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The Way of the Holy Family: 10-Day Tour of Egypt
The Egyptians view the journey of the holy mother and her child through Egypt with affection and pride. In this country the family found peace and security.
Come with us to Cairo, Ismailia, El Minia and Assiut. Experience a slightly different side of Egypt as you tour the Passages of the Holy Family.
AdamTravel looks forward to taking you to the land of our hearts.
Travel program in detail
Day 1: Arrival in Cairo
Our German-speaking travel companion will meet you at the airport in Cairo. We will drive you to your hotel in a private, air-conditioned vehicle. Our travel companion will help you check in and explain the travel program for the next ten days. The rest of the day can be used as freetime.
Day 2: Excursion to the pyramids of Giza and visit to the Egyptian Museum
With your personal tour guide you will drive to Giza today and visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world: the great pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinos. Then the great and mystical Sphinx is waiting for you – only she knows the secrets that she has kept for thousands of years. The last point in the program this morning is the valley temple of King Chephren. Look forward to your well-deserved lunch in a high-quality restaurant. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in Islamic Cairo, where you will take a walking tour of Khan El Khalili. Later, enjoy a freshly prepared dinner at your hotel and spend the night in Cairo.
Day 3: Maadi Church and Coptic Cairo
You enjoy breakfast in your hotel in Cairo. Your tour guide will then take you to the churches in Cairo. This sightseeing tour starts at the Church of the Virgin Mary in the beautiful and very well-kept district of Maadi. Then visit the Hanging Church with the 110 icons. It is one of the oldest churches in Egypt – its history goes back to the 3rd century. We continue with the Coptic Church of St. Sergius and the Church of St. George. The conclusion is the fortress of Babylon in old Cairo, where the Holy Family passed. Lunch at a local restaurant in Cairo.
Dinner will take place at your hotel in Cairo.
Day 4: Heliopolis and Zeiton
Have breakfast at your Cairo hotel before exploring other major Cairo churches. Transfer to the ancient Heliopolis area of El Matariya and visit the sacred tree “Mary’s Tree”. “Mary’s Tree” is the tree under whose shade the Holy Family rested. At this point the baby Jesus gave rise to a spring from which everyone drank. This source still exists today. You will find many aromatic plants near the spring, such as the balsam tree family, myrrh bushes or frankincense trees. In church rituals, these wonderful plants have been used since the beginning. Then head to the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Zeiton, where apparitions of Mary were made between 1968 and 1971. Wikipedia describes it this way:
“On May 4, 1968, the Coptic Patriarch declared Kirellos VI. the apparitions for believable and published the following declaration: ‘The Apostolic See hereby proclaims with absolute faith and certainty, with joy and thanks to Almighty God that the holy and blessed Mother of Light appeared in a clear and distinct form on several nights – and continues to appear […] to this day. This happened in the Coptic Orthodox Church named after her on Toman Bey Street in Zeitoun, Cairo. This church lies on the path that the Holy Family took during their stay in Egypt. ‘
It is a Coptic church built in 1925 by an Italian architect in the form of a small copy of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The Italian artists who painted the church also made the carvings of Jesus and the Virgin Mary and decorated the many icons. ”
At the end of the day, have dinner at your hotel and spend the night in Cairo.
Day 5: Mostorod, Samanoud and Sakha
After breakfast, drive to Mostorod, also known as “el-Mahamaah”. This means “the bathing place” and is the place where the Virgin Mary bathed the baby Jesus and washed his clothes.
Then drive to the small village of Meniet Samanoud (Sebennytos), where Jesus created another source of water. Then visit the old church of St. Abanoub. In this church there is a huge granite trough that the Virgin Mary supposedly used for kneading.
We continue to Sakha, this is near Kafr El Sheikh. The city’s Coptic name is “Pekha – Issous” and means “the foot of Jesus”. This name comes from the footprint of Jesus Christ, who appeared on a stone on which he placed his foot. In 1984 this footprint was found and the “Church of the Virgin Mary” was built around this rock, which in turn stands on the walls of a medieval monastery.
In 2008 there was a fire in the church that destroyed the altar and a historical icon. However, the footprint remained intact.
During the return journey you will receive a snack to strengthen yourself before you enjoy a freshly prepared dinner in your hotel. You spend another night in Cairo.
Day 6: Bubastis (Tel-Basta), Tanis and Ismailia
Today you leave Cairo to continue the journey of the Holy Family in Egypt. Your first visit is the city of Bubastis (Tel-Basta). This city is dedicated to the cat goddess Bastet. Even in the time of Herodotus, Bubastis was widely known for its large temple and the annual Bastet festivals in honor of the goddess. Here Jesus also let spring a spring, from which you can also drink here.
Then visit Tanis – the capital of the 26th Dynasty. In Tanis you will visit the small museum, the Ramses temple and the royal tombs. The journey continues to Ismailia, 127 km east of Cairo. We have lunch in a local restaurant in Ismailia.
