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6 Reasons to visit Saint Catherine's Monastery

Saint Catherine's Monastery, established between 548 and 565 by the Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I on the spot where Moses is said to have seen the burning bush, is regarded as one of the most renowned active monasteries in the world. Islam, Christianity, and Judaism all hold the monastery in high regard This is due to the history of the Ten Commandments given to the Prophet Moses by his Lord. Furthermore, it was one of the most valuable Egypt religious tours, with pilgrims traveling from all over the world.

St. Catherine's Monastery is located on the Sinai Peninsula, in a valley at the foot of Mount Sinai. Many people are familiar with St. Catherine's Monastery, but few are aware of its full name, "Monastery of the God Truden, Holy Mount Sinai".

Why should you visit St. Catherine's Monastery?

The Sinai region, in general, has a diversity of trips available since it has endless secrets. St. Catherine's Monastery is one of the most important tourist destinations in Sinai, and it is well worth a visit, and I will prove it thru St Catherine Monastery & Mount Sinai day tour from Dahab. Here are some reasons why you should visit St. Catherine.

Discovering St Catherine's Monastery Burning Bush Miracle

 

It was the only burnt bush of its kind in the world, and it did not fail to amaze people of all nationalities. Many experts attempted to plant it in different soils and analyze its forms, but the experiment failed. As a result, it is said that the sacred tree is where the Prophet Moses saw the fire when he saw a branch of the tree burning and the fire increasing while the branch was getting greener, so the fire did not burn the green, nor did the moisture of the green and its water extinguish the fire, and then he heard the voice of "God". You may witness this miracle for yourself by scheduling a St. Catherine day tour and hearing the narrative from more knowledgeable guides.

Explore The Sacred Sacristy: The Monastery Museum's Gold and Glory

In the holy treasury, you find to the west of the Church of the Transfiguration, you will find three stairs that lead you to it. It is considered the most exciting part for tourists, as it has a collection of manuscripts and information of international value. 

Not all of these manuscripts are available to the public, some of them are not viewed except with permits from the competent authorities, but what is presented to the public is treasures that are inestimable in money. 

A huge part of these manuscripts is housed at the Saint Catherine's monastery library, which is unfortunately not open to the public. More than 2,000 valuable manuscripts in Greek, Syriac, Persian, Amharic, Arabic, Turkish, and Russian are housed there.

Visit Saint Catherine's Monastery Mosque

A simple mosque with a separate structure is opposite the Transfiguration Church. It was established by monks during the Fatimid period in the 11th century when Caliph al-Hakim was destroying Christian sites of worship. The mosque's building ensured that the monastery survived the caliph's assault.
Things to do near Saint Catherine's Monastery

Hike Saint Catherine Mount

Mount Saint Catherine is 2,642 meters high, which is the highest point in Sinai. Its journey is hard and requires a certain level of fitness, but the view of Sina from the highest point deserves it. Enjoy the snow that forms at the top of the mountain with the warmth of the awesome sunrise. 

Many domestic and international tourists regard it as a key destination for Egypt day tours and getaway to enjoy and avoid the hustle and bustle of life from Sinai's highest point with just nature and tranquillity.

Climb Mount Moses

Enjoy climbing Mount Sinai, also known as Mount Moses, which is regarded as a sacred mountain by Muslims, Christians, and Jews since it is where Moses received the Ten Commandments from his Lord.

It's a less stressful and more entertaining excursion from Mount Saint Catherine, and it may also be climbed by camels while admiring the scenery and enjoying the chilly weather. Tourists frequently start their day journey of this kind of Egypt tour at night to witness the dawn from a high vantage point.

Take a tour of Dahab

Dahab is about an hour away from Saint Catherine. After this exhausting journey, you may choose one of the Dahab day tours and relax in its warm seas while exploring its coral reefs through diving or snorkeling, where you can experience the world's most significant nature reserves, the most popular of which are Albulohol, Abu Galum, and the Three pools. Also, don't forget to shop for gifts on Dahab Mamsha at night. You can book Egypt Holy Land Travel Package and Enjoy both tours in Saint Catherine and Dahab as well. 

Sharm El-Sheikh is another interesting destination. You may spend a day at one of Sharm El reserves by checking the popular Sharm El Sheikh shore excursions, which are about an hour away from St. Catherine, have fun and experience its international diving spots.

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Egypt has many historical sites that you can visit and enjoy. Each tour is different and unique. If you go on a Nile cruise, you can visit Abu Simbel, Aswan, and Luxor in the South and enjoy the temples, tombs, and the treasures of the Nile. In the North, enjoy the Pyramids of Giza, The Egyptian Museum, Sakkara. Mosques, churches in Cairo, and many landmarks located in the city of Alexandria. On the East, Enjoy a beach tour for diving, snorkeling, and swimming in the Red sea. Every city has its charm, history, and flavor where you can do many tours and activities.

Your Egypt Tours is one of the leading and pioneer travel agencies in the Egyptian tourism industry. We offer very special care and personal touch to our clients making them feel at home with their family. Great and high-quality service to ensure that your trip with us is one of a lifetime. In addition, the commonly known reasons such as our customers’ feedback and testimonials, competitive prices - excellent customer service, punctuality and. Most important of all, our customers safety and enjoying every minute in your trip are our priorities. With us, you are in a safe hand.

