Tour to Mount Sinai & St Catherine from Cairo

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Pick up 09:00 AM
Duration 2 Days
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Day 1
  1. 07:00 - Pick up from Cairo hotel
  2. 07:15 - Transfer to St. Catherine Monastery
  3. 15:00 - Check in a hotel & lunch time (optionally)
  4. 16:00 - Free time at leisure
Day 2
  1. 03:00 - Climb Mount Sinai
  2. 06:00 - Watching Sunrise at the top of Mount Sinai
  3. 08:00 - Breakfast in the hotel
  4. 09:00 - St Catherine Monastery Excursion
  5. 11:00 - Transfer back to Cairo

Full Description

Tour to Mount Sinai from Cairo runs every day as a private excursion to the holy pick. The distance between Cairo and st Catherine Monastery is 480 km, the journey by a private air-condition car takes up to 6 hours.

Cairo to Mount Sinai Distance

The Distance between Cairo and Mount Sinai is about 440 KM, it takes 7 hours driving by bus.

Cairo to Mount Sinai Tours

Cairo to Mount Sinai Tours available every day, the trips includes pick up & drop off from / to your hotel in Cairo, it is a private tour and can be tailored for your needs to include drop off to other destination such as Sharm El Sheikh / Dahab / Nuweiba / Taba.

Transfers from Cairo to St Catherine

The tour from Cairo to South Sinai most famous place St. Catherine Monastery and its holy peak known as Mount Sinai starts with pick up from your Cairo hotel, then drive toward Suez city then cross the Suez canal and drive toward Saint Catherine city. The journey may take up to 7 hours to reach Mount Sinai.

Climbing Mount Sinai

Upon arrival in St. Catherine let’s check in a local hotel (optionally) and have some rest until evening, dinner in the hotel and free time at leisure. We start our journey up to the mountain in the early morning, Around 3 am you will meet your Bedouin guide who will lead you up to the top of the mountain. The path is smooth but it needs efforts and some physical training to keep up with your Bedouin guide. If you get tired, you can always hire a camel that will take you up to the mountain (optionally) but not to the pick! O reach the pick you will have to climb yourself the last 750 stairs, cut in the rocks. So, be prepared for your journey and dress accordingly. Comfy shoes and very warm closes in winter, including hat and gloves are recommended, as the temperature in the mountains drops to mines, and snowing is common there.

Seeing Sunrise at Mount Sinai

The sunrise on the top of Mount Sinai is spectacular, so expect to stay there for a while to take amazing pictures. After 6.00 am you will start to go down the mountain, it does not take much time and max at 7.00 am you will be already at the bottom of the Monastery of Saint Catherine. As the monastery opens its doors at 9 am, we will have plenty of time to have rest, to warm ourselves in the first rays of the sun and to get our breakfast in a local cafeteria/restaurant.

Visiting of the Monastery of St Catherine

When monastery opens its doors we will get a chance to explore the inside areas of the monastery, will visit the Burning bush and famous chapel of Transfiguration. If you want to know more you can have a look inside the monastery’s icon gallery (optionally, paid separately) and discover the treasures inside.

Transfer to Cairo from St Catherine

After our monastery tour finishes we will take our van back to Cairo. The distance between Cairo and St. Catherine is 440 km, the journey may take up to 6 hours to reach Cairo, then transfer back to your hotel in Cairo.

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Transportation by air conditioned car
  • Entrance fees to the monastery of Saint Catherine
  • Breakfast box during the trip
  • Bedouin tour leader during climbing
  • Torches
  • bottle of water
  • Hotel accommodation in Saint Catherine city
  • Camel ride or donkey to the peak of Mount Sinai
  • Any extras not mentioned in the program
  • Tips

  • 1 Person £269
  • 2-3 Persons£142
  • 4-6 Persons£142

What to take with you
  • Warm clothes in winter
  • comfortable shoes
  • snacks or biscuits


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Excellent night activity
5 / 5
Ashly , 22 May 2022
We booked this trip while we were in Cairo, what an amazing night trip. The activity was well organized and pick up at the hotel was in time. The drive by a private car was comfortable and enjoyable, it took 6 hours form our hotel to the city. At St Catherine we’re presented the Bedouin guide Solyman. Began to climb at about 2 am and spent about 3-4 hours The climb is technically easy as there is a wide well conserved path and then 700 steps but if you are a fast climber many waits are necessary as the groups are miscellaneous. Along the way small huts provide water, other beverages as coffee or tea and some snacks. Be advised that temperature drops and some protection cloth is needed near the top. The climb is about 700m and the length about 5-6 km Visit to St Catherine is fast but the walls are really impressing. On the way back we slept in the car until reaching our hotel. Thank you Sharm Club for the excellent service and wonderful hospitality.

Published: 12 Dec 2018 Last update: 27 Dec 2022