Touch to the sacred relics described in the Bible in one of the oldest monasteries in the world. Historical tour, you want to visit at least once in your life.
After short transfer from Sharm your experience in the Saint Catherine Monastery will start from your presence in the traditional morning service in the church.
The Greek Orthodox monastery of the God-trodden Mount Sinai was built between 548 and 565 AD. According to legend it’s located at the very place where God appeared to Moses in the Burning Bush, beneath the Mount of the Decalogue.
During your visit to the Monastery you’ll be shown the Burning Bush (latin: Rubus Sanctus) mentioned in the Book of Exodus. It was on fire without any damage by frame when God appeared to Moses and gave him a charge to withdraw the Israelites out of Egypt and into Canaan. This Holy Bush was later transplanted several yards away to a courtyard of the monastery, and its original spot was covered by a chapel dedicated to the Annunciation, with a silver star marking where the roots of the bush had come out of the ground.
When service will come to the end the your-language speaking guide will provide detailed excursion across all attractive places of the Monastery. The monastery complex includes the well of Moses, the Basilica of the Transfiguration, as the main temple of the monastery, the Chapel of the burning bush, the refectory of the monastery, numerous chapels, ossuary and cemetery. Could you imagine that it has never been destroyed in all its history, so it have preserved intact the distinctive qualities of its heritage.
The monastery library keeps the second largest collection after the Vatican Library of early codices and manuscripts in the world.
In the halls of the Monastery presented mosaics, the best collection of early icons in the world dating from the time of the Comnene dynasty, many in encaustic, liturgical objects, chalices and reliquaries. The oldest icon on an Old Testament theme is also preserved there.
For cultural and scenic significance the Saint Catherine Monastery listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2002. Undoubtedly you will be overwhelmed by its beauty and majesty.
Gradually return to secular life a hearty lunch in one of local restaurants will help you.
At the end of your trip you’ll be happy to take some memories with yourself from large variety of souvenirs in Dahab shop.
Please note that we put approximate time in timetable and it could have some variations
All days except Sunday and Friday.
Transfer by air conditioned bus, guide, lunch, insurance.
You could take from tour:
Photo & video, souvenirs.
What things you need during trip:
Casual comfortable clothing with sleeves, not ultra short, without cleavage, sport shoes, shawl, sun glasses, SPF lotion, passport, breakfast box, pocket money for souvenirs.
Adults - 30 EUR. Kids up to 12 years - 15 EUR.