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05 DAYS / 04 NIGHTS Cairo / St. Catherine / Cairo

Tour Code: - Departure Date: - Country: Egypt Leader: English Speaking Local Guide - Dates As Requested Number of nights: 4
Day 1 - CairoRead More

 

Arrival Cairo International Airport, meeting, assistance through passport and customs formalities then you will go to your hotel for check-in dinner & Overnight.

Day 2 - Pyramids and SphinxRead More

 

Begin the day with buffet breakfast, meeting at the hotel’s lobby to join our Egyptologist guide for a special tour at theMuseum of Antiquities in Cairo.  The museum houses the greatest collection of pharaonic treasures in the world.  Our guide will show us the highlights of these artifacts, including the Tutankhamen Collection of golden treasures and acquaint us with the museum’s expansive collections.

We continue the  visit with cultural landmarks that span three millennium of Egyptian history. We visit thePyramids of Giza. Nothing evokes the long and intriguing history of Egypt as powerfully as the pyramids.  Rising from the desert, Khufu (Cheops), Khafra and Menkaura seem to symbolize the enigmatic tug of Egypt in our imaginations. The Great Pyramid of Cheops immortalizes the son of Sneferu and Hetepheres.  Though little is known of this pharaoh, his monument, the largest of the three, is comprised of 2.3 million stone blocks, each weighing an average of 2.5 tons.

We shall also visit the colossal statue of the Great Sphinx, which has stood guard over the pyramids for more than 4,500 years.  Carved from an outcrop of rock, the Sphinx remains the ultimate symbol of Ancient Egypt with its lion’s body and human head. The history and the lifestyle of ancient Egyptian pharaohs come alive before our eyes through the skilled narrations of our specialist guide

lunch will be served during the tour.

Back to your hotel dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3 - Coptic Cairo and St CatherineRead More

In the morning we have breakfast and check out,                  meeting at the lobby of the hotel. We then start your tour to explore the lanes of Coptic Cairo, where we will visit the famous Suspended Church (Hanging Church)dating to the late 4th and early 5th century.  This basilica was named “Al-Mu’allaqah” because it was built atop the southgate of the Fortress of Babylon. Continue to the Church of St. Sergius, a 5th century Coptic Church. This basilica is built on the cave in which the holy family stayed and is regarded by visitors as a source of blessing. In afternoon you will be transferred to St. Catherine.

In evening, arrival St. Catherine and check-in for  dinner & Overnight .

Day 4 - St Catherines MonasteryRead More

 

Meeting at the hotel’s lobby and start climb up the mountain (Gabal Musa)

Back to the hotel for having breakfast & check-out from the hotel’s room

Meeting at the hotel’s lobby to join our Egyptologist guide for a special tour at the St. Catherine Monastry. 

The Monastery of St. Katherine

Is the oldest continuously inhabited monastery in the World and its library has the largest religious collection next to the Vatican only. It was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, although there was already a church at the site of the Burning Bush erected by the Empress Helena in 330 AD. Byzantine Orthodox monasticism has even earlier roots, and the area is sacred to all three monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The monastery was under the protection of the Prophet Mohammed, Arab and Turkish leaders and Napoleon, which helped to preserve it virtually undamaged. In the walled compound there is a Fatimid mosque built next to the Orthodox Church, a rare coexistence of religions in today’s World.

Mt. Sinai (Gabal Musa)

Called Mt. Horeb in the Bible and locally known as Jebel Musa (Gebel Musa), Mt Sinai is considered to be the place where Prophet Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. One of the highest mountains in Egypt, with a small Orthodox church and a mosque on its summit at 2285 meters from sea level. Mt Sinai forms one massif with Jebel Safsafa and Jebel Loza, with many small basins on the top. In these basins there are old churches, small gardens and relics of monastic life. The most common route to the peak is from the Monastery via the “Steps of Repentance” built by monks or via the camel path built by Viceroy of Egypt, Abbas Hilmi Pasha I., although there are several other less travelled beautiful treks.

After visit St.Catherine Monastery you will be transferred back to Cairo. Arrive in Cairo then check in at your hotel for dinner & overnight.

Day 5 - Cairo & DepartureRead More

 

Breakfast,  luggage outside your room & check-out.

Meeting at the lobby of the hotel then you will go to Cairo international airport for your departure flight back home.

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