St.Catherine Trips

Trips and excursions to St.Catherine and Mount Moses.

Sinai Bedouin Safari

The Orthodox Monastery of St.Catherine stands at the foot of Mount Horeb where, the Old Testament records, Moses received the Tablets of the Law. The mountain is known and revered by Muslims as Jebel Musa. The entire area is sacred to three world religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The Monastery, founded in the 6th century, is the oldest Christian monastery still in use for its initial function. Its walls and buildings of great significace to studies of Byzantine architecture and the Monastery houses outstanding collections of early Christian manuscripts and icons. The rugged mountainous landscape, containing numerous archaeological and religious sites and monuments, forms a perfect backdrop to the Monastery.

Opening hours of the Monastery are from 9:00 to 12:00, closed on Friday and Sunday.

Program 1: Visit of St.Catherine Monastery.

We leave Dahab at around 7:30 and arrive at St.Catherine Monastery at approximately 9:30. We have about 1.5 hour to visit the Monastery, and then return to Dahab.

Program 2: Sunrise on Mount Sinai and visit of St.Catherine Monastery.

We leave Dahab at around 11:00pm and arrive at St.Catherine Monastery at around 1:00am. We begin our ascent of Mount Sinai (Moses Mountain, 2285m), which will take us between 2 to 3 hours. We will watch the beautiful sunrise on the top of the Mountain where according to the Bible, Moses received the Ten Commandments. After sunrise, we hike back down to the Monastery, where we will have about 1.5 hours to visit. After the visit, we then return to Dahab.Sinai Bedouin Safari

Program 3: Sunset on Mount Sinai and Visit of St.Catherine Monastery.

We leave Dahab at around 7:30 and arrive at St.Catherine Monastery at approximately 9:30. We have until 11:00 to visit the Monastery. We depart the Monastery to a Bedouin camp where we will have a traditional Bedouin lunch. After lunch and fantastic Bedouin tea, we head to Mount Sinai passing by Wadi al Arbain begin our ascent our Mount Sinai (Moses Mountain, 2.5 to 3 hours, 2285m) in order to catch the beautiful sunset. After sunset, we hike back down towards the Monastery and drive to Dahab, where we will arrive at around 9:30pm.

Program 4: Sunset, sunrise and visit of St.Catherine Monastery.

We leave Dahab at around 9:00 and stop on our way in a Bedouin family where we will have tea and lunch. We then drive by Wadi Al Arbain (1 hour) to begin our ascent of Mount Sinai (Moses Mountain, 2-3 hours, 2285m) where we will watch a beautiful sunset. After sunset, we will eat a light Bedouin dinner, and exchange about Bedouin culture and the history of the area. We will rest until approximately 4:00am, and get ready to watch the sunrise. After sunrise, we hike back down to the Monastery, where we will have about 1.5 hour to visit. After the visit, we then return to Dahab.

Program 5: Visit of St.Catherine Monastery, White Canyon and Ain Hudra oasis.

We leave Dahab at 7:30am for a two-hour jeep ride to St.Catherine Monastery. We will have approximately 1.5 hour to visit the Monastery. We then go by jeep to the White Canyon (1 hour), where we will have approximately 1.5 hour to explore the area and get to Ain Hudra oasis. We will have a traditional Bedouin tea and lunch and then head back to Dahab, passing by amazing desert scenery, with dunes and mountains. We arrive in Dahab at around sunset time.

Program 6: Visit of St.Catherine Monastery, Arade Canyon (double canyon).

Sinai Bedouin Safari

We leave Dahab at 7:30am for a two-hour jeep ride to St.Catherine. We will have approximately 1.5 hour to visit the Monastery. We then go by jeep to a Bedouin family in the Arade Canyon area (1hr), where we will have traditional tea and Bedouin lunch. We go by jeep to the Arade Canyon, where we will have about 1.5 hour to explore the area. We will then head back to Dahab, passing by amazing desert scenery, with dunes and mountains. We arrive in Dahab at around sunset time.

Program 7: Visit of St.Catherine Monastery, Bir Safra, Gebel El Makharoom (the Moutain with a hole) and Al Haduhda (big dunes).

We leave Dahab at 7:30am for a two-hour jeep ride to St.Catherine. We will have approximately 1.5 hour to visit the Monastery. We go by jeep to a Bedouin family where we will have tea and lunch. We drive for another 25 minutes and then hike on huge dunes. Arriving on the other side, the jeep picks us up and we drive to Bir Safra. We continue on by jeep (30 minutes – arriving in Gebel El Makharoom, exploring the mountain for about 30 minutes. We go by jeep to Al Haduhda and walk around the dunes for about 30 minutes. We drive back to Dahab, passing by amazing desert scenery, with dunes and mountains, arriving at around sunset time.

Program 8: Visit of St.Catherine Monastery, Wadi Feiran Oasis and Monastery of 7 Aunts.

We leave Dahab at 7:00am for a two-hour jeep ride to St.Catherine. We will have approximately until 10:00 to visit the Monastery. We go by jeep to the Monastery of 7 Aunts (40 minutes) where we will have the chance to visit the area, located in the beautiful Wadi Feiran Oasis (the biggest oasis of South Sinai). We will have a traditional bedouin tea and lunch in the shade of a palm tree in the oasis. After lunch we head back to Dahab (3 hours), arriving at around sunset time.

Please note that for this visit, a visa for the whole of egypt is required.Sinai Bedouin Safari

Program 9: Visit of St.Catherine Monastery, Wadi Feiran Oasis, Wadi Mukattab (Valley of Writing) and Serabit El Khadim (Hathor Temple).

We leave Dahab at 7:30am for a two-hour jeep ride to St.Catherine. We will have approximately 1.5 hour to visit the Monastery. We go by jeep to Wadi Feiran Oasis (1 hour), where we will have a traditional bedouin tea and lunch in the shade of a palm tree. We then head to Wadi Mukattab (30 minutes), where we will witness inscriptions of diverse cultures. We then drive in the valley for two hours, heading to Serabit El Khadim, where we will set up camp. We will have dinner and exchange about Bedouin culture and history of the area.

After a night under the stars, we wake up and have a light breakfast and walk to Hathor Temple (1.5 hour), built between 1991 BC to 1307 BC. We go back to camp and drive to the Forest of Pillars, where we will have lunch. After lunch, we drive back to Dahab, passing by amazing desert scenery, with dunes and mountains, arriving at around 700pm.

Please note that for this visit, a visa for the whole of egypt is required.

We can also cater special trips based on your preferences. If you want it, we can do it!

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