You have the opportunity to ascend Mount Sinai after visiting St Catherine's Monastery. The ascent can be done either on foot or by came.

Speak to someone who's been there

Brigitte exploring the pyramids at Giza, Egypt

Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our Egypt specialists on 01993 838 410

Saint Catherine's Monastery & Mount Sinai.

St Catherine's Monastery is a Greek Orthodox foundation, dating back to 337AD. During the sixth century, the Monastery was fortified by walls and a basilica, and two hundred guards were supplied to protect the monks and the monastery. Although the Prophet Mohammed is said to have granted the monastery protection after the Muslim conquest, the number of monks gradually dwindled and there are now around twenty monks currently in residence.

You enter the monastery through a small gate in the northern wall and continue through a passageway to Moses' Well and the transplanted descendant of the Burning Bush. You also have the opportunity to look around St Catherine's Church with its ornate carvings and icons, and the charnel house which is heaped with monks' skeletons.

Also open for viewing is a small museum and library, showing a selection of icons, books and manuscripts from the monastery's extensive library.

You have the opportunity to ascend Mount Sinai after visiting St Catherine's Monastery. The ascent can be done either on foot (approx 3-4 hours) or by camel (approx 2 hours). You can stock up on water at the monastery shop before heading off, and there are refreshment stalls along the way with increasing prices the higher up the mountain you go.

On reaching the summit, you have time to relax and watch the spectacular sunset, before descending.

Client reviews

100%
of our Egypt clients would recommend us to a friend

How our clients rate us in Egypt

 

Our service

% of our clients rated our service as Excellent or Good in the past year.

  • Excellent
  • Good

Our trips

% of our clients rated their trip as Excellent or Good in the past year.

  • Excellent
  • Good
%

would recommend
us to a friend

Awards

Wanderlust 2014
Wanderlust
Travel Awards 2014
Telegraph Travel Awards 2013
The Telegraph
Travel Awards Winner
Which? 2014
Which?
Recommended Provider

Loading

Feedback
Make an enquiry » Request a brochure »
« Close
Close »

Please select your region

USA
UK / International