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Sakha → Samannoud40 km 1h
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Samannoud → Wadi Natrun146 km 3h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Anafora Retreat Farm

Wadi Natrun

day
6
Wadi Natrun

After breakfast, we spend the whole day at the retreat farm.

Resting, meditating, helping at the farm or with any of the society work that the center is doing.

Overnight at the retreat farm.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Anafora Retreat Farm

Wadi Natrun

day
7
Wadi Natrun → Al Minya

After breakfast, visit Wadi Natrun where Christians hid from the Roman persecution in the 4th and 5th centuries. It is considered the home of asceticism and worship, and four monasteries are still existing today. We will visit two of them together.

After the visit,drive straight southwards towards Al Minya. Have lunch box on the way.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Wadi Natrun → Al Minya276 km 5h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Nefertiti Hotel

Al Minya

day
8
Al Minya

After breakfast, continue the route of the Holy family by visiting the White Monastery.

Then drive to the Al Muharraq Monastery which was built around the area where the Holy Family remained for just over 6 months. Their time was spent mainly in a cave which became, in the Coptic era, the altar of the Church of Virgin Mary.

Back to our hotel in Minya. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Nefertiti Hotel

Al Minya

day
9
Al Minya → Cairo

After breakfast, visit to the beautiful church hewn out of the cliff beside the river at Gabal Al-Teir in Al Minya.

After visit, drive back to Cairo.

Overnight at the hotel.

Q
Al Minya → Cairo26 km 40min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Oasis Hotel

Cairo

day
10
Cairo

After breakfast, transfer to Cairo International Airport for your departure.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Cairo
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Oasis Hotel

Al Minya
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Nefertiti Hotel

Wadi Natrun
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Anafora Retreat Farm

Price for standard experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing Basis
3 pax
Triple Sharing Basis
1 May 2016 - 30 Sep 2016$1155$1140
1 Oct 2016 - 30 Apr 2017$1169$1148

Photos

Madonna Statue, Matariya
Coptic Orthodox Cathedral
Wadi Natroun
Anafora Retreat Farm
Hanging Church, Cairo
Hanging Church, Cairo
Cave Church, Cairo
Anafora Retreat Farm
Coptic Priest
Wadi Natroun
Monastery of Al Muharraq
Cairo

Map

What travelers say

  • Joan B. from Spain
    May 2015

    Having recently concluded our stay in Egypt and already recovered from our hectic schedule, we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your services. We were treated with great care and we can honestly say we had one of our best trips ever. We would also like to extend a special thanks to our guide Hanni, he was very professional, friendly and transmitted what he wanted to say perfectly as well as offering his help whenever needed.

  • Rebeca G. from Argentina
    May 2015

    I just wanted to thank you for the great care provided during our entire trip. Our guide Tarek was fantastic and the personnel that welcomed us and dismissed us at the airport were always very attentive and friendly. It was a very special trip and have returned delighted to our country.

  • Natalia D. from Colombia
    Jan 2015

    I have just returned from my trip to Egypt, 4 nights in the Nile + 3 nights in Cairo, and I would like to congratulate you for a magnificent trip in general. Ramon, the representative was very professional and treated us excellently. However we would like to dedicate a few extra words to our guide Salah who was amazing, without him our trip would have not been the same. Please from my behalf (and the 17 other members of our group) congratulate him on a job well done. We hope that he keeps on transmitting his knowledge of the Egyptian culture to as many tourists as possible.

    We loved him and we just wanted to transmit our feelings to the company.

  • Nora B. from Argentina
    Apr 2015

    I want to congratulate your company for the excellent services my wife and I received in the tour we took last April. Great organization, attention and variety (we would give it an optimum rating), but we would like to highlight 1 issue, as you may know 80% of the success of a trip relies on the efficiency of the guide. Mr. Mahmoud Ramzy not only complies with that premise, but also adds a superlative understanding of the Egyptian culture, great sense of humour, sensitivity, personality to manage the group and last but not least, academic expertise that stands out above all other guides Ive had in my life. And believe me I have had many; I am 68 years old and have been travelling for over 30 years.

    Therefore, I again would like to congratulate your company and its managers for having the ability to find people like Mr. Ramzy. I would like that this recognition be made public among all the staff in your company as an example to follow.

  • Andy P. from UK
    October 2014

    Just got back from our trip to Cairo and wanted to extend to you our extreme gratitude for what me and my wife definitely consider to be one of the best trips we have ever had. You really do not know how grateful we are for all the attention we received from all the people working in your company that were always available and helped us in anything we needed. Special thank to our guide Khaled that was really amazing the amount of knowledge he had and how well he transmitted it to our entire group.

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