CairoThis morning we will visit The Church of the Virgin Mary in Haret Zuweila. It was probably built around the AD 10th century, Discover the oldest part of the city, known as CopticCairo, originally a Roman fortress town called ‘’Babylon”. Visit theHanging Church(El Muallaqa) one of the oldest churches inEgyptand the history of a church dates to the 3rd century A.D where the Virgin Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus took refuge, after visit Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, also known as Abu Serga dating back to the 4th century A.D.Visit sites like Synagogue of Beni Ezra. Explore the relics of ages past at one of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the GreatPyramidsof Giza. Chephren, Menkaure,CheopsPyramids&Sphinx, Which have stood for the last 5000 years. Back to hotel. Overnight inCairo. (Breakfast)
Day 03: Cairo & Farma
Today we will drive North fromCairoto visit Farma ( mid-way between El Arish and present day Port Said). Which is the first step for the Holy Family inEgypt. According to the sources of the Coptic Church documented by Pope Theophilus, and recorded in the Coptic Senexarium the Holy Family proceeded from Bethlehem to Gaza, and then to El-Zaraniq (Know as Floussiat), 37 km west of El Arish, then they threaded their way until they reached Farma. Drive to Ismailia. Overnight in Ismailia. (Breakfast)
Day 04:Tell Basta, Mostorod,Belbies
After Breakfast transfer from Ismalia to TEL BASTA. Here Jesus cause a water-spring to well up from the ground and his presence caused the idols to crumble, as foretold by the prophets of old. The townfolk, in consequence, turned malevolent and aggressive, whereupon the Holy Family turned their backs on the town and headed southwards they reached Mostorod (which came to be called, in those days ‘’Al-Mahamma’’) it means the ‘’Bathing Place’’, a name given to the town because the Virgin MARY BATHED THE Christ Child and washed his clothes. It is worthy of note that, on their way back to Palestine, the Holy Family stopped once more at Mostorod and this time, caused a spring to gush from the earth which still flows to the present days. From Mostorod, the Holy Family made their way north-eastwards to Belbeis (ancient Philippos), back in Sharqiah Governorate, and at a distance of about 55 kms fromCairo. They rested there in the shade of a tree which came to be called "The Virgin Mary's Tree". Back toCairo. Overnight in the hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 05: Samoaoud, Sakha , Alexandria
After Breakfast. Drive to Samanoud where a large granite trough which, according to local belief, was used by the Virgin for kneading dough and a water-well which the Christ Child himself hallowed. Drive to Sakha the coptic name of the town "Pekha-Issus" means "the foot of Jesus", for the holy Child's foot-print was marked here, in bas-relief on a rock. The rock was preserved, but hidden for centuries for fear of robbery, and only unearthed again 13 years ago. Proceed toAlexandriaand overnight. (Breakfast)
Day 06: Arrival to Alexandria
Today we will ExploreEgypt’s major port and historically associated with Alexander the Great, Cleopatra and Napoleon. Our guided city tour introduces us to the history ofAlexandriaat the National Museum and then visit the white Marble Roman Amphitheatre the only one of its kind inEgypt. After we visit Fortress of Qayet Bay which was built in the 15th Century. Also we will see the Pompy’s Pillar and the Catacomb of Kom El Shoqafa. Then visitAlexandriaLibrary the meeting point of the three continents, Asia, Africa and Europe and Visit Saint Mark’s Cathedral as it is the historical seat of the Pope ofAlexandria, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church since 60 AD. Back to Hotel. Overnight inAlexandria. (Breakfast)
Day 07: Arrival to Wadi elNatroun , Back to cairo
After breakfast, leaveAlexandriaExperience completely different scenery today as you travel back toCairoon the desert road. We stop in Wadi el Natrun, situated in a valley dotted with oases. Visit some of the four quietly inhabited monasteries of the Coptic Monasteries of this area and learn about Coptic faith. Arrive toCairo. Check-in to our hotel. Overnight inCairo. (Breakfast)
Day 08: Cairo Tour
Today we set our heading for Matariyah and Ain Shams (ancient Heliopolis). At the time of the Holy Family's arrival there, Ain Shams was home to a large Jewish community, who had erected a temple -the Synagogue of Unias- for their workship. In Matariyah, a tree still stand to this day, still regularly visited, called Mary's tree, for the Holy Family is believed to have rested in its shade. Here too, the Infant Jesus caused water to flow from a spring from which he drank and blessed, and in which the Virgin washed his clothes. She poured the washing on to the ground, and from that spot, the fragrant balsam plant blossomed. Setting out next towards Zeitun (the word means Olives), where the Holy Family rested a while visit St. Mary’s Church where she appeared on April 1968. In the quarter of Maadi we will visit the Church of the Holly Virgin Mary. Where the Holy Family sought refuge from persecution. On 12th March 1976, a Holy Bible was found floating in theNileat Maadi miraculously undamaged, it was open at the chapter Isaiah 19:25 containing the phrase: `Blessed beEgyptmy people’. Back to hotel. Overnight inCairo. (Breakfast)
Day 09 : Departure Day
You will be met by our representative and Transfer toCairoAirport where you will be helped for check-in and immigration formalities for your flight back home. (Breakfast)
• Meet & assist upon arrival and departure.
• All transfers to/from airport & hotel by a private air-conditioned vehicle.
• Accommodation in Cairo including daily breakfast..
• Accommodation in Alexandria including daily breakfast..
• Accommodation in Ismailia including daily breakfast.
• All sightseeing tours in Cairo, Alexandria, Wadi Natroun, and Ismailia including English Egyptologist guide.
• A Bottle of Mineral water per trip in Cairo and Giza.
• Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary.
• All transfers by a modern air-conditioned vehicle.
• Portage when needed. .
• International Airfare.
• Any optional tours not mentioned in the itinerary.
• International Airfare.