Private Tour to St Anthony's Monastery and St Paul's Monastery from Hurghada

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120 € /Adult
60 € / Child

Highlights

  • Visit the ancient Monastery of St Antony and then containing on to the Monastery of St Paul
  • The Monastery of Saint Anthony is a Coptic Orthodox monastery standing in an oasis in the Eastern Desert of Egypt
  • St. Anthony Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the world, hidden deep in the Red Sea Mountains
  • The Monastery of Saint Paul the Anchorite dates to the fifth century AD, it is also known as the Monastery of the Tigers
  • For 119 years remained the monastery of St. Paul deserted, only to be repopulated by a group of monks from the Monastery of Saint Anthony

Description

Take a tour of the monasteries of St. Anthony and St. Paul and explore the history and culture of ancient Egypt at the Coptic monasteries. The monasteries of St. Anthony and St. Paul are the oldest Christian monasteries; they both date back to the 4th century AD when monks began to settle at the foot of the Red Sea Mountain, in hidden cliffs and cryptic caves. Both monasteries are considered the holiest venues of the Coptic Church in Egypt.

The Monastery of St. Anthony is a large complex surrounded by high walls, including churches, chapels, a garden, and a spring, glorifying the father of monasticism Saint Anthony. More than 1600 years ago this was the home of the eremite Antony, who lived in a cave up on the mountain in 680 meters above sea level.

If you climb up to the saint’s cell you can see writings and depictions. When you look outside you have a gorgeous view over the mountains and the desert while on the horizon you can even see the Red Sea. You can see here the ancient Coptic Church where the holy man is buried and well preserved medieval drawings.

After a rise through the cliffs and plateaus of the mountains, you can reach the monastery of St Paul, which was built in the 4th century by hermits who had chosen to isolate themselves from the materialistic world at the same site where Saint Paul had chosen to live in a cave for 90 years. You have also a chance to visit the beautiful cellar that is located deeply under the level of the monastery and ornamented by colorful frescos.

Both monasteries are worth a visit, even if you’re not interested in the spiritual side of the experience. The beauty of the sights you’ll catch from up above will make the tour unforgettable.


Inclusions

  • Pick up services from your hotel and return
  • All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Mineral water and soft drinks

Exclusions

  • Optional activities
  • Any Extras not mentioned in the itinerary

Additional Info

  • Tour type: private tour
  • Departure time: at 05.30 a.m
  • Arrival in Zafarana: at around 07.30 a.m
  • Return to Hurghada: at around 03.00 p.m
  • Meeting / Ending point: your hotel

Good to know

  • The private Tour to the Monasteries St Paul and St Anthony consists only of participants who book the trip together.
  • The private tour is based on a minimum number of 2 Participants. Should the minimum number of participants not be reached, we will offer to operate the trip with a cost supplement.
  • Transfer surcharge: charged to any tour picking up outside Hurghada city, as follows:
  • Makadi Bay, Sahl Hashish 5 € per person
  • Safaga, Soma Bay 10 € per person
  • Children's price: Age 5 - 10

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