The legendary sunrise from Mount Sinai: 1 & 2 day tours to Saint  Catherine Monastery and Mt. Sinai

Trips to Sinai: 1 & 2 day tour to Mount Sinai (Horeb) and St. Catherine monastery,
Tours from Eilat, Cairo or Sharm el Sheikh. Climbing to the top of Mt. Sinai for the sunrise.
Visiting Sinai from Israel.

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Sun rise from Mt. Sinai- Sinai tours
Sunrise from Mt. Sinai
 

 

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Visiting the Sinai: Our tours to St Catherine’s monastery and Mount Sinai continue to be popular with visitors to Eilat. Just over the Egyptian border a 2.5 hour drive takes us to both Mount Sinai and St Catherine’s Monastery.

We strongly advise visitors touring in Sinai or Egypt to cross the border the day or evening before the tour. This allows participants a comfortable morning pick-up time,  high standard hotels at much lower rates and the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Red Sea coastline prior to the tour departure.  We arrange all transportation from Eilat, booking the hotel and help at the border crossing.
 

Tours to Sinai: Price not incl. border tax $68 p.p. and tips
Tours to Cairo: Price not incl. border tax $68 p.p. visa to Egypt 42$ p.p. and tips

Special offers for flights to Eilat and back starting from 80$ p.p. per way. Tickets are changeable and refundable.
 

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Tour add-ons of Egypt and Sinai
Our tour add-ons are a great and easy way to visit the more extraordinary attractions. 
Take a short glance at these popular add-ons to see how a few extra hours can make a world of difference to your tour.

2 days open group tours into the Sinai desert:
2 days Mt. Sinai, the Monastery and jeep tour
2 days Mt. Sinai, the Monastery and camel tour
 

Sinai tour options from Eilat:

1 day Mt. Sinai and St. Catherine Monastery from Eilat:
Tour Price: up to 2 people: $395 total, 3 people: $450, 4+ people: $139 each
Private tour sup.: 20$ p.p.

1 day St. Catherine Monastery and jeep tour in the Sinai:
Tour Price: up to 2 people: $395 total, 3 people: $450, 4+ people: $139 each
Private tour sup.: 20$ p.p.   
 
 
1 day jeep and camel tour of the Sinai desert:
Tour Price: up to 2 people: $460 total, 3 people: $540, 4+ people: $169 each
Jeep tour only without the camels: $30 less p.p.
Private tour sup.: 20$ p.p.   
 

1.5 day Mt. Sinai (for the sunrise) and St. Catherine Monastery:
Tour price: 2 pax- $450in total 3 pax $510 4-6 pax: $169 p.p.
Private tour sup.: 25$ p.p.
 

1.5 day Mt. Sinai (for the sunrise) and St. Catherine + 3 hours camel tour:
Tourprice: 2 pax- $530in total 3 pax $630 4-6 pax: $209 p.p
Private tour sup.: 25$ p.p.
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2 days St. Catherine, Mt. Sinai and camel tour in the sand stone area:
Tour price: 2 people- $720 total, 3 pax $310 4-6 pax $295 p.p.
Incl 3* hotel or Bedouin hostel 8$ less p.p.- highly recommended
Private tour sup.: 30$ p.p.
 

2 days St. Catherine, Mt. Sinai and jeep tour in the sand stone area:
Tour price: 2 people- $720 total, 3 pax $310 4-6 pax $295 p.p.
Incl 3* hotel or Bedouin hostel 8$ less p.p.- highly recommended
Private tour sup.: 30$ p.p.
 

2 days St. Catherine, Mt. Sinai and Hiking in the High Range Area:
Tour price: 2 people- $720 total, 3 pax $310 4-6 pax $295 p.p.
Incl 3* hotel or Bedouin hostel 8$ less p.p.- highly recommended
Private tour sup.: 30$ p.p.

