[b]Visit the oldest working Christian Monastery in the world at Mt Sinai, where according to the Hebrew bible Moses received the ten commandments from god. Shrouded in religious history and an area mentioned in the bible a number of times, St. Catherines monastery is a fascinating visit and very beautiful.[/b]
We will pick you up from your hotel in Sharm at 06:00 am and drive for approximately 2 and a half hours in a comfortable air-conditioned coach to the foot of Mt.Sinai.
Visit St. Catherine Monastery
On arrival you will be given a guided tour around the working monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest working Christian monastery in the world.
The monastery was built in the 4th Century enclosing the Chapel of the Burning Bush, ordered to be built at the site where Moses saw the burning bush. The living bush on the grounds is purportedly the original!. The site is sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
A Fatimid mosque was built within the walls of the monastery but has never been used since it is not correctly oriented towards Mecca.
During the seventh century, the isolated Christian anchorites of the Sinai were eliminated: only the fortified monastery remained. The monastery is still surrounded by the massive fortifications that have preserved it. Until the twentieth century, access was through a door high in the outer walls. From the time of the First Crusade, the presence of Crusaders in the Sinai until 1270 spurred the interest of European Christians and increased the number of intrepid pilgrims who visited the monastery.
Although the history of the Monastery is very interesting, a lot of our customers enjoyed this excursion for the views and sights alone.
Lunch and Shopping in Dahab
Following a guided tour of St. Catherines monastery you will relax and have a delicious lunch before driving to Dahab, the the biggest shopping area in South Sinai.
Here you will get the chance to browse for local Egyptian handicrafts, carpets, jewellers, perfumes, papyrus and other souvenirs.
Drive back to Sharm approx. 1.20 hours.
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Excursion to St.Catherine & Dahab from Sharm Reviews
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Excursion to St.Catherine & Dahab from Sharm
Our tour guide was excellent! He was very knowledgeable and friendly. He spoke good English so we could understand everything during the tour. We had plenty of time with the guide as well as time to walk around by ourselves and take photos. The shopping time in Dahab was somewhat limited. We had an excellent lunch in Dahab at a quaint restaurant with a lovely view of the Red Sea.
from South Africa - 7th Jan 2020
Excursion to St.Catherine & Dahab from Sharm
This is another trip not to be missed and well worth the money. The included lunch was very nice but, again, drinks are not included. It is certainly an eye-opener travelling to the Monastery - although it is appreciated that the way of life is one the locals know of no other, it made us feel quite humble seeing how they live - no just popping to Tesco for a pint of milk! Also to see a Camel Train on the way home was like the icing on the cake - wonder where they had been?
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