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In the Footsteps of Jesus

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In the footsteps of Jesus and the Holy Family around Egypt. Visit the Christian sites and spots where the Virgin, Joseph, and Jesus went to in Egypt. Explore Cairo’s attractions at the beginning following the route of the Holy trip, and then continue to simulate the same route up the Nile that the Holy Family took in their trip to Egypt. We did not forget to add the admirable iconic sites of ancient Egypt such as the Giza Pyramids and Egyptian Museum in Cairo and Nile cruise experience majestic attractions from Luxor to Aswan for 5 days.

The Tour Package is very important for Christians and Christianity lovers. As you may already know, Egypt is one of the earliest countries to follow Christ and believe in the Bible, and still, a large portion of the Egyptian people is Christian AKA Coptic. The origin of the word Coptic is Kmt which is the hieroglyphic name of Egypt. Over years the word was transformed into Gpt and Kpt, and those two words are the origin of the word Egypt and Copt referring to the same thing which is the black land of Egypt.

Before proceeding to the “In The Footsteps of Jesus” itinerary, here is a list of Egypt attractions

Cairo Attractions: Giza Pyramids & Sphinx Saqqara Pyramids & Imhotep Museum Memphis ancient city & Museum National Museum of Egyptian Civilization Egyptian Antiquities Museum Grand Egyptian Museum Islamic Cairo Coptic Cairo Citadel of Saladin Khan El-Khalili Tourist Bazaar
Luxor Attractions: Karnak Temples Luxor Temple Luxor Museum Valley of the Kings Valley of the Queens The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut The Colossi of Memnon Tempe of Madinat Habu
Aswan Attractions: Phiale Temple Abu Simbel Temples The Unfinished obelisk The Hight Dam Elephantine Island The Nubian Village Kitchener’s Botanical Island
Alexandria Attractions: Catacombs of Kom El-Shokafa The Roman Amphitheater Pompey’s Pillar The fort of Qaitbay Abul Abbas Mosque The Bibliotheca of Alexandria

