Coptic Highlights - Egypt

Price from
AUD1799
AUD
(per person)
Duration
8
Days

HIGHLIGHTS

Egyptian Museum, Pyramids, Khan el Khalili Bazaar, St. George Church, Abu Sefein Church, Hanging Church, St. Anthony Monastery, St. Paul's Monastery, Alexandria, St. Mina Monastery, St. Demiana Monastery, St. Abanoub Church.
Explore the highlights of Coptic Egypt! Visit the historic and intriguing monasteries around Alexandria, Cairo and the Red Sea.
Welcome to Cairo! Upon arrival in Cairo airport we will be met by our ground staff who will assist with visa formalities and collecting your luggage. You'll then transfer across Cairo to your hotel, located close to the pyramids. The rest of the day is free for you to rest and recover from the flight. An optional evening dinner cruise on the Nile or sound and light show is available to be booked locally this evening for those interested (subject to your flight arrival time).
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Cairo
  • MEALS:
    Dinner
After breakfast, your tour of Egypt begins with a visit to the Giza Plateau, site of Egypt's world famous Great Pyramids, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. We visit the great Pyramids of Giza and the ever enigmatic Sphinx, Memphis-first capital of the ancient kingdom to see the statue of Ramses II. Following on from the Pyramids we then head to the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo, home to the fantastic Tutankhamun exhibit the museum hosts a huge number of other ancient Egyptian artifacts. Enjoy the rest of the evening exploring Egypt’s biggest bazaar, El Khan El Khalili. Return to your hotel for overnight and dinner.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Cairo
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and dinner
Right after a continental breakfast you will head to Old Cairo and later proceed to Coptic Cairo, where you will visit the Church of St George, Abu Sefein Monastery and the Hanging Church (formally known as Saint Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church), which is one of the oldest churches in Egypt. You’ll head back to your hotel and spend the night there.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Cairo
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and dinner
After breakfast we will drive to the Red Sea region and visit St. Anthony Monastery. Standing in an oasis in the Eastern desert of Egypt, surrounded by the Red Sea mountains lies the oldest Coptic monastery in Egypt. The Monastery relies on springs for its water supply, both still observe rituals that have hardly changed in 16 centuries. After exploring the monastery and having free time for a prayer, head to St. Paul’s Retreat House for overnight and dinner.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Red Sea
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and dinner
Perched about 300m above St Anthony's Monastery on a cliff just outside the monastery walls is the cave where Anthony spent the final 40 years of his life. Right after breakfast we will climb up the 1158 wooden steps to the cave entrance and 680 m. above the Red Sea. The spectacular cave offers stunning views of the mountains and the sea and the chance to see a wide range of bird life. Spend the afternoon at St. Paul’s Monastery, dedicated to the hermit St. Paul of Thebes, who moved to this spot in the wilderness around 250 AD. Originally built in the 5th century, the monastery now has three churches and contains many important manuscripts. Return to Cairo for overnight and dinner.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Cairo
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and dinner
After breakfast we will head to Alexandria and stop on the way to visit the modern monastery of St. Mina, which is built close to the ruins of Abu Mena, the original pilgrimage site of the Holy Family. We proceed to the Monastery of St. Macarius (Dair Abu Maqar), the southernmost of the monastery group of the Wadi al-Natrun. The monastery was founded in approximately 360 AD by Saint Macarius of Egypt, who was the spiritual father to more than four thousand monks of different nationalities. We continue our trip to Alexandria, where we will spend the night and enjoy a memorable boat experience.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Alexandria
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and dinner
Enjoy a continental breakfast at the hotel, located right in front of the sea before proceeding to a visit at St. Demiana Monastery, named after an Egyptian martyr of the early fourth century. St. Demiana lived in the first Coptic Orthodox coenobitic monastery for nuns, living the monastic, ascetic life with her forty unmarried and virgin friends dedicating their lives to fasting, praying and reading the holy books. We proceed to St. Virgin Mary and St. Abanoub church in Samanoud, where it is said that the Holy Family visited during their stay in Egypt. The church still contains the well from which Jesus, St. Mary and St. Joseph drank. Return to Cairo for overnight at your hotel.
  • OVERNIGHT:
    Cairo
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast and dinner
Pack your memories and belongings! After breakfast, enjoy a free day in Cairo before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
Included
  • 5 nights at Nile Fairmont or Mena House with breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night at Alexandria Montazah Palace with breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night at St. Paul’s Retreat House with breakfast and dinner included
  • Daily breakfast from the second day
  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Pick up transfer from Cairo International airport
  • Drop off transfer at Cairo International airport
  • Professional English speaking Egyptologist
  • Qualified drivers in Cairo & Alexandria
  • All applied tax
  • Applied service charge
  • All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles
  • Tipping for tour leader and tour guide
Excluded
  • Entry visa
  • Entrance fees
  • International flight tickets
  • Other meals
  • Optional tours
  • Pocket money
  • Entry to any of the Pyramids or the mummies room at Egyptian Museum.
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Coptic Highlights - Egypt Notes

Price of $1799 AUD is based on a group size of 20 passengers. Better rates are available for bigger groups upon request. 

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