 

The Monastery of St. Catherine- Sinai tours
The Monastery of St. Catherine- Sinai tours
 

Climbing Mount Sinai for Sunrise- 1.5 day Tour (recommended) 
Including Saint Catherine’s Monastery
Mount Sinai is believed to be the biblical ’Mount Horeb’, the mountain on which Mosses received the Ten Commandments. It is one of the Highest Mountain in the Sinai Peninsula and a very popular attraction. Visitors to Mount Sinai traditionally walk up the mountain in time for the sunrise; this tradition began hundreds of years ago with the first intrepid travellers visiting there and continues on to this day. The tour also includes a guided tour of St Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of the mountain. St Catherine’s Monastery is one of the most important sites in the Christian world. The whole mountain area surrounding the Saint Catherine Monastery, including Mount Sinai, is a listed UNESCO world heritage site.
We begin the tour late evening from Eilat and head to the Taba border where we enter Egypt. We drive south through the Sinai desert and arrive at the foot of Mount Sinai around 2:00am. A 2.5- 3 hour walk up a mountain path takes us to the summit. The spectacular views from the summit are legendary and as the sun casts its first light across the mountain peaks it is easy to see why the mountain is so revered. Having taken in the spectacular views that stretch across the horizon we make our way down the mountain to a nearby restaurant for breakfast. Following breakfast we continue on to the Monastery of Saint Catherine.
St  Catherine's’ Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Christianity. The monastery is a walled fortress that was built around the ’Burning Bush’ between the years  548-565 AD.  Despite its rich and eventful history Saint Catherine’s monastery  was never destroyed and is  a remarkably well preserved historic site. Within the walls of Saint Catherine are priceless Christian Icons, the Chapel, the tomb of Saint Catherine, the Library and even the ’burning bush’ still remains in the grounds. We explore this fascinating site and hear about its incredible history before making our way back to our vehicle and commencing our journey back to Eilat through the Sinai Desert.
Mount Sinai + St Catherine tour Price: 2 people $450, 3 people $510, 4+ people $169 per person.
Private tour sup.: 25$ p.p.

Tour includes: Vehicle, guide, breakfast, entrance fees to St. Catherine area.
Not including: border taxes $50 per person, entrance to monastery library (if open) $5, drinks with meals, and tips.
Using camels on the Mt: Let us know in advance if you want to hire a camel to ride 2/3 of the way to the top of Mount Sinai at $20 per person.
Additional jeep tour: Participants may choose to add a two hour jeep tour onto this trip on the way back. It includes an off-road drive into the depths of the Sinai desert in the area of the Ein Hudra oasis, this jeep ride covers some of best scenery and explores the Sandstone area of the Sinai desert.
Cost: $40 per person, min. 3 paying guests.       

Additional 3 hours camel tour in the Sand Stone Area of the Sinai back (Highly recommended)
The 1st part of the tour is the same as the one above, following the visit in the Monastery we will have lunch in the village and we will drive to the sand stone area of the Sinai. We board the most authentic and reliable form of desert transportation - the camel. This ancient desert wanderer allows us to experience the desert environment in the most magical and fun possible way. We will visit the pictures oasis of Ein Hudra and Returning to the road and our transport back to Eilat
Cost: $40 per person
 

 

Sinai tours from Eilat: Sun rise from Mt. Sinai
Sinai tours from Eilat: Sunrise from Mt. Sinai

 

St. Catherine’s Monastery and the Sinai desert by Jeep One day tour (Sinai tours)
This St. Catherine’s Monastery and Sinai jeep tour departs at 06:00am from all hotels. The Monastery of St. Catherine in Sinai’s High Range Area remains one of the most important sights of pilgrimage in the world. Saint Catherine’s monastery and it’s surrounding area is a word heritage site and protected by UNESCO. The monastery was erected in the 6 century and stands at the foot of Mount Sinai (traditionally believed to be the mountain on which Moses received the Ten Commandments). Although commonly called St Catherine’s it’s actual name is ’The monastery of the Transfiguration". Constructed in the sixth century Greek Orthodox monks care it for today in the same tradition as in centuries past. We spend the morning exploring this historic site before heading to a nearby hotel to enjoy a buffet lunch.
We board our jeeps by afternoon and leave St. Catherine’s monastery behind us for an off-road tour into the depths of the Sinai desert. During this taste of 4X4 tour adventure we visit the tribal cemetery of Nawamis whose 6,000-year-old graves are amongst the most ancient covered structures in the world. We also visit the ‘Rock of Inscriptions’ carved by the very first intrepid pilgrims to venture here. We stop to admire the beautiful views over the Ein Hudra oasis before commencing the return journey to our Sinai hotel or Eilat by evening.
Tour Price:up to 2 people: $395 total, 3 people: $450, 4+ people: $139 each                    
Tour Price includes: Jeep, guide, lunch and entrance fees to St. Catherine area.
Tour does not include: Israel - Egypt border taxes, tips and entrance fee to the library of St. Catherine monastery ($5).
Private tour sup.: 20$ p.p.

