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Day Tour to Wadi El Natrun from Alexandria

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Moharam Bek, Egypt
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Overview

Visit the Coptic monasteries of Wadi El Natrun on a full-day, private tour from Alexandria, and explore Egypt’s fascinating Christian history with the convenience of a personal guide. Visit all four surviving monasteries, learn about the modern-day practices of Coptic monks, and have lunch at a local restaurant in Wadi El Natrun. This 12-hour tour includes entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip transport from your hotel in Alexandria.
  • 12-hour private Wadi El Natrun tour
  • Learn about Egypt's Coptic history
  • Visit the four surviving monasteries
  • Eat lunch in a local restaurant
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Alexandria
  • Private guide for a personalized experience
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Transport by private vehicle
Lunch
Private tour
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Qualified Egyptologist guide
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Departure Point

84 Moharram Bek, Emberouz WA Moharram Beik, Moharam Bek, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

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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.
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Wadi El Natrun
Wadi El Natrun "Valley of Natron"; Coptic: Ϣⲓϩⲏⲧ Šihēt, "measure of the hearts"[1]) is a depression in northern Egypt that is located 23 m (75 ft) below sea level and 38 m (125 ft) below the Nile River level. The valley contains several alkaline lakes, natron-rich salt deposits, salt marshes and freshwater marshes.In Christian literature it is usually known as Scetis (or Skete; Σκήτις or Σκέτη in Ancient Greek). It is one of the three early Christian monastic centers located in the Nitrian Desert of the northwestern Nile Delta.[3] The other two monastic centers are Nitria and Kellia.Scetis, now called Wadi El Natrun, is best known today because its ancient monasteries remain in use, unlike Nitria and Kellia which have only archaeological remains. The desertified valley around Scetis in particular may be called the Desert of Scetis
Duration: 2 hours 
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The duration of transfers are approximate,the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Emo Tours Egypt

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Day Tour to Wadi El Natrun from Alexandria?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Day Tour to Wadi El Natrun from Alexandria?
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The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Day Tour to Wadi El Natrun from Alexandria?
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The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Tour to Wadi El Natrun from Alexandria?
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The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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it was a really great day out at the...
Travis B
, Feb 2017
it was a really great day out at the monasteries being personally shown around by one of the monks. Just a peaceful and tranquil place to visit. My guide, Kholoud, was amazing knowing absolutely everything about Wadi El Naturn and the surrounds.
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