Dahab Culture & history

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From Sharm: Mount Moses Trekking, Sunrise & Monastery Visit

1. From Sharm: Mount Moses Trekking, Sunrise & Monastery Visit

You will be picked up from your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh city between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Then you will travel in an air-conditioned vehicle for around 4 hours to reach the Moses Mountain.  When you arrive at Mount Sinai you will start your trekking tour to the sacred place where the Prophet Moses received the 10 commandments. Reach 2,285 meters by climbing up 750 steps, strolling through the night (approx 2-3 hours depending on the customers). Depending on the performance of the group, you may arrive at the summit earlier than expected. This will give you a chance to really relax and marvel at the rising sun slowly scattering across the mountains in all its splendor.  While gazing at the sunrise, snap awesome photos or pray if you wish to, then begin the descent back down. Remember, it will take around 2 hours to reach the bottom. Enjoy some time to rest after the long trail and then have breakfast.  Next, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Catherine's Monastery. Browse through the old manuscripts displayed in the library and icons excavated from the Vatican.  It is the oldest functioning Christian monastery in the world situated on the Sinai Peninsula along with the Monastery of Saint Anthony which is located across the Red Sea in the desert of South Cairo. After you've finished touring the monastery, you can relax on the drive back to your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh.

From Dahab: St. Catherine's Monastery and Mt. Sinai Tour

2. From Dahab: St. Catherine's Monastery and Mt. Sinai Tour

Visit Mt. Sinai and St. Catherine's Monastery, the oldest Christian monastery in the world, on a tour with roundtrip transportation from Dahab. Watch the sunrise from the summit after an early-morning hike and then uncover the ancient history of St. Catherine's monastery. Start your trip from your hotel in Dahab and begin your journey to St. Catherine's National Park. Climb to the top of Mt. Sinai with a Bedouin guide to watch the sunrise. Explore St. Catherine's Monastery at your own pace and discover its ancient architecture. Relax on the way back to your hotel in Dahab at the end of your tour.

From Dahab: Day Trip to Petra by Ferry with Hotel Transfers

3. From Dahab: Day Trip to Petra by Ferry with Hotel Transfers

Explore Petra on a guided tour of the archaeological city, take in the views from the hill of Al-Habis in Wadi Musa, and have free time to shop and explore in seaside town of Aqaba. Savor a local lunch at a restaurant which includes a soft drink.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Dahab. Relax on the air-conditioned drive in a spacious bus on the 1.5-hour drive to the port in Taba. Hop aboard a ferry and relax on the cruise to Aqaba. Travel by bus for about 2-hours to Petra.  Follow your guide on a 2-3-hour walking tour of the archeological site. Enter Petra on foot, though the Siq, a narrow, winding gorge that is over 1 kilometer in length. Visit the Great Treasury (Al-Khazneh Farun), the Roman Theatre, the Royal Tombs (the Rainbow Tomb is a must for photographers). Admire hundreds of monuments, tricliniums (formal Roman dining room), and obelisks, which are all carved from the multi-shaded, rose-red sandstone. A walk through the colonnade of Roman Byzantine Petra brings you to the city center.  Continue to the hill of Al-Habis in Wadi Musa which is crowned with a crusader-era fort). Take in breathtaking panoramic views of deep gullies and uniquely colored rock formations. Rest with a buffet lunch where you can try local specialties paired with a soft drink.  Drive back to Aqaba where you will have an hour of free time for shopping before boarding the ferry back to Taba and transferring back to your hotel in Dahab late at night. 

From Sharm-El-Sheikh: Day Trip to St. Catherine and Dahab

4. From Sharm-El-Sheikh: Day Trip to St. Catherine and Dahab

Immerse yourself in history at the ancient St. Catherine's monastery in Mount Sinai on this day trip from Sharm-El-Sheikh. Discover the beauty of the seaside town of Dahab which beckons travelers with is chill vibe and stunning shoreline.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up directly from your accommodation. Sit back and relax as you are driven to the St. Catherine monetary which is nestled in the base of Mount Sinai. Stop for a guided tour of this site which houses the oldest known working library in the world. Learn about the treasures and ancient manuscripts which rival the collections at the Vatican that are locked away here. Explore this Greek Orthodox monastery that was built by Empress Helena on what was thought to be the site of the biblical burning bush.  Head to the laid back city of Dahab for a tour of the city highlights. Snap some pictures of the Red Sea coast and get some souvenir shopping done before returning to your accommodations in Sharm El Sheikh.

From Sharm el-Sheikh: Saint Catherine and Dahab Guided Trip

5. From Sharm el-Sheikh: Saint Catherine and Dahab Guided Trip

Earrly morning pick up you from the hotel in Sharm El Sheikh to Saint Catherine, start trip to this truly a beautiful place with your guide, this place has been significance to many faiths including Christianity, Islam and Judaism. At the site you can see the oldest working Christian Monastery that is still home to the same order of monks who constructed it in the 4th Century. You will also see the burning bush, a mosque and a really weird room that contains the bones and skulls of all the monks that have ever lived there! There is also a piece of St Catherine’s finger bone on display. Furthermore will go to Dahab, for lunch here, Dahab is the biggest shopping area in South Sinai, where you will get the chance to browse for local Egyptian handicrafts, carpets, jewelry, perfumes, papyrus and other souvenirs. At the end of the tour will transfer you back to the start point your hotel.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

The trip was great. It’s not an easy hike bc the terrain is really rocky and slippery at times but so worth it. The starry night sky is just so magical and the sunrise at the top of the mountain, mesmerizing! The only sad thing is the stray animals on the way up and down the mountain. Dogs and cats looking starved and full of ticks… if you can bring extra food for them, do it. They are so hungry they’ll eat dry bread like it’s the best meal on earth. Hope an organization can help these innocent souls…

The excursion is an incredible experience to live! Ahmed takes care of everything, you just have to follow his advice and let yourself be guided. The ascent as such is not that complicated, but bring warm clothes for the summit (with the perspiration + the wind it is very cold). I spent a wonderful night alongside the Bedouins and made wonderful encounters, thank you!

An experience etched in memory. The ascent and descent are far from easy but the scenery is breathtaking. I recommend 100%

Everything went smoothly and was well organised, highly recommend trip the views were beautiful!

Amazing morning ! Difficult hike but definitely worth it.