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Holly Family Pilgrimage tour to Egypt from Cairo holly places to Mount Sinai with visit to Wadi el Natron monasteries, tour to St Antony and St Paul Monasteries, Sakha city.
Arrival Cairo International airport, meet and assist, transfer to a 4* hotel on HB basis. Free time in your hotel.
After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the pyramids. Pyramids and the sphinx tour. Lunch in a local restaurant and transfer to Coptic Cairo.
Here we visit the following churches
- Hanging church al-Moalaka
- St Bacus and Abu Serga coptic churches
- St George church at the Holy Monastery of St George
Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, transfer to the Eastern desert to visit St Antony and St Paul Monastery. Back to Cairo hotel, overnight.
Let’s move towards Sakha city which is located some 130 km far from Cairo. In Sakha we visit the Church of the Holy Virgin, probably built on the site of one of the four monasteries that existed in the area in medieval times. Only one of these monasteries, Dimyana, survived until now.
In 1984 the footprint of Jesus known as “Bikha Isus” was found in a church in Sakha city at a depth of approximately 1.5 m. The “Bikha Isus” is now exhibited in a glass case in the Church of the Holy Virgin. Also, in the vicinity of the church you can find a thorn tree, believed to be similar to the one which crowned Jesus once.
After the visit we will proceed to Wadi el Natroun area, overnight in a rest house there.
We will spend the day exploring the 4 nearby monasteries, which are St. Macarius, St. Bishoy, Al-Syrian and Al Baramous. It is believed that on the way to Wadi el-Natron Holy Family passed by a village called Al-Homra which is about 26 km. off the desert Cairo-Alexandria road. In the village the infant Jesus caused a well to be opened in the ground. This sweet water well, called “Bir Mariam” or Mary’s well, is incredibly located among lakes saturated with the natron salt. The well had been neglected for many years but is now being restored. When we finish our day tour of Wadi el-Natron transfer directly to Sinai, to the Monastery of St Catherine. Check in a guest house and have some rest.
In the morning climb mount Sinai. Back to the guest house for breakfast. St Catherine monastery tour and transfer to Sharm el Sheikh. Check in your hotel, 3* on HB. Free time at leisure.
On the day of your departure check out the hotel at 12 pm. Transfer to the airport as scheduled, there hours before the flight.