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St. Catherine's Monastery

St. Catherine's Monastery

Mount Sinai, Sinai Peninsula, Mt Sinai, Sharm el Sheikh, 4828513

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.

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Sunrise at Mount Sinai and St. Catherine monastery. Trip from Sharm el Sheikh
Sunrise at Mount Sinai and St. Catherine monastery. Trip from Sharm el Sheikh
$48.00 per adult
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Sunrise At Mount Sinai
Everything about the trip was perfect and definitely worth doing. Great Trip, great team and guide. 100% recommended. Thankyou 🙌
Gaz_W, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Sharm el Sheikh

Life-changing experience
Dimitrios_S, Jul 2022
Mount Sinai Sunrise and Saint Catherine's Monastery from Sharm el Sheikh
Tiring but very enjoyable dive into authentic biblic era with time to contemplate where also King, and Mandela did...very houmourous and easygoing helpful guide
Absolutely a dream!!!!...
Mickael_M, May 2022
Mount Sinai Sunrise and St. Catherine's Monastery Trip from Dahab
Absolutely a dream!!!! Mythic place with a spiritual atmosphere! Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii( for the 100 words required)
Raymond, the guide, is...
Yara_E, Apr 2022
St. Catherine Monastery and Dahab with Lunch full day tour from Sharm el Sheikh
Raymond, the guide, is very nice and friendly . I enjoyed road trip, the monastery visit, and the lunch by the sea
Great Tour
Markus_S, Apr 2022
St-Catherine Monastery & Moses' Mountain From Sharm El Sheikh
The tour was a great experience for us. Hiking up the mountain at night is fantastic, as well as the view in the morning. The pick up and transfer was very well organized - we got a call 1 day before with our exact pickup time. Our guide was waiting for us on the foot of moses moutain to guide us up. Well done and thank you
Great experience
Eric_S, Apr 2022
Sunrise at Mount Sinai and St. Catherine monastery. Trip from Sharm el Sheikh
It’s a great experience and an amazing view at the top. The drivers and guide were on point with the pickup and drop off locations and the local Bedouin guide was nice and did a good job at keeping track of everyone in our group on the way up.
Jennie_F, Apr 2022
Sunrise at Mount Sinai and St. Catherine monastery. Trip from Sharm el Sheikh
Great assistance over the website, clear info re: meeting point and time, punctual pick-up, great guides -both until the monastery and the Bedouin who guided us up the mountain-, a not-to-miss lifetime experience!
Great trip, great value.
Brady_R, Jan 2022
St Catherine And Dahab From Sharm-El-Sheikh Private Full Day Tour
Weather at Mt. Sinai prevented us from hiking it, but that was ok. St. Catherine's monastery was worth the trip there. Snorkeling/diving at Dahab was also great.
Visiting a beautiful monastery in Sinai
Pierre_D, Feb 2022
St. Catherine Tour from Sharm El-Sheikh
Saint Catherine's monastery tour was exceptional, with a short stop in Dahab. One regret : I visited it on a Friday (when the monastery is only open during one hour instead of 2.5 the rest of the week). A global remark : the price of the tour is quite expensive for a family but there is less possibilities to do it by your self.
Gorgeous experience
Mount Sinai Sunrise and St. Catherine's Monastery Trip from Dahab
I would recommend the private tour, that way you can do it at your own pace and have a nicer car. The view front the top of the mountain is breath taking gorgeous! So worth the time and lack of sleep, make sure you pack extra clothing because it´s freezing at the top of the mountain.
An Experience of a Lifetime
SAMUEL_S, Nov 2019
Trip to St. Catherine's Monastery & Mount Sinai, Saint Catherine, Egypt
Our tour guide Mohamed Shezo & driver Mohamed were hosptitalble and friendly. We enjoyed their company.
Where religions meet
Escape65125568486, Nov 2019
Day Tour To Catherine’s Monastery From Sharm El Sheikh
A well preserved place, full of history, in the mid of the Sinai mountains (1200 metres altitude). The nice experience was partly spoiled by the discovery that other people travelling with us (the exactly same tour) had paid HALF the price we paid via Viator!
Phantastic nature, poor guides
Bernd_M, Jan 2022
Mount Sinai Sunrise & St. Catherine monastery from Sharm el Sheikh
Sunrise on Mount Moses is a phantastic experience. Highly recommended! Unfortunately, the impressive St. Catherine's monastery was closed for church holiday. And the guides did not explain a lot about the history and places in general - neither on the bus nor on the mountain. Maybe this was due to their poor language skills (both in Russian and in English), but it was sad nevertheless. A previous experience with a Getyourguide tour of Gizeh was absolute the opposite. Good: excellent new Mercedes tor bus with very comfortable seats. In a nutshell: a phantastic place, but little input besides the nature.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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