The tour is set to launch in June 2020.
It's a story as old as AD. Shortly after his birth, Mary, Joseph and Jesus Christ found refuge in Egypt over the course of three years - and soon tourists will be able to recreate their journey. Eight governorates in Egypt are preparing for the 'Holy Family Path', a new religious tourism initiative launched by the Ministry of Local Development to revive tourism to the country’s holy sites. Beheira, Sharqiya, Gharbiya, Assiut, Minya, Kafr El Sheikh, North Sinai, and Cairo - all areas that the Holy Family were known to have visited.
The religious tour will go through 25 archaeological sites over a span of 3500km, and is due to be completed in June of this year. The project is divided into several phases, the first of which is the restoration of monasteries in Jabal Tair, Muharraq, and Darnaka within the governorates of Minya and Assiut.
The number of religious tourists currently visiting Egypt annually ranges between 300,00 and 500,00— a small number compared to the 1.5 million neighbouring Jordan hosts, despite Egypt’s religious sites having no less historical significance. Would you go on the religious tour? Let us know in the comments below.