Coptic Cairo Spiritual Journey: 7 Churches & Samaan al-Kharraz Monastery

Overview

Exploring Old Coptic Cairo and its seven significant spiritual sites promises a deep dive into the rich cultural and historical tapestry of this ancient city. These Holy Sites offer a captivating journey through different eras of Cairo's multifaceted history. Let's explore each of these sites in detail:

1. The Hanging Church: This venerable church, dating back to the 3rd century AD, is one of Cairo's most iconic Christian landmarks. It's known as the Hanging Church because it was built atop the Water Gate of the Roman fortress of Babylon. It's a significant site for Egypt's Christian heritage and an architectural marvel.

2. Ben Ezra Synagogue: This synagogue holds a unique place in Cairo's spiritual narrative, as it's believed to be situated on the site where baby Moses was found by Pharaoh's daughter. It's an essential site for both Jewish history and the overall historical tapestry of Cairo.

3. Samaan al-Kharraz Monastery: Located in Mokattam, this Coptic Christian monastery is closely associated with the story of monk Samaan al-Kharraz. He spent his life in the caves of Mokattam, engaging in prayer and meditation. Samaan al-Kharraz is revered by both Christians and Muslims, drawing those seeking spiritual guidance to the area.

Each of these sites contributes to the fascinating cultural mosaic of Old Coptic Cairo, showcasing the city's rich history and its significance in various religious traditions.

Tour Info
  • Duration: 6 Hours
  • Departure time and location: 9:00 AM from your hotel
  • Return time and location: 3:30 PM at your hotel
Tour Highlights
    • Embark on a spiritually enriching journey by visiting three significant churches in Old Coptic Cairo, deepening your understanding of Egypt's religious history.
    • Explore the vibrant ancient market and the main street of Old Islamic Cairo, resembling an open-air museum where history comes to life.
    • Discover Egypt's grandest citadel and enjoy a special visit to its magnificent mosque, allowing you to appreciate the architectural and historical significance of this iconic site.
What to Expect
  • Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Old Coptic Quarter of Cairo as you explore its winding streets and visit three significant churches.
    • Experience the unique atmosphere of the Ben Ezra Synagogue, a place of historical and cultural importance.
    • Bear witness to the renowned Coptic Christian monastery of Samaan al-Kharraz in the Mokattam area, further deepening your understanding of the region's religious heritage and significance.
Complementary
  • A complimentary bottle of water will be provided during the tour for your convenience.
More About Coptic Cairo Spiritual Journey: 7 Churches & Samaan al-Kharraz Monastery
    • Remember to bring a scarf with you, especially if you plan to visit religious sites where modest attire is required.
    • Since this is a walking tour, wear suitable and comfortable shoes to ensure your comfort throughout the day.

Itinerary

Day General Information
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Your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at 9:00 AM for your pick-up, and from there, you will be begin to visit the following sights.


Activity - 1
Old Coptic Cairo Tour

Upon meeting your tour guide, your journey commences with a visit to Old Coptic Cairo. Here, you'll explore three significant churches and the Ben Ezra Synagogue.

The first destination will be the Hanging Church, housing Egypt's most vital icons. Within its confines lie two sacred relics: a part of the stone of the holy tomb and a fragment of the holy cross. Subsequently, a visit to a Greek church will follow. Concluding your Coptic journey, you'll explore a pivotal and revered church, notable for hosting the cavern where the Holy Family resided. Adjacent to this site is the sacred wheel, from which the Holy Family once drank.

Activity - 2
Samaan al-Kharraz Monastery

Exploring Islamic landmarks, such as the Monastery of Samaan el-Kharaz, is a great way to delve into Egypt's rich cultural and religious heritage. It's fascinating to witness the diversity of historical and spiritual sites this country has to offer.

After your visit to the Monastery of Samaan el-Kharaz, you can return to your hotel, rounding off your day with a deep sense of appreciation for Egypt's cultural tapestry. This diverse blend of experiences, from the serene Red Sea to the Islamic landmarks, offers a well-rounded perspective of this remarkable country. Enjoy your travels in Egypt!


Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions
    • Private pick-up and drop-off services directly from your hotel for your convenience.
    • Accompaniment by a knowledgeable and certified private tour guide to enhance your understanding of the attractions.
    • Seamless transportation to all designated locations, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free journey.
    • All-inclusive coverage of entrance fees and tickets for the specified attractions, saving you from any additional costs.
    • Inclusion of local taxes to provide a hassle-free and straightforward experience.

     

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Exclusions
    • Food and beverage expenses during your tour.
    • Gratuity (tipping) for service personnel, which is typically given at your discretion.
    • Any private discretionary expenses you may incur during your experience.

Current Season Price Details

Please Note that price changes per season, so the price will depend on the date you pick when check out
# Price
Solo Adult $ 120 /per adult
Group of (2-3) Adults $ 70 /per adult
Group of (4-6) Adults $ 60 /per adult
Group of (7-10) Adults $ 55 /per adult
Group of (11-more) Adults $ 50 /per adult
Child [age:6-11] $ 30 /per child
Infant [age:0-5] $ 0 /per infant
Deposit

20 % of the total booking amount

Extra Fees

No additional charges for pick-up and drop-off at downtown Cairo hotels. An extra fee of $20 applies for pick-up and drop-off from hotels near the airport or in New Cairo.

For pickup and drop-off from Cairo Airport or any hotel within the airport vicinity, there is an additional cost of $30.

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