Saint Catherine’s Monastery Trip

Saint Catherine’s Monastery of Sinai from Sharm; Enjoy a day tour to the Holy St.Catherine City starting from Sharm El Sheikh to visit St. Catherine monastery which located between the St. Catherine’s mounts and Moses Mount which is the oldest monastery of Christianity. One of the oldest Christian Monasteries. The place is hug the Burning bush, in this place God spoke to Moses.

Saint Catherine’s Monastery, commonly known as Santa Katarina lies on the Sinai Peninsula, at the mouth of a gorge at the foot of Mount Sinai in the city of Saint Catherine in Egypt’s South Sinai Governorate. The monastery is Orthodox and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to the UNESCO report (60100 ha / Ref: 954), this monastery is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world together with the Monastery of Saint Anthony, situated across the Red Sea in the desert south of Cairo, which also lays claim to that title. In the area around the monastery, a small town has grown, with hotels and swimming pools, called Saint Katherine City.

Tour Highlights
Pick up from your hotel | Drive to St. Catherine | Tour inside the Monastery | Burning Bush | Drive to Dahab | Lunch in Dahab | Shopping | Drop off |

Tour Itinerary
Aqua Blue Sharm Rep will pick you up from your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh, and then you will be transferred to St. Catherine to visit St. Catherine monastery 220 km northwest Sharm el Sheikh and located between the St. Catherine’s mounts and Moses Mount which is the oldest monastery of Christianity. It is an Orthodox Greek monastery within its amazing walls rests a citadel likes no other, incredibly rich in important religious and historical structures. Among its treasures is the Museum of St. Catherine where there are icons attributed to the painter Angelos, one of the most famous artists of the 15th century, or to his peers, as well as all six icons by Michael Damaskenos which are considered among the most important works of the Cretan School of the 16th century. After that head to Dahab, the Flower Power City in the Red Sea, for shopping tours in Dahab. Have lunch at a local restaurant then we will drive you back to your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh. Tour starts at 06:00 AM and return 17:00 PM.

 

Trip Duration Trip Runs Pick-up Location Return To Pick-up Time
About 10 Hours Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday Your Hotel in Sharm Your Hotel in Sharm Around 06:00 AM

 

1
Monasticism in Sinai

Ever since the early Christian Period, South Sinai was a great attraction for the Christian monks. The Monasticism was an escape from the Roman violence which spread in the 4th Century A.D. Especially in Firan Valley, El-Tur, and Mount Moses, those who fled the Roman persecution have taken shelter in various area in Egypt, particularly those areas near water sources.

2
Who was Saint Catherine?

She lived in Alexandria during the persecution of Christians during the reign of Maximinus in 305-313 A.D, and when she converted to Christianity the Roman tortured her severely, finally beheading her in 307 A.D.
Five centuries later, a monk saw a vision in which her body was carried by Angels, gently placing her on top of the peak of the highest mountain in Sinai, so the monks carried her relics to the Church of Transfiguration, which it was named then, next to the monastery that was formerly called “The Virgin”, and ever since then, the name of the monastery has been known as Saint Catherine.

3
The Monastery

In 342 A.D The Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, built a monastery, including the chapel known as the Virgin Mary, at the Burning Bush site; where it is believed that Moses received the two tablets. In the 6th century A.D the Emperor Justinian ordered the building of the church known today as the Church of Transfiguration; both the church and the monastery were later named for Saint Catherine. Justinian also ordered the building of a high enclosure wall, with towers to protect the monastery, and it is said that he provided it with 200 Roman soldiers to protect it against the attacks of the Bedouins.
The monastery lies at the foot of “Moses Mountain”, a beautiful site, on a high location about 1570 feet above sea level, with a good climate and plenty of fresh well water. To the west of it is the El-Raha Valley.

 


Program Inclusions
Pick up service from your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh.
All transfers by air conditioned vehicle.
Entrance fees to St. Catherine.
English speaking tour guide.
Lunch at local restaurant in Dahab.
All taxes & service charge.
Program Exnclusions
Drinks.
Any extras not mentioned in the program
Tipping Kitty
Personal expenses
Optional activities

 

Recommend to Bring
Passport & Clothes match the weather in this day and Scarf for women.Sun hat, Sun glasses and Camera & Long Clothes for holy sightseeing.

 

1-3 Persons Prices (GBP)
Prices Per Person Regular Price Private Price Notes
Adult 25 55  
Child 15 0  
Infant 0 0  

 

4-6 Persons Prices (GBP)
Prices Per Person Regular Price Private Price Notes
Adult 22 40  
Child 12 0  
Infant 0 0

 

7-10 Persons Prices (GBP)
Prices Per Person Regular Price Private Price Notes
Adult 20 25  
Child 10 20  
Infant 0 0

 

Notes
Note 1 For Over 10 Persons Contact us to get Special Price
Note 2 Adults 12 over years & Child’s 2-12 years & Infants 0-2 years
Note 3 Your party age on return date
Note 4 Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Note 5 All booking is subject to our Terms and Conditions.

 

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