Private Half Day Tour to Garbage City and Cave Church

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Cairo, EG
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Cairo, EG
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Experience the hidden wonders of Cairo with a private half-day tour to Garbage City and Cave Church. Embark on a journey to Manshiyat Nasser, also known as Garbage City, a unique slum settlement on the outskirts of Cairo. Discover the remarkable Coptic community that thrives here, as they maintain their ancient beliefs and have built the largest Christian church in the Middle East at the Monastery of St. Johns. Prepare to be awed as you venture to the Monastery of Saint Simon, famously known as the Cave Church. Located in the Mokattam mountain within Garbage City, this church is an architectural marvel nestled amidst a population of garbage collectors. Immerse yourself in the rich history and heritage of the Zabbaleen, descendants of farmers who migrated to Cairo in the 1940s. Marvel at their resourcefulness as they turn waste into treasure, creating a sustainable ecosystem within the city. This captivating tour offers a unique perspective on Cairo's cultural tapestry, showcasing the resilience and ingenuity of its people.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 5 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore the fascinating Cave Church in Garbage City
  • Experience the unique culture of the Zabbaleen community
  • Witness the largest Christian church in the Middle East
  • Learn about the history and traditions of Garbage City
  • Marvel at the breathtaking views of the Mokattam mountain
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Qualified Egyptologist guide
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch

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Embark on a fascinating journey to the hidden gem of Cairo – Garbage City. This private half-day tour will take you to Manshiyat Nasser, a unique slum settlement on the outskirts of the Moqattam Hills. While its name may raise eyebrows, this vibrant community holds a captivating secret – the Monastery of St. Johns. Discover the resilience and spirituality of the locals as you explore their extraordinary way of life.

What to Expect?

Prepare to be captivated by the Monastery of Saint Simon, also known as the Cave Church. Located in the Mokattam mountain, this awe-inspiring church stands as a testament to the devotion of the Zabbaleen, the garbage collectors who call this place home. Marvel at the intricate details of the church's architecture, carved deep within the mountain caves. Delve into the history and culture of the Zabbaleen community, learning about their impressive craftsmanship and strong Coptic beliefs.

Who is this For?

This tour is for the adventurous souls seeking an immersive cultural experience. It welcomes travelers who yearn to understand different ways of life, appreciate unique architecture, and connect with local communities. The journey to Garbage City is a chance to gain insight into a thriving Christian enclave amidst the bustling metropolis of Cairo, making it an ideal excursion for history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and anyone interested in cultural immersion.

Why Book This?

Embarking on this private tour will grant you an unforgettable experience like no other. Witness firsthand the unbeatable spirit and resilience of the Zabbaleen community. Immerse yourself in their daily life, learn their stories, and discover the profound beauty hidden deep within the Moqattam Hills. Leave with a deeper understanding of the rich history of Cairo and its diverse communities.

Good to Know

During your visit, be prepared for an authentic adventure that takes you off the beaten path. As you explore the winding streets and narrow alleys of Manshiyat Nasser, embrace the vibrant atmosphere and admire the artistry displayed through the locals' innovative recycling methods. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for an immersive experience. And don't forget your camera – you'll want to capture the awe-inspiring Cave Church and the striking landscapes that surround it.


Travelers who have embarked on this private half-day tour have shared their profound appreciation for the unique glimpse into the Zabbaleen community. They were enthralled by the Monastery of St. Johns, marveling at the architectural wonders and the devotion pouring out from every corner. Many praised the knowledgeable guides who provided captivating insights into the history and traditions of Garbage City. Overall, visitors found this tour to be an eye-opening experience that challenged preconceived notions and left them with a newfound appreciation for the diverse tapestry of Cairo's cultural landscape.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

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It's been a great tour of the area with an excellent guide, Momin who spoke perfect English and knew the history of place like back of his hand. It's been a great trip so far, especially for female travelling solo. Lots of friendly people, so much things to see, and surprisingly i feel safe with assistance from the locals, guys or gals.
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2024-05-29 20:45