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On the footsteps of the Holy Family in Egypt

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On the footsteps of the Holy Family in Egypt

On the footsteps of the Holy Family in Egypt 

   08 Days / 07 Nights

Day 01 – Arrival Cairo

Arrival at Cairo International Airport, meet and assist by Your Tour representative, transfer to hotel, check in.
Evening : Cruising dinner including open buffet dinner, folklore, Dervish show and belly dancer. Back to hotel and overnight.
Meals :  Dinner

Day 02 – Tel Basta -  Belbis – Sakha - Samanoud

Full day tour: After breakfast,  start the Holy Family Journey in Egypt,  your first stop will be at the town of Babastis , It is now known as Tel- Basta, about 100 Kms north-east of  Cairo, there Jesus gushed forth a spring of water to drink, you will visit the holy well, then you will visit Belbeis (ancient Philippos). The Holy Family made their way north-eastwards to Belbeis at a distance of about 55 kms from Cairo. They rested there in the shade of a tree which came to be called, "The Virgin Mary's Tree' at its place you there are Saint George Church, which you will visit and then. Lunch at Local restaurant .

Resume the trip to Sakha , You will visit Virgin Mary Church, a place renowned for its Christian community in the Middle Ages. Also you will see the foot print of Jesus Christ. Then transfer to Samanoud where the holy family crossed the River Nile to the city of Samanoud inside the Delta and they were received by its people in a pleasant way, and so the people were blessed by Jesus Christ. There you will visit Saint Abanoub Chursh. There is also, a holy well where the holy family had drunk from it.
Dinner in a local restaurant and back to hotel
Meals : Breakfast – Lunch - Dinner

Day 03 –  Old Cairo (Hanging Church of St. Mary - Abu Sarga Church - Ben Ezra  -  Coptic museum)
Morning: Breakfast at hotel.
Visit the ancient churches, in Old Cairo which was built by the Romans when they constructed the fortress known as “Babylon”. Wander through the oldest alleys in Cairo and visit the Hanging Church of St. Mary and Abu Sarga Church dating back as early as the fourth century as the Holy Family founded a cave in Old Cairo and stayed in it- the length of this cave is 20 feet and 15 feet width with only 02 entrances the cave is 21 feet down from the surface of the church - the floor of the church itself down from the surface of the ground outside (the street) about 12 feet, meaning that the cave fall below the level of the surface of the ground / street about 34 feet. This cave exist tell now and a church was built above it with the name of Abu Serga church,  next to the cave and inside the structure an old                                      Water well. This Cave is considered the holiest sites of Christianity in Egypt because the whole Holy family stayed in it.                                                                                                         
There is as well an Antique picture (icon) back to the ninth century AD approx. representing the arrival of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, Joseph and Salome to the land of Egypt .The idols was shattered and could not stay in Babylon, Egypt, the Holy  Family stayed for just few days  not more than a week and ran away as demons and shattered idols thrilled priests and went to the Governor wanted to kill this boy, The Lord Jesus said to his mother: "It will be here a church in good name and will be the spot for visitors and the port of salvation" .. This church is still the port of salvation and distention for tourist and the world to visit the Christian Copts in Egypt.
Visit the historical synagogue of Ben Ezra and the Coptic museum, founded in 1908, which contains the world’s richest collection of Coptic art and treasures. Lunch and back to hotel.                                                                                    
Evening:Visit the area of Islamic Cairo, where you will be able to explore  Khan El Khalili, Cairo’s old bazaar, Dinner at local restaurant , back to hotel and overnight.  
 Meals : Breakfast – lunch – Dinner

