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Coptic and Islamic

Outlined Itinerary

Egypt’s population consists of between 10% and 20% Coptic Christian, depending on whose statistics you have read. This package will enable you to see the major churches and mosques of the two religions, as well as the famous sites from the ancient religious period as well. You will also get the opportunity to climb Mount Moses to see the spectacular sunrise.

This package includes: 6 nights in Cairo, 1 night in Alexandria, 1 night in St. Catherine, all transfers, sightseeing in our private air-conditioned vehicles, and your own experienced guides.

Day by Day:

  • Day 1: Arrive Cairo
  • Day 2: Cairo
  • Day 3: Cairo
  • Day 4: Cairo/Alexandria
  • Day 5: Alexandria/Cairo
  • Day 6: Cairo
  • Day 7: Cairo/St. Catherine
  • Day 8: St. Catherine/Moses Mountain/Cairo
  • Day 9: Final Departure

Photo of The Tour

Inclusions

  • 6 nights at a 4* or 5* standard hotel in Cairo based on bed and breakfast
  • 1 night at a 4* or 5* standard hotel in Alexandria based on bed and breakfast
  • 1 night at a 4* or 5* standard hotel in St. Catherine based on bed and breakfast
  • All transfers and luggage handling within Egypt
  • All transportation by air-conditioned vehicles
  • All sightseeing with licensed guides
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the program
  • All hotel taxes and service charges
  • Meals: Breakfast x 8

Exclusions

  • Airport taxes
  • Entry visa upon arrival
  • Tips & personal items
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From

860

Per person

  • Trip Duration :

    8 nights/9 days

  • Trip runs :

    Every Day

  • Pick-up Location :

    Cairo

  • Return To :

    Cairo

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Cairo

    Ahlan wasahlan bekom fi Masr: Arde El Farahnah (Welcome to Egypt: the Land of the Pharaohs). Once you have arrived at the Arrivals Hall, after your short bus trip from your aeroplane, you will be welcomed by our Oriental Tours representative, who will be standing inside the doors holding a board showing your name. He will then help you purchase your visa (if applicable), get your currency exchanged to Egyptian Pounds (known as LE, which is short for Livre Égyptienne), and then take you through Passport Control. From here he will assist you with collecting your luggage, before escorting you to our waiting, air-conditioned, vehicle outside. You will then be taken to your hotel, with our representative explaining details of your package to you, en route, as well as answering any questions you may have. Upon arrival at your hotel he will assist you with check in, continue answering any questions from you.

    The rest of the day is free time for you, allowing you to relax and freshen-up after your flight, but should you wish an optional extra, such as a trip to the Giza Pyramids Sound and Light show or a River Nile dinner cruise, please feel free to ask our representative to arrange this for you.

    Overnight in your hotel in Cairo (X)

  2. Day 2: Cairo

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and take you on a full day tour of Cairo. First of all you will be taken to Giza to see the world famous pyramids and sphinx. You will gaze in awe at the magnificent Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops): the last of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids of Khafre (Chephren), and Menkaure (Mycerinos), and then gaze in delight at the spectacle of the supreme Sphinx.

    A quick break for lunch (optional) and you will then be taken to the Egyptian Museum (or as it is officially known: The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities!). Marvel at the thousands of artefacts from Egypt’s almost eternal history, 160,000 items spread out over 107 rooms, and then be prepared for your face to face encounter with the golden Death Mask of Tutankhamun.

    Finally you will be taken to the Khan El Khalili, the famous street bazaar where you can buy almost any type of souvenir you want, as well as being able to sit and drink tea, coffee, soft drinks or Turkish coffee, and even smoke a shisha (if you wish). You will also find restaurants that serve superb meals here. 

