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  • Location:Cairo, Egypt
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra

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Discover the ancient sites and culture of Coptic Christians on a private tour through Old Cairo. Visit Abu Serga where the Holy family sort refuge, and Ben Ezra, one of the oldest synagogues in Cairo. Learn about Christian life in Egypt, a country where Christianity is a minority.


  • Private tour of the Coptic sites of Cairo
  • Learn about the history of Christianity in Egypt
  • See the oldest Christian church in Egypt, The Hanging Church
  • Visit Abu Serga, one of the places the Holy family rested when fleeing Israel
  • Ben Ezra Synagogue, one of the oldest synagogues in Egypt
  • Visit to the Coptic Museum
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your expert Egyptologist guide on this special private tour

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Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra

The Hanging Church, Cairo

he Hanging Church is built into the walls of the water gate of the Roman fortress and is possibly the oldest Christian church in Egypt. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it is one of Cairo's most beautiful churches. Continue to the Monastery and Church of St George This is not an old church, dating from 1909, but there has been a church in Coptic Cairo dedicated to the Martyr since the 10th-century. It is one of the few remaining circular churches in the Middle East.

Your next stop is the Abu Serga, one of the places where the Holy Family rested after fleeing Israel from King Herod. There are 24 marble columns lining the central court, and a series of 12th-century icons depicting the 12 apostles.

Ben Ezra Synagogue is one of the oldest in Egypt. Set in a shady garden, it was built on the site of 4th-century Christian church. The synagogue was severely damaged by Arabs after the 1967 war with Israel, but it has been almost completely renovated.

At the end of the tour you will visit the fascinating Coptic Museum, which is located in an area of great historical importance within the precinct of the Babylon Fort. Occupying over 8,000 sq meters the museum features almost 16,000 objects of importance to the Copts of Egypt.

This is a private tour allowing you to determine the amount of time spent at each of the sites. In addition you have the chance to visit a Papyrus Institute to see how this famous artwork is made and have the chance to purchase genuine items if you wish.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Surprisingly I found this the most interesting of trips whie visiting Cairo. Thoroughly recommend this tour. Guide was very open minded on religion and its continued influence in modern Eygpt.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent tour! Tarek was knowledgable, patient and still as enchanted by the rich history as I was seeing it for the first time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We had a fantastic tour of Coptic Cairo with our excellent guide, Amgad. He was very well informed, and able to answer all of our questions. Amgad's english was perfect, and he was very passionate about his work. It was an amazing experience - one that we won't forget.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The experience was wonderful and the guide made the tour. Not enough finger time to describe. All of Egypt was magnificent and the people!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Amazing Tour! We had a great guide Fouad Salah. Very knowledgeable. I was overwhelmed standing at the entrance to the cave where The Holy Family lived for 3 months. Love it all Coptic Caire, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra. Owsome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Excellent tour with knowledgeable guide. Pickup and drop-off were punctual and the tour stops covered very well. The sights were far less crowded than many other Cairo tours. Thoroughly enjoyed by all of us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

This tour was wondeful. The guide was very friendly, helpful and extremely well informed about the history of the times, area, activites, and the items in the museum. Would recommend this tour and guide to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2011

Tour guide Ans was very knowledgable, good tour, very happy .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2011

Many thanks to our guide Shereif for making this segment of the trip both educational and enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2011

The tour company's Khaled Lofty is the most expert and friendly Egyptologist in Cairo and the driver was superb, a must for Cairo traffic.

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