Old Coptic Cairo

1 Day


For those looking for a unique experience when visiting Cairo, there’s no better way to explore the city than with our Old Coptic Cairo tour. This historical journey takes you back in time as you wander through the streets and alleyways of one of the oldest parts of Cairo. You’ll be amazed by all of the ancient churches, monasteries, and ruins that can be found in this area, as well as all the interesting stories they have to tell.

Tour Highlights

  • The Hanging Church
  • St Virgin Mary Church
  • The Church of St. George
  • Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Abu Serga).
  • Ben Ezra Synagogue
  • The Coptic Museum.
Day 1:
  • Your Allover Egypt tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cairo. Start getting your kicks to Coptic Cairo. Start your tour with The Hanging Church. It got the name of ‘Hanging Church’ (or ‘Suspended Church’ in Arabic, ‘El Moallaqa’) because of its location above the fortress gatehouse. When it was first built, the pillars of the gatehouse would have been easily seen, creating the ‘hanging’ effect of the church, but now are buried due to the rise of the ground over the past 1300 years.
  • Then move to visit St Virgin Mary church, St Virgin Mary church is the oldest church in Egypt. It was built to honor the mother of Jesus. At the beginning of the church construction, it was known by many names as Meniet El Sudan, Bustan El Adawia, and El Martouti. There is a rumor that a miraculous event happened on the 12th of March in 1976 where a holy book was opened on the verse of Isaiah stating “Blessed be Egypt, my People“.
  • The Church of St. George is a Greek Orthodox church within the Babylon Fortress in Coptic Cairo. It is part of the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of St George under the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all of Africa. The church dates back to the 10th century.
  • Later on, visit Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Abu Serga). The Abu Serga church is believed to be not only the oldest church in Egypt, but built on the spot where the Holy Family (Joseph, Mary, and infant Jesus Christ) stopped and rested towards the end of their journey to Egypt. The spot is now the crypt of the church, 10 meters deep.
  • After that you will visit Ben Ezra Synagogue, the synagogue went through a series of renovations over the centuries, with the current structure dating back to 1892. It’s built in the style of a basilica, with two floors: the first floor dedicated to men, and the 2nd dedicated to women.
  • Due to the huge decline in the Jewish community in Cairo, the synagogue now functions as a museum and a tourist attraction as opposed to an operating place of worship.
  • The last stop will be the Coptic Museum, The Coptic Museum houses the largest collection of Coptic artifacts in the world and was inaugurated in 1910. The museum was established through the efforts of Marcus Simaika Pasha, a prominent Coptic figure who was vested in the preservation of Coptic heritage. Then drive back to your hotel.

What's included

  • Private English-speaking expert Egyptologist tour guide.
  • Modern and spacious touring vehicle.
  • COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures.
  • Bottled water during the tour.
  • Entrance fees.
  • All Service charges & taxes.

What's excluded

  • Any extras
  • Tipping

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Old Coptic Cairo
From $45
/ Adult
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