You then check into the hotel, where you will also have dinner. Today you spend the night in Ismailia on Lake Timsah. This is the name of the salt lake on the Suez Canal and means crocodile lake.
Day 7: The monasteries on the Red Sea, Jabal Al Tair (the bird mountain) and El Minia
Check out after breakfast at your hotel in Suez and look forward to driving south along the Red Sea coast. On the way you will visit the monasteries of St. Anthony and St. Paul, which were built in the 4th century AD.
The St. Anthony Monastery is considered to be the largest and oldest Coptic monastery in Egypt. The Church of St. Anthony was built over the saint’s tomb. Saint Anthony lived in a natural mountain cave for 43 years of his life. Today there is an entire village with gardens, a mill, a bakery and seven churches. There is a library with 1700 handwritten manuscripts.
The next destination is the St. Paulus monastery complex. The monastery takes its name from Paulus von Thebes, who is also called “Saint Paul the first hermit”. Paul supposedly lived to be 113 years old. You can see an imposing new church for pilgrims as well as the actual monastery complex from the 5th century. The Pauluskirche is richly decorated with breathtaking artifacts: altars, candles and ostrich eggs, the symbol of the resurrection.
The path of the Holy Family now leads you to Upper Egypt. The first stop is in Jabal at Tayr (the bird mountain) near the town of El Minia. This is a cave where the holy family rested. The cave is now in the old church there.
Then check-in at the hotel and later dinner also at the hotel.
Day 8: Tuna El-Gebel, Al Ashmunien (Hermopolis) and Tell El Amarna and Assiut
In the morning, your private guide will accompany you to the Tuna el-Gebel necropolis.
Since the 26th dynasty (around 600 BC) underground galleries were laid out there. There baboons and ibises – both symbols of the wisdom god Thoth – were buried first in clay pots and later in sarcophagi. The temple complexes were used and expanded for a long time. To this day, work is being done to unearth this cultural wealth from ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman times.
The tomb of the ancient Egyptian high priest Petosiris is also located in Tuna el-Gebel. Petosiris was venerated as a saint. Greek graffiti indicate that sick people had visited the tomb and hoped for healing through Saint Petosiris.
Followed by lunch in a local restaurant.
We continue to Al-Ashmunia. You will visit the open museum with the two colossal baboon statues and the ruins of the basilica church with its rose granite columns.
Then you will reach Beni Hasan on the east bank of the Nile. There you will see the outstanding rock tombs with their scenes depicting the local and regional life of the “Middle Kingdom”. Continue to Assiut.
Arrival in Assiut and later dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Assiut and return to Cairo
You enjoy your breakfast in Assiut and visit the monastery ad-Dair al-Muharraq – a complex with three churches. The name of the monastery means “the burnt monastery” because it has burned here many times – most recently in 2013. The Holy Family stayed in this monastery for 6 months and 10 days. It’s the longest time she’s been in the same place. At this point the Holy Family received the divine message to return to Palestine.
About 8 km west of the monastery is the Meir (Mair) necropolis. The burial place is famous for the high quality of the wall representations and reliefs, especially from the 6th and 12th dynasties. On a length of 1.5 km there are five groups of graves, beautifully illuminated and in excellent condition. Look forward to this impressive visit.
Then we will drive you back to Cairo, where you will later enjoy dinner and spend the night in your hotel.
Day 10: Cairo and flight home
Today you will strengthen yourself again with a fine breakfast. Your guide will later escort you to Cairo International Airport. On behalf of AdamTravel we wish you a pleasant flight home and hope to see you again soon!
Tip: Combine this trip with a relaxing Nile cruise or with a wonderful beach holiday on the Red Sea.
Realization of the trip at the indicated price with min. 2 persons. Lower price in low season (May-Sep) and group tours.
Please note: A change in hotel selection to a consistent category may occur at any time and without notice.
The price includes all international and domestic flights, transportation, accommodations and three meals per day.
Accommodation options / hotels
Cairo at Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel
Cairo at Le Passage Cairo Hotel
El Minya at the Grand Aton Hotel
Assiut at Assiutel Hotel
The Way of the Holy Family: 10-Day Tour of Egypt
- International flights with Egyptair or Swiss.
- Reception and pick up service by our tour guide at Cairo airport.
- Assistance to guests during their stay.
- Transfers in a private, air-conditioned vehicle.
- Accommodation for 6 nights in Cairo at Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel.
- Accommodation for 1 night in Cairo at Le Passage Cairo Hotel.
- Accommodation for 1 night in El Minya at Grand Aton Hotel.
- Accommodation for 1 night in Assiut at Assiutel Hotel.
- All 3 meals are included.
- Water bottle during excursions.
- All sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary (private guided tours).
- Entrance fees to all attractions as stated on the itinerary.
- Portage if necessary.
- All service charges and taxes.
Services not included:
- Travel Insurance / Cancellation Insurance (available upon request).
- Entry visa.
- Optional excursions.
- Personal expenses.
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