Day 04 – St. Beshoi Monastery – Alexandria :
Breakfast at hotel.
Overday tour:  Visit St. Bishoy Monastery (About 100 km from Al Alamein) and visit the monastery of St. Bishoy in Wadi El Natron which founded in the late fourth century AD under the leadership of St. Bishoy which includes water wells, mill grain, presses oil and stores on the first floor, the second floor by the entrance to the fort contains an oven and a church on the name of Blessed Virgin Mary, the third floor contains the roof ,a church on the name of Archangel Michael and 02 caves. The treasures of the monastery are the bodies of the great saints such as St. Bishoy, Bishop Paula “Tamohy”, and part of the body of the martyr Abskheron . It also has the “well of martyrs” which Berber washed their swords after they killed 49 of the monks in the monastery of St. Macarius the Great during their third attack to wild in the year 444 AD. The Great St. Bishoy was born in 320 AD in north Egypt, word “Bishoy”  in Coptic language means  "fair".  The church called him in prayers “the perfect man and the dear one for our Savior" and called him as well "a wild planet". When he was twenty years old, he went to Wadi El Natron wilderness. The intensity of his love for the Savior kept him talking with him in prayer and dialogue as long as possible, so he was linking his hair with a rope to the roof of his cave in order to awake him if he felt in a sleep.  His humility  made him used to wash the feet of strangers and visitors without knowing who they are, the Lord Jesus appeared to him like a stranger (as he appeared before to Abraham ) and Bishoy washed his feet and he did not recognize him until  he saw the surgeon's  Cross in his feet. He was famous for His compassion heart and that was cleared when he carried an old man along the road and he discovered that the old man  was Jesus Christ, who promised that Bishoy`s body will be saved forever because of carrying the Lord Jesus, and actually his body still remains without corruption till now, departure about 100 km to Alexandria.
Visit the Alexandria National Museum which contains around 1,800 artifacts that narrate the story of Alexandria and Egypt. The museum mainly focuses on three collections:  Ancient Egyptian,  Coptic, and the  Muslim world. The museum also includes works from the  Hellenistic period, including pieces from  Heraklion and Canopus. Objects include  canopic  jars, Water well. This CaveMashrabiya, and pieces from the rule of  Nectanebo II. The city of  Alexandria is also included in the collection, including objects from the 20th century. Objects include pieces from  Caracalla's rule, figures of  Medusa, Islamic  clothing, a  bust of  >Briniky, and pieces of ancient  ruins. The museum recently exhibited a sculpture which is believed to be of  Alexander the Great. The museum also has a collection of  jewelry,  weapons,  statuary,  numismatics and  glassware

Visit Roman Amphitheatre, Amphitheatre means double theatre and were grand and impressive in structure. Usually built in semi-circular shape, Amphitheatre was an open-air theatre with no curtains on the stage.
The Roman Theatre of Egypt is modest in size and most of the part of the structure is in ruined condition but still it is an excellent ancient structure of Roman period of Egypt. The theatre also consists of numerous galleries erected crudely. These galleries contain rooms for more spectators along with arrangement of 700-800 marble seats around the stage. Dating back from the 2nd century A.D, this Roman theatre had a large auditorium, which measures 42m in diameter. The outer face of the theatre's building was probably adorned with columns located in several stories. However during later times the theatre was rebuilt and the massive auditorium was diminished to 33.5 m in diameter. It then counted 16 rows of marble seats.
Visit the Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria, Lunch at local restaurant in Alexandria , time at leisure , departure back to Cairo ,  snacks on the way , back to hotel and overnight.                                                  
Meals : Breakfast – lunch - snacks

