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Private Tour: St Simeon's Monastery

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  • Location: Aswan, Egypt
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3124ASW04
Join 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.

Highlights

  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Led by a qualified Egyptologist
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
The monastery was given the name St Simeon by archaeologists and travelers, but earlier Arabic and Coptic sources called it Anba Hatre (Hidra, Hadri, Hadra), 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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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Aswan hotels or Port area
Departure Time:
8:30am (later departures are available until 3:00pm if required, please advise at time of booking)

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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Pricing information

Private Tour: St Simeon's Monastery

Private Tour of St Simeon's Monastery by Camel
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Inclusions:
  • Camel ride
  • Entrance fees
  • Qualified Egyptologist guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop off
  • Transport by air conditioned minibus
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Transport is wheelchair accessible however be prepared for uneven surfaces at the sites visited which may be difficult for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Sean F, Canada, May 2010

it's a short ride to the monastery and back - which is good when it's hot hot hot. an experience to be had.

Reviewed by: Joanne D, United Kingdom, February 2010

Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable & friendly.
From $38.00

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