Private day tour to Coptic Cairo, Cave Church and Virgin Mary's Tree
- Discover the crypt where the Holy Family was hiding during their stay in Cairo
- Visit the Church of Abu Serga, Saint Barbara Church, and the Hanging Church
- Explore the famous Cave Church of Saint Simon carved into the Mukattam Mountain
- See the Tree of the Virgin Mary and hear a legend that goes with it
All about the trip
Start your day with a private pick-up from your hotel and drive to Old Cairo also known as Christian Coptic Cairo which is among the most important locations visited by the Holy Family. Their spiritual impact can be still felt in the area. Joseph, Mary, and the infant Jesus were hiding in a cave, above which in later years the Church of Abu Serga was built. This, and the whole area of the Fort of Babylon, is a destination of pilgrimage not only for the Egyptians but also for Christians from around the world. There you will be able to visit and enter the Church of Abu Serga and St. Barbara and the Hanging Church.
Continue the tour to the famous Cave Church of Saint Simon. There are seven cave churches carved into the nearby Mukattam Mountain. The Monastery of St. Simon the Tanner is the largest and has an amphitheater with a seating capacity of 20 000. It is worth a visit if you are interested in seeing something different in Egypt.
Then visit Virgin Mary's Tree in the Cairo district of Matariya. Christians believe that this sycamore tree is holy as it once sheltered the Virgin Mary, her son Jesus and Joseph when they fled into Egypt from the forces of King Herod who had given the order to kill Jesus. The story goes that the Virgin Mary rested under the tree and a spring spontaneously appeared for her to wash the baby Jesus. When some troops passed by, it is said that the tree grew branches to hide the Virgin Mary and her son until they were gone. It is believed that the Virgin Mary also threw water from the spring on the ground as she washed Jesus and a balsam tree subsequently sprouted.
Lunch is provided in a local restaurant. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.What Wikipedia says about Coptic Cairo
What is included in the price
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Cairo
- All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
- Private English-speaking Egyptologist guide
- Entrance fees to all the mentioned sites
- Lunch served in a local restaurant
- Bottled water during your trip
- Shopping tours in Cairo
- All taxes and service charge
What is not included in the price
- Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary
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