St. Catherine’s Monastery and Dahab City Excursion from Sharm El-Sheikh
Drive into the Sinai Peninsula, to visit St. Catherine Monastery, the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. Then travel to the Dahab City for shopping and having a delicious lunch.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Large Group
Drive into the Sinai Peninsula, to visit St. Catherine Monastery, the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. Then visiting the biggest shopping area in South Sinai at Dahab city.
That is not all; you will have your lunch with some local cuisine at fine restaurant while enjoying the unique view of the Red sea.
**NOTE** Reservations for Sundays and Fridays are NOT available.
Things You Should Take:
- Your passport.
- Sunglass and Hat.
- Comfortable shoes (Trainers would be best for this excursion).
- Warm clothing in winter or loose clothing in summer.
- Extra Cash (in case you want to buy extra drinks or HD photos).
- Hotel pickup and drop off by A/C Bus.
- All Entrance fees.
- Bottled water.
- English Qualified Egyptologist Speaking Guide.
- Local guide during your climbing the mount.
- Gratuities (optional).
- Soft drinks.
- Extras not mentioned in the program.
You will picked up from your hotel around 07:00 AM and drive approximately three hours, (220 km) north-west to St. Catherine to visit the Greek Orthodox St. Catherine’s Monastery.
Saint Catherine Monastery
Now it is time to visit one of the most famous monuments of Sinai “Saint Catherine’s Monastery”, this monastery built in the 6th century at the age of the emperor Justinian between 527 and 565 A.D, it was the same time of building enclosure wall surrounding the monastery right now. This walled Orthodox complex believed to stand on the site of the Burning Bush, where Moses is traditionally held to have spoken to God. At the beginning of the 11th century, the monastery named Saint Catherine in honor of Saint Catherine, one of the earliest Alexandria Christians martyrs.
Head inside and tour the highlights of this venerated building. Explore the icon-coated 6th-century Basilica of the Transfiguration and view treasures such as the Mosaic of the Transfiguration as your guide explains their religious significance. Also within its amazing walls, rests a citadel like no other, incredibly rich in important religious and historical structures. Among its treasures is the Museum of St. Catherine where there are icons attributed to the painter “Angelos”, one of the most famous artists of the 15th century, or to his peers, as well as all six icons by “Michael Damaskenos”, which considered among the most important works of the Cretan School of the 16th century.
After that head to Dahab, the Flower Power City in the Red Sea, that small coastal town, which grown from the small Bedouin fishing village to become one of the best places in South Sinai for shopping, dining and relaxation today.
You will have some time to explore Dahab’s coffee shops, bazaars and restaurants as you can buy many local Egyptian handicrafts, carpets, jewelers, perfumes, papyrus and other as souvenirs to remember.
You will have your lunch with some local cuisine at fine restaurant.
Drop Back Location
About 08:00 PM, you will dropped back to your hotel at Sharm El Sheikh after an enjoyable day.