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Half-Day Tour to the Cave Church of St. Simon provided by Excursion Cairo Day Tour

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Half-Day Tour to the Cave Church of St. Simon

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    Cave Church
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    8.9.10.11.12 PM ANY TIME YOU REQUEST US In the morning pick up from your hotel in Cairo and visit the Monastery of Saint Simon, also known as the Cave Church of Zabbaleen. It is  located in the Mokattam Mountain, a short drive through the so called "Garbage City’ – a large population of garbage collectors or Zabbaleen that live there. Several churches have been built into the caves found in Mokattam, First we visit, Saint Simon the Tanner Hall and St. Mark's Church. This huge cave was discovered in the year 1974. It was full of hundreds of tons of stones even up to the ceiling of the cave (which is 17 meters high from the ground), and was later prepared to contain two storeys: 1. The upper storey is the St. Simon the Tanner Hall, with seating capacity of 2000 people for spiritual meetings. The walls are decorated with many wonderful pictures engraved on the rocks representing scenarios from the Bible. 2. The lower storey is St. Mark's Church, which was named after St. Mark the first preacher in Egyptian heritage. Then we continue and visit the Cathedral of Virgin Mary and St. Simon the Tanner. The church was constructed around in the form of quarter circle to accommodate a few thousands of people and it is the biggest church in the monastery. After the tour transfer back to your hotel.
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Duration
4h
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Qualified Egyptologist guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • ENTRY FEES
  • Entry/Admission - Cave Church
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  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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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Lauren T wrote a review Nov 2019
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Was looking for something a little different and definitely found it! My guide Theresa was very knowledgeable & helpful. She gave a informative overview of who's history during the drive to the cave churches & would explain different things as we passed by. The cave churches
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Responded 14 Dec 2019
Dear our respected clients , it is our honor to receive your honest and real review . We would like to thank you for your time to write your feedback and review ...we are happy to show you Egypt by our local eyes our goal to make sure you have unforgettable experience We hope to see you again in Egypt for longer vacation Please Keep in touch. excursion cairo day tour
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Vanch L wrote a review Sep 2019
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Today is our 3rd day for holy tour, we had great trip especially with us Mr Ehab Mehana our tour guide , he gave us well information bout the Coptic tour we can give him 7******* and thanks to our driver mr Asem.,, god bless u guys
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Responded 8 Oct 2019
Dear our respected client , , We would like to thank you for your time to write for us your feedback and review ...we are happy to show you Egypt by our local eyes our goal to make sure you have unforgettable experience We hope to see you again in Egypt for longer vacation Please Keep in touch. Egypt is safe always
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J Rojer P wrote a review May 2018
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Very interesting mix of ancient technique with modern community effort. I've seen a lot of churches and temples but none that blend the old with the new quite like this one.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Responded 22 May 2018
hello thank so much for your feedback hope you enjoyed with us and have a great time , hope to serve you more in future to cover all Egypt , specially luxor to aswan Nile cruise 002 01286808284
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This tour was the perfect amount of time spent at each place! I also liked how the night I book the tour I got a co
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Red Sea was beautiful!
My wife and I did the Red Sea beach tour and really enjoyed it. Our driver, Ahmed, picked us up from our hotel and
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robieram
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First time in Cairo
I like to Thank you abla and the driver for this tour Excellent To the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx, and the
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Mr and Mrs Padayachi
Our guide Ehab and driver Ahmed were fantastic. We learnt so much about fascinating Egypt and they always prioritiz
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tuliof879
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Awesome day trip
Great day. Abla Saif and Assem took us to the best spots. Abla is a great guide with great information about the t
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shalisap2020
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Great tour
It rained really bad yesterday and a lot of shops were closed when we went today. We still had a great tour and our
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MLRinSG
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Great guide and driver
We planned this tour before knowing that it would be raining in Cairo. Our guide Ehab and driver Ahmed did a great
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4 hours Giza pyramid sphinx tout
It was very relaxing and enjoyable due to Ahab Mahana ‘s courteous attitude and knowledgeable approach towards ever
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Alexandria was delightful....
This review has plenty of positives and negatives. Tour operator (not the guide) was fairly pushy from the hour I b
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Pyramids
Had the most amazing trip to the pyramids. They were so beautiful and something I’ve always wanted to do. Abla our
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bye04312
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A concise and affordable tour.
With the remarkably insightful guide from Khalef and the kind driver Mohamed, the tour comprise the most essential
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Christian R
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Best Tour Guide in Cairo
Abla Siaf and Ahmed were great. The private tour is great if you want to go at your own pace and feel like doing so
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jasminemcdonald20
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Well worth the trip! Highly recommend!
My sister and I left the tour plans up to our travel agent and we were not disappointed. Overall, our trip to Alexa
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AaronF1917
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Great Tour
Ehab and Ahmed showed me around Cairo for half a day. We were able to see everything I wanted, including some flexi
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Great birthday trip
We had an on time pick up from our hotel. Quick drive to Giza Pyramids. Good tour and information. Great pictures.
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