Day 05 – Cairo Churches

Breakfast at hotel.
Morning :Visit the ancient town of Lunw (Pharaonic) or Heliopolis (Greek) or Ain Shams (Arabic) the Ra center of learning.     The site shows the Obelisk of Senusert 1 (12th dynasty). Nearby is the Tree of The Virgin Mary and the water well, the site where the Holy Family is supposed to have rest during their escape from Herodotus.
Visit the Church of St. Mary in Mostorod area, as The Holy Family reached a wilderness is called Mostorod and rested in a shadow place after the fatigue of travel under a tree there and founded a stems water, Virgin Mary cleaned their clothes and washed her son. The current church built on the same place, launch dates and dedication for the year 1185 of the birth of Christ, which goes back to the second century.  The spot itself is one of the stations of the Holy Family, passed out on the way. Christ Emission a Glory spring water, still exists to this day, a spring is miraculously, because of the healing obtaining for whom take a bath or drink from it.       
visit St. Mary Church in Maadi on Nile River which is another site of rest of the Holy Family and visit the steps which leads to the Nile river which used by the Holy Family to take a boat , see as well the antique Bible which was found open on the surface of the Nile on the page says "Bless my people in Egypt", followed by lunch .
Evening:
Visit St. Mary Transfiguration Church at El Zeitun area, followed by shopping time including Shawrma Sandwich and oriental coffee shop. Back to hotel and overnight.
Meals : Breakfast – lunch - snacks

Day 06 – St.Mary Monastery at Gabal Al Tier in Minya - Assuit ( Dronka Monastery and Muharraq Monastery Assiut ):
Early Breakfast at hotel ( Or breakfast box to be arranged from hotel). Departure to Minya.
Overday tour :
You will enjoy The holy Family Trip to South Egypt as they moved to the south in a boat on the River Nile at a place where the church of Holy virgin Mary now lies at Maadi towards the south (Upper Egypt). You will transfer South to EL Minya about 3 hours, arrive El Minya, see the beautiful church hewn out of the cliff beside the river at Gabal Al-Teir in Minya, drive to Assiut to the Monastery of the Holy Virgin Mary, also known as the Muharraq Monastery, or simply the Burnt Monastery, lies on the path of the flight of the Holy Family in Egypt. It is located about 60 km from Assiut (327 km south of Cairo). The Monastery is referred to as "Al Muharraq" because "Muharraq" is an Arabic word which means "burn or wound inflicted by fire" and the Monastery was partially burned by foreign invaders in the middle centuries.
 Traditionally, the account has the Holy Family traveled from Maadi to Upper Egypt by boat until they reached the village of Qusquam (al Qusia). According to the official Egyptian version of the story, the Holy Family stayed six months at Qusquam, where they lived in a cave. The Muharraq Monastery is said to be built on the very site where the Holy Family settled. It was here that the Angle of the Lord is believed to have appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel; for they are dead which sought the young child's life". (Matthew 2:20 & 21). The site is considered very holy to Egyptian Copts who have nicknamed the location the "Second Bethlehem".    A 13th century historian wrote that multitudes of pilgrims from every district have made the journey to the monastery's churches during ancient times, and that the location was well known for signs and wonders and the healing of many diseases. The walls of the compound enclose an area of 30  feddans, containing five churches and about 100 monks, as well as a large library.
Between June 18th and the 28th each year, thousands of pilgrims continue to attend feasts to celebrate the consecration of the Church of al-Adra (Church of the Virgin) which is said to have been built over the cave where the Holy Family stayed. Many Coptic Christians believe this to be one of the oldest churches in Egypt originally built in the first century AD. The alter stone, dated 747 AD, is said to be located on the very spot where the baby Jesus rested and is claimed to be the oldest in the world.

