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Saint Simeon Monastery Tour - from Aswan

Available in English Hotel Pick up included

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily

  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Start time

    08:00am

  • Meeting Point

    Pick up from your hotel. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details)

  • Ending Point

    Tour returns to the original departure point

Key Highlights

  • One of the oldest Coptic monasteries in the world
  • An archaeological treasure
  • Hotel pick up and drop off and round trip transportation is included
  • Entrance is included to the Saint Simeon Monastery which dates back to 6AD
  • Included camel ride in the desert
  • Take a cruise on the River Nile to reach the Monastery

Overview

Enjoy a felucca ride on the Nile to the Coptic Saint Simeon Monastery, dating back to the 6th century. Sit back and enjoy the view of the Egyptian landscape as you make your way to the monastery ruins on a camel. You will be surprised to see that though this Coptic monastery is in ruins, many of its main features like the oblong, domed Christian church, its frescos, the tower, the tombstones and the kilns are well preserved.

Take a walk around the monastery and discover the ruins of the upper and lower terrace, the principal church, the refectory, the vaulted corridor and more of what constituted this uniquely structured monastery in ancient Egypt.

Itinerary

  • In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Aswan in an air-conditioned coach. Accompanied by a guide, you will be taken to the Nile and board a felucca (an Egyptian sailing boat) for a trip to the Saint Simeon Monastery. You will have to take a camel ride (about 15 minutes) to the site of the monastery located about 1200 metres from the west bank of the Nile. The monastery is also known as Anba Hatre. The monastery dates back to the 16th century and is one of the most intact Coptic monasteries of old standing. You will come across a church with frescoes of Jesus Christ and saints. The principle church of the monastery was built in the first half of the 11th century and represents the first of its kind in Egypt. Though only the lower part of the church remains, it is an important example of a domed oblong church. In the ground floor of the archaeological site, you will come across a refectory, together with rows of cells that flank a vaulted corridor. You will also find an oil press, wine press, storage wings, stables and pottery kilns among others. After exploring the ancient relics at St. Simeon Monastery, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Aswan.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle
  • English, French, Italian & German speaking guide
  • Boat ride on Nile
  • Camel ride to the monastery
  • Entrance fees to the archaeological site

Exclusions

  • Refreshments

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

Customer Reviews

  • 4
    Saint Simeon Monastery Tour - from Aswan
    02/23/2013 Susan Razaq, United Kingdom
  • 4
    Fabulous
    01/25/2011 Krishnan Vaitheeswaran, Australia

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