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We were told we should ride the camels up the mountain to the site. We did not want to ride camels again, having ridden them in Wadi Rum and in the Sahara and found it hard on our backs and thighs. But trying to walk...More
it,s the most ancient Coptic christian monument in Aswan city,date back to the seventh century AD,st.simeon was the bishop of the city ,still well preserved consist of 2 floors ,the first made out of mixed rough rocks and it was the monastery it self ,second...More
I was the only tourist there when I went and I think it is a massive shame that more people do not go! This is the best monastery I have seen in a long time. Yes it is in ruins but you can see the...More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!