Saint Catherine's Monastery

Saint Catherine's Monastery: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sharm El Sheikh: Mount Moses & Monastery Sunrise Hike

1. Sharm El Sheikh: Mount Moses & Monastery Sunrise Hike

Begin your journey as the sun sets and reach its climax as the sun rises again on this transformative hiking experience to the top of Mount Moses. See the sunrise from the summit of the world's most famous holy site, and take time after to visit St. Catherine's Monastery. Get picked up from your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh the night before your hike and head to Moses Mountain in an air-conditioned van. Begin your journey to the holy site where the Prophet Moses received the Ten Commandments once you reach Mount Sinai. Ascend 750 stairs and continue your trek through the night, reaching up to 2,286 meters. Depending on the group's performance, you could get to the top sooner than you planned. Enjoy an opportunity to relax completely as you witness the sun's magnificence slowly dispersing across the mountains. Take some amazing pictures or pray while admiring the sunrise, then start the ascent back down. Keep in mind that it will take around two hours to reach the bottom. After a strenuous hike, take some time to relax and have breakfast. Visit St. Catherine's Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site next. Examine the ancient texts on exhibit at the library. Once the monastery tour is over, unwind as you make your way back to your Sharm El Sheikh hotel.

From Sharm: Mount Moses Trekking, Sunrise & Monastery Visit

2. From Sharm: Mount Moses Trekking, Sunrise & Monastery Visit

You will be picked up from your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh city between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Then you will travel in an air-conditioned vehicle for around 4 hours to reach the Moses Mountain.  When you arrive at Mount Sinai you will start your trekking tour to the sacred place where the Prophet Moses received the 10 commandments. Reach 2,285 meters by climbing up 750 steps, strolling through the night (approx 2-3 hours depending on the customers). Depending on the performance of the group, you may arrive at the summit earlier than expected. This will give you a chance to really relax and marvel at the rising sun slowly scattering across the mountains in all its splendor.  While gazing at the sunrise, snap awesome photos or pray if you wish to, then begin the descent back down. Remember, it will take around 2 hours to reach the bottom. Enjoy some time to rest after the long trail and then have breakfast.  Next, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Catherine's Monastery. Browse through the old manuscripts displayed in the library and icons excavated from the Vatican.  It is the oldest functioning Christian monastery in the world situated on the Sinai Peninsula along with the Monastery of Saint Anthony which is located across the Red Sea in the desert of South Cairo. After you've finished touring the monastery, you can relax on the drive back to your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh.

From Dahab: St. Catherine's Monastery and Mt. Sinai Tour

3. From Dahab: St. Catherine's Monastery and Mt. Sinai Tour

Visit Mt. Sinai and St. Catherine's Monastery, the oldest Christian monastery in the world, on a tour with roundtrip transportation from Dahab. Watch the sunrise from the summit after an early-morning hike and then uncover the ancient history of St. Catherine's monastery. Start your trip from your hotel in Dahab and begin your journey to St. Catherine's National Park. Climb to the top of Mt. Sinai with a Bedouin guide to watch the sunrise. Explore St. Catherine's Monastery at your own pace and discover its ancient architecture. Relax on the way back to your hotel in Dahab at the end of your tour.

South Sinai: Mt. Moses & St. Catherine's Overnight Trip

4. South Sinai: Mt. Moses & St. Catherine's Overnight Trip

Have the chance to watch a mesmerizing sunrise at 7,000-feet on Mount Moses. This overnight hike takes you on a tranquil journey under the stars to the place said to be where Moses received the Ten Commandments. Also visit the oldest continuously inhabited Christian monastery, St. Catherine's Monastery, on this trip. Meet your guide at your hotel and head to Mount Moses, whose summit serves as a sacred meeting point for the religions of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Arriving at the mountain, you'll start your journey to the top with an amazing tranquil hike under the stars. For those who do not want to climb, an option to ride a camel as an extra service to the summit is available. After the sunrise, descend down the mountain and head to St. Catherine's Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural and scenic significance. The monastery is the oldest continuously inhabited Christian monastery, with a history that can be traced back over 17 centuries. At the conclusion of your remarkable trip, you will get dropped off at your hotel.

From Sharm-El-Sheikh: Day Trip to St. Catherine and Dahab

5. From Sharm-El-Sheikh: Day Trip to St. Catherine and Dahab

Immerse yourself in history at the ancient St. Catherine's monastery in Mount Sinai on this day trip from Sharm-El-Sheikh. Discover the beauty of the seaside town of Dahab which beckons travelers with is chill vibe and stunning shoreline.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up directly from your accommodation. Sit back and relax as you are driven to the St. Catherine monetary which is nestled in the base of Mount Sinai. Stop for a guided tour of this site which houses the oldest known working library in the world. Learn about the treasures and ancient manuscripts which rival the collections at the Vatican that are locked away here. Explore this Greek Orthodox monastery that was built by Empress Helena on what was thought to be the site of the biblical burning bush.  Head to the laid back city of Dahab for a tour of the city highlights. Snap some pictures of the Red Sea coast and get some souvenir shopping done before returning to your accommodations in Sharm El Sheikh.