It usually varies according to the type of tourist trip in Egypt, but the average cost for spending one week in Egypt is 1600 USD including visiting alot of tombs and temples and sailing on a 4 or 5 stars Nile cruise.

Don't drink the tap water - it is highly chlorinated. However, with enough time in Egypt, you could potentially grow accustomed to the water. This doesn't mean that the tap water is polluted, it simply means that you are not used to it, and you might get stomach problems. This happened to most people when they visit a country for the first time. They were simply not used to water there. It's a similar situation here. It is advisable to drink Bottled water during your entire holiday. That is why it is strongly advisable that you don't drink the tap water, and use it only for washing and brushing your teeth.

Enjoy Egypt Tours From September until March. It is the perfect time when the weather is good and mild. From September until mid-November, when it is very nice and the temperatures are pleasant for all activities - around 25 C to 15 C. mid-Nov until the end of February is wintertime when temperatures during the day are around 12 or 15 C, and at night can drop to about 7 or 8 C. In March and April, the weather is still so nice and travelers can enjoy the Easter vacation. From May to September is the summer season. Spending summertime in a desert climate does not appeal to most travelers. Average daytime temperatures hover in the high 80s and low to mid-90s, although they can jump up into three digits in the South as in Luxor and Aswan. Summer is really hot here, prices go down and it is a good chance for travelers with a tight budget.

It is usually hot and sunny. winter falls between November and January, and the peak of the summer months is between June and August. Winters are generally mild, although temperatures can fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) at night. In the Western Desert. Cairo and areas of the Nile Delta may experience a few rainy days during winter. Summers can be unbearably hot, especially in the desert and other areas of the country's interior. In Cairo, average summer temperatures regularly exceed 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), while the record high for Luxor and Aswan, popular tourist destinations on the banks of the River Nile, is 110 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius).

Safety and security are our first and foremost concerns! Egypt is a very safe country with a low crime rate. Now with the coronavirus outbreak, accommodations and sightseeing nationwide have finalized sterilization and disinfection in light of the Egyptian government's efforts to implement precautionary measures against the COVID-19. In addition, our company has followed the same procedures to make all our staff, guides, and drivers are well-trained with the current events to prevent and stop the spread of this outbreak. Traveling the world is a joyful experience and we want to do our part to keep the anticipation stress-free.

There are many things to do in Egypt during your visit depending on your interests and character. Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan Nile cruise must be your first priority if you are a history and culture lover. You must visit the pyramids of Giza, enjoy a Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan and enjoy visiting the most important tourist attractions in Luxor and Aswan. You can visit the city of Hurghada, Marsa Alam, or Sharm el-Sheikh Red Sea for relaxation and enjoy many activities there such as diving, snorkeling, sunbathing, or swimming. You may like to go on a safari trip in the western desert if you are an adventurer. Many other activities are available in every single Egyptian city

The high season for tourism is all year with winter and spring being peak season for cultural travels with lots of sightseeing. Weather in Egypt is perfect for many kinds of tourism, and if coming in June, July, and August, head for the seaside resorts. Those months are very warm with temperatures that can reach around 45C. and the humidity is about 70 to 80%, but it is bearable with the sea and large swimming pools nearby. So the period of the high summer season is also a bit busy as hotels fill up with tourists from all over the world looking for a bargain, lots of sunshine, diving, snorkeling, etc. It is also a primary vacation time in Europe. If you come in the deep summer season you can still enjoy it because you can always sightsee early in the morning and go again at night when the sunsets. You will definitely need good sunscreen and a lot of liquids to drink with a nice hat on your head. Summer is a good time for people looking for good rates in accommodation and other services.

Egypt is a Muslim country and the dress code is towards the conservative side, especially for women. That being said, we are used to seeing travelers from all over the world. My suggestion would be to wear light clothes and not to wear short shorts, short skirts and alike to avoid the occasional unwanted stare. But it's really up to you. When you visit religious places (synagogues, churches, and mosques) you do need to cover your shoulders and wear over the knee dresses, if you are planning to wear one of course. If you plan to attend the Nile dinner cruise, there is no need for formal wear unless you want to make that night a special night! Also, you will be sharing this experience with other travelers so you can dress however you feel most comfortable.

You can get your visa when you arrive at Cairo Airport. It is an easy process for USA, UK, Canadian, Australian and European citizens. The visa is simply a stamp (like a mail or postage stamp) that you buy from the visa office, at the port of entry just before the immigration booth. The visa will cost you $25 US Dollars and after buying it; you just stick it on any empty page on your passport. Once you have bought your visa you then stand in line to get your passport stamped by the immigration officer. You can also apply for E-Visa via the official electronic visa portal: www.visa2egypt.gov.eg

Your Egypt Tours travel agency recommends two weeks so that you can enjoy the temples and tombs of Luxor and Aswan, explore the sights of Cairo, and relax in the Red Sea islands and nature reserves.

There are many Nile cruises. Not to name one but your choice depends on many things to put in mind such as the number of nights you want to spend on the cruiser, your budget, and the standard of the Nile cruise. We recommend you choose a 5-star luxury Nile cruise, and if you are looking for a private Nile River cruise you can choose Dahabiya cruises, it is only for the small-group tour, about 15 people. Most cruises have. There is another way of cruising the Nile, which is the Felucca boat. It is traditional and charming but it is cheap as long as it will be ok to sleep on the deck exposed to mosquitos and most of these boats do not have a toilet

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