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The Holy Family Fleeing Into Egypt

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Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Itinerary: Cairo / Minya / St. Catherine
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Day 1

Arrive to Cairo international airport . meet and assist through immigrations and custom formalities then transfer to your hotel . Check in and overnight.

Day 2

Coptic Cairo - Coptic Museum
Today you will get to know the Old Cairo visiting the  Coptic Cairo starting with the Hanging Church then walk down the road to Saint Sergios Church where Christ and the family walked and hid from Herod in the Crypt , then visit St. George's Monastery where St. George was chained. and ending our tour for today by visiting the Coptic Museum, Overnight in Cairo.

Day 3

Cairo - Tell Basta - Cairo 
Today after an early breakfast we depart Cairo by air-conditioned van towards Tel Basta (or Basta), a short distance from Zagazig, the main town in the Sharqiah Governorate, about 65 miles northeast of Cairo. Here, Jesus caused a water spring to well up from the ground, and his presence caused idols to crumble, as foretold by the prophets of old. You will visit the site of Belbeis (ancient Philippos) where they rested in the shade of a tree which came to be called "The Virgin Mary's Tree" after that transfer back to Cairo. Overnight in Cairo hotel.

Day 4

Cairo - Wadi AL Natrun - Alexandria  
After an early breakfast we depart to Wadi el-Natroun (Natroun Valley) ,  Wadi el-Natroun (then called Al Asqeet) in the Western Desert of Egypt. In the earliest decades of Christianity, the desert expanses of Wadi el-Natroun became the site of anchoritic settlement and, later, of many monasteries, in spiritual commemoration of the Holy Family's passage through the valley. Drive to Alexandria and  overnight. 

Day 5

Alexandria - Domyat - Samanoud-Sakha - Port said  
Today we will leave Alexandria by private vehicle towards ( International Coastal Road ) and crossing Domyat then reach the natural course of the Holy Family's journey from Samannoud to Sakha  follow to Sakha Town, the Coptic name of the town, 'Pekha-Issous', (vernacular zed to Lysous) means, 'the foot of Jesus'; for the Holy Child's foot-print was marked, here, in bas-relief on a rock. The rock was preserved, but hidden for centuries for fear of robbery, and only unearthed again 13 years ago.Then we drive towards Pelusium - an ancient Egyptian city on the easternmost mouth of the Nile River. It lies about 20 miles (32km) southeast of Port Said, in Sinai Peninsula. One of the first resting places of the Holy Family, the city has long been destroyed; however, today it is an active archeological dig with a first century church being restored. Pelusium is also famous as the spot that Pompey was hanged and during crusades King Baldwin died of ptomaine poisoning. It is rarely, if ever, visited by tourists. It is common to find artifacts lying on the surface and it is important to remember that these are NOT souvenirs for you to take home. Enjoy knowing the area is being saved and restored and that you are one of only a very few who have ever been there. Photos can be taken anywhere and those are the best permanent memory to bring home.Overnight in Port said .

Day 6

Port Said  - St. Catherine 
Today we head out to St. Catherine and Mount Sinai with a stop at Moses Springs. (7 hours drive) . Take an early rest if you wish to climb the mountain, the hike starts around 1-2am to enjoy the sunrise on the mountain.

Day 7

St. Catherine's - Cairo 
After the climb we return for breakfast and a visit to the Monastery, before heading back to Cairo for overnight ( 7 hours drive).

Day 8

Cairo - Matariyah & Ain Shams 
After Breakfast transfer to  Matariyah and Ain Shams (ancient Heliopolis, the site of the oldest 'Temple-university' in history called since earliest Pharaonic times, 'Oan') Setting out next towards Old Olives), on their way; then proceeded along a course which traverses what are now crowded, bustling quarters of Cairo, within which the serene landmarks of an earlier Coptic heritage still stand, marking the paths the Holy Family followed, Overnight in Cairo.

Day 9

Cairo - Minya  
After Breakfast we will leave Cairo by private vehicle and follow the path south to Minya and Upper Egypt. After their short, but all-too-felt, stay in Old Cairo, the Holy Family moved in a southerly direction, reaching the modern Cairo suburb of Maadi which, in earliest pharaonic times, was an outlying district of Memphis, the capital of Egypt then; and, at Maadi, they boarded a sailing boat which carried them up the Nile towards southern Egypt.An event of miraculous importance occurred on Friday 3rd of the Coptic month of Baramhat the 12th of March 1976 AD. A Holy Bible of unknown provenance was carried by the lapping ripples of the Nile to the bank below the Church. It was open to the page of Isaiah 19:25 the page declaring, "Blessed be Egypt My People". The Bible is now behind glass in the Sanctuary of the Virgin in the Church for all to see. (While the Holy Family traveled by sailboat we will use an air-conditioned vehicle to follow their route)Church of the Holy Virgin perched on a cliff at Gabal Al-Tayr.When they resumed their travels, the Holy Family passed a laurel tree a stone's throw south of Gabal El-Tair, along the pathway flanking the Nile and leading from the Mountain to Nazlet Ebeid and the New Minya Bridge of today. It is claimed that this tree bowed to Jesus Christ as He was passing. The configuration of the tree is indeed, unique: all its branches incline downwards, trailing on the ground, and then turn upwards again, covered in a cloak of green leaves. They call the tree, Al Abed - 'The Worshipper', Overnight in Minya hotel.

Day 10

Minya - Dairout, Al Sharif and Qussqam 
Once more crossing the Nile, back to its West Bank, the Holy Family traveled southwards to the town of Al-Ashmounein or Hermopolis Magna but it seems that they did not stay for long there. Leaving behind them the rubble of fallen idols, they continued south, for another 12 miles to Dairout Al-Sharif (which, like Al-Ashmounein, had an alternative Greek name Philes); and then to Qussqam (or Qost-Qoussia).Drive back to Cairo . Overnight in Cairo.

Day 11

 Cairo
Breakfast at Hotel.No trip to Egypt would be complete without a visit to the Egyptian Museum and the King Tut exhibit, the Pyramids and time for some shopping at the Khan Khalili Bazaar.

Day 12

After Breakfast Transfer to the Airport for final Departure.

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