Private Tour: St Simeon's Monastery
- Private guide for a more personalized experience
- Led by a qualified Egyptologist
- All entrance fees included
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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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Private Tour of St Simeon's Monastery by Camel
- Camel ride
- Entrance fees
- Qualified Egyptologist guide
- Hotel/port pickup and drop off
- Transport by air conditioned minibus
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- 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
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Paul R, March 2016
While visiting Aswan by way of Uniworld River Cruises. We decided to take a break from the normal
schedule and hired a Viator Guide for a private tour to St. Simeons Monastery.
This turned out to be a very great decision! Ramez Saber and a representative of Viator met us at the
ships front desk, we walked a short 50 yards to another small boat and set out to cross the Nile. During the short sail we got to know our guide Ramez. He had deep knowledge of the area, articulate and delightful charm. Once docked, we were met by 3 guys and 3 camels. For about 40 minutes we rode
camels, led by the young guys to St Simeon Monastery. It was a beautiful, 85 degree, low humidity day. The sun was definitely intense so I was grateful to have worn long sleeves and a scarf Early February.
If you have ever watched Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman, you will have a sense of what this
short journey was like. It is a landscape that takes your breath away!
We stopped at The Monastery and Ramez began with exciting stories of how the Monastery came to be
and why it was used. We spent an hour weaving in and out of its many rooms, thankful for Ramez as I would have surely been lost. The fortress-like 7th-century Monastery of St Simeon was first dedicated to the local saint Anba Hedra, who renounced the world on his wedding day. It was rebuilt in the 10th century and dedicated to St Simeon. From here the monks travelled into Nubia.
Afterward, we saddled up once more for a short trip to another docking area. A boat was waiting to take us back to the ship via a longer scenic ride through the Nile. Ramez took great care to make certain we were entertained and at ease the entire 3.5 hour trip.
I enthusiastically recommend this private excursion to The Saint Simeon Monastery with Viator Tours and Ramez Saber!
Reviewed by: Sean F, Canada, May 2010