In the footsteps of Jesus Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival Cairo – Welcome to the divine land:
Your tour manager will meet and assist you at Cairo International Airport, meet, welcome, and assist with the airport formalities, and then he will escort you to the hotel by air-conditioned deluxe vehicle. At the hotel, the tour manager will assist with a smooth check-in and review your holiday itinerary with you to establish and confirm pick-up times for each tour.
Overnight in Cairo.
Day 2: Giza Pyramids & Cairo Sightseeing Tours:
After breakfast, you will be accompanied by your personal guide to Giza Plateau to visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafra, and Mankara, the famous Sphinx, and the Valley Temple of mummification. Then transfer to enjoy the Egyptian Museum. Continue to Islamic Cairo, where you will be able to explore Khan El Khalili, Cairo’s old bazaar. Transfer Back to the hotel.
Overnight in Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Visits: Great Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Valley Temple, Egyptian Museum, Islamic Cairo, Khan El Khalili.
Day 3: Tel Basta & Belbis – First site of the Holy Family Trip in Egypt:
After breakfast, you will be accompanied by your personal guide starting the Holy Family Journey in Egypt. Your first stop will be at the town of Bubastis; It is now known as Tel- Basta, about 100 km northeast 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 km 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 is Saint George Church, which you will visit, and then back to Cairo. Lunch at a local restaurant and back to your hotel.
Overnight in Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Visits: Town of Bubastis, Belbeis, Saint George Church.
Day 4: Sakha & Samanoud:
Breakfast at your hotel in Cairo, then you will enjoy the trip to Sakha about 140 Km North of Cairo. You will visit the Virgin Mary Church, a place renowned for its Christian community in the Middle Ages. Also, you will see the footprint 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 pleasantly received by its people, and so the people were blessed by Jesus Christ. There you will visit Saint Abanoub Church. There is also, a holy well where the holy family had drunk from it. Lunch on your way back in Tanta city. Back to your hotel in Cairo.
Overnight in Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Visits: Sakha, Virgin Mary Church, Samanou, Saint Abanoub Church.
Day 5: Wadi El Natrun:
After breakfast, you will be accompanied by your personal guide to visit Wadi El Natrun, a desert area said to have been blessed by Christ. The Holy Family crossed the western branch of the river Nile (Rosetta branch) to the south to Wadi El Natrun. According to tradition the Virgin Mary and her son the child Jesus Christ hid in that valley during their trip to Egypt, and Jesus Christ blessed the four directions of the valley. Wadi El Natrun is considered one of the most famous valleys in Egypt. It is considered the home of asceticism and worship, with four monasteries still existing today. Begin your trip with Deir Al Baramus(The Monastery of Paramus) which is the oldest of the surviving 4 monasteries, and in many ways, the most isolated, then proceeds to Deir Anba Bishoy (Anba Bishoy Monastery / Monastery of Saint Pishoy)whose body is still in the monastery. Abu Makar Monastery. You will end your trip with Deir Al Suryani which is the smallest and most compact of the 4 monasteries. Lunch on your way back to Cairo.
Overnight in Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Visits: Wadi El Natrun, Deir Al Paramus, Deir Anba Bishoy, Monastery of Abu Makar, Deir Al Suryani.
Day 6: Cairo Churches:
Breakfast at your hotel in Cairo, you will be accompanied by your personal guide to visit Cairo’s churches, starting with the Hanging Church and St. Sergius, then continue to see the Church of St. George as well as the Fortress of Babylon in Old Cairo, which the Holy Family passed by, transfer to Mostorod to see virgin Mary Church, visit the Holy well and Holly Marry tree at Matariya on the outskirts of Cairo, a well-attested resting place of the Holy Family and a popular destination among medieval pilgrims. Lunch at a local restaurant in Cairo.
Overnight in Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Visits: The Hanging Church, St Sergius Church, Church of St. George, Fortress of Babylon, Virgin Mary Church, Holly Well and Marry Tree at Matariya.
Day 7: Cairo to Menia Tour:
Breakfast at your hotel in Cairo, then you will enjoy The Holy Family Trip to South Egypt. The Holy Family 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. Many visitors go to this church to see the book this may be a sign that the Holy Family had passed by that place of the church. The Holy Family traveled in a boat on the Nile from this place towards the south (Upper Egypt). You will transfer South to El Minya about 3 hours, arrive at El Menia, see the beautiful church out of the cliff beside the river at Gabal Al-Teir in Minya.
Overnight in Minya.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Visits: El Minya, Church at Gabal El-Teir.
Day 8: Menia – Dandara – Luxor:
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in Menia and continue the route of the Holy family by visiting The White Monastery, it was built in 400 AD by St. Shenouda, who constructed the monastery using blocks from ancient Egyptian buildings. The White Monastery has a basilica church inside that used columns from ancient Egyptian structures as well. There are also wonderful paintings on the walls and ceilings. This monastery used to house over 2000 monks. Enjoy your trip to the Monastery of Al Muharraq in Assiut (Which is known as the Monastery of the Holy Virgin at Al Qusiya). It was built around the area where the Holy Family remained for just over 6 months. Their time was spent mainly in a cave which became, in the Coptic era, the altar of the Church of Virgin Mary. End of Holy family route, continue your way to Luxor about 5 hours driving, in the way you will stop at Danadara Temple in Qena, to visit the Temple of Hathor, goddess of love and joy. The temple is located in Dendera which is situated at the north of Luxor. Transfer to your hotel in Luxor.
Overnight in Luxor
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Visits: White Monastery, Monastery of Al Muharraq, Dendera Temple.
Day 9: Luxor Nile Cruise Tours:
Breakfast at your hotel in Luxor then you will be met and transferred to embark on your 5 stars Nile Cruise. In the afternoon, you will be accompanied for a wonderful tour of the East Bank of the Nile in Luxor. Here you will see Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple. Return to the ship for afternoon tea and dinner.
Overnight aboard your cruise in Luxor.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Visits: Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple.
Day 10: Luxor Nile Cruise Excursions:
After breakfast transfer to the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor and visit the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple at El Deir El Bahari, and the Colossi of Memnon. Return to the ship for lunch & afternoon tea while sailing to Edfu via the Esna Lock. Dinner on board.
Overnight aboard your cruise in Edfu.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Visits: Valley of the Kings, Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon.
Day 11: Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples:
Enjoy breakfast on board before visiting Horus Temple at Edfu. Return to the ship for lunch and sail to Kom Ombo. Upon arrival, visit the Temple of Kom Ombo shared by the two gods Sobek and Haroeris. Return to the ship and continue sailing to Aswan. Dinner on board.
Overnight aboard your cruise in Aswan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Visits: Horus Temple, Kom Ombo Temple.
Day 12: Aswan Nile Cruise Tour:
After breakfast, we pay a visit to the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk, and the majestic Philae Temple. Return to the ship for lunch. Dinner on board.
Overnight aboard your cruise in Aswan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Visits: High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, Philae Temple.
Day 13: Aswan – Train to Cairo:
Breakfast on board the cruise then disembarkation from Cruise at 8:00 AM. And free time in Aswan with an optional tour to enjoy a tour to one of Egypt’s top tourist attractions, Abu Simbel Temples, which were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari. Later, you will be transferred to Aswan railway station to board the sleeper train to Cairo. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Overnight inside your compartment on the train.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Visits: Aswan, Optional tour to Abu Simbel Temple.
Day 14: Cairo Optional Excursions:
Breakfast aboard sleeper train before arriving at Giza train station, where you will be met and assisted by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel for free time at leisure (you will check into your room as early as possible ) with some optional excursions available in Cairo to visit Step Pyramid of King Zoser in Saqqara and Memphis.
Overnight in Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast.
Visits: Optional excursions to the Step Pyramid of King Zoser in Sakkara and Memphis.
Day 15: Cairo – Fly Back Home:
Breakfast at the hotel in Cairo, then check out and transfer to Cairo International Airport for your final departure.
Meals: Breakfast.
Inclusions
  • Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports.
  • The assistance of our guest relations during your stay.
  • All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in Cairo based on bed and breakfast.
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Minya based on bed and breakfast.
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Luxor based on bed and breakfast.
  • Accommodation for 4 nights on a 5-star superior cruise on full board.
  • Accommodation for 1 night on sleeper train for on half board basis.
  • All sightseeing tours in Cairo (Private Guided Tours).
  • All sightseeing tours on the cruise sharing Tours group.
  • All sightseeing tours in Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and Coptic sites as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Holy Family route as per the itinerary above.
  • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary.
  • Meals as mention in the above itinerary.
  • Lunch during tours at a high-quality local restaurant.
  • Bottled water during outings outside of hotel or cruise ship.
  • Portage when needed.
  • All service charges and taxes.
Exclusions
  • International Airfare
  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Any optional tours
  • Personal spendings
  • Gratuities/Tipping

Prices:

  • (Summer)US$ 2299 Per Person in Triple
  • (Summer)US$ 2699 Per Person in Double
  • (Winter)US$ 2399 Per Person in Triple
  • (Winter) US$ 2799 Per Person in Double
  • Traveling Solo, summer rate (May-Sep) US$ 4399, winter rate (Oct-April) US$ 4499

In the Footsteps of Jesus
In the Footsteps of Jesus
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