Coptic Cairo Tour: Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches

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Coptic Cairo Tour Cave Church of Saint Simon and Old Cairo churches with Lunch
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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • All Transfers by Private A/C latest Model Vehicle
  • Bottle Water
  • Guide (Optional)
  • Lunch (Optional)
  • Personal Items

Meeting and Pickup

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As per confirmed pickup time you will find our tour guide waiting for you and he will hold a sign showing our company name

What To Expect

Coptic Cairo

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Church of St. Barbara

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary)

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Synagogue Ben Ezra

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

St Simon the Tanner Monastery

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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84 reviews
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Great experience
Cornelia_V, Apr 2024
This tour was amazing and we enjoyed it a lot. Our guide, Fatima and driver were excellent. Fatima gave us all the information that we needed. The cave Church is simply breathtaking. Going through Garbage City was an experience. Thank you Fatima, fir making this tour enjoyable and memorable.
Cave churches plus
Susan_O, Apr 2024
We went to all the major sites but not all the churches.. we had a great guide who had good English, but I would have waited until the prays were finished & re-visited so we could go inside.
Fascinating tour
Helen_M, Apr 2024
Fascinating tour, really enjoyed visiting the different places of worship around Cairo. The monastery of St. Simon was stunning.
Excellent Tour of Coptic Churches
Clifton_M, Mar 2024
Fatima is an excellent tour guide. She is very knowledgeable and shares her knowledge with ease. She showed us fascinating church sites and we are very grateful to have had her as our tour guide.
Fascinating locations, brilliant guide.
Clare_M, Jan 2024
An absolutely incredible day, Amira was a brilliant guide, very knowledgeable and kept a nice pace. One of my best days in Egypt so far!
Viator let me down
Nora_H, Jan 2024
Guide was nice and read info from her phone. I wish the guide had been a Coptic Christian instead of a very devout Muslim.
Great place, horrible guide
Mary_G, Jan 2024
The churches and place where amazing, but the tour guide was not good, doesnt speak good english , and not informative.
Smaranda_P, Dec 2023
The tour was ok but we would’ve liked for our guide to talk more. We had to ask a lot in order to get more information. She was nice, tried to be helpful, respectful when we said we didn’t want to see any stores. We finished the tour by 12:30, started at 9am, but with the lunch we were back at the hotel around 14h. The tour in the cave church was made by another guide which was very interesting and insightful, we liked it
A fabulous trip ...unforgettable.
Richard_F, Dec 2023
We had a car and driver only tour and it was excellent. The driver Hamid made the day really enjoyable and we would recommend this tour if you are interested in anoth different aspect of this fascinating city. The Coptic Cairo area is pedestrian only so an oasis in the midst of this busy city. The churches are all so different and each beautiful in their own way. The synagogue is stunning and the Orthodox Cemetery interesting. As for The Cave's incredible and the journey there unforgettable. That is all I should say so as not to spoil any surprises if you go!
worth visit
mark_k, Nov 2023
The guide was very knowleadgeable, nice and pleasant and attractions were really interesting. In 4 hours we've learned a lot about present Cairo and Coptic history.
Coptic Cairo
Tom_L, Oct 2023
Essam Aly was very knowledgeable tour guide thru Coptic Cairo. Coptic Cairo is a historic and fascinating neighborhood in Cairo that offers a unique glimpse into the history of early Christianity in Egypt. The area is home to several ancient churches, monasteries, and other important religious sites, including the Hanging Church and the Church of St. George. The architecture is beautiful and well-preserved offering visitors a look into the rich cultural heritage of this area. The atmosphere is peaceful and serene, providing a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of modern-day Cairo.
Amazing tour and tour guide
Jaswinder_D, Oct 2023
Muhammad our tour guide took us through the cave church and old Cairo churches. He was an amazing tour guide! We even bumped into a few people whilst on tour who told us what a great guy he had and we agree! We were impressed by the knowledge he shared with us. He was able to answer all the questions we had and even took us beyond the churches, by taking us to do some shopping for essential oils, cotton, spices, jewlerry and perfume it was nice to have a vip private tour as it made the tour extra special and we was able to shop without not hassle and at great prices.
Andrew was amazing!
Lisa_P, Oct 2023
Andrew was amazing!!! He was so knowledgeable, flexible, patient and accommodating. He explained everything in great detail.
Wonderful religious experience!
ANDREW_L, Sep 2023
Everything went well! Our tour guide is very knowledgeable and our driver very caution! Our car was roomy and new.
Amazing Cave Church
John_F, Jun 2023
The cave church was amazing!!! SO BIG!!! Some of the other churches and synagogues were closed however so we didn’t get to visit them . All in all, it was a very good tour.
Tour of Coptic Cairo
Robert_S, Apr 2023
This one-day tour of Old Cairo and Coptic Cairo was an excellent excursion into the religious communities that have coexisted with one another for over a millennium. My tour guide, Ahmed Refaat, provided an engaging and informative overview on the overlapping cultures that define this ancient city. The Christian sites that I visited were most meaningful to me, especially those associated with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph’s during the time they sought refuge in Egypt. I likewise appreciated Ahmed’s detailed description on mosque architecture, notably the significance of the orientation of the crescent moon atop mosques in determining the location of Mecca. For my purposes, this tour was a brief, yet comprehensive journey through Cairo’s religious past, present, and future.
Highly recommend this tour.
Edwin_K, Apr 2023
It was a definite highlight of our trip to Cairo. The tour guide was excellent, he was really knowledgable and took his time to explain everything properly. The places we visited was incredible. So much history is preserved. There was no forced sales pitch to buy things at the end of the tour which has happened on other tours. They are always pitching some sales idea with the tour but it wasn't the case on this tour.
Take the Tour
Josie_Y, Apr 2023
This was a very interesting tour even if you are not religious, just the history and architecture alone will make the experience worth it. the Zabaleen was something I had seen in documenteries so seeing in in person was quite interesting...but be aware it gives an awful smell when driving in that area.
Impressive churches
gyongyike_k, Mar 2023
The Coptic churches we visited were very interesting especially that my tour guide Christine was very informative about the history of Christianity in Cairo. I highly recommend this tour.
Very humbling experience
julie_a, Mar 2023
Highly recommend this tour, the recycle city and Cave Church were the highlights. One of our friends left their bag behind and the driver and guide were more than happy to turn back to retrieve it from where it had been left.

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