St. Mary is far more the most celebrated of all the Saints among Egyptians in general either Christians or Moslems. During your tour you are most probably going to meet so many girls called Mary, Mariam or Marian more than any other names. Furthermore, more than half of the churches and monasteries all over the countries are named over St. Mary. This tour will introduce you to the deeply rooted tradition of Mary in the Coptic Church and you will have a chance to share in the yearly celebration of St. Mary in one of its biggest churches in the country with thousands of faithful Egyptians.
Day 1: August, 18th
Welcome to Egypt
Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport our representative will meet and assist you with passport control, customs formalities and handling your luggage. And be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: August, 19th
Virgin Mary’s and the Coptic Orthodox Church
In the morning start your visit to know st, Mary from the Coptic Orthodox prospective, by visitting St. Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church, widely known as the Hanging Church. And after will visit some of the oldest Churches in the city and learn about Christianity in Egypt through the age until the present time. visit St. Sergius and Bacchus Church (also known as “Abu Serga”, 4th century). Once inside, your guide will introduce you to the lively Coptic traditions on the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt (cf. Mt 2,13-14) Afterwards, proceed to the very well displayed Coptic Museum.
After lunch, drive through the unique Garbage City of Cairo to visit the church of St. Simon the Tanner. And visit the small society for Garbage Collectors with majority of christians. In there, you will be introduced to many intiatives and NGOs working in the local society of garbage collectors.
Day 3: August, 20th
Mary in Gabal el-Teir
Start the day with a visit to St. Mary’s Monastery in Gabal el-Teir, also known as Gabal el-Kaf – “the mountain of the palm”. When the Holy Family passed by this site, a palm tree threatend to fall on their boat, but the infant Jesus miracously saved his family. See the palm of Jesus printed on a rock and have a good chance to pray and meditate.
Then pass by Meir, a village that welcomed the Holy Family and has been blessed generously by the Lord and his mother. After this get to Second Bethlehem how Egyptians like to call the Monastery of St. Mary (al-Muharraq), where the Holy Family rested for the longest period in their trip.
Overnight in Asyut.
Day 4: August, 21st
Mary in Meir – Lilian Trasher
Start the day with visiting Meir, a village that welcomed the Holy Family and has been blessed generously by the Lord and his mother. After this get to Second Bethlehem how Egyptians like to call the Monastery of St. Mary (al-Muharraq), where the Holy Family rested for the longest period in their trip.
After Lunch visit the great Lillian Trasher Orphanage, one of the world’s largest orphanages. which was founded in 1911 by Lillian and since then the opened door of hope for thousand of children in Egypt.
At the evening attend the prayer of St. Mary in Doronka Monastery.
Overnight in Asyut.
Day 5: August, 22nd
Abydos – Dendera to Luxor
In the early morning, drive south to Abydos and visit the Temple of Seti I. (best known as the “Great Temple of Abydos”) with the famous “Abydos King List” .
Later, after lunch, visit the Temple of Hathor in Dendera, one of the iconic Egyptian buildings, as it remains almost intact with roof and columns, under ground crypts and twisting stairways.
Overnight in Luxor.
Day 6: August, 23rd
After breakfast, start your day with a photo-stop at the impressive Colossi of Memnon. Then proceed to the very rich site of the Valley of the Kings with its numerous Pharaonic tombs and the funeral Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, once known as the “Splendor of Splendors”.
In the evening arrive in Karnak Temple and witness the most significant Sound & Light Show in the country.
Day 7: August, 24th
Luxor and Departure
After breakfast start a guided tour through Karnak Temple and continue your tour with a walk through the Luxor Temple. Afterwards, private transfer to Luxor Airport for final departure.
All our tours are private tours including private transportation and private guiding.
- Unique chance to celebrate St, Mary celebration prayer with a Coptic congregation.
- Entrance Visa to Egypt (app. 12 €).
- Faith oriented guiding by our carefully chosen Coptic guide.
- Multiple chances for prayer, silent meditation .
- Transportation from the airport in Cairo,and to the airport in Luxor.
- 2 nights stay in Cairo in a good hotel or church guesthouse.
- 2 nights stay in Asyut in a good hotel or church guesthouse.
- 2 night stay in Luxor in a good hotel or church guesthouse.
- Admission fees where necessary.
- Full board (excl. beverages).
- For the time of your tour: Free Egyptian mobile phone, including 100 Egyptian Pounds worth of calling (one per group).
Not included: Intl. flights, personal expenses, everything not mentioned above.
All prices are inclusive of all mentioned services and valid throughout the year except major holidays during the high season. Please inquire for details.
- Private tour, 1 to 2 people: Pease inquire for individual pricing.
- Private tour, 3 to 9 people: 855 €
- Private tour, 10 to 20 people: 735 €
- Private tour, 21 and more: Pease inquire for individual pricing.
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