Holy Family in Cairo (5n/6d)

The Sphinx and Great Pyramid at Giza

The Sphinx and Great Pyramid at Giza

Day 1 – Cairo
Upon arrival to Cairo, you will be met by Stylish Holidays representative and transferred to your hotel for overnight

Day 2 – Cairo
After breakfast, your private Egyptologist tour guide and driver will pick you up and start your tour. Drive to Giza and visit the Pyramids. See the Sphinx and the Valley Temple.Lunch en route. Visit the Virgin Mary Church of El Maadi: “Cairo suburb of Maadi which, in earliest Pharaonic times, was an outlying district of Memphis, the capital of Egypt then; and, at Maadi, they boarded a sailing-boat which carried them up the Nile towards southern Egypt. The historic church built upon the spot from which they embarked, also dedicated to the Virgin, is further identified by the denominative, ‘Al-Adaweya’, the Virgin’s Church ‘of the Ferry’. (In fact, the name of that now modern suburb, Maadi, derives from the Arabic word which means ‘the Crossing Point’).  The stone steps leading down to the River’s bank, and believed to have been used by the Holy Family, are accessible to pilgrims through the Church courtyard. An event of miraculous importance occurred on Friday the 3rd of the Coptic month of Baramhat – the 12th of March – 1976 AD. A Holy Bible of unknown provenance was carried by the lapping ripples of the Nile to the bank below the Church. It was open to the page of Isaiah 19:25 the page declaring, “Blessed be Egypt My People”. The Bible isnow behind glass in the Sanctuary of the Virgin in the Church for all to see.” Return to your hotel for Overnight.

Day 3 – Cairo
After breakfast, visit the Old Cairo and walk back in time, visiting the Old Coptic Church and the Hanging Church: known as Misr El Kadima, is among the most important locations visited by the Holy Family where the spiritual impact of their presence is most felt still; though their stay was brief, for the Governor of what was then Fustat – enraged by the tumbling down of idols at Jesus’ approach – sought to kill the Child. But they took shelter from his wrath in a cave above which, in later years, the Church of Abu Serga (St Sergious) was built. This, and the whole area of the Fort of Babylon, is a destination of pilgrimage not only for the Egyptians but for Christians from around the world. An air of piety and devotion pervades the whole district. Lunch en route.Afternoon, drive to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities for a detailed, guided tour.  Then Return to your hotel for overnight.

Day 4 – Cairo
After breakfast, transfer to Wadi el Natroun to visit its monasteries:Wadi el-Natroun (Natroun Valley) that they now came, after crossing the Rosetta branch of the Nile to the western Delta and heading south into Wadi el-Natroun (then called Al Asqeet) in the Western Desert of Egypt. In the earliest decades of Christianity, the desert expanses of Wadi el-Natroun became the site of anchoretic settlement and, later, of many monasteries, in spiritual commemoration of the Holy Family’s passage through the Valley.

Day 5 – St. Catherine
After breakfast your private Egyptologist guide and driver will drive you to St. Catherine in Sinai, upon arrival installation in your hotel for overnight, St. Catherine isn’t a part of the holly family visit, but still a very important religious site to visit while being in Egypt

Day 6 – St. Catherine / Cairo ( Nuweiba* or Taba*)
Early Morning ascending Moses Mountain, to attend the Sun Rise on top of the mountain. After the descending of the mountain, visit the monastery of St. Catherine and then transfer to Cairo. Overnight at hotel

* Possibility of amending the itinerary to fit with the clients needs, by traveling through Nuweiba to Jordan or trough Taba to Israel for an extension.

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