 

Touring the Sinai Desert: Camel trips in the east of the Sinai desert
Touring the Sinai Desert: Camel trips 

 

St. Catherine’s Monastery & Climbing Mount Sinai- One day tour (Sinai tours)
This tour involves an early start and includes a guided tour of St Catherine's Monastery and ascending Mount Sinai. It is a very active one-day trip for the more energetic travelers only. We begin the tour with St Catherine's monastery touring its fascinating grounds and historic treasures. Having left St. Catherine’s monastery we take a picnic lunch and begin our ascent on the ancient pilgrim trail of Mt. Sinai, (Biblical Mount Horeb) known in Arabic as Jabel Musa (Moses Mountain). A two hour walk takes us to the very summit where we rest and take in the vast and inspiring views. Having descended the mountain we return to our vehicle and drive to a local Bedouin village for a local Bedouin style dinner. Returning to Taba by 22:00.
Tour Price: up to 2 people: $395 total, 3 people: $450, 4+ people: $139 each 
Private tour sup.: 20$ p.p.
Tour price includes: Lunch and entrance fees to St. Catherine area, guide and Transportation.
Optional Dinner Supplement $9 per person
Tour price does Not include: Israel - Egypt border taxes, tips and entrance to the library of St. Catherine monastery ($5).
Camels for help in ascending  Mount Sinai if required, $25per person   
 
Hiking in the Sinai's High Range
Hiking in the Sinai's High Range
 

 

One day Sinai desert 4wd jeep and camel tour 
On the Egyptian side of the Taba border we board 4x4 Toyota Land cruiser jeeps and begin our journey into the heart of the picturesque Sinai desert. Having reached the Sandstone area we leave the road for a breathtaking 4X4 adventure through this beautiful wilderness. In this area we find the delicate rock formations of the southern Mt. Baraka and enjoy the breathtaking views from the top of the highest sand dunes in Sinai. We visit the ancient tribal cemetery of Nawamis (4000 BC), the ‘Rock of Inscriptions’ and the beautiful ‘Hollow Mountain’, as the sun goes down we leave the 4x4 behind us and board camels - lead by local Bedouin camel handlers, we then follow a picturesque camel route for approx 3 hours as the sun is setting in the Sinai skies. This is the most serene and traditional way to experience the desert. It is surprisingly comfortable and relaxing and gives an authentic desert experience of travelers from times gone by. We return to  Eilat by evening.
Tour Price: up to 2 people: $460 total, 3 people: $540, 4+ people: $169 each
Private tour sup.: 20$ p.p.
Jeep tour only without the camels: $30 less p.p.   
Tour Price include: Jeep, camels, guide and lunch.
 


2 day tours to Sinai from Eilat:

Sinai - Two day St. Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai and Camel tour combined
Day one– Starting the tour early at Taba or hotels, we head south and follow the coastal road until reaching the sand stone area. We board the most authentic and reliable form of desert transportation - the camel. This ancient desert wanderer allows us to experience the desert environment in the most magical and fun possible way. We begin the day in the oasis of Ein Hudra before riding and walking through the most scenic canyons and Wadis in the area. Stopping on the way for tea and a Bedouin herder’s picnic lunch, which includes pita bread prepared on the campfire. Returning around sunset to the road. From here we head straight to the towering red granite mountains of the high range where both St. Catherine’s monastery and Mount Sinai are found. We enjoy our evening meal and settle for the night at a local hotel, or at the beautiful Bedouin hostel (Recommended).

