Trip to St. Catherine’s Monastery and the Colored Canyon from
We will pick you up directly from the entrance door of your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh; you will recognize our driver by a sign with your name in his hand. He will bring you directly to the monastery. On the way watch out and enjoy the great mountain landscape.
St. Catherine’s Monastery is located at the food of Mount Sinai, where Moses is supposed to have received the Ten Commandments, on the place, where he is said to have seen the Burning Bush. The first monastic life around this place is supposed to have taken place already in the 4th century AD, which makes the monastery to one of the oldest in the world. Saint Helena, the mother of Constantine I, the first Roman emperor converted to Christianity, ordered a chapel to be built on the site of the Burning Bush in the early 4th century AD. The monastery in its current form has been built by the Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century AD, with strong fortifications to protect the monks. Due to this measure, its isolated location and the protection by Mohamed, the Prophet of Islam, who in written form promised St. Catherine’s Monastery to be not attacked by any Muslim forces, it remained untouched during the centuries.
For this reason you cannot only see the buildings, walls and decorations in their nearly original form, but also countless precious items have survived until today and turned out to be an extraordinary treasure to modern scientists walking on the path of history. The library features the second large collection of ancient codices and manuscripts in the world – overtrumped only by the Vatican Library!
And you can see the greatest collection of antique icons in the world as behind the monastery’s walls they could even survive the time of the Byzantine iconoclasm where most of the early icons have been destroyed. Further you can discover the buildings, have a look at a bush in the courtyard that is purported the original Burning Bush, and the beautiful mosaics.
The monastery still houses monks and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the year 2002. As you see now, it fully deserves this title.
Please be aware that, before you enter the monastery,
you must cover your legs, arms and head!!
After enjoying lunch we will bring you farther north to the Colored Canyon near the small tourist village of Nuweiba. After drinking a cup of tea you will start your trek through the canyon. Its rock formations are extraordinarily beautiful as you cannot only find diverse shapes, but also a multitude of different colors which gave this canyon its promising name. Take your time to enjoy the unique landscape during your trek, and keep your camera ready!
Some passages in the canyon are a bit tricky, but your guide will of course assist you in case you need any help, and you can take a break whenever you need it. Anyway:
Please be aware that the tour through the Canyon requires a certain mobility and fitness
and is therefore rather not recommendable for ill, handicapped, overweight and old people!!
After finishing the hike through the Colored Canyon we will take you back to your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh where you will arrive in the evening.
- Transfers from/to your hotel and between the sights in high-class vehicles with A/C
- Guided tours in your language
- Entrance fees for St. Catherine’s Monastery and the Colored Canyon
- Tea, mineral water and soft drinks
- Gratuity (tips) for drivers and tour guides
- Personal items, meals, drinks or services not mentioned