Private Tour: St Catherine's Monastery And Moses' Mountain At Sunrise - Sharm El-sheikh

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 14 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    10:00 PM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Selected Sharm el Sheikh hotels
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 4:00pm, the following day
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

See the sun rise over the desert on an unforgettable visit to the place where Moses received the 10 Commandments. You'll travel in air-conditioned comfort with your own personal Egyptologist guide, who will accompany you up Moses' Mountain and take you on a tour of St. Catherine's Monastery.

Highlights

  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Led by a qualified Egyptologist
  • All entrance fees included
  • Breakfast included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Know More about this tour

On this sunrise tour you will watch the sun rise over the Sinai Mountains, and retrace the footsteps of Moses when he climbed Mt. Sinai to receive the 10 Commandments. Note that the descent is not too steep, but there are around 500 steps at the very summit.

On your journey back down the mountain you will stop at St. Catherine's Monastery, built between 527 and 565 A.D. The monastery is believed to have been built around the site of Moses' Burning Bush. During your visit you will visit the chapel of a Greek Orthodox church to see famous icons and the Mosaic of Transfiguration.

Please note: St. Catherine's Monastery is approximately 142 miles ( 230 kilometers) from Sharm el Sheikh.

Inclusions

Experience a Private and an expert Qualified Egyptologist guide.

Climbing Mt. Sinai with a guide.

Visit the main church of ST Catherine.

Transport by private air-conditioned minivans

Pick up from hotel and drop off.

Bottled mineral water during the tour.

Breakfast and soft drinks.

Entry/Admission - St. Catherine's Monastery

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks, unless specified.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infants must sit on laps

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 19-Feb-2015

    Tour is highly recommended. I done a tour only to myself. Best guide was who climb up the Mountain with me. There is a good breakfast as well. Amazing view!

  • 31-Dec-2012

    What can I say ... it was AMAZING!!!!! The guide and driver were awesome and made me feel safe the whole trip. The Bedouin guide up the mountain was absolutely charming and so supportive - it is not the easiest of climbs but so worth it! THANK YOU so much Viator - the trip was truly EXCELLENT!

  • 30-Oct-2012

    We really enjoyed our trek up this mountain but it is quite a feat. Certainly the sunrise was superb and worth the effort. Our bedouin guide was truly superb, and the guides from Sharm were also very good. We were sorry that the monastery was closed, and we were somewhat disappointed with the breakfast given the energy expended! We are very pleased that we did this trip though, and certainly the private guides are well worth it.

  • 23-Sep-2012

    Good tour

  • 01-Jun-2012

    Viator was more expensive than booking at the hotel, but it's worth it! Our Bedouin guide for the climb, Ahmed, and the tour guide for the trip, Mohsin, were noticably more professional, friendly, and honest than all the others we observed during the tour.

    Make no mistake, this is a physically demanding climb, but it is doable for reasonably active people. If you are quite sedentary, or overweight, hire a camel. However, keep in mind that the camel will only take you to the steps at the top of the mountain. These you will have to climb, and they are rustic and challenging, meaning they are not so much "steps" as strategically placed rocks.

    The sunrise at the top was beautiful and well worth the journey. The view was inspiring. I could have done without the "pilgrims" who kept walking around to different spots on the summit, singing (badly) hymns at the top of their lungs. But, there isn't much to be done about that.

    All in all, the tour was wonderful, Viator provided a fantastic service, and I'm glad to have done it... But, it's one of those tours I will only do once!

  • 13-May-2012

    An amazing experience! Very friendly and knowledgeable Egyptologist and Bedouin guides. The great advantage to a private tour is being able to ask questions and gain information that you possibly wouldn't ask on a 'group' tour. I went up the first part of Moses' Mountain by camel (an hour and a half on a camel is a LONG time - I literally couldn't feel my legs when I had to get off it again!) I recommend wearing long trousers - not just knee length shorts as I did! Then there are 750 'steps' to climb - very sandy and can be slidy - particularly when going up at night. We had a gorgeous moonlit night an the starts were amazing! At 4.45am we reached the summit and it was COLD!! Sunrise was 5am and it was as though someone had instantly turned on the heat - and WHAT a sight! Wouldn't have missed it for the world - worth all the exersion of getting to the top!! As you're climbing pretty much all night you are exhausted by the time you reach the bottom of the mountain again (unless I'm more unfit than I think!) and I was half falling asleep over breakfast at St Catherine's monastery. Bring a sarong or something to cover your legs if not wearing long trousers - if you don't have one, they'll supply a sheet type thing, but you must wear it! All in all the trip was WELL worth the price and effort - a real 'once in a lifetime' experience! I loved it and can't say enough about the Egyptologist and the Bedouin guide, they were fantastic - and both spoke fanstastic English! A brilliant trip by Viator - would definitely book excursions through them again!

  • 02-Aug-2011

    it was too hard to climb the mountain but the experience and scene up there was REALLY great but the tour guide was really suck :S

  • 09-Jan-2011

    Excellent tour, the bedouin guide made it great! It's a fantastic and unique experience.
    Very happy with the guide and the driver as well.

  • 03-Jan-2011

    The whole tour was incredible! Our tour guide, Ahmed was great. He and my husband hit it off immediately. Within 30 minutes they were joking and laughing ... and it didn't stop the entire way! He was very knowledgeable and even accompanied us up the mountain. He helped with the negotiation with the Bedoiuns for our camels. Our Bedouin guide, Mohammed was excellent as well. He was very quiet at first, but as he loosened up, he was joking around with the other guys too! I was really impressed with how many languages he spoke! This was by far, the best part of our trip to Egypt!

  • 03-Dec-2010

    This was an amazing trip with amazing views and I fully recommend it to people who enjoy hiking. We were picked up from our hotel in Nama Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, at about 10pm and it took about 3 hours to get to the base of the mountain. We started hiking at about 2am, got to the top at 5am and the sun came up at about 5:45am. The night I went happened to be a full moon, but otherwise I would have needed a flashlight for sure. Also, dress warmly! I wish I had worn warmer pants, gloves, and a hat. Luckily, there were some people who rented blankets at the top, otherwise I would have frozen! Again, highly recommended for people who enjoy hiking. It was fun to hike at night and the views are amazing during your hike down when you can see everything.

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