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  • From Sharm: Mount Moses Trekking, Sunrise & Monastery Visit

    1. 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 ha...

    Guides where good and provided flashlights. It was a nice ascent under the stars. Sunrise's beauty was somewhat decreased by the misty panorama

  • From Cairo‎: Overnight Trip to Saint Catherine Monastery

    2. 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 tran...

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

    3. 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 t...

  • From Cairo: Mount Sinai & St. Catherine's Monastery Day Trip

    4. From Cairo: Mount Sinai & St. Catherine's Monastery Day Trip

    Begin your morning with a pickup from your hotel in Cairo and relax as you drive towards Moun Sinai. Upon arrival, climb 750 steps and reach 2,285-meters to see where the prophet Moses received the 10 commandments. The walk up can take approximately 2-3 hours depending on the participant. Arrive at the summit and marvel at the stunning views as the sun's light scatters across the mountains. After spending time at the summit, prepare for your approximately 2-hour descent down the mountain.   Take a break from hiking and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Catherine’s Monastery. Browse through the old manuscripts displayed in the library and see icons excavated from the Vatican. Learn about the monastery's extensive history reaching back to the 6th-century and its relationship to the burning tree from Moses's story. See the tree itself in the Church of the Transfiguration.  Afte...

    Mohamed was our guide and he spoke excellent English. He had a great mind and showed us a fantastic time. We always felt safe and he made sure we were always comfortable. The actual activity was amazing. The views from Moses Mountain were spectacular!!!

  • Sharm-El-Sheikh: Monastery Visit, Hike & Optional Dahab

    5. Sharm-El-Sheikh: Monastery Visit, Hike & Optional Dahab

    Be picked up from your hotel in Sharm-El-Sheikh and travel comfortably in an air-conditioned bus to Mount Moses. Upon arrival, enjoy a hike to reach the peak of Mount Sinai, which is the sacred location where God gave 10 commandments to Prophet Moses. Marvel at the beauty of the sun rising, painting the sky saffron across the majestic mountain.  Climb down and enjoy your breakfast before moving on with the trip. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Catherine's Monastery where you can see old manuscripts and icons unearthed from the Vatican that are exhibited in the library.  Continue to Dahab mostly referred to as the "The Flower Power City" of the Red Sea. Shop to your heart's content while enjoying the beauty of the city. Enjoy a city tour to see the city's best spots. Unwind and relax with lunch in the city. Finish your day of exploration with drop-off back at your hotel i...

  • Sharm-El-Sheikh: St. Catherine’s Monastery and Dahab City

    6. Sharm-El-Sheikh: St. Catherine’s Monastery and Dahab City

    Following an early morning pick up from your hotel at Sharm-El-Sheikh area, your guide will take you to the St. Catherine’s Monastery. Marvel at the orthodox Christian monastery and be amazed at the pristine chapels and impressive artworks and architecture. As it's the oldest monastery in the world, St. Catherine’s is home to many ancient manuscripts and icons, some of which you will be able to marvel at. After the monastery visit, you will be taken to Dahab, which sits on the shores of the Red Sea. It's sometimes known as ‘The Flower Power City’. Enjoy some time there for shopping and sightseeing and later savor a delicious lunch. Afterwards, you'll transfer back to your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh.

    The monastery is stunning!! I give 5 stars for that! Sinai is amazing, felt safe although I know most people and governments advise against non essential travel in the Sinai but I did not see anything dangerous, there were a lot of tourists , all went smoothly, My only suggestion is that a) our driver was very good but sometimes drove quite fast ! and i think it should not be that way, b) communication with local partner is a bit tricky, they confirmed my pick up time at 10 pm the previous night, should be 1 or 2 days in advance , I had no access to internet at the Cairo airport and then at the hotel I only had access to wi fi at reception , so I had to keep coming down to check if I got e-mail from them...

  • Eilat: 3-Day Mount Sinai and Red Sea Experience

    7. Eilat: 3-Day Mount Sinai and Red Sea Experience

    Your 3-day experience begins in Eilat, and continues to Egypt through the Taba Border Crossing. After the border crossing, your group will meet a local driver who will bring you to your accommodation at Aqua Sun, a serene beach-side lodging surrounded by desert mountains. At Aqua Sun, check into your Husha (traditional bamboo hut) and have free time to relax. Stroll along 2 kilometers of private beach, or bathe in the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea. You can also take in the beautiful views, which include Saudi Arabia (which can be seen from across the water). Dinner will be an open-buffet dinner, before preparing for your overnight hike up Mount Sinai (where Moses received the 10 Commandments). Departing towards the monastery at 11:00PM, there will be a couple of hours of driving before you begin the 2.5-hour trail up the mountain under the open sky and glistening stars. With plen...

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What people are saying about Saint Catherine's Monastery

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 65 reviews

We had a wonderful experience with this company from the start. They communicated promptly with us and kept us informed. Unfortunately we couldn't visit St Catherine because they closed it last minute. They offered to cancel and refund but we still decided to go. Our guide Mohammed was amazing throughout the walk and especially very helpful during the difficult climb up the 750 steps. He kept us on track for getting back down in time for the early ride back to catch the flight back to Cairo after Nile Air unfortunately changed it. I'm in awe of how he goes up and down all day and night - a wonderful person to meet and know. I want to thank him and wish him and his family a blessed life. I'm so happy to have made it to the top of such an iconic place for all the 3 major religions. I prayed for peace and compassion in the world for all the innocent people suffering due to injustices caused by religion differences, political power, and unnecessary conflicts.

1. Take really warm clothes with you. It's very cold up there. 2. You need some extra money. Toilets, by the way, are sufficiently available, but in the typical state, blankets and possibly mattresses cost. You are also harassed by camel herders and other flying traders. 3. You shouldn't take the climb lightly, especially the 750 steps are tough. 4. Don't forget to eat and drink enough as well as the flashlight. You can buy everything on site but it is not cheap. Otherwise you should enjoy the sunrise and the view. Fantastic. The monastery is also worth a visit.

Un rêve devenu réalité. I did not expect such an experience, it was beyond expectation, truly amazing for religious and non religious people, the histoire of Mont Sinai is amazing. We had some little background and explanations. We had the chance to see the sunrise. Totally recommend this activity.

Mohamed was our guide and he spoke excellent English. He had a great mind and showed us a fantastic time. We always felt safe and he made sure we were always comfortable. The actual activity was amazing. The views from Moses Mountain were spectacular!!!

Smooth service,well speaking english guide,recommend!