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St. Catherine's Monastery Tours and Activities

St. Catherine's Monastery
Set beneath a mountain many believe to be the Biblical Mt. Sinai, St. Catherine’s Monastery has a heritage dating back to the fourth century AD and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Still a working monastery, St. Catherine’s has defensive walls that house chapels, a library museum, and what is claimed to be a descendant of the Biblical burning bush.

The Basics
St. Catherine’s Monastery is free to enter, but there is a small charge to enter St. Catherine’s Protected Area plus an additional fee to view the priceless ancient manuscripts in the library. Much of the monastery is closed off to visitors to allow the monks their privacy.

St. Catherine’s Monastery is typically visited as a day trip from either Dahab or Sharm el Sheikh. Some St. Catherine’s Monastery tours include a sunrise climb of Mt. Sinai above, while others make stops at desert sites such as the Colored Canyon.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A must for history buffs and Bible aficionados, St. Catherine’s Monastery has a dramatic desert setting that also appeals to photographers.
  • Wearing shorts is prohibited for both sexes when visiting this working monastery, while women should cover their shoulders.
  • On occasion, there have been kidnappings on the road to St. Catherine’s Monastery. Follow your government’s travel advice as regards travel in the Sinai Desert.

How to Get There
St. Catherine’s Monastery stands in the heart of the Sinai Desert, a drive of about 131 miles (211 kilometers) north from Sharm el Sheikh. There is effectively no public transport, so almost all travelers visit as part of an organized tour, often combined with a sunrise climb of Mt. Sinai before the monastery opens.

When to Get There
St. Catherine’s Monastery is closed on Fridays, Sundays, and the major Greek Orthodox holidays. On other days, it opens to the public in the mornings only. Mondays and Saturdays are the busiest days and, at times when tourist numbers are high, it’s worth visiting between Tuesday and Thursday.

St. Catherine’s Monastery: The Biblical Sites
According to the Old Testament, God once spoke to Moses through a burning bush, instructing him to beg the Egyptian pharaoh to release the Jews from captivity. St. Catherine’s Monastery was founded in the Sinai because of a rare bush that the monks believed was the original burning bush. It’s also home to the well where some believe Moses met his wife Zipporah.
Address: Mount Sinai, Sinai Peninsula, Mt Sinai, Sharm el Sheikh 4828513, Egypt
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24 Tours and Activities to Experience St. Catherine's Monastery

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Mount Sinai Climb and St Catherine Tour from Sharm El Sheikh

Mount Sinai Climb and St Catherine Tour from Sharm El Sheikh

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Watch sunrise from the top of Mount Sinai on a hiking trip from Sharm el Sheikh to one of Egypt’s highest mountains. You’ll climb the 7,497-foot (2,285-mt.) peak in the predawn darkness, see first light illuminate the mountaintop chapel and mosque, then descend to the 6th-century Monastery of St. Catherine, built where Moses is believed to have seen the Burning Bush. With round-trip transport from Sharm el Sheikh, this is a great way to experience Mount Sinai and St. Catherine even if you have limited time in Egypt.
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  • 14 hours
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$80.00
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$80.00

Saint Catherine Monastery and Dahab from Sharm el Sheikh

Saint Catherine Monastery and Dahab from Sharm el Sheikh

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Visit the Greek Orthodox monastery of St. Catherine on a full-day small group tour from Sharm El Sheikh. Complimentary transportation takes you from your hotel to the national park, where you're treated to free admission. Enjoy an in depth guided visit in German, Russian, or English. After an included lunch at a local restaurant, relax in return transfer to your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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Mount Sinai and St. Catherine Monastery from Sharm El Sheikh

Mount Sinai and St. Catherine Monastery from Sharm El Sheikh

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Walk in the path of Moses on this tour from Sharm el Sheikh to Mount Sinai and Saint Catherine’s Monastery. Travel overnight to Mount Sinai, where you’ll be led up the mountain by a Bedouin guide to watch the sun rise. Afterward, visit Saint Catherine’s, one of the oldest functioning Christian monasteries. 
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  • 14 hours
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St Catherine Monastery Private Day Tour From Sharm El Sheikh

St Catherine Monastery Private Day Tour From Sharm El Sheikh

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St. Catherine city has a high spiritual significance as a result of its location near Moses Mountain. Enjoy the Beautiful landscape all the way from Sharm El Sheikh and visit the oldest monastery in the world! St. Catherine's Monastery lies on the Sinai Peninsula, at the mouth of a gorge at the foot of Mount Sinai in St. Catherine's City. The monastery is Orthodox and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This monastery is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. The monastery was built by order of Emperor Justinian I, enclosing the Chapel of the Burning Bush ordered to be built by St. Helen, the mother of Constantine I, at the site where Moses is supposed to have seen the burning bush; the living bush on the grounds is purportedly the original. It is also referred to as "St. Helen's Chapel". The site is sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
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  • 12 hours
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$112.83
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 St. Catherine Monastery, Sinai & Lunch in Dahab private tour