From Cairo‎: Overnight Trip to Saint Catherine Monastery

6. From Cairo‎: Overnight Trip to Saint Catherine Monastery

On the first day, meet your guide in your hotel lobby and then head to Saint Catherine. On the way, travel under the Suez Canal, a world-famous canal which runs between Africa and Asia. Pass by the Oyun Musa, or Moses Spring, where the prophet found sweet water during the exodus from Egypt. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant, and your own expense, and finally arrive at the Saint Catherine area. Check-in at the St. Catherine Plaza Hotel and rest for the evening, with dinner included. At 2:00 AM the following night, you will have an early start to begin your climb to Mount Sinai. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you start your climb on the mountain where Moses received the Ten Commandments, accompanied by a local Bedouin guide. Once you descend, meet your guide who will give you a guided tour of Saint Catherine's Monastery. See the burning bush from Biblical lore. Afterwards, be transferred back to your hotel in Cairo.

From Sharm el-Sheikh: Saint Catherine and Dahab Guided Trip

7. From Sharm el-Sheikh: Saint Catherine and Dahab Guided Trip

Earrly morning pick up you from the hotel in Sharm El Sheikh to Saint Catherine, start trip to this truly a beautiful place with your guide, this place has been significance to many faiths including Christianity, Islam and Judaism. At the site you can see the oldest working Christian Monastery that is still home to the same order of monks who constructed it in the 4th Century. You will also see the burning bush, a mosque and a really weird room that contains the bones and skulls of all the monks that have ever lived there! There is also a piece of St Catherine’s finger bone on display. Furthermore will go to Dahab, for lunch here, Dahab is the biggest shopping area in South Sinai, where you will get the chance to browse for local Egyptian handicrafts, carpets, jewelry, perfumes, papyrus and other souvenirs. At the end of the tour will transfer you back to the start point your hotel.

From Sharm el-Sheikh: Sinai, Colored Canyon, & Dahab Tour

8. From Sharm el-Sheikh: Sinai, Colored Canyon, & Dahab Tour

Discover the incredible landscape and culture of the Sinai region of Egypt on an exciting tour from Sharm el-Sheikh. Drive through the Sinai Desert on a thrilling jeep safari, hike the famous Colored Canyon, stop for lunch, and take a tour of the coastal town of Dahab. After pickup from your hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh, you'll be driven through the breathtaking Sinai Desert to Abu Galum Nature Reserve with opportunity to snorkel in amazing coral gardens. Continue through the desert and stop for a hike through the canyon mountains. You'll be amazed by the incredible marbled color formations of the rockfaces in the Colored Canyon. Afterward, have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Dahab. Take a guided walking tour of the charming coastal town, with plenty of chances to visit its shops and find souvenirs. You'll then be driven back to your hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Sharm El Sheikh: Mount Sinai & Monastery Tour

9. Sharm El Sheikh: Mount Sinai & Monastery Tour

Drive from Sharm El Sheikh to climb Mount Sinai for a nighttime hike to the top. You’ll reach the summit before dawn and will witness a magnificent sunrise over the desert below. Afterward, climb down to visit St Catherine’s Monastery. You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Sharm El Sheikh in an air-conditioned car. After about 3 hours of driving, you’ll reach St. Catherine National Park and begin your climb to the top of Mount Sinai with a Bedouin guide. Reaching the summit before dawn, you’ll have plenty of time to get comfortable and admire the spectacular sunrise. Take in panoramic views over the Sinai desert before you begin your climb down to the monastery. The monastery was established in AD 565 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Have some time to explore the oldest continuously operating Christian monastery in the world. At the end of your tour, you'll be transferred back to your accommodation in Sharm El Sheikh.

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What people are saying about Saint Catherine's Monastery

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 124 reviews

The trip was great. It’s not an easy hike bc the terrain is really rocky and slippery at times but so worth it. The starry night sky is just so magical and the sunrise at the top of the mountain, mesmerizing! The only sad thing is the stray animals on the way up and down the mountain. Dogs and cats looking starved and full of ticks… if you can bring extra food for them, do it. They are so hungry they’ll eat dry bread like it’s the best meal on earth. Hope an organization can help these innocent souls…

The excursion is an incredible experience to live! Ahmed takes care of everything, you just have to follow his advice and let yourself be guided. The ascent as such is not that complicated, but bring warm clothes for the summit (with the perspiration + the wind it is very cold). I spent a wonderful night alongside the Bedouins and made wonderful encounters, thank you!

Wonderful excursion thank you to the Guides Mohammed and Djamel for their explanation as well as their kindness When the Sun rises we discover a completely splendid valley

Everything went smoothly and was well organised, highly recommend trip the views were beautiful!

Amazing morning ! Difficult hike but definitely worth it.