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Tour of St Simeon Monastery in Aswan
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“camel ride” (16 reviews)
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Aswan, Egypt
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is a nice break from other crowded ruins. When we arrived we were the only tourist there. You take a water taxi over and it takes you past the botanical gardens so it is a nice ride. When you get to the entrance you...More

1  Thank Anthony D
Reviewed 19 May 2017

The Monastery is not a sight the usual tourist will go on Aswan but it's a underated gem! It's landscapes are beautiful and there are beautiful sights inside the museum that are worth the long and hot camel ride. Make sure to tip Mohamed (the...More

Thank João P
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Difficult of access if you do not fancy camel-rides, this monastery sports a few gems and several esoteric-feeling spaces. The tour guide spoke little English but was both informative and entertaining. The view on the Nile from the top is baffling and the complex as...More

2  Thank Florent C
Reviewed 14 April 2017

there are to monasteries at the place, an ancient one and a new one, and both worth a visit, they tell you about the history of monasticism in this area centuries ago with much wealth about Coptic history, definitely worth a visit

Thank minanabil77
Reviewed 26 March 2017

We were going to visit the nubian tower high on the hill, but when we crossed the river, a guy came to us to and proposed us to ride a camel towards the tower, the tombs and the monastery. We didn't know about the tombs...More

Thank Koen_h
Reviewed 31 January 2017

This fascinating site is reached by a steep climb up a hill on the west bank of the Nile, and unless you are young and in top condition you may want to consider hiring a camel to make the ascent. Egypt was the only country...More

Thank Rand C
Reviewed 10 January 2017

You get a 45 minute plod through the desert on a mangy camel to "see" St. Simeon's Monastery in the distance. Turns out the monks got tired of the tourists wanting to tour their very ancient buildings and got the government to build them a...More

1  Thank pat z
Reviewed 1 November 2016

This is the best of the Monasteries still available to see in Egypt from 400-600 AD. Most of the other popular ones still have monks active in them. St. Simeon has been vacant for hundreds of years but it still has many interesting things to...More

3  Thank Steven W
Reviewed 3 August 2016

I took the easy way and went by car to the New Monastery. (You could use a taxi) My hotel made all the arrangements The Coptic Christians also go by car, local transport or by the coachload. The new (working) monastery is in fact a...More

Thank Sale1007
Reviewed 30 July 2016

I heard about this place off of this site and decided to go to see it when I went to Egypt this month. We had a ferry take us over (~$10 r/t) from Aswan to the opposite side of the Nile. From there it was...More

Thank Jennifer B
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