The Main Churches
The Church of the Holy Virgin Mary , which lies next to the square tower, is the oldest church in the monastery and is believed to date to the 1st century AD. It was St. Pachomious who built the original monastery around the church, which predates the monastery by three centuries. The ancient alter lies in the sanctuary of this church.
The church is not the original, but is ancient and is supposed to be very nearly the same as that of the original. Pope Theophilus, who was the 23rd Coptic Patriarch of Alexandria wrote that he had noticed that the church was small, and very simple. Because of the holiness of the site, he wished to build a great cathedral to replace the small church. He voiced this wish in his prayers, but in a vision the Holy Virgin is said to have visited him and explained that it was the will of her son that the church should be kept as it is, as a symbol of Christ's humility. She also told him that before Christ's Ascension, the Lord, the Virgin Mary and the Disciples came together upon a cloud to the small church to bless and dedicate it, and that the first liturgy was held in the church.
The Nave (inside) of the church is, according to Coptic tradition, divided into three main sections. The first section is for the believers, the second for the penitents and the third for the catechumens (people who are not baptized in the faith). Behind the Church of the Holy Virgin is the Church of St. George which was build in 1880.
Inside are a number of religious paintings including that of the twelve apostles. The Church of the Archangel Michael was renovated at the time of Patriarch Gabriel, the 95th Patriarch of Alexandria (1525-1568 AD). This church is built on the upper level of the keep. The keep was a tower which protected the monks when they were being invaded by barbarians or other foreign invaders.
Lunch and continue to visit:

Dronka Monastery
About 10 kilometers from Assiut, situated on the west bank of the Nile is not only one of the most unusual monasteries in Egypt, but is also believed to have been one of the last destinations visited by the Holy Family on their journey through Egypt. Many scholars believe that Assuit was as far south as the Holy Family, Jesus, the Virgin Mary and Joseph got before leaving Egypt for Nazareth. Since that time, monks of the monastery believe that this area has been constantly inhabited by Christians. Indeed, this area of Egypt has traditionally been heavily populated by the Coptics.
This Monastery of St. Mary, and within it, the cave Chapel of St. Mary is said to date from the first century.
It is said that the Virgin Mary from time to time appears in a luminous form within the chapel. This monastery should not be confused with the much larger El Moharek Monastery further south. The month of August, which is believed to be the month in which the Holy Family arrived in Assiut, is the busiest for visitors to the monastery. The monastery has celebrations from August 7th until the 21st. The Monastery conducts masses and baptisms daily, and receives visitors from 6 AM until 6 PM.   Dinner on the way back to Cairo, back to hotel and overnight.
Meals : Breakfast – lunch - Dinner

Day 7 - Pyramids – Sphinx – Citadel – Egyptian Museum of Antiques:
Morning:Enjoy a great excursion to The Pyramids of  Cheops,  Chephren and  Mykerinus. Then proceed to visit the  Great Sphinx, which dates back to the time of Chephren and visit to the  Valley Temple.
Move to visit the  Step Pyramid of Zoser, the world's oldest major stone structure. It was built in the 3rd Dynasty for King Djoser.  
Visit the world famous Egyptian Museum, Opening in 1902 , There are over 120,000 artifacts, including the contents of Tutankhamen’s tomb and most of the mummies that have been discovered since the 19th century. The museum’s exhibits span from the beginning of the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt (approximately 2700 BC) through the Greco-Roman period.
Then proceed to visit  Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque  inside the  Citadel of Salah El Din . 
Proceed to have your lunch at local restaurant.
Evening: 

Al Tannoura Egyptian Heritage Dance Troupe Cairo

Enjoy amazing whirling dervishes of al tannoura egyptian heritage dance troupe Cairo in Wekalet El Ghoury. Wekalet El Ghoury is an architecturally stunning arts center in El Azhar area in Central Cairo.
 snacks and back to hotel and overnight
Meals : Breakfast – Lunch - Snacks

Day 08  – Final departure:
Breakfast at hotel, check out.
Departure by bus to Cairo for final departure .

Day 01 – Arrival Cairo

Arrival at Cairo International Airport, meet and assist by Your Tour representative, transfer to hotel, check in.
Evening : Cruising dinner including open buffet dinner, folklore, Dervish show and belly dancer. Back to hotel and overnight.
Meals :  Dinner

Day 02 – Tel Basta -  Belbis – Sakha - Samanoud

Full day tour: After breakfast,  start the Holy Family Journey in Egypt,  your first stop will be at the town of Babastis , It is now known as Tel- Basta, about 100 Kms north-east of  Cairo, there Jesus gushed forth a spring of water to drink, you will visit the holy well, then you will visit Belbeis (ancient Philippos). The Holy Family made their way north-eastwards to Belbeis at a distance of about 55 kms from Cairo. They rested there in the shade of a tree which came to be called, "The Virgin Mary's Tree' at its place you there are Saint George Church, which you will visit and then. Lunch at Local restaurant .

