Wadi El Natrun Monasteries and El Alamein Trip

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  • Cairo day tour


Description

Discover the monastic complex of Wadi El Natrun and the location of the famous battle of El Alamein when you take our fantastic trip from Cairo.

Included:

  • Pick up & drop off services from Cairo or Giza Hotel
  • All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private English Egyptologist guide
  • Entrance fees to all the mentioned sites
  • Mineral water on board the vehicle during the tour
  • Lunch meal during your tour
  • All taxes & service charge

Excluded:

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activity costs


Schedule

After picking you up from your hotel in Cairo, we will travel to the desert area of Wadi El Natrun, located about two hours from the Egyptian capital.

Our first stop is at the Monastery of Saint Pishoy. Standing in front of the magnificent white domes which contrast sharply with the red desert landscapes, we will learn all about the history of the saint who founded the abbey. You will also learn how that episode has been wiped from the annals of history and why that may have been intentional.

Our next visit takes place at the Monastery of Saint Mary Deipara, commonly known as the Syrian monastery, which is dedicated to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. Inside we will admire many wonderful visual artifacts such as the beautiful frescoes of the ceilings.

Our next stop on the tour is Deir Baramos, known as "the monastery of the Romans". During the visit, we will also learn all about the princes Maximus and Domitius who founded this sacred place.

From Deir Baramos we then head to El Alamein, an Egyptian coastal town which was the setting for one of the key battles of World War II. In order to learn more about this historic event, we will visit the city's Military Museum, where we will see a variety of tanks and other weapons used in warfare. We will also visit the War Cemetery, where the bodies of the soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty are laid to rest.

Then, following a quick break during which you can rest and have some food, we will return to Cairo and drop you at your hotel.


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