Day 1 - Cairo
Day 2 - Cairo / Asyut
Day 3 - Dier el Muharraq
Day 4 - Amarna
Day 5 - Minya/Samalout/Abu Henes
Day 6 - Beni Suef/Bayad al Arab 
Day 7 - Beni Suef
Day 8 - Cairo
Day 9 - Wadi el Natrun/Cairo
Day 10 - Matareya/Mostorod & Cairo
Day 11 - Return Flight

The Holy Family in Egypt

In the footsteps of the Holy Family through Egypt between Asyut and Coptic Cairo revealing the Coptic heritage of Egypt including the world’s oldest monasteries

The flight of the Holy Family into Egypt is recounted in the New Testament in the Gospel of Matthew where it is written in Matthew 2:13 “…behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt…for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him”.

The Holy Family journeyed from Bethlehem, through Sinai to Cairo, then on and along the Nile south to Asyut, staying at various villages. This significant event in Egypt’s history resulted in the Coptic Christian era with some of the world’s first monasteries built in each place, most dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Indeed Coptic means Egyptian and the Coptic heritage is an important part of Egypt’s history. The Church of Abu Serga (St. Sergius) in Old Cairo, the Holy Virgin Church in Maadi and the three monasteries in Wadi el Natrun; Syrian, Paromeos and St. Bishoy are just three of the most important locations visited on this pilgrimage.

Undertake this journey on a cruise along the Nile on a specially thought-out itinerary by our trusted Egyptian partners, to encompass many sites of the Holy Family.

Key Features

Culture & Riverscapes
Jules Verne Sightseeing
New Cruise
UNESCO: Historic Cairo
No Single Supplement
Egyptian Tour Manager
Group Size: 6 – 30

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Cairo. Transfer to the 5-star Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids for overnight.

Day 2 Visit the Pyramids and Great Sphinx, then Memphis and Saqqara, including lunch. Transfer to Asyut (5 hrs) and embark on the 5-star Mövenpick MS Sunray for nine nights. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Visit Deir el-Muharraq, one of the oldest working monasteries in the world. After, visit Dronka Monastery carved deep inside a limestone mountain and believed to have been the last refuge of the Holy Family on their return to Nazareth. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Morning sailing to Amarna. At Amarna, visit Deir el Bersha, a Coptic village on the east bank. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Morning sailing to Minya. Transfer to Samalout to visit Gebel el-Tier Monastery, built by Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, in 328, on one of the sites where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed. Afternoon visit to Abu Henes Monastery. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Full-day sailing to the riverside town of Beni Suef. Late afternoon visit to Bayad al-Arab (Nasara) Monastery on the east bank of the Nile. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Take a new road to the Red Sea coast to visit the Monastery of St. Anthony, the oldest in the world and founded by his disciples in the 4th century AD. View the cave where St. Anthony used to pray. Continue to the Monastery of St. Paul, built to celebrate the life of St. Paul’s of Thebes. Return to Beni Suef. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Full-day sailing to Cairo. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Morning visit to Wadi el Natrun to visit the monasteries of Syrian, Paromeos and St. Bishoy. Lunch at one of the monasteries. Return to Cairo. Afternoon free. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Morning visit to Matareya to visit the Tree of the Virgin, where Mary and Jesus rested and a place of pilgrimage for Coptic Christians. Continue to Mostorod to visit the church of St. Mary. Afternoon visit of Coptic Cairo including Abu Serga Church, the Hanging Church and Maadi Church. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Disembark for the return flight to London. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


per person in a Lower Deck twin/double cabin
EgyptAir from Heathrow

Date Price
May 13 £2195
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Main Deck single cabin or Lower Deck double cabin (limited availability)

Lower Deck double for sole use £545

Accommodation Upgrades

Main Deck £175
Main Deck double for sole use £745
Upper Decks £245
Upper Decks double for sole use £895

Extension Options

Extra Nights - Cairo
Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids
(per night) £65
Single supplement £35
Arrival or departure transfer £15

Independent Arrival

Save £400 
Arrival transfer with group included
Departure transfer add £15

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 10 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, full board on cruise, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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