Resume the trip to Sakha , You will visit Virgin Mary Church, a place renowned for its Christian community in the Middle Ages. Also you will see the foot print of Jesus Christ. Then transfer to Samanoud where the holy family crossed the River Nile to the city of Samanoud inside the Delta and they were received by its people in a pleasant way, and so the people were blessed by Jesus Christ. There you will visit Saint Abanoub Chursh. There is also, a holy well where the holy family had drunk from it.
Dinner in a local restaurant and back to hotel
Meals : Breakfast – Lunch - Dinner

Day 03 –  Old Cairo (Hanging Church of St. Mary - Abu Sarga Church - Ben Ezra  -  Coptic museum)
Morning: Breakfast at hotel.
Visit the ancient churches, in Old Cairo which was built by the Romans when they constructed the fortress known as “Babylon”. Wander through the oldest alleys in Cairo and visit the Hanging Church of St. Mary and Abu Sarga Church dating back as early as the fourth century as the Holy Family founded a cave in Old Cairo and stayed in it- the length of this cave is 20 feet and 15 feet width with only 02 entrances the cave is 21 feet down from the surface of the church - the floor of the church itself down from the surface of the ground outside (the street) about 12 feet, meaning that the cave fall below the level of the surface of the ground / street about 34 feet. This cave exist tell now and a church was built above it with the name of Abu Serga church,  next to the cave and inside the structure an old                                      Water well. This Cave is considered the holiest sites of Christianity in Egypt because the whole Holy family stayed in it.                                                                                                         
There is as well an Antique picture (icon) back to the ninth century AD approx. representing the arrival of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, Joseph and Salome to the land of Egypt .The idols was shattered and could not stay in Babylon, Egypt, the Holy  Family stayed for just few days  not more than a week and ran away as demons and shattered idols thrilled priests and went to the Governor wanted to kill this boy, The Lord Jesus said to his mother: "It will be here a church in good name and will be the spot for visitors and the port of salvation" .. This church is still the port of salvation and distention for tourist and the world to visit the Christian Copts in Egypt.
Visit the historical synagogue of Ben Ezra and the Coptic museum, founded in 1908, which contains the world’s richest collection of Coptic art and treasures. Lunch and back to hotel.                                                                                    
Evening:Visit the area of Islamic Cairo, where you will be able to explore  Khan El Khalili, Cairo’s old bazaar, Dinner at local restaurant , back to hotel and overnight.  
 Meals : Breakfast – lunch – Dinner