    At the end of this interesting day you will be driven back to your Cairo hotel. (B)

    Optional extras:
    During the tour:
    Entrance to the Great Pyramid of Khufu
    Entrance to the Pyramid of Khafre or Menkaure (only one is open at any given time)
    The Solar Boat Museum
    The Royal Mummies Room in the Egyptian Museum

    In the evening:
    Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show
    River Nile dinner cruise
    River Nile felucca trip
    Cairo Tower dinner and city views

  3. Day 3: Cairo

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and take you on a full day tour of Cairo. First of all you will be taken to the Citadel of Saladin, built on Cairo’s highest point: Mokattam Hill. Saladin erected the Citadel to protect Cairo, from the crusaders, between 1176 and 1183 CE and nowadays it houses 3 mosques (the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, the Al-Nasir Muhammad Qala'un Mosque, and the Mosque of Suleyman Pasha), 4 museums (Al-Gawhara Palace Museum, the Carriage Museum, the Egyptian Military Museum, and the Egyptian Police Museum), fortifications, walkways and a cafeteria.

    After a quick break for lunch (optional) it will be time to visit the area of Cairo dedicated to the Coptic Christians. First of you will visit the Hanging Church (also known as the Suspended Church or Al-Moallaqa). It is called the Hanging Church because it was built on the southern gate of the ruins of the Roman Fortress of Babylon. From here you will go to the Church of St. George. Tradition has it that St. George was kept in a prison close to the church and martyred there. The next stop is the Church of Abu Sarga (St. Sergius). It is the oldest church in Egypt, dating back to the 5th century CE, and it owes its fame to having been constructed over the crypt of the Holy Family where they stayed for three weeks during their escape to Egypt. Finally you will visit the newly refurbished Coptic Museum. Originally built at the end of the 19th century CE, it now occupies an area of 8,000 square metres, which includes the buildings and garden. The Coptic Museum holds about 16,000 works of art, though only 1,200 are exhibited. It is also home to some 6,000 papyrus manuscripts, including the Psalms of David and the manuscripts of Nag Hammadi.

    At the end of this interesting day you will be driven back to your Cairo hotel. (B)

    Optional extras:
    Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show
    River Nile dinner cruise
    River Nile felucca trip
    Cairo Tower dinner and city views

  4. Day 4: Cairo/Alexandria

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and escort you to your air-conditioned vehicle for your day long trip to Alexandria. Upon arrival you will first visit Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, the historical seat of the Pope of Alexandria, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church. The cathedral is said to stand on the site of the church founded by St. Mark the Evangelist in 60 CE. You will then be taken to see the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, where many ancient Roman and Christians were buried. Next is the Alexandria National Museum, home to many artefacts from the ancient Egyptian, Coptic, Hellenistic, and early Muslim periods.

    You will stop for lunch (optional) when the opportunity arises, but sometime around 1200/1300. Once the tour is over you will be driven back to your Alexandria hotel. (B)

  5. Day 5: Alexandria/Cairo

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and you will start your transfer back to Cairo, via the Wadi Natrun. Mostly famous for the Natrun Salt found here, which was an essential part of the mummification process, the Wadi (or valley) lies about 23 metres below sea level and contains many lakes, where the salt is found, as well as numerous monasteries: the Monastery of the Romans (Deir El Baramus), the Monastery of the Syrians (Deir Al Sorian), or the Monastery of St. Bishoi (Deir Anba Bishoi) being the most well-known and the reason why the area is a major attraction for religious tourists.

    After your visit to this fascination location you will continue your journey back to Cairo and your hotel. (B)

  6. Day 6: Cairo

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and take you on a full day tour of Pyramids! First of all you will be taken to Sakkara, site of the world’s first ever pyramid: Djoser’s Step Pyramid, designed by the famous Imhotep: a genius of a man who was also one of the first ever medical practitioners and NOT the evil Mummy as Hollywood likes to portray. You will then be taken to the northern side of this enormous site to visit the mastaba of Mereruka, the largest mastaba in Egypt and one of the most interesting. See the huge statuesque figure of Mereruka emerging from a false door; gaze in awe at the fantastic reliefs, including one that shows ancient Egyptians making wine: grapes being brought in, Egyptian trampling on them, then the wine being removed. After this phenomenal experience you will then enter the Pyramid of Teti to gaze at the pyramid texts carved on the walls. Few pyramids had any type of internal decoration, but 3 or 4 have been discovered with this type of text, which are composed of spells to aid the Pharaoh into the next life.

