On this one day tour to Mount Sinai and Saint Catherine, departing from Eilat, you’ll visit two of the most impressive and important sites in the Middle East. This remarkable tour will depart from Eilat in the early morning, traveling through Egypt’s Sinai desert to St Catherine. Climbing Mount Sinai by road, you’ll see the site of the Burning Bush and Well of Jethro’s Daughters. Arriving at St Catherine, you’ll tour the monastery including the famous skull room and olive grove, and understand the immense importance of this area to Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
According to availability, we may have the chance to meet with Fr. Justin, an American monk who is in charge of the Manuscript Library of St. Catherine, the second largest library regarding the number of Ancient Manuscripts in the world next to the Vatican. We will have the opportunity to learn about this treasure and the conservation & digitalizing projects funded internationally and executed locally
Before Departing Mount Sinai, we will have a box lunch from the Monastery before we head our way back to Eilat. If time permits, stop off at the Red Sea resort of Nuweiba with an opportunity for swimming or snorkeling.
- 07:30 Cross into Egypt with border assistance, meet your guide and drive south through Sinai’s Desert
- 09:30 Tour of St Catherine’s Monastery, including the skull room and olive grove
- Possible visit with a monk and the Manuscript Library.
- 13:00 Lunch Box or lunch at the Monastery Guest House.
- 15:00 Drive back toward the Taba border crossing, stopping at the beach in the resort of Nuweiba, if time permits
- NB – All timings are approximate
Over-day Trip from Israel
Visit to St Catherine’s Monastery & the Manuscript Library
This legendary Greek Orthodox St. Catherine Monastery is one of the oldest places of worship in the world.
Founded in the 4th century, the monastery stands on the site where Moses saw the burning bush. When you visit, it’s possible to see a living descendant of that very bush.
The walled monastery complex includes a fortress, chapel, the 6th century Church of the Transfiguration and monastic buildings. The monastery was never attacked, so its famous library of rare manuscripts, priceless icons, reliquaries and artworks is complete.