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Private Tour to the Cave Church of St. Simon provided by Egypt Royal Tours

Private Tour to the Cave Church of St. Simon

Private Tour to the Cave Church of St. Simon
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2–3 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2–3 hours
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
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 Then we continue and visit the Cathedral of Virgin Mary and St. Simon the Tanner. . After the tour transfer back to your hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 182888P40
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • All transfers by modern air conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Cairo
  • Pick up services from your hotel & return
  • Tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • All Service charges and taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Cave Church
  • Entry/Admission - Cave Church
Exclusions
  • Any extras
  • Tipping
Duration
2–3 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • All Cairo Hotels are Pickup Points
  • Airports:
  • Cairo Intl Airport, Cairo Egypt
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • All transfers by modern air conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Cairo
  • Pick up services from your hotel & return
  • Tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • All Service charges and taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Cave Church
  • Entry/Admission - Cave Church
Exclusions
  • Any extras
  • Tipping
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • All Cairo Hotels are Pickup Points
  • Airports:
  • Cairo Intl Airport, Cairo Egypt
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
2–3 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 5 Jul 2020
A note from Private Tour to the Cave Church of St. Simon
We apply the highest safety standards to keep the customer from infection with the Corona virus in all tourists places they visits during the tour.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
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    Cave Church
    Stop: 5 hours - Admission included
    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.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Andibaba
Dubai, United Arab Emirates11 contributions
Mesho is a great knowledgeable guy thank you 😊, enjoyed the trip! The place has a special atmosphere and worth the visit.
Written 18 October 2021
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EgyptRoyalTours
Thank you very much
Written 22 October 2021
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M S
3 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
It was interesting one I liked it so so much I and my fiance went to Simon monastery with Hala , she was so cultured and informative tour guide ,she answered to all our questions and was so excited to explain the history of the monastery and the people habits in this area , it is strange community which they used to collect garbage from the city and store it in their houses then they sell it to all factories around to recycle it for making plastic tools , really it was interesting tour we enjoyed it much more than we expected , thank heaps hala and Mida the driver I wish to come back soon and do other tours with you .
Written 10 October 2021
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EgyptRoyalTours
Thank you very much
Written 11 October 2021
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Teara C
Albany, GA7 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
Muhammad from Egypt royal tours thank you for the awesome time. The drive was great and so was your service.
Written 14 September 2021
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EgyptRoyalTours
Thank you very much
Written 17 September 2021
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Brian C
1 contribution
Jul 2021
Hala was very knowledgeable and friendly. She answered any questions we had. The church was beautiful. We had a great time. I want to go back for the zip line.
Written 24 August 2021
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EgyptRoyalTours
Thank you very much
Written 25 August 2021
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Jessica R
1 contribution
Aug 2021
We were picked up from our apartment, on time. The driver was Mida and the tour guide was Hala. She talked a little bit about Garbage City as we drove through it and told us a little about other tours available in Cairo and in Egypt. We weren't really interested in doing other tours, but want to keep the company on hand for potential assistance with other trips as they were much cheaper than any of the other companies I found and they gave us a price lower than what was advertised here on TripAdvisor.

St. Simon was not an ancient church or location. It was recently built and has an amusement park for children and adults, which was a surprise for us. We were concerned about disturbing the church services but we arrived around 11:30 AM and they have church at 7 AM, so it wasn't an issue. There were a lot of people there but not many were looking at the churches. A local Christian guide gave us a tour. Our guide told us it was free and we didn't have to pay him and then this guide also told us it was free and we didn't have to pay him anything but we could donated to the church if we wanted and get a receipt for that. It was nice to have a guide that wasn't just looking for money. Sometimes it was hard to understand him because of his accent, but most everything was clear and we were able to ask questions and clear up any confusion.

It was interesting to see the Ten Commandments in Arabic and all of the sculptures related to stories from the Bible. The guide invited us to come back to the church and talk with the priest if we were interested. We took pictures but I didn't see a souvenir shop. Maybe there was one and I missed it. The pictures on Google are much better than the ones I took, so I'll share those with my friends and family in addition to the ones I took.
Written 1 August 2021
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EgyptRoyalTours
thank you very much
Written 22 August 2021
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Joy
Amman, Jordan201 contributions
Sunday morning was a bustling time to visit Cave Church. We saw a part of the Egyptian culture we hadn’t seen on previous days since we went to the people.

Our tour guide shared a few details about Cairo enroute there. We drove through Garbage City which is located at the end of the city. Upon arrival, a local man from the church led us around and explained the history of the church. We were able to enter 3 of the 7 churches there.
The carvings are incredible.

Following this, we requested to walk through garbage city to get a feel for the life the people there live. Our tour guide, Hala, went out of her way to allow us this privilege.
Written 19 April 2021
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EgyptRoyalTours
Thank you very much
Written 26 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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