    From here you will be taken to the town of Mit Rahina, once known as Memphis and the capital of ancient Egypt, stopping for lunch (optional) on the way. The museum here houses many large artefacts, all situated in a wonderful garden, as well as the Colossi of Ramses II inside the museum building.

    You will then be driven to Dashur, with an optional stop for lunch en route. First of all you will get to visit the Red Pyramid, also known as the Northern Pyramid, believed to have been built by the Pharaoh Snefru. It was the world’s first “true” pyramid, meaning it was designed as a smooth sided structure, not converted from a step pyramid. Access into this pyramid is free, though it does mean negotiating a very steep interior slope: well worth it for the views inside! From here you will be taken the short distance to see Snefru’s famous “Bent Pyramid”, so named due to the change in angle that was forced upon the builders due to the pyramid being built on soft sand, which caused it to start subsiding.

    At the end of this interesting day you will be driven back to your Cairo hotel. (B)

    Optional extras:
    In the evening:
    Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show
    River Nile dinner cruise
    River Nile felucca trip
    Cairo Tower dinner and city views

  7. Day 7: Cairo/St. Catherine

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and take you, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to St. Catherine.  Before leaving Cairo you will visit St. Mary Church in Zeitun, where it is said that the Virgin Mary has appeared on many occasions. From here you will be driven to the Sinai Peninsula via the Suez Canal, stopping for lunch (optional) en route, as well as visiting Moses' Spring, the Pharaoh springs (Hammam Faroun), and the Wadi Feiran. The Wadi Feiran is full of churches, some dating to 300 CE, and you can even find the ruins of a monastery: Deir Al Banat. This area was a Christian centre for monks, priests, and pilgrims on their way to St. Catherine’s Monastery. Upon arrival at St. Catherine you will check in and then have the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

  8. Day 8: St. Catherine/Moses Mountain/Cairo

    Early in the morning you will leave your hotel in St Catherine, where you will start the 3 or 4 hour climb to the summit of Mount Sinai, or Moses Mountain as it is also known (time taken depends on the time of year and the fitness of your party). Once you have reached the summit you will glory in the wonderful sunrise and then sit down to enjoy your breakfast (breakfast boxes are supplied for you).  After 90 to 120 minutes you will start the descent and then, after 3 hours, will be welcomed into St Catherine’s Monastery. Dating back to the 6th century, this fully enclosed walled monastery holds the remains of what is believed to be the burning bush where Moses was spoken to before receiving the Ten Commandments. After this visit you will start the drive back, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to your Cairo hotel. (B)

  9. Day 9: Final Departure

    After breakfast our representative will arrive at your hotel to transfer you to Cairo International Airport for your departure flight, or to take you to any pre-arranged optional extra visits to fill in your time before transferring you to the airport, including that last-minute visit to the Khan El Khalili to buy those forgotten souvenirs and/or presents, and spend the last of your Egyptian Pounds. Bon voyage, and thank you for travelling with Oriental Tours Egypt. (B)

Price per person

Plan A (5* hotels)

All Year Xmas & New Year (23 Dec - 07 Jan) Easter (28 Mar - 10 Apr)
Double € 935 € 1055 € 1055
Single € 1168 € 1288 € 1288

Plan B (4* hotels)

All Year Xmas & New Year (23 Dec - 07 Jan) Easter (28 Mar - 10 Apr)
Double € 860 € 940 € 940
Single € 1010 € 1090 € 1090

Plan C (Budget Hotels)

All Year Xmas & New Year (23 Dec - 07 Jan) Easter (28 Mar - 10 Apr)
Double € ـــ € ـــ € ـــ
Single € ـــ € ـــ € ـــ

PLEASE NOTE: Prices are based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room or cabin

Xmas and New Year Gala Dinners are compulsory and will be charged at the hotel and/or the cruise company’s set rate. Prices available on application.

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