South Sinai
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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 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 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.

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

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

3. 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.  After touring the grounds of the monastery, stop for lunch before heading back to Cairo.

From Hurghada: St Catherine Monastery & Moses Mountain Hike

4. From Hurghada: St Catherine Monastery & Moses Mountain Hike

Begin the tour in the early morning with a pickup from your hotel in Hurghada. Receive assistance from the delegate who will take you to catch the bus to Sharm el Sheik. When you arrive in Sharm el Sheik, head to your chalet to check-in, take some rest, and prepare for the evening tour. In the evening, head towards Saint Catherine’s Monastery located in South Sinai below Mount Catherine, the highest mountain in Egypt. It is said to be the oldest monastery in the world, a major attraction visited by tourist groups from all over the world. Start by visiting the Moses Mountain. Upon arrival, climb up Mount Sinai – the sacred place where the Prophet Moses received the 10 commandments. Reach 2,285 m by climbing up 750 steps, strolling all night. The hike takes approximately 2-3 hours depending on the customers. Arrive at the summit and marvel at the rising sun slowly scattering across the mountains in all its splendor. While gazing at the sunrise, click 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. 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 monasteries in the world situated on the Sinai Peninsula. Finally, the guide will take you to catch the ferry which returns to Hurghada.

From Cairo‎: Overnight Trip to Saint Catherine Monastery

5. 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.

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What people are saying about South Sinai

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Well organised, very good communication throughout. Our guide Jamil was very attentive to all of his group, making sure everyone was ok. Although we didn't find the walk overly challenging, some people and younger children may find it difficult, very cold at the summit, recommend good warm clothing, definitely worth the trek for a spectacular sunrise, the short visit to the Monastery at the end was interesting.

We made this trip with guide Ali, and it was awesome. Ali is very knowledgeable and funny. The view from the top of the mountain is amazing.

Great trip. Worth every struggles. Met some really amazing people on my tour, couldn’t fault anything from start to finish

It was a long tiring journey but well worth it. We had a very nice guide for both the tour and the walk up.

Very special place, definitely do if you come to Sharm or Dahab!