Day 04 – St. Beshoi Monastery – Alexandria :
Breakfast at hotel.
Overday tour:  Visit St. Bishoy Monastery (About 100 km from Al Alamein) and visit the monastery of St. Bishoy in Wadi El Natron which founded in the late fourth century AD under the leadership of St. Bishoy which includes water wells, mill grain, presses oil and stores on the first floor, the second floor by the entrance to the fort contains an oven and a church on the name of Blessed Virgin Mary, the third floor contains the roof ,a church on the name of Archangel Michael and 02 caves. The treasures of the monastery are the bodies of the great saints such as St. Bishoy, Bishop Paula “Tamohy”, and part of the body of the martyr Abskheron . It also has the “well of martyrs” which Berber washed their swords after they killed 49 of the monks in the monastery of St. Macarius the Great during their third attack to wild in the year 444 AD. The Great St. Bishoy was born in 320 AD in north Egypt, word “Bishoy”  in Coptic language means  "fair".  The church called him in prayers “the perfect man and the dear one for our Savior" and called him as well "a wild planet". When he was twenty years old, he went to Wadi El Natron wilderness. The intensity of his love for the Savior kept him talking with him in prayer and dialogue as long as possible, so he was linking his hair with a rope to the roof of his cave in order to awake him if he felt in a sleep.  His humility  made him used to wash the feet of strangers and visitors without knowing who they are, the Lord Jesus appeared to him like a stranger (as he appeared before to Abraham ) and Bishoy washed his feet and he did not recognize him until  he saw the surgeon's  Cross in his feet. He was famous for His compassion heart and that was cleared when he carried an old man along the road and he discovered that the old man  was Jesus Christ, who promised that Bishoy`s body will be saved forever because of carrying the Lord Jesus, and actually his body still remains without corruption till now, departure about 100 km to Alexandria.
Visit the Alexandria National Museum which contains around 1,800 artifacts that narrate the story of Alexandria and Egypt. The museum mainly focuses on three collections:  Ancient Egyptian,  Coptic, and the  Muslim world. The museum also includes works from the  Hellenistic period, including pieces from  Heraklion and Canopus. Objects include  canopic  jars, Water well. This CaveMashrabiya, and pieces from the rule of  Nectanebo II. The city of  Alexandria is also included in the collection, including objects from the 20th century. Objects include pieces from  Caracalla's rule, figures of  Medusa, Islamic  clothing, a  bust of  >Briniky, and pieces of ancient  ruins. The museum recently exhibited a sculpture which is believed to be of  Alexander the Great. The museum also has a collection of  jewelry,  weapons,  statuary,  numismatics and  glassware

Visit Roman Amphitheatre, Amphitheatre means double theatre and were grand and impressive in structure. Usually built in semi-circular shape, Amphitheatre was an open-air theatre with no curtains on the stage.
The Roman Theatre of Egypt is modest in size and most of the part of the structure is in ruined condition but still it is an excellent ancient structure of Roman period of Egypt. The theatre also consists of numerous galleries erected crudely. These galleries contain rooms for more spectators along with arrangement of 700-800 marble seats around the stage. Dating back from the 2nd century A.D, this Roman theatre had a large auditorium, which measures 42m in diameter. The outer face of the theatre's building was probably adorned with columns located in several stories. However during later times the theatre was rebuilt and the massive auditorium was diminished to 33.5 m in diameter. It then counted 16 rows of marble seats.
Visit the Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria, Lunch at local restaurant in Alexandria , time at leisure , departure back to Cairo ,  snacks on the way , back to hotel and overnight.                                                  
Meals : Breakfast – lunch - snacks

Day 05 – Cairo Churches

Breakfast at hotel.
Morning :Visit the ancient town of Lunw (Pharaonic) or Heliopolis (Greek) or Ain Shams (Arabic) the Ra center of learning.     The site shows the Obelisk of Senusert 1 (12th dynasty). Nearby is the Tree of The Virgin Mary and the water well, the site where the Holy Family is supposed to have rest during their escape from Herodotus.
Visit the Church of St. Mary in Mostorod area, as The Holy Family reached a wilderness is called Mostorod and rested in a shadow place after the fatigue of travel under a tree there and founded a stems water, Virgin Mary cleaned their clothes and washed her son. The current church built on the same place, launch dates and dedication for the year 1185 of the birth of Christ, which goes back to the second century.  The spot itself is one of the stations of the Holy Family, passed out on the way. Christ Emission a Glory spring water, still exists to this day, a spring is miraculously, because of the healing obtaining for whom take a bath or drink from it.       
visit St. Mary Church in Maadi on Nile River which is another site of rest of the Holy Family and visit the steps which leads to the Nile river which used by the Holy Family to take a boat , see as well the antique Bible which was found open on the surface of the Nile on the page says "Bless my people in Egypt", followed by lunch .
Evening:
Visit St. Mary Transfiguration Church at El Zeitun area, followed by shopping time including Shawrma Sandwich and oriental coffee shop. Back to hotel and overnight.
Meals : Breakfast – lunch - snacks