Day two– Early morning we begin our ascent on Mount Sinai, walking in the footsteps of the devoted pilgrims who tread this route centuries earlier. We should reach the summit just before dawn in time to witness its incredible sunrise and splendid views. Descending the mountain we return to the hotel for breakfast. We spend the later part of morning touring the monastery of St. Catherine, taking in its fascinating and unique sights and exceptional history.  Following lunch we drive back to Eilat, We stop in the way on the beach near Nuweiba for lunch.
Tour price: 2 people- $720 total, 3 people: $310p.p.  4 people or more: $295 p.p,
Price with the Beduine hostel is 8$ less p.p.
Tour price includes: All meals, hotel and entrance fees to St. Catherine area.
Private tour sup.: 30$ p.p.
Tour does not include: Israel - Egypt border taxes, tips and entrance to the library of St. Catherine’s monastery ($5 paid on site).
Camels for climbing Mt. Sinai 25$ p.p. supplement.


 

Camel & hiking tours in the Sinai's high range
Camel & hiking tours in the Sinai

 

Sinai - Two day St. Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai and jeep tour combined
Day one
– we board our jeeps and begin our journey to the heart of the picturesque Sinai desert. Having reached the Sandstone area we leave the road for a breathtaking 4X4 adventure through this beautiful wilderness. In this area we find the delicate rock formations of the southern Mt. Baraka and enjoy the breathtaking view from the top of nearby sand dunes, the highest in Sinai. We visit the ancient tribal cemetery of Nawamis (4000 BC), the ‘Rock of Inscriptions’ and the beautiful ‘Hollow Mountain’, as the sun goes down we head straight to the towering red granite mountains of the high range where both St. Catherine’s monastery and Mount Sinai are found. We enjoy our evening meal and settle for the night at a local hotel, or at the beautiful Bedouin hostel (Recommended).
Day two– Early morning we begin our ascent on Mount Sinai, walking in the footsteps of the devoted pilgrims who tread this route centuries earlier. We should reach the summit just before dawn in time to witness its incredible sunrise and splendid views. Descending the mountain we return to the hotel for breakfast. We spend the later part of morning touring the monastery of St. Catherine, taking in its fascinating and unique sights and exceptional history.  Following lunch we drive back to Eilat, We stop in the way on the beach near Nuweiba for lunch.
Tour price: 2 people- $720 total, 3 people: $310p.p.  4 people or more: $295 p.p,
Price with the Beduine hostel is 8$ less p.p.
Private tour sup.: 30$ p.p.
Tour price includes: All meals, hotel and entrance fees to St. Catherine area.
Tour does not include: Israel - Egypt border taxes, tips and entrance to the library of St. Catherine’s monastery ($5 paid on site).
Camels for climbing Mt. Sinai 25$ p.p. supplement.
Camels: Adding 2-3 hours camel tour on day 1- 30$ p.p.    
 
Sinai - Two day St. Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai and hiking in the high range area
Day one- Hiking with backpacks through the magnificent Red Granite Mountains of Sinai's High Range is an experience of a lifetime. Explore the beautiful ancient monasteries, Bedouin gardens, orchards, oasis, waterfalls and rock pools, accessible only by foot. Enjoy the incredible panoramic views of the High Range, which span the whole of the Sinai Peninsula. as the sun goes down we head straight to the towering red granite mountains of the high range where both St. Catherine’s monastery and Mount Sinai are found. We enjoy our evening meal and settle for the night at a local hotel, or at the beautiful Bedouin hostel (Recommended)..
Day two– Early morning we begin our ascent on Mount Sinai, walking in the footsteps of the devoted pilgrims who tread this route centuries earlier. We should reach the summit just before dawn in time to witness its incredible sunrise and splendid views. Descending the mountain we return to the hotel for breakfast. We spend the later part of morning touring the monastery of St. Catherine, taking in its fascinating and unique sights and exceptional history.  Following lunch we drive back to Eilat, We stop in the way on the beach near Nuweiba for lunch.
Tour price includes: All meals, hotel and entrance fees to St. Catherine area.
Tour does not include: Israel - Egypt border taxes, tips and entrance to the library of St. Catherine’s monastery ($5 paid on site).
Camels for climbing Mt. Sinai 25$ p.p. supplement.
 
 

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