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“camel ride” (16 reviews)
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Aswan, Egypt
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Interesting to visit while doing a camel trip through the desert. The monastery needs restoration, through the ruins one can imagine how life was for the early christian monks in Egypt.

2  Thank Mtltravel2013
Reviewed 21 August 2013

This is one of the best things I have ever done in Egypt. The camel trek was great fun. We were all alone for most of the trek - apart from the camel keepers and accompanying soldier! Once we were used to the camels, we...More

Thank Sunrise E
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Egypt and Nubia were the sites of some of the earliest monasteries, communities of believers isolated from the world in desolate locations. St. Simeon’s delivers that feeling of isolation and is worth a visit for the quiet, the clarity of the ruins, and the experience...More

Thank bobinathens
Reviewed 10 June 2013

The monastery named Deir Anba Sim'an or Monastery of Anba Hatre or Anba Hadra is one very interesting place, the early Christians lived here … maybe starting from 2nd century, maybe from 4th century, I heard both opinions. Interesting as archaeological site and historical place,...More

Thank anagh
Reviewed 27 April 2013

You definately need a guide to try and make a sense of the Monastrey and its incredibly complex history

Thank Adriaan G
Reviewed 30 March 2013

It's fun wandering through the many rooms of this ruined monastery and coming across ancient murals here and there. Reaching the site with our guide by camel (and then continuing on our mounts until the Tombs of the Nobles) made for a great experience. Instead...More

Thank Kathleen M
Reviewed 6 March 2013

We rode camels from our guest house to the monastery so we got to see it rise out of the heat like it was straight from a movie. The monastery is pretty interesting but we found our young guide to be too touchy in our...More

1  Thank mamajunglequeen
Reviewed 12 February 2013

For a different trip from Aswan St Simeon's Monastery is a great place to visit, peaceful, interesting and ancient, yet an unusual Christian place of interest. I walked up the track from the landing place (too old for a camel) had a look at the...More

Thank GrecophileUK
Reviewed 8 January 2013

We arranged a boat to sail from our hotel, round the islands to the jetty from which camels could be organised to St Simeon. The monastery itself was peaceful and interesting. It felt a world away from Aswan which could be seen across the river....More

Thank Sofarsogood2
Reviewed 16 December 2012

The Monastery provides a guide and it was a very interesting visit. Its quite substantially ruined so its good to have someone explain what there is to see. I strongly recommend going there on a camel and asking to return via the view point over...More

Thank Rachel J
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