Holy Family in Egypt
of the world knows the story of the
flight of the Holy Family but very few have been able to follow their
path to safety in Egypt. Here is an indepth tour that will entertain, educate and inspire you.
in Cairo and transfer you to your hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Cairo - Pelusium
Today after an early breakfast we depart by A/C vehicle towards
Pelusium. An ancient Egyptian city on the easternmost mouth of
the Nile River. It lies about 20 miles (32km) southeast of Port Said
on the Sinai Peninsula. One of the first resting places of the Holy Family, the city has long been destroyed, however, today it is an active archeological dig with a first century church being restored. Pelusium is also famous as
the spot that Pompey was hanged and during crusades King Baldwin died
of ptomaine poisoning. It is rarely, if ever, visited by tourists. It is common to find artifacts lying on the surface and it is important to remember that these are NOT souvenirs for you to take home. Enjoy knowing the area is being saved and restored and that you are one of only a very few who have ever been there. Photos can be taken anywhere and those are the best permanent memories to take home.
From Pelusium you will follow the trek of the Holy Family to
Tel Basta (or Basta), a short distance from Zagazig, the main town in the Sharqiah Governorate, about 65 miles northeast of Cairo. Here, Jesus caused a water spring to well up from the ground, and His presence caused idols to
crumble, as foretold by the prophets of old. You will visit the site of Belbeis
(ancient Philippos) where they rested in the shade of a tree which came to be called "The Virgin Mary's Tree". Return to Cairo for Overnight.
3: Cairo - Sakha (B,L)
After breakfast we depart for Sakha Town, the Coptic name of the town,'Pekha-Issous', (vernacularized to Lysous) means, 'the foot of Jesus'; for the Holy Child's foot-print was marked here in bas-relief on a rock. The rock was preserved, but hidden for centuries for fear of robbery, and only unearthed again in recent years.The natural course of the Holy Family's journey from Samannoud to Sakha would have taken them through many of the towns and cities now lying in both the Governorates of Gharbia and Kafr El-Sheikh and, according to some folk traditions, through the Belqas wastelands as well. Their trail from Sakha is recorded in the documentation of Pope Theophilus' vision, and attested to by the Coptic practice in the Christian era. For it was to Wadi el-Natroun (Natroun Valley) that they now came (and you will visit later), after crossing the Rosetta branch of the Nile to the western Delta and heading south into Wadi el-Natroun (then called Al Asqeet) in the Western Desert of Egypt. In the earliest decades of Christianity, the desert expanses of Wadi el-Natroun became the site of anchoritic settlement and, later, of many monasteries, in spiritual commemoration of the Holy Family's passage through the valley. Return to Cairo for overnight
Day 4: Cairo - Matariyah &
Ain Shams (B,L)
After breakfast we follow their route. They left the desert behind them and made their way southwards, crossing the Nile to its eastern bank, and heading for Matariyah and Ain Shams (ancient Heliopolis, the site of the oldest 'Temple-university' in history called since earliest Pharaonic times, 'Oan') Setting out next towards Old Cairo, the Holy Family rested for a while in Zeitoun (the word means Olives), on their way; then proceeded along a course which traverses what are now crowded, bustling quarters of Cairo, within which the serene landmarks of an earlier Coptic heritage still stand, marking the paths the Holy Family followed. Overnight in Cairo.
5: Cairo - Minya (B,L,D)
Today we will leave Cairo
by private vehicle and follow the path south to Minya and Upper Egypt.
After their short, but all-too-felt, stay in Old Cairo, the Holy Family
moved in a southerly direction, reaching the modern Cairo suburb of Maadi which, in earliest pharaonic times, was an outlying district of Memphis, the capital of Egypt then; and at Maadi they boarded a sailing boat which carried them up the Nile towards southern Egypt.
An event of miraculous importance occurred on Friday 3rd of the Coptic
month of Baramhat the 12th of March 1976 AD. A Holy Bible of unknown provenance was carried by the lapping ripples of the Nile to the bank below the Church. It was open to the page of Isaiah 19:25 the page declaring, "Blessed be Egypt My People". The Bible is now behind glass in the Sanctuary of the Virgin in the Church for all to see. (While the Holy Family traveled by
sailboat we will use an A/C vehicle to follow their route)
When they resumed their travels, the Holy Family passed a laurel tree a
stone's throw south of Gabal El-Tair, along the pathway flanking the
Nile and leading from the Mountain to Nazlet Ebeid and the New Minya Bridge
of today. It is claimed that this tree bowed to Jesus Christ as He was passing. The configuration of the tree is indeed, unique: all its branches incline downwards, trailing on the ground, then turn upwards again, covered in a cloak of green leaves. They call the tree, Al Abed - 'The Worshipper'. Overnight in a Minya hotel.
Day 6: Minya -
Dairout, Al Sharif and Qussqam (B,L,D)
Today we continue following the route. Once more crossing the Nile, back to its West Bank, the Holy Family traveled southwards to the town of Al-Ashmounein or Hermopolis Magna but it seems they did not stay long there. Leaving behind them the rubble of fallen idols, they continued south, for another 12 miles to Dairout Al-Sharif (which, like Al-Ashmounein, had an alternative Greek name Philes); and then to Qussqam (or Qost-Qoussia). Overnight in Minya (B)
Day 7: Minya -
Today we return to Cairo by first class train and overnight
Cairo - St. Catherine's (B,D)
Today we head out to St. Catherine's and Mount Sinai with a stop at
Moses Springs. (10/11 hours drive) Take an early rest if you wish to climb
the mountain, the hike starts around 1-2am to see the sunrise on the
9: St. Catherine's - Cairo (B)
After the climb we return for breakfast and a
visit to the Monastery, before heading back to Cairo for overnight.
Day 10: Cairo (B,L)
Today we visit Coptic Cairo and the Hanging Church and walk down the
road to Saint Sergius Church where Christ and the family walked and hid
from Herod in the Crypt. We visit St. George's Monastery where St.
George was chained. Visit the Coptic Museum. Overnight in Cairo.
11: Cairo (B,L)
No trip to Egypt would be complete without a visit to the Egyptian
Museum and the King Tut exhibit, the Pyramids and time for some
shopping at the Khan Khalili Bazzar.
12: Cairo (B)
Transfer to the Airport
- Meet and Assist service and pick up transfer from Cairo Airport upon arrival
- Entry Visa to Egypt for US/Canadian/Australian, British and non restricted nationalities
- All Transfers by A/C Vehicle
- Deluxe A/c transport throughout
- 8 nights in Cairo on B & B Basis
- 2 nights in Minya on B & B Basis
- 1 night in St. Catherine's on Half Board Basis
- Sightseeing & Tours with entry fees as mentioned
- All tours are private
- Services of an English Speaking Guide/Egyptologist
- Meals as indicated Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B,L,D)
- Drop off transfer to Cairo Airport for departure
- All service charges and taxes
- International Flight Tickets
- All extra requests and not mentioned above
- Entrance Fees for inside any of the Pyramids,Solar Boat Museum, Mummies Room
- Personal Expenses i.e For Drinks during meals, laundry, Phone Calls etc.
- Optional Tours
- Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel and Spa
- Horus Hotel Minya
- Morgan Land Catherine (4 star)
All scheduled activities as shown will be included but may be rearranged to different days to accommodate local circumstances and availability etc.
Departures Year Round -
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