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Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches with Lunch

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    What to Expect
    At 8:00 am you need to be ready at the lobby area of your hotel in Cairo. you will find your expert tour guide holding a sign of your name. At the first you will visit to the "Cave Church" in Egypt which is one of the largest churches in the country, a place where 70,000-plus Christians gather every week to worship and praise Jesus -- a place that's home to one of the world's oldest Christian communities. The cave, also known as the Monastery of Saint Simon, is located in the Mokattam mountain in southeastern Cairo, in an area known as "garbage city" due to the large population of garbage collectors, or Zabbaleen, that live there.

    The Zabbaleen are descendants of farmers who started migrating from Upper Egypt to Cairo in the 1940s. Fleeing poor harvests and poverty they came to the city looking for work and set-up makeshift settlements around the city. Initially, they stuck to their tradition of raising pigs, goats, chickens and other animals, but eventually found collecting and sorting of waste produced by the city residents more profitable. The Zabbaleen sort through household garbage, salvaging and selling things of value, while the organic waste provides an excellent source of food for their animals. In fact, this arrangement worked so well, that successive waves of migrants came from Upper Egypt to live and work in the newly founded garbage villages of Cairo,

    Visit to Old Cairo where you see some of the earliest christian churches at Middle east from 300 AD visit the Church of Abu-Sergah and St. Barbara, the hanging church, and the old Jewish synagogue called Ben Ezra Synagogue.

    Lunch is included but drinks are not and then transfer back to Hotel around 13:00 pm
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hotels in Cairo or Giza
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    The same pick up location
    • Bottled water
    • Snacks
    • Lunch
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Private tour
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    My sojourn took me to visit old churches dating back over 2000years ago. The churches were historical sites visited by the holy family. However, the churches did not seem to have active Christian services.
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    Response from Resort28504041233, Public Relations Manager at Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches with Lunch
    Responded Nov. 5, 2019
    Dear AnnieLagos Thank you for this short and sweet review, we are so glad that you enjoyed the experience and found it organized and happy that you and your family enjoyed the day. We appreciate your time and efforts in Providing a feedback to us . Thank you Kind regards, Emo Tours Egypt
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    Hello, We came from Pakistan, and booked with Emotours and they gave us excellent service, Mr. Sayeed Mahmoud start the morning by picking us from the hotel and going to mosque and churches and at the end we went to big bazar where he helped us as well to but things. He is the
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    Response from Resort28504041233, Guest Relations Manager at Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches with Lunch
    Responded Oct. 12, 2019
    Dear Valued Guest, In this time of gratitude, we give thanks for you. We value your patronage and appreciate your confidence in us. Counting you among our customers is something for which we are especially grateful. So On behalf of all of us at EMO TOURS EGYPT, We wish you a good day ,Thank you so much. Sincerely, EMO TOURS EGYPT
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    This tour was so interesting and informative and I really really enjoyed it! All the churches were so beautiful and unusual and definitely worth visiting! I can’t really fault anything about this tour.. everything was great and at no point did I feel unsafe because I was very
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    Response from mariemotoursegypt20, Public Relations Manager at Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches with Lunch
    Responded Sep. 27, 2019
    Dear Our Valued guest, Thank you for your outstanding detailed review , and your positive comments about our service We are so happy that you spent a lovely time in our beloved country with us Your positive feelings about Egypt and our devoted company, mean so much to us, and that is what we always aim for. , It would be a pleasure and honor to You should definitely come back for another visit to our country . there's more for you to see , So, get ready for your next trip to explore more treasures of the marvelous Egyptian Civilization. Best regards, EMO TOURS EGYPt
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    My mother and I did the guided route of Coptic Cairo and the mountain church. The first part of the tour shows several actively working churches with amazing icons. Quick stop at the largest mosque in Egypt (ladies, note that if you're wearing short sleeves they'll give you a
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    Response from Resort28504041233, Guest Relations Manager at Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches with Lunch
    Responded Aug. 30, 2019
    Dear our valued customer Thank you for your outstanding detailed review , and your positive comments about our service. We understand the importance of respecting your time , and ensuring you are thoroughly informed throughout the entire service . Providing recommendations and options gives each client the ability to make informed decisions for what is best for them and their families. We are so pleased to hear that you were happy with the level of service provided by emo tours . Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us . And behalf of our entire team , thank you for choosing service Emo Tours Sincerely Emo Tours Egypt
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    Having just arrived in Cairo, we had a free day to explore on our own. We found this special tour that would take us to five modern Coptic Christian Cave churches plus other ancient churches in old Cairo. None of these churches were on our planned itinerary, and we were
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    Response from Monaemotours, Guest Relations Manager at Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches with Lunch
    Responded Apr. 22, 2019
    Dear Happy Guest. Thank you for giving us a perfect rating and for recommending our tours to other travelers. I’m sure our entire tour staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your tour We really Thank you! Best Regards Emo Tours Egypt
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