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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
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...More
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...More
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...More
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
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...More
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...More
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...More
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
Response from zoeevans2016 | Reviewed this property |
No donkeys when I was there in January and to be honest I was the only person that went all day! I am not a fan of camel riding either but you can hardly walk in the sand going up so I did ride. It was ok and we went slowly... More
No donkeys when I was there in January and to be honest I was the only person that went all day! I am not a fan of camel riding either but you can hardly walk in the sand going up so I did ride. It was ok and we went slowly and the guys are brilliant at helping you in and off. Coming down I admit I walked as it was easier sliding down the sand. I will say this though, it is definitely worth the trip up there even if you just grin and bear the camel. The views are amazing and the monetary is one of the best I have been to. You will really miss out if you do not do it so I’m glad I did!