Day Trip to St Simeon’s Monastery from Aswan

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Day Trip to St Simeon’s Monastery from Aswan

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3 hours (approx.)



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Tour overview

Join today a camel ride with Your Egypt Tours to the southern tip of Elephantine Island where you will find the fortress-like 7th-century Monastery of St Simeon was first dedicated to the local saint Anba Hedra.


Day 1

Today you will join Your Egypt Tours to a camel ride to the southern tip of Elephantine Island where you will find St Simeon's Monastery, an ancient, abandoned fortress monastery mostly built during the 7th century and located near Aswan. The monastery was given the name St Simeon by archaeologists and travelers, but earlier Arabic and Coptic sources called it Anba Hedra, after an anchorite who was consecrated a bishop of Syene (now Aswan) by Patriarch Theophilus (385-412 AD). Anba Hatre married at the age of eighteen. Tradition says that just after the wedding, he encountered a funeral procession which inspired him to preserve his chastity and later become a disciple of Saint Baiman. After eight years of ascetic practices under the supervision of his teacher, he retired to the desert and applied himself to the study of the life of Saint Antony. He died during the time of Theodosius I.


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Schedule Details:
Departs: Daily
Departure Time: 8:00am (later departures are available until 3:00pm if required, please advise at time of booking)
Departure Point: Tour departs from Aswan hotels or Port area
Return Details: Tour returns to original point of departure
Hotel Pickup: Tour departs from Aswan hotels and Port area. Please include the details of your hotel at the time of booking.
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  • Child prices are not applicable, adult prices apply to all travelers.
  • Infants aged 2 years and under are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat
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  • Inclusions:
  • Camel ride
  • Entrance fees
  • Qualified Egyptologist guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop off
  • Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    1 Review
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      Matthew A
      May 23, 2019

      Your Egypt Tours did a great job organizing a trip to the monastery of St Simon
      This is the best of the Monasteries still available to see in Egypt from 600 AD. Most of the other popular ones still have monks active in them. St. Simeon has been vacant for hundreds of years but it still has many interesting things to see. A wine press, olive oil press, ovens for baking, small monks rooms where five were in one room at a time. A long hallway between them.
      The fascinating site is reached by a steep climb up a hill on the west bank of the Nile, and unless you are young and in top condition you may want to consider hiring a camel to make the ascent. Egypt was the only country outside of Palestine that the Holy Family ever visited, and, as one of the first countries to become Christian, Egypt offers fascinating insights into early Christianity. Monasticism, both hermitic and communal, .had its origins in Egypt, and any good Christian will find a visit to this site offers a moving testimony to the faith and fervor of the early Church.


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