At the beginning of excursion your language speaking guide wiill take you from the resort by real desert ship – a comfortable large air-conditioned jeep. You’ll start riding through the desert to reach the Saint Catherine Monastery.
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.
The 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.
Then you’ll continue trip by jeep through Wadi Rum Desert up to Colored Canyon.
The Canyon is above 800 m long. The route is easy and amazing to hike even for children, but keep your hands free to have opportunity to climb and squeeze. Experienced guide will show you the best pathways and the most beautiful places in structure of the Canyon. Sometimes you’ll find yourself like walking by dry riverbed as it’s really created by the erosion of water upon sandstone and limestone. You’ll passing by rocks that radiate crystalline colors or have metallic shine and others that have a smooth soft appearance. In some places its walls narrow, forming a tunnel with a mysterious atmosphere. Perhaps there live the ancient spirits of the desert!
To be in shape after adventurous walk a hearty lunch in one of restaurants of Nuweiba 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.
Transfer by air conditioned jeep, insurance.
You could take from tour:
Amusing photo & video, souvenirs.
What things you need during trip:
Casual comfortable clothing, sport shoes, sun glasses, hat, SPF lotion or cream, camcorder, drinking water, passport.
Adults - 40 EUR. Kids up to 12 years - 25 EUR.