Day 06 – St.Mary Monastery at Gabal Al Tier in Minya - Assuit ( Dronka Monastery and Muharraq Monastery Assiut ):
Early Breakfast at hotel ( Or breakfast box to be arranged from hotel). Departure to Minya.
Overday tour :
You will enjoy The holy Family Trip to South Egypt as they moved to the south in a boat on the River Nile at a place where the church of Holy virgin Mary now lies at Maadi towards the south (Upper Egypt). You will transfer South to EL Minya about 3 hours, arrive El Minya, see the beautiful church hewn out of the cliff beside the river at Gabal Al-Teir in Minya, drive to Assiut to the Monastery of the Holy Virgin Mary, also known as the Muharraq Monastery, or simply the Burnt Monastery, lies on the path of the flight of the Holy Family in Egypt. It is located about 60 km from Assiut (327 km south of Cairo). The Monastery is referred to as "Al Muharraq" because "Muharraq" is an Arabic word which means "burn or wound inflicted by fire" and the Monastery was partially burned by foreign invaders in the middle centuries.
 Traditionally, the account has the Holy Family traveled from Maadi to Upper Egypt by boat until they reached the village of Qusquam (al Qusia). According to the official Egyptian version of the story, the Holy Family stayed six months at Qusquam, where they lived in a cave. The Muharraq Monastery is said to be built on the very site where the Holy Family settled. It was here that the Angle of the Lord is believed to have appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel; for they are dead which sought the young child's life". (Matthew 2:20 & 21). The site is considered very holy to Egyptian Copts who have nicknamed the location the "Second Bethlehem".    A 13th century historian wrote that multitudes of pilgrims from every district have made the journey to the monastery's churches during ancient times, and that the location was well known for signs and wonders and the healing of many diseases. The walls of the compound enclose an area of 30  feddans, containing five churches and about 100 monks, as well as a large library.
Between June 18th and the 28th each year, thousands of pilgrims continue to attend feasts to celebrate the consecration of the Church of al-Adra (Church of the Virgin) which is said to have been built over the cave where the Holy Family stayed. Many Coptic Christians believe this to be one of the oldest churches in Egypt originally built in the first century AD. The alter stone, dated 747 AD, is said to be located on the very spot where the baby Jesus rested and is claimed to be the oldest in the world.

The Main Churches
The Church of the Holy Virgin Mary , which lies next to the square tower, is the oldest church in the monastery and is believed to date to the 1st century AD. It was St. Pachomious who built the original monastery around the church, which predates the monastery by three centuries. The ancient alter lies in the sanctuary of this church.
The church is not the original, but is ancient and is supposed to be very nearly the same as that of the original. Pope Theophilus, who was the 23rd Coptic Patriarch of Alexandria wrote that he had noticed that the church was small, and very simple. Because of the holiness of the site, he wished to build a great cathedral to replace the small church. He voiced this wish in his prayers, but in a vision the Holy Virgin is said to have visited him and explained that it was the will of her son that the church should be kept as it is, as a symbol of Christ's humility. She also told him that before Christ's Ascension, the Lord, the Virgin Mary and the Disciples came together upon a cloud to the small church to bless and dedicate it, and that the first liturgy was held in the church.
The Nave (inside) of the church is, according to Coptic tradition, divided into three main sections. The first section is for the believers, the second for the penitents and the third for the catechumens (people who are not baptized in the faith). Behind the Church of the Holy Virgin is the Church of St. George which was build in 1880.
Inside are a number of religious paintings including that of the twelve apostles. The Church of the Archangel Michael was renovated at the time of Patriarch Gabriel, the 95th Patriarch of Alexandria (1525-1568 AD). This church is built on the upper level of the keep. The keep was a tower which protected the monks when they were being invaded by barbarians or other foreign invaders.
Lunch and continue to visit:

