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St. Simeon Monastery Tours

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St. Simeon Monastery
On the west bank of the Nile, facing Aswan, 7th-century St. Simeon Monastery looks more like a fortress than a place of worship. Also known as Anba Hatre, the brick-and-stone structure has been abandoned since the 13th century. From the church to the monks’ cells, it paints an atmospheric picture of monastic life in the ancient world.

The Basics
There’s a moderate charge to enter St. Simeon Monastery, with discounts for children. As getting here generally involves chartering a boat to cross the Nile and then climbing a hill (often by camel), most travelers prefer to visit on an organized tour or with a private guide who can do the haggling for them. It’s possible to combine a visit to St. Simeon Monastery with Aswan’s Tombs of the Nobles, also on the west bank.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • St. Simeon Monastery is of interest to history buffs.
  • The walk up the hill can be extremely hot depending on the time of year. It’s well worth paying extra to ride a camel.
  • The new monastery, near the ruins, is not open to tourists.
  • St. Simeon Monastery is not wheelchair-accessible.

How to Get There
St. Simeon Monastery is located on the west bank of the Nile, facing Elephantine Island and Aswan. The easiest way to reach it is to charter a boat, then ride a camel up the hill, although it’s also possible to walk. Alternatively, catch the ferry from the Corniche to the Tombs of the Nobles, then arrange a donkey or camel there. A few tours approach by road, which involves a lengthy detour and some walking.

When to Get There
St. Simeon Monastery is open from morning to afternoon, seven days a week. While the site is rarely crowded, and it’s even sometimes possible to have the ruins to yourself, aim to arrive soon after opening to beat the heat. That’s particularly important if you’re walking from the river.

Monasteries of Egypt
While Egypt is officially an Islamic country, around 10 percent of the population follow the Coptic Christian religion, and Christianity has a long history here. Besides St. Simeon Monastery, other ancient monasteries include St. Catherine’s Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Sinai Desert; St. Anthony’s Monastery, in the Eastern Desert; and the monasteries of Wadi Natrun, between Cairo and Alexandria. 
Address: Deir Amba Samaan, Aswan, Egypt
Admission: Varies
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Excursion to St Simeon's MonasteryDay Trips

Excursion to St Simeon's Monastery

Negotiating with camel drivers is a real Egypt low point—and the visitor never wins. Enjoy all the fun of a bumpy, humpy ride with none of the haggling as you steer your steed to St. Simeon Monastery, a fortress-like 7th-century monastery on Elephantine Island. Your guide will collect you from your hotel or port, accompany you on the ferry, help with your camel, and show you the ruins.
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Trip to St. Simeon Monastery

Enjoy your Day Trip To St. Simeon Monastery that is located opposite the southern tip of Elephantine Island. Originally known as Anba Hatre Monastery, this structure dates back to the 6th century.
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Aswan St. Simeon Monastery Private Half-Day Tour with Camel Ride

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Take a break from ancient temples to see the Monastery of St. Simeon on a private half-day trip from Aswan. Catch a boat across the River Nile and ride a camel to this 6th- to 11th-century sanctuary dedicated to St. Simeon (Anba Hatre), and once home to 1,000 monks. Explore the monks’ dwellings and see the church with its fragmented frescoes, as you learn the monastery’s history. Hotel transfers, guide, boat ride, and admission included.
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Trip to St. Simeon MonasteryHalf-day Tours

Trip to St. Simeon Monastery

Enjoy your Day Trip To St. Simeon Monastery that is located opposite the southern tip of Elephantine Island. Originally known as Anba Hatre Monastery, this structure dates back to the 6th century.
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Trip to St. Simeon Monastery

Enjoy your Day Trip To St. Simeon Monastery that is located opposite the southern tip of Elephantine Island. Originally known as Anba Hatre Monastery, this structure dates back to the 6th century.
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Enjoy your Day Trip To St. Simeon Monastery that is located opposite the southern tip of Elephantine Island. Originally known as Anba Hatre Monastery, this structure dates back to the 6th century.
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Enjoy your Day Trip To St. Simeon Monastery that is located opposite the southern tip of Elephantine Island. Originally known as Anba Hatre Monastery, this structure dates back to the 6th century.
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Private Trip: St Simeon Monastery including Motorboat and Camel Ride

Enjoy riding a Camel to visit St. Simeons Monastery on this Private 3.5 hour Tour on Aswan’s Elephantine Island. As you explore the 7th Century Site view traces of fresco paintings, learn the story of the Monks who used the Island for missionary trips into Nubia and see the writings left by Islamic Pilgrims during their journeys to Mecca
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You will be transferred from your hotel in Aswan to St. Simoen Monestery which is located opposing the southern tip of the Elephantine Island. Firstly, it was called Anba Hatre Monastery. The principal church of the Monastery was built during the first half of the eleventh century ( or possibly earlier, in the tenth century ) and represents the oldest of its kind in Egypt
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Ride a camel to  St. Simeon’s Monastery on a private, 3.5-hour tour on Aswan's Elephantine Island. Glimpse faint traces of fresco paintings as you explore the 7th-century site, and take in stark views from the fortified walls. Learn the story of the monks that used Elephantine Island as a basecamp for missionary trips into Nubia, and find graffiti left by Islamic pilgrims during their long journeys to Mecca. 
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Cave church of St Simon

Negotiating with camel drivers is a real Egypt low point—and the visitor never wins. Enjoy all the fun of a bumpy, humpy ride with none of the haggling as you steer your steed to St. Simeon Monastery, a fortress-like 7th-century monastery on Elephantine Island. Your guide will collect you from your hotel or port, accompany you on the ferry, help with your camel, and show you the ruins. Or by air conditioning car choose what you prefer.
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Save yourself from haggling with boatmen and enjoy the undiluted attention of your own personal guide on this private half-day tour of 7th-century St. Simeon Monastery. Learn about the local saint Anba Hedra as you explore the atmospheric, fortress-like site at a time that works with your schedule. Needless to say, your tour includes door-to-door private round-trip transfers direct from your hotel or cruise ship.
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Located on the opposite side of the Nile from Aswan, the Monastery of St. Simeon dates back to the seventh century and is a popular attraction. Skip the crowds on this private tour and, in the company of just your travel companions, travel by private vehicle to the historic site.
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Trip to St. Simeon Monastery

Enjoy your Day Trip To St. Simeon Monastery that is located opposite the southern tip ofElephantine Island. Originally known as Anba Hatre Monastery, this structure dates back to the 6th century.  
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