Visit the famous church of Saint Simon the Tanner, the cave church.
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Qualified Tour guide will be leading the tour
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Entrance fees to the Mentioned sites
Free WiFi in your van
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Qualified Egyptologist guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
What's Not Included
INFANT: Age: 1 - 5
CHILD: Age: 6 - 11
ADULT: Age: 12 - 99
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Suitable for all physical fitness levels
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
Face masks provided for travellers
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
What To Expect
St Simon the Tanner Monastery
Your tour starts with hotel pick up at 9am, your guide will take first to visit the monastery of Saint Simon the Tanner which is located inside the mountain. The monastery consists of seven churches; all of them are carved inside the mountain.
Your guide will give you an introduction about the Christianity of Egypt. How Christianity started in Egypt and what is the meaning of Coptic orthodox church in Egypt. Your guide will explain how they carved the church, how was El Mokattam Mountain was moved from the north of Cairo to the centre, enjoy some free time inside the church. You will also get the chance to get some great photos from the mountain.
Admission Ticket Included
We seemed to have lost our way and passed through the narrow streets of Garbage City on the way up to the mountain cave church. This was unexpected but rewarding experience to have seen this part of Cairo, untrodden by tourists. The experience was unforgettable. Both sights were breathtaking- Garbage City for its aroma and feel and the mountain church for its splendor. Emeel was a great guide, highly knowledgeable of Christian history in Egypt. Wish you could all have this awesome experience.
Breathtaking Garbage City and Mountain Cave Church
This was an awesome experience seeing Garbage City and the mountain cave church. Our guide Emeel was very knowledgeable about Christianity in Egypt. The tour itself was breathtaking for the “atmosphere” of Garbage City as well as the awesome sight that is the mountain cave church. Lunch was typical Egyptian street food. Very unusual and rewarding experience, highly recommended. Meyah Meyah!
Enjoyable tour of the history of Christianity in Egypt!
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the churches at the cave with Mary! Mary was very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the area and we found the story behind garbage city and the development of the cave church to be very intriguing. Although not originally a part of our schedule, Mary willingly allowed us to add on the Coptic church tour, which was also enlightening. To end our day, Mary took us for Egyptian shawarma...and it was DELiCious! :-) Overall, a great experience.
Tour with Medhat
Medhat emailed me the afternoon before our tour to let me know when he was going to meet me.
He was waiting for me in the lobby of my hotel by 9AM and we met our driver. He drove us through Zableen to El Mokkatm. During the drive, he asked me if there was anything else I wanted to see and also gave me more information on the surrounding sites.
When we got to El Mokkatm, Medhat told me a story about the first monastery we went to (Saint Simon the Tanner) and about Saint Simon. After I learned about Saint Simon, we walked around the church and Ahmed and our driver (sorry forgot his name!) took photos of me. The church is decorated with carvings and paintings.
After wandering Saint Simon, we walked up the road to Saint Mark’s which is underground. They have an even lower section for baptisms.
While in Saint Mark’s, Medhat gave me the history of the church and transformation of Amen. I got some free time to wander around the church and see the carvings with bible verses.
When we finished the churches, we all sat down for coffee in the common area and had a chat. While we were talking, Medhat let me know we’d be going for takeaway food (as a gift from both of them) as the falafel is great.
Unfortunately, the restaurant was closed for Ramadan but we pulled over and Medhat got me some snacks and a guava juice before we parted ways.
The experience with Medhat was great. He is smart and kind. Our driver was very nice as well. I enjoyed getting to know them both.
Day Trip from Cairo to El Mokkatam Mountain Cave Church
We really enjoyed the time we spent with our guide Wael. He was very welcoming and gave a great tour and description of the church which was very interesting and answered any questions we had. It was a great place to visit. Recommended!
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