Coptic Cairo, Khan il Khalili, Egyptian Museum and the Pharaonic Village (STT114)
This tour is for those who want to see plenty but have limited time – so it’s a packed day!
Discover the ancient sites and culture of Coptic Christians on a private tour through Old Cairo when you will visit sites that have meaning for all Christians. Visit Abu Serga where the Holy family sought refuge, and Ben Ezra, one of the oldest synagogues in Cairo and said by some to be where Moses was taken from the Nile. You’ll also visit the heart of Islamic Cairo, walk and shop in the Khan il Khalili, Cairo’s oldest souq and see the glorious art of Pharaonic Egypt in the Egyptian Museum. Finally visit The Pharaonic Village where you will experience life as it was in the days of the pharaohs.
The Hanging Church is built into the walls of the water gate of the Roman fortress known as Babylon and is possibly the oldest Christian church in Egypt. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it is one of Cairo’s most beautiful churches. Continue to the Monastery and Church of St George. This is not such an old church, dating from 1909, but there has been a church in Coptic Cairo dedicated to the Martyr since the 10th-century. It is one of the few remaining circular churches in the Middle East.
Your next stop is Abu Serga, the oldest church in Egypt dating back to the 5th century A.D. The church owes its fame to having been constructed upon the crypt of the Holy Family where they stayed for three weeks during their sojourn in Egypt, resting after fleeing Israel from King Herod. Ben Ezra Synagogue is one of the oldest in Egypt and the only synagogue you can currently visit. Set in a shady garden, it was built on the site of 4th-century Christian church and was originally a church, sold by the Copts to the Jews to pay taxes to the Muslim rulers of the day. The synagogue was severely damaged, but it has been almost completely renovated.
The Church of St. Barbara is among the churches of Old Cairo of historic importance. It was originally dedicated to St. Cyrus and St. John who were worshipped for their healing powers. Finally you will visit the fascinating Coptic Museum, which is located in an area of great historical importance within the precinct of the Babylon Fort. The museum features almost 16,000 objects of importance to the Copts of Egypt.
You will see many medieval buildings as you walk through the Khan il Khalili, Cairo’s oldest souq. This labyrinth of narrow streets has shops that sell all sorts of products, as well as cafes and tea-shops. You’ll also see the most incredible collection of ancient Egyptian art in the world at the Egyptian Museum, including the treasures of King Tutankhamun, before you finish your day at The Pharaonic Village, where you will experience life as it was lived in the days of the pharaohs. Take the boat tour and watch craftsmen and village people work, visit the replica of the tomb of Tutankhamun as it was on the day it was opened or browse the museums.
Duration: around 9 hours depending on how long you would like to linger at each site and the ubiquitous Cairo traffic
This tour is available each day of the year
All transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
Registered tour guide who speaks your own language (or English) who will assist you in making the most of your visit
Entrance fee to all sites. Some sites do not have an entrance fee but a donation is always welcome.
Food and drink unless specified
Some sites do not have entrance fees but donations are always welcome
Any activity costs not mentioned in our program
Things to note:
– Walking through Coptic and Islamic Cairo, while the sites are close together, can be over uneven surfaces and sensible, comfortable footwear is advised.
– Sunscreen, a hat and water are important even though some of the time you’ll be indoors.
– There are souvenir salesmen everywhere in Egypt and bazaar shop owners can be insistent; be polite but firm if you are not interested in purchasing. Ask your guide for assistance if necessary.
– If required, wheelchair accessibility should be discussed when booking. A vehicle with wheelchair accessibility can be made available but the streets of old Cairo are not always easy with a chair or for people with disabilities.
– Don’t forget your camera!!! Bring a spare battery and card – you’ll take far more pictures than you imagine.
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A confirmation sheet will be sent to you as soon as possible after booking with all details, including local telephone numbers for enquiries.
1 person – US$140 per person
2 – 4 people – US$100 per person
5 – 8 people – US$80 per person
9 -15 people – US$75 per person
Request a quote for 16+ people
Reduced costs for children 4-12, children 3 and under free
If you wish to book this tour please quote STT114. You may contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +2 017 3338800.