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Luxury Cairo: Old Coptic Church & Monastery St Simon Cave Church

4.8 (39)
Cairo, EG
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Luxury Cairo: Old Coptic Church & Monastery St Simon Cave Church

4.8 (39)
Cairo, EG
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Embark on an unforgettable journey through the historic Coptic Cairo and experience the magnificence of the Old Coptic Church and Monastery St Simon Cave Church. Begin your adventure with a visit to the ancient Babylon fortress, built by the Roman emperor Trajan. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Hanging Church, standing on the remnants of the fortress. Explore the holy crypt church, where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed for three months. Discover the Jewish community at the Ben Ezra Synagogue and delve into the rich history of their presence in Egypt. Next, prepare to be amazed by the breathtaking Cave Church, carved out of the Mokattam mountain by Cairo's garbage collectors. This private tour promises 240 minutes of immersion into the heart of Coptic Cairo, offering a glimpse into the city's deep religious heritage. Don't miss out on this extraordinary experience.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 4 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Visit the historic Hanging Church
  • Explore the Cave Church in Mokattam Mountain
  • Learn about the history of the Jewish community in Cairo
  • Experience the unique religious sites of Coptic Cairo
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Gratuities
  • 6th october city , nasr city , new settlemnt ,airprot and it is surrounding 30 usd extra

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Introduction

Discover the rich history and beauty of Cairo's Coptic Christian sites on the private tour of Cairo: Old Coptic Church and Monastery St Simon Cave Church. Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Coptic Cairo as you explore the Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, the Church of Saint Barbara, and the Hanging Church. Your journey will also take you to the remarkable Monastery of St Simon, a hidden gem nestled within the ancient El Mokattam Mountain Cave.

What to expect?

During this immersive 4-hour experience, you will delve into the heart of Coptic Cairo, discovering the centuries-old churches that hold great significance for Egypt's Christian community. Learn about the captivating history and rich cultural heritage associated with each site, and marvel at the intricate architecture and ornate decorations that adorn these places of worship. Explore the ancient crypt where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed, and be awe-inspired by the miraculous creation of the Cave Church, hand-carved by Cairo's very own garbage collectors.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for history enthusiasts, culture seekers, and anyone fascinated by religious heritage. Whether you are a devout Christian, an admirer of ancient architecture, or simply eager to delve into Cairo's lesser-known treasures, this experience promises to captivate and educate. The tour is suitable for all age groups and welcomes individuals, couples, families, and small groups who wish to explore Cairo's hidden Christian gems.

Why book this?

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the lesser-explored side of Cairo's history with this private tour. Led by an expert guide, you'll gain intimate knowledge and insights into the hidden stories behind each church and the ancient traditions of Coptic Christianity. As you wander through the serene halls and sacred spaces, you'll be immersed in a world where faith, history, and art converge. This tour enables you to witness remarkable architectural masterpieces and experience the strong spiritual devotion that has shaped Egypt's Christian identity.

Good to know

Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, as this tour involves exploring multiple churches and sites on foot. Dress modestly as a sign of respect for the religious places you'll be visiting. During the tour, you'll have the opportunity to purchase unique religious artifacts and souvenirs to commemorate your experience. Be prepared to be moved and inspired by the deep spiritual significance of each site and the stories that have unfolded within their walls throughout the centuries.

Reviews

Travelers who have embarked on this private tour of Cairo's Coptic Christian sites have left glowing reviews. They praise the knowledgeable and friendly guides who provided fascinating insights into the history, architecture, and religious significance of each site. Visitors rave about the awe-inspiring Cave Church, describing it as a hidden gem and a testament to the devotion of Cairo's garbage collectors. The overall experience is highly recommended, with many tourists expressing gratitude for the opportunity to explore such historically and culturally significant landmarks in the company of knowledgeable guides.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Coptic Cairo

our guide will pick you up from your hotel in cairo or giza  then by private car transfer to visit Coptic old Cairo city , first start with Babylon fortress 98 B.C. by roman emperor Trajan then visit the hanging church which date back to 3rd century and was built on the 2 tower remain from babylon fortress then going to visit the holy crypt church as we believed the holy family stayed  their for three month then visit the Jewish community to visit ben ezra synagogue and your guide will explain about Jewish history and their coming to Egypt and prophet Moses 

Admission Included

Cave Church

Formally known as St. Simon the Tanner Monastery, Cairo’s vast Cave Church pays tribute to a miracle St. Simon (also written St. Samaan or St. Simeon) is believed to have performed. The city’s Coptic Orthodox Christian garbage collectors (Zabbaleen) dug the church out of the Mokattam mountain during the 1970s.

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Reviews

(39)

4.8 (39)

AmeliaM135

Very good experience with Mohammed, our tour guide. The drive through the Rubbish city to St Simon church is a stark contrasted experience. You almost don’t expect to find a 20000 auditorium at the top of the hill. Hanging church was very crowded but Mohammed helped us navigate it well! Highly recommend this tour!

minakos375

We inadvertently picked a busy day, Easter Friday, to visit historical churches etc. but our guide Ibrahim was knowledgeable and good at keeping the pace. Our driver got us through amazing Garbage City alleyways safely. A satisfactory morning tour for us. Thank you guys.

Maureen_G

Hesham Egypt did a good job setting us up with our Guide Marcil and Driver Samir. Marcil was very well studied and patient with all our questions. She took the time to explain all the sites in Old Cairo and the Coptic churches and to ensure we understood the significance of the sites. Marcil made us feel like family. Our driver Samir was very safe and very personable as well. I would recommend asking for Marcil and Samir by name! This tour is a must for any Christian visiting Cairo.

