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Monastery of St. Simeon

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Address: Aswan, Egypt
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Private Tour: St Simeon's Monastery

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We had the place to ourselves and the park guide was wonderful!

We walked over to this amazing place after visiting the Tombs of the Nobles. It is about a one hour walk through the gorgeous lonely desert using the camel trail (you can hire a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
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maui, hi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We walked over to this amazing place after visiting the Tombs of the Nobles. It is about a one hour walk through the gorgeous lonely desert using the camel trail (you can hire a camel if you don't want to walk), bring water as it is hot! Our park guide gave us a complete tour. Mohammed was his name (I... More 

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Estepa, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This excursion was a highlight of our stay. I can't understand why more people don't include it in their visit. A motor boat from the (disgusting) Corniche to the west bank and the Noblemen's Tombs, then a great camel ride over the desert to the Monastery. A ticket for both Tombs and Monastery includes a guide. The camels then transported... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Although its name, the true leader saint was St Hydra not St Simeon. Details of the daily life of the saint and monks are preserved. The Guardian explanation was very satisfactory. Only it needs change of the name and more advertisement

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Redhill, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

A nice excursion on the other side of the Nile, St Simeon is set right in the desert,a good peaceful stroll from the Agha Khan Mausoleum, overlooking the Nile

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

to visit this attraction u have to take a boat east bank of the river in Aswan to the west bank heading to a city called Gharb Aswan, u can cross by the ferry it costs only 0.25 to 1 EGP., then you have to hike all the way in the desert for nealy 2 kms to reach the Monastery... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Early in the morning sailed over the Nile to the nearest point toSt simeon's. One can take a camel ride, but Iwalked in about 15 minutes up the sand hill to the old buildings of St someon's and on the way visited the new monestery, church and accomodation. Schools from the area had events there when I visited. For the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

You really need an interest in Coptic history to appreciate this site which is in two parts, old & new Although you can take a camel from Qubbet el-Hawa (i.e. the ticket office for the Noble’s Tombs) we took a taxi round by road from Aswan. On the right of the road is the current monastery, which is very much... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

The monastery "the old monastery" was so peaceful and although the guide spoke very little English he made all clear so overall very enjoyable. This was the second time visiting and would go again just for the views and calmness of the place. We also went to the new monastery that is under construction which we found fascinating, and the... More 

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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Interesting to visit while doing a camel trip through the desert. The monastery needs restoration, through the ruins one can imagine how life was for the early christian monks in Egypt.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

This is one of the best things I have ever done in Egypt. The camel trek was great fun. We were all alone for most of the trek - apart from the camel keepers and accompanying soldier! Once we were used to the camels, we were allowed to complete much of the journey without assistance. We hired a motorboat to... More 

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