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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4.4 / 5

based on 124 reviews

I did this at 24 weeks pregnant, which is why I chose to ride up on a camel, which cost me $20 USD each way. Turns out I probably way overpaid, as I found out another woman only paid $20 total. Our tour guide told us a fair price was $20-25, and I didn't ask if that meant one way or total - so that is my bad. Riding a camel for that long is incredibly uncomfortable, but I don't think I would have been able to do the hike otherwise being pregnant. The camel will take you up to the top, but then you need to hike the final 750 steps by yourself- what a workout but WOW, the view is amazing! There are about 6 stops on the way up the mountain to buy drinks or snacks. I bought a hot chocolate and ramen noodles at one of the stops. There are also bathrooms along the way - think very primitive latrine, disgustingly dirty, and with no toilet paper or sanitizer or soap. I would definitely advise bringing your own toilet paper and sanitizer- otherwise you will be twerking the pee off like I was.

Overall great experience. The view from top of Mount Sinai at sunrise is really worth it! What to consider before you go: in November, nights are pretty cold, so lots of layers + gloves (optional, but quite useful). Once the sun comes out, on the descend, it will start to get warm and pleasant. There is a looot of idle time, stops at coffee shops (local shops with tea, coffee, snacks), waiting for the right time to do the final climb to catch the sunrise. Do prepare to get up there a bit early to catch a good spot, as it gets crowded. At the last coffee shop you can actually rent a blanket :) The trip: not the highlight, although the road is pretty straight, you'll feel like sleeping all the time anyway (on the way there as it's during night time; on the way back as you'll be tired after trekking). The guide: explains exactly what to expect from the trip, makes sure everyone is ok. There are 2 guides: one for the road trip and Monastery and a second guide for the trekking part.

I been on the top of the Sina mountain. The view from there is breathtaking. I suggest to dont take a lot of things with you only water , chocolates to give you power and warm clothes. Is necessary to have with you a warm clothes, gloves and cap for the top level. About our tour guide Ahmed and the other guide Astra both are very kind and friendly person's. Keep going guy's! Thank you for everything. Unfortunately I didn't like our driver who was very kind guy too but his speak all the time to his phone all the time and drived with one hand from the pickup until the end of the tour. I told him that this is no very safe for all with very kind and friendly way like a joke but his continued to do that. Anyway I hope his understanding!

Great tour guide and driver. Most incredible sunrise I've ever seen and the manuscripts in the monastery museum are priceless.

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