Duration: Full Day
This full day excursion will introduce you to the beautiful holy land of Sinai during your holiday in Egypt. Walk in the footsteps of Moses and many devoted pilgrims as you climb to the top of Sinai Mountain, where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. Marvel at the spectacular views from the top as the sun rises.
You will also get the chance to visit St Catherine's Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the world, famous for its magnificent religious icons. Enjoy a unique day of beauty, history and discovery in one of the most scenic parts of Egypt.
After an early start from Sharm El Sheikh, we travel to the mountainous region of Sinai where you will embark on an exciting trek up the stone “Steps of Repentance” to the summit of Mount Sinai, otherwise known as Moses Mountain. Once at the top, the spectacular views of the neighbouring peaks and rugged landscape will take your breath away, particularly as the sun rises on the horizon, illuminating the Sinai mountain range and valleys.
You will then start your descent back down the mountain, enjoying more beautiful vistas on the way, including a bird’s-eye view of St Catherine's Monastery, the oldest working Christian monastery and the smallest diocese in the world. It was built within the walls of a fortress in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian in order to protect the monks in the region from attacks by the Saracens.
It was also erected as a shrine to honour the traditional site of the Burning Bush, through which God spoke to Moses. The living bush on the grounds here today is believed to be the original. This holy region is the area through which Moses is believed to have led his people to the Promised Land. It is sacred to three of the world’s religions − Christianity, Islam, and Judaism − and became one of the world’s most important centres for pilgrimages.
The monastery's true name is the Monastery of the Transfiguration, although it is more commonly known as St Catherine’s after being dedicated to the early Christian martyr St. Catherine of Alexandria, who was imprisoned and sentenced to death by the Roman Emperor Maxentius after criticising his persecution of Christians and successfully converting people to her faith. According to legend, angels carried her body and relics to Mount Sinai where she was laid to rest.
The monastery houses an outstanding collection of ancient religious icons, dating from the 6th to the 19th centuries. Its priceless treasures include one of the largest and most important collections of illuminated manuscripts in the world, which is second only to the Vatican, as well as beautiful early Christian art, Arab mosaics, Greek and Russian icons and many other awe-inspiring relics. In order to protect the beautiful Byzantine architecture and historic art, St. Catherine's was dedicated an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.
You are advised to wear warm clothes and comfortable walking shoes on this trip, and you need to bring your passport with you.
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