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icon5 to 6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

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What you can expect during your visit
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
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Visit El Mokattam Mountain Cave Church, or the Monastery of St Simon, on a private tour that also explores the magnificent churches of Coptic Cairo. You’ll see some of Cairo’s most important Christian sites, including the Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, the Church of Saint Barbara, and the Hanging Church, while going beyond sightseeing for a glimpse of ‘garbage city,’ a fascinating Cairo neighborhood that most visitors overlook entirely.
  • Private tour ensures personalized service
  • Included lunch and entrance fees mean no extra tour costs
  • Enjoy the comfort and security of traveling by private vehicle
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off at Cairo hotels
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Egypt Tours Online

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches ?
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The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches .
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What is the policy on sanitization during Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches ?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches .
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What is the social distancing policy during Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches ?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches .
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches ?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "It's a valuable service but it's a sad way to make a living and even sadder to see children playing in a garbage dump." See review
  • "Pick up was on time and the guide very knowledgeable." See review
  • "Garbage City, although very smelly, was truly interesting and is recommended on the way to the cave church." See review

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Interesting trip
Mamdouh_A
, Jun 2021
It was a nice trip with our guide Essam. He is very kind and told much interesting informations about the places what we visited. Agam, the driver is also a great man.
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Lots of Learning!
Sarah_P
, Feb 2021
The tour was great, our guide and driver Ehab Hoba and Khaled were knowledgeable and nice. The garbage City and cave church was a must, seeing a different part of Egypt was interesting and made me see things differently. We requested to stop at the Mohammed Ali castle and mosque as well because we saw it and asked about it so the guide called his boss and within 10 min he had arranged it as a tour add in and took us through a really nice tour of that as well! The hanging church was very different from the cave church and mosque and we appreciated seeing such a diversity and learning so many different things. The food with lunch was amazing and even though snacks were provided, save room for the lunch! I highly recommend the fresh guava juice if you see it. Overall we learned a lot and got a lot out of this tour and we would do it again
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A tour away from the usual
Amanda_P
, Mar 2020
We were in Cairo at the start of a group tour and looked for something a bit out of the way. Found this tour as something different from the usual Cairo activities (pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum) and booked it. Pickup from hotel - slight hiccup because our hotel has 2 lobbies and we waited at the wrong one - but there we meet our guide Abdul. This was a private tour and Abdul was very knowledgeable about the subject matter and also accommodating to what we wanted to do. The garbage city is interesting and the rock church is amazing. These are places that are not usually on the tour radar. The rest of the tour included the Coptic churches and we concluded the tour with lunch that was typically Egyptian and we enjoyed it. Overall thoroughly recommend this tour.
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Natural churches
David_M
, Mar 2020
The cave church is really a natural grotto that exists in the middle of the city of Cairo. To get to it, you pass through 'garbage city' where the residents sort through everyone else's garbage to reclaim recyclables and anything else useful. It's a valuable service but it's a sad way to make a living and even sadder to see children playing in a garbage dump. The legend surrounding the cave church involves a mountain being moved in a miracle. There are actually two churches, the afore mentioned grotto church is the 'summer' church and there is an actual underground 'winter' church as well. Both having interesting art and histories and are worth seeing. My guide Nova did an excellent job explaining it all to me. Lunch buffet provided at a local restaurant was simply OK.
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Coptic churches
bgugiu
, Feb 2020
Yasser took us to the Coptic cave churches and some Old churches of apocryphal fame. Interesting and enjoyable. On the way you will see Cairo’s garbage neighborhood, where the recycling takes place.
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COPTIC CIRO
alofitis
, Jan 2020
Fabulous tour, the cave churches were unbelievably beautiful . Our guide was friendly and informative.
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Coptic Cairo Tour
DavidB65
, Dec 2019
We enjoyed seeing the cave churches at St. Simon and driving through garbage city along the way. The cave churches are certainly worth seeing. Garbage City, although very smelly, was truly interesting and is recommended on the way to the cave church. Since we had already seen St. Simon, our tour guide took us to see the Citadel, which was a good alternative. This is an old mosque and as the highest point in Cairo, it offers a fab panoramic view of the city. Our guide was good and made every effort to make us happy.
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Coptic churches.
DivakaranA1
, Nov 2019
Pick up was on time and the guide very knowledgeable. He provided us with good information about the churches we visited.
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Church Tour
waydot64
, Nov 2019
Car and tour leader on time. Very Informational. Also, very safe. They had armed guards at all the tourist locations.
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Coptic Church - Cairo
Sunshine828656
, Apr 2019
Sayed did a fantastic job for this tour. I would highly recommend. Very thoughtful and took a lot of time to explain. Wonderful tour guide!! The churches were amazing into the caves and all the carvings.
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