The Spiritual Egypt – 4 Nights / 5 Days

Country: Egypt Leader: English Speaking Local Guide - Dates As Requested
3 nights in Cairo, 1 night in St. Catherine

Blessed be Egypt, My people” (Isaiah 19:25)

“In that day there will be an altar to the lord in the midst of the land of Egypt; and a pillar to the lord, at its borders. And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt” (Isaiah 19:19-20)

Day 1- Cairo

 

Arrival in Cairo, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for welcome dinner and overnight

Day 2 – Wadi El Natroun, Pyramids

Following breakfast at your hotel we will drive to Wadi El Natroun, where the Holy Family passed on their way from Sakha. Wadi Natroun has been the site of many monasteries in spiritual commemoration of the Holy Family’s passage through the valley. You will visit St. Makar and have time for private worship. Lunch in Cairo at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon we will continue to Giza accompanied by the Egyptologist tour guide. We will visit the Sphinx (see right)Great Pyramid and then return to Cairo to visit a Papyrus Institute. Then back to your hotel for a rest and free time.

Special dinner cruise along the Nile River with entertainment reflecting civilization along the bank of this river for over 4.000 years. Return to hotel.

Day 3 – Egyptian Museum, Coptic Cairo, Al Maadi Churc)

Drive to visit the Coptic St. Mary Maadi Church where according to tradition is the place where Moses was found among the reeds.

After their short but eventful stay in Old Cairo, the Holy Family moved to Maadi. Maadi was an outlying district of Memphis, the capital of Egypt in early Pharaonic times. The historic church built upon the spot from which they embarked is also dedicated to the Virgin.

A Holy Bible of unknown provenance was carried by 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 is now behind glass in the church’s Sanctuary of the Virgin for all to see.

Old Cairo is among the most importantlocations visited by the Holy Family, their sprirtual energy is still felt strongly here although their stay was brief. The governor of what was then Fustat – enraged by the tumblingdown of idols at Jesus’ approach – sought to kill the child. TheHoly Family took shelter from his wrath in a cave above which The Church of Abou Serga (St. Sergius) was built. Visit this Church and the whole area of the Fort of Babylon; a destination of pilgrimage not only for Egyptians but for Christians from around the world, an air of piety and devotion pervades the whole district.

Coptic Museum enjoy your visit accompanied by a certified guide followed by lunch at a local restaurant.

Egyptian Museum of Antiquities for a private, detailed, guided tour. Among other fascinating exhibits, see the treasures of the tomb of Tutankhamen and walk around the mummies and examine them from all angles, gaze into their incredibly well preserved 3,000-year-old faces.

If you wish to browse and shop, your tour will stop at the Khan El Khalili Bazaar (see left) displaying and selling all types of oriental goods, and have dinner at one of most famous local restaurants the Naguib Mahfouz Restaurant – operated by Oberoi and then drive back to your hotel for overnight

Day 4 – Cairo / St. Catherine

After breakfast check out from hotel Early morning will have private worship at the Church of St. Joseph then you will drive to Zeitoun area to visit the Church of St. Mary.

Depart Cairo and drive to the Suez Canal. Take the tunnel under the Suez and arrive at the Sinai Peninsula. En route, visit Eyoun Moussa (Moses’ spring), Hamam Pharaoh, and Church of Wadi Feiran. Arrive to St. Catherine for dinner and overnight

Day 5 – St.Catherine and Taba

Wake up at 3:30AM and climb the Mountain of Moses. According to tradition, it was on this mountain that Moses received the Ten Commandments. It lies south of St. Catherine’s Monastery and rises to a height of 7,497 feet. From the top, experience the spectacular sunrise as the dawn breaks over this land of penetrating beauty and mystery. This hike is only for people who are very fit and experienced in hiking, Descend for breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast enjoy your visit to the Monastery of St. Catherine, (see right) which sits at an altitude of 5,150 feet on the reputed site of the “Burning Bush.” Commissioned by Emperor Justinian, the monastery was built between the years 527 and 565. Following this you will have a guided tour inside the Monastery Museum.

A picnic lunch box will be served on the bus trip from St Catherine to the Taba border crossing into Israel.

Tour information & prices

Please email tours@travelinkuk.com for prices or phone Travelink on 020 8931 8000.

To give accurate pricing it would be helpful to have the following details:

  1. Travel dates – Exact dates would be ideal, rough dates are helpful. December to February excluding school holiday periods is the cheapest time to visit. School Holiday periods are the most expensive.
  2. Hotel rooms – Do you require a Double/Twin sharing room, a Single room or a Triple room. (Please note: 3rd bed in a Triple room is a pull out sofa type bed, suitable for teenagers/young adults)
  3. Hotel standard – 3, 4, or 5 star hotels required?
  4. Flights – Would Heathrow or Luton, suit you best? Luton is normally cheaper due to airport taxation. (Please note: Flight prices are subject to change and price MUST be re-confirmed at the time of booking)

Tours do not operate at certain times of the year due to religious holidays. Itinerary may be altered or withdrawn due to prevailing local conditions.

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