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Private Tour: St Simeon's Monastery
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Wonderful day

I really enjoyed our afternoon at the monastery. What an extraordinary place with fabulous stories! Monks, pilgrims, Christians, Muslims... really worth it, with the most fabulous... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Jessica S
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Cairo, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoyed our afternoon at the monastery. What an extraordinary place with fabulous stories! Monks, pilgrims, Christians, Muslims... really worth it, with the most fabulous view of Aswan, the desert and the Nile

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Houston
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We were at the Oberoi Zahra and our Egyptologist told us that he had a surprise for us: the visit to the Monastery of Saint Simeon. We took a lovely felucca from the Aswan corniche. When we arrived to the shore, we took seldom camels trought the Sahara dessert (Different from Gizah, here is much more authentic to take a... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

HOW TO RIDE A CAMEL ON THE NILE Of course, if you are lucky enough to cruise down the Nile, you must—you simply must—take a CAMEL RIDE UP TO ST. SIMEON MONASTERY. For our group, this was part of the leisurely pleasures of a felucca sailing on the Nile, also reviewed here, as another Aswan attraction. Sailing toward the shore,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

i so wanted to see the Monastery of St Simeon, and the two options were walking or riding a camel! I chose the camel!! The monastery, is one of the most intriguing places that I have seen. Set in the desert, high up, above The Nile, so much of it can still be seen, and it is totally easy to... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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654 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I choose to arrive by camel which made it magical.It was midday so was really too hot to spend enough time exploring the site .Very well kept ,Good example of a Coptic monastery ,enjoyed the monks cells bakery ,laundry ect

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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

example of one of Coptic saints, chance to get knowledge of how that Coptic saints had been leaved. really blessed place.

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Thank emad k
Cairo, Egypt
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Looking at the place where those monks lived and shared is a close encounter with firm hearts in tough times. From the bedrooms, bakery and even the toilets is an educative and close view of how lived those who went far away with news of hope for the hopeless.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
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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Granada, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 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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