St. Catherine Monastery, Sinai & Lunch in Dahab private tour

See the oldest Christian monastery in the world, and take a private Jeep ride into the desert to - Private air-conditioned car transfer - Private guided Jeep tour to/from the Sinai area desert - - Visit the world's oldest Christian/Greek monastery, St. Catherine's - Enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant You'll be guided in your visit to St Catherine's Monastery, the very grounds where God was said to have appeared to Moses in the Burning Bush. So important to the world, it is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • 12 hours
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$230.00
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Mount Sinai Climb and St Catherine Tour from Sharm el Sheikh

Mount Sinai Climb and St Catherine Tour from Sharm el Sheikh

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Watch the sunrise from the top of Mount Sinai on a hiking trip from Sharm el Sheikh to one of Egypt’s highest mountains. You’ll climb the 7,497-foot (2,285-mt.) peak in the predawn darkness, see first light illuminate the mountaintop chapel and mosque, then descend to the 6th-century Monastery of St. Catherine, where Moses has seen the Burning Bush, as believed. With round-trip transport from Sharm el-sheik, this is a great way to experience Mount Sinai and St. Catherine even if you have limited time in Egypt.
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  • 14 hours
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St. Catherine Monastery and Dahab With Lunch from Sharm el Sheikh

St. Catherine Monastery and Dahab With Lunch from Sharm el Sheikh

St. Catherine Monastery is an Orthodox Greek monastery. Within its amazing walls rests a citadel like no other, it is incredibly rich in important religious and historical structures.
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  • 10 hours
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St Catherine Monastery Day Tour Private From Sharm El Sheikh

St Catherine Monastery Day Tour Private From Sharm El Sheikh

Rather than fight with the crowds, experience St. Catherine’s Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, at your own pace on this door-to-door private tour. After a break to admire some desert landscapes, tour the monastery with a guide, then enjoy free time to experience the world-class illuminated manuscripts (museum entry at own expense). Savor lunch—and shopping time—in the pretty seaside town of Dahab on your way back.
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  • 8 hours
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$140.00
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Saint Catherine’s Monastery

Saint Catherine’s Monastery

During the period of seventh century, the prophet Mohammad dictated a long document granting protection to the monastery and exempting it from taxes. A copy of it can be seen hanging in the Icon Gallery, next to Napoleon’s letter of protection written in 1798. Ottoman armies was built mosque inside the Monastery’s walls in 1381.that the complex was partly Muslim, saving it from destruction. Since the eleventh century the Monastery has been known as St Catherine’s Monastery. Its library contains a collection of 5000 books and over 3000 manuscripts (most of which are in Greek), including some of the most ancient and important in the world, and is considered second only to that of the Vatican. Throughout its history, also the monastery has received gifts from popes, Christian princes.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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St. Catherine's Monastery and Moses Mount Sunset tour from Sharm el Sheikh

St. Catherine's Monastery and Moses Mount Sunset tour from Sharm el Sheikh

Travel through the Day to visit one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world, St. Catherine, built around the site of the Burning Bush. after start climb the Mount Sinai in during the day to see the sunset from atop Moses' Mountain.
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  • 12 hours
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Moses Mountain Sunrise Experience & St. Catherine

Moses Mountain Sunrise Experience & St. Catherine

Mount Sinai is a 2,285-metre (7,497 ft) moderately high mountain near the city of Saint Catherine in the Sinai region. It is next to Mount Catherine (at 2,629 m or 8,625 ft, the highest peak in Egypt).[3] It is surrounded on all sides by higher peaks of the mountain range. it's a really challenging experience.
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St. Catherine Monastery and Dahab from Sharm el Sheikh

St. Catherine Monastery and Dahab from Sharm el Sheikh

St. Catherine Monastery is an Orthodox Greek monastery. Within its amazing walls rests a citadel like no other, it is incredibly rich in important religious and historical structures.Afterwards we will head to Dahab, the Flower Power City at the Red Sea, for a city and shopping tour. At a local restaurant we will have lunch.
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  • 10 hours
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St. Catherine Monastery & mousa mountain day tour

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St. Catherine Monastery & mousa mountain day tour

Let your spirit and sense of adventure explore in this experience. Visit the oldest working Christian Monastery in the world at Mt Sinai, and visit the holy mousa mountain at sunset time and climbing the holy mountain with feelings the spiritual soul there Peace, love and more! - Private transportation to/from - Air-conditioned vehicle - English speaking guide - St. Catherine's Monastery -a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Lunch at local restaurant - Shopping in Dahab
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  • 17 hours
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Private Full day tour to St. Catherine Monastery

