Egypt Excursions and Day Tours
/ Coptic Cairo and Samaan the Tanner Monastery Day Tour from Cairo
Tour departs from centrally located Cairo and Giza hotels. Please include the details of your hotel at the time of booking
9:00 am (earlier or later departures are available until 10:30 am if required, please advise us at time of booking)
Tour returns to original point of departure
At the opposite side of the famous citadel of Saladin in old Cairo, The monastery and church of Samaan the tanner is located up in the Moqatan mountain.In this area, many churches were built in caves of this mountain rocks. The church is reached through the Garbage city.A place where the Christian inhabitants collect the garbage of the city and sort it out. Once you arrive there. You will be instantly fascinated by the wall carvings of Mario, a Polish artist who did tens of these carvings out of the mountain rocks. The main visit is the monastery and church dedicated to Virgin Mary and St Simon. This church has an amphitheater that can hold 20,000 people. Enjoy taking pictures of the city from a hill top after visiting all the chapel and churches. Following this visit, you will Feel the relaxation of your soul when you go to Old Coptic Cairo. It is a very sacred and holy area as it contains 14 churches and a Jewish synagogue. The tour starts with a visit to the Hanging church, one of the most beautiful churches that was built in the 5th century. Consecrated to Virgin Mary, The church was built above one of the towers of the fort of Babylon. It has 110 beautiful icons and once was the seat of the Patriarch. Your guide will explain to you all about the church before moving the Cavern church or the church of St Sergious and Bacchus. Thousands of visitors come annually to this church to visit the cave where Jesus the baby and Virgin Mary were hiding for 3 months during the journey of escape in Egypt. The religious tolerance in Egypt is embodied by your visit to the oldest Jewish temple in Cairo. This temple is one among other 11 synagogues in Egypt and named after a merchant from Jerusalem called Ben Ezra. You will be given full history of the synagogue and the position of the Jewish community in Egypt.
Finish up this tour with your visit to Khan El Khalili market where all products of Egyptian souvenirs are available in different qualities. You are invited to have a local drink while sitting with your guide at El Fishawy coffee shop: the oldest one in Cairo. When having free time to browse the market put the advice of your guide in consideration
Price quotes are in US dollars per person per trip and are valid until April 30th, 2020. Please inquire for pricing over Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter holidays.
Reservations should be made as early as possible to book the desired holiday. Space on a given tour will be secured upon receipt a deposit of 25% of the full price. This payment will be 50% during the Christmas and New Year holidays and on packages including airfare. This deposit counts as part of your final payment. Deposits can be made by bank wire transfer or sent via Western Union or paid using a credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Payment should be received within 7 days of booking.
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