Location: Aswan, Egypt
Rating: based on 3 reviews
Take a camel ride tour to the southern tip of Elephantine Island where you will find St Simeon’s Monastery, an ancient, abandoned fortress monastery mostly built during the 7th century and located near Aswan.
- Private guide for a more personalized tour experience
- Led by a qualified Egyptologist
- All entrance fees included
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Camel ride
The monastery was given the name St Simeon by archaeologists and travellers, but earlier Arabic and Coptic sources called it Anba Hatre (Hidra, Hadri, Hadra), after an anchorite who was consecrated a bishop of Syene (now Aswan) by Patriarch Theophilus (385-412 AD).
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.
Departure Point: Aswan hotels or Port area
Departure Time: 8:30am (later departures are available until 3:00pm if required, please advice at time of booking)
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Return Details: Returns to original departure point
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Hard to forget your first camel ride! Interesting look at Christianity in Egypt.
Reviewed by: Anonymous