Curious116685

This review is meaningless without Bisho, our guide Bisho is no like other - you know you are in the hands of someone who loves his country to no end, someone who loves the Coptic traditions, someone who doesn't shy away from explaining the good and the bad, and someone who refuses to be anything but real - and it shows in his every action. In the mind of the listener, Bisho creates an overwhelming empathy for the subject, so much so that you can't remain unaffected after the tour. This tour is incomplete without Bisho. The tour per se, was conducted on time, Coptic locations were covered as indicated on Viator, and nothing was found amiss - expectations versus delivery, and is an absolute must-visit tour.

LoveLuxuryTravel2015

This is a great tour. It rounded out all the highlights on our final day in Cairo. Our tour started with pick-up in a comfortable car and introduction to the history/context of Egypt on the way to our first destination. Karim, our guide is a passionate and knowledgeable Egyptologist. He brought history to life with detailed explanation and timeline of events. If I was the tour guide, I would not be able to muster the level of passion, enthusiasm, and patience that Karim showed through out the tour. The last stop after the Hanging Church complex was the Cave Church. Many are discouraged because of the drive through the “garbage city” on the way. We found the drive interesting and gave us a perspective on handling of garbage in a metropolis like Cairo. The Cave Church is nothing like I have seen before! Again, Karim explained the backstory of St. Simon which enhanced our experience of the place. We highly recommend this tour and Karim as your guide.

katelynj801

My guide, Ehab , was super informed about all the things and able to speak to them well, he had facts for basically everywhere we went. And it’s clear he is well connected to all these areas, and respected there and so passing me on to other guides was very normal for him. My driver, Moaz, was very hospitable as well. I really enjoyed the views and learning about these areas. It was a great tour!

Yasmin_M

I wanted to share our experience with the tour arranged by tour manager, Hehsam who booked it with spanish guide, Haizam. Unfortunately, the tour did not meet our expectations due to a few issues…the tour experience was definitely not worth the £100 spent. Our guide seemed disinterested and barely explained anything. Instead of providing insightful information, he spent most of the time waiting for us. When questioned, he gave brief, unhelpful answers, and it felt like there was a language barrier, despite occasionally speaking with him in English hoping it would improve the experience if the language barrier was the issue but it made no difference… This experience was particularly disheartening as we observed nearby tours with guides providing excellent descriptions in Spanish. I shared my feedback with Hesham who was rude and just kept saying he cannot honour a partial refund because he already paid the guide then blocked me when I explained I would be leaving an honest review. Do not book this tour unless you are willing to risk the possibility of disappointment. It is better to book directly with a guide who you can meet during your visit to these historical sites. Quería compartir nuestra experiencia con el tour organizado por Hehsam, quien lo reservó con el guía español, Haizam. Desafortunadamente, el recorrido no cumplió con nuestras expectativas debido a algunos problemas... la experiencia del recorrido definitivamente no valió la pena los £100 gastados. Nuestro guía parecía desinteresado y apenas explicó nada, pasó la mayor parte del tiempo esperándonos. Cuando se le preguntó, dio respuestas breves e inútiles, y sintió que había una barrera del idioma, a pesar de hablar ocasionalmente con él en inglés con la esperanza de que mejorara la experiencia si la barrera del idioma era el problema, pero no hizo ninguna diferencia... Esta experiencia fue particularmente desalentadora, ya que observamos recorridos cercanos con guías que proporcionaban excelentes descripciones en español. Compartí mis comentarios con Hesham, quien fue grosero y siguió diciendo que no puede cumplir con un reembolso parcial porque ya pagó la guía y luego me bloqueó cuando le expliqué que dejaría una critica honesta. No reserve este tour a menos que esté dispuesto a arriesgarse a la posibilidad de sufrir una decepción. Es mejor reservar directamente con un guía que pueda conocer durante su visita a estos sitios históricos.

Connector261919

Although, I have been several times to Cairo before, I never experienced the old, coptic Cairo with its amazing churches. I was very fortunate to have had a guide whose name is Marsil to show me these wonderful sights. Marsil is extremely knowlegable about the history of Christianity in Egypt, especially in Cairo. She has a very pleasant personality and gave me enough time to explore the sights. The cave churches near "Recycling City" are particularly striking, even though they date back only a few decades. With my driver, Ahmed Foaad, I have felt very safe in Cairo's traffic. He was actually the best driver I had during my stay. If you are looking for amazing sights, a wonderful guide and a great driver, book this trip and ask for Marsil and Ahmed Foaad.

Debrawyld

We booked this trip to take in some of the religious sites around Cairo special interest for us was St Stephen’s Cave Church but the real gem of this trip was Ehab our guide. Ehab had so much knowledge of not only the religious places we visited but of life in Cairo both past present and future. We saw garbage city as we made our way to St Stephens which was a real jolt back to the reality of life for many who live and work in Cairo. Navigating the tiny streets was carried out expertly by Islam our driver. Ehab was polite knowledgeable and we felt really looked after. I want to extend our gratitude to him for an excellent trip we finished with a wealth of information

alsosa2020

The tour of Coptic Cairo was great. Our guide Ehab and driver Ahmed treated us excellently and took their time to show us all the relevant sights. Great tour. I wouldn’t recommend it for a Christian perspective of Cairo’s history.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-15 08:56