Day Tour to Wadi El Natrun from Alexandria

Highlights

  • Start with 8am pickup at your hotel in Alexandria, then begin the 75-mile (120-km.) trip to Wadi El Natrun in a private vehicle. Of the 50 monasteries that once thrived at the edge of the Western Desert, only four remain, and the Wadi El Natrun monasteries are still an important place of pilgrimage for Egypt’s Coptic Christians. Make the first stop of the day at Deir al-Baramus, the oldest of the monasteries, which is surrounded by high fortifications that once sheltered the monks against desert raids by Berbers and Bedouins. Explore the sanctuary, keep, and refectories, where you’ll find colorful frescoes that date back to medieval times. Continue to Deir Anba Bishoi, a monastery with exquisite art and architecture that houses the remains of several important Coptic saints. Visit the five churches contained within the monastery walls, then head to a nearby local restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, tour Wadi El Natrun’s two remaining Coptic monasteries, Deir Abu Maqar and Deir El-Suryani. Begin the return trip to Alexandria after your time at the monasteries, and pause for a photo stop at the Alexandria Library and The Citadel of Qaitbay. This 12-hour tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.

Summary

Start with 8am pickup at your hotel in Alexandria, then begin the 75-mile (120-km.) trip to Wadi El Natrun in a private vehicle. Of the 50 monasteries that once thrived at the edge of the Western Desert, only four remain, and the Wadi El Natrun monasteries are still an important place of pilgrimage for Egypt’s Coptic Christians. Make the first stop of the day at Deir al-Baramus, the oldest of the monasteries, which is surrounded by high fortifications that once sheltered the monks against desert raids by Berbers and Bedouins. Explore the sanctuary, keep, and refectories, where you’ll find colorful frescoes that date back to medieval times. Continue to Deir Anba Bishoi, a monastery with exquisite art and architecture that houses the remains of several important Coptic saints. Visit the five churches contained within the monastery walls, then head to a nearby local restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, tour Wadi El Natrun’s two remaining Coptic monasteries, Deir Abu Maqar and Deir El-Suryani. Begin the return trip to Alexandria after your time at the monasteries, and pause for a photo stop at the Alexandria Library and The Citadel of Qaitbay. This 12-hour tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.

Tour info

Duration
8 hours
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Why take this tour?

Day Tour to Wadi El Natrun From Alexandria Visiting the oldest Christian monasteries At 8:00 am Pickup from your hotel by our  expert Licensed tour guide then drive 120 K/M south of Alexandria to  Wadi El Natrun desert area the actual birth place for Christian  monasticism. Basically, there were about 50  monasteries, only 4 have survived into modern times. Begin your trip  with Deir al-Baramus which is the oldest of the surviving 4 monasteries,  and in many ways the most isolated, then proceeds to Deir Anba  Bishoi whose body is still in the monastery. Continue your trip to Deir Abu Maqar which  is the richest monastery now in Wadi El-Natrun, as it has more than 100  monks and 600 workers in the extensive farm which spreads in front of  it. You will end your trip with Deir  El-Suryani which is the smallest and most compact of the 4 monasteries.  Upon return to Alexandria, You will get to make a photo stop for  Alexandria Library ,Qaitbay Citadel

What’s included?

  • All Transfers by Private A/C latest Model Vehicle

  • Entry Fees

  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off

  • Private tour

  • Professional guide

  • Snacks

  • Lunch (Optional)

  • Personal Items

  • any Optional Tours

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Before you book

  • Duration: 8h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Covid Policy

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

About operator:

Emo Tours Egypt is a Registered Travel Services Agency in Egypt Provides tours and Travel packages throughout Egypt,whether you want to have a day tour to Giza Pyramids,The Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara,Or Day Tour to the Famous Egyptian museum with The Citadel of Cairo and Khan Kalili Bazaar or Day Tour to The Old Cairo where you can explore Islamic & Chirstian Cairo together or Spend a wonderful day tour to Alexandria from Cairo or Day Tour by Flight to Luxor from Cairo to discover the Secrets of Valley of The Kings Or Enjoying the dinner or Lunch Cruise on the Nile We also Provide Travel Packages Whether you want a package to Cairo, a Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan. Or visit the sunny Sharm El Sheik we will provide you with the best & Cheapest travel deals to Egypt .Our main Concept in Tourism is that Quality in Travel services is not what the supplier puts in. It is what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for. So Customers Satisfaction are Guaranteed with Emo Tours Egypt Or a Prompt hassle free refund

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