St Simeon's Monastery/Private Tour

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approximately)
Location: Aswan, Egypt


Join a camel ride to the southern tip of Elephantine Island where you will find St Simeon's Monastery, an ancient abandoned fortress monastery mostly built during the 7th century and located near Aswan.


The monastery was given the name St Simeon by archaeologists and travelers, but earlier Arabic and Coptic sources called it Anba Hatre (Hidra, Hadri, Hadra), after an anchorite who was consecrated a bishop of Syene (now Aswan) by Patriarch Theophilus (385-412 AD).

Anba Hatre married at the age of eighteen. Tradition says that just after the wedding, he encountered a funeral procession which inspired him to preserve his chastity and later become a disciple of Saint Baiman.

After eight years of ascetic practices under the supervision of his teacher he retired to the desert and applied himself to the study of the life of Saint Antony. He died during the time of Theodosius I.

Camel ride
Entrance fees
Qualified Egyptologist guide
Hotel/port pick-up and drop-off
Transport by air conditioned minibus

Gratuities (optional)
Food and drinks, unless specified