Private Full day tour to St. Catherine Monastery

Availability : Runs Daily Pickup & drop off : Sharm El Sheikh Tour Highlights : Moses Mountain Moses Sacred Mountain Moses Mountain hill St. catherine Monastery
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  • 12 hours
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Mount Sinai and St. Catherine Monastery from Sharm el Sheikh

Mount Sinai and St. Catherine Monastery from Sharm el Sheikh

Full day tour to travel through the night to Mount Sinai to climb the mountain at night to see sunrise from atop Moses’ Mountain. Descent after dawn to visit one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world, St. Catherine, built around the site of the Burning Bush.
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  • 14 hours
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Private Mt Sinai and St Catherine Monastery Night Hiking Tour

Private Mt Sinai and St Catherine Monastery Night Hiking Tour

Start hiking up Mount Moses at night, to reach the summit at sunrise. Watch the sun rise from the same spot Moses is said to have received the 10 commandments. Visit the smallest and oldest dioceses in the world, which stands on the highest valley on the Sinai Peninsula at 2,642 m. This working monastery is still home to several monks. Included is a guided tour of the monastery, the burning bush and the idols and icons of worship.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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St. Catherine Tour from Sharm El-Sheikh

St. Catherine Tour from Sharm El-Sheikh

Enjoy St.Catherine's Monastery Tours From Sharm El Sheikh. Starting from Sharm El Sheikh Visiting St. Catherine monastery which located between the St. Catherine's mounts and Moses Mountain.
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  • 12 hours
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Mount Sinai Tour from Sharm El Sheikh

Mount Sinai Tour from Sharm El Sheikh

Availability: We run this tour on a Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. Pickup: Around 08:30 pm Return: Around 02:00 pm Tour duration: About 17 Hours
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  • 2 days
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$70.00
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1 Day Private climb to Mount Moses to watch sunset & sunrise

1 Day Private climb to Mount Moses to watch sunset & sunrise

Travel throughout the day to Mount Sinai to climb the mountain during the day to see the sunset and sunrise at the top of Moses Mountain. Camp on the mountain to spend the night, while having a nice dinner and watching the stars. Descent after dawn to visit one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world, St. Catherine's Monastery, built around the site of the Burning Bush.
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  • 1 day
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St. Catherine Tour from Sharm

St. Catherine Tour from Sharm

Enjoy a day tour to the Holy St.Catherine City starting from Shram El Sheikh to visit St. Catherine monastery which located between the St. Catherine’s mounts and Moses Mount which is the oldest monastery of Christianity.
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  • 12 hours
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Shared Tour to Moses Mountain

Shared Tour to Moses Mountain

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Each of our passengers is insured. We love every customer. Therefore, we work with each client individually. We have a quality certificate. We are the leading agency in Sharm El sheikh . The maximum number of the guests whom can participate per day is 100 pax . We operate this tour on ( Wednesday, Friday, Sunday )
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  • 15 to 17 hours
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$50.00
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Night Trip to Moses Mountain St Catherine Monastery

Night Trip to Moses Mountain St Catherine Monastery

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Many believe that it was on Mt. Sinai that Moses received the Ten Commandments. Scale this sacred peak in time for a desert sunrise at the pace that’s right for you. Enjoy breakfast along the way, then tour St. Catherine’s Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with your personal Egyptologist. You’ll leave your Dahab hotel around midnight in a comfortable private vehicle and return in good time for lunch.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$229.00
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Mount Sinai Sunrise Hike & Monastery Visit from Sharm El Sheikh

Mount Sinai Sunrise Hike & Monastery Visit from Sharm El Sheikh

Get picked up at 8:15 PM from your hotel,then travel in an air-conditioned vehicle for around 4 hours to reach the Moses Mountain.Upon arrival,climb up Mount Sinai the sacred place where the Prophet Moses received the 10 commandments.Reach 2,285 meters by climbing up 750 steps, strolling all night.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 along with Monastery of Saint Anthony which is located across the Red Sea in the desert of South Cairo.End the journey with a hotel drop off at you Hotel.
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  • 17 hours
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$110.77
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St. Catherine Trip from Sharm El Sheikh

St. Catherine Trip from Sharm El Sheikh

Early morning Booking2Egypt representative will pick you up from your hotel to discover the top highlights of Sinai desert. We drive to Saint Catherine monastery located in heart of Sinai Peninsula at a height of 1570 meters in the place where according to the tradition Moses saw the bush on fire which didn’t burn up. It is in the foot hills of Gable Moses or mount Sinai,on whose summit Moses received the tables of the law with the ten commandments inscribed. The monastery dates back to the age of the emperor Justinian 6th century. it was the same time of building enclosure wall surrounding the monastery right now but The monastery was named saint Catherine at the beginning of the 11th century in honor of saint Catherine, one of the earliest Alexandria Christians martyrs. Then drive back to you hotel.
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  • 12 hours
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$186.16
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