Dronka Monastery
About 10 kilometers from Assiut, situated on the west bank of the Nile is not only one of the most unusual monasteries in Egypt, but is also believed to have been one of the last destinations visited by the Holy Family on their journey through Egypt. Many scholars believe that Assuit was as far south as the Holy Family, Jesus, the Virgin Mary and Joseph got before leaving Egypt for Nazareth. Since that time, monks of the monastery believe that this area has been constantly inhabited by Christians. Indeed, this area of Egypt has traditionally been heavily populated by the Coptics.
This Monastery of St. Mary, and within it, the cave Chapel of St. Mary is said to date from the first century.
It is said that the Virgin Mary from time to time appears in a luminous form within the chapel. This monastery should not be confused with the much larger El Moharek Monastery further south. The month of August, which is believed to be the month in which the Holy Family arrived in Assiut, is the busiest for visitors to the monastery. The monastery has celebrations from August 7th until the 21st. The Monastery conducts masses and baptisms daily, and receives visitors from 6 AM until 6 PM.   Dinner on the way back to Cairo, back to hotel and overnight.
Meals : Breakfast – lunch - Dinner

Day 7 - Pyramids – Sphinx – Citadel – Egyptian Museum of Antiques:
Morning:Enjoy a great excursion to The Pyramids of  Cheops,  Chephren and  Mykerinus. Then proceed to visit the  Great Sphinx, which dates back to the time of Chephren and visit to the  Valley Temple.
Move to visit the  Step Pyramid of Zoser, the world's oldest major stone structure. It was built in the 3rd Dynasty for King Djoser.  
Visit the world famous Egyptian Museum, Opening in 1902 , There are over 120,000 artifacts, including the contents of Tutankhamen’s tomb and most of the mummies that have been discovered since the 19th century. The museum’s exhibits span from the beginning of the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt (approximately 2700 BC) through the Greco-Roman period.
Then proceed to visit  Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque  inside the  Citadel of Salah El Din . 
Proceed to have your lunch at local restaurant.
Evening: 

Al Tannoura Egyptian Heritage Dance Troupe Cairo

Enjoy amazing whirling dervishes of al tannoura egyptian heritage dance troupe Cairo in Wekalet El Ghoury. Wekalet El Ghoury is an architecturally stunning arts center in El Azhar area in Central Cairo.
 snacks and back to hotel and overnight
Meals : Breakfast – Lunch - Snacks

Day 08  – Final departure:
Breakfast at hotel, check out.
Departure by bus to Cairo for final departure .

  • 07 nights accommodation at Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids hotel 05* standard in Giza (Ex Moevenpic) https://www.steigenberger.com/en/hotels/all-hotels/egypt/cairo/cairo-pyramids-hotel (Or similar) on BB basis (Bed and Breakfast).
  • Cruising dinner including open buffet dinner, folklore, Dervish show and belly dancer.
  • All meals, snacks and drinks as mentioned above .
  • Private Christian Italian speaking guide throughout.
  • Sound and light show at Pyramids area.
  • Modern air-conditioned coaches by Christian driver during all transfers and sightseeing
  • All entrance fees .
  • All taxes.
  • Visa upon arrival.
  • Shopping and all personal expenses.
  • Beverages.
  • Any extra sites did not mentioned above.
  • Tipping for guide, drivers, hotels, and assistance.
  • In general an item did not mentioned above.
  • 0 - 01.99 Free of Charge
  • 2 - 5.99 pay 25% of tour price
  • If your tour includes airfare then an extra charge for child rate may apply.
  • N.B.
    • Kindly note that the above offer based on the current entrance fees, fuel and taxes, should the government approve any increase or approve any additional tax, kindly note that we reserve the right to add the additional coat in case of any.