Holy Family Tour




This tour is from Cairo to Asyut. An almost identical itinerary is available from Asyut to Cairo.

The Holy Family fled to Egypt after being warned of the dangers in Galilee. Visit many of the places Joseph, Mary and the Infant Jesus saw during their flight from Herod.


DAY 1 – Cairo

Embark in time for dinner and music. Stay onboard overnight at Cairo.


DAY 2 – Cairo

After breakfast, transfer to the Cairo suburb of El Matareya. The drive can take up to one hour depending on Cairo traffic. See the Tree of the Virgin, where, according to local beliefs, Mary rested.

The transfer continues to Mostorod, to the Saint Mary Church.

Return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon, go to Coptic Cairo. Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, also known as Abu Serga, is one of the oldest Coptic churches in Egypt, dating back to the 4th century, and traditionally believed to have bneen built on the spot where the Holy Family lived during their flight into Egypt. See the church known as the Hanging Church, because its nave is suspended over a passage. St Mary’s Church in Maadi area was built as a dedication for the Virgin Mary. Local belief is that this was the place where the Holy Family started their trip to upper Egypt by boat.

Return to the ship for dinner. Stay onboard overnight at Cairo.


DAY 3 – Cairo

After an early breakfast, there is a transfer to the Monastery of Saint Pishoy in Wadi El Natrun. The monastery contains a church which holds the body of the Saint Pishoy. Visitors can sit in the garden of this monastery or wander around the new cathedral and watch the resident monks go about their daily chores. Visits will be made to the Syrian Monastery and the Paromeos Monastery. Lunch will be provided at the monasteries. Transfer back to the ship for dinner. Stay onboard overnight at Cairo.


DAY 4 – Cairo to Beni Suef

The ship sails for Beni Suef. Upon arrival in the late afternoon, there is a transfer to the village of Bayad al-Arab, where the welcoming monks will offer tea, cake and biscuits in their fascinating monastery.

Return to the ship for dinner. Stay onboard overnight at Beni Suef.


DAY 5 – Beni Suef

There will be a transfer to Zaafarana of about two and a half hours. The road is paved and comfortable. Dating from the 4th century AD, the Monasteries of Saint Anthony and Saint Paul are among the oldest Christian monasteries. They are considered the holiest sites of the Coptic Church in Egypt. The Monastery of Saint Anthony is a large complex encircled by high walls, celebrating the father of monasticism, Saint Anthony. View the cave where Saint Anthony used to pray. There are nearly 1,700 steps to reach the top of the cave. After about one hour transfer, arrive at the Monastery of Saint Paul, which was built by hermits who had chosen to isolate themselves from the material world at a location associated with Saint Paul. Lunch will be at a rest house in Zaafarana.

Return to the ship for dinner. Stay onboard overnight at Beni Suef.


DAY 6 – Beni Suef to Minya

A day to relax, with all meals onboard.


DAY 7 – Minya

After a transfer of about one hour, see the church considered as one of the most beautiful in Egypt, the Church of the Holy Virgin at Gabal al-Tayr. The monastery is sometimes known as the Monastery of the Pulley (Deir al-Baqara), because originally one entered the monastery from the base of the cliff up a crevice in the rock by means of a pulley.

Return to the ship for lunch. After a transfer of just over an hour, visit Saint John's Monastery, also known as Deir Abu Hennes.

Return to the ship for dinner. Stay onboard overnight at Minya.


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DAY 8 – Minya to Asyut

The ship sails for Amarna. After a short transfer, visit Deir Al Barsha.

Return to the ship for lunch. The ship will sail for Asyut. Stay onboard overnight at Asyut.


DAY 9 – Asyut

Take an hour and a half transfer to the Deir el-Muharraq complex, a monastery with three churches. After a further half hour transfer is one of the most unusual monasteries in Egypt. The Monastery of St. Mary, also known as Deir Dronka is also believed to have been one of the last destinations visited by the Holy Family on their journey through Egypt.

Return to the ship for lunch. Stay onboard overnight at Asyut.


DAY 10 – Asyut

Breakfast on board, then disembark.



Accommodation onboard

Full board basis

Service charge & VAT.


Sightseeing tours

Any extras, beverages and transfers


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