Set out on a trip to Wadi El Natroun, the ancient valley in the western desert of Egypt. A bird watcher’s paradise, the valley is also home to many monasteries. See the charm of Coptic art in all the monasteries you visit. Learn about the history of Egypt at the Deir El Baramus or Monastery of the Romans, the oldest site in Wadi. Don’t miss the splendid ivory work at the Church of St. John the Baptist.
And while at the historical monastery of the Syrians (Deir Al Sorian), visit the Church of The Virgin Mary. Known for its exquisite wall paintings, this monastery was founded by St. Bishoi who also set up another monastery – Deir Anba Beshoi - near this one.
In the morning, you will be picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Cairo. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will be taken to the Oasis of Wadi El Natroun situated about 100 kilometres northwest of Cairo. One of the most significant places in the Western Desert, it is a geological salt lakes vale indented in the desert that owes its name to the Natroun salt. The place has many monasteries and deserves a visit for their fine examples of Coptic art. You will visit the following sites:
• Monastery of the Romans (Deir El Baramus): It is one of the oldest sites in Wadi and houses five churches. The area is traditionally famous for being the spot where two Roman priests fled the Christian persecution, have stayed here and established this monastery. You will come across the Church of the El-Adra, Church of Anba Tadrous, Church of St. John the Baptist, Chapel of Mari Gerges and Church of angel Michael.
• Monastery of the Syrians (Deir Al-Sorian): The monastery was named after Syrian monks who inhabited this place in the 8th century. You will come across exquisite wall paintings in its Church of The Virgin Mary.
• Monastery of St. Bishoi (Deir Anba Bishoi): The monastery is named after the patron saint Bishoi who immigrated to the site and lived in solitude. You will come across 5 churches and the main one is the St. Bishoi church which contains remains of the saint and two charming chapels.
Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Cairo.
Daily (Subject to the openning of the monastries during the Orthodox fasting periods)
Your hotel in Cairo (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Tour returns to the original departure point
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