Private Full-Day Red Sea Monasteries Tour

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10 hours
Max People : 40
Trip Summary

Visit two of the world’s oldest Coptic monasteries, St. Anthony’s and St. Paul’s, and Egypt’s Red Sea mountains, all in one day on a private 10-hour trip from Cairo. Venture into the Eastern Desert hills, and explore the 4th- and 5th-century monasteries independently. View frescoes, icons, and manuscripts as you stroll around the churches and grounds, and learn the stories of both saints.

Departure & Return Location

Your chosen hotel in Cairo or Giza

Departure Time

At 06:30 AM

Price Includes

  • Entry fees to all mentioned sites
  • day tour will be escorted by an expert Egyptologist English speaking Guide
  • Lunch in an authentic local restaurant
  • a private touring spacious fully air condition vehicle and including all mentioned sites entry fees
  • One Bottled Water
  • All Service charges and taxes
  • Pick up services from your hotel & return

Price Excludes

  • Gratuities for Guide & Driver
  • Drinks during Lunch
  • Any Private Expenses


  • St. Anthony Monastery
  • St. Paul Monastery
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Infant meals not included
  • The dress code is smart casual
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

07:00 Am- 12:00 PmPick up - St. Anthony Monastery

Start your private tour with a hotel pickup in Cairo or Giza. Meet your driver-guide and then travel east toward the Red Sea coast by air-conditioned minivan. Gaze at Egypt’s Eastern desert on the route, and hear about the history of both St. Anthony’s and St. Paul’s monasteries on the route. Two of the world’s oldest Coptic Christian monasteries, these holy retreats were founded in the 4th and 5th century respectively, and lie nestled in the Red Sea mountains. Our first stop will be at The Monastery of Saint Anthony is a Coptic Orthodox monastery standing in an oasis in the Eastern Desert of Egypt, in the southern part of the Suez Governorate. Hidden deep in the Red Sea Mountains, it is located 334 km southeast of Cairo. It is the oldest monastery in the world.

12:00 Pm - 01:00 PmLunch

Next, you will have your lunch in a good-quality authentic restaurant with a set menu of grilled chicken/kebab and kofta. (Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required)

01:00 - 05:30St. Paul Monastery - Back to the hotel

The Monastery of St Paul began as a grouping of hermitages in the cliffs around the site where Paul had his cell. The complex’s heart is the Church of St Paul, which was built in and around the cave where Paul lived. It’s cluttered with altars, candles, ostrich eggs (the symbol of the Resurrection), and murals representing saints and biblical stories. The fortress above the church was where the monks retreated during Bedouin raids.