1. Israel
  2. Southern District
  3. Sharm el-Sheikh
  4. Saint Catherine's Monastery

Eilat: 3-Day Mount Sinai and Red Sea Experience

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This 3-Day Sinai experience tour includes accommodation in traditional bamboo huts on a private beach along the Red Sea. You will enjoy a Mount Sinai sunrise hike, a tour the St. Catherine Monastery, and an optional off-road desert Jeep adventure.
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Duration: 3 days
Starting time 11:00 AM
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Experience

Highlights
  • Spend 2 nights in a hut at Aqua Sun beach
  • Enter St. Catherine
  • Travel to Mount Sinai
  • Enjoy buffet-style dinners
Full description
Your 3-day experience begins in Eilat, and continues to Egypt through the Taba Border Crossing. After the border crossing, your group will meet a local driver who will bring you to your accommodation at Aqua Sun, a serene beach-side lodging surrounded by desert mountains.

At Aqua Sun, check into your Husha (traditional bamboo hut) and have free time to relax. Stroll along 2 kilometers of private beach, or bathe in the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea. You can also take in the beautiful views, which include Saudi Arabia (which can be seen from across the water).

Dinner will be an open-buffet dinner, before preparing for your overnight hike up Mount Sinai (where Moses received the 10 Commandments). Departing towards the monastery at 11:00PM, there will be a couple of hours of driving before you begin the 2.5-hour trail up the mountain under the open sky and glistening stars. With plenty of comfortable resting places along the way, you will arrive at the top of the mountain in time to view a spectacular sunrise over the desert terrain before beginning the descent down to the St. Catherine Monastery for breakfast in the garden.

The St. Catherine Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies on the Sinai Peninsula at the foot of Mount Sinai. It is home to the famous Burning Bush, the Well of Moses, and biblical mosaics of the Old Testament. After concluding your tour at the monastery, the group will return to Aqua Sun for more beach relaxation and rest. Spend the day resting on the beach, snorkel over the incredible coral reef, or hang out in the common areas with locals and friends. You can also taste local flavors at an open-buffet dinner, with plenty of options to choose from.

On the third day, take a morning dip or head straight to the breakfast buffet. You can choose between an optional desert off-road adventure (booked on the spot, 180 ILS) or another relaxing day at the beach. The off-road adventure will take you to the Ain Khudra Oasis, which is hidden within the infinite sand dunes of the Sinai Desert.

On the final day, you will make your departure back to the Israeli border in the afternoon. From the border you can easily use public transportation or a private taxi to get back into the heart of Eilat.
Includes
  • 2 nights accommodation at a hut at Aqua Sun Beach
  • Entrance fees to St. Catherine
  • Guide for St. Catherine and Mount Sinai
  • Transportation
  • Dinners and breakfasts
What’s Not Included
  • Border fees – $60 USD (107 ILS exit fee from Israel + 400 EGP visa to Sinai)
  • Lunches
  • Water and drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Room upgrade (air-conditioned room with a private bathroom)
  • Optional off-road desert Jeep adventure (180 ILS)
  • Optional arranged transport from Taba Border to the desired destination in Eilat (60 ILS per taxi)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

3 Shifron St, Eilat - Be Unique Hotel

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport
  • Warm clothing
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen
Know before you go
• Egypt permits most Western countries to receive a travel visa at the border crossing (residents of some countries need to apply for a visa in advance)
• For re-entry into Israel, please ensure you are eligible for a visa on arrival, or have already arranged a multiple entry visa for Israel in advance (check with your local embassy, or online)
• The border exit fees on the Israeli side are 107 ILS, and can be paid in ILS, Euro, USD, and credit card
• The visa to Sinai is 400 EGP and can be paid only in cash in EGP (you can exchange money at the border crossing, or at a money exchange before the departure of your tour)
• Most of the hike is on a wide snake path up the mountain and is not very difficult, however, the final part of the hike includes 750 steps (this hike is not recommended for those with difficulty walking)
• Please bring warm clothing for the top of Mt. Sinai, and a shawl or modest covering for the monastery

From £119.78 per person