5 Hours Trip From Cairo To El Mokkatm Mountain Cave Church

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Your Cairo or Giza hotel
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Visit the famous church of Saint Simon the Tanner, the cave church.
Learn More about Christianity in Egypt
Qualified Tour guide will be leading the tour
unique Experience
step Back During the History of the holy family in Egypt

Highlights

  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Excellent value for money
  • Family friendly
  • Step back in time on a history tour

Know More about this tour

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.

Inclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Qualified Egyptologist guide

Bottled water

Free WiFi in your van

Entrance fees to the Mentioned sites

Local Lunch

Entry/Admission - St Simon the Tanner Monastery

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

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

Not wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

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  • 30-May-2022

    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.

  • 29-May-2022

    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!

  • 30-Apr-2022

    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.

  • 02-Jun-2019

    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.

  • 07-Sep-2018

    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!

  • 06-Sep-2018

    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!

  • 26-Aug-2018

    Visiting the El Mokkatm with Michael was awesome. He is very knowable about this place and gives you a wealth of knowledge about it. There wasnt a question I had that he couldnt answer, and he takes his profession very serious. Especially when he overhears people telling people false information you can see the frustration on his face. Thats someone you want giving you your tours. I also had the pleasure of having him a few times during my four day tour

  • 26-Aug-2018

    Visiting the El Mokkatm with Michael was awesome. He is very knowable about this place and gives you a wealth of knowledge about it. There wasnt a question I had that he couldnt answer, and he takes his profession very serious. Especially when he overhears people telling people false information you can see the frustration on his face. Thats someone you want giving you your tours. I also had the pleasure of having him a few times during my four day tour

  • 03-Apr-2018

    The Mountain Cave Church was unbelievable! You have to see it in person because pictures can not do it justice. It was well worth the money. We were able to take pictures. Our tour guide Kh Mamdoh let us take our time for pictures and take in the beauty of this amazing church. Kh Mamdoh, also took pictures for us and sent us all the pictures he took with his camera phone. This church should be included in the 7 wonders of the world. Kh Mamdoh was very knowledgeable about the history of the church. Also, when we were finished Kh Mamdoh allowed us to stop at a bridge over the Nile River to take pictures and asked if there were any other place we would like to visit. I would highly recommend taking this tour because it is so worth it. Kh Mamdoh was an excellent tour guide.

  • 03-Apr-2018

    The Mountain Cave Church was unbelievable! You have to see it in person because pictures can not do it justice. It was well worth the money. We were able to take pictures. Our tour guide Kh Mamdoh let us take our time for pictures and take in the beauty of this amazing church. Kh Mamdoh, also took pictures for us and sent us all the pictures he took with his camera phone. This church should be included in the 7 wonders of the world. Kh Mamdoh was very knowledgeable about the history of the church. Also, when we were finished Kh Mamdoh allowed us to stop at a bridge over the Nile River to take pictures and asked if there were any other place we would like to visit. I would highly recommend taking this tour because it is so worth it. Kh Mamdoh was an excellent tour guide.

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