Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra

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  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Private transportation by air-conditioned minivans; pick up from the hotel and drop off.

    Cairo Intl Airport, Cairo Egypt
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Discover the ancient sites and culture of Coptic Christians on a private tour through Old Cairo. Visit Abu Serga where the Holy family sort refuge, and Ben Ezra, one of the oldest synagogues in Cairo. Learn about Christian life in Egypt, a country where Christianity is a minority.


Private guide for a more personalized experience

Led by a qualified Egyptologist

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Know More about this tour

he Hanging church is built into the walls of the water gate of the Roman fortress and is possibly the oldest Christian church in Egypt. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it is one of Cairo's most beautiful churches. Continue to the Monastery and Church of St George This is not an old church, dating from 1909, but there has been a church in Coptic Cairo dedicated to the Martyr since the 10th-century. It is one of the few remaining circular churches in the Middle East.

Your next stop is the Abu Serga, one of the places where the Holy Family rested after fleeing Israel from King Herod. There are 24 marble columns lining the central court, and a series of 12th-century icons depicting the 12 apostles.

Ben ezra synagogue is one of the oldest in Egypt. Set in a shady garden, it was built on the site of 4th-century Christian church. The synagogue was severely damaged by Arabs after the 1967 war with Israel, but it has been almost completely renovated.

At the end of the tour you will visit the fascinating Coptic Museum, which is located in an area of great historical importance within the precinct of the Babylon Fort. Occupying over 8,000 sq meters the museum features almost 16,000 objects of importance to the Copts of Egypt.

This is a private tour allowing you to determine the amount of time spent at each of the sites. In addition you have the chance to visit a Papyrus Institute to see how this famous artwork is made and have the chance to purchase genuine items if you wish.


Experience a Private and an expert Qualified Egyptologist guide.

Private transportation by air-conditioned minivans ; pick up from hotel and drop off.

Visit to the coptic museum.

Lunch at an oriental restaurant.

Egyptologist the languages included in the pricing (English,French)

Entry/Admission - Synagogue Ben Ezra

Entry/Admission - The Coptic Museum



Transfer supplement to/from hotels on (6th of Oct., N.A.Capital, Settlement)1000 L.E/Tour/Day

A supplement for the Russian language Guide is 800L.E

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infants must sit on laps

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller 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

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

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

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  • 13-Mar-2022

    This was a great tour. The artwork is fantastic! The guide was professional and very knowledgeable. The lunch was very good. Unfortunately the Ben Ezra Church is permanently closed. Viatar should update the Tour description to remove this church. We did visit St. George's Church instead.

  • 29-Jul-2021

    Highly recommend this tour! Gives a better understanding of the religious history of Egypt. The driver and guide were on top of everything from start to finish.

  • 13-Jul-2021

    This Coptic tour was recommended to us by our friends in Cairo. We couldn’t be more happy with how it turned out. Tarek was so knowledgeable and explained so much to us. We wanted to learn some history of the Coptic Church and its importance to Egypt. We like walking tours and seeing beautiful architecture. We felt very safe being driven in a comfortable clean large van by Arfar. When we went to the walled-in scenic area, including the churches and museums, we walked. For about two peaceful hours, we went in and out of a couple churches and a synagogue. The significance of architectural detail was explained to us, as well as descriptions of current rituals and past events on the sights. There were opportunities to shop, but it was not as hectic as the market we attended on a prior day. One could quietly purchase a souvenir from church gift shops if desired. All our questions were answered patiently, along the way. Tarek walked at a slow pace so that we did not overheat in the Cairo sun. He was intuitive to our interests and slowed down at things we were most interested in. The museum was a treat because you were free to take more pictures there. (A very few times, photos were not an option.) The artifacts and even just the design of the museum is beautiful as well as fascinating. Artifacts included paintings, mosaic, papyrus, wooden items, pottery and more. The museum had restrooms which were clean. We brought our own water bottles (vital!) so we didn’t need to look for refreshment along the tour, and we somehow missed the fact that lunch would be provided. We were very pleasantly surprised that lunch came at the end of the tour, and it was delicious. The restaurant was very nicely decorated, and very clean. We had such a pleasant time, chatting over lunch, and I was so happy that we had this tour recommended to us.

  • 02-Jan-2020

    Ma note ne reflète pas du tout le lieu ni le côté majestueux des églises du quartier Copte mais plus le non professionnalisme du guide qui nous a accompagné. Nasser était gentil et poli certes mais n’avait pas du tout préparé son excursion. Lire le panneau où sont écrit les inscriptions du lieu, de l’icône, de l’œuvre, ou du tableau, on peut le faire... Pas de détails historiques ni d’anecdotes, rien...

  • 21-Nov-2019

    Really good tour of old Cairo & The Coptic Church. If you like history dating back to the 4th century then this tour is for you. Our guide Ahmjad plus driver mustafa were excellent and very polite picked us up from our hotel for this half day tour with lunch included with return transfer back to our hotel. Fabulous artefacts and relics dated back to 4th century onwards so much Infomation of all the religions in Cairo over a 1000 years. Great to visit the narrow underground streets of old Cairo and to meet local people around this area. Our guide was very informative and had a calmness about him and we did this tour at a leisurely pace not rushed at all as we started early on Saturday morning. Also most churches have mass on Sundays or service so it’s better not to do this tour on a Sunday. Lunch was excellent at a local restaurant serving local Egyptian foods very pleasant and very hospitable couldn’t do enough for us. Thoroughly recommend this tour.

  • 23-Sep-2019

    Des églises chargées d'histoire, une dévotion et un recueillement qui donnent le frisson. Que dire de plus ? Simplement ajouter que ce sont nous sommes à Al Fustat, la ville qui a précédé Le Caire avant d'y être absorbée.

  • 01-May-2019

    Es interesante conocer el barrio Copto del Cairo, la Iglesia colgante copta, pero es impescindible entender la historia de esta religión como para poder apreciar lo que se ve. Es un lindo paseo pero no creo que sea imprescindible

  • 06-Mar-2018

    The tour really is worth its money - the history in Cairo and especially in this Coptic sector is really amazing! The churches are wonderful, the Coptic Museum very intersting. Hussein was a great guide, he answered all our questions and was patient allowing us to take the time we needed. Thank you!

  • 06-Mar-2018

    The tour really is worth its money - the history in Cairo and especially in this Coptic sector is really amazing! The churches are wonderful, the Coptic Museum very intersting. Hussein was a great guide, he answered all our questions and was patient allowing us to take the time we needed. Thank you!

  • 14-Feb-2018

    It's really terrible tour. We are waiting for driver more than one hour at hotel lobby. Agency never contact us even Mr. Mohammad as our tour guider try to call agency. I have send Email about this problems during tour and after tour but no reply.

    This travel agency, South Sinai travel is really terrible in Cairo. Worst travel agency.

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